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10-day signee Weir retiring from baseball

May 17, 2012

Our last-minute roster moves continue, and we're sure to have some more before opening night. So it goes in summer baseball.

Concordia left-handed pitcher Eric Weir, a 10-day signee from Vancouver, Wash., has decided to retire from baseball for family reasons and thus will not play this summer. He was 4-6, 6.82, with 47 strikeouts in 60.2 innings.

Best of luck to Eric.

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Hard to believe that in 15 days we'll be on the bus to Eastern Washignton for our June 1 season opener at Walla Walla, and that in 19 days we'll be opening up Goss Stadium for our June 5 home opener against the Klamath Falls Gems.

So get your tickets and merchandise now, either online or down at the WWHQ in the Madison Plaza building in beautiful downtown Corvegas. We just sold a punchcard, they are going fast!

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Please check out this story from our website on 2011 Knights' pitcher Jimmie Sherfy, a sophomore closer who is having a great year at the University of Oregon. Jimmie gives the Knights a lot of credit for his 2012 success.

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Former Knights infielder John Eshleman (2008) of the Augusta GreenJackets went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI in a 4-2 loss to Rome on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Augusta is San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League.

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Not many college games to report on from Wednesday. Here's a roundup of Knights in action:

* Portland was shut out 3-0 at Washington. Freshman third baseman Caleb Whalen (2012) was 1-for-4 for the Pilots.

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Here's our weeekly roundup of Corvallis Knights in minor-league baseball (all stats through Wednesday's games):

NICK AKINS (2007): Now with Rancho Cucamonga (A, Dodgers) in the California League, the former Vanguard outfielder is hitting .255 (25-98) with two homers and seven RBIs.

TYLER ANDERSON (2009): Now with the Asheville Tourists (A, Rockies), the ex-Oregon star is 1-0, 3.60, with two strikeouts in five innings. He became the first former Corvallis Knight to be drafted in the first round in 2011.

MATT ANDRIESE (2009): Now with Lake Elsinore (A, Padres) in the California League, the pitcher from UC Riverside is 2-3, 5.40, with 30 strikeouts in 33.1 innings.

CARTER BELL (2009): Now with Visalia (A, Diamondbacks) in the California League, the former Oregon State infielder is hitting .232 (22-95) with one homer and 11 RBIs.

DANIEL BIBONA (2007): Now with Palm Beach (A, Cardinals) in the Florida State League, the pitcher from UC Irvine is on the 7-day disabled list.

ALEX BURG (2008): Now with San Jose (A, Giants) in the California League, the former Washington State catcher/infielder/outfielder is hitting .203 (13-64) with two homers and seven RBIs.

JOHN ESHLEMAN (2008): Now with Augusta (A, Giants) in the South Atlantic League, the San Jacinto JC infielder is hitting .240 (12-50), with no homers and three RBIs.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009): Now back at Lake Elsinore (A, Padres) after a stint at Tucson in the triple-A Pacific Coast League, the former Portland catcher is hitting .192 (5-26), with no homers and one RBI.

DREW GARCIA (2007): Now with Charlotte (AAA, White Sox) in the Intdernational League, the former UC Riverside infielder is hitting .050 (2-25), with no homers and two RBIs.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009): Now with Quad City (A, Cardinals) in the Midwest League, is 2-2, 4.09, with 18 strikeouts in 33 innings.

DEAN GREEN (2008): Now with West Michigan (A, Tigers) in the Midwest League, the former Oklahoma State/Barry infielder is hitting .259 (38-147), with seven homers and 20 RBIs.

D.J. JOHNSON (2008-09): Now with South Bend (A, Diamondbacks) in the Midwest League, the former Mt. Hood/Western Oregon pitcher is 1-2, 2.254, with three saves and 23 strikeouts in 16 innings.

ADAM MELKER (2008-09): Now with Springfield (AA, Cardinals) in the Texas League, the former Cal Poly outfielder is hitting .224 (22-98), with one homer and seven RBIs.

JIM MURPHY (2007): Now with Clearwater (A, Phillies) in the Florida State League, the former Washington State infielder is hitting .269 (32-119), with four homers and 29 RBIs.

JAMES NYGREN (2009): Now with Greensboro (A, Marlins) in the Florida State League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 1-1, 8.04, with six saves and six strikeouts in 15.2 innings.

JOSH OSICH (2008): Now with San Jose (A, Giants) in the California League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 0-0, 0.00, with a save and 10 strikeouts in 7.2 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (2008): Now with Binghamton (AA, New York Mets) in the Eastern League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 2-1, 5.45, with 24 strikeouts in 34.2 innings.

NICK STRUCK (2010): Now with Tennessee (AA, Cubs) in the Southern League, the former Mt. Hood pitcher is 4-3, 3.86, with 33 strikeouts in 44.2 innings.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009): Now with San Jose (A, Giants) in the California League, the ex-Oregon State catcher is hitting .242 (22-91), with one homer and nine RBIs.

NOT YET ASSIGNED: INF Nic Cuckovich (2011), Riverside CC (Royals); P Dustin Emmons (2009), UC Riverside (Mets); P Scott Lyman (2009), UC Davis (Marlins); OF Dayton Alexander (2011), Feather River CC (Athletics); INF Cody Bartlett (2007), Washington State (Blue Jays); P Michael Blake (2010), Mt. Hood/Hawaii (Diamondbacks).

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

COWLITZ: We may have had this already, but better to report something tiwce than never at all. A left-handed pitcher with international experience and a pair of solid defensive infielders have signed with the Black Bears.

University of Oregon signee Cole Irvin, Santa Ana College shortstop Andy Peterson and Santa Ana first baseman Kyle Kuck will battle for starting assignments in the Black Bears' lineup. Here are the details, from The Daily News of Kelso-Longview.

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That's it for today. See you tomorrow on a TGIF, when your's truly will be co-hosting the Joe Beaver Show with Jon Warren while regular co-host Mike Parker is in Pullman.


Matt Nylen earns all-league honors

May 16, 2012

First, big thanks to everyone who attended the Joe Beaver Show broadcast at the WWHQ on Tuesday. It was a big success, we love meeting our fans, and now that we've hosted two of them it should turn into an annual event.

All winners of the drawings have been contacted, so please stop by the WWHQ in the Madison Plaza building to pick up your prize!

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Big news from the Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Western Oregon/Knights outfielder Matt Nylen (2011-12) was named a first-team GNAC all-star and pitcher A.J. Burke (2012) earned honorable mention.

