Brett returned to Bellingham this summer for four games after playing the entire 2009 season with the Bells. In 43 games in a Bells uniform, Brett collected a .223 batting average and 15 RBI.
Emsley-Pai , a 10th-round selection has been assigned to the Yakama Bears of the Northwest League after suiting up in just three games for Bellingham. He hit for a .222 average, drove in a pair of runs, drew four walks, and showed his arm strength behind the plate by gunning down runner attempting to steal second on June 5.
“Beau and Kawika are great examples of what our team is trying to do each year on the field,” Bells general manager Justin Stottlemyre said. “We want to put the best talent on the field, help them develop, and either return them to their respective college ball clubs or send them to the professional ranks as a better all around player than when they arrived.”
Along with Brett and Emsley-Pai, several other former Bellingham Bells players are slated to start their professional baseball careers in 2010.
Seth Harvey collected 11 saves for Bellingham in 2009 with the Bells and was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 37th round. This season he returned to Washington State University after being drafted in the 43rd round of the 2009 draft. With the Cougars, Harvey was 3-1 with three saves in 26 appearances and finished his collegiate career with 78 appearances—second most in WSU history.
Pierce Rankin and Doug Cherry out of the University of Washington were also signed as part of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player draft class.
Rankin played for the Bells in 2008, hitting for a .238 average in 40 appearances. He finished the 2008 season with five doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI, and finished the season with nine stolen bases. Rankin signed with the Toronto Blue Jays organization after being selected in the 38th round on June 9.
Cherry, a member of the 2007 Bells squad, went undrafted, but was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Chicago Cubs organization. Cherry played and started in 41 games for Bellingham in 2007 where he posted a .255 batting average and stole a team-leading seven bases.
|2010 MLB First-Year Draft (Former Bells)|
|Rd||Name||Pos.||Hometown||Last School||Played for Bells|
|10||Kawika Emsley-Pay||C||Mill Creek, WA||Lewis-Clark State University||2010|
|35||Beau Brett||1B||Spokane, WA||University of Southern California||2009-10|
|37||Seth Harvey||P||Olympia, WA||Washington State University||2009|
|38||Pierce Rankin||LF||Lake Forest Park, WA||University of Washington||2008|
|FA||Doug Cherry||2B||Redmond, WA||University of Washington||2007|