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Righty Ty Fox to return in 2017

October 10, 2016

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

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More good news to report on the signings front.

Right-hander Ty Fox of Sacramento State will return in 2017. Now at Sacramento State after two seasons at Western Nevada, the Crater, Ore., native went 1-0, 1.50 for us in three games in 2016 as a 10-day signee.

He joins lefty Jacob Fricke of Western Oregon and right-handed pitchers Grant Goodman (San Francisco), Tanner Howell (Dixie State) and Louis Crow (San Diego) as returnees to our pitching staff from 2016.

The Knights have also signed freshman pitcher Connor Redmond of Cal Poly and freshman outfielder Tyler Villaroman of the University of San Francisco.

Redmond is from Danville, Calif., and played at De La Salle High School. He was the East Bay Times newspaper's Player of the Year for hitting .432 and leading De La Salle to an undefeated East Bay Athletic League season and the North Coast Section Division 1 championship.

He also was the closer, saving three games with a 1.99 ERA. He earned EBAL Most Valuable Player honors.

Villaroman is from San Mateo, Calif., and played at Serra High School. He was a first-team West Coast Athletic League all-star, team captain, and the Danny Frisella Award winner as a senior and s second-team all-star as a junior.

He also played for the San Mateo Shockers American Legion team that took third place at the American Legion World Series. He won Most Valuable Player honors in the Boulder, Colo., Region en route to the ALWS.

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The Knights have named former intern Eric Bober as our new Director of Tickets and Operations. He first worked for the team from September through December, 2015.

Bober grew up in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles, Ill., and earned his BS in Forest and Recreation Management and his MS in Sport Management and Administration from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Here is more on that story from our website. Welcome back, Eric!

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Oregon State senior Melissa Sullivan, our statistician and media relations aide, has been named the Knights Employee of the Year for her great work during the 2016 season. Here is more on that story, and news about our other award winners for the year, from the team 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 Thursday-Friday.


Jacob Fricke to return in 2017

October 3, 2016

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

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More good news to report on the signings front.

Left-handed pitcher Jacob Fricke of Western Oregon will return in 2017 after helping lead the Knights to the 2016 West Coast League championship as an invaluable starter and reliever.

A WOU sophomore from Glide, Ore., Fricke was 5-0, 2.88 in 14 WCL games, with 25 strikeouts in a team-leading 50 innings. He also had a 3.17 ERA in two playoff appearances, with one strikeout in 5.2 innings, and earned honorable-mention all-WCL honors.

He is the fourth member of our 2016 pitching staff to sign on for the 2017 season. Also returning are right-handers Grant Goodman (San Francisco), Tanner Howell (Dixie State) and Louis Crow (San Diego).

Welcome back, Jacob!

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A record 11 Aloha/Corvallis Knights alums appeared in Major League games during the 2016 season and LHP Josh Osich (2008) of the Giants and LHP Marc Rzepczynski (2006) of the Nationals will appear in the postseason playoffs.

Here is a roundup of our 2016 Knights in MLB, with position players first, followed by the pitchers:

MATT DUFFY (2010, GIANTS/RAYS): A shortstop/third baseman from Long Beach State, Matt hit .258 (86-333) with five homers and 28 RBIs in 91 games. He started the season in San Francisco, was traded to Tampa Bay, and was shut down in mid-September by an Achilles injury.

MITCH HANIGER (2010, DIAMONDBACKS): An outfielder from Cal Poly, Mitch hit .229 (25-109) with five homers and 17 RBIs in 34 games in two stints with Arizona after a monster season with Reno in the Pacific Coast League. He was named an organizational all-star by MILB.com. Please click here for more on that story.

CHRIS STEWART (2001, PIRATES): A catcher from Riverside City College, Chris battled a left knee injury all season and hit .214 (21-98) with a homer and seven RBIs before being shut down in mid-September.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009, BREWERS): A catcher from Oregon State, Andrew hit .235 (4-17) with a homer and two RBIs in nine games. He started the season in the San Francisco organization and was traded to Milwaukee in August. He hit a two-run homer in his final at-bat of the season; please click here for a video of that blast.

