Carl Willis is the most famous without question. He is the current Cleveland Indians pitching coach and has been a part of the major league scene on and off since 1984 – one year after signing with the Detroit Tigers. He has World Series rings with the Tigers (1984) and the Minnesota Twins (1991). Twins’ pitcher Kevin Tapaini nicknamed Willis “Big Train’’ for singing his own praises. Willis pitched nine seasons in the big leagues.
While he is the biggest name, that may change in the near future. That’s because Bradley Holt, a right-handed pitcher, became the program’s highest drafted player ever after being selected with the 33rd overall pick in the 2008 draft following his junior season. As a rookie last summer with the Brooklyn Cyclones, he led the New York/Penn League in strikeouts, and in 2009, the New York Mets, who drafted him, invited him to spring training.
If he stays healthy, it is only a matter of few years before Holt makes his big league debut, which means he would join Willis, infielder Bill Harris, pitchers Bill Haywood, Brian Smith and Jason Roach as Seahawks who have played in the majors.
Harris is the answer to a trivia question since he is the first Seahawk to play in the major leagues, debuting with the Indians in 1968.
Date posted: March 23, 2009