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Rogues Sign Four

November 17, 2014 - West Coast League (WCL)
Medford Rogues News Release

MEDFORD, OR - The Medford Rogues today announced four player signings for the 2015 season. Joining the Rogues are junior infielder/outfielder John Kinne (Columbia), junior right handed pitcher Billy Olson (Arkansas-Pine Bluff), as well as two players from one of the nation's top Junior College programs, Cochise College (Tucson, Arizona). Cochise sends sophomore left-handed pitcher Kade Wagner and freshman outfielder Jackson Overlund.

"We're very happy with the roster we're putting together," Rogues General Manager Chuck Heeman said. "John has been a solid contributor for Columbia and we're glad to expand our player footprint to the east coast. Billy played JC ball at College of the Desert, a great program for developing pitchers. Kade had a great year as a starter and figures to be one of our mainstays next year, and Jackson comes with some great accomplishments behind him in Michigan high school ball. Cochise has been to the JC World Series the past two seasons and has a long history of success, so we're happy to be partnering with them."

Information on the latest group of 2015 Medford Rogues:

John Kinne, infielder/outfielder, Columbia, Junior

6'0", 185, Great Barrington, MA, bats and throws right

Kinne hit .274 in 25 games for the Lions in 2014, driving in five and committing only one error, after hitting .615 as a freshman. Kinne played shortstop, third base and outfield for Columbia and projects to do the same with the Rogues in 2015.

Billy Olson, RHP, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Junior

6'0", 200, Palm Desert, CA, bats and throws right

Olson compiled at 2-1, 3.00 record at College of the Desert (Palm Desert, California) in 2014, pitching 27 innings with 32 strikeouts and only 11 walks in seven games (four starts). At Arkansas-Pine Bluff Olson projects as a weekend starter for the Golden Lions.

Jackson Overlund, OF, Cochise (AZ) JC, Freshman

5'11", 200, Ada, MI, bats and throws right

Overlund was named to the Perfect Game All-Central Region team in 2014 and is a college teammate of Rogues pitcher Kade Wagner. He joined 2015 Rogues LHP Aaron Schwark (Kalamazoo College) on the All-Central Region team in 2014.

Kade Wagner, LHP, Cochise (AZ) JC, Sophomore

6'1", 180, Riverton, UT, bats and throws left

Wagner starred at Cochise (Tucson, AZ) College in his freshman year, pitching 51 1/3 innings and going 4-3, 2.10 with 57 strikeouts and only 17 walks. He pitched one complete game in his 14 appearances (nine starts) for the Apache.

The Rogues will announce their 2015 season schedule as soon as it is available. Season tickets are available now by visiting the Rogues' Harry & David Field offices or calling 541-973-2883, or by visiting online.

The West Coast League is a 12-team collegiate wood-bat baseball league composed of the best college players, coaches, facilities and operators in the industry. Ranging from Medford, Oregon north to Kelowna, B.C., and the league has operated as the WCL since 2005. In June, 56 WCL players were selected in the Major League draft. For more information on the WCL, go to

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