Spring Training Update on Kitsapers

A look at how are five local players are faring in major-league camps this spring:


Jason Hammel, Rays: The right-handed pitcher out of South Kitsap is locked in a competitive battle with three other pitchers for the No. 5 spot in Tampa’s rotation. He allowed two home runs on Saturday, but has pitched well for the most part this spring. In nine innings, he’s allowed 10 hits and has 10 strikeouts and just one walk. He’s got a 4.00 ERA. He’s out of options and the Rays have a lot of pitching depth. If he’s doesn’t start the season as a starter, he could wind up in the bullpen or he could be traded. Don’t look for him to go back to Triple-A.


Aaron Cunningham, Athletics: South Kitsap grad is hitting .357 (5-14) with two doubles, two RBI, two walks and three strikeouts in seven games. One the A’s top prospects has been projected by most to start the season at Triple-A Sacramento, but the outfielder made a good impression during his September call-up last season, and he’s going to make it tough for Oakland to send him down. He just keeps getting hits.


Jason Ellison, Phillies: Outfielder is 2-for-11 (.182) with four strikeouts and a walk in six appearances. SK grad trying to make club as the fifth outfielder.


Willie Bloomquist, Royals: Signed with an opportunity to win the second base job, the former Seattle utility player and Port Orchard native is, once again, having another strong spring training. He’s hitting .389 (7-18) with three RBI and a triple.


Todd Linden, Yankees: 1-10 with 1 RBI and 2 strikeouts. With A-Rod out for 6-9 weeks it’s too bad the Central Kitsap grad isn’t a third baseman, because he’s going to have a tough time making it as an outfielder with the Yankees. With Johnny Damon, Xavier Nady, Milkey Cabrera, Nick Swisher and Hideki Matsui available, odds of making it as an outfielder aren’t good.



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