Nylen hit .321 (53-165), with three homers and 38 RBIs. Burke was 3-0 with four saves and a 2.41 ERA, with 29 strikeouts in 33.2 innings in the regular season. The Wolves are hosting the four-team NCAA Division II West Regional at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer this Thursday through Sunday.

So, congrats and good luck to Matt and A.J.!

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Lots of Knights in action for their respective college teams on Tuesday. Here's a roundup:

* Oregon State reliever Scott Schultz (2011) threw 4.2 scoreless innings and got the win in a 12-4 victory over Portland. Taylor Starr (2008) gave up four runs in 3.1 innings; Danny Hayes (2009) was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, Jake Rodriguez (2009) was 0-for-3 and Ryan Gorton (2011) was 2-for-4 with a run for the Beavers. Caleb Whalen (2012) was 0-for-3 for the Pilots.

* UC Irvine lost 4-3 to San Diego. Chris Rabago (2012) was 0-for-3; Mark Trentacosta (2011-12) gave up three runs in 2.2 innings; Evan Brock (2009) and Nick Hoover (2009-11) pitched 2.2 and one scoreless inning, respectively, for the Anteaters.

* Big day for Knights/Mustangs in Cal Poly's 6-2 win over Cal State Bakersfield. Alex Michaels (2012) homered, doubled, singled, scored twice and drove in two runs; Nick Torres (2012) was 1-for-5; Mitch Haniger (2010) was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI; Jimmy Allen (2011) doubled, tripled, scored once and drive in a run; David Armendariz (2011) was 1-for-2 with an RBI; Bryan Granger (2012) allowed two runs in 3.2 innings and Chase Johnson (2011) pitched two scoreless innings.

* Washington State outfielder Nate Blackham (2011-12) was 1-for-1 with two RBIs and first baseman Taylor Ard (2009) was 2-for-4 with a run in a 3-1 win over USC.

* LBCC shortstop Austin Hamilton (2012) was 2-for-6 in a doubleheader split with Chemeketa.

* Mt. Hood catcher Dane Lund (2011-12) was 0-for-5 with a run and shortstop Alex Foulon (2011-12) was 1-for-7 with an RBI in a sweep of SWOCC.

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Former Knights catcher Bo Altobelli (2010), a junior exercise and sports science major at Texas Tech, was named a first-team Big 12 Conference academic all-star. Projected 2012 Knight Alex Silver of Texas, who can't play for us because he's having postseason knee surgery, was a second-team choice.

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Visalia third baseman Carter Bell (2009) went 3-for-6 with a homer, two RBIs and a walk in a wild, 26-11 win at High Desert to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Visalia is Arizona's Class A (advanced)affiliate in the California League.

We'll have updated stats for Bell, who played at Oregon State, and all of our other minor-league Knights in Thursday's blog.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

KLAMATH FALLS: The Gems have signed two full-time and four 10-day players. Here are the details from the Our Sports Central website.

WALLA WALLA: Here is the latest installment of "10 Things to Know About Sweets Baseball," a regular feature on the club's website.

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That's all for today. See everyone on Thursday.


Joe Beaver Show here TODAY!

May 15, 2012

Today's the day!

May 15 seemed a long ways off when we wrote the reminder on our calendar back in January, but it's arrived, and that can only mean one thing: It's Joe Beaver Show Day at the WWHQ!

The popular KEJO-AM 1240 sports talk show will originate from our offices today, from noon until 2 p.m. Co-hosts Mike Parker, the voice of the Knights from 2007-11, and Jon Warren will talk Knights baseball with Parker's successor, recent Virginia Tech graduate Kevin Burke; with new Knights' assistant coach Andy Jenkins, and with El Presidente, Knights president Dan Segel.

We'll also have free Willie's hot dogs, some prize giveaways and discounted merchandise. So head downtown, where parking is free, and stop in!

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We'd also be remiss if we didn't mention the countdown. It's only 17 days until our June 1 opener at Walla Walla against the Sweets, and just 21 until our June 5 home opener with the Klamath Falls Gems at Goss Stadium. Season tickets, 10-game punchcards and opening-night single-game tickets are all available online or at the office.

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We know our roster moves aren't done for the summer, but we don't have any to announce today. So, we'll recap the exploits of past/current Knights who were in action for their respective college teams on Monday:

* Oregon closer Jimmie Sherfy (2011) struck out four in 1.2 scoreless innings for his 16th save in a 6-3 win over USC. "The Sherf" has 78 strikeouts in 51 innings and has held opponents to a .174 batting average. Connor Hofmann (2011-12) was 0-for-1.

* Washington State outfielder Nate Blackham (2011-12) was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI in a 13-8 loss at Cal. WSU first baseman Taylor Ard (2009) was 2-for-5 with four RBIs.

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Clearwater Threshers' first baseman Big Jim Murphy, our 2007 MVP, was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 4-3 loss to Dunedin to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors for Monday. Clearwater is Philadelphia's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

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It's Tuesday, so here are the latest stats from our NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and JC Knights:

PACIFIC LUTHERAN: Outfielder Jacob Hoffman hit .344 (45-131) with four homers and 32 RBIs. Utility Chris Bishop hit .125 (2-16) with three RBIs, and was 3-3, 4.40 as a pitcher, with 40 strikeouts in 59.1 innings. PLU's season is over.

REDLANDS: Pitcher Kyle Hart was 4-4, 5.32, with 41 strikeouts in 71 innings. Redlands' season is over.

GEORGE FOX: Pitcher Alex Keenan was 2-3, 5.19 in 17.1 innings, with 16 strikeouts and three saves. GFU's season is over.

GRAND CANYON: Pitcher Jorge Perez was 3-3, 2.48, with 46 strikeouts in 54.1 innings. Grand Canyon's season is over.

WESTERN OREGON: Outfielder Matt Nylen is hitting .321 (53-165), with three homers and 38 RBIs. Pitcher A.J. Burke is 3-0, 2.41, with 29 strikeouts and four saves in 33.2 innings.

PACIFIC: Pitcher Rob Dittrick was 8-2, 2.87, with 54 strikeouts in 75.1 innings. Pacific's season is over.

CORBAN: Infielder Marc Gallegos hit .346 (72-208), with 26 RBIs and 33 steals in 40 attempts. Corban's season is over.

