|Aguilar, Riley invited to SBC Park for baseball showcase|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Aug. 5, 2005 - Alex Aguilar and Josh Riley are moving up from Triple A to the major leagues.
Aguilar and Riley, who will both be seniors at Sulphur Springs High School, have been invited to play at SBC Park in San Francisco, home of the Giants, in the Elite Games sponsored by Diamond King Baseball, Oct. 8-10.
They each received an invitation after their outstanding performances at the Midwest Elite Showcase June 21-23 at the SBC Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, home of the Triple A Red Hawks.
The pair were identified by Diamond King as a couple of the best 75 players in a 10-state region to get the initial invitation to Oklahoma City. They were then selected as two of the top 20 players at the Midwest Showcase.
"They took the best they saw in that tournament and invited them to California for three days," said Aguilar. "Mainly, I just want to have fun, getting to play against these other guys and playing in the stadiums. But, I also want to let people see me play and get some exposure to colleges."
He said since the Oklahoma City tournament, he has been contacted by the University of Miami and Navarro Junior College. Riley has been contacted by Texas A&M.
They hope to get more exposure when they travel to San Francisco for a three-day weekend that will include three games, an awards dinner, and more testing of speed, arm strength, hitting and fielding.
Aguilar (6-1, 185), was an honorable mention All-State pitcher who was clocked by Diamond King in the mid-80s. The son of Paul and LaRee Aguilar, he was the District 12-4A Pitcher of the Year after going 9-1 with a 2.75 ERA and collecting 82 strikeouts in 77 innings.
Riley (5-11, 180), the son of Clifton and Darla Riley, was a First Team All-State selection at second base by two different organizations. The Offensive Player of the Year in 12-4A, he led the team with a .468 batting average, 58 hits, 23 doubles, three home runs and 33 RBI.
While the pair have received attention in high school and with the Astros summer league team, which is currently ranked No. 17 in the nation and No. 2 in the state, the showcase games with Diamond King gives them exposure to more than 1,000 colleges and pro scouts.
Aguilar said the Oklahoma City experience was rewarding, and he's looking forward to the national event.
"It was real fun. All the games were in the morning, so that gave us the afternoons off to see the city," he said. "Now, we'll get to play at SBC Park where the Giants get to play, so that should be even more fun."