TYLER ANDERSON (2009, ROCKIES): A left-handed pitcher from Oregon, Tyler was 5-6, 3.54 in 19 games, with 99 strikeouts in 119 innings in his rookie season. He was the first Corvallis Knight to be selected in the first round of the MLB draft, in 2011.

MATT ANDRIESE (2009, RAYS): A right-handed pitcher from UC Riverside, Matt was 8-8, 4.37 in 29 games with Tampa Bay, with one save and 109 strikeouts in 127.2 innings.

MATT BOYD (2010, TIGERS): A left-handed pitcher from Oregon State, Matt was 6-5, 4.53 in 20 games, with 82 strikeouts in 97.1 innings.

BUD NORRIS (2006, BRAVES/DODGERS): A right-hander from Cal Poly, Bud was a combined 6-10, 5.10 in 35 games with Atlanta and the Dodgers, with 102 strikeouts in 113 innings. He was released in late September and is now a free agent.

GREG MAHLE (2012, ANGELS): The lefty from UC Santa Barbara was 1-0, 5.40 in 24 games, with 14 strikeouts in 18.1 innings. He was recalled from triple-A Salt Lake of the PCL on Monday to keep him on the 40-man roster.

JOSH OSICH (2008, GIANTS): A left-handed pitcher from Oregon State, Josh was 1-3, 4.71 in 59 games, with 25 strikeouts in 36.1 innings.

MARC RZEPCZYNSKI (2006, A'S/NATIONALS): A left-handed pitcher from UC Riverside, Zep was a combined 1-0, 2.64 in 70 games with the A's and the Nationals. He had 46 strikeouts in 47.2 innings.

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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 Thursday-Friday.


Knights sign two from UCSB, one from Nevada for 2017

September 30, 2016

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

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We have three more signings to announce for the 2017 season as we build a club to defend our 2016 WCL championship.

The newest Knights are Zak Herbers, a freshman right-handed pitcher from the University of Nevada, and freshman left-handed pitcher Jack Dashwood and freshman shortstop Andrew Martinez of UC Santa Barbara.

Herbers is a 6-foot-2, 180-pounder from Capo Valley High School in Capistrano, Calif. A three-year letterman, he was 7-4, 2.92 in 11 games as a senior, with 50 strikeouts in 52.2 innings.

A 6-6, 220-pounder, Dashwood graduated from St. Augustine High School in San Diego. Also a three-year letterman, he hit .382 (29-94) in 29 games, with a homer and 13 RBIs, and was 6-2, 1.03 in 11 games as a pitcher, with 67 strikeouts in 61 innings.

As a junior, he hit .377 with four homers and 26 RBIs and was 9-4 in 14 games as a pitcher, with 90 strikeouts in 82.1 innings.

Martinez is a 5-11, 175-pounder from St. Francis HS in Mountain View, Calif. Another three-year letterman, he hit .310 (27-87) in 33 games as a senior, with three homers and 21 RBIs, and .419 (31-97) in 32 games as a junior, with no homers and 22 RBIs.

Welcome to the Knights, gentlemen!

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The Wenatchee AppleSox have named Kyle Krustangel as their new head coach. He coached the Yakima Pepsi Beetles in American Legion baseball in 2016 and led them to the quarterfinals of the Washington state tournament.

Krustangel will retain his position as baseball coach at Yakima Valley College, where he guided the Yaks to the NWAC title in his first season last spring. Here is more on that story, from Our Sports Central.

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


Knights add three more players for 2017

September 27, 2016

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

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The Knights have signed three more players for the 2017 season, president Dan Segel and coach Brooke Knight announced this week.

They are catcher Jace Duty of Chemeketa Community College in Salem, a native of Newport, Ore.; pitcher Darren Nelson, a senior at Granite Bay High School in Granite Bay, Calif., who will play at Cal Poly in 2017-18, and freshman pitcher Trenton Toplikar of UC Riverside via West Hills HS in Santee, Calif.

Duty played in two games for the Bend Elks in 2016 and hit .250 (1-4) with a run and an RBI. He hit .260 (38-146) with a homer and 22 RBIs in 44 games overall, and .310 (26-84) with a homer and 12 RBIs in 25 NWAACC games.