CONCORDIA: Pitcher Eric Weir was 4-6, 6.82, with 47 strikeouts in 60.2 innings. Concordia's season is over.

RIVERSIDE CC: Outfielder Cade Gotta hit .291 (43-148), with two homers and 19 RBIs. Pitcher Blake Burrell was 7-1, 1.83 in 93.1 innings, with 63 strikeouts. The Tigers' season is over.

COLLEGE OF THE SISKYOUS: Infielder Caylen Clardy hit .277 (31-112) with one homer and 11 RBIs. Siskyous season is over.

MT. HOOD: Pitcher Kendall Motes is 3-2, 3.56, with 39 strikeouts in 30.1 innings. Catcher Dane Lund is hitting .296 (40-135), with no homers and 17 RBIs. Infielder Alex Foulon is hitting .208 (25-120) with 11 RBIs and outfielder Tristan Metcalf is hitting .320 (32-100), with 21 RBIs.

LINN-BENTON: Utility Austin Hamilton is hitting .176 (19-108) with nine RBIs and is 3-2, 3.32 as a pitcher, with 19 strikeouts in 38 innings.

CENTRALIA CC: Pitcher Devon Barker was 4-4, 1.71, with 44 strikeouts in 52.2 innings, Centralia's season is over.

We'll update the numbers of our Knights' minor leaguers on Thursday.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

KELOWNA: Falcons' alum Bo Folkinga of Western Oregon won the Great Northwest Conference's triple crown with a stellar season. Here are the details from the Kelowna website.

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That's it for today. Time to prepare for the Joe Beaver Show!


Joe Beaver Show here on Tuesday

May 14, 2012

Tuesday will be a big day for us down here at the WWHQ, the happiest place on earth, now that the sun is out.

KEJO-AM 1240's popular Joe Beaver Show will broadcast live from noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday from the Knights offices in the Madison Plaza Building in downtown Corvallis (AKA the WWHQ). Co-hosted by former Knights play-by-play broadcaster Mike Parker and Jon Warren, the show free and open to the public, and we encourage you to come down and see us!

The show will feature lots of Knights news, with interviews with the new voice of the Knights, recent Virginia Tech graduate Kevin Burke; new assistant coach/former Knight Andy Jenkins, and Knights president Dan Segel. There will also be free hot dogs and merchandise giveaways and discounts.

KEJO has been the flagship station of the Knights since 2008 (we were on KRKT AM 990 in 2007), and we are looking forward to the second of what we hope will become an annual tradition at Madison Plaza. So head downtown and join the fun!

It's only 18 more days until our June 1 opener at Walla Walla, and a mere 22 until our June 5 home opener against Klamath Falls. So come on down and talk some Knights' baseball!

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Now, onto the rest of the blog.

Our roster continues to evolve as the season approaches.

We've signed Centralia (Wash.) College sophomore left-hander Devon Barker to a 10-day contract. The 6-foot-4, 175-pound Puyallup (Wash.) native is 4-4 with a 1.71 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 52.2 innings this spring.

Two other 10-day signees, Cornell sophomore infielder Ryan Plantier and Redlands junior left-handed pitcher Mike Massari, will not join the club as expected. Plantier can't come because Cornell is playing in the NCAA tournament; Massari had a remote chance of making the team full-time and elected to stay home.

We may have a few more additions and subtractions before opening day, so stay tuned.

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Former Knights' star Corey Davis (2011-12), a senior at Wright State (Ohio), hit .412 as the Raiders went 4-0 last week. He scored five runs, drove in five more, and was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run and two RBIs in a 5-3 win over Youngstown State this past Sunday.

Also, former Knights' pitcher Eddie Orozco (2008-09) and 2012 Knights infielder Greg Mahle of UC Santa Barbara were nominated for Big West Conference Pitcher and Player of the Week, but did not win.

Orozco (5-5) had 12 strikeouts and allowed one unearned run and seven hits in eight innings in a 5-2 win at UOP on May 12. Mahle hit .500 (5-10) with three runs and three RBIs as the Gauchos lost 2 of 3 to Cal State Fullerton.

Oregon reliever Jimmie Sherfy (2011) was nominated for Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week, but did not win. He saved a game against Oregon State and two against USC.

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Former Knights first baseman Dean Green (2008) of the West Michigan Whitecaps homered (No. 7), singled, drove in two runs and scored twice on Sunday in a 5-3 win over Fort Wayne to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Green played at Oklahoma State and Barry University; West Michigan is Detroit's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

And speaking of Knights in the pros, infielder Drew Garcia (2007) has been promoted from Class AA Birmingham to triple-A Charlotte. He had a two-run double on Sunday in a 7-6 loss to Buffalo.

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It's Monday, so we'll update the stats of our 2012 Division I players after another busy weekend around the country.

CAL POLY: Freshman outfielder Nick Torres is hitting .263 (42-160), with five homers and 26 RBIs. Freshman outfielder Alex Michaels is at .353 (18-51) with one homer and nine RBIs. Freshman pitcher Bryan Granger is 0-1, 4.43, with 13 strikeouts in 20.1 innings.

OREGON: Sophomore outfielder Connor Hofmann is hitting 56 (30-117), with two homers and 13 RBIs.

OREGON STATE: Freshman pitcher Carlos Rodriguez is 0-0, 5.44, with four strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Freshman catcher Nate Esposito is hitting .167 (2-12) with two RBIs. Freshman pitchers Mitchell Tripp and Michael McCall haven't played yet.

PORTLAND: Freshman infielder Caleb Whalen is hitting .252 (37-147) with five homers and 24 RBIs. Junior pitcher Chris Johnson is 4-3, 3.50 in 61.2 innings, with 43 strikeouts.

SANTA CLARA: Junior pitcher Chris Mendoza is 1-1, 5.52 with a save and 14 strikeouts in 29.1 innings.

SEATTLE: Junior infielder Nate Roberts is hitting .231 (34-147) with a homer and 15 RBIs.

TEXAS: Sophomore pitcher Trevor Tykel is 0-0, 0.00 in .1 innings in his lone appearance.

TEXAS TECH: Junior pitcher Aaron Corwin is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA over 12.1 innings, with five strikeouts.

UC IRVINE: Freshman infielder/catcher Chris Rabago is hitting .290 (18-62) with five RBIs. Junior pitcher Mark Trentacosta is 1-0, 2.57 in 29.1 innings, with 22 strikeouts.

