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HWB Alums Continue to Shine in Majors

Kurt Zwald
06/01/10



With the 2010 Major League Baseball season well underway, we have had the pleasure of watching numerous Hawaii Winter Baseball alumni make an impact at the highest level.

Many players, like Ichiro Suzuki, Derrek Lee, and Todd Helton, have established themselves as perennial stars for their respective teams.  Others, like Joba Chamberlain, Dexter Fowler, Bud Norris, Buster Posey, and Matt Wieters, are emerging as their clubs’ mainstays of the future.  Moreover, a new crop of talented rookies are making their big league debuts in 2010, including Jason Castro, Ian Desmond, Austin Jackson, and Jonny Venters.

Since our most recent HWB campaign from 2006-08, we have seen over 65 former players receive call-ups to the major leagues.  That brings us to a grand total of 205 HWB alums who realized their dream of playing in the majors.

HWB alums who are currently on MLB rosters or who have seen major league action in 2010 include:
 
Yonder Alonso – Cincinnati Reds (2008 Waikiki BeachBoys)
Daniel Bard – Boston Red Sox (2007 Honolulu Sharks)
Josh Bell – Baltimore Orioles (2007 West Oahu CaneFires)
Geoff Blum – Houston Astros (1996 Honolulu Sharks)
Domonic Brown – Philadelphia Phillies (2008 Honolulu Sharks)
Drew Butera – Minnesota Twins (2006 North Shore Honu)
Lorenzo Cain – Milwaukee Brewers (2006 North Shore Honu)
Chris Carter – Oakland Athletics (2008 North Shore Honu)
Jason Castro – Houston Astros (2008 North Shore Honu)
Joba Chamberlain – New York Yankees (2006 West Oahu CaneFires)
Jeff Clement – Pittsburgh Pirates (2006 Waikiki BeachBoys)
Craig Counsell – Milwaukee Brewers (1993, 1994 Maui Stingrays)
Sam Demel – Arizona Diamondbacks (2008 North Shore Honu)
Ian Desmond – Washington Nationals (2006 Waikiki BeachBoys)
Blake DeWitt – Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs (2006 North Shore Honu)
Argenis Diaz – Pittsburgh Pirates (2007 Honolulu Sharks)
R.A. Dickey – New York Mets (1997 Hilo Stars)
Lucas Duda – New York Mets (2007 Waikiki BeachBoys)
Michael Dunn – Atlanta Braves (2006 West Oahu CaneFires)
Marco Estrada – Milwaukee Brewers (2006 Waikiki BeachBoys)
Nick Evans – New York Mets (2007 Waikiki BeachBoys)
Tyler Flowers – Chicago White Sox (2007 Honolulu Sharks)
Darren Ford – San Francisco Giants (2006 North Shore Honu)
Dexter Fowler – Colorado Rockies (2006 Waikiki BeachBoys)
Mat Gamel – Milwaukee Brewers (2007 North Shore Honu)
Craig Gentry – Texas Rangers (2007 West Oahu CaneFires)
Jason Giambi – Colorado Rockies (1993 Kauai Emeralds)
Todd Helton – Colorado Rockies (1995 Maui Stingrays)
Austin Jackson – Detroit Tigers (2007 Honolulu Sharks)
Kenley Jansen – Los Angeles Dodgers (2006 North Shore Honu, 2007 West Oahu CaneFires)
Waldis Joaquin – San Francisco Giants (2008 Waikiki BeachBoys)
Chris Johnson – Houston Astros (2007 North Shore Honu)
Ryan Kalish – Boston Red Sox (2008 North Shore Honu)
Gabe Kapler – Tampa Bay Rays (1996 West Oahu CaneFires, 1997 Honolulu Sharks)
Adam Kennedy – Washington Nationals (1997 Hilo Stars)
Ian Kennedy – Arizona Diamondbacks (2006 West Oahu CaneFires)
Mark Kotsay – Chicago White Sox (1996 Maui Stingrays)
Derrek Lee – Chicago Cubs (1993 Maui Stingrays)
Jonathan Lucroy – Milwaukee Brewers (2007 North Shore Honu)
Tommy Manzella – Houston Astros (2006 North Shore Honu)
Jeffrey Marquez – Chicago White Sox (2006 West Oahu CaneFires)
Kazuo Matsui – Houston Astros (1995 Maui Stingrays)
John Mayberry, Jr. – Philadelphia Phillies (2006 West Oahu CaneFires)
Michael McKenry – Colorado Rockies (2007 Waikiki BeachBoys)
Kris Medlen – Atlanta Braves (2007 Honolulu Sharks)
Mark Melancon – New York Yankees/Houston Astros (2006 West Oahu CaneFires)
Russ Mitchell – Los Angeles Dodgers (2007 West Oahu CaneFires)
Nyjer Morgan – Washington Nationals (2006 Honolulu Sharks)
Daniel Murphy – New York Mets (2007 Waikiki BeachBoys)
Yamaico Navarro – Boston Red Sox (2008 North Shore Honu)
Chris Nelson – Colorado Rockies (2006 Waikiki BeachBoys)
Bud Norris – Houston Astros (2007 North Shore Honu)
Hideki Okajima – Boston Red Sox (1995, 1996 Honolulu Sharks)
Logan Ondrusek – Cincinnati Reds (2007 North Shore Honu)
Ramon Ortiz – Los Angeles Dodgers (1997 Honolulu Sharks)
Russ Ortiz – Los Angeles Dodgers (1995, 1996 West Oahu CaneFires)
Xavier Paul – Los Angeles Dodgers (2006 North Shore Honu)
AJ Pierzynski – Chicago White Sox (1997 Honolulu Sharks)
Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants (2008 Waikiki BeachBoys)
Alex Presley – Pittsburgh Pirates (2007 North Shore Honu)
Dustin Richardson – Boston Red Sox (2008 North Shore Honu)
Dusty Ryan – San Diego Padres (2007 North Shore Honu)
Nate Schierholtz – San Francisco Giants (2006 Waikiki BeachBoys)
Ichiro Suzuki – Seattle Mariners (1993 Hilo Stars)
Ruben Tejada – New York Mets (2008 Honolulu Sharks)
Kanekoa Texeira – Seattle Mariners/Kansas City Royals (2007 Honolulu Sharks)
Joe Thatcher – San Diego Padres (2006 North Shore Honu)
Chris Valaika – Cincinnati Reds (2007 North Shore Honu)
Rick VandenHurk – Baltimore Orioles (2006 Waikiki BeachBoys)
Will Venable – San Diego Padres (2006 West Oahu CaneFires)
Jonny Venters – Atlanta Braves (2008 Honolulu Sharks)
Matt Wieters – Baltimore Orioles (2007 Honolulu Sharks)
Randy Winn – New York Yankees (1997 Maui Stingrays)
Blake Wood – Kansas City Royals (2007 West Oahu CaneFires)
Danny Worth – Detroit Tigers (2007 North Shore Honu)
Wesley Wright – Houston Astros (2006 North Shore Honu)
Eric Young, Jr. – Colorado Rockies (2006 Waikiki BeachBoys)

BOLD = Made Major League debut in 2010

(List current as of 9/8/10)


















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