Nelson is a 6-foot-8, pitcher/first baseman. He was 7-2, 0.50 in 10 games as a pitcher, with 50 strikeouts in 42.1 innings, and hit .333 (24-72) in 23 games, with a homer and 20 RBIs.

Toplikar is a 62, 190-pound righty from West Hills HS in San Diego. He was a two-year starter and also played soccer.

They join returning pitchers Louis Crow of San Diego, Tanner Howell of Dixie State and Grant Goodman of San Francisco, all of whom signed earlier this month.

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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.


Alums Duffy, Stewart shut down for the season

September 20, 2016

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

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Alums Matt Duffy (2010) of Tampa Bay and Chris Stewart (2001) of Pittsburgh have been shut down for the balance of the major-league season because of nagging injuries.

Duffy, a shortstop who played at Long Beach State, was put on the 60-day DL on Sept. 8 with a left Achilles tendon injury that eventually required surgery. He hit a combined .258 (86-333) in 91 games with the Giants and the Rays, who acquired him in a trade with San Francisco on Aug. 1.

Stewart, a catcher who played at Riverside City College, was put on the 60-day DL on Sept. 13 with a left-knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday. He was on the DL earlier this season with the same problem, which undoubtedly contributed to a sub-par offensive season. He hit .219 (21-98) in 34 games, with a homer and seven RBIs, after hitting .294 in 2014 and .289 in 2015.

Best of luck in rehab to both Duff and Stewie!

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Time for a recap of how our minor league alums did this season. We will have the stats on any alum who played in the majors this year when the MLB regular season is completed in several weeks.

TAYLOR ARD (2009, Marlins): The first baseman from Mt. Hood CC/Washington State hit .235 (14 homers, 73 RBIs) in 129 games at Jupiter (A Florida State).

DAVID ARMENDARIZ (2011, Indians): The utility from Cal Poly hit .252 (4-30) in 30 games with Lynchburg (A Carolina) and .238 (3-25) in 55 games with Lake County (A Midwest).

MAX BEATTY (2010-12, White Sox): The right-handed pitcher from Pacific Lutheran was 4-7, 3.57 in 13 games with Kannapolis (A South Atlantic).

CASEY BLOOMQUIST (2013, Cubs): The right-handed pitcher from Cal Poly was 4-4, 3.00 in 30 games with South Bend (A Midwest), with four saves.

ALEX BURG (2008, Rangers): The utility player from Washington State hit .219 (7-31) in 56 games with Frisco (AA Texas) and .203 (0-7) in 23 games with Round Rock (AAA PCL).

JUSTIN CALOMENI (2014, Rockies): The right-handed pitcher from Cal Poly was 2-1, 2.33 in 15 games for Boise (A Northwest).

DAKODY CLEMMER (2015, Indians): The right-handed pitcher from Central Arizona JC was 1-0, 7.71 in 17 games with the Indians (R Arizona Rookie League).

BLAKE DRAKE (2013, Cardinals): The outfielder from Concordia hit .233 (1-36) in 71 games with Palm Beach (A Florida State) and .254 (5-26) in 58 games with Springfield (AA Texas).

NATE ESPOSITO (2012, Royals): The catcher from Oregon State/Concordia hit .317 (2-17) in 29 games for Burlington (R Appalachian).

TREVOR FRANK (2012, Indians): The right-handed pitcher from UC Riverside was 1-1, 2.47 in 44 games with Lynchburg (A Carolina), with 17 saves.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009, Padres): The catcher from Portland hit .219 (2-20) in 63 games with San Antonio (AA Texas) and .278 (3-14) in 44 games with El Paso (AAA PCL).

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009, Mariners): The right-handed pitcher from Oregon State was 5-5, 4.15 in 18 games with Jackson (AA Southern) and 3-1, 2.64 in nine games with Tacoma (AAA PCL).

CADE GOTTA (2011, Rays): The outfielder from San Diego Christian hit .306 (4-17) in 46 games with Charlotte (A Florida State) and .261 (5-33) in 76 games with Montgomery (AA Southern).

