Former Wenatchee AppleSox pitcher Griffin Canning (2014) became the team’s first alum to win a Gold Glove Award by claiming the top defensive honor for a player.
Canning earned the American League Gold Glove honor at pitcher after his second MLB season. The right-hander led all American League pitchers with 3 Defensive Runs Saved and also recorded a .938 fielding percentage.
Canning wasn’t just superb defensively; he was also stellar on the mound. He went 2-3 with a 3.99 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 56.1 innings for the Los Angeles Angels. Canning posted lower marks in both ERA and FIP in his sophomore year compared to his rookie campaign.
Canning went 1-1 with a 1.61 ERA in five appearances (four starts) in 2014 for the AppleSox. The Angels drafted 47th overall in the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He made his major-league debut on April 30, 2019.
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.