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Welcome to 2014, Knights fans!

January 2, 2014

Happy New Year, everyone.

We're back after a short holiday hiatus with the first installment of the Corvallis Knights' Daily Update, 2014 edition. As usual, we plan to have Knights- and West Coast League-related news for you every working day of the year, starting with today.

It's a tall order. Sometimes during the off-season we have to dig a little deeper to find those nuggets of news, and some days we'll have more news and notes than on others. But we'll do our best to get 'er done and make sure we got 'er did come this December.

The renewal date for renewing your 2013 season tickets - if you want to be sure to have the same seats - has passed, and now any seats not renewed are open to new buyers. However, there's an excellent chance that existing season-ticket holders who simply forgot to renew can still get their same seats, if they hurry.

Season tickets remain a great bargain, whether you're renewing, returning to the fold after an absence, or buying for the first time. And as always, our popular 10-game punch cards are available for just $50.

So, make sure to stop by the World-Wide Headquarters (WWHQ) of the Knights in the Madison Plaza building in downtown Corvallis.

Now, on with the news.

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You may have missed it over the Christmas holidays but our major league Corvallis Knight is headed for new surroundings north of the border. The Toronto Blue Jays acquired third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) of Cal Poly from the Chicago White Sox on Dec. 23, and now BeMo will get a fresh start with a new team.

Here are more details on that story from our website. Best of luck to Brent in his new surroundings, after four years with the White Sox.

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UC Irvine junior infielder Taylor Sparks, who was second in the WCL in hitting in 2012 (.388) while playing for the Wenatchee AppleSox, is ranked as the No. 47 college prospect for the 2014 MLB draft by College Baseball Daily. Here's more on that story from College Baseball Daily.

Three 2013 Knights alums have already made the rankings. UCSB pitcher Dylan Hecht was 70th; Grand Canyon junior pitcher Jorge Perez (2012, 2013) was 87th and Concordia junior outfielder Blake Drake was 93rd. We expect Oregon State pitchers Ben Wetzler and Jace Fry, alums of our 2011 WCL championship team, and Cal Poly junior outfielder Nick Torres (2012) to make the list as well.

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WCL fans are in for a treat this season. Reporter Bruce Baskin will write about the league and its cities and players on Our Sports Central, an excellent site for WCL news. Here's more on that story from the Our Sports Central website.

Welcome to the WCL, Bruce! We look forward to his impressions of Corvallis, Goss Stadium and the Knights.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

BEND: The Elks have signed lefty pitcher JT Kaul, a freshman at Lewis-Clark State; sophomore outfielder Kenton Brunson of Columbia Basin College, and junior catcher Curtis Wildung of Pacific Lutheran University for the 2014 season. Here's more on the signings from the Bend website. Just click on the second topic on the home page menu.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats have signed catcher Kelly Norris-Jones of Illinois; Seattle University freshman infielder Griffin Andreychuk of Nanaimo, B.C., and outfielder Nick Rutchkyj of Surrey, B.C., for the upcoming season. Here's more on the signings from the Victoria News.

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Once again, welcome back. That's it for today, and we'll see you on Friday.


Alums Fry, Wetzler, Torres named top prospects by Baseball America

December 19, 2013

Happy Thursday, everybody.

Don't forget, the deadline for renewing your 2013 season tickets - if you want to be sure to have the same seats - is Dec. 31. After that, any seats not renewed are open to new buyers. So renew now, it's a great bargain.

And as always, our popular 10-game punch cards make an attractive gift or stocking stuffer for your favorite baseball fan. They are available for $50 at the WWHQ in the Madison Plaza building in downtown Corvallis.

We've got plenty of Knights news to report today so let's get on with the show.

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Three alums made Baseball America's list of the top 100 college prospects for the 2014 MLB draft, set for next June. They are junior left-handed pitcher Jace Fry (2011) of Oregon State; senior left-handed pitcher Ben Wetzler (2011) of Oregon State, and junior outfielder Nick Torres (2012) of Cal Poly.

Fry was ranked No. 49, Wetzler was ranked 66th and Torres was ranked 79th. Torres merited special consideration for his fast rise as a prospect; Baseball America described him thusly:

As the No. 3-hole hitter for Cal Poly's regional team, Torres hit .333/.376/.520 with seven homers last spring, putting himself on the map. A hamstring injury hampered him this fall, but scouts who saw him at his best were intrigued by his right-field tool set.

"He's got a great body, a plus arm and can really play right field," a West Coast crosschecker [scout] said. "I think he's going to be a pretty good draft. He's a big, strong dude, but he's kind of a sleeper because he hasn't been in the Cape."

Torres played with us in 2012 and in the Northwoods League last summer; Wetzler and Fry did not pitch last summer. Here's a link to the entire top 100.

Congrats to Jace, Ben and Nick, who we expect will be drafted, sign, and begin their professional careers this summer.

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The West Coast League's newest expansion franchise will be nicknamed the Yakima Valley Pippins, a tribute to that region's baseball past. That was also the moniker of the area's Western International League team from 1937-41, before operations were suspended for World War II.

Here's more on that story from the Baseball Digest website. Here's more, from the Yakima Herald-Republic newspaper, and here's more yet, from Pacific Baseball Ventures, the owners of the Pippins and the WCL's Walla Walla Sweets.

Sounds like a winner.

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Junior right-handed pitcher Chris Haddeland of Linfield, a projected 2014 Knight, was the subject of this interview on Summer Baseball Digest. Chris was the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2013, earned All-American honors, and helped lead the Wildcats to the NCAA Division III national championship.

The McMinnville native played for Swift Current, Saskatchewan, in the Western Major Baseball League the past two summers. We're happy he's playing closer to home this summer.

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That's it for today.


Four WCL alums named preseason All-Americans

December 18, 2013

Happy Wednesday, everybody.

Another gray, dreary day in downtown CorVegas. But El Presidente, Knights' president Dan Segel, is due in town today so that should brighten things up considerably around the WWHQ.

Don't forget, the deadline for renewing your 2013 season tickets - if you want to be sure to have the same seats - is Dec. 31. After that, any seats not renewed are open to new buyers. So renew now, it's a great bargain.

And remember that our popular 10-game punch card makes an attractive gift or stocking stuffer for your favorite Knights fan. Those are available at the WWHQ as well, for $50.

So, with those sales pitches out of the way, let's get on with today's Blog. We've got some Knights news to report.

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The Blog will be the guest co-host from noon until 2 p.m. on Thursday on the Joe Beaver Show on KEJO-AM 1240, the Knights' flagship station. I'll be pinch-hitting for Mike Parker, who will be on his way to Hawaii for the Oregon State bowl game and basketball tournament, assisting regular host Jon Warren on what we hope will be an entertaining, informative broadcast.

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Four WCL alums were selected preseason All-Americans on Wednesday by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. So honored were:

TAYLOR SPARKS, Wenatchee (2012): The senior third baseman at UC Irvine was a first-team choice. He was second-team all-WCL and Baseball America's No. 1 WCL pro prospect in 2012.

THOMAS ESHELMAN, Klamath Falls (2012): The sophomore pitcher at Cal State-Fullerton was a first-team selection. He was second-team all-WCL and Baseball America's No. 10 WCL pro prospect in 2012.

CONNOR SPENCER, Wenatchee (2013): The senior first baseman at UC Irvine was a first-team selection. He was first-team all-WCL and Baseball America's No. 8 WCL pro prospect in 2013.

COLE IRVIN, Cowlitz (2012): The sophomore pitcher at Oregon was a third-team choice. He was second-team all-WCL and Baseball America's No. 5 WCL pro prospect in 2012.

Oregon State sophomore pitcher Andrew Moore, a 2013 Knights' signee who took the summer off to rest and recover from a heavy college workload, was a second-team selection.

Here's a link to the entire team, from the College Baseball Daily website.

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We announced on Tuesday that former Aloha/Corvallis Knights intern Holly Jones, most recently the general manager of the West Coast League's Victoria HarbourCats, has been named the new assistant general manager of the Charlotte Stone Crabs, Tampa Bay's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

She will move to Port Charlotte, Fla., next week to begin her new job. The Stone Crabs play at 7,000-seat Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, a city of 50,000 located about 40 miles north of Fort Myers on Florida's Gulf Coast.

Here's more on that story from the HarbourCats' website.

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Some news from elsewhere in the WCL:

WENATCHEE: AppleSox alum Cole Gillespie (2004), the 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year at Oregon State, has signed a free-agent contract with the Seattle Mariners. And Wenatchee alum Vinnie Catricala (2007), a third baseman, was selected by Milwaukee from Oakland in the recent Rule 5 draft.

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That's it for today. See you on Thursday. Don't forget to tune in to the Joe Beaver Show on KEJO 1240 AM at noon tomorrow for two hours of radio brilliance.


Holly Jones headed for Florida State League

December 17, 2013

Happy Tuesday, everybody.

Sort of a gray, dreary day in downtown CorVegas this morning, some mist and sprinkles. But at least it's warm and there's not a hint of snow in sight.

We had lots of season ticket renewals over the weekend but don't forget, the deadline for renewing your 2013 season tickets - if you want to be sure to have the same seats - is Dec. 31. After that, any seats not renewed are open to new buyers. So renew now, it's a great bargain.

So, with that advisory out of the way, let's get on with today's Blog. We've got some Knights news to report.

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Former Aloha/Corvallis Knights intern Holly Jones, most recently the general manager of the West Coast League's Victoria HarbourCats, has been named the new assistant general manager of the Charlotte Stone Crabs, Tampa Bay's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

She will move to Port Charlotte, Fla., next week to begin her new job. The Stone Crabs play at 7,000-seat Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, a city of 50,000 located about 40 miles north of Fort Meyers on Florida's Gulf Coast.

Coincidentally, it's the ballpark of choice for the parents of the blog, who live on the other side of Charlotte Harbor in neighboring Punta Gorda. Here's a link to the Stone Crabs' website.

And here's more on Holly's move from out website. Best of luck to Holly in her new job!

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Nothing new in the WCL or with our college players. It's always pretty slow, news-wise, around the holidays. So, we'll see you on Wednesday.


Clearing the Bases sale tomorrow!

December 13, 2013

Happy Friday, everybody.

Finally, life is getting back to normal in Corvallis. The snow and ice are melting, traffic is moving smoothly again and school has reopened. Hopefully we won't get another snowstorm like that this winter!

So, with that, let's get on to the Blog. We've got some Knights news and some West Coast League news to report. So let's get started.

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It's here. Our initial "Clearing the Bases" sale is tomorrow, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the front lobby of the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis. We'll have merchandise, caps, memorabilia, some team artifacts and other items for sale at excellent prices, just in time for the holidays, and we're ready to clear some inventory.

Here are some of the bargains:

* Our 10-game punch cards, which will cost $50 this year, are $40 on Saturday only.

* Used game pants, $5; used game hats, $5; bats, $5.

* All non-Nike hats, $15.

* New Corvallis Knights Nike batting practice tops (black and cardinal), $5.

* New and game-worn team jackets, various prices.

* Game-worn Corvallis Knights and Aloha Knights jerseys, including a 1992 Brooke Knight Aloha Knights jersey (#35).

* College pennants, only $1.

* Brent Morel bobbleheads, only $5.

* Out-of-date team signage, $1.

Other items will also be available. So come see us!

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The West Coast League released its 2013 attendance figures on Friday, and we set another record. For the first time, total attendance eclipsed the 400,000 mark as the 11 teams drew a combined 402,958 fans last summer.

The Bend Elks topped the league in overall attendance drawing 51,283 to Vince Genna Stadium, an average of 1,602 per game. The Knights drew a franchise-record 43,529 fans to Goss Stadium and ranked sixth in WCL games (1,253 fpg); second in playoff attendance (1,196 fpg); second in non-league attendance (1,712 fpg), and fourth in total attendance (1,319 fpg).

Here's a link to 2013 attendance figures for every team, from the WCL website. Thanks again to the greatest fans in the WCL!

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It's Friday, so it's time to update the stats of our Knights alums playing and coaching in the Australian Baseball League.

BROOKE KNIGHT: The Adelaide coach has the Bite in fifth place at 7-12, 5.5 games behind league-leading Perth.

ERIC MASSINGHAM (2006-07): The Canberra pitcher, from Cal Poly, is 3-0, 5.40 in 10 games, with 10 strikeouts in 10 innings.

LIAM BARON (2008-09): The Perth reliever, from Linn-Benton and Gonzaga, has appeared in one game and did not allow an earned run, but he does not have an ERA yet because he hasn't recorded an out.

DEAN GREEN (2008): The one-time Oklahoma State/Barry University slugging first baseman is on the reserve list with the Sydney Blue Sox and has not played yet this season.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets have signed Mark Contreras of UC Riverside, Michael Duarte of UC Irvine, and Kevin Morgan of Cal Poly for the 2014 season. Here's more from the Walla Walla website.

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That's it for today. Have a great weekend and we'll see you on Saturday at our "Clearing the Bases" sale!


WCL's 2005 top prospects were outstanding

December 12, 2013

Happy Thursday, everybody.

No school again in Corvallis today for the fourth day in a row. The cold weather and snow simply refuse to leave, no matter what the weather forecast is.

So, it's yet another quiet day downtown at the WWHQ as the icy streets continue to make it a real chore to get anywhere in CorVegas.

But we have another edition of the Blog, with some Knights news and some West Coast League news to report. So let's get started.

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We wrote about Knights' alum Bud Norris (2005) of the Baltimore Orioles and his possible conversion to a reliever on Wednesday. Here's more Norris-related news.

The former Cal Poly star is one of seven members of Baseball America's list of the WCL's Top 10 prospects from 2005 to make the major leagues. Norris was the No. 3-ranked prospect that summer.

Others to make it to the majors are Knights' alum Tommy Hanson(1); Clay Mortensen (4); Chris Davis (5); Jess Todd (6); Eddie Kunz (7), and Knights' alum Matt Hague, our Slider Guy, (10).

The WCL's first season was pretty darn good.

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Speaking of WCL alums, former Bellingham Bell Vince Ircandia is a vice-president of business analytics and ticket operations with the Portland Trail Blazers. Here's more on Vince from The Oregonian.

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Our initial "Clearing the Bases" sale is just two days away. It's scheduled for Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the front lobby of the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis. We'll have merchandise, caps, memorabilia, some team artifacts and other items for sale at excellent prices, just in time for the holidays.

Our 10-game punchcards, which will cost $50 this year, will be available for $40 on Saturday only. We'll have some vintage items for sale at clearance prices; all non-Nike hats will be just $15, and we'll have discounts on team apparel. So come on down to the heart of downtown Corvallis on Saturday to check it out. We're ready to move some inventory!

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats announced the seating areas at Royal Athletic Park will get an upgrade for the 2014 season. Here's more from the Ballparkbiz.com website, and here's even more from the Victoria Times Colonist newspaper.

YAKIMA: The expansion club will host a news conference on Wednesday to announce the new team's nickname. Here are more details, from the Our Sports Central website.

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


Bud Norris to the bullpen?

December 11, 2013

Happy Wednesday, everybody.

No school again in Corvallis today as the cold weather and snow simply refuse to leave, and the roads remain very slick. So, yet another quiet day downtown at the WWHQ as many are staying put as the icy streets make it a real chore to get anywhere in CorVegas.

But yet here we are, grinding out another edition of the Blog. We're unstoppable. And we have some Knights news and some West Coast League news to report, so let's get started.

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The word on the street - at least the word on the streets of Baltimore - is that alum Bud Norris (2005) of Cal Poly could be a viable candidate as the closer for the Baltimore Orioles this season. Here's more on that developing scenario from The Baltimore Sun newspaper.

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Our initial "Clearing the Bases" sale is set for 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday in the front lobby of the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis. We'll have merchandise, caps, memorabilia, some team artifacts and other items for sale at excellent prices, just in time for the holidays.

Our 10-game punch cards will be available for $40, on Saturday only. That's a special deal, as the regular price will rise to $50 this season. The WWHQ will be open as well, for all your other Knights holiday shopping needs. Save the date (Saturday) and come on down to the heart of downtown Corvallis to check it out.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

MEDFORD: The Rogues have hired former Oregon State center fielder Max Gordon, a native of nearby Ashland, as baseball operations manager for the upcoming season. Here are more details, from the Our Sports Central website; here's another story, from the Medford Mail-Tribune newspaper.

YAKIMA: The expansion club will host Wenatchee on June 6 in the opener of a three-game series at Yakima County Stadium in its franchise debut. Yakima then heads to Corvallis for June 11-13 games against the Knights. Here are more details, from the Our Sports Central website; here's even more from the Yakima Herald-Republic newspaper.

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


Complete info on our new Knights from Washington

December 10, 2013

Happy Tuesday, everybody.

No school again in Corvallis today as the cold weather and snow stubbornly refuse to leave. So it's another quiet day downtown at the WWHQ as not many people have stirred just yet.

Neither cold, slick streets nor snow-covered sidewalks can stop the daily Blog, however. We have some Knights news to report, so let's get started.

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As we reported on Monday, the Knights have signed returnees Alex Nesbitt and Brandon Choate, key members of our 2013 championship club, and Alex Hardy for the 2014 season. All three are right-handed pitchers at the University of Washington; Choate's a junior, Nesbitt's a sophomore and Hardy's a freshman.

Nesbitt was 2-0, 2.78 in 12 games for us in 2013, with a save and 23 strikeouts in 35.2 innings. He became a key setup man after beginning the season as a spot starter.

Choate was 2-1, 1.27 in 18 games for us, with five saves and 21 strikeouts in 21.1 innings. He played for pitching coach Connor Lambert at Tacoma Community College in 2012 and 2013 before transferring to Washington.

Choate signed with the Huskies in Nov., 2012. Here's UW coach Lindsay Meggs' signing-day evaluation:

"Brandon is the fastball/slider guy you see in this league who can eat up innings and settle into any role. While we expect Brandon to compete for starting innings, he would also be valuable on the back end as well.

"Brandon is only going to get better and we think the timing is right. Before it's all over, this guy could be a monster."

We got to know Brandon last summer, but you can learn even more by clicking here and reading this player profile from the Husky website.

Hardy is a 6-1, 195-pound right-hander from Emerald Ridge High School in Puyallup. He earned first-team All-South Puget Sound League honors in 2012 and is also a two-time Scholar-Athlete award winner. He played his summer baseball for the Puyallup Knights, but missed the 2013 school and summer seasons while recovering from arm surgery.

In announcing his signing, Meggs said:

"Alex has a chance to be an impact guy immediately. One of the best arms in his class, Alex has a chance to be a true power guy very soon. And while the arm and the athletic ability get your attention, it's how he competes on the mound that separates him from the pack. You can see it in his body language; this guy is relentless."

Here's more on Hardy, in an interview from the Washington website following his November, 2012, letter-of-intent signing.

Welcome back Alex Nesbitt and Brandon, and welcome aboard Alex Hardy!

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Only four more days until our first "Clearing the Bases" sale, set for Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the front lobby of the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis. We'll have merchandise, caps, memorabilia, some team artifacts and other items for sale at excellent prices, just in time for the holidays.

We'll also have a very special deal on a very popular Knights' item, so stay tuned to this space for more details as the big day approaches. And the WWHQ will be open as well, for all your other Knights holiday shopping needs. Save the date (Dec. 14) and come on down to the heart of downtown Corvallis to check it out.

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


Three Huskies signed for 2013

December 9, 2013

Happy Monday, everybody.

No classes again for the Corvallis school district or at Oregon State today as we continue to recover from Friday's snowstorm and the record cold over the weekend. It's sunny and bright in the heart of downtown, but the roads are still snow-covered and slick and driving remains an adventure for some (not for those of us with roots in Buffalo and North Dakota, though, so we're at the WWHQ and you get a Blog).

We have some Knights news and some West Coast League news to report, so let's get started.

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We have signed three University of Washington pitchers for the 2014 season: Junior Brandon Choate and sophomore Alex Nesbitt, returnees from our 2013 WCL championship team, and freshman Alex Hardy. We'll have more on all three in Tuesday's blog.

In the meantime, welcome back Brandon and Alex Nesbitt, who were lights-out coming out of the bullpen for our championship team (you can never say that too many times!) in 2013, and to Alex Hardy. See you in June!

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Incoming Knights' infielder Kevin Padlo of Murrieta, Calif., a senior at Murrieta Valley High School, signed his national letter-of-intent with the University of San Diego on Nov. 26. Here's what the USD website and coach Rich Hill had to say about the 6-foot-1, 180-pound corner infielder:

Padlo, a 6-1 third baseman/right-handed pitcher, comes to USD after a standout career at Murrieta Valley High School, where he has earned two varsity letters. As a junior, he hit .378 with 10 doubles, three triples, five home runs and had 28 RBI. On the mound, he posted a 3-3 overall record with 27 strikeouts in 28.0 innings of work.

