After all, he had quite the childhood in the area and still resides there in the offseason.
He graduated from Liberty High School in Renton, Wash., where he led his team to a state title and was named Washington's Gatorade Player of the Year. In addition to baseball, he was the point guard on the basketball team and played both quarterback and cornerback on the football team his freshman and sophomore years.
He stayed in-state for college by attending the University of Washington and was tabbed the nation's second-best amateur prospect by Baseball America in 2006.
Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.