It may have been an award-winning season for Sean Jamieson, but if you ask the former Holy Trinity student, it was just another forward step in a journey that hopefully one day lands him in the major leagues.
A couple of weeks ago, the shortstop from Renton earned the Randy Echlin Memorial Award for top Canadian Minor League hitter.
“To be honest, I didn’t really know about it until my agent texted me,” Jamieson said. “I don’t log on to Twitter that much, or pay attention to what’s being said online, so I had no idea.
“It’s a real honour,” he said. “It’s a good award to have. It means you’re doing your job.”
And doing his job is something the right-handed hitter, who played for the Vasalia Rawhide of the California League did well.
With the class-A-plus affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Jamieson posted a .287 batting average in 122 games played, 435 at-bats, 80 runs scored, 125 hits, 33 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs, 53 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He also led the Rawhide in doubles and triples.
The local shortstop scored the most runs of any Canadian in the minor leagues, was third in on base percentage, fourth in hits, had the sixth highest average, sixth in RBI and tied for seventh in home runs.
“I didn’t think of the season too much,” Jamieson said. “I like to pay attention to what I’m doing as a player, so I don’t read the articles and compare myself to anyone. If you do that, you just force things to happen. I like to work on what I need to do, to be better.
“Now that you think of it though, I had a solid season,” he said. “I wasn’t on the top of any categories, but I was up there. It was nice to see and it’s something I can build off.”
Which is hopefully with the Mobile Bay Bears, the Diamondbacks’ AA affiliate next season. But in typical minor league fashion, Jamieson will have no idea where he’s going until it actually happens.
“Hopefully that’ll be the next step,” Jamieson said. “I learned a lot this year in Vasalia. Before, I would step up and battle at the plate. This season with my new hitting coaches, I was able to learn a lot of little things that’ll help me in the higher levels. I was very raw. Now I’ve learned to be more of a hitter.”
And that credit goes to Bobby Smith, a hitting instructor with the Diamondbacks organization.
“He was more of a hitter like me and we really work well together,” Jamieson said. “We dropped down to the basics and got into the cage before every game.”
Jamieson said they were able to progress quite quickly.
“At the halfway point I finished pretty decent,” Jamieson said. “I was happy with the first half and in the second half I let it play out and it was good to me.”
Though he admitted he struggled during the last couple of months, he was happy with the season and the direction he was heading in.
And once his season in Vasalia was over, it was off to Instructional League, where he not only continued his progression as a hitter, but to learn more in the infield.
“It’s a good thing to go to,” Jamieson said. “It means they want you to get to that next level. I was there strictly to play third and second. It was a great experience because anything new you learn increases your stock. Hopefully it’ll take me to the next level next year.”
In the meantime, he’ll be working out and instructing in London, at Centrefield Sports, alongside owner and former pro Adam Stern and major leaguer Chris Robinson.