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Jake Locker Inks Deal With Angles

08/17/2009 9:51 AM

Jake Locker last played baseball when he suited up for the Bellingham Bells in 2008—now he’s signed a professional baseball contract with the Los Angeles Angels after the team drafted him for a second time in the June 2009 draft.


Locker, who is currently preparing for the upcoming college football season with the University of Washington, agreed to sign with the Angels just days before the deadline.


“It’s good to have something that is a done deal. Now I just don’t have to worry about it,” Locker told reporters after the Huskies finished Saturday’s practice. “I’m just looking forward to the (football) season now.”


The Huskies quarterback was selected in the 10th round in this years’ draft. It was the second time the former Ferndale High School standout was taken by the Angles; he was selected out of high school by the Angels but opted not to sign at that time.


Locker plans to continue pursuing a professional football career, but now he’s put a fallback plan in place as the Angles will retain Locker’s rights for six years, until 2015.


Locker’s last go-around on the diamond was a 10-game stint with the Bells in 2008 when he hit for a .273 average with a pair of doubles and a home run. Following the 2008 season, Locker was named the top prospect in the West Coast League by Baseball America.


Now that the baseball deal completed, Locker can continue to focus on football. Locker and the Huskies open their 2009 season on Sept. 5 at home against the LSU Tigers.

About the Bellingham Bells

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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1220 Civic Field Way 

Bellingham, WA 98229

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