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Season tickets remain a great bargain

October 23, 2013

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

Remember, season tickets go on sale on Nov. 1. Existing season-ticket holders have until Jan. 1 to reserve their current seats; any not reserved by that time will be opened to the general public.

We've made several changes in our season tickets plans and in single-game pricing this year but we're still committed to providing affordable family fun.

* Reserved seats (sections C, D, E) season tickets are $175.

* The Block (sections B, A) season tickets are $155.

* General admission (all other sections) season tickets are $125.

* Our popular 10-game punch card is $50.

* Single-game reserved seats are still $10 ($11 on Fireworks Nights). Single-game GA seats are now $6.

There will be a $5 processing charge on all debit and credit card orders. Order forms are available at the WWHQ in the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis. Stop in and see us!

We expect to play 32 home games during the regular season - 27 West Coast League contests and five non-league games. So the per-game cost for reserved seat season-tickets ($5.49), for The Block ($4.83) and for GA ($3.91) remains the best bargain in town.

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Knights' alum Kevin Flemer (2013), now a freshman at Oregon State, is part of a 2013 Beaver recruiting class that was ranked No. 5 in the country by Baseball America. Here are more details, from OSUbeavers.com.

The Beavers will hold their final fall scrimmage at 2 p.m. Saturday at Goss Stadium. Knights' alums on the team are Flemer; senior pitchers Ben Wetzler (2011), Taylor Starr (2008, 2012) and Scott Schultz (2011); senior catcher Dane Lund (2011-13); junior catcher Nate Esposito (2012); sophomore infielder Gabe Clark (2013); senior infielder Kavin Keyes (2013); junior pitcher Jace Fry (2011); senior pitcher Brandon Jackson (2012), and redshirt sophomore pitcher Carlos Rodriguez (2012).

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Freshman pitcher Stephen Nogosek (2013) is part of an Oregon recruiting class ranked No. 7 by Baseball America. Sophomore pitcher Jared Priestley (2013) and senior outfielder Connor Hofmann (2011-12) are our other alums at Oregon.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: Here's the Bells' version of the WCL's recent decision to split into three divisions, from The Bellingham Herald newspaper. Bellingham will be in the West Division, with Victoria, Kitsap and Cowlitz.

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That's it for today. It's a pretty slow time around the league.


Knights sign USD commit Kevin Padlo

October 22, 2013

Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday. Another foggy morning in downtown CorVegas, but it's supposed to burn off before too long and another spectacular, sunny day is forecast.

Our 2014 schedule has not been formally approved by the West Coast League yet, pending a few tweaks after the scheduling committee receives some feedback from all 12 franchises. However, if the present proposed slate is adopted we can tell you that opening day is just 227 days away!

We'll hold off on the countdown for a while, though.

Remember, season tickets go on sale on Nov. 1. Current season-ticket holders have until Jan. 1 to reserve their current seats. Any not reserved by that time will be opened to the general public.

We've made several changes in our season tickets plans and in single-game pricing this year but we're still committed to providing affordable family fun.

* Reserved seats (sections C, D, E) season tickets are $175.

* The Block (sections B, A) season tickets are $155.

* General admission (all other sections) season tickets are $125.

* Our popular 10-game punch card is $50.

* Single-game reserved seats are still $10 ($11 on Fireworks Nights). Single-game GA seats are now $6.

There will be a $5 processing charge on all debit and credit card orders. Order forms are available at the WWHQ in the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis. Stop in and see us!

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We have another signing to announce as we continue to build a team that (we hope) can successfully defend our 2013 WCL championship.

Corner infielder Kevin Padlo, a senior at Murrieta Valley High School in Murrieta, Calif., will play for us in 2014. He has committed to the University of San Diego.

Padlo is a 6-foot-1, 195-pounder. He hit .357 (30-84) with five homers and 25 RBIs for MVHS as a junior in 2013, and .297 (11-41) with no homers and 12 RBIs after being promoted to the varsity as a sophomore in 2012. He also plays basketball and averaged 16.8 points and 5.3 rebounds as a junior.

Padlo played for the Brewers team in the Area Code Games at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif., earlier this year. He made a big impression on coach Josh Belovsky with several strong performances.

