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Max Gordon named new assistant coach

October 8, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone. Touched base with El Presidente, Knights' president Dan Segel, tonight. He told me the 2016 West Coast League schedule could be released in several weeks, after the upcoming league meetings.

Nice to catch up after several months and solve the world's problems over a plate of wings and a couple Frescas at Buffalo Wild Wings, one of our great sponsors.

In the meantime, we have some news to announce.


Former Oregon State outfielder Max Gordon will join us as an assistant coach for the 2016 season. A native of Ashland, Gordon lettered in center field for the Beavers in 2011-13 and was a starter on the 2013 Pacific-12 Conference championship team that advanced to the College World Series. His 2011 and 2012 OSU teams also advanced to the postseason.

Known for his acrobatic catches, fiery attitude and aggressive baserunning, Gordon hit .227 in his three seasons at OSU, with no homers, 20 RBIs and eight stolen bases in 127 career games after joining the program as a walk-on following a season at Sierra College.

A human development and family sciences major at OSU, Gordon began his coaching career as an assistant for the Medford Rogues in 2014. He then was named the head coach of the Willamette Valley Brewers of the Oregon Collegiate Baseball League and led them to a second-place finish in 2015.

For more information on this story, please click here and read all about it, from our website.


The Knights have signed freshman pitcher Willie Traynor of UC Santa Barbara and sophomore pitcher Cody Hoff of Linn-Benton Community College for the 2016 season.

Traynor is a 6-foot-1 right-hander out of Newark (Calif.) Memorial High School who was named to a first-team MVAL all-star. As a junior he was 8-1 with a 1.04 ERA, two shutouts, and a 37-11 strikeout-walk ratio in 60.2 innings.

"Willie has an athletic delivery with a projectable frame and arm action," UCSB coach Andrew Checketts said. "He pounds the bottom of the strike zone with his fastball and competes well.

"He reminds me of [former UC Riverside and current Boston Red Sox right-hander] Joe Kelly at the same age."

Hoff is a transfer from Feather River College in Quincy, Calif. He made 17 relief appearances and went 1-1 with a 1.53 ERA in 2015.

Welcome to the team, guys.


Construction is underway on indoor batting cages at Borleske Stadium, and the new facility will be used year-round by the Whitman College baseball team, the Walla Walla Sweets, and elementary and middle school students who attend camps at Borleske Stadium. Please click here for more details, from Our Sports Central.


That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason but we still plan to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the 2016 season starts! Have a great weekend, and we will see you on Monday.

Anna Seydel named Employee of the Year

October 6, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Hope you all are still enjoying our wonderful fall weather.


University of Oregon senior Anna Seydel, our community relations intern this past summer, was named our 2015 Staff Member of the Year earlier this week.

Anna was honored for her extraordinary efforts managing the Corvallis Knights Reading Club presented by Kettle Chips, and for our presence at more than 60 community events this past year. The Reading Club was launched in early 2015 and grew to 14 participating schools impacting more than 4,000 area children.

Congrats to Anna. For more on her award, and to read about our other 2015 staff awards, please click here for a story from our website.


More signing to announce from the University of Portland, a longtime partner school under first-year coach Geoff Loomis, a former Aloha Knights' great. The newest 2016 Knights are freshmen outfielder Cody Hawken, freshman infielder Matt Kelly and freshman pitcher Cameron Richman.

Hawken was selected in the 34th round of the 2015 June MLB draft by the Chicago Cubs. He was first-team all-state as a junior at Vancouver (Wash.) Union High School. He was also named first-team Greater St. Helens League in 2013 and 2014 and he helped lead the Titans to a league and district title as a junior.

Richman is a three-time Washington 2A all-state selection and a three-time Southeast 2B All-Conference pick from DeSales HS in Walla Walla. A Max Prep All-American, Richman helped lead the Irish to three Washington state titles.

Kelly is a switch-hitting, 5A all-state shortstop from West Linn who played at Wilsonville High School. He was first-team all-Northwest Oregon Conference and led WHS in hits, home runs, RBIs, stolen bases and triples and earned team MVP as a senior.

Also a right-handed pitcher, Kelly set a program record for saves in a season. He was second-team all-league as a junior and he was an all-league selection in football too.

