Five elected for El Paso baseball Hall of Fame

Updated: Wednesday, October 2 2013, 09:17 PM MDT
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EL PASO, Texas – Five former El Paso area high school baseball players were elected to the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame for the class of 2013.

Eloy Alvarado was a Ysleta High School infielder on three district championship teams from 1966-1969. As a senior, he was an All-District second baseman and played for two conference championship teams at Ranger Junior College. He was selected All-Conference as a sophomore; second baseman and catcher for UTEP Miners 1971-1973; played semipro baseball in Juarez for 10 years; and was head baseball coach at Riverside High School from 1977-1983. In his first season as coach, his team was district champs and he was elected coach of year in 1977 and co-district champs in 1981. He was the junior varsity and varsity assistant coach at Coronado High School from 1998-2002.

Alonso Beltran was a Socorro High School pitcher from 1989-1990 -- He was on 1-5A All-District and All-City teams both seasons. At New Mexico Junior College, he set a strikeout record in 1991 and made 1st-Team WJCAC All-Conference team. He was drafted in the 14th round in 1991 by the Toronto Blue Jays and pitched five seasons with Blue Jays farm teams. He was named to short season Class A All-Star squad in 1993. He ended his minor league pro career with Double A Pirates team in 1999. He played in the Mexican League for 12 seasons and pitched for the Mexican Olympic team in the qualifying tournament in Cuba back in 2006.

Frank Castillo was a pitcher at Eastwood High School who threw a perfect game against Hanks High School in 1987. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1987 and made his MLB debut for the Cubs on June 27, 1991 against the Pittsburgh Pirates where he pitched eight solid innings. He was one out away from a no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals before allowing a hit and went on to complete the shutout on Sept. 25, 1995. He played seven seasons with the Cubs, and he then played with the Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, World Champion Boston Red Sox in 2004, and Florida Marlins. He had a 13-year MLB career with 82 wins and 1,101 strikeouts. He passed away in a swimming accident on July 28, 2013.

Ruben Felix played for Socorro High School as a pitcher/outfielder and was a 1987 All-City Outfielder. In 1988, he was the District 2-5A and El Paso Times Co-Player of Year. He played collegiate baseball with the Lubbock Christian, New Mexico State, Dodge City CC, Howard JC. He played pro baseball for five seasons in Triple AAA-A in both U.S. & Mexico. His last 10 years he was a coach and scout at every level of baseball including MLB assistant bullpen coach for the Cleveland Indians from 2004-06 and Baltimore Orioles from 2008-09.

Mark Grudzielanek was an infielder at Hanks High School with a career batting average of .449 (1988-89). He played at Trinity State JC (CO) in 1991 and in the Junior College World Series. He was drafted and signed in the 11th round by the Montreal Expos in 1991. He made his MLB debut for the Expos on April 28, 1995. He spent 15 years in the MLB with a career .289 batting average and 2,040 hits. He was selected to the All-Star Game for the National League in 1996. He had 201 hits in 1996, was the National League at bats (649) leader in 1997; doubles (54) leader in 1997; runs scored (101) in 2000; AL Gold Glove winner (second baseman) 2006. He played for the Expos from 1995-98, LA Dodgers from 1998-2002, Chicago Cubs from 2003-04, St. Louis Cardinals in 2005, KC Royals from 2006-08, and the Cleveland Indians in 2010.

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