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2016 Knights off to fast starts in college season

March 4, 2016

Happy Friday, everyone.

Now that the college baseball season is well underway it is time to update the stats of our incoming 2016 Corvallis Knights. We will do the position players on Fridays, and the pitchers on Tuesdays.

EMILIO ALCANTAR: The Lewis-Clark State outfielder, a returnee from 2015, is hitting .333 (4-12) in four games, with one RBI.

ANDY ATWOOD: The Oregon State infielder is hitting .000 (0-3) in four games, with no homers or RBIs.

CAMERON BISHOP : The UC Irvine first baseman/pitcher, a returnee from last season, is hitting .444 (4-9) in six games, with three RBIs.

MICHAEL FARRIS: The UC Riverside infielder, another holdover from 2015, is hitting .241 (7-29) in eight games, with four RBIs.

BRENT GIBBS: The catcher from Arizona Central JC is hitting .408 (20-49) in 19 games, with a homer and 15 RBIs.

CODY HAWKEN: The Portland outfielder is hitting .357 (10-28) in eight games, with two homers and eight RBIs.

RILEY HELLAND: The San Francisco infielder is hitting .333 (4-12) in six games, with no homers or RBIs.

MATT KELLY: The Portland infielder is hitting .300 (3-10) in five games, with no homers or RBIs.

COLE KREUTER: The UC Irvine infielder, a returnee from 2015, is hitting .303 (10-33) in nine games, with five RBIs.

STEPHEN KWAN: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .000 (0-4) in five games, with an RBI.

COOPER MOORE: The Cal Poly infielder is hitting .182 (2-11) in five games, with three RBIs.

KYLE NOBACH: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .433 (13-30) in eight games, with six RBIs.

KYLE NORMAN: The San Francisco outfielder is hitting .000 (0-8) in eight games, with no homers or RBIs.

ANDREW REICHENBACH: The George Fox catcher is hitting .333 (17-51) in 13 games, with two homers and 14 RBIs.

GREG SAENZ: The Grand Canyon infielder is hitting .316 (6-19) in seven games, with a homer and four RBIs.

TAYLOR TRAVESS: The Mt. Hood CC infielder is hitting .385 (5-13) in four games, with four RBIs.

ZAK TAYLOR: The Oregon State catcher is hitting .000 (0-1) in two games, with two RBIs.

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Remember, our 2016 season tickets are on sale and may be purchased over the phone at 541-752-5656; by e-mail at tickets@corvallisknights.com, or online by clicking here. You can also get tickets at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights, on Jefferson Avenue in downtown, just east of the Jefferson-4th Street intersection.

We will play 34 home games in 32 dates this summer, starting on June 1 with the annual nonleague game against the Portland Sea Dogs. Our WCL opener is June 3 at Bend; our WCL home opener is June 14 against Kelowna. So do not miss out!

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Some news from around the West Coast League to report this morning.

The Walla Walla Sweets have signed incoming UCLA freshmen Logan Pouelsen and Nick Scheidler, and current UCLA freshman Jordan Myrow for the 2016 season. Please click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason, so we will now just be blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays until the season starts. Have a great weekend, and we'll see you again on Tuesday.


Surry nominated form Big West Pitcher of the Week honors

March 1, 2016

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

Alum Elliot Surrey (2013) of UC Irvine was nominated for Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week honors for Feb. 22-28, but was not selected. He allowed four hits, and unearned run and had five strikeouts in six innings in a 4-1 victory over Nevada on Feb. 26.

For more details, please click here for a recap from the UCI website. Congrats to Elliot, our 2013 Knights Top Pitcher, and the WCL ERA leader.

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Remember, our 2016 season tickets are on sale and may be purchased over the phone at 541-752-5656; by e-mail at tickets@corvallisknights.com, or online by clicking here. You can also get tickets at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights, on Jefferson Avenue in downtown, just east of the Jefferson-4th Street intersection.

We will play 34 home games in 32 dates this summer, starting on June 1 with the annual nonleague game against the Portland Sea Dogs. Our WCL opener is June 3 at Bend; our WCL home opener is June 14 against Kelowna. So do not miss out!

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Lots of news from around the West Coast League to report this morning.

