15 WCLers Make MLB Opening Day Rosters

Fifteen players who have played for West Coast League teams made Major League Baseball 2016 Opening Day rosters. Last year, 25 alums of WCL teams appeared in the major leagues. Below is a list of West Coast Leaguers that are starting their 2016 professional season in the big leagues.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Chris Davis (Kelowna), Baltimore Orioles
Jacoby Ellsbury (Bend), New York Yankees
*Blaine Hardy (Wenatchee/Bend), Detroit Tigers
Tommy Milone (Wenatchee), Minnesota Twins
Marc Rzepczynski (Bellingham/Corvallis), Oakland A’s
Eric Sogard (Bend), Oakland A’s

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Bud Norris (Corvallis), Atlanta Braves
Jim Henderson (Kelowna), New York Mets
Jason Hammel (Wenatchee), Chicago Cubs
Colin Walsh (Kelowna), Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Stewart (Corvallis), Pittsburgh Pirates
*Tyler Anderson (Corvallis), Colorado Rockies
Josh Osich (Corvallis), San Francisco Giants
Trevor Brown (Wenatchee), San Francisco Giants
Matt Duffy (Corvallis), San Francisco Giants

*15-day disabled list.

ABOUT THE WEST COAST LEAGUE

The West Coast League is the premier summer collegiate baseball league west of the Mississippi. The 12-year-old, 11-team, professionally operated wood-bat league located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest features pro prospects from major conferences across the nation and an unparalleled history out west of great fan and player experiences in addition to the best summer weather in North America. In 2015, 59 players with WCL experience were selected in the MLB June draft, and more than 200 WCL alums appeared in affiliated professional baseball including 25 in the major leagues, such as home-run leader Chris Davis (Baltimore), NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Matt Duffy (San Francisco) and rising star pitcher Josh Osich (San Francisco). Overall member attendance exceeded 400,000 in 2015. The 2016 54-game campaign opens Friday, June 3.