Knights Players, Coaches Named to All-Star Team
Seven members of the Corvallis Knights and the coaching staff have been selected to the West Coast League All-Star Game, scheduled for Tuesday night at Borleske Stadium in Walla Walla.
Catcher Austin Barr (Camas High/Stanford); outfielders Nate Blackham (Washington State) and Connor Hofmann (Oregon); third baseman Caleb Whalen (Portland), and pitchers Devon Barker (Centralia CC), Jorge Perez (Grand Canyon) and Rob Dittrick (Pacific University) will represent the Knights on the 21-member West Division team.
Brooke Knight of Corvallis will coach the West, assisted by pitching coach Connor Lambert. Knights' assistant coach Andy Jenkins has a previous commitment, so Knight will choose an alternate from another West Division team as his second assistant. The Knights' coaches were selected because their team is in first place at the all-star break.
Whalen and Hofmann were selected by the MLB Scouting Bureau. Whalen is hitting .265, with no homers and a team-high 18 RBIs. Hofmann is hitting .250, with two RBIs and nine steals. He was a 16th-round draft pick of the San Diego Padres in 2010 and is draft-eligible in 2013.
Blackham is hitting .325 with no homers, nine RBIs and 11 steals. Barr is hitting .328, with a team-high two homers and 14 RBIs. Both of his home runs were grand slams.
Barker is 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA and two saves in nine appearances, with 21 strikeouts in 20.2 innings. Perez leads the WCL with a 1.24 ERA and is 2-2 in five starts, with 17 strikeouts in 29 innings.
Dittrick received more than 90,000 votes and won the Knights' fan voting. He is 3-1 with a 1.54 ERA, third-best in the WCL. He has 19 strikeouts in a team-high 35 innings.
Here are each team's complete rosters:
CATCHER: Austin Barr, Corvallis; Josh Graham, Klamath Falls.
FIRST BASE: Bo Walter, bend; Josh Wong, Klamath Falls.
SECOND BASE: Parker Miles, Klamath Falls.
THIRD BASE: Austin Byler, Klamath Falls; Caleb Whalen, Corvallis.
SHORTSTOP: Tanner Nielson, Klamath Falls.
OUTFIELD: Nate Blackham, Corvallis; Connor Hofmann, Corvallis; Austin Diemer, Cowlitz.
PITCHERS: J.R. Bunda, Bend; Darin Gillies, Bend; Travis Radke, Bend; Devon Barker, Corvallis; Rob Dittrick, Corvallis; Jorge Perez, Corvallis; Cole Irvin, Cowlitz; Mikey Murray, Cowlitz; Felipe Perez, Cowlitz; Colin Feldtman, Kitsap.
CATCHER: Nate Causey, Bellingham; Jerry McClanahan, Kelowna.
FIRST BASE: Greg Friesen, Kelowna.
SECOND BASE: Jace Conrad, Kelowna.
THIRD BASE: Andrew Ely, Bellingham.
SHORTSTOP: Mitchell Gunsolus, Wenatchee; Patrick Johnson, Kelowna.
OUTFIELD: Jarel Lewis, Bellingham; Ty Moore, Wenatchee; Spencer O'Neil, Walla Walla; Kyle Pearson, Kelowna.
PITCHERS: Corey Carma, Bellingham; Sean Hartnett, Bellingham; Andrew Olson, Bellingham; Cord Cockrell, Kelowna; Brandon Marris, Kelowna; Phil Maton, Kelowna; Arturo Reyes, Walla Walla; Hunter Virant, Walla Walla; Derek Callahan, Wenatchee; Tyler Kane, Wenatchee.
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