Former WCLer Earns Willie Mac Award

Former Corvallis Knights’ infielder Matt Duffy was the recipient of the 2015 Willie Mac Award, an annual honor voted on by San Francisco Giants players and coaches; and Giants’ legend Willie McCovey.

The award ceremony took place before the Giants/Colorado Rockies game at AT&T Park on Friday, October 2.

Duffy played shortstop and second base for the Corvallis Knights in 2010 following his freshman season at Long Beach State. Matt showed great promise that summer and earned second-team all-WCL honors.

To watch the ceremony and read more about Matt’s honor, please click here.

Matt Duffy is one of 25 players that played for WCL teams that appeared in the big leagues this past season including 2015 MLB home run leader Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles. Davis starred for the Kelowna Falcons in 2005, the WCL’s inaugural season.

Three WCL alums were September callups: Rocky Gale of the San Diego Padres, Trevor Brown of the San Francisco Giants and Matt Hague of the Toronto Blue Jays. Gale played for the Corvallis Knights in 2007 and 2009, Hague with the Knights in 2005 and Brown with the Wenatchee AppleSox in 2010.

Other players who played for WCL teams that appeared in the big leagues this past season featured Duffy and Brown San Francisco teammates southpaw Josh Osich (Corvallis Knights) and catcher Andrew Susac (Corvallis Knights); starting outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (Bend Elks) of the New York Yankees; pitcher Jason Hammel (Wenatchee AppleSox) of the Chicago Cubs; southpaw Tommy Milone (Wenatchee AppleSox) of Minnesota; starting pitcher James Paxton (Kelowna Falcons) of Seattle; pitcher Bud Norris (Aloha Knights) of San Diego; catcher Chris Stewart (Aloha Knights) of Pittsburgh; infielder Eric Sogard (Bend Elks) of Oakland; outfielder Cole Gillespie (Wenatchee AppleSox) of Miami; third baseman Brent Morel (Corvallis Knights) of Oakland; outfielder Daryl Ceciliani (Bend Elks) of the New York Mets; pitcher Marc Rzepczynski (Bellingham Bells/Aloha Knights) of San Diego; pitcher Blaine Hardy (Wenatchee AppleSox/Bend Elks) of Detroit; pitcher Matt Andriese (Corvallis Knights) of Tampa Bay; pitcher Tyler Wagner (Kelowna Falcons) of Milwaukee; pitcher Jeff Francis (Bellingham Bells) of Toronto; pitcher Chad Smith (Wenatchee AppleSox) of the Los Angeles Angels, pitcher Marco Gonzales (Wenatchee AppleSox) of St. Louis; and pitcher Matt Boyd (Corvallis Knights) of Detroit.