Cuthbert is a 10-seed in the "Farmer Works" bracket. He is matched up against seventh-seeded Xorge Carrillo of the Savannah Sand Gnats, the Class-A affiliate of the New York Mets. The 19-year-old third baseman is hitting .232 for the season with six homers and a team-best 39 RBIs. Cuthbert was signed by the Kansas City Royals organization on July 2, 2009 for $1.35 million. He is the fifth-ranked prospect on the Royals' farm according to Baseball America.
Ka'aihue is also in the "Farmer Works" bracket. He is the nine-seed and takes on eighth-seeded Granden Goetzman of the Princeton Rays, the Advanced-Rookie affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. Ka'aihue is currently playing for the Sacramento River Cats, the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. He is hitting .317 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 18 games. Ka'aihue has spent parts of four different years playing at the big league level with the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics. In 126 career games, he has hit .221 with 15 homers. He was with the Blue Rocks in the 2007 season and hit .251 with nine homers and 42 RBIs in 60 games.
First round voting is from July 9-16. To vote for Cuthbert and Ka'aihue, CLICK HERE.
There is a history of success in the tournament for players associated with the Blue Crew. In 2010, after three straight Final Four appearances without a crown, Wilmington alumnus Rowdy Hardy took the title as a two-seed over a shocking Cinderella, 15-seed Seth Schwindenhammer. Schwindenhammer would go on to win the title a year later. Winners are retired from future competitions.
Be sure to come out to Frawley Stadium this season as we celebrate 20 years of Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball. The Blue Rocks begin a four-game set with the Potomac Nationals on Wednesday, July 11 at 7:05 p.m. For ticket information, please call 302-888-BLUE or visit bluerocks.com.