DEAN GREEN (2008, Tigers): The DH/first baseman from Oklahoma State hit .286 (16-72) in 69 games with Erie (AA Eastern) and .309 (7-36) in 61 games with Toledo (AAA International).

TED HAMMOND (2015, Mariners): The right-handed pitcher from Seattle was 3-1, 1.93 in 11 games for the Mariners (R Arizona Rookie League), with one save.

LOGAN ICE (2014, Indians): The catcher from Oregon State hit .198 (2-8) in 39 games with Mahoning Valley (A New York-Penn).

CHASE JOHNSON (2011, Giants): The right-handed pitcher from Cal Poly was 1-4, 3.27 in 24 games with Richmond (AA Eastern), with five saves.

DJ JOHNSON (2008-09, Angels): The right-handed pitcher from Mt. Hood CC was 4-4, 4.02 in 47 games with Arkansas (AA Texas, Angels), with six saves.

DALTON KELLY (2014, Mariners): The first baseman from UC Santa Barbara hit .293 (7-58) in 130 games for Clinton (A Midwest).

RYAN MATRANGA (2015, Giants): The catcher from San Francisco hit .333 (0-1) in five games with the Giants (R Arizona Rookie League).

STEPHEN NOGOSEK (2013, Red Sox): The right-handed pitcher from Oregon was 1-0, 2.03 in 10 games with Lowell (A New York-Penn) and 0-2, 5.14 in 10 games with Greenville (A South Atlantic), with two combined saves.

CHRIS RABAGO (2012-13, Rockies): The catcher from UC Irvine hit .276 (0-32) in 76 games for Asheville (A South Atlantic).

CHRIS SHAW (2014, Cardinals): The catcher from Midland JC hit .133 (2-8) in 23 games with Aberdeen (A New York-Penn).

JIMMIE SHERFY (2011, Diamondbacks): The right-handed pitcher from Oregon was 2-0, 0.46 in 16 games with Mobile (AA Southern) and 1-4, 6.17 in 24 games with Reno (AAA PCL), with 22 total saves.

AUSTIN SODDERS (2014, Tigers): The left-handed pitcher from Riverside City College was 0-3, 2.29 in 13 games with Connecticut (A New York-Penn).

ELLIOT SURREY (2013, Mariners): The left-handed pitcher from UC Irvine was 1-2, 3.82 in 22 games with Everett (A Northwest), with two saves.

NICK TORRES (2012, Padres): The outfielder from Cal Poly hit .282 in 93 games with San Antonio (AA Texas) and .308 (6-18) in 36 games with El Paso (AAA PCL).

PETER VAN GANSEN (2013, Padres): The shortstop from Cal Poly hit .237 (1-31) in 125 games with Fort Wayne (A Midwest).

BEN WETZLER (2011, Marlins): The left-handed pitcher from Oregon State was 5-0, 1.36 in 16 games with Greensboro (A Carolina) and 2-2, 1.00 in 19 games with Jupiter (A Florida State), with four combined saves.

CALEB WHALEN (2012, Brewers): The infielder from Portland hit .222 (1-18) in 47 games with Helena (R Pioneer).

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That is all for today. Have a great week, and we will see you on Friday.


RHP Grant Goodman to return in 2017

September 15, 2016

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

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University of San Francisco junior pitcher Grant Goodman will return to the Corvallis Knights for the 2017 season, president Dan Segel announced Thursday. A 6-foot-2, 185-pound right-hander from Burlingame, Calif., Goodman was a key contributor on our 2016 WCL championship club. He was 2-0 with a 1.73 ERA in 12 appearances (nine starts), with 53 strikeouts in 41.2 innings.

He also earned honorable-mention all-WCC honors. Welcome back, Grant!

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Former Oregon State outfielder and Knights' alum Braden Wells (2007)

has been named the new head coach at Skagit Valley (Wash.) Community College. He was a volunteer assistant coach at Washington State in 2016 after serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Concordia University from 2013-15.

