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Category: Baseball

June
19th

McGuire inks $2.36 million contract with Pittsburgh as No. 14 MLB Draft pick

From correspondent Howie Stalwick

The ink had barely dried on the $2.369 million contract Reese McGuire signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates when the recent Kentwood High School graduate demonstrated the type of poise that convinced the Pirates he was worth so much money.

McGuire drew laughter Tuesday at his introductory press conference in Pittsburgh when he discussed the standard urine test required during physical exams of drafted players who sign pro contracts.

“I was a little worried about the urine test,” McGuire joked, “because in the past, I’ve had a little stage fright, or it took me a while. So

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June
8th

Beatty goes from battling cancer to fighting for a baseball job with San Diego

Max Beatty threw a party.

It wasn’t just any ordinary gathering – it was the final day of the 2013 Major League first-year draft.

Beatty, a right-handed pitcher from Fort Vancouver High School and Pacific Lutheran University, hooked up his laptop to the family’s big-screen television back home in Vancouver. All day, the selections were monitored closely.

Finally, a phone call came in during the 32nd round from the Los Angeles Angels. They were peeking into the next round, and told Beatty – the No. 2 NCAA Division III prospect – to be on alert.

One team – the San

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June
7th

Morris (4th round), Voth (5th), Monda (6th) and Cimber (8th) all MLB second-day draft picks

Late in 2010, with his elbow in a sling, carrying a ligament carefully stitched back together, Federal Way’s Elliot Morris had no clue if he had a career in baseball anymore.

And on Friday, he got his answer.

Nearly 21/2 years after having Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery in his pitching elbow, the right-handed pitcher from Pierce College was selected in the fourth round (No. 127 pick overall) by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2013 major league first-year draft.

Overcome with emotion once he saw his name appear on the computer screen Friday morning, Morris gave a giant bear hug

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June
6th

Dream comes true, McGuire goes in first round of MLB Draft to Pittsburgh

Reese McGuire, your new life begins.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. PDT Thursday, the nation’s top catching prospect was selected 14th overall in the MLB first-year draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

His draft slot calls for a $2.5 million signing bonus.

He is also the area’s second-highest draft pick behind Capital High School’s Travis Lee, who went No. 2 to Minnesota in 1996.

“We really like the receive (skills), the block, the throw. And he’s called his own game forever,” Pirates’ general manager Neal Huntington told Pittsburgh-area reporters after McGuire was selected. “That’s very unique in this industry.”

The only other

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June
5th

Morris, a Federal Way graduate, ready to hear his name called in MLB Draft

Staring down, it wasn’t just another home plate.

In some ways, Elliot Morris did a double take Wednesday afternoon. Three years ago, he was touring Safeco Field with his Federal Way High School baseball teammates, ready to take on Kentwood in the Class 4A semifinals. And on this day, he was actually there for the big league team.

The Seattle Mariners wanted him to come in for a brief workout.

“I threw a bullpen session today,” Morris said, “and I met a lot of people.”

On Thursday, Morris – now the graduating ace pitcher for the Pierce College Raiders in

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June
5th

Baseball draft primer: McGuire, Driver lead troop of high school prospects

LOCAL PROSPECTS
State athletes likely to be drafted today

Reese McGuire
C, Kentwood HS, Kent
Reigning USA Baseball player of the year is consensus top catching prospect in draft. Defensive skills are extraordinary, and most pundits have him going No. 9 to Pittsburgh.

Marco Gonzales
LHP, Gonzaga University, Spokane
One of the safest starting pitchers on the board because of his great command, the way he attacks hitters – and having arguably the best change-up pitch in the draft. Late first round.

Dustin Driver
RHP, Wenatchee HS
Combine his great frame (6-2, 220)

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May
25th

Coach’s hunch pays off, Guinn pitches Auburn Mountainview to 3A baseball title

Glen Walker had a hunch. He first wanted to run it by his baseball coaching staff at Auburn Mountainview High School, which merited a round of discussion.

For the most important game of the season – the Class 3A state title game against West Seattle – Walker wanted to give the baseball to Shawn Guinn, a left-hander who had an up-and-down season.

Rewarding his coach’s faith, Guinn pitched a one-hitter into the seventh inning, and the Lions brought home their first 3A title with a 7-1 victory over West Seattle at Gesa Stadium in Pasco on Saturday afternoon.

Leading 2-0,

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May
24th

Yet another rally, this one pushes Auburn Mountainview to 3A baseball title game

PASCO – Auburn Mountainview High School’s baseball team is beginning to get this late-comeback thing down pat.

Taking advantage of three Kennewick errors in the sixth inning, Auburn Mountainview rallied for a 6-4 victory in the Class 3A state semifinals at Gesa Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Mason Cerillo’s push bunt and Joey Cassano’s two-run triple proved big blows for Auburn Mountainview in that inning as it erased a 3-1 deficit. Cassano’s hit ended the day for Kennewick starter Jarrod Molnaa, who never quite got comfortable in the zone but still carried a three-hitter through five innings.

The SPSL 3A champion’s

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