The Walla Walla Sweets have signed WCL veterans Patrick Chung and Nick Nyquist of Gonzaga for the upcoming season. An infielder, Chung played eight games for the Kitsap BlueJackets last season and hit .300 with three doubles and three RBIs. Nyquist, an infielder, played at Wenatchee last summer and hit .254 in 52 games with four doubles and 21 RBIs. Please click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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The Bellingham Bells have added catcher David Banuelos of Long Beach State for the 2016 season. Please click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason, so we will now just be blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays until the season starts. Have a great week, and we'll see you again on Friday.


Madrigal, Nelson earn Player of the Week honors

February 26, 2016

Happy Friday, everyone.

Two members of our 2015 squad were named conference players of the week for Feb. 15-21.

New Oregon State freshman second baseman Nick Madrigal (2015) earned Pacific-12 Conference Player of the Week honors for his performance in OSU's first three games in Surprise, Ariz. A native of Elk Grove, Calif., he batted .500 (7-for-14) with two runs scored, one double and six RBIs over his first three games.

Statistics accrued Monday in a 10-2 win over Utah did not count toward this honor. Please click here for more on Madrigal, from osubeavers.com.

Pacific Lutheran senior lefty Cory Nelson (2015) was named the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week. Nelson pitched a complete game to lead the 17th-ranked Lutes to a 5-2 win and a 2-1 series victory over No. 14 Linfield on Sunday. He allowed only two unearned runs on six hits in nine innings, striking out four and walking five, while earning his first win and lowering his earned run average to 0.90.

Congrats to both players!

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Alum Drew Garcia (2007), an infielder from UC Riverside who has played in the White Sox and Colorado organizations since 2008, remains unsigned after declaring free agency after last season. Now 29, he made it to triple-A with Charlotte and Colorado Springs several times and spent last season with Charlotte in the International League.

The other two free-agent Knight alums after last season, Alex Burg (2008) and D.J. Johnson (2008-09), have signed with Texas and the Los Angeles Angels.

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Remember, our 2016 season tickets are on sale and may be purchased over the phone at 541-752-5656; by e-mail at tickets@corvallisknights.com, or online by clicking here. You can also get tickets at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights, on Jefferson Avenue in downtown, just east of the Jefferson-4th Street intersection.

We will play 34 home games in 32 dates this summer, starting on June 1 with the annual nonleague game against the Portland Sea Dogs. Our WCL opener is June 3 at Bend; our WCL home opener is June 14 against Kelowna. So do not miss out!

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Lots of news from around the West Coast League to report this morning.

The Yakima Valley Pippins have signed UC Riverside freshman infielder Cameron Haskell, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound left-handed hitter from Temecula, Calif., and Cal State-Northridge freshman infielder Derek Molina, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound infielder from Turlock, Calif., for the coming season. Please click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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The Victoria HarbourCats have signed eight more players for the 2016 season. Headlining that group are UCLA incoming freshmen pitcher Kyle Mora and outfielder Jarron Silva. Please click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason, so we will now just be blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays until the season starts. Have a great weekend, and we will see you again on Tuesday.


Madrigal off to fast start with Beavers

February 22, 2016

Happy Monday, everyone.

Alum Nick Madrigal (2015) is off to a great start with Oregon State, which is 3-1 after Monday's 10-2 win over Utah in Surprise, Ariz. He is hitting .421 (8-19) in four games, with a double, a stolen base and six RBIs.

Future Knight Kyle Nobach (2016) is hitting .313 (5-16) in four games, with three RBIs and former Knight Logan Ice (2014) is at .357 (5-14) with a homer and seven RBIs. Infielder Christian Donahue (2015) is hitting .300 (3-10), with three runs.

The Beavers have four more games in Surprise this week, two each against Kansas and Kansas State.

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Alum Angel Landazuri (2014) of UC Riverside was nominated for Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week honors, but was not selected. He allowed one run on four hits, had three strikeouts and got the win in a 6-3 victory over Kansas State on Feb. 20.

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Remember, our 2016 season tickets are on sale and may be purchased over the phone at 541-752-5656; by e-mail at tickets@corvallisknights.com, or online by clicking here. You can also get tickets at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights, on Jefferson Avenue in downtown, just east of the Jefferson-4th Street intersection.

We will play 34 home games in 32 dates this summer, starting on June 1 with the annual nonleague game against the Portland Sea Dogs. Our WCL opener is June 3 at Bend; our WCL home opener is June 14 against Kelowna. So do not miss out!

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Lots of news from around the West Coast League to report this morning.

