November 24, 2017 - West Coast League (WCL) - Corvallis Knights
Abbott Haffar, a freshman pitcher-outfielder at UC-Riverside, has signed with the Corvallis Knights for the 2018 season.
He is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound right-hander from Simi Valley High School in Simi Valley, Calif. He was a key member of a UCR recruiting class that was ranked 35th nationally by Baseball America and earned 2017 California Region honorable-mention honors from Perfect Game.
Haffar was a 2017 Los Angeles Daily News preseason all-area selection as an outfielder. Another 2018 signee, UC Santa Barbara freshman pitcher-outfielder Ben Fariss, was also an all-area selection. Haffar and Fariss were also named as "2017 players to watch" by the Los Angeles Times.
The Knights open the 2018 season on May 30 with the seventh-annual Science, Engineering & Arts Day game against the Portland Sea Dogs. They begin WCL play at Kelowna on June 6; their WCL home opener is June 12, against Wenatchee.