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Harrison McGhee to return in 2015

September 25, 2014

Happy Thursday everyone. My yard is already starting to green up from the rain, but thankfully it will be gone by the weekend so we will have a dry Fall Festival. Now, on with the news.

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The Knights have signed junior pitcher Harrison McGhee of Concordia University for the 2015 season. He is our second returnee, joining pitcher Merrick Patito of Chaffey College. A 5-foot-10, 195-pound righthander from Ramona, Calif., McGhee was 0-2, 5.30 in 14 games for the Knights in 2014, with 32 strikeouts in 39 innings as a starter and a reliever.

An NAIA-West all-star in 2014 at Concordia, Harrison was 5-3 with a 1.45 ERA in 12 games, with 96 strikeouts in 86.2 innings. He led the Cascade Collegiate Conference in strikeouts and was third in ERA.

Welcome back, Harrison.

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Good night on Wednesday for two alums with the San Francisco Giants in their 9-1 loss to the Dodgers and ace Clayton Kershaw. Catcher Andrew Susac (2009) was 2-for-4 and pinch-hitter Matt Duffy (2010) was 1-for-1.

The Giants still need one more win to clinch a playoff berth and give the Knights five alums in postseason baseball. Catcher Chris Stewart (2001) and third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) and the Pirates are already in (although we are not sure if Morel is on the playoff roster). So is pitcher Bud Norris (2005) of the Orioles. Norris is having a great year and won his career-high 15th game on Wednesday, against the Yankees.

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Here is the Yakima Herald Republic's story on standout Vince Fernandez of the Pippins, the WCL's top prospect, according to Perfect Game.

As we reported earlier this week, the Knights had four players on that list: Dalton Kelly (5); Justin Calomeni (9); Brandon Choate (10), and Logan Ice (14). Alum Gabe Clark (2013) was 17th.

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That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you on Friday.


Knights sign Washington catcher Andy Cosgrove

September 24, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone. The rain is back, but we needed it and it is not supposed to hang around very long, so all is well. Now, on with the news.

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The Knights have signed freshman catcher Andy Cosgrove of Washington, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder who graduated from Juanita High School in Kirkland, Wash.

He was a second-team KingCo all-star in 2014, when Juanita made it to the state-championship game before losing 1-0 to Lakeside. Here is more on Cosgrove from The Kirkland Reporter newspaper. He also played for the Baden team in the Seattle Premier League this past summer.

Welcome to the team, Andy.

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Alum Andrew Naderer (2013) of Grand Canyon University was named to the Cape Cod League's postseason all-star team. He played for the Brewster Whitecaps and had a 2.27 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 35.2 innings pitched in 10 appearances.

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The Bellingham Bells have promoted Stephanie Morrell to assistant general manager, effective immediately. Previously, Morrell served as the team's marketing director. Here is more on that story from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you on Thursday.


Knights sign Chapman RHP Matt Smith

September 23, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Looks as if the rain might be returning finally but we sure had a great run of sunny, warm weather.

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The Knights have signed junior right-hand pitcher Matt Smith of Chapman University, a Division III school in Orange, Calif. Smith was 5-2 with a 2.94 ERA, and had 47 strikeouts in 52 innings over 14 appearances.

A 6-foot-4, 215-pounder from Palos Verdes High School in Lunada Bay, Calif., Smith was 2-5 record with a 5.53 ERA in 13 games as a freshman in 2013 and led the team with 59 strikeouts. He was the 2012 Bay League Pitcher of the Year as a PVHS senior and earned first-team all-league and first-team all-CIF honors in leading his team to the Bay League championship.

Welcome to the team, Matt.

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Alum Andrew Susac (2009) of Oregon State and the San Francisco Giants drove in the winning run in the 13th inning on Monday as the Giants defeated the Dodgers 5-2. Here is video of the hit from MLB.com; sorry about the annoying ad.

Andrew is hitting .264 (19-72) with three homers and 16 RBIs in 30 games for the Giants since being called up from triple-A Fresno in late July. He certainly has made a case to stick with the club for the entire season in 2015.

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Two alums had great seasons in the independent Frontier League.

* Washington (Pa.) Wild Things third baseman Carter Bell (2009) hit .289 (89-308) in 88 games, with 11 doubles, four triples, four homers, 37 RBIs and 30 steals in 35 attempts. Carter played at Oregon State and spent three years in the Arizona organization before being released before the 2014 season.

* Evansville reliever Eric Massingham (2006-07) was 0-0 with a 0.75 ERA in 10 games with the Otters, who acquired him in a trade with Southern Maryland of the Atlantic League in July. Mass had eight saves and 13 strikeouts in 12 innings.

He played at Cal Poly and earned all-WCL postseason honors both years he played for us. He also plays for the Canberra Cavalry in the Australian Baseball League.

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Former Knight Matt "Slider Guy" Hague (2005) has been assigned to the Buffalo Bisons of the triple-A International League by Toronto. They originally designated him for assignment on Sept. 2.

The Blue Jays claimed Hague on waivers in August from Pittsburgh, and he hit .377 in 13 games, with a homer and 10 RBIs at Buffalo. He reached the majors several times with Pittsburgh, who drafted him out of Oklahoma State in 2008. He also played 93 games at triple-A Indianapolis in 2014 and hit .267 (88-330), with 14 homers and 66 RBIs.

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That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you on Wednesday.


Washington freshman Bremer signs for 2015

September 22, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you all had great weekends.

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The Knights have signed University of Washington freshman pitcher Noah Bremer, a 6-foot-5 righty from Berkeley High School in Berkeley, Calif.

He was 10-1, 0.38 as a senior, with 110 strikeouts in 92 innings in 14 appearances. He was 4-4 with a 1.05 ERA in 2013, and was a first-team West Alameda Foothills Conference all-star both seasons.

"Noah is the potential weekend guy we are all looking for in the Pac-12," Washington coach Lindsay Meggs said. "He is already 87-90 (MPH) with good fastball command and much more in the tank.

"And while the velocity is only going to improve with Noah's long and loose frame, it's really his command of both the curve ball and changeup that sets him apart. Plus, his makeup is off the charts.

"His older brother Tyler pitches in the Cubs' organization so Noah has been around it for a long time. This guy is going to be special."

His father, Matt, is his high school coach. His mother, Shelly Neufeld, played college basketball at California.

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The Klamath Falls Gems have signed Ty Wyatt of Willamette University for the 2015 season. He was the only freshman selected first-team All-Northwest Conference in 2014. Here is more on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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Medford has announced several staff changes and signings for the 2015 season. Highlights include the departure of former Knight Griffin Boyd (2010-11) from the front office, and the hiring of the first female play-by-play broadcaster in the WCL. Please click here for more information on that story.

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That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you on Tuesday.


Knights sign Bellarmine star Jes Staples

September 19, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone. It is the end of the week and the official end of summer is upon us but Knights-related news knows no season. So let's get right to it.

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The Knights have continued our Bellarmine University connection, first established in 2014 with the addition of outfielder Phil Leopold, a 10-day signee who ended up making the team and becoming a major contributor.

The latest Bellarmine Knight to join the Corvallis Knights is junior outfielder Jes Staples. He hit .330 in 2014 and led Bellarmine with 63 hits, five triples, 16 steals and 33 runs. He also had 19 multi-hit games and won a gold glove for his outfield defensive work.

As a pitcher, he was 1-2 with a 0.93 ERA in seven games, with 12 strikeouts in 29 innings.

Last summer, Staples played for the Lexington Hustlers in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. He hit .310, with 36 hits, 10 steals, 10 RBIs, and 20 runs scored in 27 games. He made the all-star team and went 2-for-2 with a walk, an RBI, a run scored and steal in the all-star game. He had 12 multi-hit games overall and five three-hit games.

He is a 5-foot-11, 160-pound lefty from Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kent. Welcome to the team, Jes.

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Former Corvallis Knights broadcasters Jason Schwartz (2010) and Kevin Burke (2012) had another successful season behind the mic at their 2014 jobs in Lancaster Calif., and Traverse City, Mich., respectively. Please click here and check out this story on our website to read all about it.

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The sale of the Bend Elks to Let's Play Ball LLC is about to be finalized. Here is more on that story from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for this week. Have a great weekend, go Beavs, and we will see you on Monday.


Knights sign LHP Brady Williams of CMU

September 18, 2014

Happy Thursday, everyone. We have more Knights- and West Coast league-related news to report, so let's get right to it.

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The cornerstone of every Corvallis team is a strong pitching staff and 2015 should be no different for the Knights.

We have signed junior lefty Brady Williams of Central Michigan University for next summer. The 6-foot-4 graduate of Ridgefield High School in Ridgefield, Wash., pitched at Linn-Benton in 2013 and then moved north to Chemeketa CC in 2014 after LBCC dropped its (since re-instated) program.

