Mariners draft West Seattle High School pitcher Sam Hellinger

June 8, 2013 at 7:32 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 10 Comments

(April photo by Greg Slader)
The Mariners have drafted right-handed pitcher Sam Hellinger, who was Metro League MVP as a member of the West Seattle High School baseball team that just finished its season as the state’s #2 3A team. Here’s the news from the Mariners’ website; the tip came from Shirley Tupper (thanks!), who adds:

He and Tim Adams are playing in the All State Baseball Tournament in Yakima, coached by WSHS’s Velko Vitalich, Kerry Tupper & Bryan Tupper. They won their first game and will be playing for the championship tomorrow afternoon at Davis High School in Yakima.

As the Mariners’ online story about the draft notes, Sam Hellinger already has ties to the organization – his dad is the team’s ticket-sales director Bob Hellinger.


  1. way to go, sam!!!!!!!!
    nice to know you’ll be adding to the hometown team’s bullpen!

    Comment by kumalavula — 7:38 pm June 8, 2013 #

  2. Way to go ! Congratulations!

    Comment by JanS — 8:24 pm June 8, 2013 #

  3. It was such a treat to watch Sam pitch this season! All the best and congrats to the Hellinger family!

    Comment by Cami — 9:12 pm June 8, 2013 #

  4. So sorry. Sometimes bad things happen to good people.

    Comment by rocky raccoon — 9:34 pm June 8, 2013 #

  5. Congrats Sam! Just so people understand, just because he got drafted with the Mariners doesn’t mean he will sign and play with them. Often is the case players will instead go play baseball in college on a scholarship instead of signing. And often if they do well in college they get drafted again…sometime much higher than they did straight out of highschool. Wishing Sam the best no matter which route he chooses.

    Comment by wessider — 9:52 pm June 8, 2013 #

  6. Wessider- good to know. Either way, I’m TOTALLY impressed!

    Comment by Nw mama — 10:05 pm June 8, 2013 #

  7. We always knew you would do great things in baseball. Congratulations Sam enjoy this achievement you have worked hard for this, not many get to live their dream.

    Comment by Kormanik — 11:38 pm June 8, 2013 #

  8. So cool!! Congratulations!!! Keep working hard, have a good attitude, and just go for it! I’m so impressed! And kudos to Sam’s family too for supporting such passion and dedication. Never give up on the long road ahead and wishing you all the best!

    Comment by Go for it! — 1:37 am June 9, 2013 #

  9. Awesome! Simply awesome! Congrats Sam – we’re all very proud and happy for you! Congrats to Bob and the whole Hellinger family as well. What an achievement, regardless of what Sam decides to do at this point.

    Comment by HBauer — 5:38 pm June 9, 2013 #

  10. Congratulations Sam ! How awesome is it that one of our own of the West Little League family & West Seattle High School has gone this far. This is such a great achievement for you and your family. Best wishes wherever you end up.

    Comment by helga atwood — 11:34 am June 18, 2013 #

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