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Knights sign Oregon LHP Jordan Spencer

September 13, 2013

Happy Friday, everyone.

We've got more good news to report today. The Knights have signed left-handed pitcher Jordan Spencer, a 6-foot, 230-pound junior-to-be at Oregon who has a live arm and plenty of West Coast League/WCL Portland experience.

Jordan was 2-0, 4.00 in 12 games with the Ducks in 2013, with 10 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched. He was 4-2, 4.26 in 12 games in 2012, with 19 strikeouts in 38 innings. He also pitched a nine-inning no-hitter against Portland as a freshman.

A Beaverton High graduate, he pitched for Bend in the summer of 2012 and was 0-1 with a 2.00 ERA in 15 games, with 14 strikeouts in 18 innings. Jordan played for the Toros in WCL Portland last summer and was 7-1, 1.34 as a pitcher, with 53 strikeouts in 62.2 innings. He also hit .395 (34-86), with two homers and 17 RBIs, and finished second in the batting race.

Welcome to the Knights, Jordan!

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More good news to report. Knights Assistant coach (2010-11, 2013) and alum (2006, 2008-09) Billy Clontz has been hired as an assistant coach at Ohlone College, a JC located in the East Bay community of Fremont, Calif.

The Renegades play in the Pacific Division of the Coast Conference and were 11-13 in league play and 16-20 overall last season. Their head coach is Michael Curran; click here for more info on Ohlone.

Congrats to Billy, who has also coached at Klamath Falls in the WCL and at Mt. Hood Community College since completing his playing career at MHCC and at Western Oregon.

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Alum Jake Rodriguez (2010) of Oregon State and the Tri-City Valley Cats won the New York-Penn League championship on Thursday night with a 4-3 victory over State College. The Tri-City franchise is located in the Albany, N.Y., area, and is a Houston affiliate.

Shortstop Matt Duffy of San Jose (A California, Giants) is the only alum still playing in the minors. The Giants lost 5-0 to Inland Empire last night in Game 1 of the Califonia League Championship Series; Matt was 1-for-4.

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Pitcher Kyle Treadway of Pacific University, a 10-day signee for us in 2013, won the WCL Portland ERA title while playing with Spencer on the Lobos. Treadway was 2-2, 1.00 in eight games, with 24 strikeouts in 42 innings.

Kyle was 0-0, 4.00 in two appearances for the Knights, with two strikeouts in nine innings.

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Several alums in the minor leagues were promoted by their respective major league organizations for the final week or so of the regular season.

* The Marlins moved pitcher James Nygren (2009) to triple-A New Orleans (Pacific Coast League) from advanced A Jupiter (Florida State League).

* The Indians moved third baseman Grant Fink (2011) from the Arizona Rookie League Indians to short-season single-A Mahoning Valley (New York-Penn League).

* Baltimore moved shortstop Justin Viele (2010) to short-season A Aberdeen (New York-Penn League) from the rookie Orioles (Gulf Coast League).

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And now that the regular season is complete, here's our final update on the the stats of our alums in affiliated minor-league baseball.

DAYTON ALEXANDER (2011): Dayton hit .236 (35-148) with two homers and eight RBIs in 53 games with Beloit, Oakland's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

BO ALTOBELLI (2010): Bo hit a combined .308 (28-91) with no homers and nine RBIs in 26 total games with Cedar Rapids, Minnesota's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League, and with Elizabethon in the rookie Appalachian League.

TAYLOR ARD (2009): Taylor hit .240 (101-420) with eight homers and 53 RBIs in 118 games with Clinton (Iowa), Seattle's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

CARTER BELL (2009): Carter hit .233 (48-206) with three homers and 17 RBIs in 60 games with South Bend, Arizona's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

ALEX BURG (2008): Alex hit a combined .253 (71-281) with six homers and 42 RBIs in 81 total games with New Orleans, Miami's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League; with double-A Jacksonville in the Southern League, and with Class A Jupiter in the Florida State League.

MATT DUFFY (2010): Matt hit a combined .303 (119-393) with nine homers and 57 RBIs in 104 total games for San Jose, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A California League, and Augusta in the Class A South Atlantic League.

GRANT FINK (2011): Grant hit a combined .281 (50-178) with three homers and 26 RBIs in 51 total games for Mahoning Valley, Cleveland's affiliate in the single-A New York-Penn League, and with the Arizona Rookie League Indians.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009): Rocky hit a combined .242 (55-227) with a homer and 24 RBIs in 70 total games for Tucson, San Diego's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League, and for San Antonio in the double-A Texas League.

DREW GARCIA (2007): Drew hit a combined .232 (50-216) with one homer and 23 RBIs in 75 total games with Colorado Springs, Colorado's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League, and with Charlotte, the Chicago White Sox's affiliate in the triple-A International League.

RYAN GORTON (2011): Ryan hit .212 (22-104) with one homer and four RBIs in 35 games for Vermont, Oakland's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League.

DEAN GREEN (2008): Dean hit a combined .296 (73-247) with eight homers and 40 RBIs in 65 total games for Lakeland, Detroit's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League; for West Michigan in the A Midwest League, and with the Tigers in the rookie Gulf Coast League.

MITCH HANIGER (2010): Mitch hit a combined .267 (125-469) with 11 homers and 67 RBIs in 67 games for Brevard County, Milwaukee's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League, and with Wisconsin in the Class A Midwest League.

DANNY HAYES (2010): Danny hit .267 (62-232) with five homers and 51 RBIs in 58 games for Great Falls, the White Sox affiliate in the Rookie Pioneer League.

ADAM MELKER (2008, 2009): Adam hit .260 (83-319) with eight homers and 32 RBIs in 107 games for Springfield (Mo.), St. Louis's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

BRENT MOREL (2007): Brent hit a combined .262 (110-420) with six homers and 55 RBIs in 118 games with the Chicago White Sox and with Charlotte, their affiliate in the triple-A International league.

JIM MURPHY (2007): Jim hit .273 (138-505) with 23 homers and 83 RBIs in 139 games for Reading (Pa.), Philadelphia's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

JAKE RODRIGUEZ (2010): Jake hit .209 (18-86) with a homer and 10 RBIs in 32 games for Tri-City, Houston's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009): Andrew hit .252 (66-262) with 12 homers and 46 RBIs in 83 games for Richmond (Va.), San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

JUSTIN VIELE (2010): Justin hit a combined .263 (45-171) with two homers and 14 RBIs in 52 total games with Aberdeen in the Class A New York-Penn League and with the Orioles of the rookie Gulf Coast League.

TYLER ANDERSON (2009): Tyler was a combined 3-3, 3.16 in 15 total games with Modesto, Colorado's affiliate in the single-A California League, and with Tri City in the Class A Northwest League. He had 73 strikeouts in 82.2 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE (2009): Matt was a combined 11-7, 3.27 in 27 total games for Tucson, San Diego's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League, and with San Antonio of the double-A Texas League. He had 105 strikeouts in 134.2 innings.

MAX BEATTY (2010-12): Max was a combined 1-2, 5.22 in 21 total games with the Eugene Emeralds, San Diego's affiliate in the Class A Northwest league and with the Arizona Rookie League Padres, with one save and 27 strikeouts in 29.1 innings.

MATT BOYD (2010): Matt was a combined 0-3, 2.63 in eight total games with Dunedin in the Class A Florida State League, and with Lansing in the Class A Midwest League, with 23 strikeouts in 24 innings.

A.J. BURKE (2012): A.J. was 1-3, 7.84 in 15 games with the Arizona Rookie League Athletics, with 18 strikeouts in 20.2 innings.

TREVOR FRANK (2012): Trevor was 1-5, 2.83 in 20 games for Mahoning Valley, Cleveland's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League. He had three saves and 39 strikeouts in 35 innings.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009): Sam was a combined 4-1, 2,22 in nine games with Palm Beach, St. Louis's affiliate in the single-A Florida State League, and with the rookie Cardinals in the Gulf Coast League. He had 40 strikeouts in 48.2 innings.

CHASE JOHNSON (2011): Chase was 4-2, 3.88 in 13 games with Salem-Keizer, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League, with 44 strikeouts in 46.1 innings.

CHRIS JOHNSON (2011): Chris was 6-3, 2.49 in 15 games with Salem-Keizer, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League, with 78 strikeouts in 83 innings.

KYLE KRAUS (2009, 2010): Kyle was a combined 6-2, 3.16 in 33 total games with Portland, Boston's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League; with Salem in the Class A Carolina League, and with Greenville in the single-A South Atlantic League. He had 65 strikeouts in 88.1 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN (2010): Scott was 7-8, 4.00 in 26 total games with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League, and with Greensboro in the Class A South Atlantic League, with 117 strikeouts in 137.1 innings.

JAMES NYGREN (2009): James was a combined 7-4, 3.63 in 40 appearances with New Orleans, Miami's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League and with Jupiter in the Class A Florida State League. He had 31 strikeouts in 62.1 innings.

EDDIE OROZCO (2008, 2009): Eddie was a combined 3-4, 4.67 in 30 games with Kane County, the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the Class A Midwest League, and with Boise in the Class A Northwest League, with 39 strikeouts in 34.2 innings.

JOSH OSICH (2008): Josh was a combined 5-4, 3.47 in 56 total appearances with Richmond, San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League, and with San Jose in the Class A California League. He had 15 saves and 76 strikeouts in 70 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (2007): Greg was a combined 6-5, 4.80 in 45 total games with Las Vegas, the New York Mets' affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League, and with Binghamton in the double-A Eastern League. He had 65 strikeouts in 95.2 innings.