The Walla Walla Sweets have signed pitchers AJ Carkner (University of Pikeville), Michael Bono (University of Santa Clara) and Kyle Narahara (CS Monterey Bay) for the 2016 season. Please click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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The Yakima Valley Pippins have named Jaime Cortes, a Toppenish High School graduate who played college baseball at Yakima Valley Community College and Lewis-Clark State College, as an assistant coach. He is currently the director of advising at Heritage University in Toppenish.

Cortes rounds out manager Marcus McKimmy's four-member staff. He succeeds Jacob White, who accepted an assistant coaching job at Emporia State (Kansas) last year. Also returning are pitching coach Bob Wells and assistant Eric Hull, who joined the team prior to the 2015 season.

Please click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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The Bellingham Bells have added shortstop Chase Strumpf of Ladera Ranch, Calif. and right-handed pitcher Jon Olsen of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., for the 2016 season. Olsen is a freshman for the Bruins; Strumpf is a senior at Serra Catholic High School. Please click here for more details, from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason, so we will now just be blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays until the season starts. Have a great week, and we will see you again on Friday.


Harrison named to Golden Spikes Watch List

February 19, 2016

Happy Friday, everyone.

Alum K.J. Harrison (2015), an Oregon State sophomore, has been named to the initial Watch List for the Golden Spikes Award, USA Baseball announced.

He is one of 50 players on the initial watch list for the award, which is given annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. Harrison is one of six players from the Pacific-12 Conference. He's also one of 10 sophomores from across the country on the watch list.

The Kailua, Hawaii, native was named the Pac-12's Freshman of the Year in 2015 after batting .309 with 12 doubles, 10 home runs and a league-leading 60 RBIs. The pre-business major was also a consensus Freshman All-American. He hit n.444 for us before leaving the team to join Team USA.

Congrats to K.J., who has also been named to several preseason All-American teams.

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Alums Nick Torres ( (2012) and Peter Van Gansen 2013) had big days for the old guys as Cal Poly defeated an alumni team 14-10 last Saturday in its final warmup before today's season-opener against the University of the Pacific.

Torres, probably ticketed for double-A this season, hit a 3-run homer and Van Gansen, a possible high-A candidate after a summer in the Northwest League, hit a two-run single and a double. Both players are in the San Diego organization.

Pitcher Casey Bloomquist (2013) threw an inning for the alums; he is in the Chicago Cubs' system. Infielder Alec Smith (2014) had two hits for the varsity.

Please click here for more information on the game, from the Cal Poly website.

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Remember, our 2016 season tickets are on sale and may be purchased over the phone at 541-752-5656; by e-mail at tickets@corvallisknights.com, or online by clicking here. You can also get tickets at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights, on Jefferson Avenue in downtown, just east of the Jefferson-4th Street intersection.

We will play 34 home games in 32 dates this summer, starting on June 1 with the annual nonleague game against the Portland Sea Dogs. Our WCL opener is June 3 at Bend; our WCL home opener is June 14 against Kelowna. So do not miss out!

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Lots of news from around the West Coast League to report this morning.

The Victoria HarbourCats have named John Pollard as their marketing director. He will work side-by-side with managing partner Jim Swanson and general manager Brad Norris-Jones to guide the team's partnership and sponsorship efforts, working closely with Richard Michaels (Community Partnerships/Marketing) and Shawn Petriw (Print Properties, through his company Sponsor Impact). Please click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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The Yakima Valley Pippins have named Evan Budrovich, a 2015 University of Southern California graduate, as their play-by-play broadcaster and media relations manager for the 2016 season. He succeeds Ryan Rouillard, the voice of the Pippins in 2014 and 2015, who will be working in minor-league baseball this year.

Budrovich spent the 2015 season as director of broadcasting for the Morehead City (N.C.) Marlins of the Coastal Plain League. Please click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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The Bellingham Bells have added Arizona State freshmen pitchers Gio Lopez and Zach Dixon for the upcoming season. Lopez attended Millennium High School in Goodyear, Ariz.; Dixon attended Centennial High School in Las Vegas, Nev. Please click here for more details, from Our Sports Central.

The Bells have also added California pitchers Joey Matulovich and Jared Horn. Matulovich is a freshman from San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, Calif., ; Horn is a senior at Vintage High School in Napa, Calif., who will join the Bears this fall. Please click here for more on that story, also from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason, so we will now just be blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays until the season starts. Have a great weekend, and we will see you again on Tuesday.


