Meet Chris Siegfried, Seattle's latest 'Bachelorette' contestant

"The Bachelorette" is back -- and this season, there's a hometown hero for Seattleites to cheer on.

Desiree Hartsock won the nation over as a favorite contestant on last season's "Bachelor," but ultimately, she lost to Seattleite Catherine Giudici. Now, she's back on primetime with a deep field of potential suitor vying for her affection. Among them is Chris Siegfried, a mortgage broker originally from McMinneville, Oregon, who now lists his residence as Seattle.

Siegfried, who has done some modeling, is an athlete who was drafted as a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs' minor league team in 2007, but left the game in 2011. A graduate of the University of Portland, Siegfried lists the Pacific Northwest's weather as his favorite, and notes that the Puget Sound is the most romantic place on earth.

According to King County voter registration information, Siegfried is a Ballard resident. He also says he used to write poetry while on the road with the Cubs.

Aside from the fact that he's a local guy, is Siegfried really worth keeping an eye on in such a big pool of contestants? Apparently so; according to spoilers from Reality Steve, Siegfried will make it at least the bottom four, because Hartsock was spotted in Oregon on the season's "hometown date" episode.