Former Kingfish Eric Filia excels in 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Seattle Mariners outfielder Eric Filia helped the U.S. Olympic team take the silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. During six games in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Filia went 5-19, .263, and started each event in right field. In the gold medal game against Japan, Filia recorded the first hit for Team USA and went 1-3.
In 2015, Filia was an outfielder for the Kenosha Kingfish. In that season for the Kingfish, Filia batted .340 with 48 runs and a league-leading 55 RBIs. He finished the season leading the team in hits, doubles, RBIs and stolen bases. Filia was named the Most Valuable Player of the Northwoods League All-Star Game. He hit .375 in the Northwoods League Playoffs and led the Kingfish to a Summer Collegiate World Series Championship Title.
Filia played college baseball for the University of California-Los Angeles Bruins, during which time he was a member of the first Bruins team to win a national championship after defeating Mississippi State University 8-0 in 2013.
He was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 20th round, 597th overall pick, of the 2016 MLB Draft. In 2016 he played 68 games for the Mariners’ minor league affiliate the Everett AquaSox. For the Aquasox, Filia hit .362 with 89 hits, four of which were home runs, and 46 RBIs. He continued playing at the Double-A level in 2017 and 2018 before playing Triple-A in 2019 and 2021 with the Tacoma Rainiers.