Nogosek named to Stopper of the Year watch list

February 16, 2016

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

Alum Stephen Nogosek (2013) of the University of Oregon is one of 70 pitchers named to the initial watch list for the 12th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball. He is a junior right-hander.

Nominations for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award were made by baseball sports information/media relations contacts. The 2016 Stopper of the Year Watch List will be updated with a midseason release on April 27. At the conclusion of the regular season, the Division I national saves leader and four other relief pitching standouts will be selected as finalists and released on June 8, prior to start of NCAA Super Regional competition.

The NCBWA's All-America Committee will select the winner, with this year's recipient to be announced at the 2016 College World Series.

Congrats to Stephen, who has also been named to several preseason All-American teams.

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There will be a new playoff format in the two-division West Coast League this season, interim president Holly Jones of the Corvallis Knights announced. The 54-game league schedule will be divided into a first and second half, each 27 games long, and the winner of each half from each division will earn a playoff berth.

The first-half winner from each division will get the chance to have home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. If one team wins both the first and second half, the team with the second best overall record in the division will earn the second spot.

Please click here for more information on that story, from the WCL website.

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Remember, our 2016 season tickets are on sale and may be purchased over the phone at 541-752-5656; by e-mail at tickets@corvallisknights.com, or online by clicking here. You can also get tickets at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights, on Jefferson Avenue in downtown, just east of the Jefferson-4th Street intersection.

We will play 34 home games in 32 dates this summer, starting on June 1 with the annual nonleague game against the Portland Sea Dogs. Our WCL opener is June 3 at Bend; our WCL home opener is June 14 against Kelowna. So do not miss out!

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The Walla Walla Sweets have added assistant coaches Kyle Wilkerson (Chaminade Prep), Michael Dingilian (Cal Poly), and Mathew Troupe (University of Arizona/CSU-Northridge) under head coach Frank Mutz. Whitman's Nathan Fry remains the most tenured baseball operations team member as he prepares for his sixth season as the athletic trainer. Please click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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The Yakima Valley Pippins have added pitchers Zach Draper, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound left-hander from West Jordan, Utah, who is pitching this spring at the College of Idaho after two years at the College of Southern Idaho, and Ian Doughty, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound right-hander from Durango, Colo., will start this spring at the University of Northern Colorado. Please click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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The Victoria HarbourCats have signed seven new pitchers to bolster their staff for the upcoming season. Please click here for more details, from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason, so we will now just be blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays until the season starts. Have a great week, and we will see you again on Friday.


McAdoo named top Big West freshman by Baseball America

February 12, 2016

Happy Friday, everyone.

UC Santa Barbara's Michael McAdoo Jr. (2015), a 6-2, 200-pound outfielder from Antioch, Calif., was selected as the Big West Conference preseason Freshman of the Year by Baseball America.

McAdoo comes to UCSB after earning East Bay League MVP and All-American honors at De La Salle High School, where he batted .418 with 20 RBIs as a senior. Baseball America mentioned his athleticism and five-tool potential as reasons he will be the league's top freshman.

Michael hit .230 (14-61) in 22 games for us in 2015, with two doubles, two triples, five stolen bases and six RBIs.

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Our local Division III teams have already started their 2016 seasons, and a 10-day signee from George Fox University is off to a great start.

Catcher Andrew Reichenbach, a junior from Newberg, was nominated for Northwest Conference Player of the Week honors for Feb. 1-7. He hit .313 (5-16), with two doubles and six RBIs as the Bruins went 3-1 at the Northwest Conference pre-season tournament in Hillsboro, and in a makeup game against Pacific University.

Two former 10-day Knights at GFU are also off to fast starts. Utility Caylen Clardy (2012), a transfer from Oregon State, has three RBIs and has scored six runs in four games, and outfielder A.J. Valencia (2015) is hitting .500 (7-14) with two doubles, two RBIs and seven runs, also in four games.

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Remember, our 2016 season tickets are on sale and may be purchased over the phone at 541-752-5656; by e-mail at tickets@corvallisknights.com, or online by clicking here. You can also get tickets at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights, on Jefferson Avenue in downtown, just east of the Jefferson-4th Street intersection.

We will play 34 home games in 32 dates this summer, starting on June 1 with the annual nonleague game against the Portland Sea Dogs. Our WCL opener is June 3 at Bend; our WCL home opener is June 14 against Kelowna. So do not miss out!