He was an All-Inland Empire and All-Southwestern League selection. As a sophomore, he hit .305 with two doubles, four stolen bases and 14 RBI, while earning All-Southwest League honors. He has also earned three letters in basketball, while at Murrieta Valley High School.

"Kevin has big-time power that you don't see often at the high school level. We've been spoiled having [2013 No. 1 draft choice] Kris Bryant, but Kevin's moon shots in batting practice draw comparison," explained coach Hill. "Great athlete who will step in and compete immediately. He is an Area Code guy, an honors student, and was up to 92 mph as a closer this summer on mound."

Sounds like a good get for USD and the Knights. We look forward to seeing Kevin in June.

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As many of you already know, former Knights' manager Matt Dorey (2007) is now the national director of scouting for the Chicago Cubs. We've had several stories on his recent hiring; here's another one, from the Washington State baseball website.

Again, congrats to Matt, who led us to a West Division regular-season and divisional playoff title, and a WCL Championship Series berth against Moses Lake, in his only year with the club.

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Our first "Clearing the Bases" sale is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the front lobby of the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis. We'll have merchandise, caps, memorabilia, some team artifacts and other items for sale at excellent prices, just in time for the holidays.

We'll also have a very special deal on a very popular Knights' item, so stay tuned to this space for more details as Saturday approaches. And the WWHQ will be open as well, for all your other Knights holiday shopping needs. Save the date (Saturday) and come on down to the heart of downtown Corvallis to check it out.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

VICTORIA: We reported this several days ago but good news bears repeating. The HarbourCats have re-hired Dennis Rogers of Riverside City College, a long-time supporter of the Knights, as their coach for the 2014 season. Here's more from the Summer Baseball Insider website.

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


Knights sign three from Cal Poly

December 6, 2013

Happy Friday, everybody.

It's supposed to be Winter's Eve in downtown Corvallis but after our morning snowstorm it looks like plain old winter to me. Seriously, I went to bed in Corvallis and woke up in my native Western New York, where snowstorms like this are a dime a dozen and you don't even start shoveling until it's waist deep.

But in Corvallis ... well, schools are closed and everyone must be hunkered down at home because downtown is pretty empty and it's nice and quiet.

But as always, we've got some Knights news to report, so let's get started.

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We've signed three freshmen from long-time partner school Cal Poly, further strengthening our roster for the 2014 season.

The newest Knights are right-handed pitcher Slater Lee of Carlsbad, Calif.; right-handed pitcher Justin Calomeni of San Jose, and infielder Alec Smith of Quartz Hill, Calif.

Lee (6-0, 200) played at Carlsbad High School and was 11-2, 1.34 in 15 games in 2013, with five complete-game shutouts and 90 strikeouts in 78.1 innings. He was 18-4, 1.67 for his varsity career, with 148 strikeouts in 130 innings.

Calomeni (6-2, 200) played at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose and was 8-1, 1.07 as a senior, with three shutouts and six complete games in 12 starts. He had 75 strikeouts in 78.1 innings.

Smith (6-1, 190) played at Quartz Hill High School and hit .453 (39-86) as a senior, with 13 doubles, two homers and 33 RBIs. A three-year letterman, he hit .392 for his 65-game career, with two homers and 55 RBIs.

Welcome to the club, guys! We have a great history with Cal Poly players (David Armendariz, Jimmy Allen, Chase Johnson, Peter Van Gansen, Casey Bloomquist, Nick Torres, Bryan Granger, Adam Melker, Brent Morel, to name a few) and we're sure the 2014 crop will uphold that tradition.

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We've also added 10-day signee Michael Kelly, a native of Fountain Valley, Calif., a sophomore right-handed pitcher at Clackamas Community College. He was 4-7, 3.60 in 11 starts in 2013, with 26 strikeouts in 80 innings for a 12-30 ballclub.

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Remember, our initial "Clearing the Bases" sale is almost here. It's scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the front lobby of the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis. We'll have merchandise, caps, memorabilia, some team artifacts and other items for sale at excellent prices, just in time for the holidays.

We'll also have a very special deal on a very popular Knights' item, so stay tuned to this space for more details as the big day approaches. And the WWHQ will be open as well, for all your other Knights holiday shopping needs. Save the date (Dec. 14) and come on down to the heart of downtown Corvallis to check it out.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets have signed three returnees for the 2014 season. Here's more from the Sweets' website.

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