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Stuka and Millas Earn WCL’s Moss Adams Weekly Honors

The West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, as announced by league commissioner Rob Neyer, are the Wenatchee AppleSox’s Luc Stuka (Cal State Northridge) and the Springfield Drifters’ Theo Millas (uncommitted). Stuka had a monster day at the plate Saturday, collecting five hits and driving in five runs …

Theo Millas

The West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, as announced by league commissioner Rob Neyer, are the Wenatchee AppleSox’s Luc Stuka (Cal State Northridge) and the Springfield Drifters’ Theo Millas (uncommitted). Stuka had a monster day at the plate Saturday, collecting five hits and driving in five runs …

Heimueller Brings Lifetime of Baseball Experience to Nanaimo

By Rob Neyer How often do we reduce, in our minds, a baseball life to a line or two in Baseball-Reference.com or one of those old doorstop encyclopedias? In 1983, Gorman Heimueller started 14 games for the Oakland Athletics, all in the second half of the season. He won three of those, and lost five. …

WCL’s Lefties Sign Ex-NFL Wide Receiver Golden Tate

Today the West Coast League’s Port Angeles Lefties announced that ex-NFL wide receiver Golden Tate has signed as a Lefties player for the remainder of the 2022 season. While Jake Locker and Jordan Poyer both played for WCL teams before their NFL careers, Tate will become the first former NFL player in the league. “I …

Official League Offering Limited Edition WCL Hat Collection

Official League, a new lifestyle apparel brand exclusively for passionate fans, yesterday announced a new limited-edition hat collection celebrating Opening Day for the West Coast League, the West’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Official League has created brand-new, exclusive hat designs for the Bend Elks, Corvallis Knights, Portland Pickles, and Wenatchee AppleSox, with all four …

John Oleson

The West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, as announced by league commissioner Rob Neyer, are Ventura College infielder John Oleson of the Cowlitz Black Bears and University of Antelope Valley pitcher Colby Ring of the Kamloops NorthPaws for the week of May 30-June 5. This summer’s first …

West Coast League Goes Even Bigger With Tech

In recent seasons, the West Coast League has become the tech-friendliest and -savviest summer collegiate league, establishing partnerships with high-profile, industry-leading companies like TrackMan, Synergy Sports, and Driveline Baseball. As notable and productive as those partnerships have been, though, in 2022 the WCL’s technology partnerships have shifted into hyperdrive, with unprecedented coverage that will include …

#1 MLB Prospect Adley Rutschman Joins Orioles

The West Coast League’s highest-ranked prospect has been called up to the big leagues. Adley Rutschman, the sport’s top prospect according to MLB.com, has been promoted by the Baltimore Orioles and is set to make his MLB debut (Friday night, the Orioles posted video of Rutschman getting the good news). In 2019, Rutschman became the …

WCL Remembers Former Commissioner Jim Dietz

The West Coast League mourns the loss of the former league commissioner Jim Dietz. As the League’s first commissioner, Dietz oversaw the WCL’s launch and laid a strong foundation for the WCL’s continuing growth and success. He served as the WCL commissioner from 2005 through 2007, when he transitioned to a key role on the …

West Coast League Launches New Visual Identity

Today, the West Coast League unveiled a striking rebrand, beginning a transition from the league’s traditional WC logo to a new WCL mark that evokes the league’s sprawling geography, ranging from central Oregon north through Washington state, British Columbia and, beginning this year, well into Alberta, Canada. “The West Coast League’s geography is simply unparalleled,” …

Board of Directors Hold Annual Winter Meetings

Last weekend in Portland, the West Coast League’s board of directors gathered, both in person and via teleconference, for the League’s annual winter meetings. Most notably, the League’s board of directors approved a new postseason format that includes eight of the WCL’s 16 teams, with all eight postseason teams hosting at least one playoff game. …

Jerry Smoot Named Inaugural WCL Grass Roots Award Winner

Saturday night in Portland, the West Coast League tabbed Jerry Smoot as the inaugural winner of the WCL’s first Grass Roots Award. “Our Grass Roots Award celebrates coaches from our communities,” said WCL Commissioner Rob Neyer, “who have spent much of their lives working to promote amateur baseball and help young players achieve their full …