UC RIVERSIDE: Sophomore pitcher Dylan Stuartis 6-6, 4.18, with 53 strikeouts in 84 innings. Freshman pitcher Antonio Gonzales is 0-1, 12.46, with 11 strikeouts in 13 innings; freshman Cody Dill hasn't pitched yet.

UC SANTA BARBARA: Freshman utility Greg Mahle is hitting .333 (53-159) with no homers and 28 RBIs, and is 2-3, 3.32 as a pitcher, with 40 strikeouts and four saves in 43.1 innings.

WASHINGTON STATE: Sophomore outfielder Nate Blackham is hitting .267 (24-90) with seven RBIs.

We'll update our NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC players on Tuesday. Most have already completed their seasons.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

KELOWNA: The Falcons have signed Oklahoma pitchers Cale Coshow and for the 2012 season.

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That's all for today. See you at the WWHQ on Tuesday!


Knights lose another Longhorn

May 10, 2012

If bad things do indeed come in threes, the Knights have filled their quota this week.

We learned late Wednesday that Justin Peters, a sophomore right-handed pitcher from the University of Texas, will have knee surgery after the college season and won't join us this summer, as planned. He was 0-0 in .1 innings in his lone appearance this spring.

He's the third player we've lost this week. Linfield pitcher Zach Manley (arm injury) and Texas first baseman Alex Silver (knee) will also miss the summer recovering from their injuries.

So, best wishes to Justin for a quick recovery, and here's hoping this spate of bad luck ends.

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Let's get this blog turned 180 degrees in the other direction, with some good news.

Former Knights infielder Griffin Boyd (2010-11) of Western Oregon, the reigning Great Northwest Conference Player of the Week, was also named the Division II West Region Player of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association for his outstanding performance last week against Saint Martin's.

Boyd had 10 hits in 18 at-bats (.556), including four doubles, as the Wolves won 5 of 6 games against Saint Martin's. He also drove in six runs; here are the details from the WOU website. Congrats to Griff!

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More good news, this time from UC Santa Barbara, one of our new partner schools this season.

Freshman pitcher/first baseman Greg Mahle (2012) has joined former Knight Ryan Gorton of Oregon State on the watch list for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award. Here are more details from the UCSB website. Congrats to Greg, who will play first base/DH for us this summer.

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We'd love to have UC Riverside junior outfielder David Andriese (2010-11) return for a third season, but we also can't fault him for expanding his horizons. He's headed for the Mankato (Minn.) MoonDogs in the Northwoods League this summer instead; here's the skinny from the MoonDogs' website.

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Former Oregon State catcher Andrew Susac (2009) is our Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day for Wednesday. Now playing for the San Jose Giants, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A (advanced) California League, he was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run in a 10-9 win over Modesto.

Susac is hitting .247 (19-77) in 22 games, with a homer and seven RBIs.

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Pretty slim day of action on Wednesday for 2012 Knights. Here's a roundup:

* Seattle dropped a doubleheader at Central Michigan. Nate Roberts (2011-12) was 2-for-8 with two RBIs and Trent Oleszczuk (2011) was 3-for-8 with a run and an RBI.

* Mt. Hood swept two at LBCC. Dane Lund (2011-12) was 1-for-7 with two runs and an RBI; Tristan Metcalf (2012) was 2-for-7 with four RBIs and two runs, and Alex Foulon (2011-12) was 1-for-6 with two runs for MHCC. Austin Hamilton (2012) was 0-for-5 for LBCC.

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Here's our weeekly roundup of Corvallis Knights in minor-league baseball (all stats through Wednesday's games):

NICK AKINS (2007): Now with Rancho Cucamonga (A, Dodgers) in the California League, the former Vanguard outfielder is hitting .261 (23-88) with two homers and six RBIs.

MATT ANDRIESE (2009): Now with Lake Elsinore (A, Padres) in the California League, the pitcher from UC Riverside is 2-2, 5.08, with 28 strikeouts in 28.1 innings.

CARTER BELL (2009): Now with Visalia (A, Diamondbacks) in the California League, the former Oregon State infielder is hitting .208 (16-77) with no homers and nine RBIs.

DANIEL BIBONA (2007): Now with Palm Beach (A, Cardinals) in the Florida State League, the pitcher from UC Irvine is on the 7-day disabled list.

ALEX BURG (2008): Now with San Jose (A, Giants) in the California League, the former Washington State catcher/infielder/outfielder is hitting .228 (13-57) with two homers and seven RBIs.

JOHN ESHLEMAN (2008): Now with Augusta (A, Giants) in the South Atlantic League, the San Jacinto JC infielder is hitting .238 (8-34), with no homers and one RBI.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009): Now back at Lake Elsinore (A, Padres) after a stint at Tucson in the triple-A Pacific Coast League, the former Portland catcher is hitting .235 (4-17), with no homers and one RBI.

DREW GARCIA (2007): Now with Birmingham (AA, White Sox) in the Southern League, the former UC Riverside infielder is hitting .316, with one homer and 26 RBIs.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009): Now with Quad City (A, Cardinals) in the Midwest League, is 1-2, 5.04, with 12 strikeouts in 25 innings.

DEAN GREEN (2008): Now with West Michigan (A, Tigers) in the Midwest League, the former Oklahoma State/Barry infielder is hitting .250 (30-120), with six homers and 16 RBIs.

D.J. JOHNSON (2008-09): Now with South Bend (A, Diamondbacks) in the Midwest League, the former Mt. Hood/Western Oregon pitcher is 1-2, 2.57, with two saves and 18 strikeouts in 14 innings.

ADAM MELKER (2008-09): Now with Springfield (AA, Cardinals) in the Texas League, the former Cal Poly outfielder is hitting .250 (21-84), with one homer and seven RBIs.

JIM MURPHY (2007): Now with Clearwater (A, Phillies) in the Florida State League, the former Washington State infielder is hitting .260 (27-104), with four homers and 25 RBIs.

JAMES NYGREN (2009): Now with Greensboro (A, Marlins) in the Florida State League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 1-1, 9.24, with six saves and six strikeouts in 12.2 innings.

JOSH OSICH (2008): Now with San Jose (A, Giants) in the California League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 0-0, 0.00, with a save and 10 strikeouts in 7.2 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (2008): Now with Binghamton (AA, New York Mets) in the Eastern League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 2-1, 4.85, with 21 strikeouts in 29.2 innings.