Welcome to the team, guys.


As promised, here's a final statistical roundup for our alums who played major-league baseball this season:

* MATT ANDRIESE (2009): The Tampa Bay/UC Riverside pitcher was 3-5, 4.11 in 25 games, with two saves and 49 strikeouts in 65.2 innings.

* MATT BOYD (2010) : The Tigers/Jays/Oregon State pitcher was 1-6, 7.53 in 13 games, with 43 strikeouts in 57.1 innings.

* MATT DUFFY, (2010): The Giants/Long Beach State third baseman hit .295 (169-573) in 149 games, with 12 homers and 77 RBIs.

* ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009): The Padres/Portland catcher hit .100 (1-10) in 11 games, with no homers or RBIs.

* MATT HAGUE (2005): The Blue Jays/Washington/Oklahoma State infielder hit .250 (3-12) in 10 games, with no homers or RBIs.

* JOSH OSICH (2008): The Giants/Oregon State pitcher was 2-0, 2.20 in 35 games, with 27 strikeouts in 28.2 innings.

* BRENT MOREL (2007): The Pirates/Cal Poly third baseball hit .286 (2-7) in three games, with no homers and an RBI.

* BUD NORRIS (2005): The Orioles/Padres/Cal Poly pitcher was 3-11, 6.72 in 38 games, with 71 strikeouts in 83 innings.

* MARC RZEPCZYNSKI (2006): The Indians/Padres/UC Riverside pitcher was 2-4, 5.50 in 72 games, with 41 strikeouts in 36 innings.

* CHRIS STEWART (2001): The Pirates/Riverside City College catcher hit .289 (46-159) in 58 games, with no homers and 15 RBIs.

* ANDREW SUSAC (2009): The Giants/Oregon State catcher hit .218 (29-133) in 52 games, with three homers and 14 RBIs.


That is all for today. We have some big news coming later this week, so stay tuned. See you on Friday.

Colen, Farris to return in 2016

October 5, 2015

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weekend.


We've signed two more returnees for the 2016 season, bringing our number of projected second-year Knights to six.

The newest "old" Knights are Cal Poly freshman pitcher Craig Colen and UC Riverside junior third baseman Michael Farris of UC-Riverside.

Colen was 1-1, 5.96 in 16 total appearances for us in 2015, following his senior season at Lowell High School in San Francisco. He had 16 strikeouts in 22.2 innings.

Farris earned all-WCL honorable mention honors in 2015 after hitting .258, with 27 RBIs and a team-high five homers in WCL games. He played third base and first base.

Colen and Farris join outfielder Emilio Alcantar, , utility Taylor Travess and pitchers Chase Kaplan and Brendan Cutsforth as returnees from 2015 who have signed thus far.

Welcome back to the team, guys.


Alum Matt Duffy (2010) of the San Francisco Giants earned their Willie McCovey Award for the 2015 season. It is presented annually to the team's most inspirational player.

The former Long Beach State star hit .295 in 149 games in his rookie season, with 12 homers, 77 RBIs and 77 runs. He will certainly merit some consideration in the National League Rookie of the Year voting, although Kris Bryant of the Cubs will probably win that award.

Here is more on Matt's Award, from our website. Way to go, Matt!

We will have the final 2015 stats of all our Knights in the Majors in Wednesday's blog.


Bellingham manager Jeff James, who skippered the Bells for the past two summers, will not return for the 2016 season. The Seattle resident plans to spend more time with wife and young daughter. Here is more on that story, from the Bellingham Herald newspaper.


That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason but we still plan to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the 2016 season starts! See you on Wednesday.

10-day signee Taylor Travess to return

October 2, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone.


We've signed another returnee for the 2016 season, president Dan Segel announced Friday.

Utility Taylor Travess, a sophomore at Mt. Hood Community College from Springfield, will be back. The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder was a 10-day player for us in 2015 and hit .294 (10-34) with three RBIs in nine games.

He also picked up a win in relief with two scoreless innings in his one appearance as a pitcher before being released with the arrival of our full-time players. He then played for the Willamette Valley Titans American Legion team.