Williams was 5-2, 2.42 in 11 games at Chemeketa in 2014, with 37 strikeouts in 48.1 innings. He was 1-0, 3.21 in nine games at LBCC in 2013, with 17 strikeouts in 14 innings.

He is the third pitcher to sign with the Knights, joining Cal Poly sophomore Slater Lee and RHP Merrick Patito of Chaffey College, a returnee from 2014.

Welcome to the team, Brady.

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Alum Matt Duffy (2010) of the San Francisco Giants drove in the winning runs in the top of the ninth as the Giants edged Arizona 4-2 on Wednesday night to move to within two games of the first-place Dodgers in the NL West.

Duffy improved to 4-for-10 as a pinch-hitter. Here is video of his big hit. He has done a great job for the Giants since being recalled from double-A Richmond this summer, where he was the Eastern League's all-star shortstop.

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We missed this story over the summer. Here is a nice profile on an original Corvallis Knight, left-handed pitcher Daniel Bibona (2007) of UC Irvine, from the Big West Conference website. He is now the UCI pitching coach.

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We also missed out on some West Coast Conference accolades for some former Knights. Portland pitcher Jackson Lockwood (2014), infielder Cody Lenahan (2013) and infielder Caleb Whalen (2012) all earned WCC all-academic honors. Lockwood (3.46 cumulative GPA in business) earned first-team honors; Lenahan and Whalen earned honorable mention. Here is more on that story, from the WCC website.

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That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you on Friday.


Cal Poly's Slater Lee signs with Knights

September 17, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone. We have more Knights- and West Coast League-related news to report, so let's get right to it.

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The Knights have signed Cal Poly pitcher Slater Lee for the 2014 season. He is a sophomore from Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, Calif.

A 6-foot, 200-pound right-hander, Lee was ticketed to join us for the 2014 after his freshman year, but instead he was shut down for the summer because of minor knee issue. He was 3-2, 6.20 in 14 games for the Mustangs in 2014, with 11 starts and 34 strikeouts in 49.1 innings.

Lee was 11-2, 1.34 in 2013 as a Carlsbad senior, with 90 strikeouts in 78.1 innings, seven complete games and five shutouts. He was the Avocado West League Pitcher of the Year, a first-team Avocado League all-star, and a first-team All-CIF-San Diego Section all-star.

He is the second Cal Poly player to sign with the Knights for the 2015 season. Freshman outfielder Josh George signed last week. We have also signed RHP Merrick Patito of Chaffey College, a returnee from 2014.

Welcome to the team, Slater.

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The Klamath Falls Gems have hired Justin Barchus as their new heads coach. A native Oregonian, Barchus has been the head coach for Capital City Select, one of the premier college prep travel teams in the country, for the past seven seasons.

He succeeds Mitch Karraker. Here is more on the story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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Victoria has signed five more players for the 2015 season, giving them 10 so far overall. Here is more on the story, again from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you on Thursday.


Merrick Patito to return in 2015

September 16, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Let's get right to the news.

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The Knights have signed right-handed pitcher Merrick Patito of Chaffey (Calif.) College for the 2015 season. He is a returnee from the 2014 team.

A 6-foot, 185-pound sophomore from Riverside, Calif., Patito was 2-2, 5.70 in 19 relief appearances, with two saves and 30 strikeouts in 23.2 innings.

Merrick was 6-3, 3.80 in 11 starts and 12 appearances as a freshman at Chaffey in 2014, with 71 strikeouts in 72 innings. He is the younger brother of former Corvallis pitcher Mitch Patito (2010-12). Welcome back!

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A couple items from the From the "What could have been" department:

* Third baseman Kevin Padlo, a University of San Diego signee who was ticketed to play for the Knights this past summer, was named a Rookie League all-star by Baseball America after a standout season with Grand Junction in the Pioneer League.

Padlo hit .300 in 48 games at Grand Junction, a Colorado affiliate, with eight homers and 44 RBIs. He signed with the Rockies after being drafted in the fifth round.

* Pitcher Tyler Mahle, a prospective 2013 Knight, was also named a Rookie League all-star by Baseball America after he went 5-4, 3.87 at Billings, a Cincinnati affiliate in the Pioneer League. He is the younger brother of former Knights' MVP Greg Mahle (2012).

The all-Rookie League team was selected from the Appalachian, Arizona, Gulf Coast and Pioneer leagues.

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Former Knights' p[lay-by-play announcer Jason Schwartz (2010) earned another ring last night as the Lancaster JetHawks defeated Visalia 10-2 in Game 5 of the California League championship series. Lancaster, a Houston affiliate in the Class A-advanced circuit, also won in 2012 and 2013 and Jason has been their play-by-play announcer each year.

