Day two of Major League Baseball’s 2009 First Year Draft featured some familiar names for Bellingham Bells fans. Right-handed pitcher Braden Tullis was selected in the eighth round (244th overall) Wednesday by the Texas Rangers and was the first of four players taken off the board with ties to the Bells.
He was followed by Paul Applebee (10th round, 292nd overall; Washington Nationals), Jake Locker (10th round, 321st overall; Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) and Sean Halton (13th round, 406th overall; Milwaukee Brewers).
Tullis is on the current Bells roster after completing his freshman campaign at
Applebee, a left-handed hurler who just completed his junior year at the
Locker played in 10 games for
For Locker, who is not playing baseball this summer and instead prepping for his junior season as a quarterback at the University of Washington, the 2009 draft marks second time the Angles has selected Locker as he was previously drafted in 2006 (40th round, 1,212th overall) after he graduated from Ferndale High School.
Halton was also a member of the Bells’ 2008 squad and hit .313 with five home runs and 20 RBI. His batting average was second only to Danny Hennigs .322 that year and he led the team with 11 stolen bases. Halton recently completed his senior season at Lewis-Clark State College where he was named a first-team all-region and was an honorable mention on the NAIA All-American team.
Additional Bellingham Bells News from the 2009 MLB Draft
Angels Select Jake Locker in 10th Round -- Bellingham Herald
Skagit Valley College's Tullis Draft by Texas Rangers -- Skagit Valley Herald
Draft Yields More Locals on Day Two -- The San Bernardino Sun
Halton First LC Player Taken -- KLECTV.com
Jake Locker Might Sign With Angles, but Focus Remains on Football -- The Seattle Times