NICK STRUCK (2010): Now with Tennessee (AA, Cubs) in the Southern League, the former Mt. Hood pitcher is 4-2, 3.49, with 30 strikeouts in 38.2 innings.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009): Now with San Jose (A, Giants) in the California League, the ex-Oregon State catcher is hitting .247 (19-77), with one homer and seven RBIs.

NOT YET ASSIGNED: INF Nic Cuckovich (2011), Riverside CC (Royals); P Dustin Emmons (2009), UC Riverside (Mets); P Scott Lyman (2009), UC Davis (Marlins); P Tyler Anderson (2009), Oregon (Rockies); OF Dayton Alexander (2011), Feather River CC (Athletics); INF Cody Bartlett (2007), Washington State (Blue Jays); P Michael Blake (2010), Mt. Hood/Hawaii (Diamondbacks).

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That's all for today. See you tomorrow on a TGIF!


No silver lining to this blog

May 9, 2012

Another bright, sunny day in downtown Corvallis, but there is no joy in Mudville this morning. We've got some bad news to report.

University of Texas sophomore first baseman Alex Silver, the cornerstone of our three-player Longhorns' crew, will undergo knee surgery after the college season and will not join the Knights this summer as anticipated.

Silver went 0-for-5 on Tuesday in a loss to Missouri, but he's hitting .275 in 37 games overall, with no homers and 16 RBIs. So it's a big blow, as Alex is a quality player and better yet, a quality person.

Best of luck with your surgery Alex, and have a quick recovery.

However, we do have some good news to counter the bad.

We've signed Western Oregon junior right-handed pitcher A.J. Burke to replace Linfield pitcher Zach Manley, who this week announced he'd miss the summer with an arm injury.

Burke is a 6-3, 210-pound junior who played at Linn-Benton Community College in 2010-11 and was a second-team NWAACC Southern Division all-star as a sophomore. A business major with a sports management minor at WOU, he is 3-0 with a 2.56 ERA in 11 games, with four saves and 27 strikeouts in 31.2 innings pitched.

Burke graduated from Glencoe High School in Hillsboro in 2009 and was a second-team 6A all-state and first-team all-Pacific Conference selection as a senior. He was also an all-Pacific Conference quarterback.

So, welcome aboard, A.J.!

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Former Knight Jake Rodriguez (2010), a sophomore catcher at Oregon State, has been added to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List. It is given annually by the Greater Wichita Sports Commission to the nation's top college catcher.

Rodriguez is batting .297 with five doubles, two home runs and 26 RBIs. He has a .988 fielding percentage, has thrown out 24 of 38 potential base-stealers, and has three pickoffs. Here are further details from the OSU website.

Ex-Knight Bo Altobelli (2010) of Texas Tech is also on the watch list. Altobelli is having a great season at TTU, as he's hitting .344 in 49 games, with two homers and 29 RBIs.

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Lots of Knights in action around the country on Tuesday,in addition to the aforementioned Silver. Here's a recap:

* Oregon State's Ryan Gorton (2011) and Jake Rodriguez (2010) were 1-for-4; Danny Hayes (2009) had a sacrifice fly in his lone at-bat; Jake Esposito (2012) didn't bat; Taylor Starr (2008) went 2.2 innings and got the loss, and Scott Schultz (2011) and Matt Boyd (2010) pitched 2.1 and .1 innings of scoreless relief, respectively, in a 3-2 loss at Oregon. Jimmie Sherfy (2011) had two scoreless innings and his 13th save and Connor Hofmann (2011-12) was 0-for-4 for the Ducks.

* UC Irvine pitcher Mark Trentacosta (2011-12) allowed one run in 4.1 innings and got a no-decision in a 4-1 loss to San Diego. Chris Rabago (2012) was 2-for-3 with a run and Evan Brock (2010) pitched a scoreless inning for the Anteaters.

* Portland's Caleb Whalen (2012) was 2-for-3 with a run, pitcher Kyle Kraus pitched two scoreless innings and pitcher Chris Johnson (2011-12) gave up three runs and took the loss in a 4-2 setback at Washington State. Taylor Ard (2009) was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI for the Cougs.

* Mt. Hood's Dane Lund (2011-12) was 3-for-8 with an RBI; Tristan Metcalf (2012) was 3-for-8 with four RBIs, Alex Foulon (2011-12) was 3-for-6 with an RBI and Kendall Motes (2012) won the opener with three innings of one-run relief as the Saints swept Lane CC.

* LBCC's Austin Hamilton was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and pitched four innings and got a no-decision in the nightcap in a sweep of SWOCC.

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West Michigan first baseman Dean Green (2008) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk in a 7-6 win over Lansing to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors for Tuesday's games. West Michigan is Detroit's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

COWLITZ: The Black Bears have signed four more pitchers for the 2012 season. Here are the details from the Our Sports Central website.

WALLA WALLA: Here is latest installment of "10 Things to Know About Sweets Baseball," a regular feature on the club's website.

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That's all for today. We'll update the stats of our minor-leaguers on Thursday.


Top Northwest Conference honors for Knights

May 8, 2012

It's another beautiful day in Corvegas. We could get used to this! Let's hope it's this nice on June 5-6, when we open Season VI in Corvallis with a quick two-game series against the Klamath Falls Gems at Goss Stadium.

And just a reminder: It's only 24 more days until our June 1 opener at Walla Walla, and a mere 28 until the aforementioned June 5 home opener against the Gems.

Several other things of note:

* Season-ticket holders can now pick up their 2012 tickets at the Knights' WWHQ in the Madison Plaza building, corner 4th Street and Madison Avenue (Starbucks and Einstein's Bagels building).

* KEJO radio's popular Joe Beaver Show will do a remote broadcast from the WWHQ from noon until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15. We'll have some giveaways, and discounted merchandise available for sale. Stop in and see co-hosts Mike Parker and Jon Warren at work.

* Our new play-by-play announcer, Kevin Burke of Leesburg, Va., graduates from Virginia Tech on Saturday and arrives in Corvallis on May 25. Here's more information on Kevin, who is very excited to begin his professional career in our fair city.

That's enough housecleaning for today. Now, on to the news!

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Former Knights pitcher Brian Ranta (2011) of George Fox University was named the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year last week. He's one of several former or current Knights to earn NWC postseason honors.

Ranta, Pacific University pitcher Rob Dittrick (2012) and Pacific Lutheran designated hitter Jacob Hoffman (2012) were named first-team all-stars. PLU pitcher Nathan Eisenhauer (2010) earned second-team honors.

And George Fox pitchers Taylor Hill (2011) and Alex Keenan (2012), GFU infielder Taylor Hunter (2009) and PLU infielder Corey Moore (2011) earned honorable mention.

Here's a link to the entire team. Congrats to all our shining Knights!

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Nice story today in the Corvallis Gazette-Times today about OSU senior Ryan Gorton, a 2011 Corvallis Knights alum and a big reason why we won the West Coast League championship.

Ryan hit .318 with two homers and 28 RBIs in all games for us and hit .444 with nine RBIs in the playoffs. He homered in both games against Walla Walla in the WCL Championship Series.

He was also our groundskeeper. You can read all about Gorton by clicking right here.

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Former Knights infielder Griffin Boyd (2010-11) of Western Oregon was the Great Northwest Conference Player of the Week for April 30-May 6. He had 10 hits in 18 at bats (.556), including four doubles and six RBIs, as the Wolves won five of six games against Saint Martin's. Here are the details from the WOU website.

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Third baseman Carter Bell (2009) of the Visalia Rawhide is the Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day after going 2-for-3 with an RBI on Monday in a 5-3 California League win over Stockton. Visalia is Arizoan's advanced-A franchise.

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It's Tuesday, so here are the latest stats from our NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and JC Knights:

PACIFIC LUTHERAN: Outfielder Jacob Hoffman hit .344 (45-131) with four homers and 32 RBIs. Utility Chris Bishop hit .125 (2-16) with three RBIs, and was 3-3, 4.40 as a pitcher, with 40 strikeouts in 59.1 innings. PLU's season is over.

REDLANDS: Pitcher Kyle Hart was 4-4, 5.32, with 41 strikeouts in 71 innings. Pitcher Mike Massari was 0-2, 9.00, with 12 strikeouts in 13 innings. Redlands season is over.

GEORGE FOX: Pitcher Alex Keenan was 2-3, 5.19 in 17.1 innings, with 16 strikeouts and three saves. GFU's season is over.

GRAND CANYON: Pitcher Jorge Perez was 3-3, 2.48, with 46 strikeouts in 54.1 innings. Grand Canyon's season is over.

WESTERN OREGON: Outfielder Matt Nylen is hitting .315 (47-149), with three homers and 33 RBIs.

PACIFIC: Pitcher Rob Dittrick was 8-2, 2.87, with 54 strikeouts in 75.1 innings. Pacific's season is over.

CORBAN: Infielder Marc Gallegos hit .346 (72-208), with 26 RBIs and 33 steals in 40 attempts. Corban's season is over.

CONCORDIA: Pitcher Eric Weir was 4-6, 6.82, with 47 strikeouts in 60.2 innings. Concordia's season is over.

RIVERSIDE CC: Outfielder Cade Gotta is hitting .277 (39-141), with two homers and 19 RBIs. Pitcher Blake Burrell is 7-0, 1.44 in 87.1 innings, with 56 strikeouts. The Tigers will play in the four-team CCCAA Baseball Southern Super Regional, starting Friday.

COLLEGE OF THE SISKYOUS: Infielder Caylen Clardy hit .277 (31-112) with one homer and 11 RBIs. Siskyous season is over.

MT. HOOD: Pitcher Kendall Motes is 1-2 with a 3.63 ERA, with 31 strikeouts in 22.1 innings. Catcher Dane Lund is hitting .292 (31-106), with no homers and 12 RBIs. Infielder Alex Foulon is hitting .174 (16-92) with eight RBIs and outfielder Tristan Metcalf is hitting .282 (20-71), with 12 RBIs.

LINN-BENTON: Utility Austin Hamilton is hitting .163 (15-92) with six RBIs and is 3-2, 2.40 as a pitcher, with 15 strikeouts in 30 innings.

We'll update the numbers of our Knights' minor leaguers on Thursday.

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Lots of news from around the West Coast League that we will update on Wednesday.


Manley sidelined for the summer

May 7, 2012

Some bad news to report on an otherwise glorious Monday at the WWHQ in downtown Corvegas.

An arm injury will prevent Linfield College junior right-handed pitcher Zach Manley from playing with the Knights this summer. A native of Coburg who graduated from Sheldon High School, Manley was 3-1 with a 3.62 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 32.1 innings for the Wildcats.

He has not pitched since April 6, when he defeated Pacific Lutheran 6-2 in his sixth and final start of the spring.

"I am very disappointed that this has happened because I have been looking forward to playing for the Knights for some time now," Manley said. "I've talked to [Linfield coach Scott] Brosius and he also thinks shutting it down until fall is the way to go."

It's our second loss in the last week or so. We reported earlier that freshman infielder Jack Graham of Youngstown State will play elsewhere this summer, closer to his hometown of Cranberry Township, Penn.

We're sorry to lose these guys. Best of luck to Zach in his rehab, and maybe we'll see Jack next summer.

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Knights' 2012 signee Marc Gallegos, a freshman shortstop at Corban College, was named to the NAIA West all-star team and the NAIA West Gold Glove team, as announced by the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

A native of Astoria, Gallegos hit .346, with no homers and 25 RBIs in 48 games, with 33 steals in 40 attempts. He struck out just eight times in 223 plate appearances.

Congrats to Marc!

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Former Knights star Ryan Gorton (2011), an Oregon State senior who was instrumental in our charge to the West Coast League championship, is on the 20-player watch list for the 2012 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year award, given by the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

The award goes to the nation's top player who excels both as a pitcher and a position player. It's named after Olerud, the one-time standout pitcher/first baseman at Washington State who had a long and distinguished major-league career.

Here are mored details, from the OSU website. Congrats to Ryan!

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Former Knights pitcher Greg Peavey (2007), an Oregon Stater who now plays for the Binghamton Mets in the double-A Eastern league, is Monday's Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day.

Peavey struck out three and gave up four hits and an unearned run in seven innings on Sunday in a 2-1 win over Harrisburg. He wasn't involved in the decision, but he lowered his ERA to 4.85 in 29.2 innings. He has 21 strikeouts and just five walks.

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We found this story on Camas, Wash. catcher (and prospective 2012 Corvallis Knight) Austin Barr in The Oregonian. He's a Stanford signee who will join us sometime in June if he doesn't turn professional.

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It's Monday, so we'll update the stats of our 2012 Division I players after another busy weekend around the country.

CAL POLY: Freshman outfielder Nick Torres is hitting .260 (39-150), with four homers and 24 RBIs. Freshman outfielder Alex Michaels is at .383 (18-47) with one homer and eight RBIs. Freshman pitcher Bryan Granger is 0-1, 4.43, with 13 strikeouts in 20.1 innings.

CORNELL: Sophomore infielder Ryan Plantier is hitting .172 (5-29), with five RBIs.

OREGON: Sophomore outfielder Connor Hofmann is hitting .261 (24-92), with two homers and 12 RBIs.

OREGON STATE: Freshman pitcher Carlos Rodriguez is 0-0, 5.44, with four strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Freshman catcher Nate Esposito is hitting .167 (2-12) with one RBI. Freshman pitchers Mitchell Tripp and Michael McCall haven't played yet.

PORTLAND: Freshman infielder Caleb Whalen is hitting .255 (35-137) with five homers and 23 RBIs. Junior pitcher Chris Johnson is 3-2, 3.13 in 54.2 innings, with 39 strikeouts.

SANTA CLARA: Junior pitcher Chris Mendoza is 1-1, 5.22 with a save and 14 strikeouts in 29.1 innings.

SEATTLE: Junior infielder Nate Roberts is hitting .234 (30-128) with a homer and 13 RBIs.

TEXAS: Sophomore infielder Alex Silver is hitting .275 (38-138), with no homers and 16 RBIs. Sophomore pitcher Justin Peters has a 54.00 ERA in .1 innings. Sophomore pitcher Trevor Tykel is 0-0, 0.00 in .1 innings in his lone appearance.

TEXAS TECH: Junior pitcher Aaron Corwin is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA over 12.1 innings, with five strikeouts.

UC IRVINE: Freshman infielder/catcher Chris Rabago is hitting .273 (15-55) with four RBIs. Junior pitcher Mark Trentacosta is 1-0, 2.11 in 21.1 innings, with 20 strikeouts.

UC RIVERSIDE: Sophomore pitcher Dylan Stuart is 5-6, 4.44, with 47 strikeouts in 77 innings. Freshman pitcher Antonio Gonzales is 0-1, 10.95, with 11 strikeouts in 12.1 innings; freshman Cody Dill hasn't pitched yet.

UC SANTA BARBARA: Freshman utility Greg Mahle is hitting .322 (48-149) with no homers and 25 RBIs, and is 2-2, 3.57 as a pitcher, with 33 strikeouts and four saves in 35.1 innings.

WASHINGTON STATE: Sophomore outfielder Nate Blackham is hitting .256 (22-86) with seven RBIs.

We'll update our NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC players on Tuesday.

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That's all for today. Unfortunately, we're off to the dentist.


Great news from Max Beatty

May 4, 2012

There's great news, and there's REALLY great news. Today we've got some of the latter.

Knights veteran Max Beatty (2010-2012) of Pacific Lutheran, who has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment for testicular cancer, reports today that all his numbers are back to normal. He's getting better.

He did not attend school this past semester, but he's hopes to be cleared to start working out again and hopes to play this summer. He was a West Coast League all-star in 2011, and was the top-rated Division III draft prospect by Baseball America magazine earlier this year.

Congrats to a great kid and a great teammate. Go Max!

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Another harbinger that the 2012 season is getting closer and closer can be found on our home page. It's our 2012 promotional video, now available for viewing at corvallisknigxhts.com. We hope you enjoy reliving some memories from our 2011 championship summer, and hope it gets you fired up for the 2012 campaign.

Speaking of which, swe're down to 28 days iton http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_cc8r60greg

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Nice story on Oregon State freshman/Knights' alum Jace Fry (2011) by John Hunt in The Oregonian. Jace was a West Coast League all-star and is one of three 2011 Knights pitchers having great seasons in the Pac-12, along with OSU sophomore starter Ben Wetzler and Oregon sophomore closer Jimmie Sherfy.

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Several former/future Knights were in action for their respective college teams on Thursday at the NAIA West playoffs at Concordia College in Portland.

* Corban freshman shortstop Marc Gallegos (2012) was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs in a 12-5, season-ending loss to British Columbia, A 10-day signee who should press for a full-time job, Gallegos hit .346 in 46 games, with no homers, 26 RBIs and 33 steals in 40 attempts.

* Concordia pitcher Eric Weir (2012) had one strikeout in two scoreless innings while finishing the Cavaliers' 7-1 win over UBC. Sean Myrom (2011) was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI.

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Greensboro reliever James Nygren (2009)earned Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors for saving his team's 7-3 victory over Hickory on Thursday. The ex-Oregon State pitcher retired the final two hitters, the only batters he faced, to notch his fifth save.

Greensboro is Miami's franchise on the Class A South Atlantic League. Nygren is 1-1, 6.75 in 10 appearances, with five saves and five strikeouts in 10.2 innings.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

WENATCHEE: The Wenatchee World newspaper reports the AppleSox have been renovating Paul Thomas Sr. Field, adding new seats with new seats, replacing the old ones that were formerly in the Kingdome.

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Great Host Family Dinner

May 3, 2012

We had a great Host Family Dinner at the Corvallis Country Club on Wednesday night. Lots of excitement about this year's assignments, lots of good questions about the 2012 prospects for the Knights and the West Coast League, and lots of French fries too. A great combination!

Also, El Presidente, Knights' president Dan Segel, will be in Seattle this weekend for the West Coast League spring meetings. Expansion (Victoria in 2013!) and other topics that will shape the future of the WCL are on the agenda.

And don't forget, hosts Mike Parker and Jon Warren will broadcast KEJO's popular Joe Beaver Show from the Knights' WWHQ in downtown Corvallis on May 15, from noon until 2 p.m. We'll have some merchandise specials and giveaways during the show so make sure to stop in and see us.

Our Host Dinner, the Joe Beaver Show, and the WCL meetings are three more reminders that the 2012 season is just around the corner. Our June 1 opener at Walla Walla is a mere 29 days away, and Home Opener VI, June 5 against the Klamath Falls Gems, is only 33 days away.

So remember, tickets and merchandise are available at the WWHQ, in the Madison Plaza building, corner of 4th Street and Madison Avenue in beautiful downtown Corvallis. Come see us!

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Some more good news to report: Riverside City College freshman pitcher Blake Burrell, a 2012 Knight, was named a first-team Orange Empire All-Conference all-star. He was 4-0 with a 1.76 ERA in conference play; he struck out 35 batters in 61.1 innings, with just 11 walks. Opponents hit .193 against the freshman from Canyon Springs High School.

