Former Jesuit infielder Vinnie Catricala didn't make the Seattle Mariners' roster to start the season, but the 23-year-old certainly seems to be in the team's short-range plans.
Last season, Catricala was the Mariners' Minor League Player of the Year. Between Class A and Double A, he hit .349 with 25 home runs and 106 RBIs. Catricala, who opened eyes this spring in Arizona by hitting .313 with two homers and seven RBIs, is assigned to the Tacoma Rainiers, the Mariners' Triple-A team.
"If you asked me my senior year of high school where I see myself in six or seven years, honestly, at the time, I wouldn't have said this," Catricala told the Seattle Times recently. "This wasn't my dream. I was just playing baseball, doing the best I could. It's kind of weird, but it feels right."
Catricala was a 10th-round draft choice by the Mariners in 2009. He hit a team-best .349 that season for the University of Hawaii with 13 homers and 44 RBIs. He led the team in runs scored (51), walks (36) and on-base percentage (.447).
His senior year at Jesuit, Catricala hit .388 with 25 RBIs and 10 doubles.