A pair of former West Coast League players, Andrew Vaughn and Cadyn Grenier, recently were the recipients of college baseball’s most prestigious awards. Most recently, former Victoria HarbourCat Andrew Vaughn of Cal won the Golden Spikes Award, the football equivalent of the Heisman.
Bend Elks alum Cadyn Grenier of Oregon State was the recipient of the Brooks Wallace Award, given to top shortstop in college baseball, while former HarbourCats slugger Andrew Vaughn of the Cal Bears was also named Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Year.
Grenier led the Bend Elks to their first WCL title in his first collegiate season, and earned second-team all-WCL honors as he hit .329 with 13 doubles, 3 homers, 11 stolen bases and 27 RBIs in 2015.
The Oregon State product was recently selected by Baltimore Orioles as the 37th overall pick in this year’s MLB Draft and was part of a national championship team as his Beavers won the College World Series by defeating Arkansas of the SEC in the CWS finals two games to one.
Vaughn had a .402 batting average for Cal this spring with a school record-tying 23 home runs. The Golden Spikes Award and Perfect Game/Rawlings honor are in addition to being named the Pac-12 Player of the Year. The first baseman appeared in seven games for the HarbourCats in 2017 before leaving to join the USA National Collegiate team.
ABOUT THE WEST COAST LEAGUE
The West Coast League (WCL) is the premier summer collegiate baseball league west of the Mississippi. The 14-year-old, 11-team, professionally operated wood-bat league located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest showcases pro prospects from major national conferences from June through the middle of August. The WCL features an unparalleled history of memorable fan and player experiences, and the best summer weather in North America. In 2018, 72 players with WCL experience were selected in Major League Baseball’s June amateur draft. 271 WCL alums appeared or were active in affiliated professional baseball in 2017, including 31 in the major leagues, such as 2015 home-run leader Chris Davis (Baltimore); record-breaking rookie slugger Rhys Hoskins (Philadelphia); rising star pitchers James Paxton (Seattle) and Matt Boyd (Detroit); and outfielder Mitch Haniger (Seattle). Overall member attendance was 412,392 last summer, an increase of nearly nine percent year to year.