Kitsapers in the Pros: Hammel vs. Cunningham Rematch?

Aaron Cunningham vs. Jason Hammel
The South Kitsap grads could face each other again on  Saturday night in Denver when the Colorado Rockies take on the San Diego Padres.
Hammel, a 6-foot-6 right-hander, will start for the Rockies. The 2000 South Kitsap grad beat the Padres at  Petco Field on June 29. Cunningham, a 2004 SK grad, got a pinch-hit single in that game. It’s believed to be the first time a pair of Kitsap County products have ever faced off in a Major League Baseball game.
Hammel and Cunningham are both products of the NWAACC. Hammel was a 10th round pick by the Rays in 2002 after his sophomore yeat at Treasure Valley CC in Ontario, Ore., and Cunningham was a sixth-round pick by the White Sox in 2005 after a dynamite freshman season at Everett CC.
Hammel’s 6-3 with a 4.18 ERA, but is 6-1 with a 2.76 over his last 10 starts, which coincides when he recovered from a groin injury. In those 10 starts, he’s gone 7 or more innings five times and 6 or more eight times. He had 55 Ks and just 14 walks over his last 65 1/3 innings.
Cunningham’s hitting .304 since being called up by the Padres last month. The outfielder has 14 hits in 38 at-bats, including a grand slam homer. He’s currently on a 7-game hitting streak.

Willie Bloomquist, Kansas City Royals
Bloomquist is hitting .231 for the Royals (18-for-78). He’s played in 43 games, most as a defensive replacement. We caught up with the South Kitsap utility player  earlier this week when the Royals were in Seattle, and talked to him about his interest in the bobsled and trade rumors.

Jared Prince, Hickory Crawdads (Class A South Atlantic League)
The outfielder from Poulsbo is hitting .287 with 6 homers, 21 doubles and 48 RBI after 70 games. The Crawdads are a Texas Rangers’ affiliate.

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