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Thursday, April 13, 2000


M I N O R _ L E A G U E _ B A S E B A L L



19 keep
big-league
hopes alive

Pro baseball players with Hawaii
connections are holding their own
within their organizations

Statistics of Hawaii's minor league players

By Al Chase
Star-Bulletin

Tapa

Nineteen baseball players with Hawaii ties went to spring training and, for the first time in several years, none were released.

Nine players have been promoted, four start the 2000 season where they finished 1999 and six are in extended spring training.

Third baseman Chris Truby, a Damien graduate, moved up to New Orleans, Houston's Triple A team in the Pacific Coast League.

Molokai's Keith Luuloa, who plays all infield positions, returns to the PCL with Edmonton, Anaheim's top farm team.

Both players spent time in their respective big league camps. Darren Blakely, the former University of Hawaii outfielder, also spent three weeks in the Angels' camp.

He is assigned to Erie, Pa., in the Double A Eastern League.

Also winning promotion to Double A are outfielder Jason Ross (Hawaii) and right-hander Jeff Martin (Kailua High School). Ross is with Atlanta's Greenville, S.C., (Southern League) team. Martin is a reliever for Altoona, Pa., Pittsburgh's Double A team.

Four pitchers who played rookie ball last summer advanced to the Single A California League.

Former UH left-hander Dusty Bergman is with Lake Elsinore (Angels). Corey Miller (UH), a right-handed closer, is assigned to Visalia (Athletics).

San Francisco sent right-handers Jerome Williams (Waipahu) to San Jose and Fletcher Lee (Kaiser) to Bakersfield.

Williams, who performed well in instructional league, is listed in Baseball America as the fourth best Giants' prospect.

Chad Santos (St. Louis) is with Kansas City's Charleston, W.Va., team in the Single A South Atlantic League.

Tyler Yates, Mike McCutcheon and Jay Spurgeon remain at the Single A level.

Yates (Waimea, Hawaii-Hilo), a right-hander, is with the A's California League team in Modesto.

The left-handed McCutcheon is with Arizona's South Bend, Ind., team (Midwest League).

Spurgeon, a right-hander in Baltimore's system, is at Frederick, Md., in the Carolina League

Outfielder Shane Victorino (St. Anthony) is in extended spring training with Los Angeles.

Also in extended spring training are former St. Louis infielder Jandin Thornton-Murray (Chicago Cubs) and right-hander Hawkeye Wayne (Seattle), who played for Iolani and Columbia University.

Kyle Kawabata (Kailua, Washington State) is recovering from surgery to repair a partial rotator cuff tear in his right shoulder. When ready, he'll join Philadelphia's Reading, Pa., team in the Eastern League.

Right-hander Kaipo Spenser (St. Anthony, Arizona State), will join Kinston, N.C., Cleveland's Single A team in the Carolina League when he is ready.

Left-hander Paul Ah Yat (Iolani, UH) broke the thumb on his pitching hand in spring training and will have to wait until that heals before Pittsburgh assigns him.

Mark Johnson made his major league pitching debut Friday against Baltimore.

Johnson is the 25th player with Hawaii ties and eighth ex-Rainbow to play in the major leagues.


Tapa

STATISTICS


Paul Ah Yat,
Ht: 6-1. Wt: 186. Throws: Left. Bats: Right.

Pitching record

Year, Team, LeagueG IPWLPct.HERBBSOERA
1996-Erie, New York-Penn26 27 2/311.50024106343.25
1997-Augusta, South Atlantic29 9051.8338229161192.90
1997-Lynchburg, Carolina6 4851.8333774381.31
1998-Lynchburg, Carolina14102 1/363.667953113772.73
1998-Carolina, Southern13 84 1/355.500843421603.63
1999-Altoona, Eastern16 95 1/384.667863230903.02
1999-Nashville, Pacific Coast13 64 2/343.571754124415.71
Minor League totals117512 1/33418.6544831841144593.23

Notes

Drafted in the 21st round by the Pittsburgh Pirates, June 5, 1996. Signed June 11, 1996.

Named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week (July 31-August 6, 1997) and (August 14-20, 1997).

Named to the Northern team for the Carolina League 1998 all-star game.

Named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week (April 20-25, 1999).

Statistical notes

Led the Carolina League in shutouts (3) and tied for third in complete games (4) in 1998.



Dusty Bergman, Ht: 6-4. Wt: 200. Throws and bats: Left.

Pitching record

Year, Team, LeagueGIPWLPct.HERBBSOERA
1999-Boise, Northwest1574 1/355.5001025418466.54
Minor League totals1574 1/355.5001025418466.54

Notes

Drafted in 6th round (191st overall) by the Anaheim Angels, June 2, 1999. Signed June 5,.1999.

Statistical notes

Led Boise in hits allowed (102) and earned runs (54) in 1999.



Darren Blakely, Ht: 6-1. Wt: 195. Throws: Right. Bats: Both.

Batting Record

Year, Team, LeagueGABRH2B3BHRRBIAvg
1998-Boise, Northwest71267507496533.277
1999-Lake Elsinore, California1245108812838101263.251
Minor League Totals 19577713820247161796.260

Notes

Drafted in 5th round (151st overall) by the Anaheim Angels, June 2, 1998. Signed June 11, 1998.

Statistical notes

Led Boise in strikeouts (69) in 1998.

Led Lake Elsinore in runs scored (88) in 1999. Finished second in strikeouts (159), tied for third in triples (10) and was fourth in doubles (38) in the California League in 1999.

Stole 9 bases for Boise in 1998 and 23 for Lake Elsinore in 1999.



Kyle Kawabata, Ht: 6-0. Wt: 195. Throws and bats: Right.

Pitching Record

Year, Team, LeagueG IPWLPct.HERBBSOERA
1995-Batavia, New York-Penn18 32 2/3201.00034135303.58
1996-Batavia, New York-Penn25 2812.3332167241.93
1997-Piedmont, Carolina44 62 2/395.64345103751.44
1998-Clearwater, Florida State53 64 2/343.571631916492.64
1998-Reading, Eastern7 7 1/310.000143223.68
1999-Clearwater, Florida State33 4731.75036610371.15
1999-Reading, Eastern8 1200.000208276.00
Minor League totals188254 1/32011.64523365552242.30

Notes

Drafted in 30th round by the Philadelphia Phillies, June 2, 1995. Signed June 9, 1995.

Named Batavia's top relief pitcher in 1996.

Named Piedmont's Most Valuable Pitcher in 1997.

Named to the Florida State League all-star team as a relief pitcher in 1998.

Named to the West Division team for the 1999 Florida State League all-star game.

On disabled list, June 28-July 22, 1999, and August 9, 1999 to end of season.

Statistical notes

Tied with two others for most saves (18) in New York-Pennsylvania League in 1996.

Finished second in saves (33) in the Florida State League in 1998.

Recorded 20 saves for Batavia in 1996, 16 for Piedmont in 1997, 33 for Clearwater in 1998 and 7 for Clearwater in 1999.



Fletcher Lee, Ht: 6-1. Wt: 190. Throws and bats: Right.

Pitching record

Year, Team, LeagueGIPWLPct.HERBBSOERA
1999-Salem-Keizer, Northwest2637 2/321.667331320343.11
Minor League totals2637 2/321.667331320343.11

Notes

Drafted in 13th round (408th overall) by the San Francisco Giants, June 2, 1999. Signed June 4, 1999.

Statistical notes

Had 5 saves for Salem-Keizer and led the team in games pitched (26) in 1999.



Keith Luuloa, Ht: 6-0. Wt: 185. Throws and bats: Right.

Batting record

Year, Team, LeagueGABRH2B3BHRRBIAvg.
1994-Angels, Arizona2897142941110.299
1995-Lake Elsinore, California10238050100227553.263
1996-Midland, Texas13453180138242744.260
1997-Midland, Texas12042167115295959.273
1998-Midland, Texas13047985160431017102.334
1998-Vancouver, Pacific Coast8304101003.333
1999-Edmonton, Pacific Coast11539654113231446.285
Minor League totals6372,3343546651462643317.285

Notes

Drafted in the 33rd round by the California Angels, June 4, 1993. Signed May 24, 1994.

Named to the Texas League Western Division all-star team (replaced an injured player) in 1996.

Played for the California Angels in the Hall of Fame Game at Cooperstown, N.Y., August 5, 1996.

Named to the American League team for the 1998 Double A All-Star Game.

Named to the Texas League Western Division all-star team in 1998.

Statistical notes

Led the Texas League in at bats (531) in 1996.

Led Midland in games played (134) and runs scored (80) and was second in hits (138), walks (47) and strikeouts per plate appearances (11.02) in 1997.

Led the Texas League in extra base hits (70), was third in batting (.334) and RBIs (102), tied for third in triples (10), was fourth in hits (160) and on-base percentage (.419) and tied for fourth in slugging percentage (.572) in 1998.

Stole 3 bases for the Angels in 1994, 1 for Lake Elsinore in 1995, 4 for Midland in 1996, 7 for Midland in 1997, 6 for Midland and 1 for Vancouver in 1998, and 7 for Edmonton in 1999.



Jeff Martin, Ht: 6-1. Wt: 200. Throws and bats: Right.

Pitching record

Year, Team, LeagueG IPWLPct.HERBBSOERA
1995-Royals, Gulf Coast11 5531.75035911531.47
1996-Wilmington, Carolina5 20 1/301.00024115124.87
1997-Lynchburg, Carolina24115 1/3810.44413974481015.77
1998-Lynchburg, Carolina2 600.00066559.00
1998-Pirates, Gulf Coast1 100.00040000.00
1999-Hickory, South Atlantic13 2402.0001958231.88
1999-Lynchburg, Carolina10 30 2/321.667341913275.58
Minor League totals66252 1/31315.448261124902214.40

Notes

Drafted in 8th round by the Kansas City Royals, June 1, 1995. Signed June 7, 1995.

Traded by the Kansas City Royals along with third baseman Joe Randa and pitchers Jeff Granger and Jeff Wallace to the Pittsburgh Pirates for shortstop Jay Bell and first baseman Jeff King, December 13, 1996.

Statistical notes

Led the Gulf Coast League in earned run average (1.47) in 1995.



Mike McCutcheon, Ht: 5-11. Wt: 158. Throws and bats: Left.

Pitching record

Year, Team, LeagueG IPWLPct.HERBBSOERA
1996-Diamondbacks, Arizona14 18 1/301.000917180.49
1997-South Bend, Midwest31105 2/375.5831044049673.41
1998-South Bend, Midwest13 49 1/333.500532022323.65
1998-Lethbridge, Pioneer17 64 2/353.625663934405.43
1999-El Paso, Texas3 8 2/311.50076986.23
1999-South Bend, Midwest 28 8862.750873936744.00
Minor League totals78334 2/32215.5953261451572393.90

Notes

Drafted in 23rd round by the Arizona Diamondbacks, June 5, 1996. Signed July 18, 1996.

Statistical notes

Led South Bend in walks (49) in 1997.

Had 2 saves for the Diamondbacks in 1996 and 1 save for South Bend in 1997.



Corey Miller, Ht: 5-8. Wt: 161. Throws and bats: Right.

Pitching record

Year, Team, LeagueGIPWLPct.HERBBSOERA
1999-Athletics, Arizona1823201.0001529280.78
1999-So. Oregon, Northwest51211.500532102.25
Minor League totals233531.75020511381.29

Notes

Signed as a nondrafted free agent by the Oakland Athletics, June 4, 1999.

Named to the Arizona League All-Star team as the right-handed relief pitcher in 1999. Miller led the league with 11 saves.



Jason Ross, Ht: 6-4. Wt: 215. Throws and bats: Right.

Batting record

Year, Team, LeagueGABRH2B3BHRRBIAvg.
1996-Danville, Appalachian43149264081320.268
1996-Macon, South Atlantic519230013.158
1997-Macon, South Atlantic11243070111205959.258
1998-Danville, Carolina1153783680143634.212
1999-Myrtle Beach, Carolina1334828012923131264.268
Minor League totals4081,458214363652231180.249

Notes

Drafted in the 11th round by the Florida Marlins, June 5, 1995. Did not sign.

Drafted in the 13th round (382 overall) by the Atlanta Braves, June 4, 1996. Signed June 9, 1996.

Statistical notes

Led the Carolina League in triples (13) in 1999.

Led Myrtle Beach in stolen bases (31) and strikeouts (136) and tied for lead in runs (80) in 1999.

Stole 6 bases for Danville, 1 for Macon in 1996, 16 for Macon in 1997, 11 for Danville 1998, and 31 for Myrtle Beach in 1999.



Chad Santos, Ht: 6-1. Wt: 215. Throws and bats: Left.

Batting record

Year, Team, League G AB R H 2B 3BHR RBI Avg.
1999-Royals, Gulf Coast 48 1772048904 35 .271
Minor League totals 48 177204890435 .271

Notes

Drafted in the 22nd round (661st overall) by the Kansas City Royals, June 2, 1999. Signed June 8, 1999.

Statistical notes

Finished second in RBIs (35) in the Florida State League in 1999.

Led the Royals in strikeouts (54) and stole 1 base for the Royals in 1999.



Kaipo Spenser, Ht: 6-3. Wt: 220. Throws and bats: right.

Pitching record

Year, Team, LeagueG IPWLPct.HERBBSOERA
1998-Kinston, Carolina13 6726.250742823313.76
1998-Columbus, So. Atlantic11 5517.125663832366.22
1999-Kinston, Carolina35 7234.429652622463.25
Minor League totals59194617.26120566771134.27

Notes

Drafted in 16th round by the Cleveland Indians, June 5, 1996. Signed July 2, 1996.

On the disabled list all of 1996 and 1997.



Jay Spurgeon, Ht: 6-6. Wt: 225. Throws and bats: right.

Pitching record

Year, Team, LeagueGIPWLPct.HERBBSOERA
1997-Bluefield, Appalachian93511.500351314323.34
1998-Delmarva, So. Atlantic27136 1/3113.78611240481032.64
1999-Frederick, Carolina2614669.4001767753874.75
Minor League totals 36171 1/3124.75014753621352.78

Notes

Drafted in 27th round by the Houston Astros, June 3, 1994. Did not sign.

Drafted in 8th round by the Baltimore Orioles, June 3, 1997. Signed June 24, 1997 for $87,000.

Statistical notes

Finished 8th in ERA (2.64) in the South Atlantic League and led Delmarva in wins (11) in 1998.



Jandin Thornton-Murray, Ht: 6-0. Wt: 190. Throws and bats: Right.

Batting record

Year, Team, LeagueGABRH2B3BHRRBIAvg.
1999-Cubs, Arizona3411212232104.205
Minor League totals3411212232104.205

Notes

Drafted in the 14th round (440th overall) by the Chicago Cubs, June 2, 1999. Signed June 7, 1999.



Chris Truby, Ht: 6-2. Wt: 190. Throws and bats: Right.

Batting record

Year, Team, LeagueGABRH2B3BHRRBIAvg.
1993-Astros, Gulf Coast572153049102124.228
1993-Osceola, Florida State313000000.000
1994-Quad City, Midwest36111122441219.216
1994-Auburn, New York-Penn732825691176761.323
1995-Quad City, Midwest1184006893234964.233
1996-Quad City, Midwest1093624591153837.251
1997-Quad City, Midwest682683475141746.280
1997-Kissimmee, Florida State571992349110229.246
1998-Kissimmee, Florida State5221236661611448.311
1998-Jackson, Texas8030846892051663.289
1998-New Orleans, Amer. Assoc.517671111.412
1999-Jackson, Texas124465781312132887.282
Minor League totals7822,8524347651522795479.268

Notes

Signed by the Houston Astros as a nondrafted free agent, August 25, 1992.

Named the Most Valuable Player in the New York-Penn League in 1994.

Named the third baseman on the 1994 New York-Penn League All-Star Team.

Named to Baseball America's Short Season All-Star Team in 1994.

Named the Florida State League Hitter of the Week (April 20-26). He was 10-for-23 (.323) with 3 doubles, 4 home runs, 12 RBIs and an .806 slugging percentage in 7 games.

Statistical notes

Led the New York-Penn League in runs scored (56), hits (91), runs batted in (61), extra base hits (30), total bases (141) and sacrifice flies (8) and finished sixth with a .323 batting average in 1994.

Led Kissimmee in slugging percentage (.594) in 1998.

Led Jackson in at bats (464), runs (78), total bases (242), home runs (28), RBIs (87) and sacrifice flies (12) in 1999.

Stole a team-high 16 bases for the Astros in 1993; 20 for Auburn in 1994; 1 for Quad City in 1`994; 27 for Quad City in 1995; 6 for Quad City in 1996; 13 for Quad City and 8 for Kissimmee in 1997; 6 for Kissimmee, 8 for Jackson and 1 for New Orleans in 1998, and 20 for Jackson in 1999.



Shane Victorino, Height: 5-9. Weight: 165. Throws and bats: Right.

Batting record

Year, Team, LeagueGABRH2B3B HRRBIAvg.
1999-Great Falls. Pioneer55225536376225.280
Minor League totals55225536376225.280

Notes

Drafted in the 6th round (194th overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers, June 2, 1999. Signed June 8, 1999.

Statistical notes

Led Great Falls in runs (53) and stolen bases (20) in 1999.



Hawkeye Wayne, Ht: 6-1. Wt: 205. Throws and bats: right.

Pitching record

Year, Team, LeagueGIPWLPctHERBBSOERA
1999-Everett, Northwest1533 2/302.000343132348.29
Minor League totals1533 2/302.000343132348.29

Notes

Drafted in 11th round (335th overall) by the Seattle Mariners, June 2, 1999. Signed June 11, 1999.



Jerome Williams, Ht: 6-3. Wt: 190. Throws and bats: right.

Pitching record

Year, Team, LeagueGIPWLPctHERBBSOERA
1999-Salem-Keizer, Northwest73711.50029911342.19
Minor League totals73711.50029911342.19

Notes

Drafted in supplemental round (39th overall) by the San Francisco Giants, June 2, 1999. Signed July 10, 1999.



Tyler Yates, Ht: 6-4. Wt: 225. Throws and bats: right.

Pitching record

Year, Team, LeagueG IPWLPctHERBBSOERA
1998-Athletics, Arizona15 2300.000281014203.91
1998-So. Oregon, Northwest2 2 1/300.00020010.00
1999-Visalia, California47 82 1/325.286985035745.47
Minor League totals64107 2/325.2861286049955.02

Notes

Drafted in 23rd round (675th overall) by the Oakland Athletics, June 3, 1998. Signed June 10, 1998.

Statistical notes

Had 2 saves for the Athletics and 1 for Southern Oregon in 1998, and 4 for Visalia in 1999.



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