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?”