South Kitsap grad Jason Hammel avoided arbitration on Wednesday when he and the Colorado Rockies agreed to a one-year, $1.9 million contract. The Rockies acquired Hammel in a trade with Tampa Bay at the start of the 2009 season and the big right-hander became a valuable part of the starting rotation, helping Colorado reach the postseason.
Here’s a link from mlb.com on Hammel’s signing. Hammel, 27, was 10-8 with a 4.33 ERA. He made 30 starts and pitched 176.2 innings.
Here’s an old link from the DRaysBay blog that breaks down Hammel’s season statistically. It points out that the Rays came out on the wrong side of the trade for Hammel last season. Check it out here. For those of you who enjoy statistical analysis, it’s pretty interesting, especially if you’re a Jason Hammel fan.
Hammel’s one of three South Kitsap grads who played in the big leagues a year ago. The others: Willie Bloomquist (Royals) and Aaron Cunningham (A’s, but recently traded to the Padres). Another SK grad with big-league experience, Jason Ellison, was an outfielder at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.
Can you name the other South Kitsap grad who played briefly in the majors in 1999 and 2000? Hint, he also played in the 2004 Olympics?
— Chuck Stark