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The Cowlitz Black Bears have signed Washington State right-hander Chandler Greenfield, lefty Damon Jones and outfielder Weston Hatten for the 2016 season. Please click here for more information on that story, from the Daily News of Kelso-Longview website.

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The Bellingham Bells have signed two Gonzaga pitchers for the upcoming season. They are Sam Hellinger, a right-hander who spent two years at San Mateo Community College before transferring to Gonzaga for the 2016 season, and incoming freshman Keaton Knueppel, a lefty from Verona, Wis., who is presently a senior at Verona Area High School. Please click here for more details, from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason, so we will now just be blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays until the season starts. Have a great weekend, and we will see you again on Tuesday.


Harrison, Nogosek preseason named All-Americans again

February 8, 2016

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

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More preseason honors for alums K.J. Harrison (2015) of Oregon State and Stephen Nogosek (2013) of Oregon to announce today.

Harrison and Nogosek were named preseason All-Americans by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Feb. 2. Both were second-team selections.

Harrison hit .309 as a freshman in 2015 and led the Pacific-12 Conference with 60 RBIs. He also had 12 doubles and 10 homers, was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, and was a unanimous Freshman All-American. He then played for us briefly before joining Team USA.

Nogosek was 6-3, 2.02 for Oregon in 2015 in 39 games in a set-up role and is expected to the team's closer in 2016. He struck out 60 batters in 58 innings and held opponents to a .196 batting average against. He was a key member of our 2013 championship team, as a pitcher and as a part-time infielder, before his freshman year in Eugene.

Congrats to both gentlemen.

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Alum Jace Fry (2011) of Oregon State was ranked the No. 20 prospect in the Chicago White Sox organization in 2015, according to MLB.com. Here is the report on Fry, a left-handed pitcher taken by the ChiSox in the third round of the 2014 draft.

"Fry rebounded from Tommy John surgery that cost him the end of his freshman season and much of his sophomore year at Oregon State to pitch a no-hitter and win Pacific-12 Conference pitcher of the year honors in 2014. He signed for $760,000 as a third-round pick, but 10 starts into his first full pro season he required a second Tommy John surgery.

"While he lacks a standout pitch, Fry has four average offerings and good feel for mixing and locating them where he wants. His 88-93 mph fastball with his slider flash above average more often than his curveball and changeup. He throws from a lower arm slot that provides deception and add sink.

"Fry excels at keeping his pitches down in the strike zone and the ball in the park. His floor stands out more than his ceiling, as he is a good bet to become a No. 4 starter if he can bounce back from another elbow reconstruction."

Jace was 1-8, 3.63 in 10 games at high-A Winston-Salem in 2014, with 39 strikeouts in 52 innings.

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Remember, our 2016 season tickets are on sale and may be purchased over the phone at 541-752-5656; by e-mail at tickets@corvallisknights.com, or online by clicking here. You can also get tickets at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights, on Jefferson Avenue in downtown, just east of the Jefferson-4th Street intersection.

We will play 34 home games in 32 dates this summer, starting on June 1 with the annual nonleague game against the Portland Sea Dogs. Our WCL opener is June 3 at Bend; our WCL home opener is June 14 against Kelowna. So do not miss out!

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The Walla Walla Sweets announced that Frank Mutz has signed a three-year deal as their manager. Mutz is also the head coach at Chaminade College Preparatory High School in West Hills, Calif. Please click here for more details, from Our Sports Central.

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The Yakima Pippins announced that Cal Poly pitcher Andrew Bernstein and CSU-Northridge infielder Freddie Smith will return to the team this summer. Please click here for more details, from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason, so we will now just be blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays until the season starts. Have a great week, and we will see you again on Friday.


Chase Johnson is Giants' No. 26 prospect

February 5, 2016

Happy Friday, everyone.

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Former Cal Poly pitcher Chase Johnson (2011) was the No. 26 prospect in the San Francisco organization in 2015, according to MLB.com.

Here's the report on Johnson, taken by the Giants in the third round of the 2013 draft.

"Johnson went from Cal Poly's closer as a sophomore to buried on the pitching staff as a junior in 2013. He pitched well in the NCAA playoffs, however, spurring the Giants to draft him in the third round. They turned him into a starter and have been pleased with the progress he has shown in his first two full pro seasons.

