Feb. 21, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. - - With the beginning of spring training, several former Washington State players will be in camps throughout the majors.
Among the former WSU players who saw action last season are: Catcher Scott Hatteberg (Oakland), pitchers Mark Hendrickson (Toronto) and Aaron Sele (Anaheim) and first basemen Mike Kinkade (Los Angeles) and John Olerud (Seattle).
Pitcher Rob Ramsay was slated to compete for a job with the San Diego Padres, but sat out last season in his attempt to battle cancer. He is back in Padres camp this spring.
Sele capped off his season as part of Anaheim's World Series Championship team. Olerud had another solid season as the Mariners starting first baseman. Kinkade and Hatteberg were important role players for their respective teams. Hendrickson was a late-season call-up for the Blue Jays, going 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA.
Those six players will likely open the 2003 season on Major League rosters. Nine other Cougars players are likely to begin the season on minor league rosters. They include: Pitchers Todd Belitz (Colorado Springs, Colorado AAA), Matt O'Brien (Midland, Oakland AA), Wade Parrish (Charlotte, Texas AAA) and Reggie Rivard (Palm Beach, St. Louis A), outfielders Stefan Bailie (Sarasota, Boston A), Jason Grove (Tampa, NY Yankees A) and Rob Ryan (Pawtucket, Boston AAA) and catcher Jim Horner (Tacoma, Seattle AAA).
Horner and Ryan have seen action in the big leagues, while Parrish and Belitz could receive call-ups. Bailie and Grove could also earn promotions to AA ball. O'Brien is turning into a promising relief prospect for the Oakland Athletics organization.