Mt. Carmel High School Sundevils Baseball: Sundevils Hall of Fame
Eric Chavez was selected by the Oakland Athletics, in the first round, as the tenth pick, in the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft. He chose a professional baseball career over a full scholarship to the University of Southern California (USC). His time in the minor leagues was relatively short, lasting just under two seasons. He spent the 1997 season playing for the Visalia Oaks, the Single-A team in the Athletics' farm system. He played 134 games, all at third base, and hit .271 with 18 home runs and 100 RBI. Before the start of the 1998 season, Chavez was promoted to the Double-A Huntsville Stars. After 88 games, he had a batting average of .328, 28 home runs, 86 RBIs, 12 stolen bases, and a triple. His efforts caused him to be promoted to the Edmonton Trappers, where in 47 games he hit 11 home runs and had a .325 batting average. When Edmonton's season finished up on September 8, 1998, he was called up to the major leagues. He finished his minor league career by being named Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America, as well as earning the J.G. Taylor Spink Award as the Topps/NAPBL Minor League Player of the Year.
At Mt. Carmel High School, Eric Chavez was a two-time Baseball America High School All-American selection. In his junior year, he was the only junior selected nationwide for the honor, finishing the year with a batting average of .537, nine home runs, 35 runs batted in, and 51 stolen bases. As a senior, he batted .458 with 11 home runs, 24 RBIs and 33 stolen bases in route to his second All-American selection.
Honors & Awards
• Silver Slugger Award winner (2002)
• Six Gold Glove Awards (winner 2001-06)
• Led AL in bases on balls in 2004
• Hit for Cycle 2000
Eric Munson was first drafted, out of high school, in 1996 by the Atlanta Braves, who chose him 62nd overall in the 2nd round. Munson, however, did not sign, opting to play college baseball at the University of Southern California (USC), where he was named Freshman All-American. After three seasons at USC, Munson was drafted third overall in the 1st round of the 1999 Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Detroit Tigers. He was named to the Midwest League All Star Team in 1999 and the Eastern League All Star Team in 2001. In 2002, while playing for the Toledo Mud Hens, Munson was named the Detroit Tigers Minor League Player of the Year.
Munson began his major league career with the Detroit Tigers, making his first appearances in three games during a September call-up in 2000. He has since played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2005), Houston Astros (2006-2007) and the Oakland Athletics (2009 – present).
On June 26, 2004, he hit the longest home run in the history of Comerica Park off Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Villafuerte. The ball traveled an estimated 457 feet over the center field fence.
Darren Balsley was drafted by the Oakland A's in the 3rd round of the January 1984 Major League Baseball amateur draft out of Palomar College. He played six seasons in the Athletics (1984-1986) and Toronto Blue Jays (1987-1989) organizations.
After his playing career ended, he was a minor league coach, manager, and scout. He was pitching coach for the St. Catharines Blue Jays (1990-1991), Myrtle Beach Hurricanes (1992), and Hagerstown Suns (1993). He managed the Medicine Hat Blue Jays in 1994-1995. He returned to coaching with Hagertstown (1996), the Dunedin Blue Jays (1997) and the Knoxville Smokies (1999). He was the Blue Jays advance scout in 1998.
In 2000, Balsley was coach of the Fort Wayne Wizards and in 2001 he was pitching coach of the Lake Elsinore Storm. He moved up to the Mobile BayBears the next year. He was promoted to the San Diego Padres on May 17, 2003 and has since remained with the team as their pitching coach.
Billy Beane was the 23rd overall pick in the in the 1980 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Mets, making his Major League debut on September 13, 1984. Stanford University had attempted to recruit him on a football scholarship as the quarterback who would replace then-sophomore John Elway. Beane played as an outfielder in the major leagues for the New York Mets (1984–1985), Minnesota Twins (1986-1987), Detroit Tigers (1988), and Oakland Athletics (1989).
Billy Beane became advance scout for the A’s in 1990-1993, becoming Assistant GM of the A's in 1994. He succeeded Sandy Alderson as GM in 1998, and he continued Alderson's crafting of the Athletics into one of the most cost-effective teams in baseball. Due to his team's success despite its low payroll, Beane was the subject of author Michael Lewis's 2003 best-selling book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. The book discusses Beane's methods as the GM of the A's and how he used Sabermetric principles to run his team in a cost-effective way. According to the book, this allowed him to be successful despite his financial constraints. The book and Beane's methods have influenced the way many think about the game of baseball.
Eric Anthony was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 34th round of the 1986 Major League Baseball amateur draft. The outfielder made his MLB debut on July 28, 1989. He also played for the Seattle Mariners (1994), Cincinnati Reds (1995-1996), Colorado Rockies (1996), Los Angeles Dodgers (1997), and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows (1998).