Last Summer, Sean Isaac and Jose Rojas were chosen in back to back rounds by the Los Angeles Angels organization. Both players were fresh off being chosen as GSAC Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year respectively. In their first full year of being in the minor league system, they have showcased their unbelievable talent and been rewarded on the field.
Recently, Rojas was named to the 2017 Cal League All-Star team at third base. In his first season with the Inland Empire 66ers (Advanced A level), he has played in 57 games to date and is batting .289 with a slugging percentage of .418. He has 65 hits in 225 total at bats, driving in 28 runs off 14 extra base hits. He has 94 total bases and has jacked out four home runs. Back in 2016 after being drafted, he played with the Orem Owls (Rookie Level) and saw action in 59 games before he won the Pioneer League Championship alongside Sean Isaac.
"Vanguard baseball helped me with coaches who cared about progress and process," Rojas reported with fond memories flooding his mind. "They allowed me to practice and grow in my faith with God. It taught me that in the good and bad to always put God first and trust in him to guide me in the journey that he has planned for me.
Isaac has been on a journey this season, racking up the frequent flier miles in the process. This season alone, he has suited up at three different levels within the Angels Organization including three games for their AAA affiliate team in Salt Lake City. In the highest minor league level, he held down a 1.69 ERA in 5.1 innings of relief work allowing just four total hits. He allowed a low 1.69 ERA to batters during this stint. His other stops include a trio of contests with the Inland Empire 66ers where he played right alongside former VU teammate Jose Rojas. In his 6.2 innings on the hill for the 66ers he ended with a 2.70 ERA after giving up a pair of earned runs to go along with six strikeouts out of the bull pen. His best work has occurred for the Burlington Bees out of the Midwest League where he has an astoundingly low 0.81 ERA in 11 appearances. He has 22.1 innings of action for the Bees and has allowed just two earned runs for the club while striking out 33 batters.
"The knowledge I gained from Vanguard that will always stay with me," Isaac said in conclusion. "I remind myself on a daily basis of where I come from and who I represent. I come from Lion Country and I represent the Blue and Gold every day."
On Saturday May 6th at the Inland Empire 66ers game on the road at the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes facility, Isaac and Rojas suited up together for the first time in the 2017 and they have done so each year since 2015. During their time as teammates, they went to the NAIA National Tournament twice, the NAIA World Series once, combined to sweep both conference player of the Year awards and earn the first NAIA Gold Glove in school history. After being selected by the same MLB club in back to back rounds, the dynamic duo is alive and well and will look to add onto the championship they won last year in the Pioneer League.