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
August 10, 2010
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
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.
June 16, 2009
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