Shortstop / Utility Player
Nick named “Big News.” Willie is in his second tenure with the Mariners, after starting his career in Seattle in 2002. Local product of Port Orchard and South Kitsap High School, was drafted twice by his home state’s team (1996, didn’t sign; 1999 signed). Besides Seattle, he has also played for the Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks. He carries a respectable bat but is known more for his defensive versatility, last year having played every position except for center field, catcher and pitcher.
47 Games played: .278 AVG, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 1 SB
80 Games played: .295 AVG, 2 HR, 23 RBI, 15 SB
Falls just short of recapturing his batting magic from his first two years with Arizona while keeping the infield fresh.
A family man who loves hunting, fishing and Jesus, Willie is also a fan of social media, a highly recommended and active follow on Twitter.
REPORT DAY! So grateful to able to put this Uni on for my job for another year. Let the grind begin! pic.twitter.com/srxwZATt5D
— Willie Bloomquist (@williebloom) February 20, 2015