"Padlo was a bit of a surprise for us," Belovsky told Baseball America. "Going through the tryout process, I didn't know much about him. He made a name for himself during the tryouts, and he's continued to showcase himself out here.

"He's a solid defender at third base, and he's got plenty of bat speed. And he's been making solid contact in the game. I think he's a guy we'll definitely be keeping an eye on.

"There are always those guys that come here and aren't really on the map yet, and he's one that I think guys are going to walk away having him on their list."

That's also good news for the Knights. Welcome to the team!

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Alums Jared Priestley (2013) and Jimmie Sherfy (2011) were honored by the University of Oregon for their 2013 accomplishments following last Friday's annual alumni game. Priestley received the team's Academic Achievement Award; Sherfy shared the Most Valuable Pitcher award.

Congrats to both!

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We have some other alumni news of note to report.

Former Aloha Knight Joe Gerber (1999, 2001), an ex-Oregon State star from Grant High in Portland who reached triple-A in a long minor-league career, was inducted into the Portland Interscholastic League (PIL) Hall of Fame this past Sunday.

Also inducted was ex-Knights' assistant coach Gabe Sandy, a scout for the Miami Marlins and a special guest speaker at our first Hot Stove Night event in 2012. Gabe coached for the Aloha Knights in 2005 and 2006.

Congrats to both!

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

KITSAP: The BlueJackets have signed sophomore right-handed pitcher Alex Bush of Westmont College. He's a 6-1, 170-pounder from Menifee, Calif., who played at Lindfield Christian High School. He was 1-1, 1.45 in 12 games in 2013, with 10 strikeouts in 18.2 innings pitched.

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That's all for today. See you on Wednesday.


Season tickets go on sale Nov. 1

October 21, 2013

Happy Monday, everyone.

Opening day is still about eight months away but it's never too early to talk about the 2014 season, We're signing players and building what we think will be another championship contender.

Season tickets go on sale on Nov. 1. Existing season-ticket holders have until Jan. 1 to reserve their current seats; any not reserved by that time will be opened to the general public.

We've made several changes in our season tickets plans and in single-game pricing this year. As always, we're still committed to providing affordable family fun.

* Reserved seats (sections C, D, E) season tickets are $175.

* The Block (sections B, A) season tickets are $155.

* General admission (all other sections) season tickets are $125.

* Our popular 10-game punch card is $50.

* Single-game reserved seats are still $10 ($11 on Fireworks Nights). Single-game GA seats are now $6.

Order forms are available at the WWHQ in the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis. Stop in and see us!

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Good news to report on the alumni front.

Outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010), a former Cal Poly star now in the Milwaukee minor-league system, was named the Arizona Fall League's co-Player of the Week for Oct. 8-13. In his first four games for the Surprise Saguaros, the 22-year-old hit .563 (9-for-16) with seven RBIs, including three doubles and a grand slam.

Here's more on the story from the Cal Poly website.

Mitch was selected by the Brewers in the supplemental first round of the 2012 draft after earning Big West Conference Player of the year honors as a junior. He hit a combined .264 (125-473) with 11 homers and 68 RBIs in 129 total games with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (41) in the low-A Midwest League and Brevard County (88) in the advanced-A Florida State League.

Congrats to Mitch!

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It's been a while since we've reminded you, but our commemorative West Coast League championship t-shirts are still available. To check out the two color options (charcoal, heather) and to order, please visit our website, Corvallisknights.com.

The names of all the players and coaches are printed on the back. Get yours now, or get one for a gift. T-shirts are only $25 plus shipping and handling.

Sizes are available in M and XXL (charcoal) and S, M, L, XL and XXL (heather). Get one while they're still available!

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No news to report from the West Coast League today. The 2014 schedule is getting closer to completion, the new Yakima expansion franchise should be announcing its nickname soon and Bellingham still must hire a manager, so there will be no shortage of topics down the road.

See you on Tuesday.


Chris Bishop returns; Knights sign Derrick Mahlum

October 18, 2013

Happy Friday, everyone.

We've got more signings to announce, from our longtime partner school Pacific Lutheran University. Junior right-handed pitcher Chris Bishop will return, and he'll be joined by freshman right-handed pitcher Derrick Mahlum.

Chris was 5-2 with a 2.91 ERA in 14 appearances for the Knights in 2013, with 37 strikeouts in 52.2 innings. He was second-team all-West Coast League. He also played briefly for the Knights in 2012 as a 10-day signee and was 0-0, 1.12 in three games, with a save and six strikeouts in eight innings.

Chris was 2-3, 4.89 in 16 appearances as a PLU sophomore in 2013, with three saves and 37 strikeouts in 42.1 innings. He was the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 18-24, 2013, after allowing no runs on six hits over eight innings in two appearances, with 14 strikeouts. He was 3-3 with a 4.40 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 59.1 innings at PLU as a freshman in 2012.

A four-year letterman in baseball and football at Rochester High in Centralia, Chris was also a two-time Evergreen League MVP, and a three-time all-state pitcher and outfielder at RHS before enrolling at PLU.

A Mill Creek, Wash., native, Mahlum was a 2A all-stater at Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett. He was on the Seattle Times newspaper's all-area team, and was named all-Washington by USA Today.

Mahlum was 11-1, 0.79 in 14 games in 2013, with 90 strikeouts and only 15 walks in 71 innings. He held opponents to a .138 batting average. He was 7-0 in 10 games in 2012, with 35 strikeouts in 48 innings. Overall he was 18-1, 1.06 in 25 games in two seasons at AMHS, with 125 strikeouts in 119 innings.

Bishop and Mahlum are coached by ex-Knight player and coach Geoff Loomis at PLU. Welcome back Chris, and welcome to the Knights, Derrick.

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We've got more good news to report for you bargain-conscious Knights fans. Our first "Clearing the Bases" sale is planned for Dec. 14 at the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis, the world-wide headquarters of the Corvallis Knights.

We'll have merchandise, caps, memorabilia, some team artifacts and other items for sale at excellent prices, just in time for the holidays. Knights' team apparel makes an excellent stocking stuffer, or a full-blown Christmas gift.

Additional details will be available the closer we get to the big day. So save the date (Dec. 14) and come on down to the heart of downtown Corvallis to check it out.

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Four alums are playing in the Arizona Fall League, MLB's premier off-season development circuit. Here's an update on their progress:

MITCH HANIGER (2010): The outfielder from Cal Poly is hitting .407 (11-27) in seven games for the Surprise Saguaros (Brewers), with a homer and eight RBIs.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009): The catcher/first baseman from Oregon State is hitting .308 (4-13) in four games with the Scottsdale Scorpions (Giants), with no homers and an RBI.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009): The right-handed pitcher from Oregon State is 0-0, 6.75 in one start with the Salt River Rafters (Cardinals), with three strikeouts in four innings.

TYLER ANDERSON (2009): The left-handed pitcher from Oregon has not yet appeared in a game with the Salt River Rafters (Rockies).

The AFL runs through mid-November. We'll have an update on our alums every Friday.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

MEDFORD: The Rogues have signed six more players for the upcoming season, increasing their roster to 30. Click here for more details, from the Summer Baseball Insider website.

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That's it for today. Have a great weekend.


Knights sign two more for 2014

October 17, 2013

Happy Thursday, everyone.

More signings to announce this morning. The Knights are happy to add right-handed pitcher Stephen White, a freshman at Tacoma Community College, where he's mentored by Knights' pitching coach Connor Lambert, and outfielder Jackson Ruckert, a junior at Linfield. Ruckert is a 10-day signee.

White is a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder from Woodinville High in Woodinville, Wash., an east side suburb of Seattle. He was 9-2, 1.45 in 12 games (10 starts) in 2013, with 42 strikeouts in 53 innings. He was a second-team Class 4A all-state selection and a first-team KingCo all-star.

Ruckert is a 5-10, 175-pound lefty/lefty from West Albany High. He hit .154 (2-13) with no homers or RBIs in 27 games in 2013, and played primarily as a pinch runner or late-inning defensive replacement. He scored five times and was 3-for-3 in stolen bases.

He lettered six times in football and baseball at WAHS, was a three-time Mid-Willamette Conference all-star and was a two-time 5A all-state selection. He hit .421 for his career at WAHS.

