Happy Thursday, everyone, from the world-wide headquarters (WWHQ) of the Corvallis Knights, your 2016 West Coast League champions!
The Knights fell 3-0 at Walla Walla on Wednesday night in the opener of a three-game series with the Sweets at Borleske Stadium. The series resumes at 7:05 tonight; Dakota Donovan (1-0, 3.60) gets the start for Corvallis, opposed by Darius Vines (0-1, 4.97) in a matchup of South Division all-star right-handers.
It concludes at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Connor Redmond (1-2, 2.89) is the projected starter for Corvallis, opposed by Tim Josten (4-0, 2.45) for the Sweets. We then head to Yakima Valley for a three-game set with the Pippins.
Our next home game is Tuesday against the Salem Capitols of the Oregon Collegiate Baseball League.
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Time to update the stats of our minor-league Knights. We will do the position players today, and the pitchers on Friday.
TAYLOR ARD (AA Jacksonville, Marlins): The utility player from Mt. Hood/Washington State (2009) is hitting .223 (62-278) in 89 games, with eight homers and 37 RBIs.
ANDY COSGROVE (R Elizabethton, Twins): The catcher from Washington/North Carolina State (2014) is hitting .241 (7-29) in eight games, with no homers and five RBIs.
BLAKE DRAKE (A Palm Beach, Cardinals): The outfielder from Concordia (2013) is hitting .257 (48-187) in 49 games, with four homers and 17 RBIs.
NATE ESPOSITO (A Lakewood, Royals): The catcher from Oregon State/Concordia (2012) is hitting .255 (39-153) in 45 games, with no homers and 14 RBIs.
ROCKY GALE (AAA El Paso, Padres): The catcher from Portland (2007, 2009) is hitting .281 (65-231) in 71 games, with a homer and 28 RBIs.
ROMAN GARCIA (R Greeneville, Astros): The first baseman from San Diego (2016) is hitting .257 (18-70) in 19 games, with two homers and 14 RBIs.
CADE GOTTA (AA Montgomery, Rays): The outfielder from San Diego Christian (2011) is hitting 294 (62-211) in 57 games, with five homers and 37 RBIs.
KJ HARRISON (R Helena, Brewers): The first baseman from Oregon State (2015) is hitting .385 (10-26) in six games, with no homers and three RBIs.
DANNY HAYES (AAA Charlotte, White Sox): The first baseman from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .232 (73-315) in 88 games, with 16 homers and 55 RBIs.
LOGAN ICE (A Lake County, Indians): The catcher from Oregon State (2014) is hitting .214 (46-214) in 62 games, with six homers and 25 RBIs.
DALTON KELLY (AA Montgomery, Rays): The outfielder from UC Santa Barbara (2014) is hitting .329 (25-76) in 20 games, with six homers and 18 RBIs.
CHRIS RABAGO (A Lancaster, Rockies): The catcher from UC Irvine (2012-13) is hitting .245 (49-200) in 60 games, with one homer and 31 RBIs.
CHRIS SHAW (A Delmarva, Orioles): The catcher from Midland CC (2014) is hitting .205 (18-88) in 23 games, with two homers and 13 RBIs.
ANDREW SUSAC (AAA Colorado Springs, Brewers): The catcher from Oregon State (2009) is hitting .197 (28-142) in 43 games, with seven homers and 27 RBIs.
NICK TORRES (AA San Antonio, Padres): The outfielder from Cal Poly (2012) is hitting .268 (79-295) in 77 games, with six homers and 39 RBIs.
PETER VAN GANSEN (AA San Antonio, Padres): The infielder from Cal Poly (2013) is hitting .121 (4-33) in 10 games, with no homers or RBIs.
KEVIN WATSON (ARL DIAMONDBACKS): The outfielder from Beaverton HS (2017) has not played yet.
CALEB WHALEN (A Wisconsin, Brewers): The infielder from Portland (2012) is hitting .194 (14-72) in 23 games, with a homer and five RBIs.
Colorado Springs (AAA Pacific Coast, Brewers) catcher Andrew Susac (2009) was 3-for-6 with a homer, a double, a run and four RBIs in an 8-4 win over Omaha on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He played at Oregon State.
Honorable mention goes to:
- Charlotte (AAA International, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs in a 7-6 loss to Rochester. He played at OSU.
- Elizabethton (R Appalachian, Twins) catcher Andy Cosgrove (2014) was 2-for-3 with three runs and an RBI in a 17-8 win over Bristol. He played at Washington and at North Carolina State.
That’s all for today. See you back here on Friday.