Federal Way High School graduate Travis Ishikawa was recently named Bank of America Eastern League player of the week. Ishikawa plays first base for the Class AA Connecticut Defenders. The Defenders are a minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
The 24-year-old had an outstanding week for the Defenders, hitting .455 (10-for-22) with five doubles, three homers, nine RBIs, five runs scored, four walks, three stolen bases and a 1.091 slugging percentage in six games.
Ishikawa kicked off his week by hitting a home run in three consecutive games and had at least one hit in all six games he played in during the week, including four multiple-hit games. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder currently has a 10-game hitting streak during, when he is hitting .486 and has seven multi-hit games.
Ishikawa has driven in a team-high 42 runs for Connecticut this season, a total which is currently tied for fifth in the Eastern League.
The 2002 Federal Way High School graduate spent spring training in the San Francisco Giants’ big-league camp.
Last year, Ishikawa split the season between Connecticut and Class A San Jose. On the season, the left-hander hit .243 in 104 games. Ishikawa scored 52 runs, had 18 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs and 51 RBIs. He also had 126 strikeouts.
Ishikawa is on the San Francisco’s 40-man roster and played 12 games in the Major League’s in 2006. Ishikawa spent three separate stints with the Giants. In his 12 Major League games, Ishikawa hit an impressive .292 in 24 at bats. He also scored one run, had three doubles, a triple and four RBIs.
Reed inks to play baseball at Central
The Central Washington University baseball team has added Decatur’s Justin Reed for the 2009 season. Reed, a 2008 graduate, signed a national letter of intent last week, according to head coach Desi Storey.
Reed (6-foot-5, 235 pounds) will be a true freshman for the Wildcats. The Decatur High School product was an honorable mention All-South Puget Sound League North Division selection as a senior.
Reed finished 2-3 in 34 innings pitched in SPSL play. He had 22 strikeouts and a 3.29 earned-run average.
Included among Reed’s top performances this year were a seven-strikeout, three-hit outing against league-leading Tahoma High School. He also had a 15-strikeout outing as a sophomore against Bethel.
“Justin’s a big, physical kid,” Storey said. “He can already throw in the upper-80s, and if he continues to mature, he could very easily be in our (starting) rotation next year. He has great arm strength, and with his upside, Justin could be a pro prospect in a couple of years.”
Central lost 13 players to graduation from its 2008 team that was 30-21 overall and finished second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
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