Board of Directors Gather for Fall League Meetings

Earlier this week in Indio, California, the West Coast League’s board of directors met in person for the first time in nearly two years, and reached consensus on a number of matters while renewing the deep, international ties between League members in Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alberta. “Our league’s No. 1 asset is our …

305 Alumni of WCL Teams Appear in Affiliated Baseball

In 2021, 305 alumni of West Coast League teams were active in affiliated professional baseball. A number of WCL alumni had impressive MLB seasons, such as former Cy Young Award winner and 2021 American League All-Star Shane Bieber (Cowlitz, 2014). Other notable WCL alumni include pitchers Nick Pivetta (Victoria, 2013), Matt Boyd (Corvallis, 2010) and …

Knights Named Perfect Game Summer Collegiate Team of the Year

Friday, the West Coast League received a bit of tremendous news: for the second straight season, Perfect Game has announced the Corvallis Knights as their Summer Collegiate Team of the Year. “I can’t say I’m completely surprised,” said Rob Neyer, West Coast League Commissioner, “since in their last two seasons, the Knights have won 77 …

WCL Announces Additional Postseason Award Honorees

Tuesday morning, the winners of the West Coast League’s Top Prospect, Coach of the Year, Executive of the Year and the Team Sportsmanship Award were announced by West Coast League Commissioner Rob Neyer. Incoming Oregon State freshman Travis Bazzana of the Corvallis Knights, who was also named the WCL’s MVP, earned the league’s Top Prospect …

All-WCL Teams Unveiled

Wednesday morning, the 2021 All-West Coast League teams were announced by West Coast League Commissioner Rob Neyer. “It’s my tremendous pleasure every year,” said Neyer, “to announce the WCL’s All-League teams. Considering the WCL’s position as the premier summer collegiate baseball league in the entire western half of the continent, saying our teams represent ‘the best …

WCL MVP and Pitcher of the Year Winners Announced

Monday, West Coast League Commissioner Rob Neyer announced the winners of the League’s top two individual awards: Most Valuable Player and Pitcher of the Year. “As the West’s top summer collegiate baseball league,” Neyer said, “we obviously featured a great wealth of exciting talent in 2021. Sifting through all that talent and arriving at these two …

Kiko Romero

Monday, Commissioner Rob Neyer announced that the West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week are Corvallis Knights infielder Kiko Romero (Central Arizona) and Knights left-hander Ethan Ross (San Jose State). Both Ross and Romero played crucial roles in helping the Knights capture their fifth straight WCL title, as Corvallis …

Ethan Ross

Monday, Commissioner Rob Neyer announced that the West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week are Corvallis Knights infielder Kiko Romero (Central Arizona) and Knights left-hander Ethan Ross (San Jose State). Both Ross and Romero played crucial roles in helping the Knights capture their fifth straight WCL title, as Corvallis …

Knights Win Fifth Consecutive WCL Title

The historic run is now a five-peat for the Corvallis Knights. On Friday night at Goss Stadium, the Knights topped the Yakima Valley Pippins 13-2 to capture their fifth consecutive West Coast League title. “When I became Commissioner four years ago,” Rob Neyer said after Friday night’s game in Corvallis, “I was well-aware of the …

Pippins and Knights Ready for WCLCS Winner-Take-All Game

With their backs against the wall, the Corvallis Knights were able to respond on Thursday night at Goss Stadium. The Knights beat the Yakima Valley Pippins 2-1 to even the West Coast League Championship Series 1-1 and set up a deciding Game 3. First pitch tonight from Goss Stadium in Corvallis is at 6:35 pm. …

Trevin Hope

Monday, Commissioner Rob Neyer announced that the West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week are Corvallis Knights infielder Kiko Romero (Central Arizona) and Bellingham Bells right-hander Trevin Hope (Lewis-Clark State). Romero and the Knights are heading to the West Coast League Championship Series after sweeping the Ridgefield Raptors in …

Kiko Romero

Monday, Commissioner Rob Neyer announced that the West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week are Corvallis Knights infielder Kiko Romero (Central Arizona) and Bellingham Bells right-hander Trevin Hope (Lewis-Clark State). Romero and the Knights are heading to the West Coast League Championship Series after sweeping the Ridgefield Raptors in …

WCL Playoff Pairings Set

With the West Coast League’s final postseason berth secured by the Ridgefield Raptors, both first-round matchups are finally set. Thursday night, the Raptors finished the regular season in a three-way tie with the Portland Pickles and Bend Elks, but Ridgefield owned the tiebreaker by virtue of their combined 9-3 record against Portland and Bend. Ridgefield will …

Hotly Contested Race for Final Playoff Bid

The West Coast League enters the final days of an already unprecedented regular season with not two, or even three, but four teams with highly viable paths to the league’s fourth and final postseason berth. The bracket is set in the WCL’s North Division, as the Yakima Valley Pippins finished atop the first-half standings, and …

Caden Connor

Monday, Commissioner Rob Neyer announced that the West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week are Ridgefield Raptors outfielder Caden Connor (Cal State Fullerton) and Portland Pickles right-hander Alex Giroux (San Diego). Connor went 12 for 16 with two home runs and 10 runs batted in Ridgefield’s sweep of …

Nick Oakley

Monday, Commissioner Rob Neyer announced that the West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week are Port Angeles Lefties infielder Nick Oakley (UC Santa Barbara) and Walla Walla Sweets left-hander Travis Craven (Whitman). Oakley went 9 for 23 with three home runs and eight runs batted in for the …

Duran Becomes 100th WCL Alumni to Reach the Major Leagues

Saturday night, the West Coast League reached a huge milestone when Jarren Duran batted sixth and started in center field for the first-place Boston Red Sox, becoming the 100th alumnus of a current or past West Coast League team to make his MLB debut. Chronologically, the list of 100 begins with Mike Thurman, who pitched …

Myles Davis

Monday, Commissioner Rob Neyer announced that the West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week are Ridgefield Raptors infielder John Peck (Pepperdine) and Cowlitz Black Bears right-hander Myles Davis (CSU Bakersfield). Peck played a crucial role in the Raptors’ sweep of the Port Angeles Lefties. The Pepperdine sophomore-to-be went …

John Peck

Monday, Commissioner Rob Neyer announced that the West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week are Ridgefield Raptors infielder John Peck (Pepperdine) and Cowlitz Black Bears right-hander Myles Davis (CSU Bakersfield). Peck played a crucial role in the Raptors’ sweep of the Port Angeles Lefties. The Pepperdine sophomore-to-be went …

18 Former WCL Players Selected on Day Two of MLB Draft

A total of 19 WCL alumni have been taken in the first 10 rounds of this year’s MLB Draft after 18 additional players were selected on Monday, including four among the top 63 picks. Matt McLain, who earned the WCL’s Top Prospect Award in 2018 as a member of the Bellingham Bells, was selected by the …

Ty Uber

Monday, Commissioner Rob Neyer announced that the West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week are Bellingham Bells outfielder Emilio Corona (Washington) and Corvallis Knights right-hander Ty Uber (Stanford). Corona went 9 for 20 with two home runs and eight runs batted in during Bellingham’s six games last week. He …

Chaz Myers

Monday, Commissioner Rob Neyer announced that the West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week are Yakima Valley Pippins infielder Chaz Myers (Pacific) and Wenatchee AppleSox right-hander Hunter Salinas (Colorado State University Pueblo). Myers went 11 for 21 with six doubles in five games for Yakima Valley last week. Nine …

Hunter Salinas

Monday, Commissioner Rob Neyer announced that the West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week are Yakima Valley Pippins infielder Chaz Myers (Pacific) and Wenatchee AppleSox right-hander Hunter Salinas (Colorado State University Pueblo). Myers went 11 for 21 with six doubles in five games for Yakima Valley last week. Nine …

Seven Former WCL Players Named All-Americans

Seven West Coast League alumni were named to All-America teams by Baseball America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, highlighted by first-team selection Aaron Zavala of the University of Oregon. Zavala, who played for the Ridgefield Raptors in 2019, had a .392 batting average with nine home runs, 38 RBIs and 64 runs scored …

WCL Increases Tech and Data Initiatives for 2021

Entering the 2021 season, the West Coast League continues to enhance technology and data Initiatives with the help of new and expanded partnerships. Among our growing partnerships is with TrackMan, which serves as an additional tool to aid player development and performance evaluation. TrackMan Baseball is used by all 30 Major League Baseball teams and …

West Coast League Creates Health & Safety Group

Today the West Coast League, one of North America’s premier summer collegiate baseball leagues, announced the formation of a COVID-19 Health & Safety Group, effective immediately. Meeting weekly from this week through the end of the postseason in August, the Health & Safety Group consists of representatives from five teams based in both Washington and …

WCL Adds Springfield Drifters as Newest Member Team

Thursday, the West Coast League announced the addition of the expansion Springfield Drifters as the league’s 16th member team. The Drifters will join the Bend Elks, Corvallis Knights, and Portland Pickles as the league’s fourth Oregon-based team. “When you look at a map,” said WCL Commissioner Rob Neyer, “adding another team in the Willamette Valley …

WCL’s Canadian Members Withdraw From 2021 Season

Wednesday, the West Coast League announced that all five of the league’s Canadian members have withdrawn from the 2021 season, due to continuing, pandemic-related border and gathering limitations. In addition to the Kelowna Falcons, who previously canceled their season, the Victoria HarbourCats, Edmonton Riverhawks, Kamloops NorthPaws, and Nanaimo NightOwls have also made the difficult decision …

MLB Opening Day Rosters Feature WCL-Record 31 Alumni

This year, a record 31 players with West Coast League experience have earned spots on Major League Baseball Opening Day rosters. What’s more, three of those players—reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber, of the Cleveland Indians; the Seattle Mariners’ Marco Gonzales; and the Detroit Tigers’ Matt Boyd—will serve as their teams’ Opening …

WCL Announces Driveline Partnership

Wednesday, the West Coast League announced that Driveline Baseball is now an Official Development Partner, with a wide range of elements that will provide unprecedented opportunities for WCL teams and Driveline athletes. “I’ve been admiring Driveline for years,” said Commissioner Rob Neyer, “and I’m thrilled that now we’ll be working so closely with them. Our …

WCL Unveils Adjusted 2021 Schedule for U.S. Teams

Tuesday, West Coast League Commissioner Rob Neyer released a revised 2021 schedule for the League’s 10 U.S.-based teams. The League and four Canadian teams—the Victoria HarbourCats, along with the expansion Edmonton Riverhawks, Kamloops NorthPaws, and Nanaimo NightOwls—continue to work toward a Canadian-only schedule, while closely monitoring the pandemic responses by border officials and provincial health …

WCL Announces 2021 Schedule Changes

Today the West Coast League announced the adoption of a revised 2021 schedule that eliminates all regular-season international travel. The new schedule will consist of the league’s U.S.-based members playing each other, and the league’s Canada-based members doing the same. This revised structure leaves open the possibility of a full league playoff format. “After the …

Kelowna Alumni James Paxton Returns to the Pacific Northwest

The Kelowna Falcons have featured a long list of big leaguers over the years, including slugger Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles and the newest Seattle Mariner – The Big Maple, James Paxton. Paxton is back in the Pacific Northwest and joins former WCLers Mitch Haniger of the Knights and Marco Gonzales of Wenatchee to …

A Team Reborn, a Birthday Anniversary, and Ties Between Two Baseball Cities

It’s often been said by those inside the game that the baseball world is very small. As widespread as the game is across the country on Little League fields, high school and college fields, and in professional stadiums, baseball has maintained a decidedly intimate feel with myriad small-town connections. The sport reaches deep into communities, …

WCL Alumni Mitch Haniger & Marco Gonzales Embody Winning Ways

The Corvallis Knights and Wenatchee AppleSox are a tradition celebrated each summer, one inning at a time. The two baseball clubs partnered from the very beginning as founding West Coast League members in 2005. From that inaugural summer collegiate season forward they have enjoyed extraordinary success on the field and in their respective communities.  In …