He's our third player from Linfield, joining pitcher Chris Haddeland and outfielder Jimmy Cleary, another 10-day signee.

Welcome to the Knights, gentlemen.

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Alum Alex Nesbitt (2013) of Washington was the winning pitcher for the Gold team on Tuesday in a 5-4 win over Game 2 of the annual Purple & Gold World Series. Brandon Choate (2013) also pitched for the Gold team.

Game 3 is at 7 tonight (Thursday) at Titon Field at Everett Community College. Game 4, the finale, is set for 3 p.m. on Sunday at Everett Memorial Stadium.

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Oregon State released its 2014 schedule on Wednesday and Nesbitt and Choate are two of several Knights alums who will visit Goss Stadium this spring. OSU hosts the Huskies on May 16-18.

Portland's Mike Lucarelli (2013), Cody Lenahan (2013), Colin Feldtman (2013) and Caleb Whalen (2012) will play at Goss on March 4, and face OSU again at Portland on April 1 and at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer on May 13.

Oregon's Stephen Nogosek (2013), Jared Priestley (2013) and Connor Hofmann (2011-12) play at Goss on April 25-27. They also host the Beavers in Eugene on May 6 and May 20.

Stanford's Austin Barr (2012) comes to town on April 4-6.

We'll announce our 2014 OSU Knights later this fall. Our current alums with the Beavers are Ben Wetzler (2011), Jace Fry (2011), Carlos Rodriguez (2012), Nate Esposito (2012), Kavin Keyes (2013), Dane Lund (2013), Gabe Clark (2013) and Kevin Flemer (2013), and coach Andy Jenkins (2012).

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The Bend Elks have hired veteran George Fox University head coach Marty Hunter as their manager for the 2014 season. It's a very solid hire; here are more details, from the Our Sports Central website; here's more yet from the Bend Bulletin newspaper, and here's even more from the team's website (click on the top topic).

Hunter (bio here) succeeds Joe Dominiak, who led the team the past two seasons. Hunter's son, Taylor Hunter, was a middle infielder for us in 2009.

Congrats to the Elks on their hire. There will be at least four new coaches in the WCL in 2014: Hunter; ex-Knights player/coach Billy Clontz at Kelowna; Gary Hatch's successor at Bellingham, and whomever is hired by the new Yakima franchise.

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Some news from elsewhere in the WCL:

KITSAP: The BlueJackets have signed Butler University infielder Alex Horowitz; Dixie State right-handed pitcher Tanner Howell, Montana State-Billings right-handed pitcher Byron Baker and MSU-Billings lefty/first baseman Tanner Walton for 2014.

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That's it for today. See you on Friday.


Knights announce three new signings

October 16, 2013

We're back to work today after a trip back to the East coast for a family wedding and we've got lots of Knights-related news to report. So, let's get started.

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We have three signings to announce today.

* Outfielder Dalton Kelly of UC Santa Barbara is a 6-foot-3, 180-pounder from Redding, Calif., who appeared in 27 games (10 starts) and hit .244, with two extra-base hits and nine RBIs as a freshman. He hit .333 with runners on base and .429 with runners in scoring position, hit .200 (2-10) as a pinch-hitter and had four multi-hit and three multi-RBI games.

Kelly was a three-year letter winner at Foothill High in Redding, earned All-League and All-Section honors, helped lead the Cougars to the 2012 Section Championship and earned Student Athlete of the Year and State Scholar Athlete of the Week honors from ESPN.

* Junior outfielder Scott Quinlan of UCSB is a 6-foot-1, 195-pounder from Danville, Calif., who played at Chabot JC before transferring to UCSB. He hit 11 homers and was a Golden Gate Conference all-star in 2011. He played at San Ramon Valley High, hit .370 with four homers and was an East Bay all-star selection as a senior.

* UC Riverside freshman right-handed pitcher Angel Landazuri is a 6-foot, 185-pound pitcher from Redlands High in Redlands Calif. As a junior, he was a first-team Citrus Belt League all-star after going 8-2 with a 1.06 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 72.2 innings.

Here's UCR coach Doug Smith's evaluation:

"Angel will arrive on the campus as arguably the most polished pitcher in the [recruiting] class. He can throw three pitches for strikes at any time and at any in count. He is a strike thrower with a good feel for our program."

Welcome to the team, guys.

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As most of you Knights fans, and readers of the Blog, already know, former Knights' player (2006, 2008-09) and assistant coach (2010-11, 2013) Billy Clontz has been hired as the new head coach of the Kelowna Falcons. Here's even more on the story from the Kelowna website.

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We missed this earlier this summer, but we're happy to report today that alum Caleb Whalen (2012) of the University of Portland and the Los Angeles Brewers was the MVP of the California Collegiate League's all-star game after he hit a single, double and triple in the contest.

A junior at UP, he was also rated as the league's top pro prospect by Baseball America. Here's their evaluation:

"After two modest seasons at Portland, Whalen took the CCL by storm this summer, hitting .361/.434/.525 with 15 doubles and nine steals for the league-champion Brewers. He singled, doubled and tripled in the league all-star game to capture MVP honors, and scouts who saw him repeatedly came away more impressed with each viewing.

"He's the best player in the entire league, bar none, no question in my mind," one NL area scout said. "He's really athletic - he shocked me with his combination of tools and skills."

Whalen has a live 6-foot-1, 185-pound body and plus-plus speed. He has good body control and actions at second base or third, and his plus arm plays at the hot corner or in the outfield. At the plate, the right-handed hitter impacts the ball with authority and drives balls through the gaps, giving him a chance to become a plus hitter with average raw power."

Congrats to Caleb.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells have hired Western Washington University graduate Stephanie Morrell as their new marketing director. Click here for full details, from The Bellingham Herald newspaper, and here's even more from the team's website.

COWLITZ: Jim Appleby has been named as the team's GM. He will be entering his fourth season as part of the team's front office, having spent the last two seasons as its Director of Operations. Here's more, from the Cowlitz website. Congrats to Jim, who always makes the trip to Corvallis when we host the Black Bears.

MEDFORD: The Rogues will host a workout by the University of Oregon team at Harry & David Field on March 24. Click here for more details.

WALLA WALLA: Sweets' GM Zachary Fraser has been promoted to chief operating officer of Pacific Baseball Ventures, the owners of the Sweets and the new Yakima franchise. Fraser, who spent four seasons at the helm of the Walla Walla Sweets, will be responsible for the long-term development of all operations in both Walla Walla and Yakima.

The Sweets promoted Katie Baxter to general manager, a role in which she will be directly responsible for management of day-to-day operations of the team. Here are more details, from the Walla Walla website.

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That's it for today. See you on Thursday.


WCL to re-align in 2014

October 8, 2013

Well, we've been promising you big news about the West Coast League for several weeks. Today's the day we reveal what's up.

The WCL will re-align into three divisions based on natural geographical boundaries for the 2014 season, president Dennis Koho announced Tuesday.

Here's how the new league will shake down:

SOUTH DIVISION: Corvallis, Bend, Klamath Falls, Medford.

EAST DIVISION: Kelowna, Walla Walla, Wenatchee, Yakima.

WEST DIVISION: Victoria, Bellingham, Kitsap, Cowlitz.

"With expansion growing the league to 12 teams, the opportunity to align with three divisions creates even greater rivalries within natural geographic boundaries and will hopefully help member teams see some savings as it relates to ever-growing travel expenses," Koho said.

The three division winners and a wild card (the remaining team with the best record) will advance to the playoffs.

Teams will continue to play at least one series against every other opponent, but not every team will visit every city every year. The 2014 schedule will be released shortly; the regular season will begin in early June and end on August 11, with two rounds of playoffs to follow.

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"Yeah, it's the Milkman!"

That cry will reverberate around Goss Stadium again next summer, as University of San Diego junior outfielder Grant Melker will return in 2014 for his second season with the Knights.

Grant hit .280 (37-132) with no homers and 12 RBIs in 54 total games in 2013. He led the WCL in steals (26), set a team record with 31 total steals, and was honorable-mention all-WCL.

A graduate of Claremont High in Claremont, Calif., Melker played sparingly at USD the past two seasons, mainly as a late-game defensive replacement, but expects to have a larger role in 2014.

