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‘Iolani’s Micah Yonamine comfortable playing the waiting game

By Billy Hull on June 5, 2019

Micah Yonamine had a pretty good idea it would either be the Philadelphia Phillies or the Arizona Diamondbacks if he heard his name called today in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. That made the emotional roller coaster for prospects listening to each name called a little easier, but when it was time for either of the two teams to make their picks, it got stressful real quick. “Every time (those picks) came up I made sure I was […]

2019 MLB draft player tracker with Hawaii ties

By Billy Hull on June 5, 2019

After ‘Iolani’s Shane Sasaki was taken with the 99th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in the third round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday, six more players from Hawaii high schools or the University of Hawaii were selected on Day 3 of the draft. UPDATE: Sasaki says he’s agreed to deal with Rays with signing bonus of $475,000. >> The Minnesota Twins selected UH right-hander Dylan Thomas in the 13th round, No 389 overall. […]

VIDEO: All-State player of the year Micah Yonamine drafted by Philadelphia Phillies

By Paul Honda on June 5, 2019

‘Iolani catcher Micah Yonamine closed out his prep career with a bang, swatting 11 home runs and driving home 34 runs. Yonamine also batted .500 and was voted Star-Advertiser All-State position player of the year. He chatted with Hawaii Prep World about everything from his favorite athlete (Kris Bryant) to his favorite teacher, traveling East and West, and his secret talent. Yonamine, who signed with Illinois State, was selected in the 29th round of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year […]


Miami Marlins draft Kamehameha alum Codie Paiva in 22nd round

By Billy Hull on June 5, 2019

Loyola Marymount senior Codie Paiva, a 2015 Kamehameha alumnus, was selected by the Miami Marlins in the 22nd round (No. 651 overall) of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday. The 6-foot-5 right-hander was named the West Coast Conference pitcher of the year this season. He finished the year 8-5 with a 1.91 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings. Paiva ended the season with back-to-back complete-game performances in wins over Gonzaga and Brigham Young and then […]

VIDEO: Meet new Tampa Bay Rays OF Shane Sasaki

By Paul Honda on June 5, 2019

Within two hours, there were more than 100 texts and a whole lot of calls on Shane Sasaki‘s phone. That’s the life of a future professional baseball player. The Tampa Bay Rays made Sasaki their third-round selection, the No. 99 pick, in the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday. The ‘Iolani senior batted .565 with 26 RBIs and 26 runs scored as a senior, and was voted to the Star-Advertiser All-State team.

‘Iolani’s Shane Sasaki picked in third round of MLB draft

By Billy Hull on June 4, 2019

‘Iolani outfielder Shane Sasaki, a first-team Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selection and runner-up in the state player of the year voting, was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the third round (No. 99 overall) of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday. Sasaki’s .565 batting average was tops on the All-State first team and he added five homers with 26 RBIs and 26 runs scored. UPDATE: A jet-lagged Shane Sasaki says he expects to sign with Rays […]

Jet-lagged Shane Sasaki likely to sign after Tampa Bay picks him 99th overall

By Paul Honda on June 4, 2019

Shane Sasaki came home for graduation on Saturday. He will return to the mainland as a professional baseball player. The Tampa Bay Rays selected the ‘Iolani center fielder in the third round, the 99th selection, of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft today. The speedy senior came into the high school season rated as the No. 1 prospect in the islands. Then he measured up in every possible way on the field, and at the plate. “I’m speechless, […]

KS-Hawaii ace Tai Atkins, ‘Iolani slugger Micah Yonamine lead All-State baseball

By Paul Honda on June 2, 2019

Tai Atkins didn’t want to leave his hometown. In Kapaau, life is slower, family is close by and, according to Atkins, there is nothing better. But prior to seventh grade, his family relocated to Mountain View, moving from one corner of the island to another. He grew there, attending Kamehameha-Hawaii, developing his talent on the baseball diamond. Atkins’ senior year saw a pinnacle, sparking his Warriors to the BIIF Division II title with an unbeaten record that included wins over […]