He missed out on being name the Pitcher of the Year by one vote. Here are the details, from the RCC website. Congrats to Blake!

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Westview High School senior/2012 Corvallis Knight Carson Kelly is ranked as the No. 47 prospect for the 2012 MLB draft, set for June 4-6. Here's MLB.com's evaluation of the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, who doesn't turn 18 until July 14.

"The top 2012 prospect from the Pacific Northwest, scouts will take a look at Kelly both as a pitcher and as a third baseman. While he has some power potential as a hitter, it's more likely going to be his arm that will get him drafted.

"Kelly uses a clean and easy delivery to throw fastballs in the 89-92 mph range, flashing an occasionally above-average heater. His two-seamer will come in on right-handed hitters and has some sink to it. He also throws a curve, which is sharp and tight at times. He throws both pitches for strikes and is very even-keeled on the mound.

"Kelly will struggle repeating his delivery at times, which impacts his command and his velocity. Issues with his mechanics also hamper his ability to spin his breaking ball well. All of that is correctable and teams are likely going to be interested in an athletic right-hander with this kind of upside."

Here's a link to the entire Top 50. We expect plenty of former Knights and other WCL alums to be drafted, so there's plenty of reasons to follow it live at MLB.com.

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Former Washington State star Jim Murphy of the Clearwater Threshers, our 2007 MVP, is today's Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day. Murph was 2-for-5 and hit a 3-run homer in a 6-4 win over Daytona on Wednesday. Clearwater is Philadelphia's franchise in the Class A (advanced) Florida State League.

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Here's a roundup detailing how former and future Knights fared for their respective college teams on Wednesday:

* Former Knights pitcher Mitch Patito (2010-11) of UC Riverside pitched seven shutout innings on Wednesday in a 5-2 win at UNLV. He struck out six and gave up five hits.

* Corban shortstop Marc Gallegos (2012) was 1-for-5 in a 16-6 loss to Concordia in the NAIA West Regional at Concordia.

* Oregon outfielder Connor Hofmann (2011-12) was 0-for-1 and reliever Jimmie Sherfy (2011) got his 12th save in an 8-7 win at Gonzaga.

* Santa Clara reliever Chris Mendoza pitched .2 scoreless innings and shortstop Justin Viele (2010) was 2-for-4 with two runs in a 3-2, 11-inning win at Seattle. Infielders Trent Oleszczuk (2011) and Nate Roberts (2011-12) were each 0-for-4 for the RedHawks.

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Here's our weeekly roundup of Corvallis Knights in minor-league baseball (all stats through Wednesday's games):

NICK AKINS (2007): Now with Rancho Cucamonga (A, Dodgers) in the California League, the former Vanguard outfielder is hitting .268 (22-82) with two homers and six RBIs.

MATT ANDRIESE (2009): Now with Lake Elsinore (A, Padres) in the California League, the pitcher from UC Riverside is 2-1, 3.86, with 22 strikeouts in 23.1 innings.

CARTER BELL (2009): Now with Visalia (A, Diamondbacks)in the California League, the former Oregon State infielder is hitting .138 (8-58) with no homers and six RBIs.

DANIEL BIBONA (2007): Now with Palm Beach (A, Cardinals) in the Florida State League, the pitcher from UC Irvine is on the 7-day disabled list.

ALEX BURG (2008): Now with San Jose (A, Giants) in the California League, the former Washington State catcher/infielder/outfielder is hitting .250 (11-44) with two homers and six RBIs.

JOHN ESHLEMAN (2008): Now with Augusta (A, Giants) in the South Atlantic League, the San Jacinto JC infielder is hitting .190 (4-21), with no homers and one RBI.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009): Now back at Lake Elsinore (A, Padres) after a stint at Tucson in the triple-A Pacific Coast League, the former Portland catcher is hitting .143 (1-7), with no homers and one RBI.

DREW GARCIA (2007): Now with Birmingham (AA, White Sox) in the Southern League, the former UC Riverside infielder is hitting .311, with one homer and 21 RBIs.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009): Now with Quad City (A, Cardinals) in the Midwest League, is 1-2, 4.35, with 10 strikeouts in 20.2 innings.

DEAN GREEN (2008): Now with West Michigan (A, Tigers) in the Midwest League, the former Oklahoma State/Barry infielder is hitting .253 (24-95), with five homers and 11 RBIs.

D.J. JOHNSON (2008-09): Now with South Bend (A, Diamondbacks) in the Midwest League, the former Mt. Hood/Western Oregon pitcher is 1-1, 2.45, with two saves and 14 strikeouts in 11 innings.

ADAM MELKER (2008-09): Now with Springfield (AA, Cardinals) in the Texas League, the former Cal Poly outfielder is hitting .236 (17-72), with one homer and five RBIs.

JIM MURPHY (2007): Now with Clearwater (A, Phillies) in the Florida State League, the former Washington State infielder is hitting .274 (23-84), with four homers and 21 RBIs.

JAMES NYGREN (2009): Now with Greensboro (A, Marlins) in the Florida State League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 1-1, 7.20 with four saves and five strikeouts in 10 innings.

JOSH OSICH (2008): Now with San Jose (A, Giants) in the California League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 0-0, 0.00, with a save and 10 strikeouts in 7.2 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (2008): Now with Binghamton (AA, New York Mets) in the Eastern League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 2-1, 6.35, with 18 strikeouts in 22.2 innings.

NICK STRUCK (2010): Now with Tennessee (AA, Cubs) in the Southern League, the former Mt. Hood pitcher is 3-2, 3.58, with 71 strikeouts in 32.2 innings.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009): Now with San Jose (A, Giants) in the California League, the ex-Oregon State catcher is hitting .239 (16-67), with one homer and five RBIs.

NOT YET ASSIGNED: INF Nic Cuckovich (2011), Riverside CC (Royals); P Dustin Emmons (2009), UC Riverside (Mets); P Scott Lyman (2009), UC Davis (Marlins); P Tyler Anderson (2009), Oregon (Rockies); OF Dayton Alexander (2011), Feather River CC (Athletics); INF Cody Bartlett (2007), Washington State (Blue Jays); P Michael Blake (2010), Mt. Hood/Hawaii (Diamondbacks).

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That's all for today. We'll close out the week on Friday, see you then.