Richards Ready to Lead Revived Bushnell Program

By Rob Neyer Tenacious. When asked for a scouting report on Tommy Richards—on Tommy Richards as a player; as a coach; as a person, just living in the world—Scott Anderson kept coming back to the same word: tenacious. If anyone knows, Anderson would. In 2009 and ’10, Anderson was Richards’s head coach with the West …

MLB Vet Greg Swindell Added to HarbourCats Coaching Staff

There are MLB team coaching staffs that don’t have this much big-league playing experience. Count ’em up, 31 years. Greg Swindell, a 17-year MLB pitcher, has been added by Head Coach Todd Haney for the 2021 Victoria HarbourCats season, as Bench Coach. Add that to Haney’s five seasons and the nine seasons of Pitching Coach …

For 2021 Draft, McLain Ranked as No. 3 Prospect

Former Bellingham Bells infielder Matt McLain is one of four West Coast League alumni ranked among the Top 100 MLB Draft Prospects for 2021, according to MLB.com. McLain, a UCLA standout, is listed as the Draft’s No. 3 overall prospect. Other WCL alumni featured on the list include catcher Noah Cardenas (No. 62), right-handed pitcher …

WCL Alumni Shane Bieber Wins AL Cy Young Award

Wednesday, former Cowlitz Black Bears pitcher Shane Bieber was named the winner of the 2020 American League Cy Young Award after a dominating season for the Cleveland Indians. Bieber is the first WCL alumni to win a Cy Young Award. “We couldn’t be more thrilled for Shane Bieber, the Cowlitz Black Bears, and the entire …

Black Bears Hire Van Tol as Next Head Coach

Monday, the West Coast League’s Cowlitz Black Bears unveiled their new Head Coach: Gary Van Tol, who’s been teaching and coaching young players in the Pacific Northwest for three decades. “Gary is the ideal fit for the Black Bears and our community,” Cowlitz GM Gus Farah said. “Coach Van Tol will recruit, organize, and compete …

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 …

West Coast League Expands to Edmonton

Western North America’s premier summer collegiate baseball league continues to grow with Tuesday’s announcement from Baseball Edmonton introducing the Edmonton Riverhawks as the West Coast League’s 15th member team. The Riverhawks now join the Nanaimo NightOwls and Kamloops NorthPaws among three WCL expansion teams, all in Canada, set to begin play next June. The newest …

Kamloops NorthPaws Newest WCL Expansion Team

Wednesday, the West Coast League welcomed the Kamloops NorthPaws to western North America’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. “As Canada’s ‘Tournament Capital,’ Kamloops is obviously a hotbed for amateur sports in British Columbia, so collegiate summer ball is a perfect fit,” said WCL commissioner Rob Neyer. “As a new team, the NorthPaws face a stiff …

Nanaimo NightOwls to Take Flight in 2021

The lights, the history, the proud First Nations lore. And the world-famous dessert that helped make the City of Nanaimo a household name, all combined. The ownership group of the expansion team for the 2021 season, set to call historic Serauxmen Stadium home in the West Coast League, along with the team’s Founding Sponsor, Island …

WCL Announces New Merchandise Partnership with Teambrown Apparel

Today the West Coast League, one of North America’s premier summer collegiate baseball leagues, announced a new partnership with Teambrown Apparel to produce WCL-branded merchandise for the league’s fans around the Pacific Northwest and the rest of the baseball world, with items available immediately. “We initially became aware of the WCL because of their unique …

Former WCL Players Sign as Non-Drafted Free Agents

*Updated as of August 16, 2020 More West Coast League alums are gearing up to start their professional careers, signing as free agents with Major League organizations since the conclusion of MLB’s 2020 amateur draft. In addition to the five WCLers selected in this year’s five-round draft, 16 more players have now agreed to terms …

Five WCL Alums Selected in 2020 MLB Draft

Five alums of West Coast League teams were taken in MLB’s 2020 amateur draft, conducted June 10 and 11. With the Milwaukee Brewers’ selection of Garrett Mitchell with the 20th overall pick, 2020 marks the fourth straight year with a WCL standout drafted in the first round. Mitchell, a UCLA outfielder, played for the WCL’s …