42 WCL Alumni Appeared in MLB During 2020 Season

During the pandemic-shortened 2020 Major League Baseball season, 42 alumni of West Coast League teams played in the major leagues.

A number of alumni posted outstanding seasons, such as Cleveland’s Cy Young Award candidate Shane Bieber (Cowlitz, 2014) and Seattle Mariners ace Marco Gonzales (Wenatchee, 2010). Other notable WCL alumni include pitchers Detroit’s Matt Boyd (Corvallis, 2010), the Yankees’ James Paxton (Kelowna, 2007) and Griffin Canning of the Los Angeles Angels (Wenatchee, 2014). Among top position players this year have been Philadelphia’s Rhys Hoskins (Kitsap, 2012), Chicago White Sox rookie Nick Madrigal (Corvallis, 2015) and Oakland A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano (Medford, 2014).

Eight of the 42 players made their MLB debuts this season. Below is the complete list of former WCL players who appeared in the big leagues during the shortened 2020 MLB campaign.

Matt Andriese (Corvallis), Los Angeles Angels
*Brandon Bailey (Wenatchee), Houston Astros
Shane Bieber (Cowlitz), Cleveland Indians
Matt Boyd (Corvallis), Detroit Tigers
Brandon Brennan (Bend), Seattle Mariners
Seth Brown (Bend), Oakland A’s
Griffin Canning (Wenatchee), Los Angeles Angels
Adam Cimber (Kitsap), Cleveland Indians
Chris Davis (Kelowna), Baltimore Orioles
Thomas Eshelman (Klamath Falls), Baltimore Orioles
Jace Fry (Corvallis), Chicago White Sox
Sam Gaviglio (Corvallis), Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Gonzales (Wenatchee), Seattle Mariners
Matt Hall (Walla Walla), Boston Red Sox
*Taylor Jones, (Wenatchee/Walla Walla), Houston Astros
*James Kaprielian (Wenatchee), Oakland A’s
Ramon Laureano (Medford), Oakland A’s
Nicky Lopez (Bend), Kansas City Royals
*Nick Madrigal (Corvallis), Chicago White Sox
Phil Maton (Kelowna), Cleveland Indians
Chris Mazza (Bend), Boston Red Sox
James Paxton (Kelowna), New York Yankees
Nick Pivetta (Victoria), Boston Red Sox
*Tarik Skubal (Kitsap), Detroit Tigers
Pat Valaika (Wenatchee), Baltimore Orioles
Taylor Williams (Cowlitz), San Diego Padres

Tyler Anderson (Corvallis), San Francisco Giants
Jeff Brigham (Bend), Miami Marlins
Kyle Garlick (Cowlitz), Philadelphia Phillies
Keston Hiura (Wenatchee), Milwaukee Brewers
*Spencer Howard (Bellingham), Philadelphia Phillies
Rhys Hoskins (Kitsap), Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Irvin (Cowlitz), Philadelphia Phillies
Tom Milone (Wenatchee), Atlanta Braves
Josh Osich (Corvallis), Chicago Cubs
*David Peterson (Medford), New York Mets
*Drew Rasmussen (Wenatchee), Milwaukee Brewers
Eric Sogard (Bend), Milwaukee Brewers
Andrew Susac (Corvallis), Pittsburgh Pirates
Ryan Tepera (Kelowna), Chicago Cubs
Taylor Williams (Cowlitz), San Diego Padres
Eric Yardley (Walla Walla), Milwaukee Brewers

*Made MLB debut in 2020

About the West Coast League: The West Coast League is the West’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Encompassing Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alberta, the WCL showcases pro prospects from major conferences around the nation. Every summer, the league features unparalleled fan and player experiences, with the best summer weather in North America. Last year’s MLB amateur draft began with former Corvallis Knight Adley Rutschman selected with the overall No. 1 pick by the Baltimore Orioles. Also in 2019, 317 WCL alums appeared or were active in affiliated professional baseball, including 45 in the major leagues. In 2019, overall member attendance in the West Coast League increased to nearly half a million.