EVERETT – Chris Minaker’s stay at home turned out to be a short one.
The Edmonds-Woodway High School graduate’s tenure with the Everett AquaSox came to an end Wednesday as he was promoted to Wisconsin of the full-season Class A Midwest League.
Minaker, the 2002 Herald All-Area Baseball Player of the Year at Edmonds-Woodway, made his professional debut with Everett this season after being drafted by the Seattle Mariners in June.
Minaker proved to be one of Everett’s most-effective players during his 19 games with the AquaSox, batting .289 with one home run and nine RBI. He also provided solid defense at both shortstop and second base, despite the fact he was learning second base on the fly.
Minaker was the third key offensive player Everett lost to Wisconsin this season, joining catcher Adam Moore and outfielder Kuo Hui Lo.
Minaker was a star shortstop at Stanford University. This spring as a senior he led the Cardinal in just about every offensive category, including batting average (.362), home runs (11) and RBI (68). His performance prompted the Mariners to select him in the 10th round.
With Minaker promoted, the AquaSox brought in infielder Marcos Villezcas to fill the roster void. Villezcas, Seattle’s 23rd-round pick in the 2006 draft out of BYU, was batting .283 for Peoria of the Arizona Rookie League. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound native of San Diego played in 62 games for BYU this season, batting .275 with two home runs and 40 RBI.