Kitsapers in the Majors and Minors

Here’s an update on how the local major- and minor-leaguers are doing:

Willie Bloomquist, Kansas City Royals: Former Mariner and pride of Port Orchard went 2-for-3 on Wednesday to raise his average to .231. Normally an infielder,  he’s started three games in right field for the Royals. With third baseman Alex Gordon on the DL with a hip injury, KC plans to move Mark Teahen to third. That will leave Alberto Callaspo and Bloomquist to play second. Bloomquist will also continue to see action in right field.

Jason Hammel, Colorado Rockies: The SK grad has appeared in one game since the trade with Tampa Bay. He was used in relief by the Rockies. Hammel gave up five hits, including a home run, walked two and allowed two earned runs in 2 2/3 innings.

Aaron Cunningham, Sacramento River Cats: Aaron dislocated his shoulder after a collision at home-plate with Tacoma catcher Jeff Clement last Sunday in Sacramento and is currently on the DL. Cunningham was hitting .333 (4-12). The Oakland A’s prospect from South Kitsap is expected to be out at least two weeks. If he was healthy, he’d be in Tacoma Friday for the Rainiers’ home opener.

Todd Linden, Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees: The CK grad hit his second home run for the Yankees’ Triple-A team on Thursday, but is hitting just .206 (7-36) with two homers and seven RBI in eight games.

Jason Ellison, Leigh Valley IronPigs: Ellison’s also off to a slow start, hitting .208 (4-23) in seven games for the Phillies’ Class AAA team. Linden and Ellison, teammates at Fresno and with the Giants while in the San Francisco organization, played against each other in the season-opening Independent League season.

Travis Vetters, Great Lakes Loons: Vetters, another SK grad who’s made it professionally, is 3-13 (.231) for the Loons, a Class A team in the Midwest League. The former Portland star has played in four games.

Aaron Sele, Dodgers: The North Kitsap grad, who hasn’t pitched since the 2007 season, is the Dodgers’ minor league pitching instructor.

— Chuck Stark

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