Happy Friday, everyone, from the world-wide headquarters (WWHQ) of the Corvallis Knights, your 2016-2017 West Coast League champions!
Alum Sam Gaviglio (2009) had an outstanding debut with the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night and was in position to get the win before the bullpen imploded in the ninth inning and cost him the decision.
Claimed on waivers from Seattle earlier this month, Gaviglio (pictured, above) allowed one run and four hits and had three strikeouts over five innings and left with a 2-1 lead. However, Minnesota scored three times in the top of the ninth and won 4-2 so he got a no-decision.
Please click here for more on Sam from the Kansas City Star newspaper. He played at Oregon State.
The Angels have reactivated pitcher Bud Norris (2005) from the disabled list. The former Cal Poly star had been sidelined since Aug. 29 with right-knee inflammation.
Time to update the final regular-season stats of our minor-league Knights. We’ll do the pitchers today; we did the position players on Tuesday.
CAMERON BISHOP (A, Orioles): The lefty from UC Irvine (2015-16) was 1-1, 0.78 with 35 strikeouts in 34.2 innings in eight games with Aberdeen of the Class A New York-Penn League and the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Orioles.
CASEY BLOOMQUIST (AA, Cubs): The righty from Cal Poly (2013) was 5-5, 5.80 in 29 games with Tennessee of the Class AA Southern League and Myrtle Beach in the Class A Carolina League. He two saves and 62 strikeouts in 85.1 innings.
JUSTIN CALOMENI (A Boise, Cubs): The righty from Cal Poly (2014) was 0-0, 0.00 in one game, with no strikeouts in one inning.
NICK DURON (A Lowell, Red Sox): The righty from Clark CC (2014) was 3-5, 3.48 in 12 games, with 31 strikeouts in 51.2 innings.
TREVOR FRANK (A Lake Elsinore, Padres): The righty from UC Riverside (2012) was 4-5, 4.53 in 45 total games at El Paso of the triple-A Pacific Coast League and Lake Elsinore of the Class A California League. He had seven saves and 68 strikeouts in 57.2 innings.
JACE FRY (AA Birmingham, White Sox): The lefty from Oregon State (2011) was 2-1, 2.787 in 33 games, with three saves and 52 strikeouts in 45.1 innings before being recalled to the Chicago White Sox earlier this week.
SAM GAVIGLIO (AAA Tacoma, Mariners): The righty from Oregon State (2009) was 3-6, 3.88 in 13 games, with 57 strikeouts in 72 innings. He is now with the Kansas City Royals.
TED HAMMOND (A Everett, Mariners): The righty from Seattle U (2015) was 1-2, 4.45 in 21 games, with one save and 19 strikeouts in 32.1 innings.
BEN (Wetzler) HOLMES (A Jupiter, Marlins): The lefty from Oregon State (2011) was 1-6, 4.05 in 35 games, with 63 strikeouts in 73.1 innings.
CHASE JOHNSON (AAA Sacramento, Giants): The righty from Cal Poly (2011) is 0-2, 4.35 in six games, with nine strikeouts in 10.1 innings. He spent much of the season on the disabled list.
DJ JOHNSON (AA Hartford, Rockies): The lefty from Mt. Hood CC (2008-09) was 1-1, 2.80 in 43 games, with four saves and 51 strikeouts in 64.1 innings.
SLATER LEE (ARL Athletics): The righty from Cal Poly (2015) was 2-0, 3.86 in 17 games, with four saves and 21 strikeouts in 21 innings.
GREG MAHLE (AA Mobile, Angels): The lefty from UC Santa Barbara (2012) was a combined 10-4, 4.77 in 50 games with Salt Lake in the triple-A Pacific Coast League and with Mobile in the AA Southern League. He had four saves and 52 strikeouts in 71.2 innings.
STEPHEN NOGOSEK (A St. Lucie, Mets): The righty from Oregon (2013) was 5-5, 3.52 in 45 combined games with Greenville of the Class A South Atlantic League, Salem in the Class A Carolina League and St. Lucie in the Class A Florida State League. He had 19 saves and 78 strikeouts in 69 innings.
JIMMIE SHERFY (AAA Reno, Diamondbacks): The righty from Oregon (2011) was 2-1, 3.12 in 44 games, with 20 saves and 61 strikeouts in 49 innings before being called up by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
AUSTIN SODDERS (A Lakeland, Tigers): The lefty from Riverside CC (2014) was a combined 11-5, 1.81 in 23 games with West Michigan of the Class A Midwest League and Lakeland of the Class A Florida State League. He had 122 strikeouts in 139 innings.
RYLEY WIDELL (R Elizabethton, Twins): The lefty from Washington State (2016) was 0-2, 2.43 in eight games, with 41 strikeouts in 29.2 innings.
The West Coast League’s list of 2017 pros features 31 players who have appeared or who are active in the major leagues this summer. A total of 270 WCL alums have played or are active in affiliated professional baseball in 2017. For more on that story and a complete list of WCL pros, please click here.
That’s all for today. Have a great weekend and we will see you on Tuesday.