Career highlight made in Tillman's birthplace

Career highlight made in Tillman's birthplace

Chris Tillman, RHP, Orioles
Hometown: Anaheim

Tillman is a product of Southern California. Born in Anaheim, Tillman eventually moved to Fountain Valley, where he was a three-sport athlete at Huntington Valley High School. As a basketball player, he could dunk as a 13-year-old. As a baseball player, he became an elite prospect and eventually a second-round pick by the Mariners.

Last season, Tillman made his first trip to Anaheim as a Major Leaguer. He got to sleep in his own bed at home ahead of his May 2 start against the Angels and had one of the best outings of his career.

With 50 friends and family members in the stadium where Tillman used to watch games as a kid, the starting pitcher shut out the Angels for eight innings.

One particularly notable matchup during the game came against Halos catcher Hank Conger. Tillman and Conger frequently faced each other throughout childhood, and Conger once homered twice off Tillman in one game.

"It's special," Tillman said after the start. "I think it's always fun to pitch in front of your family and friends, especially to pitch a good one like that.

David Wilson is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.