He hit .248 (26-105) in 43 games, with a homer and 17 RBIs, at Mt. Hood in 2015. He is a left-handed hitter who graduated from Springfield High School, where he was a two-time all-league shortstop.

Welcome back to the team, Taylor.


Alum Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) of the San Diego Padres lined a single into left field in the eighth inning of a 5-0 loss to Milwaukee at Petco Park on Wednesday night to record his first hit in the major leagues.

It was his first game as a starter. He was 0-for-7 to that point, as a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement, since being recalled from triple-A El Paso of the Pacific Coast League on Sept. 2.

"It was such an honor to get a start," Gale said following the game. "I never wanted a hit so bad."

Here is video of that milestone hit, from website, with legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg on the call. Rocky then went 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter on Thursday night.

Way to go, Rocky!


That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason but we still plan to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the 2016 campaign begins next June. Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday.

Knights add three pitchers for 2016

September 29, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone.


We've got three signees to announce as we continue to build our 2016 ballclub.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Nicholas Strange of Tacoma Community College; junior righty Tanner Howell of Dixie State and sophomore lefty Aaron Pope of Dixie State will join the team next summer.

An Astoria native, Strange was 0-1, 14.40 in limited appearances at Northwest Nazarene University in 2015, with four strikeouts in five innings over seven games. He is a 6-foot, 180-pounder.

A 6-4, 185-pounder from Boulder City High School in Boulder City, Nevada, Howell made 12 appearances and six starts in 2015 for the Red Storm, going 3-2 with a 3.99 ERA. He redshirted in 2014.

In high school, Howell was a two-time all-league selection and was first-team all-state as a pitcher in 2012 and first-team all-state as an infielder in 2013.

A 6-2, 190-pounder from Highland High School in the Pocatello suburb of Chubbuck, Idaho, Pope went 4-4 with a 4.33 ERA over 13 appearances, 12 starts and 60.1 innings pitched.

He was named the all-area Player of the Year by the Idaho State Journal as a senior. As a junior, he was all-league, all-region, all-state, and the MVP of his league.

Welcome to the team, guys.


The Victoria HarbourCats have signed five more players for the 2016 season, bringing their total so far to 17.

The newest HarbourCats are Washington sophomore third baseman Nyles Nygaard of Torrance, Calif.; San Francisco junior pitcher James Kannenberg of Littleton, Colo., via Cuesta (jr.) College); Paradise Valley CC sophomore pitcher Nick Wojtysiak, a returnee from Scottsdale, Ariz.; UC Davis redshirt freshman outfielder Ryan Anderson of Pleasanton, Calif., and North Dakota State sophomore utility Brayden Resch of Saskatoon, Sask.

Wojtysiak is a returnee from 2015. Here is more on that story from the Our Sports Central website.


That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason but we still plan to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the 2016 season starts!

Cutsforth, Kaplan to return in 2016

September 27, 2015

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you all had great weekends; the weather sure cooperated!


Our 2016 roster continues to take shape.

We love returning players and we've got two more to add for the 2016 season.

We are pleased to announce that pitchers Brendan Cutsforth of Treasure Valley Community College and Chase Kaplan of Western Nevada JC will play for the Knights again.

Cutsforth is a right-handed pitcher from Central High School in nearby Independence who was 4-1, 3.41 in 14 games as a starter and reliever in 2015. He had 17 strikeouts in 25 innings.

Kaplan is a lefty from Hillsboro who was 1-2, 3.80 in 10 appearances, also as a starter and a reliever. He had one save and 27 strikeouts in 23.2 innings pitched in league games.

Welcome back to the team, guys.


Alum Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) of the San Diego Padres is prominently mentioned in this story in Baseball America detailing the backstories of some September callups to the major leagues.

It is a nice story about a great guy, who played at the University of Portland and with two WCL runners-up in his seasons with the Knights.


That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason but we still plan to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the 2016 season starts!

Medford moving to Great West League

September 24, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone. Big night in Corvallis tonight, with the football game against Stanford; go Beavs!


There has been a franchise shift in the West Coast League. The Medford Rogues, members since 2013, have bolted to join the Big West League, a new circuit formed by former WCL president Ken Wilson. Also in that league are Lodi, Chico, Sacramento and Marysville in California, and a Portland club that will play in Lents Park.

