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Knights Sign UCLA Signee for 2018

November 30, 2017 - West Coast League (WCL) - Corvallis Knights News Release

UCLA signee Dennis Boatman joins Knights

The Corvallis Knights have signed pitcher Dennis Boatman of Woodcreek High School in Roseville, Calif., for the 2018 West Coast League season. He will be a freshman at UCLA in 2018-19.

A 6-foot-5, 215-pound right-hander, Boatman is a combined 8-3, 1.30 in 22 games in three seasons at Woodcreek, with 80 strikeouts in 102.1 innings. He earned 2017 Underclass High Honorable Mention honors from Perfect Game.

He was ranked No. 48 in the 2018 Perfect Game USA top prep prospects in California and ranks No. 311 in the 2018 Perfect Game's USA top 500 prep prospects. He was 3-2, 1.36 with 50 strikeouts in 56.2 innings as a junior and 5-1, 1.23 with 30 strikeouts in 45.2 innings as a sophomore.

UCLA coach John Savage said Boatman projects well.

"He is another strong right-handed pitcher that is only going to get better as he gets older," Savage said. "He has a very competitive mind and loves to work hard and get better.

"He has a fastball, slider and changeup but we think he will throw very hard down the road. With his athleticism and competitiveness, we think he will be a really good match for our program."

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.

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