Two locals get promotions

Travis Taijeron

Two athletes that made their names with stellar college careers locally recently earned promotions to Double-A teams with their respective organizations.

Cal Poly Pomona graduate Travis Taijeron was promoted from the New York Mets High-A affiliate in Port St. Lucie (Fla.) of the Florida State League to Binghamton (N.Y.) of the Eastern League.

He hit .303 with 20 doubles, nine home runs and 27 RBI in 55 games and earned league Offensive Player of the Week honors twice to warrant the promotion.

In his second game with the Double-A team on Sunday, Taijeron, an 18th round pick in 2011, slugged a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to snap a 2-2 tie and give Binghamton a 5-2 win over Altoona (Penn.).

Meanwhile pitcher Aaron Brooks, out of Cajon High School and Cal State San Bernardino, climbed another rung on the Kansas City Royals organization ladder.

Brooks, an eighth round pick in 2011, started the season at High-A Wilmington (Del.) of the Carolina League where he went 2-3 with a 4.47 ERA but he was 2-0 with a 2.34 ERA in his last two starts.

He got his first start in Double A on Saturday, leading Northwest Arkansas (Texas League) to a 6-3 win over Arkansas. He went six innings, giving up eight hits and three runs while striking out two.

Aaron Brooks