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‘Bows in the Pros: Hawaii baseball alum Kolten Wong looks to build on best year

By Brian McInnis on October 3, 2019

Kolten Wong is ready to build on his finest season to date. When the Hawaii alum’s St. Louis Cardinals take on the Atlanta Braves today in the NL Division Series (11 a.m. HST on TBS), the second baseman is expected to bat seventh in the lineup in his return from a recent injury. And if he produces like he did before he went out of the lineup, that’s a huge gain for the NL Central champs. Wong, in his sixth […]

Hawaii baseball: Former UH infielder Josh Rojas called up to the major leagues

By Billy Hull on August 12, 2019

Less than two weeks after he was traded from the Houston Astros to the Arizona Diamondback as part of the Zack Grienke deal, former University of Hawaii infielder Josh Rojas has been called up to the big leagues. #Dbacks select infielder Josh Rojas from the Triple-A Reno @Aces. Welcome to The Show, @JoshRojass! #RattleOn — Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) August 12, 2019 Rojas, a two-year starter at UH from 2016-17 after transferring from a junior college, hit .514 (18-for-35) with […]

College World Series champ Vanderbilt set to host Hawaii baseball in 2020

By Stephen Tsai on June 27, 2019

The 2019 College World Series finalists — champion Vanderbilt and runner-up Michigan — will be heading to a UH baseball calendar. The Rainbow Warriors will play Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., in March in the first year of a home-and-home series. Mike Trapasso said the Commodores initiated the contact. Thirteen Commodores recently were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. In 2021, Michigan is set to visit the ‘Bows for a series at Les Murakami Stadium. The ‘Bows had […]

Hawaii baseball: Dylan Thomas signs with Minnesota Twins

By Stephen Tsai on June 12, 2019

Former UH pitcher Dylan Thomas is in a Sunshine state — geographically and emotionally — after signing a contract with the Minnesota Twins. The signing took place this morning at the Twins’ training facility in Florida. Thomas said he will receive a $100,000 signing bonus. Thomas is expected to be assigned to the Elizabethon (Tenn.) Twins of the Appalachian League. Thomas was the Twins’ 13th-round draft choice last week and 38th-round pick in 2018. After failing to reach an agreement […]

Hawaii baseball: Minnesota Twins pick Dylan Thomas in 13th round

By Stephen Tsai on June 5, 2019

A year later and 25 rounds earlier, the Minnesota Twins selected pitcher Dylan Thomas in the 13th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Thomas was the Twins’ 38th-round choice in last year’s draft. But he opted to return to UH as a fourth-year junior. Thomas and six family members gathered to watch today’s draft on a TV that was hooked up to a computer. A few minutes before the selection, an area scout called Thomas to check on his […]

Hawaii baseball: Yamazaki named to Big West first team; Scott wins frosh award

By Stephen Tsai on May 29, 2019

Shortstop Maaki Yamazaki today was named to the All-Big West first team as a utility player. Yamazaki hit .308 while striking out a team-fewest 7.6 percent of his at bats. After suffering a shoulder injury on April 24, he was used at second base and designated hitter. He hit .324 after incurring the injury. * * * * * Outfielder Scotty Scott was named the Big West’s Freshman Field Player of the Year. He hit .291 while leading the ‘Bows […]

Hawaii baseball feels the 2019 MLB draft

By Stephen Tsai on May 27, 2019

The Major League Baseball Draft for First-Year Players is full of options for players, college recruiters and the pros. Here are the rules: > High school seniors, junior-college graduates and third-year players at four-year colleges are eligible to be drafted. > MLB teams have until early July to sign draft picks (the exception being college seniors). > College juniors have the most bargaining power because they can use the threat of returning to school as leverage. In turn, college seniors […]

Hawaii baseball: 2019 season came apart at the seams

By Brian McInnis on May 26, 2019

The 2019 baseball season was going adequately for Hawaii, until it wasn’t. And “wasn’t” happened in a hurry but will linger through the entire offseason. UH was a passable 18-20 overall and 7-6 in the Big West Conference on April 26. The Rainbow Warriors were riding some lingering “Bowmentum” a few days after Logan Pouelsen’s dramatic walk-off home run over Cal State Fullerton. Optimism abounded entering a two-week, eight-game road trip. The trek even started with promise. UH knocked off […]