Blaine grad leads league at Pacific Lutheran University
By Jack Kintner
Rob Bleecker, a 2006 graduate of Blaine High School now playing for Pacific Lutheran University, made first team all northwest conference and finished second in voting for the league pitcher of the year. The older he gets the better he gets.
Among Rob’s accomplishments: His 6-0 record for the season is the second-best winning percentage ever in PLU’s 100-plus years of feidling a team. He took the conference earned run average title with a low 2.51.
He was third in strikeouts (49), third in fewest earned runs allowed (18), fourth in wins (6), fifth in fewest runs allowed (26) and seventh in total innings pitched (64.2).
Opposing teams managed to hit a paltry .250 against him. His pitching coach is Geoff Loomis, a former major league prospect in the Oakland A’s system whose career foundered on injuries. He says that Bleecker’s knuckle curve is “filthy, the filthiest pitch I’ve ever seen. The sky’s the limit for this guy.”