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Update on Kitsap’s baseball pros

April 19th, 2011 by cstark

It’s amazing how many nice things people will write about you when you’re hitting over .300 and second in the league in steals. Port Orchard’s Willie Bloomquist started the first five games at shortstop and has become, for now, the Arizona Diamondbacks’  starting left fielder. The Rodney Dangerfield of MLB opened the season with an eight-game hitting streak and D-backs’ GM Kevin Towers went so far as to say that Willie’s base-running instincts remind him of Rickey Henderson.

Read about it in this story about the Willie.

Jason Hammel, another South Kitsap grad, pitched well enough to keep the Rockies in the game, but it wasn’t good enough.

North Kitsap grad Jared Prince is off to a tough start. The right fielder is 2 for 33 (that’s an .061 average) for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Class A Carolina League.

Aaron Cunningham’s hitting .220 with two home runs for the Triple-A Tucson Padres. The South Kitsap grad will be in Tacoma with the Padres on May 2-5 to play the Rainiers.

Central Kitsap grad Drew Vettleson is still in Florida after being assigned to the Tampa Rays extended spring training. Josh Sales from Blanchet High in Seattle, the Rays other first-rounder from Washington, is in the same camp. Vettleson was the 42nd overall pick last June; Sales the 17th pick. Marc Topkins of the St. Petersburg Times wrote: “Wonder if 2010 top draft picks Josh Sale and Drew Vettleson will feel whatever extra money they got by holding out is worth it as they spend the next two months in extended spring training in Port Charlotte rather than playing A ball?”

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4 Responses to “Update on Kitsap’s baseball pros”

  1. terrybenish Says:

    Sale held out for about two weeks and Vettleson signed within days of the draft. Sale signed at the end of a game in mid June at Mt. Si High school. I was there.

  2. cstark Says:

    You’re wrong about that. They both signed the night before the deadline in mid-August.

  3. terrybenish Says:

    Nooo, I’m not. Saw his dad high fiving people and shaking hands with everyone in sight.

    They took him out of the game as he was no longer eligible, having verbally agreed to contract. He flew to TB that night.

    I don’t rely on the internet to do my reporting.

  4. kitsap sports Says:

    Hey Terry,
    If your going to continue to be a know it all, be right once in a while.
    Chuck is right, They both signed the night before the deadline in mid-August.
    That is the reason why they are not playing long season single A.
    Also, Drew wanted to hang out with his buds and girlfreind all summer, to enjoy life as he knew it, before life as he knew it changed, it’s now changed, but not sure it was best way to go.

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