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Knights sign three more for 2017

December 5, 2016

Happy Tuesday everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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More roster news to announce:

The Knights have signed three more players for 2017. The top signee is freshman corner infielder Gabe Matthews of Oregon, a former standout at South Salem High School.

A left-handed hitter, Matthews was the Greater Valley Conference Player of the Year and a first-team 6A all-state selection in 2016. He also played in the Reser Oregon All-Star Series.

The Knights have also signed Concordia utility man Andrew Barrera and junior pitcher Dominique Baker of Corban to 10-day contracts.

Barrera is a 5-foot-9, 180-pound junior from Kentridge High School in Kent, Wash., who played at Pierce (Wash.) CC in 2015-16. He hit .312 (53-170) in 45 games in 2016, with no homers and 32 RBIs.

Baker is a 6-foot, 193-pound righty from Jerome, Idaho, who played at Chemeketa CC the past two seasons. He was 0-2, 4.27 in 12 games in 2016, with 20 strikeouts in 33.2 innings.

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Some news on our alums in the Frontier League:

* The Gateway Grizzlies have exercised their 2017 contract option on infielder Seth Heck (2013). Seth hit .249 (72-289) in 78 games, with a homer and 26 RBIs. He played at Tacoma CC and at Mississippi State.

* The Joliet Slammers have exercised their 2017 contract option on infielder Carter Bell (2009). Carter hit .312 (108-346) in 91 games, with 13 homers and 73 RBIs. He played at Oregon State.

* The Schaumburg Boomers have exercised their 2017 contract option on pitcher Scott Schultz (2011). He was 4-7, 5.48 in 19 games, with 79 strikeouts in 106.2 innings. He also played at OSU.

* The Washington Wild Things released infielder Grant Fink (2011). He hit .197 (42-213) in 63 games, with nine homers and 24 RBIs. He played at Missouri Western.

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Alum Marc Rzepczynski (2006) has signed a two-year free-agent deal with the Seattle Mariners. The former UC Riverside stand out, one of the top left-handed relief specialists in the majors, played with Oakland and Washington in 2016 and was 1-0, 2.64 in 70 games, with 46 strikeouts in 47.2 innings.

Seattle will be Marc's seventh big-league team. He started with Toronto in 2009 and has also pitched for St. Louis, Cleveland, San Diego, Oakland and Washington. He is 12-24 with a 3.80 ERA in 419 career appearances, with 373 strikeouts in 393 innings.

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Season tickets for the 2017 season are now on sale. If you purchase your season tickets before the end of 2016, you will save $10 off each full-season ticket order. To check out your many options and to purchase 2017 season tickets, please click here.

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Things are pretty slow on the Knights front right now, so that is all for today. Have a great week, and we will see you again on Friday!


Knights sign CSU Bakersfield lefty for 2017

December 1, 2016

Happy Friday everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions! The Blog stopped by the Knights' WWHQ this afternoon and our front office staff was all hard at work preparing for the upcoming season, our 11th in Corvallis.

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More roster news to announce.

The Knights have signed redshirt junior left-handed pitcher Alec Daily of Cal State Bakersfield for the upcoming season. He is a 6-foot-3, 185-pounder from Great Oak High School in Temecula, Calif., who sat out the 2016 season.

In 2015, Dailey tied for third on the Roadrunners with 16 appearances and was 2-3, 5.62, with a save and 24 strikeouts in 32 innings. He was second in appearances as a freshman in 2014, and went 1-3, with 13 strikeouts in 28.1 innings.

He was first team all-league and second-team All-CIF as a senior at Great Oak. He hit a league-leading .384 as a position player and appeared in five games as a pitcher.

Welcome to the club, Alec.

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Three former members of the Corvallis Knights are listed in Perfect Game's list of the top 100 college prospects for the next Major League Baseball draft, set for June 12-14, 2017.

They are Oregon State junior first baseman K. J. Harrison (2015), at No. 27; UC Santa Barbara junior shortstop Clay Fisher (2015), at No. 73, and UC Irvine junior left-handed pitcher Cameron Bishop (2015-16), at No. 84.

Harrison and Bishop were each drafted following their senior year of high school, Harrison by Cleveland in the 25th round and Bishop by Arizona in the 32nd round. Fisher was not drafted.

A fourth Knight was listed in Perfect Game's top 100 for the 2018 draft. Oregon State sophomore second baseman Nick Madrigal (2015) is No. 25; he was taken in the 17th round by Cleveland in the 2015 draft but elected to play for the Knights and Beavers instead.

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Season tickets for the 2017 season are now on sale. If you purchase your season tickets before the end of 2016, you will save $10 off each full-season ticket order. To check out your many options and to purchase 2017 season tickets, please click here.

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Things are pretty slow on the Knights front right now, so that is all for today. Have a great weekend, and we will see you again on Tuesday!


