Raley Field has always been the place to see major leaguers, both past and future. The 2017 season, however, has been a particular treat for River Cats fans who have been able to taste a whole lot of major leagues flavor.
Sacramento’s team is just one professional step and about 90 miles from AT&T Park with a Giants affiliation that has granted a bountiful number of River Cats players who have also played in San Francisco during the season at one time or another.
There are the high-profile draws, like Madison Bumgarner or Pablo Sandoval; the hot prospects, like Austin Slater, Christian Arroyo and Ryder Jones; the ones who have gone up and down several times over the years, like Kelby Tomlinson, Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson; or the ones making their major league debut after a long haul as a minor leaguer, like Carlos Moncrief.
We captured a good number of the players earning time in both Sacramento and San Francisco this year. While the gallery doesn’t include them all, it’s a notable collection of players who have passed through this hot Sacramento summer and a gallery worth enjoying.
This is, after all, one of the main reason fans love watching the minor leagues on a nightly basis.
Photos by Steve Martarano