California League all-star team honours for local product
by Randy Pascal
More good news for San Jose Giants pitcher and Northeastern Public School graduate Dylan Rheault.
The 6'9" reliever was one of three players from the Giants named to the 2017 California League Post-Season All-Star Team after enjoying an
outstanding season with the organization that signed him, as a free agent, earlier this year.
After beginning the season as an eighth inning set-up man, Rheault assumed the closer's role in early June, following the promotion of his predecessor,
Ryan Halstead, to Richmond (AA).
Despite inheriting the position midway through the campaign, the 25 year old Canadian led the league in saves, with twenty, while appearing in 49 games,
most in the league among pitchers.
Pitching 54 1/3 innings, Rheault surrendered 43 hits, 20 walks, and posted an ERA of 2.48. More impressive, perhaps, was the continual progress that he
displayed, surrendering just a singular earned run over the course of his final ten appearances, a stretch of exactly ten innings.
Rheault was originally drafted by the Baltimore Orioles, selected in the 19th round in 2013, but was not offered a renewal of his contract in
2016. Playing independant league ball for one summer, he would alter his training methods and increased his pitch velocity enough to catch the eyes of the
San Francisco Giants, rewarding them with a season to remember.
If Rheault came out of nowhere to earn his all-star nomination, the same could not be said of his teammates who joined him with these honours. Catcher
Aramis Garcia (81 GP - 17 HRs - 65 RBIs - .272) was a second round San Francisco pick in 2014, while shortstop Ryan Howard (.313 average -
149 hits) was taken in the 5th round of the MLB draft back in 2016, also by the Giants.
"It has been a pleasure managing Aramis, Ryan and Dylan and watching their hard work pay off," noted San Jose manager Nestor Rojas on the
team website. "They all have an incredibly bright future."