Cal Raleigh, catcher for the Modesto Nuts of the Advanced Class A California League, played in the California League All-Star game on Tuesday, June 18 in San Bernardino, California. Raleigh’s team, the North Division, won the game by a score of 7-1. He started in the catching position for the first five innings of Tuesday’s game.
Raleigh, a former Smoky Mountain High and Florida State baseball standout, was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2018 and is now in his second season playing in the minor leagues.
Raleigh felt honored being selected for the game.
“It was an honor, definitely something I was happy to see,” Raleigh said. “It’s not every day that you get picked to play in an All-Star game, so it was a really cool experience.
“It was a lot of fun getting to meet and play with some of the other All-Star players and just learning some new things around the league.”
Raleigh leads the team with 10 homers and 42 RBIs while batting .241.
There are a lot of things Raleigh contributes to his success.
“There have been lots of lessons and experiences I’ve learned so far from so many great people, coaches and teammates. I’ve been fortunate to have such a great foundation. My dad is the most influential person in my life and I’m very grateful for everything he’s done for me,” Raleigh said.
He is thankful for the support he has from local followers.
“It is a great feeling knowing that I still have people keeping up with me in my hometown,” Raleigh said. “I still talk to people back home and it’s awesome they care enough to keep up.”
As for looking forward into his career, Raleigh is living in the now and soaking up the moment while he can.
“I’m just trying to stay present and enjoy myself where I’m at right now,” said Raleigh. “Finishing off this season strong and trying to make a playoff push for our team.”
Jenkins is an intern for the Sylva Herald.