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More on Victoria's ownership situation

December 11, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone. Hope your week is going well so far. Not much Knights news to report, so we will take a stroll around the West Coast League instead.

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We reported on Monday about some ownership problems in Victoria. Here is more on that story, from the Victoria Times-Colonist newspaper. Sounds as if everything will be resolved eventually.

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As we reported earlier this fall, the Bend Elks have new management and are now owned by John Marick and his wife, Tami Marick. John is the brother of former Knights trainer Joel Marick (2000-06). Here is more on their plans for the team, from the West Coast League website.

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The Medford Rogues have signed four players for the upcoming season. Here is more on that story, from the Medford website.

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As we said, pretty slow news day, typical for this time of the year. In the meantime, that is all for today. Have a great weekend.


Adam Melker a free agent

December 10, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Hope your week is going well so far.

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Former Knights' outfielder Adam Melker (2008, 2009) of Cal Poly has declared free agency after a year in the Los Angeles Angels' system. The 26-year-old is free to sign with any team.

Melker hit .258 (71-275) at Arkansas in the double-A Texas League in 2014, with five homers and 32 RBIs in 82 games. He has a career .264 average in 445 minor-league games, all at double-A or below, with the Angels or the St. Louis Cardinals, who originally signed him in 2010.

Alums Jim Murphy (2007), Tommy Hanson (2005), Alex Burg (2008), Drew Garcia (2007) and Nick Struck (2009) are also free agents. Murphy was in the Philadelphia organization in 2014; Hanson was with the White Sox; Burg was with the Marlins; Garcia was with the Rockies and Struck was with the Dodgers.

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Here is another story on former WCL president Ken Wilson's planned Great West League, from reporter Jacob F. Garcia on the Best Coast Baseball website.

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The Victoria HarbourCats have a new owner, Bhootan LLC, a company based in Dover, Del., according to this story in the HarbourCats baseball blog. Interesting situation.

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That is all for today. See you on Friday.


Austin Sodders to return

December 8, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you all had great weekends; now let's get on with the news.

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Another member of our 2014 pitching staff will return for the 2015 season. The Knights have signed sophomore Austin Sodders of Riverside City College, a lefty who was 4-0 with a 3.46 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26 innings in 18 relief appearances in 2014.

A 6-foot-4, 180-pounder from Canyon Creek High School in Moreno Valley, Calif., Austin was 3-1, 2.81 in 11 games as a freshman at RCC in 2014, with 13 strikeouts in 16 innings.

He is the fifth pitcher from 2014 to return, joining Angel Landazuri of UC Riverside, Harrison McGhee of Concordia, Merrick Patito of Chaffey College and Alex Nesbitt of Washington.

Welcome back, Austin!

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The Adelaide Bite, managed by Knights' skipper Brooke Knight, are tied for first place with Brisbane with a 12-8 record after another round of games in the Australian Baseball League.

Here's a roundup of former Knights in the ABL:

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009, Adelaide) : The former Portland catcher is starting to hit after a slow start and has raised his average to .258 (16-62) in 19 games, with no homers and seven RBIs. He is in the San Diego minor-league system. He hit almost .300 at triple-A El Paso this season.

COLIN FELDTMAN (2013, Adelaide) : The former Portland pitcher is 0-0, 12.79 in four games, with 12 strikeouts in 6.1 innings. He is not in affiliated baseball.

LIAM BARON (2008-09, Perth) : The former Linn-Benton CC and Gonzaga pitcher is 0-0, 0.68 in six appearances, with eight strikeouts in 13.1 innings. He is a Perth native and a many-year veteran of the Heat.

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The Walla Walla Sweets have signed returnee Matt Majors and Michael Agramonte, Jake Hazard and Parker Coss of UC Irvine for the 2015 season. Please click here for more on that story, from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. See you on Wednesday.


Dylan Stuart signs with Traverse City

December 5, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone. It was a pretty wild day in Corvallis yesterday, with the news about Oregon State football coach Mike Riley leaving for Nebraska, but things are back to normal today. So let's get on with the news.

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The Traverse City (Mich.) Beach Bums of the independent Frontier League have signed former Knights' pitcher Dylan Stuart (2011, 2012) for the upcoming season. The little lefty with the great pickoff move played at UC Riverside.

Dylan completed his eligibility in 2014 and played briefly with the Florida Gulf Coast Braves in rookie ball after signing with Atlanta as a free agent. He was 1-0, 3.24 in five appearances, with nine strikeouts in 8.1 innings.

Former Knights' broadcaster Kevin Burke (2012) was the play-byplay voice of the Beach Bums in 2014, so our connection to the team will remain for one more year.

Congrats to Dylan for his new opportunity!

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Pitcher Craig Colen, a 2015 Knight-to-be from De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., made his commitment to Cal Poly official last week when he signed an letter-of-intent to join the Mustangs for the 2015-16 academic year.

A 6-foot-2, 175-pound right-hander from Lowell High School in San Francisco, Colen won six games, had a 1.16 ERA and led Lowell to the CIF-San Francisco Section Academic Athletic Association championship last spring. He pitched a shutout against Stuart Hill HS and struck out 77 batters in 66.1. innings, with just five walks.

He also hit .325 with four doubles, two triples, 15 RBI and six steals as an outfielder when not pitching. Colen twice earned first-team all-city honors, was named Pitcher of the Year and played in the Area Code Games for the Oakland Athletics.

After visiting Air Force, California, UC Santa Barbara and San Jose State, Colen chose Cal Poly "for its legendary engineering program and outstanding baseball reputation."

Welcome aboard, Craig!

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Pitching coach/major-league alum Bob Wells will return to the Yakima Valley Pippins in 2015, the team announced this week. There are also several more personnel moves in Yakima; please click here for more on that story, from the Yakima Herald-Republic newspaper.

You can also read more on the new players from Our Sports Central by clicking here.

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


George Fox pitcher signs with Knights

December 3, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone. We have another transaction to report, so let's get on with it.

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The Knights have signed junior pitcher Kevin Hamann of George Fox University for the 2015 season. He is a 6-foot-3, 180-pound right-hander.

Hamann pitched for the Bend Elks in 2014 and was 3-2 with a 3.40 ERA with 20 strikeouts and just four walks in 39.2 innings pitched. He transferred to GFU after two springs at Clark (jr.) College in Vancouver, Wash.

Hamann was 6-6, 2.86 in 13 games at Clark in 2014, with three complete games and 49 strikeouts in 77.1 innings. He was 2-2, 3.62 in 10 games in 2013, with one complete game and 38 strikeouts in 44.2 innings.

He is a Bend native who starred at Summit High School. He was the Intermountain Conference Pitcher of the Year and a 5A all-state selection in 2012.

Welcome to the Knights, Kevin!

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Outfielder Michael McAdoo, a 2015 signee from De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., has signed with UC Santa Barbara and will join the Gauchos for the 2015-16 academic year.

A 2013 High chool Silver Slugger Award winner, McAdoo hit .297, with 20 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases in his junior year at De La Salle despite just recently giving his full attention to baseball. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder was also a member of the Rawlings Top Prospects Team while landing among the Perfect Game National Top 500 prospects.

"Michael has progressed rapidly since giving up football a year ago," UCSB coach Andrew Checketts said. "He has pro-level tools and should develop into a middle of the order hitter and frontline outfielder at UCSB.

"He has gap power, a plus arm and runs well for a big guy. With some refinement and more experience, Michael has a chance to be a star."

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Bellingham pitcher Andrew Summerville, now a freshman at Stanford, was named the 2014 Washington State Baseball Coaches Association's High School Player of the Year. Please click here for more on that story, from the Bellingham website.

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That is all for today. See you on Friday.


Brooke Knight's Bite in second place

December 1, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you all had great holiday weekends.

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The Adelaide Bite, managed by Knights' skipper Brooke Knight, are in second place with a 9-7 record after another round of games in the Australian Baseball League. They trail first-place Brisbane (12-8) by one game.

Here's a roundup of former Knights in the ABL:

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009, Adelaide) : The former Portland catcher is starting to hit after a slow start and has raised his average to .213 (10-47) in 15 games, with no homers and six RBIs. He is in the San Diego minor-league system. He hit almost .300 at triple-A El Paso this season.

COLIN FELDTMAN (2013, Adelaide) : The former Portland pitcher is 0-0, 7.50 in three games, with 11 strikeouts in six innings after fanning the side in his only appearance last week. He is not in affiliated baseball.

LIAM BARON (2008-09, Perth) : The former Linn-Benton CC and Gonzaga pitcher is 0-0, 0.68 in six appearances, with eight strikeouts in 13.1 innings. He is a Perth native and a many-year veteran of the Heat.

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Former West Coast League president Ken Wilson is off on a new venture. He is forming the Great West League in Northern California, a summer wood-bat baseball league he hopes to have up and running in 2016.

Wilson plans to have between 6-8 teams; Lodi and Chico have already been named as franchises. I would expect they will look at Humboldt and Redding as well, as there is a long history of baseball in those cities, which would easily be in the league's projected geographical footprint.

Please click here for more on the GWL from Ballpark Digest. Please click here for more from BallparkBiz.com, and please click here for more from sports editor Steve Matthies of the Klamath Falls Herald and News newspaper.

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Former Knights/Oregon State pitcher Daniel Turpen (2005) has been re-signed by the Minnesota Twins. He was 5-2, 4.48 in 40 games with New Britain in the double-A Eastern League in 2014, with three saves and 60 strikeouts in 62.1 innings.

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That is all for today. See you on Wednesday.


Greg Peavey eligible for Rule 5 draft

November 25, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone. We have a few Knights news items to pass along, so let's get started.

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Alum Greg Peavey (2007) is among the pitchers in Baseball America's list of prospects for the annual major-league baseball Rule 5 draft, set for Dec. 11.

Peavey, who played at Oregon State, is a five-year veteran of the New York Mets' organization. He played at double-A Binghamton and triple-A Las Vegas in 2014. Here is Baseball America's analysis of the Vancouver native, who played for us following his senior year at Hudson Bay High School:

"The former Little League star threw 90 MPH as a 14-year-old and has gained 2-4 MPH since. Coming off an excellent season in Double-A Binghamton, the Oregon State alum doesn't fit normal profile of type of pitcher who sticks in Rule 5."

Greg was 12-8, 4.65 in 24 games with Las Vegas and Binghamton, with 123 strikeouts in 143.2 innings.

The Rule 5 draft prevents teams from stockpiling too many young players on their minor league affiliate teams when other teams would be willing to have them play in the majors. Any player selected under Rule 5 is immediately added to his new team's 40-man roster.

If chosen in the Rule 5 draft, a player must be kept on the selecting team's 25-man major league roster for the entire season after the draft. He may not be optioned or designated to the minors. The selecting team may, at any time, waive the Rule 5 draftee.

If a Rule 5 draftee clears waivers by not signing with a new MLB team, he must be offered back to the original team, effectively canceling the Rule 5 draft choice. Once a Rule 5 draftee spends an entire season on his new team's 25-man roster, his status reverts to normal and he may be optioned or designated for assignment.

Any player chosen in the Rule 5 draft may be traded to any team while under the Rule 5 restrictions, but the restrictions transfer to the new team. If the new team does not want to keep the player on its 25-man roster for the season, he must be offered back to the team of which he was a member when chosen in the draft.

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Tampa Bay has added pitcher Matt Andriese (2009) to its 40-man roster, a big step in helping the former UC-Riverside star make the big club. The 25-year-old right-hander played for Durham in the triple-A International League 2014 after being obtained in a trade from San Diego, who drafted him in the third round in 2011.

Andriese was 11-8, 3.77 ERA in 28 appearances in his first year in Tampa Bay's system. He ranked second among Tampa Bay prospects and fourth in the International League with 129 strikeouts. His 11 wins tied for second among Rays' farmhands.

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St. Louis recently traded alum Sam Gaviglio (2009) of Oregon State to the Seattle Mariners. A right-handed pitcher, he spent last season with double-A Springfield in the Texas League. Here is Baseball America's analysis:

"The Mariners acquired Double-A Springfield's Sam Gaviglio from the Cardinals but did not add the Rule 5-eligible right-hander to the 40-man roster. His solid-average fastball, plus curveball and fringe-average control give him a chance to fill a back-of-the-rotation role in the majors.

"Gaviglio finished third in the Texas League with 126 strikeouts, going 5-12, 4.28 in 25 games (24 starts) in 2014."

Seattle's triple-A franchise is in Tacoma in the Pacific Coast League, so Sam could be back in the Northwest this season.

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Pittsburgh has optioned third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) back to triple-A Indianapolis. He spent part of the 2014 season with the Pirates and the rest of the year with the Indians.

BeMo hit .179 (7-39) in 23 games with Pittsburgh, with four RBIs, and .266 (105-395) in 92 games at Indianapolis, with four homers and 53 RBIs.

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Oakland has released alum Dayton Alexander (2011), the former Feather River College standout who ran afoul of PED rules this offseason. He played four years in their minor-league system and never advanced past single-A. He hit .207 (23-111) in 36 games at Vermont in the short-A New York-Penn League in 2014, with no homers and seven RBIs.

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That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you on Monday. No Blog on Friday because of the Thanksgiving holiday.


Big changes for alum Chris Rabago

November 24, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you all had great weekends.

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Alum Chris Rabago of UC Irvine, our 2012-13 Joe Segel Hustle Award winner, has evolved into a switch-hitting catcher/shortstop as he heads into his second year in the Colorado organization.

According to Baseball America magazine, Rabago told development supervisor Duane Espy he could catch and hit left-handed. He did some catching for the Knights in 2012, but never hit left-handed.

He played at Tri-City in the Northwest League in 2014 and hit .225 with six doubles and 12 RBIs in 169 at-bats, all as a right-handed hitter. He started hitting left-handed in the instructional league, where he also worked extensively on his catching.

"He is really good," Rockies catching coordinator Mark Strittmater said. "He's athletic. He's quick. He blocks the ball tremendously. He's got plenty of arm. His feet work tremendously.

"(He) catches the ball very, very well. We put him on the blocking machine where it (does) random pitches, you don't know if it's in the dirt or in the air. He was unbelievable.

"He's just a natural at it. He shocked all of us. This is going to be one of those really good moves for him in his career. Plus he's a switch-hitter with gap power."

Chris can work with his brother, Hector, in the off-season. A former New York Yankees prospect, Hector was a catching coach this year at one of the Yankees' two clubs in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League after playing five seasons in their system as a catcher, second baseman and third baseman.

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The Adelaide Bite, managed by Knights' skipper Brooke Knight, are in first place in the Australian Baseball League with a 7-5 mark after going 3-1 against Brisbane in their most recent series.

Here's a roundup of former Knights in the ABL:

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009, Adelaide) : The former Portland catcher is hitting .121 (4-33) in 11 games, with five RBIs. He is in the San Diego minor-league system. He hit almost .300 at triple-A El Paso this season.

COLIN FELDTMAN (2013, Adelaide) : The former Portland pitcher is 0-0, 9.00 in two games, with eight strikeouts in five innings. He is not in affiliated baseball.

LIAM BARON (2008-09, Perth) : The former Linn-Benton CC and Gonzaga pitcher is 0-0, 1.04 in five appearances, with seven strikeouts in 8.2 innings. He is a Perth native and a many-year veteran of the Heat.

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The Walla Walla Sweets have signed Alex Fisher, Jason Rosen and Dan Whittaker of the University of Portland for the 2015 season. Here is more, from the Our Sports Central website.

