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DOWNEY – Bobby LaFromboise, a 2004 Warren High graduate drafted by the Seattle Mariners in June 2008, has recently been promoted to the Mariners’ AAA team, the Tacoma Rainiers.
He previously played for the Jackson Generals, the Mariners’ AA team in Jackson, Tennessee. LaFromboise is a pitcher.
While a student at Warren High, he was named San Gabriel Valley League MVP twice. Following high school graduation, he attended Rio Hondo College in 2005-06, during which time he was named the state’s Co-Pitcher of the Year in 2006.
He was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 24th round of the 2005 draft, but elected not to sign.
In 2007-08 LaFromboise attended the University of New Mexico where he continued his pitching career and was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 14th round of the 2007 draft, but again chose not to sign. During that time he was twice honored as part of the All-Mountain West Conference.
At the conclusion of his college career at UNM, he signed as the Mariners’ 8th round selection in June 2008.
A left-handed pitcher specializing in middle relief, LaFromboise has been chosen as a Mid-Season All-Star in both of the last two seasons. On the heels of this year’s all-star selection, he was called up to AAA in a fast-paced turnaround that included a late night phone call, hastily made air travel plans that took him from Jackson, TN, to Sacramento, where he found himself on the mound the very same evening.
His cumulative minor league ERA is an impressive 1.17.
Bobby is the son of long-time Downey residents Joe and Denise LaFromboise. His sister, Nicole Ramirez, teaches in the Downey Unified School District.
Published: June 28, 2012 – Volume 11 – Issue 11