Jays Sending Two Prospects to Hawaii

Jays Sending Two Prospects to Hawaii

The Hawaiian Winter Baseball League will be resuming next month after a nine-year hiatus. InsideTheDome has learned that the Blue Jays will be sending two of their minor league prospects to play in the league. We explain more about the league and the two players the Jays will be sending.

Hawaii Winter Baseball is an organized professional baseball league sanctioned by Major League Baseball (MLB). It provides a setting for top young professional ball players to play against top-notch U.S. and international competition to accelerate U.S. player progress through their respective major league farm systems and to give top young Asian players opportunities for international competition.

Each team will play 40 games during the 2006 season which runs from October 1 through November 22. Our inaugural season was in 1993 with continuous seasons running through 1997. The league returns in 2006 for its sixth season.

The level of professional baseball play is primarily at the A & AA level. Top prospects from MLB in the U.S., and the professional leagues in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China are chosen by their respective organizations to develop their skills.

InsideTheDome has learned that the Blue Jays will be sending two outfield prospects, Ryan Patterson and Eric Nielsen to the league next month.

The 23-year-old Patterson batted .288 with 19 home runs and 69 runs batted in with the Dunedin Blue Jays, before being promoted to Double-A New Hampshire for the final 49 games of the season, and hitting .257 with 6 home runs and 20 runs batted in.

The 24-year-old Nielsen batted .286 in 115 games with Dunedin, hitting 6 home runs and 47 runs batted in.

Information regarding the Hawaii Baseball League was obtained from the leagues official web site, www.hawaiiwinterbaseball.com

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