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


UCSB star Dalton Kelly back for another season!

November 20, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone. We have another roster move to announce, so let's get right to it.

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The Knights have signed UC Santa Barbara junior Dalton Kelly, one of the stars of our 2014 West Coast League runners-up.

Dalton hit .344 in 40 games, with seven doubles, four triples, seven homers and 34 RBIs. He was first-team all-WCL as a utility players and was ranked as the WCL's No. 5 pro prospect by Baseball America and Perfect Game.

Hindered by back injuries, Dalton hit .154 (2-13) in 11 games at UCSB as a sophomore, with no homers or RBIs. He appeared in 27 games (10 starts) and hit .244, with two extra-base hits and nine RBIs as a freshman. He hit .333 with runners on base and .429 with runners in scoring position and had four multi-hit and three multi-RBI games.

Welcome back, Dalton!

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The Colorado Rockies have added alum Tyler Anderson (2009) to their 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. He is a left-handed pitcher who was selected in the first round of the 2012 draft after a great career at Oregon.

Anderson was the first Corvallis Knights alum taken in the first round. Here is Baseball America reporter Vincent Lara-Cinisomo's analysis of Anderson:

"Health issues have dogged Anderson, the 2014 Texas League Pitcher of the Year, the past two seasons as he was diagnosed in September with a stress fracture in his left elbow, the same injury that caused him to be scratched from the Arizona Fall League in 2013. His stuff is fringy, with an 89-90 fastball, but it plays up due to competitiveness and his willing to challenge. Deception is another important asset."

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The Yakima Pippins have signed San Jose State pitchers Josh Nashed and Rashaan "Turtle" Kuhaulua for the 2015 season. Here is more, from the Our Sports Central website.

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


Knights sign three from UC-Irvine

November 19, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone. We have some roster moves to announce, so let's get right to it.

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The Knights have signed three players from UC Irvine for the 2015 season: Freshman left-handed pitcher/first baseman Cameron Bishop; freshman middle infielder Cole Kreuter, and sophomore right-handed pitcher Michael Martin.

Kreuter (6-1, 180) is from Miami, Fla., and played for Victoria and Wenatchee as a graduated high school senior last summer. He hit .250 (8-32) in 13 games at Victoria, with two RBIs, and .229 (19-83) in 24 games at Wenatchee, with eight RBIs.

He is son of former major league catcher/USC coach Chad Kreuter and the grandson of UCI coach Mike Gillespie. He graduated from Westminster Christian High School.

"Cole has demonstrated uncommon instincts and IQ for the game and will no doubt, adapt well to the UCI style of play, which requires completeness in all facets of play," Gillespie said.

The 6-4, 225-pound Bishop is from Brea, Calif., and played at Brea Olinda High School.

"Cameron has demonstrated power, and throws strikes with a power arm," Gillespie said. "He is a great student committed to academic excellence and his future in baseball is unlimited."

Martin signed with the Knights last season but missed the 2014 summer due to injury. He was 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA in five games at UCI last year. The 6-1, 200-pounder played at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego.

Welcome to the team, guys!

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Alum Jimmie Sherfy (2011) was 1-0, 0.93 in nine appearances with the Salt River Rafters in the 2014 Arizona Fall League. He had 10 strikeouts and allowed just five hits and one run in 9.2 innings. Salt River defeated Peoria for the AFL championship, giving the former Oregon reliever another ring to match the one he earned with the Knights in 2011.

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The Walla Walla Sweets have signed outfielder Jon Hechtner and catcher Juan Gamez of North Dakota State for the 2015 season. Here is more, from the Our Sports Central website.

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The Medford Rogues have signed junior infielder/outfielder John Kinne of Columbia; junior right handed pitcher Billy Olson of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and sophomore left-handed pitcher Kade Wagner and freshman outfielder Jackson Overlund of Cochise Junior College. Here is more, from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. See you on Friday.