Jackson Elder

The West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, as announced by Commissioner Rob Neyer, are Cowlitz Black Bears infielder Keaton Grady (Dallas Baptist) and Bend Elks right-hander Jackson Elder (Utah).

In six games with the Black Bears last week, Grady drove in 11 runs and produced ten hits. The sizzling stretch was highlighted on Friday night against the Ridgefield Raptors, when Grady hit a grand slam for his first home run of the summer. The rising junior batted .250 in 21 games for DBU this spring, helping the Patriots make their tenth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Saturday night, Elder twirled seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and zero walks while striking out eight batters versus the Yakima Valley Pippins. Elder has thrived in his five outings with Bend, going 1-1 with a 2.82 ERA since joining the Elks. During his junior campaign for the Utes in the spring, the Portland native made 20 appearances with a 2-2 record and a 5.15 ERA.

About the West Coast League: The West Coast League is the West’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Encompassing Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and now Alberta, the WCL showcases pro prospects from major collegiate conferences around the nation. Every summer, the League features unparalleled fan and player experiences, with North America’s best baseball weather and a mix of classic and modern ballparks, all backdropped by the sport’s most stunning scenery. The 2019 MLB amateur draft began with former Corvallis Knight Adley Rutschman selected with the overall No. 1 pick by the Baltimore Orioles, and the 2022 draft featured two West Coast League alumni, Brooks Lee and Gabriel Hughes, among the first 10 picks.