The Puget Sound region as caught the attention of the Tampa Bay Rays, who selected three local prospects in the 2010 MLB draft — Josh Sale (No. 17), Drew Vettleson (No. 42) and Ryan Brett (No. 98) — and two more — Blake Snell (No. 52) and Trevor Mitsui (No. 390) — in 2011.
Since there are so many local products playing in the Rays’ system, it seemed like a good time to check on the players’ progress.
Brett, Sale and Vettleson are all playing for the Princeton Rays in the Appalachian League.
Brett, a shortstop, leads the club in hitting with a .349 average through 12 games. He has four doubles, two triples, six RBI and five stolen bases.
Vettleson, an outfielder, is batting .245 with a home run, two triples, a double, 10 RBI and also has five stolen bases.
Sale, who is also an outfielder, is batting .167 with two home runs and three RBI.
Snell’s professional career is only three innings old, but the left-hander has yet to give up a run for the Gulf Coast League Rays. He has six strikeouts, one walk and has allowed two hits.