His older brother, Adam Melker, played for us in 2008-09 while playing at Cal Poly. Adam just completed his second season Springfield (MO.), St. Louis's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

Welcome back, Grant!

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Just in case you somehow missed it, here's a link to the Our Sports Central story on Kelowna's hiring of former Knights' player and assistant coach Billy Clontz as the new head coach of the Falcons.

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Alum Ben Wetzler (2011), a key member of the bullpen and one of the emotional leaders of our 2011 WCL championship team, was profiled on Monday in this story in the Corvallis Gazette-Times. Benny turned down the pros for the second time in his career (he was also drafted out of high school) and will return to Oregon State for his senior season.

Teammate and fellow OSU senior Scott Schultz, another member of our 2011 champions, also receives a mention. He also turned down a potential pro contract to come back to OSU for his final season of eligibility.

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No other news from around the WCL, or from our partner schools, so we'll close. The blog is taking a few days off to attend a family function out East, so we'll see you next Wednesday. Have a great weekend and Go Beavers!


More on Billy Clontz to Kelowna

October 7, 2013

We told you on Friday that Knights' assistant coach Billy Clontz was headed to Kelowna to be the Falcons' new head coach. That should be official sometime later today.

"I am really excited for the opportunity [Kelowna owner] Dan Nonis and [general manager] Mark Nonis have given me," Clontz said. "I am looking forward to putting a competitive team on the field next summer.

"I appreciate the time I spent playing and working in the Knights' organization, and feel like I learned from the best."

Clontz starred at Corvallis High School and for the Richey's Market American Legion program before playing at Mt. Hood CC and Western Oregon. He was a starter at several infield and outfield positions for the Knights in 2006, 2008 and 2009. He earned all-WCL honors for Knights' teams that defeated Wenatchee in the 2008 WCL Championship Series, and that lost to the AppleSox in the 2009 finals.

Following his college career, Clontz joined a Knights' coaching staff that directed the club to the 2010 West Division regular-season title, and to the 2011 WCL championship. He also played and coached for the Morley Eagles in Australian baseball in 2011-12.

Clontz recently accepted an assistant coaching position at Ohlone College in Fremont, Calif., during the school year.

With Clontz's hiring, three former Knights are WCL head coaches. Corvallis coach Brooke Knight played for the team in 1994; Josh Hogan (2007-09) was the head coach at Klamath Falls in 2012 before moving to Medford last season. He'll also coach the Rogues in 2014.

Again, congrats to Billy as he begins his head coaching career.

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Right-handed pitcher Chase Johnson (2011), a Cal Poly alum, was rated as the No. 8 MLB prospect in the Northwest League this past season by Baseball America. He was selected by San Francisco in the third round of the 2013 draft.

Johnson was 3-2, 4.17 in 10 games with Salem-Keizer in the NWL, with 37 strikeouts in 41 innings. He also spent some time with the Arizona Rookie League Giants and was 4-2, 3.88 in 13 total games, with 44 strikeouts in 46.1 innings.

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The Miami Marlins have re-signed outfielder Alex Burg (2008), a former Washington State star who was the MVP of our 2008 WCL championship club. He originally signed with Miami this past spring after being released by the San Francisco Giants and then signed by Fargo-Moorhead of the independent American Association.

Burg played at New Orleans in the triple-A Pacific Coast League, at Jacksonville in the double-A Southern League and at Jupiter in the advanced-A Florida State League this past season. He hit a combined .253 (71-281) in 81 games, with six homers and 42 RBIs. His highest average (.300, 12-40) came at New Orleans.

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Nothing new in the West Coast League, so that's it for today. See you on Tuesday.


Billy Clontz headed to Kelowna

October 4, 2013

Big news down at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights this morning.

The Kelowna Falcons have hired Billy Clontz as their new head coach, general manager Mark Nonis announced Friday. A Corvallis native, Clontz formerly played (2006, 2008-09) and was an assistant coach (2010-11, 2013) for the Knights.

He succeeds Geoff White, who led the Falcons to a 19-35 record in 2013 in his first season as their head coach.

