Happy Tuesday, everyone, from the world-wide headquarters (WWHQ) of the Corvallis Knights, your 2016 West Coast League champions!
Alum Stephen Nogosek (2013), a right-handed pitcher, was traded to the New York Mets on Monday as part of a four-player deal with Boston.
Nogosek and two others were exchanged for Mets’ reliever Addison Reed. Nogosek had been at Salem in the advanced-A Carolina League; he will probably go the St. Lucie, New York’s affiliate in the advanced-A Florida State League.
Nogosek was 2-1, 4.08 in 13 games at Salem, with six saves and 18 strikeouts in 17.2 innings. He started the year at Greenville in the low-A South Atlantic League and was 2-3, 2.55 in 23 games, with 13 saves and 45 strikeouts in 35.1 innings, earning the promotion.
He was ranked as the No. 18 prospect in the Boston organization by MLBpipeline.com. Stephen played at Oregon.
The Mariners have placed outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) on the 10-day disabled list. He was hit in the face by a pitch on Friday night and suffered a laceration. He is hitting .255 (54-212) in 58 games, with seven homers and 24 RBIs in his first season with Seattle and second season in the majors. He played at Cal Poly.
We open a three-game series at Wenatchee at 7:05 tonight. It’s our final road series of the regular season.
Cal Poly sophomore Connor Redmond (1-2, 3.00) is our scheduled starter. UC Riverside junior Trenton Toplikar (2-0, 5.95) goes on Wednesday night; Oregon State redshirt freshman Dakota Donovan (1-1, 5.21) starts on Thursday. All three games begin at 7:05 p.m.
We then close out the regular season by hosting Yakima Valley this Friday through Sunday. We have promotions planned for each night.
- Friday is our Salute to OSU Baseball, and our Brooke Knight Bobblehead Night, presented by Coral Construction. The first 500 fans receive a bobblehead of our popular head coach. It is also a Fred Meyer Family Friday. Families can get vouchers at Fred Meyer stores in Corvallis and Albany to be redeemed for four reserved seats, four soft drinks, four hot dogs and four popcorns for only $44.
- Saturday is Pioneer Fireworks Night, our third and final fireworks show of the summer. Please note the 7:15 p.m. starting time.
- Sunday is Wilson Motors Buyout the Ballpark Night and Hilton Garden Inn Fan Appreciation Night. Get your free ticket at Wilson Motors, on the corner of 5th Street and Buchanan Avenue. Also, Junior Knights Club members get in free.
The playoffs begin Aug. 8. Tickets for our WCL Divisional Series home playoff game set for Wednesday, Aug. 9, are now available. The WCL playoffs are powered by Pioneer. For tickets, click here; for more information, click here.
The July 29 game with the Oregon Collegiate Baseball League all-stars drew a crowd of 1,685. That raised our season attendance to 41,903 in 29 dates, an average of 1,445 per opening. We are 728 fans behind last year’s attendance through a corresponding number of home dates.
Lancaster (A California, Rockies) catcher Chris Rabago (2012-13) was 2-for-3 with a run in a 2-0 win over Lake Elsinore on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He played at UC Irvine.
Honorable mention goes to:
- Montgomery (AA Southern, Rays) first baseman Dalton Kelly (2014) was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs in a 7-6 loss to Chattanooga, raising his average to .361. He played at UC Santa Barbara.
San Diego incoming freshman catcher Shane McGuire of the Victoria HarbourCats and Gonzaga incoming freshman pitcher McKabe Cottrell of Wenatchee were named the West Coast League Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week for July 24-30.
McGuire went 15-for-26 (.577) for the week with two homers and 12 RBIs. Shane has sizzled this summer for the North Division second-half leading HarbourCats (13-9) and is hitting .517 with 23 RBIs over 21 games and 60 at-bats.
Cottrell tossed a complete-game shutout at Port Angeles on July 27th. The southpaw allowed only two hits, struck out 10 and did not issue a walk to earn the win. For the summer, Cottrell is 1-2, 3.24 with 44 strikeouts over 44.1 innings.
That’s all for today. Have a great week, see you back here on Thursday and back at Goss Stadium on Friday.