The AppleSox are putting the final pieces together on the 2010 roster. The defending West Coast League Champions have added a mix of returning players and newcomers from around the Northwest.
The team will be welcoming back two players who have previously worn an AppleSox uniform, infielder Trent Bridges from Lewis-Clark State College and catcher Maxx Garrett from Columbia Basin College. Three newcomers are also joining the team, University of Washington first-baseman Eric Peterson, University of Portland left-handed pitcher Scotty Burris, and Tacoma Community College right-handed pitcher Sean Santschi.
Both Garrett and Bridges were temporary players for the AppleSox last season. They started the season with the team while a few full-time players finished up school and both made a great impression on AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs in their limited action.
Garrett, from Kennewick, WA, is finishing up his sophomore year at Columbia Basin College and is transferring to Gonzaga next season. The catcher is hitting .375 with 37 RBIs this season. He appeared in seven games for the AppleSox last season and hit .348 with four RBIs.
“He was a savior for us the first week of last season,” said Knaggs. “He was fun to have on the team and we are glad to have him back.”
Bridges is finishing up his sophomore year at Lewis-Clark State College. The Coeur d’Alene, ID product is hitting .356 for the powerhouse program. The Warriors set the NAIA regular season winning percentage mark this year after compiling a 47-3 record. Last summer as temporary player he appeared and started in three games for the AppleSox, with four hits in nine at bats.
“He played as if he should be a full-time player in this league last season. He is a hard-nosed guy and a great teammate,” said Knaggs.
Peterson, from Renton, WA, is the lone Husky joining the AppleSox this summer. The freshman has appeared in 21 games this season and is hitting .212. He had a stellar high school career where he was named 3A state co-player of the year and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 28th round of the 2009 MLB draft.
“He is a big kid who the University of Washington coaches think is their first baseman of the future,” said Knaggs.
Burris is from Portland, OR, and 1-1 for the University of Portland this season with a 5.89 ERA. The junior has made seven starts in 13 appearances for the Pilots.
“Coach Hippi recruited him out of high school and he really liked his arm,” said Knaggs. “He is a nice kid and we are excited to have him.”
Santschi, a sophomore who is transferring from Tacoma Community College to Gonzaga, will come out of the bullpen for the AppleSox. The Vancouver, WA, native has a 0.56 ERA and 11 saves this season, which is tied for most in the NWAACC.
Notes: Two high school seniors bound for Wenatchee this summer that have committed to UCLA, pitchers Adam Plutko and Zack Weiss, were ranked by Baseball America in their top 200 prospect for the upcoming MLB draft…. Plutko was ranked #131 and Weiss was right behind him at #132… Sean Wilson, Brock Slavin, and Tyler Olson from Gonzaga are no longer on the AppleSox roster this summer…. The Bulldogs will instead send freshman infielder Clayton Eslick, who has appeared in all 53 of the Zags games and is hitting .277.