Tucson-area pro athletes

Sahuaro grad Verdugo hits first big-league home run, 14th Tucsonan to achieve feat


Former Sahuaro High School standout Alex Verdugo hit his first major-league home run today in Los Angeles’ 8-1 loss to Colorado at Dodger Stadium.

Verdugo’s pinch-hit home run came off Colorado reliever Adam Ottavino in the ninth inning.

He has played in eight games since his call-up to the Dodgers on Sept. 1. He is batting .200 (3 of 15) with two walks and three strikeouts.

Verdugo, 21, is the 14th player from Tucson to hit a home run in a major-league game. The player with the most home runs is former CDO standout Ian Kinsler, who has 228 in his 11-year career with Texas and Detroit.

TUCSONANS WHO’VE HOMERED IN THE MAJORS

Name Pos. Years High School HR
Ian Kinsler 2B 2006-17 CDO 229
J.J. Hardy SS 2005-17 Sabino 187
Jack Howell 3B 1985-99 Palo Verde 108
Ron Hassey C 1978-91 Tucson 71
Chris Duncan OF 2005-09 CDO 55
Tom Pagnozzi C 1987-98 Rincon 44
Shelley Duncan OF 2007-13 CDO 43
Eddie Leon SS-2B 1968-75 Tucson 24
Brian Anderson OF 2005-09 CDO 22
George Arias 3B 1996-99 Pueblo 14
Alex Kellner P 1948-59 Amphi 4
Stefen Romero OF 2014-16 Sunnyside 4
Colin Porter OF 2003-04 CDO 1
Alex Verdugo OF 2017 Sahuaro 1


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