Hainley Charles Statia
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 160 lb.
- High School Trinity Christian Academy (Lake Worth)
Statia was drafted in the 9th round of the 2004 amateur draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He was signed by scout Mike Silvestri and debuted professionally in 2005, hitting .300/.360/.426 in 68 games for the Orem Owlz and .245/.286/.292 in 23 contests with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. He led Pioneer League shortstops in fielding percentage (.959), putouts (116), assists (238) and double plays (43). In the final playoff game, he scored the winning run in the 9th inning. Baseball America rated him as the #3 prospect in the Pioneer League behind Jay Bruce and Charlie Fermaint.
The switch-hitter debuted with the Dutch national team for the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He backed up Raily Legito at shortstop. Against the Cuban national team, Statia replaced Yurendell de Caster at second base and was 0 for 1. He started ahead of Legito against the Panamanian national team, batting 9th and going 2 for 4 with a run and two RBI.
Statia batted .300/.386/.367 in 18 games for Rancho Cucamonga in 2006 and spent most of the campaign with the Cedar Rapids Kernels, where he hit .297/.379/.384 with 31 doubles. He stole 23 bases but was caught 15 times. He was 7th in the Midwest League in average and his .972 fielding percentage led the MWL's shortstops. Hainley spent all of 2007 with Rancho Cucamonga and produced at a .288/.344/.379 clip. He stole 29 bases in 37 attempts and scored 86 runs. For the second straight year, he made his league's mid-season All-Star game but not the more exclusive post-season All-Star team. He was fifth in the California League in steals and tied for fifth in triples (7).
In the 2007 European Championship, he hit .429/.474/.571 with 13 runs in 8 games for the Gold Medal-winning Dutch team. He was third on the club in average behind Roger Bernadina and de Caster and second to Bernadina in runs. Brant Ust of Great Britain beat him out for All-Star honors at shortstop for the event.
Statia stayed with the Netherlands for the 2007 Baseball World Cup. He drove in two of their three runs in a tough 4-3 loss to Australia. He drove in the final two runs in their 11th-inning 6-3 win over host Taiwan in the quarterfinals to ensure that the Netherlands would at least match their best Baseball World Cup ever. The Dutch finished 4th, equaling their performance in the 2005 Baseball World Cup. Statia hit .156/.174/.200 only in the 2007 Cup but his defense won many admirers and he was named the tournament's Best Defensive Player.
Statia batted .242/.282/.336 with 8 steals in 12 tries in 59 games for the Arkansas Travelers but injured his hamstring twice and missed the 2008 Olympics; he had been projected to be the starting Dutch shortstop. Statia was on the Dutch team at the start of the 2009 World Baseball Classic and went 0 for 4 before re-injuring his hamstring after two games; he was replaced on the roster by Dwayne Kemp.
Sources: IBAF site, Marco Stoovelaar's Dutch baseball site, Honkbalsite.com, 2007 Angels Media Guide, World Baseball Classic, Italian Baseball and Softball Federation (for stats of 2007 European Championship, 2006-2007 Baseball Almanacs, Mister Baseball