Hawaii is represented well in the major leagues. Players like Shane Victorino and Kurt Suzuki are household names here in the 808 state. This weekly post highlights some of the players from the islands in the major leagues and their performances so far in their last couple games and for the season.
Kolten Wong: After winning the National League Rookie of the Month of the May and having his first homerun of the season turn into a grand slam, it’s safe to say the Cardinals rookie is having a good week. In the past seven days, the Hilo native has two runs, two hits, one homerun and four RBI’s. During the 2014 season, the Cardinals rising star has a .258 average and 15 RBI’s. However, Wong has been listed with a “day-to day” status as he left the game today due to soreness in his left shoulder.
Kurt Suzuki: The Wailuku native had the night off today in the 8-5 loss against Milwaukee. During the past week, the Twins catcher had 15 at-bats, one run, five hits, one RBI, and .333 average. So far this season, Suzuki has a .295 average with two homeruns and 28 RBI’s
Jerome Williams: The Houston pitcher and Marauder alumni has 4.0 innings pitched in the last seven days. Williams has a WHIP of 1.25 and a 4.50 ERA with five strikeouts, three hits, and two runs. So far this season, Williams has a 5.40 ERA, 25 strikeouts, and a 1.50 WHIP. The Astros beat the Angels today with an 8-5 final score.
Shane Victorino: Due to a hamstring injury, the Flyin’ Hawaiian is not scheduled to start his rehab assignment until the Red Sox’ return from their current road trip. Victorino is not expected to play until next Thursday. The Wailuku native has one homerun, 10 RBI’s, and a .242 average so far during the 2014 season.
Brandon League: The Crusader alumni had two strikeouts in his 2.2 innings pitched in the last seven days. The Dodgers pitcher also had a 10.13 ERA and 1.50 WHIP with three hits and three earned runs in the past week. Los Angeles’ next game is against Colorado tomorrow at Coors Field.
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Kean Wong: The younger brother of Cardinals’ Kolten Wong was named a Midwest League All-Star yesterday. The 19-year-old has hit .320 with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 10 runs batted in, and 5 stolen bases in 44 games for the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Wong is scheduled to start for the East team in the 2014 MWL All-Star Classic, set for June 17 at West Michigan’s Fifth Third Ballpark.
Kirby Yates: The AAA pitcher for the Durham Bulls has 16 saves so far this 2014 season. With 25 innings pitched in 2014, the Lihue native has a .118 average with 10 hits, one run, and one earned run.
That’s it for this week’s updates on Hawaii MLB stars. Check in next week for the highlights and stats on our local players.