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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 […]

Hawaii baseball: Rainbow Warriors clinch losing season with loss to No. 6 UC Santa Barbara

By Brian McInnis on May 18, 2019

With an emphatic 11-1 loss to No. 6 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night, the Hawaii baseball team clinched a losing 2019 campaign. UH, which hung around .500 both overall and in Big West play for most of the season, dropped to 20-26 (8-12 BWC) for 2019 after allowing a season-high 18 hits and earning just three hits of their own in front of a Saturday night turnstile crowd of 2,261. It snapped two straight years of winning overall records […]

Hawaii baseball: Big challenge ahead for final home weekend

By Brian McInnis on May 17, 2019

The Hawaii baseball team is out of the Big West title race, but it can muck things up for the team that is currently in the driver’s seat. UH (20-24, 8-10 BWC) is seven games behind No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (41-7, 15-3) with six games to play in a conference that awards its automatic NCAA tournament berth to the regular-season champion. Cal Poly (13-5) and UC Irvine (12-6) are the teams hoping Hawaii can end the red-hot Gauchos’ 10-game […]

Warrior Beat: Hawaii athletics graduation day

By Stephen Tsai on May 11, 2019

Three former UH basketball players — Sheriff Drammeh, Brocke Stepteau and Jack Purchase — earned degrees today and are ready for the next phase of their lives. Drammeh has reached an agreement with a sports agency in Europe and is expected to play professionally over there. Purchase is headed back to his native Australia to audition for the professional league over there. The free-agent period is coming up. Stepteau is exploring options in basketball and music. He is accompanying Purchase […]