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Brooks Hatch Blog: Chris Rabago Returns To Rockies

Brooks Hatch Blog: Chris Rabago Returns to Rockies

Happy Wednesday, everyone, from the world-wide headquarters (WWHQ) of the Corvallis Knights, your 2016-2017 and 2018 West Coast League champions!

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Alum Chris Rabago (2012-13, pictured above), a catcher from UC Irvine, was claimed by Kansas City from the New York Yankees organization in the Rule 5 draft on Dec. 13, and then traded back to Colorado.

Chris spent the 2018 season with Hartford and Trenton in the double-A Eastern League and hit .196 (45-230) in 73 games, with four homers and 23 RBIs. He is a career .255 hitter in 331 career minor-league games, with eight homers and 138 RBIs.

Chris was originally drafted by Colorado in the 13th round in 2014 and spent five seasons in the minor-league organization before being released on Aug. 22. He then signed with the Yankees on Aug. 24 and spent the rest of the summer at Trenton.

He was our Joe Segel Award winner in 2012 and 2013.

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Former Knights’ pitcher Jorge Perez (2012-13, 2015) is pitching for the Adelaide Bite in the Australian Baseball League. He is 1-0 with a 2.20 ERA in 11 games, with 18 strikeouts in 16.1 innings. Please click here for more news about the ABL.

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The San Diego Padres released first baseman Alex Burg (2008) on Dec. 14. The Washington State alum, the MVP of our 2008 WCL championship team, had signed with the club as a free agent on Nov. 23.

Alex played at Oklahoma City, the Dodgers’ affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League in 2018 and hit .234 (11-47) in 34 games, with a homer and four RBIs.

He has also played in the San Francisco, Miami and Texas organizations in a 10-year minor-league career. He was selected in the 24th round by the Giants in 2009.

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We are thrilled to announce our 2019 regular-season schedule. Next summer’s slate features 32 home dates and gets started at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, with our eighth annual Science, Engineering & Art Day game at Goss Stadium.

After a nonleague series at the Humboldt Crabs, we open the West Coast League schedule at Walla Walla on June 4. We host the Haysville Hammers at Linn-Benton on June 12 in a non-league game; our WCL home opener is June 14, against the Cowlitz Black Bears.

Like last season, start times for Monday-Saturday games is 6:30 p.m. Sunday games will start at 3 pm. Fireworks games will have special start times, either 7:15 p.m. or 7:05 p.m.

The Knights 2019 home schedule features six Thursday games, six Friday games, five Saturday games, five Sunday games, one Monday game, four Tuesday games and five Wednesday games.

Reserve the best seats in the house for the 2019 season now by emailing [email protected] or by calling (541) 752-5656. Purchase your 2019 season tickets before Dec. 31, 2018 to get 2018 prices.

Next year’s new season ticket prices will be announced the first week in January.

The schedule:

MAY: 29, Portland Sea Dogs. 31, at Humboldt Crabs.

JUNE: 1-2, at Humboldt Crabs. 4-6, at Walla Walla. 7-9, at Victoria. 12, Hayesville Hammers (@ LBCC). 14-16, Cowlitz. 18-20, Bellingham. 21, Gerding Construction. 22-24, at Yakima Valley. 25-27, Ridgefield. 28-30, Yakima Valley.

JULY: 1, Hayesville Hammers. 2-3: Portland. 4, at Portland. 5-7, at Ridgefield. 8-10, at Port Angeles. 11, Mid-Valley Southpaws. 12-14, Kelowna. 18, Chaffey Baseball. 19-21, Walla Walla. 22-23, All-Star Game, at Bend. 24, at Portland. 25, Portland. 26, at Portland. 27-29, at Bend. 30-31, Bend.

AUGUST: 1, Bend. 2-4, at Cowlitz. 6-8, at Bellingham. 9-11: Wenatchee.

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That’s all for today. Have a great week and we will see you next year, on Jan. 2!

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