A childhood dream came true Friday for former Palisades High pitcher Augie Sylk, who signed with the Kansas City Royals after being picked in the 38th round (1,129th overall) on the last day of the 2019 MLB Draft.
Sylk came back from injury for one relief outing late in his sophomore season for the Trojans, recording two strikeouts with two walks in two scoreless innings against Arizona. He made one bullpen appearance as a freshman, striking out two batters in one inning of work against rival UCLA.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound left-hander, who is the son of actress Denise Crosby, grew up in the Palisades and played in the Pacific Palisades Baseball Association. He threw in seven games as a senior at Pali High, making All-City.
“Augie has one of the best raw arms I’ve seen from anyone that I’ve coached,” Pali High varsity coach Mike Voelkel said. “His growth as a person over the four years at Palisades Charter was one I have been most proud of. I wish Augie the very best in his journey through professional baseball.”