WSHS Baseball Notable Players in Program History

WSHS has had a number of players go on to play high level college and even pro baseball.  This page is for notable former WSHS baseball players.

Note that this list is by no means exhaustive.  If you have information about other notable WSHS baseball alumni, then let us know.  Additionally, if you have more information about the players listed, we would love to hear from you.  We would love to hear about players selected in the MLB draft or that played collegiately.

 

Ed Bahr

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Ed graduated from West Seattle High in 1937.  He pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates major league team in 1946-47.  Also was a World War II vet, which explains how he spent some of the time between graduating and playing in the bigs.

 

 

John Wade

In 1970 John Wade, a left handed pitcher, was selected in the MLB draft by the New York Yankees.

We are seeking information on John.  Can anyone help us pick John out of this 1970s team picture?

 

Mark Small

Mark Small graduated from West Seattle in 1986.   He went on to play for the Houston Astros, making it all the way up the the big leagues, playing in 16 games in 1996 for them.  Unfortunately Mark passed away too soon in 2013.

  • FUN FACT:  The same scout who drafted Mark Small also drafted Romell Michell, and also drafted current Mariners player Mitch Haniger! His name is Dan Huston.

 

Tim Preston

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Tim Preston is in this picture of the 1997 WSHS JV team. Can you tell us which one is Tim?

Tim was a year 2000 graduate of West Seattle High School and played outfield for the baseball team.  In one game in 2000 vs Cleveland Tim hit 3 home runs.  He played at Edmonds Community College for two years, and then went on to play baseball for the University of North Carolina Wilmington and then rookie ball for the St Louis Cardinal organization.

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Romell (Simon) Mitchell

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Romell Mitchell was stand out multi-sport athlete at West Seattle and was drafted by the MLB twice as an outfielder.  Once out of West Seattle High by the Houston Astros in 1997, and then out of Bellevue College in 1998 by the San Diego Padres. He is West Seattle’s highest overall Rule 4 MLB draft pick in West Seattle High history, with the 1997 selection by the Astros coming in the 18th round, 550th overall for that year.  Romell went on to become a JV/Assistant coach at WSHS for a number of years. Romell is known for working with Seattle area inner city youth in the RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities).

 

Jay Taylor

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Jay Taylor is on the right. Retired coach Velko is on the left.

Jay Taylor, a 2006 graduate of West Seattle High, was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 41st round of the MLB draft.  You can read a 2006 Seattle PI interview of Jay here.  Jay won a Metro League MVP and 1st Team All State award playing for WSHS and two NWAACC Baseball Championships while playing for Bellevue College. Jay went on to play at Sterling College in Kansas.  Unfortunately Jay tragically passed too soon in 2014.   Jay also played for the Northwest Honkers.

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Zach Varce

Zarch Varce was a 2007 graduate from West Seattle.  Four-year letter-winner for coach Velko Vitalich … sat out senior season with an injury … named first-team All-Metro League as a junior after going 6-0 on the hill with a 1.13 ERA, 64 strikeouts and just three walks in 37 innings of work … struck out 12 during 2006 district playoff to help seal team’s berth into stats playoffs … Wildcats went 22-2 in 2006 and claimed the Metro League title and Sound Division championship … earned honorable mention all-league as both a sophomore and a freshman … after recovering from injury after senior season, posted a 2-1 record with five saves, a 1.29 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 16.0 IP for Chaffey Baseball Club Team … also member of the Seattle Mariners Fall Scout Team in 2006 … named to the Baseball Northwest All-Tournament Team at the 2006 Pacific NW Championships.

Zach went on to play for the University of Portland Pilots, and then was drafted in 2010 by the New York Yankees.  He played in the Yankees farm system for 3 years and then played a couple years of independent league, with his last year being 2015.

 

 

Trevor Martin

Trevor was a 2010 WSHS graduate, classmate to Ryan Wiggins.  Trevor was unanimous Metro League MVP his senior year, putting up “video game” numbers his last couple of years of high school ball.  He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals out of high school in 2010 and went on to play 4 years in that organization.

Ryan Wiggins

Ryan graduated from WSHS in 2010, classmate to Trevor Martin. Ryan was selected by Pittsburgh in the 46th round of the 2010 major league draft, but opted to play for the University of Washington instead.  For WSHS Ryan was captain as a junior and senior, led the team to four straight league titles and to the state tournament as a sophomore and senior He was first-team 3A all-state at catcher for both his junior and senior years.

Ryan played for the UW for 4 years as catcher and DH and then went on to play for the Angels organization and then independent ball.

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Sam Hellinger:

Sam was a 2013 graduate of WSHS and he owns several pitching records for the high school team.  He was named Metro League MVP his senior year, striking out 84 batters.

Sam was drafted in 2013 out of high school by the Seattle Mariners, but opted to play baseball for the College of San Mateo and then the Gonzaga Bulldogs.  Sam was also named Summer All American by Perfect Game in 2016.

Sam stopped by and helped out the WSHS pitching staff this season!

 

Morgan McCullough:

Morgan graduated in 2016 and was a standout shortstop all 4 years on the WSHS baseball team.  He won multiple All-State and All-Metro honors, and helped the team to Washington State 3A tournament finals as a freshman.   Morgan was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the MLB draft in 2016, but opted to play for the Oregon Ducks instead.  Morgan is currently playing for Chipola College in Florida, where they are in the Region VIII/FCSAA State Baseball Tournament, with play starting May 11, 2018.  Morgan is currently batting .341 for the team with 4 HRs.