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Three draft picks from Hawaii sign

By Billy Hull on July 6, 2018

The deadline for 2018 MLB draft picks to sign a professional contract passed today with three of the four Hawaii high school alums who were selected going pro. ********** UPDATE: Baldwin alum Anthony Hoopii-Tuionetoa had reportedly signed with the Twins but will instead head to Yavapai College in Arizona. Baldwin coach Shane Dudoit confirms Hoopii-Tuionetoa turned down a proposed $100,000 signing bonus at the last minute to go to college in hopes of getting picked higher. MLB.com still lists Hoopii-Tuionetoa […]

State champion Baldwin finishes Top 10 in nation

By Billy Hull on June 20, 2018

State champion Baldwin, which brought back to Maui its second state baseball trophy in three years last month, finished the season ranked No. 8 in the country by USA Today. The Bears, who finished 16-1 this season, dropped one spot in the final Super 25 rankings released today. Baldwin finished second overall in the West Region, trailing only No. 5 Valley Christian-San Jose. The Bears landed four players on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State team, including position player of the year […]

Hilo’s Bello signs with Brewers

By Hawaii Prep World on June 15, 2018

Hilo alumnus Micah Bello, who was selected with the No. 73 overall pick in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft last week, has signed with the Brewers. Officially can call myself a Brewer!🔵⚾️ pic.twitter.com/yWqw2qZA96 — Micah Bello (@MicahBello8) June 13, 2018 According to MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo, Bello received a $550,000 signing bonus from the Brewers, taking roughly $275,000 less than the slot value for the No. 73 overall pick, which was $824,900. Punahou and Oregon State alumnus KJ Harrison, […]

Hilo’s Bello selected in Round 2 of MLB draft

By Billy Hull on June 4, 2018

Hilo outfielder Micah Bello was selected in the second round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Monday by the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers took Bello with the No. 73 overall pick which holds a slot value of $824,900. Bello was named to the Honolulu Advertiser All-State first team on Sunday after hitting .564 with 26 runs scored and 16 stolen bases. He is the highest draft pick out of high school from Hawaii since the Brewers took […]

Q&A: MPI All-State shortstop Wyatt Young

By Paul Honda on June 4, 2018

Two months have passed since Wyatt Young shared his appreciation for dad’s barbecue ribs. That might be something the recent Mid-Pacific graduate takes to the mainland. Young will depart on Thursday to play for the Utah Marshalls, a summer baseball outfit. Two months on the continent, in a home with a kitchen, means he might have an opportunity to replicate dad’s cooking. Young gets one last chance to learn from the grill master soon. “I think we’re actually having ribs […]

Q&A: Hilo’s Micah Bello MLB draft workout tour

By Paul Honda on June 4, 2018

En route from Anaheim to Los Angeles, Micah Bello and family were in the midst of an amazing adventure. Bello, the recent Hilo High graduate, was on the continent traveling from one pre-draft workout to another. It’s no surprise. The lanky, powerful outfielder led everyone at his position in the Star-Advertiser All-State voting by coaches and media. That’s a bit of a surprise considering the Vikings lost a play-in game prior to the state tourney and never set foot on […]

Q&A: All-State Position POY Anthony Hoopii-Tuionetoa

By Paul Honda on June 3, 2018

When the stars line up at Baldwin, it’s happy time. It’s also, at least in two of the last three seasons, time for a state championship. Anthony Hoopii-Tuionetoa gave the Bears the kind of utility as a player that all coaches covet. In this age of specialization, the senior not only offered pristine defense in center field, he was perfect on the mound with a 0.00 ERA during Maui Interscholastic League play. Then came a clutch performance at the Wally […]

VIDEO: Kailua All-State pitchers Parker, Ballesteros

By Paul Honda on June 3, 2018

Kailua’s Stone Parker and Bryson Ballesteros pulled off a rarity: both were voted to he Honolulu Star-Advertiser Baseball All-State first team. The complete All-State teams were released in Sunday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser, which you can read here. Here’s video of Parker, who was named pitcher of the year, and Ballesteros. Corey Ishigo of Kailua also chatted about his dynamic duo.