Southern California is known as a hotbed of baseball talent at the prep and college levels, so it should come as no surprise that several players named to the MLB All-Star teams on Sunday and Monday have ties to the area.
There are 10 all-stars that played either in high school or collegiately in Southern California with the potential for one more should Mike Moustakas win the American League "Final Vote."
Leading the way are three first-time selections that attended UCLA and USC: Pirates starter Gerrit Cole, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford and Rays closer Brad Boxberger.
Rays RHP Brad Boxberger - Foothill HS (Santa Ana)
Orioles OF Adam Jones - Morse HS (San Diego)
**Royals 3B Mike Moustakas - Chatsworth HS (Chatsworth)
Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado - El Toro HS (Lake Forest)
Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole - Orange Lutheran HS (Orange)
Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez - Eastlake HS (Chula Vista)
Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton - Notre Dame HS (Sherman Oaks)
Rays RHP Brad Boxberger - USC
Athletics C Stephen Vogt - Azusa Pacific
Cubs 3B Kris Bryant - San Diego
Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole - UCLA
Giants SS Brandon Crawford - UCLA