Here is more on that story, from the Medford Mail-Tribune newspaper, and another view of the move from the Ballpark Business website.

So, good luck to the Rogues. More changes could be forthcoming (don't worry, we're not going anywhere), but no matter what transpires the Knights will continue to field an outstanding club and the WCL will remain the top college wood-bat summer league on the West Coast.


Our 2016 roster continues to take shape.

The Knights have signed sophomore infielder Greg Saenz and freshman pitcher Jake Wong of Grand Canyon University for next season.

Saenz hit .270 with nine doubles, a homer and 25 RBIs in 2015 as a freshman for the Antelopes. He's a 5-foot-11, 185-pounder from Phoenix who graduated from Sandra Day O'Connor High School.

Wong is a 6-2, 185-pound righty from Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz. Jake Wong joins the team from Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz. He had 12 strikeouts and a 2.17 ERA in 19.1 innings as a junior, when Hamilton won the Division I Arizona state championship.

"Jake may be the sleeper of the entire recruiting class," GCU coach Andy Stankiewicz said last November in announcing the 2014-15 recruiting class. "He comes from a great high school program. We targeted Jake early because of his delivery and upside on the mound."

Also signing was freshman Kyle Hatton of UC Santa Barbara. A lefty pitcher from Norco High School in Norco, Calif., he also plays first base and the outfield.

Kyle was named the MVP of his league and earned all-state, all-CIF and all-county honors. He was ranked the No. 320 prospect in the nation by Perfect Game, and was a second-team underclass All-American selection by the same publication.

"Kyle is as competitive as they come," UCSB coach Andrew Checketts said. "He likes to have the ball or bat in his hand when it matters.

"He is a proven winner who can hit, pitch and play a solid first base. Kyle should be an early contributor."

Welcome to the team, guys.


That is all for today. Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday. Go Beavs!

Nick Madrigal is our 2015 MVP

September 22, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone. We've got some good news to report, so let's get it started.


Middle infielder Nick Madrigal, who takes his first class at Oregon State on Thursday, was named our 2015 MVP in a vote of the coaching staff and front office.

Right-hander Slater Lee of Cal Poly earned our Top Pitcher honor, and Emilio Alcantar of Linn-Benton Community College, who originally joined us as a 10-day signee, earned our Joe Segel Hustle Award.

Congrats to all three players. For complete details on our 2015 honorees, please click here for a story from our website.


Madrigal and outfielder Michael McAdoo Jr., an outfielder just starting his freshman season at UC Santa Barbara, are two Knights on Perfect Game USA's list of the top 350 prospects from its ranking of players from the high school class of 2015 who have decided to bypass professional baseball and honor their college commitments.

Madrigal is ranked No. 46; McAdoo Jr. is No. 187. Here is the complete list.


Our 2016 roster continues to grow. Alcantar, now a junior at Lewis-Clark State in Lewiston, Idaho, will return in 2016. He led us in WCL batting average (.329) and RBIs (28) and earned honorable-mention all-West Coast League recognition.

We have also signed future University of Washington catcher Nick Kahle of Chaminade College Preparatory school in Southern California.

Welcome back, Emilio; welcome aboard, Nick!


Chattanooga (AA Southern, Twins) pitchers Greg Peavey (2007) and DJ Johnson (2008-09) earned Southern League championship rings on Monday when the Lookouts defeated Biloxi in the decisive Game 5 of their best-of-5 Championship Series. Congrats to both players for fine seasons.


That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you on Friday.

Four more sign for 2016 season

September 20, 2015

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you all had a great weekend!


Our 2016 roster continues to grow. We have signed three players from the University of San Francisco and a future Cal Poly Mustang for next year.

The newest Knights are redshirt sophomore pitcher Grant Goodman, freshman third baseman Riley Helland and sophomore outfielder Kyle Norman of USF, and Valencia (Calif.) High School senior infielder Scott Ogrin, who will sign with the Mustangs this November.

A 6-foot-1, 185-pounder from Burlingame High School in Burlingame, Calif., Goodman redshirted in 2015. He was 3-5 with a 4.55 ERA in 12 games in 2014, with 34 strikeouts in 61.1 innings.