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That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you on Wednesday.


Baseball America ranks Kelly, Calomeni

September 15, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you all had a great weekend.

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Two Knights made Baseball America's list of the Top 10 West Coast League prospects for the 2014 season. UC Santa Barbara first baseman/outfielder Dalton Kelly was ranked No. 5 and Cal Poly pitcher Justin Calomeni was ranked No. 7.

Here's their evaluation:

5. Dalton Kelly, of/1b, Corvallis (Jr., UC Santa Barbara):

"Kelly has not been a regular in two years at school, getting 63 plate appearances, but he got the necessary reps to become one of the top performers in the league this summer, while also showing tools.

"The left-handed-hitting Kelly produced a .336/.446/.604 line to finish sixth in on-base percentage and second in isolated slugging (.268) after hitting seven home runs. He has average raw power that projects to be above-average once he adds strength to his lean 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame. Coaches praised his hitting aptitude although he does it unconventionally in the batter's box and tends to drift.

"The athletic Kelly is at least a plus runner with a chance in center field who reportedly ran a 6.5 in the 60-yard dash. He saw time in all three outfield spots with an arm that is at least average. Kelly is extremely young for the draft class and won't be 21 until two months after the draft."

7. Justin Calomeni, rhp, Corvallis (So., Cal Poly)

"Calomeni stepped into the rotation as a freshman and was a mainstay for a top-10 team. Despite pitching in the same rotation as Phillies second-rounder Matt Imhof, Calomeni tied for the best strikeout-walk ratio on the team (3.7 with Casey Bloomquist), besting Imhof's 2.9.

"He is a strike-thrower with a three-pitch mix. Calomeni's fastball sits 88-92, touching 93 with arm-side run and sink from a long, loose arm action that inverts significantly. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Calomeni has a projectable build, and evaluators think he has a chance to throw harder.

"Calomeni lacks a consistently average secondary offering at present, as both his changeup and slider are below-average to fringe-average offerings. But his slider flashes late tilt and depth at its best. He projects to have at least average control and walked 2.2 per nine this spring and 2.4 this summer, which was the fifth-lowest walk rate in the league.

"The 18-year-old is very young for his draft class and won't be 21 until four months after the draft, making him more of a rising freshman by age."

Congrats to both players. Perfect Game should have its top prospects list sometime this week.

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Big day for our Knights alums with the San Francisco Giants on Sunday in their 4-2 loss to the Dodgers. Catcher Andrew Susac (2009) was 2-for-4 with a double and a run and shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 1-for-1 with an RBI.

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The minor league season is over, so no more Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Pitcher James Nygren (2009) and outfielder Alex Burg (2008) were members of the Southern League champion Jacksonville Suns. Pitcher Greg Peavey (2007) was a member of the Eastern League-champion Binghamton Mets.

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Here is a list of honors for the Falcons in the first season at Kelowna under former Knights' assistant coach and player Billy Clontz, from the team website.

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That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you on Tuesday.


Lucarelli named 2014 MVP

September 12, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone.

The Knights announced our 2014 team awards on Thursday.

* Shortstop Michael Lucarelli of Portland was the Most Valuable Player.

* Starting pitcher Chris Haddeland of Linfield and closer Brandon Choate of the University of Washington shared Top Pitcher honors.

* First baseman/outfielder Dalton Kelly of UC Santa Barbara earned Top Prospect recognition.

* UCSB teammate outfielder Scott Quinlan earned the Joe Segel Hustle Award.

Here is more on that story, from our website. Congrats to all our award winners!

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Alum Cody Lenahan (2013) of Portland was named one of the top pro prospects in the California Collegiate League by Perfect Game. Unfortunately the story is behind a pay wall so we can't link it, but congrats to Cody, who will be a senior at UP this season.

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Durham (AAA International, Rays) pitcher Matt Andriese (2009) allowed two runs on five hits, had eight strikeouts in six innings and got the win as the Bulls defeated Pawtucket 4-3 in the International League playoffs on Thursday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention went to:

* Jacksonville (AA Southern, Marlins) pitcher James Nygren threw two scoreless innings and had two strikeouts in a 12-3 win over Chattanooga in the Southern League playoffs.

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Here is a story from reporter Grant Lucas of the Bend Bulletin about the 2014 Bend Elks season (which we ended with Kevin Kline's dramatic walkoff homer, if you recall!).

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That is all for today. Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday.