July 20, 2000
TEMPE, Ariz. -- After a stellar career at Arizona State, Willie Bloomquist continues to make his move towards the Major Leagues. The three-year starter for the Sun Devils was recently promoted from Single-A Lancaster to the highest team in the Seattle Mariner Farm System, the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers.
Bloomquist, who ranks third with a .394 career average as a Sun Devil, put together three solid seasons that will go down as one of the best careers in ASU baseball history. The All-American shortstop recorded back-to-back 100-hit seasons in 1998-99 and was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1999.
The Seattle Mariners selected the native of Port Orchard, Wash., in the third round of the 1999 amateur draft. Upon making the switch to second base, Bloomquist was solid at the plate in his first professional season, hitting .287 with two home runs and 27 RBI.
After making a notable impression on Mariner manger Lou Piniella in Spring Training by hitting .303, Bloomquist started the year with the Jethawks. He started on a tear hitting, .368 after his first month in the California League, and then earned a brief promotion to Triple-A Tacoma where he played 20 minutes from his hometown.
He returned to Lancaster and hit .379 (97x256) with 19 doubles and 51 RBI before being called back up to the Triple-A club on July 17. He is currently the starting second baseman for the Rainiers.
Batting Statistics of Former ASU Players in the Minors: (Pitchers to come next week)
|Andrew Beinbrink||St. Petersburg (A, Tampa Bay)||.277||347||50||96||23||0||5||43|
|Willie Bloomquist||Lancaster (A, Mariners)||.379||256||63||97||19||6||2||51|
|Brett Cadiente||Savannah (A, Rangers)||.291||326||50||95||9||4||4||29|
|Mike Collins||San Bernadino (A, Dodgers)||.325||209||36||68||7||0||0||18|
|Phil Downing||Vermont (A, Expos)||.297||74||15||22||3||5||0||6|
|Jeff Duncan||Pittsfield (A, Mets)||.278||54||9||15||1||2||0||4|
|Mark Ernster||Huntsville (AA, Brewers)||.274||84||10||23||3||0||3||12|
|John Finn||Valley Vipers (Independent)||.275||142||17||39||9||1||1||17|
|Javier Fuentes||South Bend (A, Diamondbacks)||.289||211||27||61||7||1||1||23|
|Steve Goodell||Carolina (AA, Rockies)||.298||114||27||34||3||1||7||25|
|Scott Goodman||Kane County (A, Marlins)||.229||271||39||62||17||1||8||29|
|Chip Gosewisch||Cedar Rapids (A, Angels)||.223||121||12||27||9||0||1||11|
|Jeremy Jones||Charlotte (A, Rangers)||.302||149||16||45||11||2||2||24|
|Mitch Jones||Staten Island (A, Yankees)||.278||115||19||32||12||1||5||25|
|Robbie Kent||Mobile (AA, Padres)||.154||13||3||2||0||0||0||1|
|Rich Leon||Valley Vipers (Independent)||.264||106||12||28||8||1||0||5|
|Cody McKay||Midland (AA, Athletics)||.339||292||52||99||27||2||3||62|
|Dan McKinley||Harrisburg (AA, Expos)||.299||321||47||96||14||11||3||40|
|Dan Meier||Lynchburg (A, Pirates)||.226||53||7||12||3||0||1||9|
|Doug Newstrom||Tucson (AAA, Diamondbacks)||.294||143||16||42||7||0||1||20|
|Scott Samuels||Allentown (Independent)||.362||152||40||55||18||0||8||44|
|Jay Sitzman||Piedmont (A, Phillies)||.320||269||63||86||10||5||4||32|
|Tim Spehr||Pawtucket (AAA, Red Sox)||.174||167||18||29||6||1||4||20|
|Kevin Tommasini||Bakersfield (A, Giants)||.261||199||40||52||6||3||6||32|