"Johnson's lone plus pitch at this point is his fastball. He sits at 92-94 mph and peaks at 96 with little effort in his delivery. He also throws a hard slider that gets slurvy and a changeup that can throw hitters' timing off but lacks consistency.

"After pitching exclusively out of the stretch in college, Johnson is getting used to working out of a windup. His control and command improved in the second half of 2014, and at his best he looks like a mid-rotation starter. If he can't refine his secondary pitches, his arm strength still could make him a useful reliever."

Chase was a combined 9-4, 2.82 in 23 games at Class A San Jose and Class AA Richmond in 2015, with 129 strikeouts in 124.2 innings. He was a California League all-star.

Chase was ranked as the No. 9 West Coast League pro prospect by Baseball America and the No. 3 prospect by Perfect Game after the 2011 season and so far he is living up to that ranking.

As we reported on Tuesday, he has been invited to San Francisco's big league camp and it would not be surprising to see him at triple-A Sacramento this season.

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Remember, our 2016 season tickets are on sale and may be purchased over the phone at 541-752-5656; by e-mail at tickets@corvallisknights.com, or online by clicking here. You can also get tickets at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights, on Jefferson Avenue in downtown, just east of the Jefferson-4th Street intersection.

We will play 34 home games in 32 dates this summer, starting on June 1 with the annual nonleague game against the Portland Sea Dogs. Our WCL opener is June 3 at Bend; our WCL home opener is June 14 against Kelowna. So do not miss out!

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The Yakima Valley Pippins have added position players Mitchell Morimoto of Mesa Community College and Dylan Vchulek of Bellevue Community College for the 2016 season. Morimoto will play at Arizona in 2017, Vchulek at Hawaii. Please click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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The Bellingham Bells have added Chico State infielder Andru Cardenas and outfielder Sonny Cortez for the 2016 season. Cortez played at El Camino Community College and Cardenas played at College of the Canyons in 2015. Please click here for more details, from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason, so we will now just be blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays until the season starts. Have a great weekend, and we will see you again on Tuesday.


Mahle, Chase Johnson invited to big-league camp

February 2, 2016

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

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Former UC Santa Barbara lefty Greg Mahle (2012), our 2012 MVP, has been invited to big-league spring training by the Los Angeles Angels. He is rated as the No. 12 prospect in the Los Angeles Angels minor-league organization by MLB.com.

Mahle has rocketed through the lower four levels of their farm system since signing in 2014 as a 15th-round draft pick. He was 3-4, 3.26 in 52 games with single-A Lake Elsinore and double-A Arkansas in 2015, with 25 saves, 67 strikeouts in 58 innings.

Also, the San Francisco Giants have invited pitcher Chase Johnson (2011) of Cal Poly to their big-league camp. He was their third-round pick in the 2013 draft and has advanced to triple-A in their organization.

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Former Cal Poly outfielder Nick Torres (2012) is rated as the No. 28 prospect in San Diego's minor-league organization by MLB.com.

Here's the report on Torres, taken by the Padres in the fourth round of the 2014 draft:

"Part of the most successful Cal Poly teams ever in 2013 and 2014, Torres signed for $406,700 as a fourth-round pick. He didn't do much in his pro debut but has blossomed in his first full season, earning All-Star recognition in the low Class A Midwest League.

"Torres' strength and the loft in his swing give him solid raw power that got him drafted but haven't translated into much home run production against pro pitchers. He has done a nice job of using the entire field and has a ceiling of a .275 hitter with 15 homers per season.

"Torres may be more of a platoon or fourth outfielder than a regular. He's a below-average runner with an average arm, making left field his best defensive home."

Torres hit a combined .305 in 129 games in low- and high-A in 2015, with five homers and 70 RBIs.

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Remember, our 2016 season tickets are on sale and may be purchased over the phone at 541-752-5656; by e-mail at tickets@corvallisknights.com, or online by clicking here. You can also get tickets at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights, on Jefferson Avenue in downtown, just east of the Jefferson-4th Street intersection.

We will play 34 home games in 32 dates this summer, starting on June 1 with the annual nonleague game against the Portland Sea Dogs. Our WCL opener is June 3 at Bend; our WCL home opener is June 14 against Kelowna. So do not miss out!

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The Walla Walla Sweets have signed lefty pitcher Justin Bruihl and righty Bobby Ay for the upcoming season. Both are freshmen at Cal Poly. Please click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason, so we will now just be blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays until the season starts. Have a great rest of the week and we will see you on Friday!