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Brooks Hatch Blog: Hayes, Gotta Released by Major-League Clubs

Happy Tuesday, everyone, from the world-wide headquarters (WWHQ) of the Corvallis Knights, your 2016-2017 West Coast League champions! Our May 30 opener with the Portland Sea Dogs is just 50 days away, so get ready for another great summer of Knights’ baseball!


We have some sad personnel news involving former Knights.

First baseman Danny Hayes (2010, pictured above) was released by the Chicago White Sox after five years in their organization. The former Oregon State standout hit .255 in 500 career games, with 52 homers and 293 RBIs. He played at triple-A Charlotte in the International League the past two seasons.

Outfielder Cade Gotta (2011) was released by the Tampa Bay Rays after four seasons in their organization. The San Diego Christian graduate reached triple-A Durham last summer and hit .274 in 350 minor league games, with 18 homers and 146 RBIs.

Catcher Chris Stewart (2011), DFAed by Atlanta in early April, has accepted an assignment at Gwinnett in the triple-A International League.

Here’s an update of our Knights in the Pros. Several alums who will play short-season ball this summer have not yet been assigned to rosters.


Alum Michael McAdoo (2015), an outfielder at UC Santa Barbara, was nominated for Big West Conference Player of the Week honors for April 2-8, but was not selected.

The junior outfielder was 5-for-14 (.357) with a homer, a double, six RBIs and three runs as the Gauchos went 3-1 against USC (0-1) and Texas-Rio Grande Valley.


Norfolk (AAA International, Orioles) catcher Andrew Susac (2009) was 1-for-2 with a double and two walks in a 4-1 loss to Charlotte to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He played at Oregon State.

Honorable mention went to:

  • St. Lucie (A Florida State, Mets) pitcher Stephen Nogosek (2013) allowed one run and had three strikeouts in two innings of a 5-1 loss to Tampa. He played at Oregon.
  • Albuquerque (AAA Pacific Coast, Rockies) pitcher DJ Johnson (2008-09) had four strikeouts and allowed one run in two innings of a 5-4 loss to Salt Lake. He played at Mt. Hood CC.


Our 2018 season tickets are now on sale! For more details or to order your tickets online, please click here. Tickets may also be purchased by calling us at 541-752-5656 or by visiting our office at 4th Street and Jefferson Avenue in downtown Corvallis. See you at the ballpark in 2018!

We also have three fireworks nights and tons of other promotions planned for this summer. Our entire promotional schedule is also available, by clicking here.


The Walla Walla Sweets have signed infielder Nate Ostmo of Dartmouth and catcher Jake MacNichols of Santa Clara for the 2018 season. Please click here for more details, from Our Sports Central.


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

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