Happy Friday, everyone, from the world-wide headquarters (WWHQ) of the Corvallis Knights, your 2016-2017 West Coast League champions!
The New Jersey Jackals of the independent Can-Am League have signed alum Dean Green (2008) for the 2018 season. He is a first baseman/designated hitter from Oklahoma State and Barry University who was a key part of our 2008 WCL championship team.
The 28-year old left-handed hitter brings seven years of experience, including six seasons in the Detroit Tigers organization. He played in Japan in 2017 for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows (Nippon Professional Baseball’s Central League).
“The organization is very excited about the acquisition of Dean. He will be right in the middle of our lineup and be the run producer we were looking for,” Jackals’ manager Brooks Carey said. “This is the kind of signing that will be a difference maker for us.”
The Tigers selected Dean in the11th round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft. He has a career .306 batting average with 76 homers, 401 RBIs and a .371 OBP as a player in the Detroit farm system, topping out with Toledo in the triple-A International League in 2016.
He played at every level in the Detroit organization, and was named o both the New York-Penn League (short-season Single-A) All-Star team and the Topps Short-Season Rookie All-Star Team. He was also named to the Midwest League (Single-A) and Eastern League (Double-A) All-Star teams while playing for the West Michigan Whitecaps and Erie SeaWolves, respectively.
Congrats to Dean. For more on the story, please click here.
Yet another preseason All-American honor for alum Nick Madrigal (2015), an Oregon State junior middle infielder who was our 2015 Most Outstanding Player.
Madrigal was named the first-team second baseman on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s preseason All-America team. It was the fourth such honor for Madrigal, who was earlier cited by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and D1Baseball.com.
Nick was a unanimous All-American in 2017 after being named the Pac-12 Conference’s Player and Defensive Player of the Year. He hit .380 with four home runs and 40 RBIs in 2017, with 20 doubles, 16 steals and 27 walks to just 16 strikeouts.
Nick takes a .359 career batting average into 2018, with 31 doubles, seven triples, five home runs, 69 RBIs and 24 stolen bases.
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!
The Walla Walla Sweets have signed three players who will help both in the field and on the mound. They are sophomore Jeremy Polon (LHP/Moorpark College), junior Tyson Quolas (OF, LHP/Cal State Monterey Bay) and junior Zach Penrod (OF/Northwest Nazarene University). For more on that story from Our Sports Central, please click here.
That’s all for today. Have a great weekend, and we will see you again on Tuesday.