Hayes, Frank finish AFL season

November 28, 2016

Happy Tuesday everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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Baseball pundit Jeff Sullivan writes that alum outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010), recently traded to the Seattle Mariners by Arizona in a five-player transaction, could be the steal of the deal. His analysis?

"And as has now been exhaustively detailed, there seems to be a lot of potential present within Mitch Haniger. That potential finally revealed itself last season, and even in the majors, Haniger showed all of his skills. Walker is the most electrifying player here.

"Segura is the obvious fit for a competitive lineup. And yet it's Haniger who might well turn out to be the best asset. We love to talk about the players who aren't talked about. Seems like it shouldn't be long before more people are talking about Mitch Haniger."

Here is more on that story from the FanGraphs website.

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Here are the final stats of our alums in the Arizona Fall League:

* DANNY HAYES (2009, Glendale): The first baseman, who played for Charlotte (White Sox) in the triple-A International League in 2016, hit .161 (10-62) in 18 games, with a homer and three RBIs. He played at Oregon State.

* TREVOR FRANK (2012, Mesa): The right-handed pitcher, who played for Lynchburg (Cleveland) in the advanced-A Carolina League in 2016, was 1-0, 11.88 in nine games, with five strikeouts in 8.1 innings. He played at UC-Riverside.

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Season tickets for the 2017 season are now on sale. If you purchase your season tickets before the end of 2016, you will save $10 off each full-season ticket order. To check out your many options and to purchase 2017 season tickets, please click here.

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Broadcaster Tom Prizeman will return as the voice of the Bellingham Bells as their Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the 2017 season. Here is more on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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Things are pretty slow on the Knights front right now, so that is all for today. Hope you enjoyed the Civil War as much as we did, and we will see you again on Friday!


Seattle gets Mitch Haniger from Diamondbacks

November 24, 2016

Happy Friday everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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We have some big news to announce involving a former Corvallis Knight.

Outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) has been traded to the Seattle Mariners from the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a five-man deal.

The 25-year-old former Cal Poly star made his MLB debut in 2016 and hit .229 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 34 games. He was also named Arizona's Minor League Player of the Year after finishing with a .321 average, 25 homers and 94 RBIs between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno.

Mitch was a first-team all-West Coast League selection in 2010 and was named as the league's No. 5 pro prospect by Baseball America and the No. 4 prospect by Perfect Game.

Please click here for more on the story, from MLB.com.

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Some more alumni news to announce:

The San Francisco Giants added right-handed pitcher Chase Johnson (2011) to their 40-man roster to protect him from next month's Rule 5 draft. The former Cal Poly star, selected in the third round of the 2013 draft, was rated as San Francisco's 18th-best prospect by MLBPipeline.com.

Chase pitched a Richmond (AA Eastern) in 2016 and was 1-4, 3.27 with five saves in 24 appearances. He had 37 strikeouts in 52.1 innings. He was rated as the West Coast League's No. 5 pro prospect by Perfect Game and the No. 10 prospect by Baseball America following the 2011 season.

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Seattle has traded former Knights' first baseman/DH Dalton Kelly (2014) to the Tampa Bay Rays as part of a five-player deal. Dalton played at Clinton (A Midwest) in 2016 and hit .293 (141-481) in 130 games, with seven homers and 58 RBIs.

He was a 38th-round draft pick in 2015, out of UC Santa Barbara. He was first-team all-WCL as a utility player and was the league's No. 5 prospect by Baseball America and Perfect Game.

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Season tickets for the 2017 season are now on sale. If you purchase your season tickets before the end of 2016, you will save $10 off each full-season ticket order. To check out your many options and to purchase 2017 season tickets, please click here.

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Alum Nick Ruppert (2013) of Dartmouth is off to a fast start with the Perth Heat in the Australian Baseball League. The 23-year-old outfielder was 2-for-4 against Melbourne in his last game and is hitting .300 (3-10) in three games, with four runs.

The Heat play host to Brisbane in a four-game series this Thursday through Saturday. He is the lone Knights' alum in the ABL this season.

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Things are pretty slow on the Knights front right now, so that is all for today. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving; have a great weekend, and we will see you again on Tuesday!


Knights add three more for 2017

November 21, 2016

Happy Tuesday everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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More signing news to announce.

The Knights have added two Pacific Lutheran players for the upcoming season: Junior first baseman/pitcher Cole Johnson, and sophomore catcher Jacob Bockelie, who signed a 10-day contract.

A lefty from Buckley, Wash., Johnson was 5-4, 4.76 in 16 games, with 40 strikeouts in 87 innings. As a position player, he hit .304 with three homers and 38 RBIs and was honorable-mention all-Northwest Conference.

He formerly played at Washington State. He was a two-time MVP and three-time all-leaguer at White River High before going to WSU.