A native of Glendale, Ariz., Wells played at OSU in 2007 and 2008 and began his coaching career as an OSU undergraduate assistant in 2009. He then was a graduate assistant at Grand Canyon in 2011-12 before going to Concordia.

Braden played two seasons at Dixie State Junior College in Utah before going to OSU. He was a 32nd-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Angels in 2005 and earned first-team all-region honors as sophomore in 2006. He graduated from Brophy Prep High School in Glendale.

Congrats to Braden.

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The Victoria HarbourCats have signed their first four players for the 2017 season. They are right-handed pitcher Carter Loewen, catcher Kekai Rios and outfielder Ethan Lopez of Hawaii and a Canada Junior National Team alum, catcher Tanner Rempel. Please click here for more on that story, from Our Sports Central.

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Remember, our selection of an alum for Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors is completed for the season.

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That is all for today. Have a great weekend, Go Beavs, and we will see you on Tuesday.


Bishop named Perfect Game's top WCL prospect

September 12, 2016

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

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Corvallis left-handed pitcher Cameron Bishop is ranked as the No. 1 pro prospect in the West Coast League by Perfect Game. The UC Irvine junior was one of eight members of the 2016 WCL-champion Knights on the 30-player list, compiled by reporter Mike Rooney.

Bishop was 1-3 with a 1.45 ERA in seven games WCL regular-season games, with 43 strikeouts in 31 innings. Overall, he struck out 56 over 40 innings pitched. Earlier this fall he was ranked as the WCL's the No. 2 prospect by Baseball America.

He was also rated as the No. 1 prospect at the WCL All-Star Game as voted on by the pro scouts in attendance and was named second-team all-WCL. Eight Knights were ranked in the top 30; here is more on that story from our website.

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Outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) of the Arizona Diamondbacks was named to Baseball America's 2016 all-classification minor-league all-star team for his play with the triple-A Reno Aces. He was a second-team selection.

Please click here for more on that story, from the Baseball America website.

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The Kitsap BlueJackets are moving from Silverdale, Wash., to Port Angeles, Wash., for the 2017 season and will be known as the Port Angeles Lefties. They will play their home games at Civic Field in downtown Port Angeles. The historic facility will receive upgrades that will provide new seating areas and amenities including areas for groups and corporate functions.

Please click here for more on that story, from the WCL website.

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Our selection of an alum for Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors is completed for the season.

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That is all for today. Have a great week, and we will see you on Friday.


Haniger, Boyd, Susac back in major leagues

September 8, 2016

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

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Alums Mitch Haniger (2010), Matt Boyd (2010) and Andrew Susac (2009) were all recalled to the major leagues on Tuesday, shortly after the end of their respective triple-A seasons. Haniger is back with Arizona; Boyd is with Detroit, and Susac is with Milwaukee.

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Alum Jes Staples (2015) of Bellarmine has been named a volunteer assistant coach for the team. Staples was a four-year starter in the outfield, and ranks third on the career hits list, fifth in triples, seventh in runs scored and tied for ninth in stolen bases. Staples will be the first-base coach and work with the outfielders along with hitters and baserunners.

Please click here for more on that story, from the Bellarmine website.

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Here are the final regular-season stats for our alums in the Frontier League:

* Infielder Carter Bell (2009) of the Joliet (Ill.) Slammers hit .312 (108-346) in 91 games, with 13 homers and 73 RBIs. Carter played at Oregon State.

* Pitcher Scott Schultz (2011) of the Schaumburg (Ill.) Boomers was 4-7, 5.48 in 19 games, with 79 strikeouts in 106.2 innings. He also played at OSU.

* Infielder Seth Heck (2013) of the Gateway (Ill.) Grizzlies hit .249 (72-289) in 78 games, with a homer and 26 RBIs. He played at Tacoma CC and at Mississippi State.

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* South Bend (A Midwest, Cubs) pitcher Casey Bloomquist (2013) threw three scoreless innings and got the save in a 6-2 win over West Michigan in the Midwest League playoffs on Thursday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He struck out two and allowed one hit.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Montgomery (AA Southern, Rays) outfielder Cade Gotta (2011) was 1-for-3 with a double and a run in a 2-1 loss to Jackson in the Southern League playoffs.

