Sea Dogs Alumni

The Sea Dogs have been lucky enough to have helped a number of great baseball players move past youth baseball and into High School, College, and Pro baseball. Some even come back and help coach the current crop of players.


We are very proud of this group of alumni.

Alumni Special Assistants

Carlos Avila

Carlos Avila is a professional baseball player he started his journey at Narbonne High School where he won three league titles and was named MVP two of those years, made the Daily Breeze team three years, as well as the All Dream Team and All LA City three years. Two years after Narbonne, he went to LA Harbor College where he was First Team South Coast Conference and 2011 Gold Glove winner. He then transferred to California State University, Dominguez where he won a Gold Glove in 2013 and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 32nd round. After playing two years with the Twins, he took a contract to play in the big leagues in Mexico where he has been playing the last two years for the Monclova Acereros.

Matt Koch

Matt was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, CA where he began his playing career at Manhattan Beach Little League. He Attended Mira Costa high school from 2004-2007. During this time, he played in the Babe Ruth World Series as a Sea Dog. Matt progressed to Loyola Marymount University where he was a four-year starter from 2008-2011. In 2011, he was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 12th round as a catcher. His professional playing career includes a selection to the Florida State League All-Star team in 2013 while playing for the high A Fort Myers Miracle, attending Major League spring training in 2014, reaching the AA level with the Twins in 2014 (playing for the New Britain Rock Cats). In 2015, he signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, playing for the Inland Empire 76rs. Currently, Matt is a graduate assistant for the catchers at Loyal Marymount University as he finishes his degree in in Health & Human Sciences.

Joe Persechina

Joe, the quintessential utility player, is a a 2003 graduate of Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling where he earned four varsity letters in baseball and was captain his junior and senior seasons.  Before and during, he played with the Sea Dogs.  He then played at Arizona State University, where he was named to various Pac-10 teams. Joe is one of 19 “Tillman Scholars,” carefully selected to participate in the “Leadership Through Action” program at ASU.  Joe signed with the White Sox as a free agent and played in their Minor League affiliates.  Joe has recently been certified as a CrossFit trainer and is working towards becoming a fireman.

Chad Smith

Chad was a pitcher at the University of Southern California from 2009-2011. Chad signed with the Detroit Tigers after being selected in the 17th round in the 2011 MLB Draft. After two years in the minor leagues, he made his Major League debut in June 2014 against the Cleveland Indians. He was claimed off waivers in the spring of 2015 by the Oakland Athletics and once again pitched in the big leagues. Traded to the Angels where he spent time in Triple-A and finished out his career in Triple-A with the Texas Rangers in 2016. Chad graduated in three and a half years with a degree in business administration. He is also actively involved in the Jessie Rees Foundation, visiting kids stricken with cancer at hospitals across the country.

  • Matt Akiyama
    Matt Akiyama Second Base

    High School: Bishop Montgomery, Torrance, CA  College: CS Bakersfield

  • Carlos Avila
    Carlos Avila Shortstop

    High School: Narbonne, Harbor City, CA  College: CS Dominguez Hills  Professional: Cedar Rapids Kernals / A / Minnesota Twins

  • Jon Kim
    Jon Kim Outfield

    High School: South, Torrance, CA  College: CS Long Beach

  • Matt Koch
    Matt Koch Catcher

    High School: Mira Costa, Manhattan Beach, CA  College: Loyola Marymount  Professional: New Briton Rock Cats / AA / Minnesota Twins

  • Mason Morioka
    Mason Morioka Catcher

    High School: West, Torrance CA  College: San Francisco  Professional: Rockford Aviators / Independent

  • Steve Rodriquez
    Steve Rodriquez Catcher

    High School: St. John Bosco, Bellflower, CA  College: UCLA  Professional: Mobile BayBears / AA / Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Steve Selsky
    Steve Selsky Outfield

    High School: Loyola, Los Angeles, CA  College: Arizona  Professional: Louisville Bats / AAA / Cincinnati Reds

  • Chad Smith
    Chad Smith Pitcher

    High School: Thousand Oaks, CA  College: USC  Professional: Round Rock Express / AAA / Texas Rangers

  • Chad Standrowicz
    Chad Standrowicz Third Base, Outfield

    High School: Mira Costa, Manhattan Beach, CA College: Arizona; El Camino

  • Marc Venning
    Marc Venning Third Base, First Base

    High School: Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, CA  College: UC Santa Barbara

  • Blair Walters
    Blair Walters Pitcher

    High School: Oak Park, CA  College: Hawaii  Professional: Lynchburg Hillbats / A / Atlanta Braves

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