Bockelie is a redshirt sophomore from Shorewood High in Shoreline, Wash. He did not play in 2016 but hit .321 in 21 games in 2015, with five RBIs. He was second-team all-WESCO South his junior and senior years at Shorewood.

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Season tickets for the 2017 season are now on sale. If you purchase your season tickets before the end of 2016, you will save $10 off each full-season ticket order. To check out your many options and to purchase 2017 season tickets, please click here.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have added pitcher Jimmie Sherfy (2011) to their 40-man roster. That prevents the former Oregon star from being selected in the December Rule 5 draft. He is 10-12, 4.20 in 162 minor league games since turning pro in 2013, with 226 strikeouts in 171.1 innings.

Here is MLB.com's analysis of Sherfy:

The 24-year-old is the No. 14-ranked prospect in the system, and he finished second among all Minor League pitchers in saves with 30. Sherfy saw time at Visalia, Mobile and Reno, going 3-4 with a 2.77 ERA. He was selected by the D-backs in the 10th round of the 2013 draft.

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Things are pretty slow on the Knights front right now, so that is all for today. Have a great week, and we will see you again on Friday!


Knights add UP signee Chad Stevens

November 17, 2016

Happy Thursday/Friday everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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More signing news to announce.

The Knights have added incoming University of Portland shortstop Chad Stevens for the 2017 season. He is a native of Fox Island, Wash., who starred at nearby Gig Harbor High School. He will play for former Aloha Knights' player/coach Geoff Loomis at UP.

Stevens helped lead the Tides to a third-place finish at the 2016 Washington 4A state tournament. He was a second-team Narrows League 4A all-star in 2016, his junior year. He played for the Narrows Baseball Club for five years, and was on the Mariners Scout Team.

"Chad is a highly intelligent and gifted athlete," Loomis said. "He's tall and agile, and he has the ability to be a next-level player for us. I believe Chad will have a major impact early in his career on The Bluff."

Welcome to the Knights, Chad.

He will be the fifth player with UP connections on the 2017 team; the Knights announced the signing of current Pilots Cameron Richman, Matt Kelly, Henry Cheney and Jordan Horak on Tuesday. Richman and Kelly are returnees from our 2016 WCL title team.

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Season tickets for the 2017 season are now on sale. If you purchase your season tickets before the end of 2016, you will save $10 off each full-season ticket order. To check out your many options and to purchase 2017 season tickets, please click here.

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The Sioux City Explorers of the independent American Association traded alum Cody Lenahan (2013) to the Lincoln Saltdogs on Nov. 15. Cody was a key player on our 2013 WCL champions and earned second-team all-WCL honors.

The former University of Portland star played for the Texas AirHogs in the AA in 2016 and hit .264 (87-329) in 90 games, with 12 homers and 49 RBIs. He was traded to Sioux City on Sept. 30.

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Things are pretty slow on the Knights front right now, so that is all for today. Have a great weekend, and we will see you again on Tuesday!


UP's Richman, Kelly to return in 2017

November 15, 2016

Happy Tuesday everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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More signing to announce, these from the University of Portland.

Pitcher Cameron Richman and infielder Matt Kelly, both important members of the 2016 WCL-champion Knights, and outfielder Henry Cheney and pitcher Jordan Horak will join the Knights in 2017, president Dan Segel announced Tuesday.

Richman is a sophomore right-hander from Walla Walla who was 3-1, 4.66 in 15 games, with a save and 21 strikeouts in 27 innings. A sophomore from West Linn, Kelly hit .205 (15-73) in 37 games, with 11 RBIs and eight steals. He played a variety of positions.

Horak is a junior lefty from Lake Oswego who was 1-8, 5.66 in 18 games in 2016, with 61 strikeouts in 62 innings. He played for the Klamath Falls Gems in 2015 and went 1-3, 4.76 in 16 games, with 38 strikeouts in 39.2 innings.

Cheney played for the Charles Wright Academy in Gig Harbor, Wash., and was a two-time, first-team Nisqually League all-star. He played in the U14-15 Perfect Game World Series in Fort Meyers, Fla., and in the U15-16 USA Baseball National Championships for his club team.

The head coach of the Pilots is former Aloha Knights' player/coach Geoff Loomis.

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Season tickets for the 2017 season are now on sale. If you purchase your season tickets before the end of 2016, you will save $10 off each full-season ticket order. To check out your many options and to purchase 2017 season tickets, please click here.

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Things are pretty slow on the Knights front right now, so that is all for today. Have a great week, and we will see you again on Friday!


Johnson, Burg granted free agent status

November 10, 2016

Happy Thursday/Friday everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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Two former Corvallis Knights now in the minor leagues were granted free agency on Nov. 7. Drafted in 2010, their Uniform Player Contract has been renewed six times and they are not on an MLB 40-man roster.