Helland is a 6-1, 185-pound Camarillo, Calif., native who graduated from Oaks Christian HS in Westlake Village. He was a 2014 honorable mention Perfect Game USA preseason All-American, and played with GBG Marucci and the Southern California Cardinals Scout team in summer ball.

"Riley is a very versatile player and dynamic personality," USF coach Nino Giarratano said. "He has the ability to play almost every position in the infield and a few in the outfield."

Norman is a 5-9, 167-pound right-handed hitter from Ellicott City, Md. He hit .160 (4-25) with five RBIs in 34 games as a freshman in 2015. He played at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., after graduating from Our Lady of Good Counsel HS in Olney, Md.), where he was all-conference as a junior and senior and the team MVP and Gold Glove winner as a senior.

Ogrin is a 6-foot, 175-pound switch-hitter who was a Foothills League all-star at Valencia HS in 2015. He hit .509 (56-110) in 29 games as a junior, with six homers, 16 doubles, 28 RBIs and 33 runs scored.

He made the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Daily News all-area teams; the Southern Section all-Division 1 team; the Santa Clarita Valley all-area team, and the 2015 MaxPreps California large schools all-state team. Former Corvallis infielder Nick Madrigal (2015) of Oregon State also earned MaxPreps all-state honors that year.


Chattanooga (AA Southern, Twins) pitchers Greg Peavey (2007) and DJ Johnson (2008-09) are still playing in their minor-league championship series, against Biloxi. That best-of-5 series is tied 2-2 and concludes on Monday in Chattanooga.

Peavey was the losing pitcher in a 2-0 defeat on Saturday, as he gave up two runs in 4.1 innings and saw his finals record evened at 1-1. Johnson pitched two innings of scoreless relief, with two strikeouts.


Frontier League MVP Taylor Ard (2009) and his River City Rascals (O'Fallon, Mo.) fell 4-1 to the Traverse City (Mich.) Beach Bums on Friday and were swept in their best-of-5 championship series.


That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you on Wednesday.

Knights sign Dartmouth pitcher for 2016

September 18, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone. Hope you all enjoyed our recent rain showers, which now have departed so we will have clear skies when the Beavers host San Jose State on Saturday night.


Coach Brooke Knight announced the signing of our first 2016 player, right-handed pitcher Chris Burkholder, a junior at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

A 5-foot-11, 175-pounder from Monrovia High School in Monrovia, Calif., Burkholder was 1-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 15 games in 2015, with one save and 18 strikeouts in 21.1 innings. He was 1-0, 5.59 in 11 games as a freshman in 2014, with nine strikeouts in 19.1 innings.

He was a four-year letterman and two-year captain at Monrovia and was MaxPreps first-team all-state, the Rio Hondo League MVP and the Pasadena News area Player of the Year as a senior. He was first-team all-league and second-team all-area as a junior and second-team all-conference as a sophomore.

Burkholder will be the second player from Dartmouth to play for the Knights. Outfielder Nick Ruppert, his 2014-15 Big Green teammate, played for our 2013 WCL championship team.


Alum Matt Duffy (2010) of the San Francisco Giants recently wrote a great story on his introduction to the major leagues for The Players' Tribune website. Please click here for an outstanding read by the former Long Beach State standout.


Pitcher Scott Schultz (2011) of Missoula (A Pioneer, Diamondbacks) was the winning pitcher in Missoula's 8-1 win over Idaho Falls on Wednesday night in the decisive Game 3 of the Pioneer League championship series. He threw one scoreless inning, gave up one hit and had one strikeout. The Osprey won the series 2-1 and Schultz got the decision in both victories.

Chattanooga (AA Southern, Twins) pitchers Greg Peavey (2007) and DJ Johnson (2008-09) are still playing in their minor-league championship series, against Biloxi. That series is tied 1-1 and resumes Saturday in Chattanooga.


Frontier League MVP Taylor Ard (2009) and his River City Rascals (O'Fallon, Mo.) trail Traverse City (Mich.) Beach Bums 2-0 in their best-of-5 championship series. Game 3 is tonight in O'Fallon. Game 4 if necessary, would be in Missouri on Saturday and Game 5, if it goes that far, would be back in Michigan on Monday.


That is all for today. Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday.