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Knights sign two from WOU

October 1, 2013

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Finally, I see some sunshine in downtown Corvallis as I look down the hallway toward 4th Street. Hopefully that means the remnants of the typhoon that's battered the Pacific Northwest since Friday night have finally moved on and fall will return.

We've got other good news to report this morning. We've re-established our connection with Western Oregon University and have signed two WOU juniors - pitcher Zach Kayser and outfielder Tim Rausch - for 2014.

We have a long history with WOU, with Wolves such as Billy Clontz, Mike Cusick, Daniel Dillard, Griffin Boyd, Matt Nylen, AJ Burke and others I've probably overlooked being key players for us over the years. So welcome to the Knights, Zach and Tim.

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Here are more details on the newest Knights.

* Kayser transferred to Western Oregon after spending 2012-13 at Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne, where he was 0-0, 4.50 in two innings in his lone appearance. He is a junior eligibility-wise. He played two seasons at Lane CC in Eugene before heading to IPFW.

A three-time second-team Midwestern League all-star at Sheldon High School in Eugene, he was a three-time second-team Midwestern League all-star. He won the school's Scholar-Athlete Award in 2010 as a senior.

At Lane, Kayser was second-team all-NWAACC in 2012 and first-team all-NWAACC tournament in 2011, He was 3-1, 3.00, with eight saves and 30 strikeouts in 33 innings over 15 games in 2012 and 1-4, 1.52 in 16 games in 2011, with 15 strikeouts in 27.2 innings.

* A native of Polson, Mont., Rausch was second-team all-Great Northwest Conference in 2013 after hitting .351 (47-134) in 46 games. He redshirted in 2012 after batting .200 (5-25) with no homers and two RBIs in 15 games as a true freshman in 2011.

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Alum Matt Boyd (2010) of Oregon State will participate in a fan chat through Spreecast.com at noon on Wednesday. Click here for more details.

Matt was an All-American pitcher and helped lead the Beavers to the Pacific-12 Conference championship and a College World Series berth in 2013. He signed with Toronto, started his pro career at low-A Lansing (Mich.) in the Midwest League and then was promoted to Dunedin in the high-A Florida State League.

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Summer collegiate baseball is coming to Kenosha, Wisc., next summer, as the Northwoods League adds franchises in Kalamazoo, Mich., and Kenosha. That circuit will have 18 teams in 2014, playing in two 9-team divisions.

You know we love nickname contests, so here's an update on the finalists for Kenosha's new moniker.

COMETS: The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League team ("A League of their Own") that played in Kenosha from 1943 thru 1951 was named the Comets. The team played at Simmons Field, where the new Kenosha Northwoods League team will call home, from 1948 thru 1951.

ESOX: The Esox is the name of the category of fish that includes the pike. Esox also ties into one of the previous names for the City of Kenosha, Pike.

KINGFISH: KingFish offers a unique combination of a tie to Lake Michigan, royalty and even a little nod to the King, Elvis Presley.

COOPERS: Traditionally, a cooper is someone who makes wooden staved vessels, bound together with hoops, for instance a beer barrel or cask. The name also connects to the Cooper Hawk that is native to the area. Lastly Samuel T. Cooper founded the iconic Kenosha company that became Jockey International.

SOCKETS: Sockets connects to the automotive history in Kenosha as well as Snap-on Tool Company, which is another iconic company based in Kenosha.

LAKE BEARS: Lake Bears is a memorable name that ties nicely to Lake Michigan and summertime in Wisconsin.

I like the Comets or Sockets, but they're all interesting choices. We'll keep you updated.

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No West Coast League news today, so we'll close. See you on Wednesday.


Finally drying out

September 30, 2013

Happy Monday, everyone.

Hope you survived our monsoon weekend. We lucked out on Saturday morning/afternoon and stayed mostly dry and comfy at the Oregon State football game, but not so much for the rest of Saturday and for all day Sunday.

But now it's starting to dry out. And the blog is back after several days of behind-the-scenes data entry work that (hopefully) will pay big dividends down the road. And it's a pretty slow time anyways, news-wise, so I don't think you missed too much.

So, on to the news.

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Four Corvallis Knights alums begin action on Oct. 8 in the prestigious Arizona Fall League, which runs in October and November in the Phoenix area.

* 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 started 2013 at Wisconsin in the Midwest League and then was promoted to Brevard County in the Florida State League.

Each major league organizations sends its top six prospects to 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.

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Don't forget, our commemorative West Coast League championship t-shirts are still available. To check out the two color options (charcoal, heather) and to order, please visit our website, Corvallisknights.com.

The names of all the players and coaches are printed on the back. Get yours now, or get one for a gift. T-shirts are only $25 plus shipping and handling.

Sizes are available in S, M, L, XXL (charcoal and heather) and XXXL (heather only). We sold out of charcoal XL and 3XL, and heather XL. If you would like to purchase an XL size, please call 541-752-5656 or email bre.kerkvliet@corvallisknights.com.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

KITSAP: Lots of signings to announce for the BlueJackets, including two players with ties to the Knights.

Kitsap has signed Western Oregon RHP Eric Huson, who pitched briefly for us in 2012; WOU 2B/SS Austin Hamilton, who played for us in 2011; WOU RHP Zev Egli; Nevada OF TJ Friedl; Texas A&M-Corpus Christi OF Thomas Casey, and T&M CC RHP/3B Matthew Wagner.

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


Big news coming from the WCL

September 25, 2013

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

We're not able to announce it yet, and we're not even sure of all the final details, but there will be some big changes in the West Coast League next season now that the addition of Yakima gives us an even 12 teams.

So be on the lookout at this space, and at the WCL website, for updates as they are announced by new president Dennis Koho. The changes should make for an interesting 2014 season, we will admit to that.

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Otherwise it's pretty slow around Knights Nation. We should have some signings to announce early next week, and we're expanding our annual Science and Art Day to Science, Engineering and Art Day, since Oregon State's Colleges of Science and Engineering play such a major role in the event.

It will be on Wednesday, June 4 in 2014, so if any local elementary school teachers are reading this, keep that day open. We'll have information on the third annual celebration out shortly.

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News from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

MEDFORD: The Rogues have signed six more players for the 2014 season. Our Sports Central has the complete details.


Happy Tuesday

September 24, 2013

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

Don't know what it's doing in your neck of the woods, but it's drizzly and cool here in downtown CorVegas at the WWHQ of your Corvallis Knights. Summer is definitely over.

The 2014 season is just more than eight months away, but the wheels are turning. Hopefully we'll have a schedule by the end of October and we can start to plan our promotional lineup, etc. And we should have announcements on our player signings for 2014 as the paperwork starts trickling back in.

In the meantime, we'll scour the world for Knights-related news, for news from other West Coast League franchises, and even some news from the many other summer leagues around the country, if it's interesting or appropriate.

So, on to today's Knights blog!

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We've got some bad news to report.

Right-handed pitcher Mike Koons (2007), an original Corvallis Knight and a 2007 WCL all-star game selection, has been released by the St. Paul Saints of the independent American Association. He was 2-2, 4.61 in 14 games (8 starts) this season, with 22 strikeouts in 52.2 innings.

A San Diego State alum, Mike signed with Houston during the 2007 All-Star break and played two years in their farm system before being released. He's subsequently played for Sioux City, El Paso and St. Paul in the American Association; for Orange County and Victoria in the defunct Golden Baseball League, and for Maui in the defunct North American Baseball League.

He turns 28 later this year. So if this is finally the end of the road, at least he played all over the country and also got to experience a season with the Saints, the premier - and maybe the most fun - franchises in independent baseball.

Best of luck to Mike, wherever he lands.

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Pitcher/infielder Stephen Nogosek, a member of our 2013 WCL championship team and a freshman at Oregon, is included in a 2014-15 UO recruiting class that is ranked No. 9 nationally by Collegiate Baseball. Here's a link with more details.

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Here's some news of interest from the new Kalamazoo, Mich., franchise in the Northwoods League. They have opened voting on a nickname for their team, which begins play in 2014.

I've always believe nicknames should have some local or team connection, and not your generic "Eagles, "Wildcats," "Hawks" or something like that. And Kalamazoo's choices fit that criteria. Their choices (the copy is from the Northwoods League website) are:

* CABBIES: Checker Taxi originated in Kalamazoo in 1923 and is where the universal yellow taxi color originated.

* CLUTCH: Webster's defines clutch as performing well in a very important or critical situation (a clutch hit in the bottom of the ninth). The noun clutch, a device that provides the transmission of power, ties into Michigan's rich history in the auto industry. Clutch also pays homage to Kalamazoo's own Derek Jeter, who's nicknamed "Captain Clutch."

* KRAKENS: The Kraken is a mythical underwater creature that terrorizes the seas. A fitting name for a team in Michigan, which has the longest freshwater coastline in the world, being surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes.

* KANGAROOS: Kangaroos are likeable, family-oriented, but are also known as fierce animals that don't go down without a fight.

* GROWLERS: A homage to the rich history of microbreweries that have originated in Kalamazoo, a growler is a glass or ceramic jug used to transport draft beer commonly sold in breweries. The native Michigan black bear can also be heard "growling" in the woods of upper Michigan.

I knew Jeter was from Kalamazoo, and I knew what a growler was, but I had no idea what a Kraken was. Now I do.

And speaking of nicknames, don't forget to vote for the WCL Yakima franchise's new moniker.

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


Five Knights among top MLB prospects

September 20, 2013

Happy Friday, everyone.

Did some checking on MLB.com today and found that five Corvallis Knights alums are ranked among the top 20 prospects in their respective major league organizations.

Here's a rundown of each player, and MLB's evaluation. The first number in parethesis is where the player ranked after the 2013 season; the second is where he ranked before the season.

* MITCH HANIGER (2010), BREWERS (12, 11):"The Brewers kept on drafting bats in 2012, taking this Cal Poly product in the sandwich round. His pro debut was cut short by a knee injury, but he is healthy and ready to show he's the kind of college bat that can move quickly through a system.

"Improved plate discipline helped him tremendously during his junior season, allowing him to tap into his above-average power more consistently and be a better all-around hitter. There will be some swing-and-miss to his game, but it looks like there should be walks, long balls and enough hitting ability to make him a regular.

"Haniger played center field in college, and that's where he played during his brief time on the field for the Brewers in 2012, but most see him shifting over to right, where his strong arm and offensive profile should play just fine."

* MATT ANDRIESE, PADRES (19, NR): "After a successful professional debut in 2011 at short-season Eugene, Andriese continued the impressive start to his career at Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore last year. He led the California League with a 3.58 ERA, and ranked second in the Padres system with 131 strikeouts.

"Andriese mixes his low-90s fastball with a curveball, slider and split-change. All four of his pitches have a chance to be at least average Major League offerings, and he commands all of them for strikes. If Andriese continues to refine his delivery, he profiles as a middle-of-the-rotation starter."

* ANDREW SUSAC (2009), GIANTS (15, 17): "The Northern California native got to play at home during his first full season of pro ball, going straight to San Jose in the California League after getting first-round money as a second-round pick in 2011. The Oregon State product has the skill set to be a solid all-around backstop.

"His best tool is his power and it's legitimate, though it didn't show up during his 2012 season. He moves well behind the plate and was able to throw out 32 percent of would-be basestealers. Look for him to get lessons from the lumps he took in 2012 and carry them over for a stronger 2013."

* JOSH OSICH (2008), GIANTS (20, NR): "Osich was a starter at Oregon State and threw a no-hitter to beat UCLA and Trevor Bauer in 2011. He has battled injuries throughout his career and underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010. His health issues scared teams again on the eve of the 2011 draft when he was pulled from his start in the NCAA Tournament after one inning because of elbow and back discomfort.

"Osich has major league stuff when he's healthy and could be a starter. His injury history, however, makes him a better fit in the bullpen, where his power arsenal makes him a potential high-impact reliever. Osich throws his fastball in the upper-90s and mixes it with a solid slider and changeup. He reached Double-A Richmond this year and is moving quickly toward San Francisco."

* TYLER ANDERSON (2009), ROCKIES (5, 6): "The Oregon product spent his first full season of pro ball pitching in the bandbox that is Asheville's home stadium and ended up leading the organization in ERA and finishing second in batting average against. An advanced college lefty, he could start moving quickly now with a four-pitch mix at his disposal.

"His fastball is average, but he works it to both sides of the plate effectively, working quickly to throw strike one. His changeup is outstanding, an above-average offspeed pitch with sink. He throws a slider and a curve, with the former a touch better than the latter, and he mixes all his pitches well with a fairly deceptive delivery. His ceiling is limited, but he could fly up the ladder to the big leagues in a hurry now."

It sounds as if we've got some alums who have major-league futures. We'll be watching!

You can click here to access MLB's complete Prospect Watch.

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Here's one final story about Yakima's entrance into the West Coast League, from KIMA TV in that fair city. Voting for the new team's nickname begins today on its website, Yakimabaseball.com. Your choices are Pippins, Cascaders; Sun Rays; Red Tails, and Short Hops. My guess is Red Tails or Short Hops will win.

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That's all for this week. Have a great weekend, Go Beavs! and we'll see you on Monday.


Knights continue to sign prime Northwest Conference talent

September 19, 2013

Our recent signing of Linfield junior Chris Haddeland, the 2013 Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year, continues our history of landing the top talent from one of the premier NCAA Division III leagues in the country.

In fact, Haddeland is the third consecutive NWC Pitcher of the Year to play for the Corvallis Knights. Alum Rob Dittrick (2012) of Pacific University won the award in 2011; Brian Ranta (2011) of George Fox University won the award in 2012.

Several NWC Players of the Year have also suited up for the Knights since we moved to Corvallis for the 2007 season. Outfielder Matt Wyckoff of George Fox, the 2009 NWC Player of the Year, was a mainstay on our 2007 and 2008 clubs. And 2008 NWC Player of the Year Kyle Stalker of Willamette was a key member of our 2008 WCL championship team.

PLU pitchers Max Beatty and Nathan Eisenhauer and infielders Corey Moore of PLU and Taylor Hunter of George Fox also were NWC all-stars and Knights.

And former Linfield star Alex Justis, the 2005 co-NWC Pitcher of the Year, and ex-PLU star Joe DiPietro, the 2006 and 2007 NWC Pitcher of the Year, each played for the old Aloha Knights.

Of course, we have great connections in the NWC. Former Knights' superstars and coaches Geoff Loomis and Randy Rutschman are the head coach at PLU and a top assistant at George Fox, respectively.

And with the signing of Haddeland and sophomore outfielder Jimmy Cleary, we're establishing a relationship with coach Scott Brosius at Linfield. We also signed Wildcat pitcher Zach Manley in 2012, but he missed the summer with an arm injury.

Here's to the NWC!

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We mentioned on Wednesday the five finalists for the new nickname of the Yakima franchise, which starts playing in 2014. They are Pippins; Cascaders; Sun Rays; Red Tails, and Short Hops.

Fan voting starts on Friday at the Yakima website. As they say in Chicago, vote early and vote often!

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Our commemorative West Coast League championship t-shirts continue to fly out the door. To check out the two color options and to order, please visit our website, Corvallisknights.com.

The names of all the players and coaches are printed on the back. Get yours now, or get one for a gift. T-shirts are only $25 plus shipping and handling.

Sizes are available in S, M, L, XXL and XXXL. We sold out of charcoal XL and 3XL, and heather XL. If you would like to purchase an XL size, please call 541-752-5656 or email bre.kerkvliet@corvallisknights.com.

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Speaking of signings, here's what our 2014 club looks like so far:

* RHP Chris Haddeland, Linfield junior.

* RHP Sean Eberhardt, George Fox junior.

* LHP Jordan Spencer, Oregon junior.

* LHP Joey Wise, Grand Canyon freshman.

* OF Jimmy Cleary, Linfield sophomore. #

* INF Ray Ayo, Lane CC freshman. #

NOTE: # = 10-day signing.

We'll announce more signings as fall progresses. There's sure to be more familiar names in our future signees to accompany Eberhardt, a returnee from our 2013 championship team.

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No news from around the WCL, so we'll close. See you on Friday!


It's official: Yakima joins the West Coast League

September 18, 2013

Not that we ever doubted it wouldn't happen, but after yesterday, it's official. Yakima is now the West Coast League's 12th franchise.

Representatives from Pacific Baseball Ventures, who will operate the club, and the Central Washington State Fair Park Association, who oversee Yakima County Stadium, signed a three-year lease securing Yakima's entry into the league.

Complete details on the event can be found here, in this story from The Yakima Herald newspaper, which, by the way, has done an excellent job of reporting the new club's entry into the league.

The list of potential nicknames has been pared to five: Pippins; Cascaders; Sun Rays; Red Tails, and Short Hops. Fans will be able to vote on their preference on the team's website in the near future.

Can't say that I have a preference. There's no way that "Beetles" or "Bears," nicknames with historic ties to the city, were going to be picked. Hillsboro beat them to the "Hops" last year when the Northwest League franchise formerly in Yakima relocated to Oregon, and I guess there were too many negative connotations for the nickname "Yaks."

Anyway, I'm sure they'll be happy with their choice, and we look forward to hosting and visiting Yakima in 2014. It's conveniently located to be paired with a road trip to Wenatchee, Walla Walla or Cowlitz, and gives the WCL a foothold in another uptapped Northwest Market.

Now if somehow someone could get a ballpark built somewhere in Olympia ...

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We've been selling a lot of our commemorative West Coast League championship t-shirts down here at the WWHQ in the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis, but we've got plenty left. To check out the two color options and to order, please visit our website, Corvallisknights.com.

The names of all the players and coaches are printed on the back. Get yours now, or get one for a gift. T-shirts are only $25 plus shipping and handling.

Sizes are available in S, M, L, XXL and XXXL. We sold out of charcoal and heather XL. If you would like to purchase an XL size, please call 541-752-5656 or email bre.kerkvliet@corvallisknights.com.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

MEDFORD: The Rogues have signed five more players for the 2014 season. Here are complete details, also from Our Sports Central.

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That's it for today. It's a pretty slow time around the league.


Angels recall Tommy Hanson

September 17, 2013

Good news to report this morning.

The Los Angeles Angels have recalled former Knights' star pitcher Tommy Hanson (2005) from the Salt Lake Bees of the Pacific Coast League. He was optioned to SLC on Aug. 13.

Tommy was 0-2, 5.49 in four games (all starts) at Salt Lake City, with 15 strikeouts in 19.2 innings. He was 4-3, 5.72 in 13 games (all starts), with 52 strikeouts in 67.2 innings, with the Angels before being sent down.

However, his future with the club is uncertain, according to this story in the Los Angeles Times newspaper, and to this story from MLB.com.

We certainly hope for the best. Tommy's been one of our most loyal alums since he played for the old Aloha Knights out of Riverside City College.

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Remember, we have commemorative West Coast League championship t-shirts on sale at the WWHQ in the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis. To check out the two color options and to order, please visit our website, Corvallisknights.com.

The names of all the players and coaches are printed on the back. Get yours now, or get one for a gift. T-shirts are only $25 plus shipping and handling.

Sizes are available in S, M, L, XXL and XXXL. We sold out of charcoal XL. If you would like to purchase an XL size, please call 541-752-5656 or email bre.kerkvliet@corvallisknights.com.

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No other Knights news, or news from around the league today.


Eberhardt returns; Knights sign Linfield ace Haddeland

September 16, 2013

Happy Monday, everyone. We trust you had a great weekend and enjoyed watching the Beavers pull out a big overtime victory at Utah, even it it had you pulling out your hair much of the night.

Now, on to the news.

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First, don't forget West Coast League championship t-shirts are now on sale. To check out the two color options and to order, please visit our website, Corvallisknights.com. The names of all the players and coaches are printed on the back. Get yours now, or get one for a gift. T-shirts are only $25 plus shipping and handling.

Sizes are available in S, M, L, XXL and XXXL. We sold out of charcoal XL. If you would like to purchase an XL size, please call 541-752-5656 or email bre.kerkvliet@corvallisknights.com.

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We've got more signing to report today as we continue to build our 2014 club.

First, a familiar face returns for his second season with the Knights. Right-hander Sean Eberhardt, a 6-foot-, 215-pound junior at George Fox University, is back for another summer.

Sean was 5-0, 2.39 in 13 total appearances for the 2013 Knights, with 26 strikeouts in 37.2 innings. Originally a 10-day signee, his effective work out of the bullpen earned him a full-time position.

Sean was 3-0 with a 3.14 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 14.1 innings as a GFU sophomore in 2013.

A native of Milwaukie who graduated from Rex Putnam High School in 2011, Sean was a Three Rivers League all-star as a junior, and was the Northwest Oregon Conference's Pitcher of the Year, and a first-team all-star, as a senior. He played for the North team in the 2011 Reser's All-Star Series.

Another Northwest Conference pitcher will join him in Corvallis next summer. The Knights have also signed Chris Haddeland (6-0, 170), a junior right-hander from Linfield College.

Haddeland was 15-1 with a 1.07 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 126 innings for Linfield in 2013. He helped lead the Wildcats to the NCAA Division III national championship, and was the winning pitcher in the title game.

He was a first-team D3Baseball.com All-American and all-West Region selection, and also was a first-team Northwest Conference all-star and the NWC Pitcher of the Year. He was the Pacific Conference Pitcher of the Year, a first-team all-state selection and a Reser's Oregon All-Star Series participant in 2012 as a high school senior.

Haddeland played for the Swift Current (Saskatchewan) Indians in the Western Major Baseball League over the summer and was 7-3, 1.91 in 75.1 innings, with 70 strikeouts.

Welcome back Sean, and welcome to the team, Chris!

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Alum Nick Torres (2012) of Cal Poly was ranked as the No. 32 prospect in the Northwoods League for 2013 by Perfect Game Crosschecker. He hit .311 (55-177) in 44 games for Green Bay, with five homers and 29 RBIs.

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Alum Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) and his San Antonio teammates defeated Arkansas 5-0 on Sunday night in the decisive Game 5 to capture the Texas League championship. Gale hit .200 in the playoffs for the Missions, San Diego's affiliate in the double-A circuit.

* San Jose (A California, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy was 2-for-12 in three games as the Giants lost 3-0 to Inland Empire in the California League Championship Series. Duffy hit .300 in the playoffs.

* South Bend (A Midwest, Diamondbacks) reliever Jimmie Sherfy (2011) did not pitch as the Silver Hawks were swept by Quad Cities in the Midwest League Championship Series.

So, all our Knights in affiliated minor-league ball have completed their respective seasons.

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


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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