Manny Barreda graduated from Sahuarita High School in 2007; days later, was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 12th round. Finally, two weeks ago, Barreda reached the big leagues, taking the Baltimore Orioles victory over Kansas City.
Talk about a long trip. Barreda has appeared in 492 minor league games over the years, including several stints with Mexican League teams in Culiacan, Tijuana and Los Mochis. When called up by Baltimore on Sept. 8, Barreda became the 49th high school baseball player in the greater Tucson area to reach the major leagues.
Barreda needed a longer period of paying his dues for one of those 49. He was 32 years old and 345 days old when he walked the mound for the Orioles. Previously graduated from Sahuaro High School Jim Olander required the longest ascent to the big leagues. He made his Milwaukee debut in 1991 at the age of 28 years and 211 days.
If anyone knows how fleeting success in professional baseball can be, it’s Barreda. Four days after pitching a clean inning in relief, Barreda was sent back to Triple-A Norfolk by the Orioles.
Tucson Golfers Head to Pebble Beach
Golfers of Tucson Nathan Romero, a junior at Marana high school, and Jake myre, a junior from Sahuaro High School, secured a spot in this week’s PURE Insurance PGA Tour Champions tournament at Pebble Beach.