(Over the next two weeks, Sports Town will feature updates on WPIAL baseball players who are currently playing in the major or minor leagues. The posts were compiled by veteran baseball writer John Perrotto. We will feature two players every day.)
Blake Lalli made an improbable rise to the major leagues. Now, he is trying get back.
The catcher and Pine-Richland High School graduate is playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks' Class AAA Reno farm club in the Pacific Coast League. In 55 games, the 31-year-old is hitting .267 with one home runs and 14 RBIs.
Lalli signed with the Diamondbacks last October as he elected free agency while being designated for assignment by the Milwaukee Brewers. Lalli played in 16 games with the Brewers last season after making his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs in 2012.
In 22 major-league games, he hit .128 with four RBIs.