* Lynchburg (A Carolina, Indians) reliever Trevor Frank (2012) had one strikeout in 1.1 scoreless innings against Potomac in the Carolina League playoffs.

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


Hayes, Frank to play in Arizona Fall League

September 6, 2016

Happy Tuesday, everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions! Hope you all had a great holiday weekend, and welcomed the rain this morning.

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Alums Danny Hayes (2009) of Oregon State and Trevor Frank (2012) of UC Riverside have been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League, an honor given to the top prospect's in each team's minor-league organization. The AFL starts on Oct. 11; the All-Star Game is Nov. 5, the championship game is Nov. 19.

A first baseman, Hayes played for Charlotte, the Chicago White Sox's affiliate in the triple-A International League in 2016. A right-handed pitcher, Frank played for Lynchburg, Cleveland's affiliate in the advanced-A Carolina League, this past season.

Please click here for more on the Arizona Fall League.

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Some news from elsewhere in the WCL: Greg Goetz has been named head coach of the Bellingham Bells. He currently serves as the Director of Baseball Operations at Seattle University. He joined the Redhawks in 2016 after spending three seasons on staff at St. Andrew's University in Laurinburg, N.C.

Goetz comes to the Bells with previous collegiate summer league head coaching experience after managing the North Sound Emeralds during the 2016 season. Under his direction, the Emeralds posted a 21-6 record. Please click here for more on his hiring, from Our Sports Central.

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* Lake County (A Midwest, Indians) outfielder David Armendariz (2011) was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run in a 4-3 win over Lansing on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Springfield (AA Texas, Cardinals) outfielder Blake Drake (2013) was 1-for-3 with a run, an RBI and three walks in a 10-4 win over Tulsa.

* Colorado Springs (AAA Pacific Coast, Brewers) catcher Andrew Susac (2009) was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 12-3 loss to Iowa.

* Arkansas (AA Texas, Angels) pitcher DJ Johnson (2008-09) pitched a scoreless inning in an 8-0 loss to NW Arkansas.

* Fort Wayne (A Midwest, Padres) shortstop Peter Van Gansen (2013) was 3-for-4 with a run in a 13-2 loss to Bowling Green.

The minor league regular-season ended on Sunday, but some alums are involved in their league playoffs and we will keep track of them for as long as they are active this season.

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That is all for today. Have a great week, and we will see you on Friday.


Bishop, Kaplan on Baseball America prospect list.

September 2, 2016

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

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Baseball America magazine released its West Coast League top-10 prospects list on Friday. Corvallis left-handed pitchers Cameron Bishop of UC Irvine and Chase Kaplan of Kansas were No. 2 and No. 10 on the list.

Please click here for more on that story, from the Knights' website. And please click here for the entire WCL prospect list.

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The San Francisco Giants have activated alum/left-handed pitcher Josh Osich (2008) from the 15-day disabled list. He was sidelined with a strained forearm on July 24 and was on rehab assignment to Richmond and Sacramento in the interim.

Detroit sent lefty Matt Boyd (2010) back to triple-A Toledo on Aug. 30. He will be recalled on Tuesday after Toledo completes its season and rosters expand to 40.

Both players pitched for Oregon State.

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Please click here for a nice story on 2016 Knights' catcher/first baseman Zak Taylor of Oregon State, from the Tigard/Tualatin/Sherwood Times newspaper. Zak is a Sherwood High School grad who will be a sophomore at OSU this season.

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Aloha Knights alum Rich Dorman (1999) has been named the new pitching coach at Grand Canyon University. He was selected in the 13th round of the 2000 draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays out of Western Baptist College. Dorman spent nine seasons pitching in minors, and has been a coach in the minors since retiring.

Please click here for more on his hiring.

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* Springfield (AA Texas, Cardinals) outfielder Blake Drake (2013) was 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 9-5 loss to Arkansas on Thursday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Fort Wayne (A Midwest, Padres) shortstop Peter Van Gansen (2013) was 2-for-5 with a run and a double in a 5-4 win over Great Lakes.

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