Former Jackson High School standout Travis Snider has agreed to a $600,000 minor-league deal with the Atlanta Braves, according to a tweet Tuesday from MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
Snider, a 2006 Jackson graduate and former first-round Major League Baseball draft pick, has spent eight seasons in the major leagues. The 33-year-old outfielder has a career .244 batting average, .311 on-base percentage, .399 slugging percentage and 54 home runs in 630 MLB games.
Snider last played in the majors in 2015 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Most recently, the power-hitting lefty played in 2019 for the Reno Aces, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate. He batted .294 with a .402 on-base percentage, .497 slugging percentage and 11 home runs in 93 games with the Aces.
Snider signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks last January and was in spring training with the team when baseball operations shut down last March because of the coronavirus outbreak.
As a senior at Jackson, Snider led the Timberwolves’ baseball team to an undefeated season and the Class 4A state title before being selected by the Toronto Blue Jays with the No. 14 overall pick in that spring’s MLB draft.
Former Monroe quarterback excelling at Whitworth
Two starts into his college career, former Monroe High School quarterback Jaedyn Prewitt already has two conference player of the week awards.
The Whitworth University junior quarterback has been named the Northwest Conference’s offensive player of the week in football each of the last two weeks.
In his first college start, Prewitt completed 8 of 16 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns in a season-opening 53-6 rout of Puget Sound on Feb. 13.
This past Saturday, Prewitt completed 18 of 28 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-10 win over Pacific Lutheran. He also rushed for a 29-yard score.
Through two games, Prewitt has completed 59.1% of his passes for 408 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
Whitworth, a Division III school in Spokane, closes its abbreviated four-game spring season with rematches against Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran. The NCAA canceled its Division III fall championships this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
During his senior season at Monroe in 2017, Prewitt quarterbacked the Bearcats to their first-ever state playoff win and the program’s first Class 4A state quarterfinal appearance.
Silvertips sign former Thunderbird Ashton
The Everett Silvertips signed 2001-born defenseman Zachary Ashton to a WHL standard player agreement, the team announced Tuesday.
Ashton spent last season with the Seattle Thunderbirds, where he collected seven assists in 41 games.
The Calgary, Alberta, native began his career in Saskatoon after being selected 50th overall by the Blades in the 2016 WHL draft. He was then dealt to Seattle in 2019.
The Silvertips’ full training-camp roster and regular-season schedule is expected to be announced soon. The U.S. Division season is slated to begin March 19.
Ice skating classes at Lynnwood Ice Center
The Seattle Skating Club is holding ice skating classes on Saturday mornings in March at Lynnwood Ice Center.
The lessons are for adults and kids ages 5 and older. The four-week “Learn to Skate USA” series will run from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on March 6, March 13, March 20 and March 27. The cost is $120. All skaters must be able to stand and take at least a few steps on the ice by themselves.
COVID-19 precautions include mandatory mask-wearing at all times by skaters, parents, staff and coaches. No physical contact between the instructor and skater will be allowed, unless in an emergency. Only one parent will be allowed in the rink per skater.
For more information or to register, visit www.seattleskatingclub.net/learn-to-ice-skate.html.