Five familiar faces are back on the roster for the Bellingham Bells. The West Coast League ballclub announced Thursday that it has re-signed Beau Brett, Mike Chiarelli, Danny Hennigs, Brady Locker, and Sam Richter for the 2010 season.
Drafted out of high school by the Kansas City Royals, Brett opted to attend the University of Southern California and play for the Bells. The left-handed first baseman saw action in 39 games and hit for a .217 average. Brett was a solid defensive player for the Bells in 2009. He had the league’s third most chances (262) and led the WCL in fielding double plays with 35. He finished the season with a .989 fielding percentage.
Chiarelli played in 31 games in 2009 while serving as the Bells No. 2 catcher. A former catcher on the Oregon State University roster, Chiarelli hit for a .293 average with the Bells before returning to Skagit Valley College for the 2009-10 school year. Chiarelli led the 2009 squad in slugging percentage (.424), chipped in a pair of home runs, and paced all position players with his .994 fielding percentage.
Following two years at Olympic College in Bremerton, Wash., Hennigs is now continuing his education at the University of Hawaii-Hilo. A solid defensive player both in the outfield and at first base, Hennigs finished the year with just one error. At the plate, the right-hander hit for a .162 average with four doubles and nine runs scored.
Locker saw a lot of action in the outfield for the Bells in 2009. In 39 games, the Ferndale, Wash., native hit for a .242 average with six doubles, a league-leading four triples, and one home run. He also finished the season 4-for-4 in stolen bases.
Richter played in 44 of Bellingham’s 48 WCL games last season and led the Bells with his .338 batting average, which was also fourth best in the league. He finished the 2009 season with the league’s most assists (143); second-best on-base percentage (.448); and third most runs scored (32), hits (51), and turned double plays (31). Richter also pitched in when needed on the mound. In two brief appearances, the right-hander tossed 4 innings and struck out four batters.
“It’s always nice to have a few familiar faces back on the roster for both the fans and the coaches,” said Bells general manager Justin Stottlemyre. “We’re excited to bring these five guys back for the 2010 season. We know what they did for this team last year and all five guys have been working extremely hard with their respective college programs to get even better.”
The Bellingham Bells kick off their 12th season June 4, 2010 at Joe Martin Field against the Kelowna Falcons. Great group and single-game tickets are still available for the 2010 season by calling the Bells Ticket Office at 360-746-0406.
About the Bellingham Bells
The Bellingham Bells are a professionally operated collegiate summer baseball team in the West Coast League. The team is owned and operated by Brett Sports & Entertainment which includes Major League Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett and Brett Sports managing partner Bobby Brett. The Bellingham Bells strive to provide their fans, sponsors, and partners with the very best in competitive baseball and affordable entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere. The team is comprised of college baseball players from across the country. In recent years, the Bells have produced a number of Major League products including Jeff Francis of the 2007 National League Champion Colorado Rockies and Whatcom County natives Ty Taubenheim and Kevin Richardson.