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Handful of Former Bells Sign Pro Contracts

06/15/2010 2:45 PMKawika Emsley-Pai was a Day 2 draft pick; Beau Brett went on Day 3. Now Emsley-Pai and Brett are gearing up to make their professional debuts after officially signing deals with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization and the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, respectively.

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

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The Bellingham Bells are a summer collegiate, wood bat baseball team and a member of the West Coast League.  During the months of June, July & August, the Bells compete in a 57-game season, playing home games at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham and traveling to compete with other WCL teams in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The Bells strive to contribute to a strong and vibrant community through affordable, family-friendly entertainment. 

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