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Rainbows lose another recruit as Akau agrees to sign with A's

By Billy Hull

LAST UPDATED: 02:54 p.m. HST, Jul 04, 2013

The University of Hawaii baseball team lost its fifth commitment for 2014 as former Saint Louis catcher Iolana Akau will sign with the Oakland Athletics, the Star-Advertiser has learned.

Akau was selected in the 20th round (No. 611 overall) of last month's MLB draft. He's expected to take his physical early next week before reporting for minor league ball.

He's the fourth UH signee and fifth Rainbow Warrior commit overall to sign with a pro team after getting drafted last month, joining left-handed pitcher Blake Taylor, first basemen Jake Bauers and David Denson and infielder Kean Wong.

Akau was ranked in the Baseball America top 100 prior to the start of his senior year when he injured his hand.

He was rated as the No. 359 draft-eligible prospect in early June. 

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allie wrote:
congrats! He did the right thing. Warrior baseball will be played in anonymous towns and with poor results.
on July 4,2013 | 03:22PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
you are a sick person Allie, go back to your reservation please.
on July 4,2013 | 03:27PM
RCHamakua wrote:
What a stupid comment. In two years after playing in hick towns for no money, and his bonus is gone and he cannot afford college, and like most guys in the minor leagues, he has nothing but the back of bus to look forward to and McDonalds for meals, let's see how you stand by your ignorant comment. Hope he makes it but the odds are simply not on his side.....at all. Three years of college and a chance at the pros and a degree makes a hell of a lot more sense. But we have seen this movie so often it is sad.
on July 4,2013 | 04:18PM
PinkSushi wrote:
Why would his bonus be gone? Iolana Akau has a better chance of making MLB by going pro right away. He can concentrate on baseball all the time. If he goes to UH, the NCAA gestapo will be watching him, making sure he goes to the library instead of the batting cage.
on July 4,2013 | 05:37PM
Shotzy wrote:
Best of Luck to him. A full scholarship to college is alot to pass up on. I know alot of people who would have been jumping on that. Like everything else in life, you make a decision and live with it.
on July 4,2013 | 06:43PM
FrankieT wrote:
I agree Shotzy
on July 4,2013 | 07:50PM
FrankieT wrote:
Your comment is way out of line, concentrate on baseball all the time, and what happens if he has a career ending injury, with no college degree he will be working at McDonald's, or Zippy's back in Hawaii for minimum wage. Playing baseball for what ever city league he can get on. And you mention "why would his bonus be gone?" well because the bonus is not that much in the first place, with the taxes he will pay and the expenses he will encounter. He will probably have most of it spent before his second year in the class "c" league he will be playing in. The odds are against him.
on July 4,2013 | 07:49PM
NITRO08 wrote:
And if he don't make it to the show then what?
on July 4,2013 | 09:35PM
Prostake wrote:
Wow Pink what planet are you from? Put it this way if he was your son what would you tell him, now remember telling him 3 years of college and a Degree and if hes that good, being drafted in in a lower round and getting more money and a Degree, OR go into baseball and try to make it to the bigs, the odds are against him, you make it sound like hes going to jump from the minor league straight to triple A the to the bigs all within a month. He should have gone to college, unfortunatly he going to learn the hard way. Hate to see that happen. Good luck
on July 12,2013 | 02:22PM
FrankieT wrote:
What about the 4 year college degree he will probably never get, besides the fact the odds are against him making it to the "show" Good luck to him but he should get the college degree and enjoy college baseball. Long days traveling on a bus, staying in motels, eating fast food, drinking sodas all day, and never really getting enough sleep, not to mention he has to perform day in and day out competing to stay on top if he manages to get there. Wow, maybe he has made a big mistake. Go to college young man, enjoy the moment when you receive that degree.
on July 4,2013 | 07:45PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
YIkes! Dangerous that allie.
on July 4,2013 | 09:02PM
808Warriors wrote:
Allie - please just go away. Leave Hawaii. You add nothing to this State or its people.
on July 4,2013 | 10:47PM
usahwn wrote:
I think if you good , you play college ball to increase your stock. If you so - so you take the money and run. Most of these guys not that good to make the big time or make more money on pro ball . So now is the time to grab the bucks offered.
on July 4,2013 | 07:08PM
FrankieT wrote:
You know if he went to Saint Louis is got a good education, so you also know he was accepted to college. Why waste a chance at a 4 year degree? Don't get it. Wow, what a mistake. I will Google his name in 3 years and if he made it in the pro's good for him, odds are he will still be in the minors.
on July 4,2013 | 07:54PM
palolo2001 wrote:
Coach Chad recruited most of these players that signed pro contracts. I hope Trapasso can find a recruiter that can convince the boys to come to UH. Most mlb team contracts will pay for a college education.
on July 4,2013 | 09:55PM
chmaco wrote:
palolo2001 If Coach Chad was still on staff maybe these kids would've stayed? If you were to ask most of the kids that signed many of them were upset Coach K was let go. Coach Trapasso just needs to leave and take his sidekick with him and maybe the boys would be more convinced to come to UH!
on July 4,2013 | 11:03PM
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