Billy will be the second member of the 2008 and 2009 Knights to become a WCL head coach. Josh Hogan (2007-09) coached at Klamath Falls in 2012 before moving over to Medford in 2013. Billy assisted for Josh in Klamath Falls in 2012 before returning to Corvallis.

Clontz, 27, helped direct us to our their third WCL championship. Billy was involved in all three titles, as a player (2008) or assistant coach (2011, 2013).

"We are all very excited for Bill's next endeavor," Knights' coach Brooke Knight said. "He has a tireless work ethic and a sound knowledge of the game. He will grind the Falcons towards a playoff appearance, I have no doubt.

"He will be greatly missed, and although bittersweet from a personal perspective, I can't wait to see him grow their on-field approach and passion to win. It's a great hire by Mark Nonis and his family."

You will be able to find more on this on our website, and probably on Kelowna's website, later today.

Congrats to Billy. We'll miss him but are excited about his promotion in the coaching world.

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We wrote on Thursday about the surprise resignation of Victoria general manager Holly Jones, the one-time assistant to Knights' president Dan Segel (2006-07). Here's more on that story from the Victoria Times Colonist newspaper.

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Not everyone we sign winds up playing for us, for various reasons. But we still keep track of them and follow their progress, as it helps us measure our own evaluation of the talent we attempt to bring to Corvallis every season.

I guess we did pretty well in 2012. We took second in the WCL behind Wenatchee, and three would-be 2012 Knights have been rated as Top-20 prospects in their respective minor league organizations by Baseball America magazine.

* Pitcher Cole Wiper of Oregon is ranked No. 20 in the Texas organization. An arm injury precluded him from playing with us. He was 2-1, 7.11 with he Ducks in 2013 as a draft-eligible redshirt freshman, and then played in the Arizona Rookie League.

* Infielder Zach Green, an Oregon State signee who instead turned pro after the 2002 draft and never made it to Corvallis, is ranked No. 4 in the Philadelphia organization. He played at Williamsport in the short-A New York-Penn League this past summer.

* Infielder Carson Kelly, an Oregon signee who instead turned pro in 2012 after his senior year at Westview High School and never made it to Eugene or Corvallis, is ranked No. 5 in the St. Louis organization. He played at State College in the short-A New York-Penn League this past summer.

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Holly Jones steps down at Victoria

October 3, 2013

Happy Thursday, everyone.

Big news in the West Coast League this morning involving former Knights Assistant to the President Holly Jones (2006-07). She has resigned as the general manager of the West Coast League's Victoria HarbourCats, effective immediately.

"I'd like to thank all the great people I've met over the last 14 months. I will not be returning for the 2014 season. I will be returning to Oregon to be with my family," Jones said via her Twitter feed.

"I am grateful for the love from partners, media, fans, friends, players and coaches and I wish everyone the best in the continued growth and success of the team."

Holly was the WCL's GM of the Year in 2013. Here's more on the story from the Island Sports News website.

Best of luck to Holly, who did a great job to make Victoria one of the most successful expansion franchises in WCL history.

And no, that's not the big news that will be forthcoming from the WCL within a month or so. You still have to wait for that announcement.

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Alum Elliot Surrey (2013) of UC Irvine, the WCL's ERA champion and our 2013 Knights Top Pitcher award winner, will play for the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod League next summer. Congrats to Elliot for a great opportunity.

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The Northwoods League announced its top 200 prospects from the 2013 season in Wednesday. The list was compiled by Bradley Smart from Smart on Sports after discussions with all 16 league managers.

Alum Nick Torres (2012) of Cal Poly, who played at Green Bay, was ranked No. 45. Here's Smart's evaluation of Torres, now a junior with the Mustangs:

"Torres is a solid outfielder with a great arm, he has a great swing at the plate as well. He hit .311 for the Bullfrogs, as well as hitting 14 doubles and knocking in 29 runs. A starter in the outfield, Torres was dominant for Cal Poly as a sophomore, hitting .333 in 59 games."

Congrats to Nick, who hit .286 (0-23) in 42 WCL games for us in 2012. He did not make Perfect Game Crosschecker's top-30 WCL pro prospects list in 2012.

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No other news from around the WCL. That's it for today, and we'll see you on Friday.