WCL Alum Makes MLB Debut with Rocks

Former Wenatchee AppleSox infielder Pat Valaika made his major league debut this past Tuesday as a pinch-runner for the Colorado Rockies. An alum of UCLA, Valaika scored his first run in the big leagues last night as a pinch-runner in the Rocks 6-5 come from behind win over the San Francisco Giants.

Valaika played for the AppleSox in 2011 and earned honorable mention all-WCL honors.

Pat is the 27th WCL alum to play for a major league team this summer. Andrew Susac of Milwaukee was called up this past Tuesday, but has yet to appear for the Brewers. Susac, who starred at Oregon State, played for Corvallis in 2009.

The list of alums of WCL teams who have suited up for MLB teams in 2016 includes slugger Chris Davis of Baltimore and rising pitchers Tyler Anderson of Colorado, Matt Andriese of Tampa Bay and Matt Boyd of Detroit.

WCLers in the Show

* Tyler Anderson / Corvallis Knights / Oregon / Colorado Rockies
* Matt Andriese / Corvallis Knights / UC Riverside / Tampa Bay Rays
* Matt Boyd / Corvallis Knights / Oregon State / Detroit Tigers
* Trevor Brown / Wenatchee AppleSox / UCLA / San Francisco Giants
* Daryl Cecliliani / Bend Elks / Columbia Basin College / Toronto Blue Jays
* Chris Davis / Kelowna Falcons / Navarro College / Baltimore Orioles
* Matt Duffy / Corvallis Knights / Long Beach State / Tampa Bay Rays
* Jacoby Ellsbury / Bend Elks / Oregon State / New York Yankees
* Cole Gillespie / Wenatchee AppleSox / Oregon State / Miami Marlins
* Jason Hammel / Wenatchee AppleSox / Treasure Valley CC / Chicago Cubs
* Blaine Hardy / Bend Elks / Lewis-Clark State / Detroit Tigers
* Jim Henderson / Kelowna Falcons / Tennesse Weslyan / New York Mets
* Mitch Haniger / Corvallis Knights / Cal Poly / Arizona Diamondbacks
* Greg Mahle / Corvallis Knights / UC Santa Barbara / Los Angeles Angels
* Tommy Milone / Wenatchee AppleSox / USC / Minnesota Twins
* A.J. Morris / Moses Lake Pirates / Kansas State / Cincinnati Reds
* Brett Nicholas / Kelowna Falcons / Missouri / Texas Rangers
* Bud Norris / Aloha Knights / Cal Poly / Los Angeles Dodgers
* Josh Osich / Corvallis Knights / Oregon State / San Francisco Giants
* James Paxton / Kelowna Falcons / Kentucky / Seattle Mariners
* Marc Rzepczynski / Aloha Knights / UC Riverside / Washington Nationals
* Adrian Sampson / Bellingham Bells / Bellevue College / Seattle Mariners
* Chris Stewart / Aloha Knights / Riverside CC / Pittsburgh Pirates
* Andrew Susac / Corvallis Knights / Oregon State / