Mililani's Antolin signs with Blue Jays
By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Stacy Kaneshiro
As he said he would the day he was drafted, recent Mililani High graduate Dustin Antolin signed yesterday with the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound right-handed pitcher will leave Tuesday for Dunedin, Fla., the site of the Blue Jays' rookie club in the Gulf Coast League, his father, Lawrence Antolin, said.
"I'm flying up with him," Lawrence Antolin said. "I thought I'd just see him off at the airport, but I'm pretty ecstatic right now.
"(Dustin) was happy. He was joking around. He was all smiles."
Antolin was an 11th-round pick Friday in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Toronto scout Demerius Pittman, a California-based area scout, visited the Antolins with the contract, which Lawrence Antolin said was "10th-round money." Various sources said 10th-round range is between $50,000 and $80,000.
"He's happy with what he got," Lawrence Antolin said.
Also, recent 'Aiea High graduate Randy Castillo said he will sign with the Seattle Mariners on Saturday. The right-handed pitcher was picked in the 31st round.
Meanwhile, recent Kamehameha-Hawai'i graduate Kolten Wong continues to negotiate with the Minnesota Twins, who drafted him in the 16th round as a second baseman. Wong played catcher for his school, but second base and outfield for his offseason teams.
"The Twins are not budging from the $50,000 and tuition (offer)," said Kaha Wong, Kolten's father.
Wong is the most intriguing of the Hawai'i draft picks. He doesn't turn 18 until October, meaning he has a high upside in terms of potential. He also has a scholarship offer from the University of Hawai'i that is close to a full ride. (Division I baseball is allowed 11.7 scholarships, so most offers are partial scholarships to accommodate 30 or so players on a team). If the Twins don't meet their expectations, the Wongs are willing to let their son go to UH. Going to a four-year college also means Wong would not be eligible for the draft until after his third season.
"There's nothing wrong with that (becoming a Rainbow)," Kaha Wong said. "Coach Trap (UH coach Mike Trapasso) has been really supportive. We're just waiting."
Twins area scout Dan Cox said last night he is confident a deal will get done. He said his organization has been concentrating on signing its picks up to the 10th round first.
Baldwin alumnus Derrick Saito, who finished his junior season at Cal Poly, also was drafted in the 16th round and signed for $100,000 with the Kansas City Royals. Cox said, "that didn't help" the negotiations between the Twins and the Wongs.
Former UH pitcher Steven Wright was named to the High-A Carolina League all-star team, which will play the California League all-stars on June 24 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He pitches for the Kinston (N.C.) Indians.
Wright, a second-round selection (56th overall) pick by the Cleveland Indians in 2006, is 2-3 with a 2.24 earned run average in 13 starts. He has 59 strikeouts to 16 walks in 68 1/3 innings.
Other Carolina League all-stars with ties to Hawai'i are catchers Matt Wieters (Orioles) and Koby Clemens (Astros). Both played in Hawaii Winter Baseball.
Also, 2002 'Iolani graduate Kila Ka'aihue was named to the Double-A Texas League Northern Division all-star team. He plays first base for the North Arkansas Naturals. He was hitting .270 with 13 home runs and 40 RBIs. His teammate on the all-star team is former HWL outfielder Dexter Fowler (Rockies).
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