Happy Tuesday, everyone, from the world-wide headquarters (WWHQ) of the Corvallis Knights, your 2016-2017 West Coast League champions!
We have two more alums back in the major leagues. The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled pitcher Jimmie Sherfy (2011) from Reno of the triple-A Pacific Coast League for the second time this season on Sept. 2 and he got a save in his first appearance in round two, against Colorado on Sunday.
Please click here for a story and video of Jimmie’s top performance.
An Oregon alum, Jimmie is 1-0, 0.00 in three appearances, with a save and six strikeouts. He has retired all 12 hitters he’s faced in order in what so far is an impressive MLB debut.
Also, the Chicago White Sox just tweeted they have recalled left-handed pitcher Jace Fry (2013) from double-A Birmingham. He was 2-1, 2.78 in 33 games, with three saves and 52 strikeouts in 45.1 innings. Congrats to Jace!
Kansas City claimed pitcher Sam Gaviglio (2009) from Seattle on Sept. 1 after the Mariners put him on waivers. He has not yet pitched for the Royals, but the former Oregon Stater is on the big-league roster.
Catcher Andrew Susac (2009) is back with the Milwaukee Brewers following a brief injury rehab stint with Wisconsin in the Class A Midwest League. The ex-OSU standout was 3-for-7 (.429) in two games, with a homer and two RBIs.
Alum Christian Donahue (2015) has signed with the Chicago Cubs organization as an undrafted free agent. He played at Oregon State. Christian hit .291 (46-158) in 47 games for us, with three homers, 22 RBIs and 26 stolen bases.
Time to update the final regular-season stats of our minor-league Knights. We’ll do the position players today and the pitchers on Friday.
TAYLOR ARD (AA Jacksonville, Marlins): The utility player from Mt. Hood/Washington State (2009) hit .215 (79-368) in 124 games, with 12 homers and 49 RBIs.
ANDY COSGROVE (R Elizabethton, Twins): The catcher from Washington/North Carolina State (2014) hit .221 (17-77) in 21 games, with a homer and eight RBIs.
BLAKE DRAKE (A Palm Beach, Cardinals): The outfielder from Concordia (2013) hit .242 (86-357) in 94 total games with double-A Springfield and Palm Beach, with nine homers and 31 RBIs.
NATE ESPOSITO (A Lakewood, Royals): The catcher from Oregon State/Concordia (2012) hit .222 (53-229) in 72 total games with triple-A Omaha and Wilmington, with no homers and 16 RBIs.
ROCKY GALE (AAA El Paso, Padres): The catcher from Portland (2007, 2009) hit .278 (95-342) in 103 games, with two homers and 37 RBIs.
ROMAN GARCIA (R Greeneville, Astros): The first baseman from San Diego (2016) hit .277 (48-173) in 48 games, with seven homers and 29 RBIs.
CADE GOTTA (AA Montgomery, Rays): The outfielder from San Diego Christian (2011) hit .276 (119-431) in 121 games with triple-A Durham and Montgomery, with five homers and 52 RBIs.
KJ HARRISON (R Helena, Brewers): The first baseman from Oregon State (2015) hit .312 (54-173) in 45 games, with nine homers and 28 RBIs.
DANNY HAYES (AAA Charlotte, White Sox): The first baseman from Oregon State (2010) hit .228 (100-439) in 128 games, with 19 homers and 67 RBIs.
LOGAN ICE (A Lake County, Indians): The catcher from Oregon State (2014) hit .228 (72-316) in 93 games, with 11 homers and 42 RBIs.
DALTON KELLY (AA Montgomery, Rays): The outfielder from UC Santa Barbara (2014) hit .304 (130-428) in 122 combined games with Montgomery and Class A Charlotte, with nine homers and 67 RBIs.
CHRIS RABAGO (A Lancaster, Rockies): The catcher from UC Irvine (2012-13) hit .272 (83-305) in 89 games, with one homer and 43 RBIs.
CHRIS SHAW (A Delmarva, Orioles): The catcher from Midland CC (2014) hit .173 (22-127) in 35 combined games with Delmarva and the Gulf Coast League Orioles, with two homers and 14 RBIs.
NICK TORRES (AA San Antonio, Padres): The outfielder from Cal Poly (2012) hit .277 (123-437) in 119 games, with 11 homers and 61 RBIs.
PETER VAN GANSEN (A Lake Elsinore, Padres): The infielder from Cal Poly (2013) hit .235 (65-227) in 82 combined games with Lake Elsinore, Double-A San Antonio and triple-A El Paso, with a homer and 34 RBIs.
KEVIN WATSON (ARL Diamondbacks): The outfielder from Beaverton HS (2017) hit .174 (4-23) in nine games, with no homers or RBIs.
CALEB WHALEN (A Carolina, Brewers): The infielder from Portland (2012) hit .200 (25-125) in 41 total games with Carolina and Class A Wisconsin, with two homers and 10 RBIs.
Helena (R Pioneer, Brewers) first baseman K.J. Harrison (2015) was 2-for-5 with two doubles, three runs and an RBI in a 20-13 win over Missoula on Monday night to earn the final Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day award. He played at Oregon State. This daily feature will now conclude, with the end of the regular season.
Honorable mention goes to:
- Montgomery (AA Southern, Rays) outfielder Cade Gotta (2011) was 2-for-3 in 2-1 loss to Chattanooga. He played at San Diego Christian.
- San Antonio (AA Texas, Padres) outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 2-for-4 in a 2-0 loss to Corpus Christi. He played at Cal Poly.
Former Medford/Klamath Falls operators Chuck and Mayra Heeman, will own the new Gering/Scottsbluff franchise in the start-up Expedition League. They also will own the new Pierre (S.D.) franchise in the league. For more details, please click here.
That’s all for today. Have a great week and we will see you on Friday.