JIMMIE SHERFY: (2011): Jimmie was a combined 1-1, 1.04 in 18 total games with South Bend, Arizona's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League, and with Hillsboro in the Class A Northwest League. He had 29 strikeouts in 17.1 innings.

NICK STRUCK (2009): Nick was a combined 7-10, 5.73 in 27 total games with Iowa, the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League, and with Tennessee in the double-A Southern League. He had 68 strikeouts in 136.2 innings.

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That's all for today. Have a great weekend, and we'll see you again on Monday.


Knights sign Corvallis High's Cleary to 10-day deal

September 12, 2013

It's always an exciting time in the fall when we begin to announce our signings for the upcoming season, and today is no different.

Our newest Knight is Jimmy Cleary, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound outfielder from Corvallis who played on the Linfield JV as a true freshman in 2013. The Wildcats were stacked in 2013 and won the NCAA Division III national title so playing time was hard to come by for true freshmen, but he should see plenty of action in 2014.

Jimmy was the Mid-Willamette Conference Player of the Year and a 5A first-team all-state selection as a CHS senior in 2012. He also played in the Reser's Oregon All-Star Series, and was a five-time letterman in baseball and football at CHS.

Welcome to the team, Jimmy!

We'll have more signings to announce in the near future, so stay tuned.

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Two former Knights were ranked among the top prospects in the California Collegiate League by Perfect Game Crosschecker.

* Third baseman Caleb Whalen (2012) of Portland was ranked No. 12. He played for the Los Angeles Brewers and was third in the league batting race with a .361 average (57-158), with a homer and 22 RBIs.

* Third baseman Jimmy Allen (2011) of Cal Poly was ranked No. 18. He played for the San Luis Obispo Blues and hit .277 (26-94), with a homer and 16 RBIs.

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Once again, San Jose (A California, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) wins the Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day award. Matt was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run in a 9-5 victory over Visalia on Wednesday in the decisive Game 5 of their California League semifinal series. He hit .389 in the series.

San Jose will play Inland Empire for the title. IE unseated defending champion Lancaster 4-3 in 15 innings to win Game 5 of their semifinal series, ending the season of former Knights' broadcaster Jason Schwartz (2010). He's been the voice of the JetHawks the last two years.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

MEDFORD: Five Rogues were named to Perfect Game Crosschecker's West Coast League top prospect list. For full details, click here for a story from Our Sports Central.

WALLA WALLA: Sweets' pitcher Cody Poteet of UCLA was named the WCL's top prospect by Perfect Game Crosschecker. Click here for full details, from Our Sports Central. Poteet was also named the No. 1 prospect by Baseball America.


8 Knights on Perfect Game prospect list

September 11, 2013

We're happy to report that we have 2013 Corvallis Knights West Coast League Championships tee shirts on sale at the WWHQ. They come in charcoal or gray, are $25 apiece, and a variety of sizes are available.

I'm wearing one as we speak. So pick one up in person, or give us a call at 541-752-56565 and we'll mail one out to you ASAP.

Now, on with the news.

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Eight members of the 2013 Knights made Perfect Game Crosschecker's list of the top 40 pro prospects in the West Coast League.

So honored were pitcher Jorge Perez (2) of Grand Canyon; pitcher Dylan Hecht (3) of UC Santa Barbara; center fielder Blake Drake (8) of Concordia; pitcher Andrew Naderer (11) of Grand Canyon; third baseman Cody Lenahan (14) of Portland; pitcher Stephen Nogosek (16) of Woodcreek (Calif.) High/Oregon; pitcher Alex Nesbitt (23) of Washington, and catcher/shortstop Chris Rabago (25) of UC Irvine.

Congrats to all! Just click here for the entire list. Perez, Drake and Hecht were also identified as top WCL prospects by Baseball America.

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Nice story in College Baseball Daily from local reporter Aaron Yost about the West Coast League, with plenty of quotes from Knights' skipper Brooke Knight. Just click here and read all about it.

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San Jose (A California, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 0-for-3 but had an RBI in a 6-5 loss to Visalia on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors again. Visalia evened its best-of-5 California League playoff semifinal series at 2-2; the final game is tonight.

The winner plays either defending champion Lancaster or Inland Empire, who are also tied 2-2 in the other semifinal. Former Knights broadcaster Jason Schwartz (2010) is the play-by-play voice for Lancaster.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

KLAMATH FALLS: The Gems have hired Dustin Howell of Klamath Falls as their new director of marketing, and his wife, Jessica Howell, as an administrative assistant. Click here for more details, from the Herald and News newspaper of Klamath Falls. And for even more, check out this story from the Gems' web site.

According to the newspaper story, the Gems have a World Headquarters. Must not be quite as big as our executive offices and suites in the Madison Plaza, the World-Wide Headquarters (WWHQ) of the Corvallis Knights.

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That's all for today. See you on Thursday.


Knights sign Ayo to 10-day contract

September 10, 2013

The Knights have signed infielder Ray Ayo of Westview High School, a freshman at Lane Community College, to a 10-day contract. He's the son of Keke Ayo, a 1983-84 Oregon State letterman who coached our head coach, Brooke Knight, at Crescent Valley High School in 1989 and 1990.

Ray Ayo is a 5-foot-8, 135-pound second baseman. He was a Metro League all-star, a second-team 6A all-state selection, and played in the Reser's Oregon All-Star Series in 2013. He was honorable mention all-Metro League as a junior in 2012. He'll join us in June.

Ten-day signees are not guaranteed a roster spot for the entire season, but it's not unusual for someone to earn full-time status. Infielder Seth Heck and catcher Chad Michaud of Tacoma Community College, and pitcher Sean Eberhardt of George Fox University were 10-day signees in 2013 and each earned a full-time roster spot.

Welcome aboard, Ray.

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Our alums in independent baseball have all wrapped up their seasons. Here's a recap:

NICK AKINS (2007): Nick played for Fargo-Moorhead in the American Association and for Washington and Joliet in the Frontier League. He hit a combined .293 (89-304) in 82 games (primarily for Joliet), with 21 homers and 68 RBIs, and made the Frontier League's Postseason All-Star team.

MIKE KOONS (2007): Mike was 2-2, 4.61 in 14 games with the St. Paul Saints in the American Association. He had 22 strikeouts in 52.2 innings.

MATT WAY (2007): Matt was 4-5, 4.04 in 16 games with the Long Island Ducks in the Atlantic League. He had 73 strikeouts in 75.2 innings.

ERIC MASSINGHAM (2006-07): Eric was 3-1, 1.25 in 35 games with Evansville in the Frontier League, with 19 saves and 37 strikeouts in 36 innings. He was a Postseason All-Star.

MARK SAMUELSON (2006-07): Mark hit .247 (73-296) in 88 games for Washington in the Frontier League, with 12 homers and 39 RBIs.

LOGAN LOTTI (2008): Logan hit .356 (74-208) in 61 games with Alpine in the Pecos League, with 12 homers and 49 RBIs.

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San Jose (A California, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 2-for-4 with a run, a double and an RBI in a 9-2 win over Visalia on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. San Jose leads the best-of-5 semifinal series 2-1; Duffy is hitting .455 (5-11) in the playoffs.

Honorable mention goes to:

* South Bend (A Midwest, Diamondbacks) closer Jimmie Sherfy (2011) struck out the side on 12 pitches to end a 9-5 win over Fort Wayne as South Bend won their Midwest League North Division Championship Series 2-1. It will play Quad Cities in the League Championship Series.

* Great Falls (R Pioneer, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 1-for-4 with an RBI in a 16-5 loss to Helena in Game 1 of their best-of-3 Pioneer League semifinal series.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

KITSAP: Virginia Anderson, the wife of former Kitsap owner Bill Anderson, died of cancer last week. A memorial service was held this past Saturday in Poulsbo, Wash.

MEDFORD: The Rogues will host the "Celebra las Fiestas Patrias," a celebration of the September 16 Mexican Independence Day, at Harry & David Field. Here's more on that event from the Ballparkbiz.com website.

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That's it for today. See you on Wednesday.


Knights sign Grand Canyon LHP Joey Wise

September 9, 2013

The Knights have signed their first player for the 2014 season. He's left-handed pitcher Joey Wise, a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder from Cave Creek, Ariz., who is a freshman at Grand Canyon University.

Wise was selected by Cleveland in the 33rd round of the 2013 MLB draft after his senior season at Cactus Shadows High School, but did not sign. He was 2-4, 3.42 in nine games as a senior, with 64 strikeouts in nine appearances. He has a fastball in the 88-91 MPH range.

Hopefully he'll pitch as well as the previous Antelope hurlers to play for us, Jorge Perez and Andrew Naderer. Welcome to the team, Joey!

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You probably saw this in our news section last week, but it bears repeating. Baseball America rated pitcher Jorge Perez of Grand Canyon the No. 2 pro prospect in the West Coast League; center fielder Blake Drake of Concordia was ranked No. 3 and reliever Dylan Hecht of UC Santa Barbara was ranked No. 4.

Complete details can be found here, on the Knights' home page. Congrats to all three players. Perfect Game Crosschecker, which ranked the Knights No. 3 in its final Top 50 poll, will release its top pro prospects list later this week.

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Most of our minor league Knights have concluded their seasons. However, a handful are still active in league playoffs, so we'll have a Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day award for the rest of the week, probably.

Today's winner is San Jose (A California, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010). He was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in a 2-0 win over Visalia on Sunday that evened their semifinal playoff series at 1-1.

The San Jose-Visalia winner will play either Lancaster or Inland Empire in the finals. Their semifinal series is also even at 1-1. Ex-Knights broadcaster Jason Schwartz (2010) is in his second season as Lancaster's play-by-play voice.

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Bellingham manager Gary Hatch has stepped down after three seasons as the Bells' coach. Here are the complete details, from The Bellingham Herald newspaper. Best wishes to Gary.

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Ex-Kelowna Falcons ace James Paxton of the University of Kentucky and the Seattle Mariners made his MLB debut this past Saturday. He allowed one run over six innings and got the win in a 6-2 victory over Tampa Bay at Safeco Field. Paxton pitched for the Falcons in 2007, and went 3-5 with a 2.94 ERA.

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Some other news from around the West Coast League:

MEDFORD: The Rogues have signed six players for the upcoming season, including one from Bucknell and three from Morehead State in Kentucky, programs that might be making their WCL debuts. Here's more on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That's all for today. See you on Tuesday!


News on some alums

August 30, 2013

A couple alumni moves to announce:

* Miami has sent outfielder Alex Burg 2008) to Jacksonville in the double-A Southern League. He hit .300 in a short stint with triple-A New Orleans before being reassigned.

* Boston has sent pitcher Kyle Kraus (2009-10) to Greenville of the low-A South Atlantic League after a stay at Salem in the high-A Carolina League. Kraus also pitched for double-A Portland (Eastern league) this summer, so it seems as if he's sent wherever pitching help is needed.

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We update the stats of our minor league alums on Fridays and some things jumped out at us today.

* Pitcher Trevor Frank (2012)of Mahoning Valley (A New York-Penn, Indians) has 39 strikeouts and just one walk in 33 innings.

* Pitcher Chris Johnson (2011) of Salem-Keizer (A Northwest, Giants) has 73 strikeouts and only seven walks in 78 innings.

* Kraus has 33 strikeouts and just four walks in 31.1 innings at Greenville, and just 18 walks in more than 80 innings overall this summer.

* Shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) of San Jose (A California, Giants) has five homers in just 99 at-bats.

* Catcher Bo Altobelli (2010) of Cedar Rapids (A Midwest, Twins) is hitting .333 (20-60) at low-A after hitting just .247 in rookie ball.

* First baseman Danny Hayes (2010) of Great Falls (R Pioneer, White Sox) has 47 RBIs in 50 games. He's fourth in the league despite playing at least seven fewer games than those in front of him due to Oregon State's extended run through the College World Series.

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Reading (AA Eastern, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 4-for-5 with a homer, an RBI and three runs in a 9-8 win over Richmond on Thursday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Lots of honorable mentions on a big night in the pros for our alums.

* San Antonio (AA Texas, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 3-for-5 with an RBI in a 10-9 loss to Midland.

* San Jose (A California, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy homered, singled, drove in two and scored twice in an 11-1 win over Visalia.

* Cedar Rapids (A Midwest, Twins) catcher Bo Altobelli (2010) was 2-for-4 with a run in a 5-2 win over Kane County.

* Beloit (A Midwest, Athletics) outfielder Dayton Alexander 92011) was 2-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI in a 6-5 win over Burlington.

* Vermont (A New York-Penn, Athletics) catcher Ryan Gorton (2011) was 2-for-2 in an 8-3 win over Tri-Valley.

* Mahoning Valley (A New York-Penn, Indians) pitcher Trevor Frank had two scoreless innings, three strikeouts and a save in a 2-1 win over Auburn.

* Great Falls (R Pioneer, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 2-for-3 with a homer, two runs and an RBI in a 7-5 win over Billings.

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It's time to update the stats from your Corvallis Knights alums in affiliated minor-league baseball:

DAYTON ALEXANDER (2011): Dayton is hitting .241 (35-145) with two homers and eight RBIs in 52 games with Beloit, Oakland's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

BO ALTOBELLI (2010): Bo is hitting .333 (20-60) with no homers and eight RBIs in 16 games with Cedar Rapids, Minnesota's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

TAYLOR ARD (2009): Taylor is hitting .238 (98-411) with eight homers and 53 RBIs in 115 games with Clinton (Iowa), Seattle's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

CARTER BELL (2009): Carter is hitting .233 (48-206) with three homers and 17 RBIs in 60 games with South Bend, Arizona's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

ALEX BURG (2008): Alex is hitting .125 (4-32) with no homers and two RBIs in eight with Jacksonville, Miami's affiliate in the double-A Southern League.

MATT DUFFY (2010): Matt is hitting .293 (29-99) with five homers and 11 RBIs in 24 games for San Jose, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A California League.

GRANT FINK (2011): Grant is hitting .263 (42-160) with one homer and 21 RBIs in 46 games for the Indians, Cleveland's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009): Rocky is hitting .248 (50-202) with a homer and 21 RBIs for San Antonio, San Diego's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

DREW GARCIA (2007): Drew is hitting .241 (32-133) with one homer and 10 RBIs in 47 games with Colorado Springs, Colorado's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League.

RYAN GORTON (2011): Ryan is hitting .219 (21-96) with one homer and four RBIs in 28 games for Vermont, Oakland's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League.

DEAN GREEN (2008): Dean is hitting .313 (31-99) with two homers and nine RBIs in 24 games for Lakeland, Detroit's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

MITCH HANIGER (2010): Mitch is hitting .252 (80-317) with six homers and 41 RBIs in 85 games for Brevard County, Milwaukee's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

DANNY HAYES (2010): Danny is hitting .283 (56-198) with five homers and 47 RBIs in 50 games for Great Falls, the White Sox affiliate in the rookie A Pioneer League.

ADAM MELKER (2008, 2009): Adam is hitting .258 (79-306) with eight homers and 30 RBIs in 103 games for Springfield (Mo.), St. Louis's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

BRENT MOREL (2007): Brent is hitting .264 (101-383) with six homers and 53 RBIs in 103 games with Charlotte, the Chicago White Sox's affiliate in the triple-A International league.

JIM MURPHY (2007): Jim is hitting .276 (135-490) with 23 homers and 82 RBIs in 135 games for Reading (Pa.), Philadelphia's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

JAKE RODRIGUEZ (2010): Jake is hitting .224 (17-76) with a homer and 10 RBIs in 28 games for Tri-City, Houston's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009): Andrew is hitting .252 (66-262) with 12 homers and 46 RBIs in 83 games for Richmond (Va.), San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

JUSTIN VIELE (2010): Justin is hitting .261 (42-161) with two homers and 14 RBIs in 49 games with the Orioles of the rookie Gulf Coast League.

TYLER ANDERSON (2009): Tyler is 2-2, 3.72 in 12 games with Modesto, Colorado's affiliate in the single-A California League. He has 60 strikeouts in 67.2 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE (2009): Matt is 3-5, 4.29 in 11 games for Tucson, San Diego's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 40 strikeouts in 56.2 innings.

MAX BEATTY (2010-12): Max is 1-1, 3.09 in 16 games with the Arizona Rookie League Padres, with one save and 23 strikeouts in 23.1 innings.

MATT BOYD (2010): Matt is 0-1, 3.00 in two games with Dunedin in the Class A Florida State League, with seven strikeouts in six innings.

A.J. BURKE (2012): A.J. is 1-3, 7.84 in 15 games with the Arizona Rookie League Athletics, with 18 strikeouts in 20.2 innings.

TREVOR FRANK (2012): Trevor is 1-5, 3.00 in 19 games for Mahoning Valley, Cleveland's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League. He has one save and 39 strikeouts in 33 innings.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009): Sam is 3-1, 3.03 in six games with Palm Beach, St. Louis's affiliate in the single-A Florida State League. He has 26 strikeouts in 32.2 innings.

CHASE JOHNSON (2011): Chase is 3-2, 4.17 in 10 games with Salem-Keizer, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League, with 37 strikeouts in 41 innings.

CHRIS JOHNSON (2011): Chris is 5-3, 2.31 in 14 games with Salem-Keizer, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League, with 73 strikeouts in 78 innings.

KYLE KRAUS (2009, 2010): Kyle is 2-0, 2.30 in 18 games with Greenville, Boston's affiliate in the single-A South Atlantic League. He has 33 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN (2010): Scott is 3-2, 3.62 in six games with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League, with 15 strikeouts in 32.1 innings.

JAMES NYGREN (2009): James is 7-4, 2.97 in 37 appearances with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League. He has 27 strikeouts in 57.2 innings.

EDDIE OROZCO (2008, 2009): Eddie is 0-1, 4.85 in 12 games with Boise, the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the Class A Northwest League, with 22 strikeouts in 13 innings.

JOSH OSICH (2008): Josh is 2-3, 5.33 in 20 appearances with Richmond, San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League. He has three saves and 26 strikeouts in 27 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (2007): Greg is 2-2, 3.00 in six games with Binghamton, the New York Mets' affiliate in the double-A Eastern League. He has 24 strikeouts in 33 innings.

JIMMIE SHERFY (2011): Jimmie is 1-1, 2.84 in seven games with South Bend, Arizona's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League. He has 10 strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

NICK STRUCK (2009): Nick is 0-2, 3.63 in four games with Tennessee, the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the double-A Southern League. He has 11 strikeouts in 22.1 innings.

That's all for today. Have a great weekend, and we'll see you again on Sept. 12!


Dead period at the WWHQ

August 29, 2013

It's the West Coast League's version of a "Dead Period" down here at the WWHQ of the West Coast League-champion Corvallis Knights.

The season's over. The stadium and office are all cleaned up and ship-shape. We haven't started our 20145 signings yet, but should shortly and no doubt some familiar names will be returning.

So, we'll probably have a pretty short Blog today and on Friday. Then it's the Labor Day weekend, and then the Blog is taking a little R&R from Sept. 3-6 to recharge those proverbial batteries and to get ready for the offseason.

Hopefully you all won't go through withdrawal pains without your daily fix of Knights news week. I promise to return.

Now, on with today's report, abbreviated as it may be.

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Clinton (A Midwest, Mariners) first baseman Taylor Ard (2009) was 2-for-5 with a homer and an RBI in a 7-6 loss to Peoria on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Tucson (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) pitcher Matt Andriese (2009) struck out three in two innings and was the winner in a 4-3 victory over Reno.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: Third baseman Alex Calbick of Maine, the WCL Player of the Year, was a first-team Perfect Game Crosschecker All-American. He led the WCL with a .384 average.

WENATCHEE: First baseman Connor Spencer of UC Irvine was named a first-team Perfect Game Crosschecker All-American. He hit .375 and led the AppleSox to a second-place finish.

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That's it for today. See you on Friday, for our weekly finale.


Lund, Surrey, Rabago earn top honors

August 28, 2013

As we promised, the Knights announced the recipients of the top team honors for 2013 on Tuesday night. And the winners were:

* Catcher/outfielder Dane Lund, formerly of San Jose State, was our MVP.

* Lefty Elliot Surrey, a rising sophomore at UC Irvine, won the Knights Top Pitcher award.

* And catcher/shortstop Chris Rabago, a junior-to-be at UC Irvine, earned the Joe Segel Hustle Award, for the second year in a row.

Click here for full details on the awards. Congrats to all three very deserving honorees!

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Four Knights alums will play in the prestigious Arizona Fall League in October and November.

* Catcher Andrew Susac (2009) of Giants will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions. He spent 2013 at double-A Richmond in the Eastern League.

* Left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson (2009) of the Rockies will play for the Salt River Raptors. He played primarily at Modesto in the Class A California League in 2013.

* Right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio (2009) of the Cardinals will also play for the Rafters. He spent most of 2013 on the DL but also pitched for Palm Beach in the Class A Florida State League.

* Outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) of the Brewers will play for the Surprise Saguaros. He spent 2013 at Wisconsin in the Midwest League and at Brevard County in the Florida State League.

Each major league organizations sends its top six prospects to the Phoenix area to play in the six-team (Scottsdale Scorpions, Mesa Solar Sox, Salt City Rafters, Phoenix Desert Dogs, Peoria Javelinas, Surprise Saguaros) league. Most are double-A and triple-A players; clubs can send one Class A prospect.

The season starts on Oct. 8 and runs through Nov. 15. Games are played in the spring training stadiums used by the Giants, Mariners, Padres, Cubs, Athletics, Royals, Rangers, Diamondbacks and Rockies.

So, congrats to Andrew, Tyler, Sam and Mitch for being so highly thought of in their respective organizations.

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Reading (AA Eastern, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 3-for-4 with a homer, a run and three RBIs in a 9-8 win over Richmond on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Colorado Springs (AAA Pacific Coast, Rockies) second baseman Drew Garcia (2007) was 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs in a 13-12 win over Las Vegas.

* Great Falls (R Pioneer, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes was 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a double in an 8-4 loss to Idaho Falls.

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That's all for today. See you on Thursday.


Top honors to be announced

August 27, 2013

Every day in the offseason we wonder of we'll have enough Knights news to fill the blog.

And every day, it seems as if we do. Somewhere, someplace, somehow, someone with Knights connections is doing something newsworthy and we're happy to tell you all about it.

Our team awards have been determined by our coaches and top administrators (no, the blog doesn't have a vote. We said TOP administrators). So look to our website for the news on the winners, as they will be announced shortly.

All are very deserving, and played major roles in helping us capture our third West Coast League championship overall, and our second in the past three seasons.

Now (as the post-season clutter in our office slowly gets organized), on with today's news.

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It's been eight days since we defeated Wenatchee 1-0 to sweep the West Coast League's Championship Series, and claim our third title.

But the Blog just this morning saw the Wenatchee World newspaper's account of the final game. After reading the paper's story on the game, we're again reminded why AppleSox coach Ed Knaggs is one of our favorite guys in the WCL.

Here's what he said about Knights' ace Jorge Perez, who pitched a two-hit shutout in the final game:

"(Perez is) probably the best right-hander we have faced - best stuff we've seen. A lot of our guys were overmatched. He was tough and he got better as he went. The fastball had some really good life to it."

And, while acknowledging it's always tough to lose, he complimented the Knights for winning the title.

"No matter what, if you aren't winning your last game, it's disappointing to sit and watch the other team dog pile on the mound. That's not what you hope for.

"They deserved it, I thought they were the best team in the league. The AppleSox have had their share of dog piles in front of that team and they bested us this time."

As we said, class guy, in a classy program.

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We wrote on Monday about Miami Marlins farmhand/alum Scott Lyman (2010) of the Jupiter Hammerheads earning Pitcher of the Week honors in the Florida State League. Here's more on that story from MILB.com:

"After going 4-6 with a 4.11 ERA in 20 starts for Class A Greensboro, Lyman has thrived since joining the Hammerheads on July 31. The 23-year-old right-hander tossed six scoreless innings at St. Lucie on Aug. 16, then topped it with seven shutout frames at Charlotte on Friday.

"Though Lyman's ERA has improved in the FSL and he has yet to allow a home run, Lyman's strikeout rate has dropped dramatically: after fanning 102 in 105 innings with Greensboro, he's struck out 13 (and walked 15) in 26 1/3 Florida State League frames."

Again, congrats to Scott, a UC Davis alum whose time was us was limited by injury. He was a teammate with alums James Nygren (2009) and Alex Burg on the Hammerheads.

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Lakeland (A Florida State, Tigers) first baseman Dean Green (2008) was a combined 2-for-8 with two runs and a three-run homer on Monday in a doubleheader sweep of Brevard County to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Dean has been promoted to Lakeland, where he started his season before being put on the DL with an injury, from West Michigan of the Midwest League.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Clinton (A Midwest, Mariners) first baseman Taylor Ard (2009) was 2-for-5 with two runs and a homer in a 6-5 loss to Beloit.

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Some news from the world of independent baseball:

* The Saint Paul Saints (American Association) have activated pitcher Mike Koons (2007) from the DL. He is 2-2, 4.34 in 13 appearances, with 21 strikeouts in 47.2 innings.

* Outfielder Logan Lotti (2008) hit .356 (74-208) in 61 games for Alpine in the Pecos League, with 12 homers, 49 RBIs and 70 runs.

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News from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

KLAMATH FALLS: Former Oregon letterman Mitch Karraker will return to manage the Gems in 2014. Click here for full details on the story, from Our Sports Central..

WALLA WALLA: Here's the season wrapup of the Sweets, from the team's website. We missed playing at Borleske Stadium this past summer, as we didn't visit Walla Walla, something that hopefully will be corrected by a new balanced schedule in 2014.

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That's all for today. See you on Wednesday.


More honors for Drake, Perez

August 26, 2013

Welcome back, everyone. The Knights daily Blog returns to action after several days off following the end of a long season, and after a busy morning of cleanup and trying to make some headway on a very cluttered world-wide headquarters.

The problem is, too much stuff, not enough office.

We've got some good news to start the week with. Knights outfielder Blake Drake of Concordia University in Portland, and pitcher Jorge Perez of Grand Canyon University have been named summer All-Americans by Perfect Game USA, a website that covers summer collegiate baseball.

Drake was a second-team choice as an outfielder. A standout defensively in center field, he was third on club in steals (20) and hit .288, with three homers, 14 doubles, 29 RBIs and 40 runs.

Perez was a third-team choice as a relief pitcher, his role before starting two games in the playoffs. He was 1-1, 1.30, with six saves in the regular season, and then went 2-0, 1.17 in the playoffs, with a title-clinching, 2-hit shutout of Wenatchee in the WCL Championship Series.

Congrats to Jorge and Blake for a great season. Here's the story from Perfect Game detailing the 2013 summer All-American team.

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Alum Scott Lyman (2010) of UC Davis was named the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week for Aug. 19-25. He blanked Charlotte on two hits through seven innings on Aug. 23, and had five strikeouts.

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The new Yakima franchise is gearing up for its 2014 debut as the WCL's 12th team. Click here to check out their website.

"We are excited to get started in the market," said PBV (Pacific Baseball Ventures, the club's operators) vice-president Zachary Fraser. "We want feedback and input from the very fans that are proud to call the Yakima Valley their home.

"This will help us develop a brand that is something that the whole community can truly rally around."

Here's a story from the Yakima Herald newspaper about how Yakima can use nearby Walla Walla as a blueprint, since PBV operates both franchises. And here's more, comparing Yakima to the other markets in the WCL.

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Great Falls (R Pioneer, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs in a 12-5 win over Idaho Falls on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Brevard County (A Florida State, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 1-for-4 with a run and two RBIs in a 6-5 loss to Dunedin.

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That's all for today.