Orioles draft Liberty High product John McLeod

June 24, 2014

John McLeod, a 2010 Liberty High School graduate playing at Wake Forest University, was selected by the Baltimore Orioles June 7 in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.

McLeod was chosen in the 21st round with the 631st overall pick. The redshirt junior, a left-handed pitcher, struck out 48 batters in 58 innings for Wake Forest in 2014.

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Local players hold on to the dream of playing in the show

August 24, 2010

There have been some high points, and some low ones, for five local baseball players who have been competing in the minor leagues this season.

Of the group, only Issaquah High School graduate Colin Curtis has played in the major leagues this year. The New York Yankees called up Curtis in June from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, of the International League. The left-handed hitting outfielder played in 22 games with the Yankees, batting .256 with a home run and eight runs batted in. Read more

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Skyline graduate making major moves in Orioles’ minor leagues

August 10, 2010

Brad Decater, a 2007 Skyline High School graduate, plays third base for the Bluefield (W.Va.) Orioles, an advanced-rookie minor-league team in the Appalachian League, after being drafted in June by the Baltimore Orioles. Contributed

When Brad Decater was drafted in the 43rd round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, he wasn’t sure about playing full-time pro ball, he said. He had earned an associate degree from Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, Calif., but said he wanted to continue with school for at least another year.

He played one season with the Matadors of Cal State Northridge this year and had been told he would likely be drafted again, he said. By the end of the season, his scout had not called in about a month, though.

But in June, his scout called while Decater was painting a house near Sammamish with his brother: The Orioles had picked him again, in the 36th round of the 2010 baseball draft. This time was different, said Decater, a 2007 Skyline High School graduate.

“This time, I’m ready to go,” he said.

Decater now plays third base for the Bluefield, W.Va., Orioles, an advanced-rookie minor-league team in the Appalachian League. Read more

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Baltimore Orioles sign Skyline High School grad

July 8, 2010

NEW — 12:50 p.m. July 8, 2010

The Baltimore Orioles recently signed former Skyline High School baseball standout Brad Decater. He was the Orioles’ 36th round pick in this year’s amateur baseball draft.

Decater is playing for the Bluefield Orioles in Bluefield, W.Va. The team is part of the Rookie Appalachian League. He has appeared in 11 games and is hitting .263.

Last spring, Decater played at California State University, Northridge.

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