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

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

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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Three locals taken in MLB amateur draft

June 16, 2009

By Bob Taylor
Three local baseball players were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft of amateur baseball players last week.
Selected during day two of the three-day draft on June 10 were Issaquah High School graduate Brian Justice, a right-handed pitcher for St. Mary’s College in California, and Liberty High School infielder Eric Peterson. Justice was picked by the Toronto Blue Jays and Peterson was chosen by the Kansas City Royals.
Skyline High School graduate Brad Decater, shortstop and outfielder for California’s Cuesta College, was drafted June 11 by the Baltimore Orioles.
Justice was the staff ace for St. Mary’s this spring, compiling career highs for victories (6) and strikeouts (58). He was selected to the West Coast Conference all-league team. This season, Justice notched wins over All-
American pitchers Mario Hollands, of the University of California Santa Barbara, and A.J. Griffen, of San Diego State.
Before coming to St. Mary’s, Justice pitched two seasons for Idaho’s Treasure Valley College, compiling a 11-1 mark. He was sidelined during the 2007 season because of an injury, but bounced back in 2008 for St. Mary’s.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Brian,” St. Mary’s coach Jedd Soto said. “From his work ethic and development, to the way he bounced back from Tommy John surgery, to be our Friday guy was real special. Due to his location, he should have a smooth transition to the minors.”
Justice pitched on Issaquah’s 2004 3A state championship team. Issaquah High coach Rob Reese, who has three former players in the minor leagues (Colin Curtis, Matt Wickswat and Lindsay Gulin), said he is happy for Justice.
“He’s a big strong guy who can throw real well,” Reese said. “We’re happy he got drafted and wish him well.”
Peterson, who has a scholarship to the University of Washington, was the 3A/2A KingCo Conference player of the year. He led the Patriots to the league championship and a berth in the state playoffs. Peterson also slugged a school-record 12 home runs this spring. Last weekend, he played in the Washington State Coaches Association All-star series.
Decater hit .330 for Cuesta College and helped his team win the Western State Conference championship. He led the team in runs batted in (60) and tied for the team-lead in home runs (7).

Three local baseball players were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft of amateur baseball players last week.

Selected during day two of the three-day draft on June 10 were Issaquah High School graduate Brian Justice, a right-handed pitcher for St. Mary’s College in California, and Liberty High School infielder Eric Peterson. Justice was picked by the Toronto Blue Jays and Peterson was chosen by the Kansas City Royals.

Skyline High School graduate Brad Decater, shortstop and outfielder for California’s Cuesta College, was drafted June 11 by the Baltimore Orioles.

Justice was the staff ace for St. Mary’s this spring, compiling career highs for victories (6) and strikeouts (58). He was selected to the West Coast Conference all-league team. This season, Justice notched wins over All-American pitchers Mario Hollands, of the University of California Santa Barbara, and A.J. Griffen, of San Diego State. Read more