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Hawaii Baseball Report


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POSTED: Sunday, May 31, 2009

Statistics of players with Hawaii ties in professional baseball through Friday's games:

Major Leagues

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Player Team, League AB R H 2b 3b HR RBI Avg.
       
Shane VictorinoPhiladelphia Phillies, National1983258114425.293
Kurt SuzukiOakland Athletics, American1652247140216.285 
Dane SardinhaDetroit Tigers, American21121002.095
Pitcher Team, League G IP H ER BB SO W-L ERA
       
Brandon LeagueToronto Blue Jays, American1921 2/319108171-14.15

Class AAA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Player Team (Franchise), League AB R H 2b 3b HR RBI Avg.
       
Brandon ChavesDurham (Rays), International15380002.533 
Kila Ka'aihueOmaha (Royals), Pacific Coast152334313185.283
Pitcher Team (Franchise), League G IP H ER BB SO W-L ERA
       
Reid SantosRochester (Twins), International730 2/3382014230-25.87 
Jerome WilliamsSacramento (A's), Pacific Coast68126550-06.75

Class AA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Player Team (Franchise), League AB R H 2b 3b HR RBI Avg.
       
Rex RundgrenTulsa (Rockies), Texas1085205106.185
Kala Ka'aihueMississippi (Braves), Southern112111941413.170
Pitcher Team (Franchise), League G IP H ER BB SO W-L ERA
       
Steven WrightAkron (Indians), Eastern928 1/32797213-02.86
Kanekoa TexeiraTrenton (Yankees), Eastern1330 2/3281315195-23.82
Kea KometaniFrisco (Rangers), Texas1016 1/32594131-04.96 

Class A

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Player Team (Franchise), League AB R H 2b 3b HR RBI Avg.
       
Kris SanchezClinton (Mariners), Midwest81112450314.296 
Keoni RuthLake Elsinore (Padres), California495142004.286
Troy HanzawaLakewood (Phillies), South Atlantic147164080014.272 
Jon HeeSalem (Red Sox), Carolina31371105.226
Esteban LopezGreat Lakes (Dodgers), Midwest22010002.045
Pitcher Team (Franchise), League G IP H ER BB SO W-L ERA
       
Matt DalyLansing (Blue Jays), Midwest1819 1/310512121-32.33
Derrick SaitoBurlington (Royals), Midwest1230 2/326127301-33.52 
Dustin AntolinLansing (Blue Jays), Midwest58 2/374270-14.15

Independent

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Player Team, League AB R H 2b 3b HR RBI Avg.
       
Mike HigaSouthern Illinois, Frontier8440013.500
Gered MochizukiSouthern Illinois, Frontier28491006.321
Keoni DeRenneYork, Atlantic10215326117.314
Brian FineganCamden, Atlantic4210112004.310
Isaac OmuraGary, Northern21151001.238
Mark OkanoCalgary, Golden23752014.217
Pitcher Team, League G IP H ER BB SO W-L ERA
       
Onan MasaokaGary, Northern313 2/31694140-25.93
Tyler DavisSouthern Illinois, Frontier22 1/344400-015.43

Foreign Leagues

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Player Team, League (Country)AB R H 2b 3b HR RBI Avg.
       
Benny AgbayaniChiba Lotte, Pacific (Japan)9993261313.323
Gavin NgPaderborn, Bundesliga 1 (Germany)3515112008.314 
Pitcher Team, League G IP H ER BB SO W-L ERA
       
Dusty BergmanHeidenheim, Bundesliga 2 (Germany)742 1/3291214426-02.55

» Shane Victorino (St. Anthony's) had a four-hit performance in the Phillies' 5-4 win over the Nationals on Friday, improving his batting average to .293 this season. The Maui native is 15-for-31 in his last seven games.

» Kurt Suzuki (Baldwin) is earning praise from American League West managers for his improved play behind the plate this season. “;I think he's the most improved catcher in baseball from when he came into the league until now,”; said Angels manager Mike Scioscia in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle. Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu was also quoted in the article as saying “;Kurt is not just one of the best young catchers in the game, but he's proven he's as good as anyone in the game.

» Dane Sardinha (Kamehameha) acknowledged in an article in the Detroit News that his time as a major leaguer might be short-lived if he continues to struggle offensively. “;My head is on the chopping block every day I come to the ballpark,”; said Detroit's backup catcher. “;If I don't hit, I know I'm not going to stay here. That's just reality.”; So far, his defensive prowess behind the plate is preventing Tigers manager Jim Leyland from demoting the 30-year-old. Sardinha is hitting .095 (2-for-21) this season.

» The Tampa Bay Rays promoted Brandon Chaves (Hilo, Hawaii-Hilo) to Triple-A Durham from Double-A Montgomery on Tuesday.

» Turns out Steven Wright's (Hawaii) promotion to Triple-A Columbus was short-lived. The right-hander joined the Clippers on May 24 and made two relief appearances, allowing three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He returned to Double-A Akron yesterday.

» Esteban Lopez (Hawaii) was activated by Single-A Great Lakes on Thursday to replace starting Loons catcher Austin Gallagher, who was put on the seven-day disabled list. Lopez went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Friday.

» Dustin Antolin (Mililani) pitched three scoreless innings of relief to earn his first save in a 6-2 victory over the Quad City River Bandits on Friday.

» Dusty Bergman (Hawaii) is playing for the Heidenheim Heidekopfe of the Bundesliga German Baseball League. Bergman, who last year was 0-12 with a 6.20 ERA with the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association Independent Baseball League, currently leads the Bundesliga with a 6-0 record.

» Gavin Ng (Mililani) is playing for the Paderborn Untouchables of the Bundesliga German Baseball League. He leads the Untouchables in runs (15) and stolen bases (5). Ng is in his second season playing for the Untouchables. Last year, Ng and fellow Mililani alum Cy Donald signed contracts to play for the Royal Greys of the Belgian Baseball League. Shortly after reporting to the club, both Ng and Donald decided instead to play for the Untouchables. Donald is no longer playing in Germany.


Compiled by Ben Nishimoto, Star-Bulletin