They are now eligible to sign with any club, including their former team.

The free-agent alums are:

* D. J. JOHNSON (2008-09): A right-handed pitcher from Mt. Hood CC, D.J. was in the Angels' organization in 2016 and went 4-4, 4.02 in 47 games with double-A Arkansas (Texas League), with six saves and 67 strikeouts in 69.1 innings.

* ALEX BURG (2008): A utility player from Washington State, Alex played in the Texas organization and hit a combined .215 (58-270) in 79 total games with Frisco (AA Texas League) and Round Rock (AAA Pacific Coast League), with seven homers and 38 RBIs. He was the MVP of our 2008 WCL championship team.

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Time to update the stats of our alums in the Arizona Fall League:

* DANNY HAYES (2009, Glendale): The first baseman, who played for Charlotte (White Sox) in the triple-A International League in 2016, is hitting .175 (10-56) in 16 games, with a homer and three RBIs. He played at Oregon State.

* TREVOR FRANK (2012, Mesa): The right-handed pitcher, who played for Lynchburg (Cleveland) in the advanced-A Carolina League in 2016, is 1-0, 6.75 in seven games, with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings. He played at UC-Riverside.

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Things are pretty slow on the Knights front right now, so that is all for today. Have a great weekend, and we will see you on Tuesday!


Gale re-signs with Padres; Tigers release Dean Green

November 8, 2016

Happy Tuesday, everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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We have some good news and some bad news on the alumni front. First, the good news:

Catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) has re-signed with the San Diego Padres. He hit .243 (86-354) in 107 total games at triple-A El Paso (Pacific Coast League) and double-A San Antonio (Texas League) in 2016, with five homers and 34 RBIs.

Rocky is a career .255 hitter in 521 minor-league games, with nine homers and 191 RBIs. He turned pro with the Padres in 2010 after they drafted him in the 24th round out of the University of Portland.

He has played at every level in their organization except for Rookie League since beginning his career with Eugene in the short-season Class A Northwest League in 2010.

Now, the bad news.

The Detroit Tigers have released first baseman Dean Green (2008) after seven years in their organization. He had his finest year as a pro in 2016, as he hit .297 (139-468) with 23 homers and 108 RBIs in 128 total games with triple-A Toledo (International League) and double-A Erie (Eastern League).

Dean was a career .306 hitter in 589 minor-league games at all levels of the Detroit organization, which he joined in 2011 after being drafted in the 11th round following a big senior year at Barry University in Florida. He played his first three years of college at Oklahoma State.

He is now a free agent and can sign with any team. Best of luck to a mainstay on our 2008 WCL champions.

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Things are pretty slow on the Knights front right now, so that is all for today. Have a great week, and we will see you on Friday!


Aaron Pope to return for Knights

November 2, 2016

Happy Wednesday, everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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We have some signings to announce.

Dixie State junior lefty Aaron Pope will return to the Knights in 2017. He was 5-2 with a 2.16 ERA in 12 games in 2016, with 44 strikeouts in 50 innings. He earned honorable-mention all-West Coast League honors.

Pope joins San Francisco's Grant Goodman, Western Oregon's Jacob Fricke, Sacramento State's Ty Fox, San Diego's Louis Crow and Dixie State's Tanner Howell as returnees from our 2016 pitching staff.

Also, the Knights have signed redshirt junior third baseman/first baseman Luke Wilkinson of Northwest Missouri State, a Division II program that is the alma mater of president Dan Segel.

Wilkinson played for the Yorkton Cardinals of the Western Major Baseball League in Canada in 2016. He had eight homers and 45 RBIs in only 171 at-bats.

"He could be a sleeper to make the team and hopefully add some much-needed early pop," Segel said.

Wilkinson is from Brea, Calif., the hometown of 2015-16 Knights' pitcher Cameron Bishop.

Welcome to the team, Luke.

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Lefty Ryley Widell, a mainstay on our 2016 staff, will sign a letter-of-intent with North Carolina on Nov. 10 and will pitch for the Tar Heels in 2018 and 2019.

Widell went 3-1 with a 2.17 ERA in 13 WCL games last summer, with 46 strikeouts in 41.1 innings. He was rated as the WCL's No. 27 pro prospect by Perfect Game, and was honorable-mention all-WCL.

Here is more on Widell from the Maui News newspaper.

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Some news from around the WCL:

The West Coast League has hired Jonathan Hodgson to its marketing communications team as the Coordinator of Online Communications. He joins Chris King, the league's Director of Online Communications, as a content creator for WCL online communications. Jonathan's focus will be writing stories for the league website.

Here is more on that story from the WCL website.

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Things are pretty slow on the Knights front right now, so that is all for today. Have a great week, and we will see you on Friday!