Iannetta making fellow R.I. natives proud

Chris Iannetta, C, Angels
Providence, R.I.

Chris Iannetta grew up a New England boy, and he became just the fourth Major League catcher to emerge from Rhode Island when he burst onto the scene with the Rockies in 2006.

Iannetta starred as a three-time all-state performer at St. Raphael Academy before playing collegiate ball at the University of North Carolina. Even during college, though, Iannetta remained true to his northeast origins, playing in the Cape Cod League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League during the summer.

Iannetta's athletic background appears to come from his father, Domenic, who threw the javelin at the University of Rhode Island. Iannetta's little brother, Matt, followed in Chris' footsteps, first playing at St. Raphael Academy and then at North Carolina before transferring to Georgetown.

Iannetta was one of only three native Rhode Islanders in the Majors this season -- a number that will decrease to two with the retirement of Paul Konerko.

Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.