July saw the baseball careers of a pair of Rocky Mountain High graduates turn in different directions.
Starting pitcher Isaac Anderson, 22, earned a promotion to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ High-A affiliate in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., in his second year as a professional. He is 3-0 with a 1.12 ERA, three walks and 19 strikeouts in 16 innings since his promotion.
Meanwhile, the San Diego Padres cut ties with outfielder Mason Smith, 21, two weeks ago after four seasons in the minor leagues. A fourth-round pick in 2013, Smith struggled throughout his four years, hitting a combined .201. His best season came last year in with Tri-City in the Northwest League, where he hit .226 in 55 games.
He started 2016 in Low-A Fort Wayne, Ind., then moved up to Double-A as an injury replacement before rejoining Tri-City on June 23. He hit .143 in a combined 31 games between the three clubs this season.