Sixteen players who have played for West Coast League teams made Major League Baseball 2017 Opening Day rosters. The region’s team – the Seattle Mariners – feature three former WCL players. Last year, 28 alums of WCL teams appeared in the major leagues. Below is a list of players who played for WCL member teams that are starting their 2017 professional season in the big leagues.
Matt Andriese (Corvallis), Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Boyd, (Corvallis), Detroit Tigers
Chris Davis (Kelowna), Baltimore Orioles
Jacoby Ellsbury (Bend), New York Yankees
Jason Hammel (Wenatchee), Kansas City Royals
Mitch Haniger (Corvallis), Seattle Mariners
Bud Norris (Corvallis), Los Angeles Angels
James Paxton (Kelowna), Seattle Mariners
Marc Rzepczynski (Bellingham/Corvallis), Seattle Mariners
Ryan Tepera (Kelowna), Toronto Blue Jays
Tyler Anderson (Corvallis), Colorado Rockies
*Trevor Brown (Wenatchee), San Francisco Giants
*Matt Duffy (Corvallis), San Francisco Giants
Tommy Milone (Wenatchee), Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Stewart (Corvallis), Pittsburgh Pirates
*Andrew Susac (Corvallis), Milwaukee Brewers
*On disabled list.
ABOUT THE WEST COAST LEAGUE
The West Coast League is the premier summer collegiate baseball league west of the Mississippi. The 13-year-old, 11-team, professionally operated wood-bat league located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest features pro prospects from major conferences across the nation and an unparalleled history out west of great fan and player experiences in addition to the best summer weather in North America. In 2016, 88 players with WCL experience were selected in the MLB June draft, and more than 230 WCL alums appeared in affiliated professional baseball including 28 in the major leagues, such as 2015 home-run leader Chris Davis (Baltimore), 2015 NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Matt Duffy (Tampa Bay) and rising star pitchers Matt Andriese (Tampa Bay), Matt Boyd (Detroit) and James Paxton (Seattle). Overall member attendance was 379,611 this past season.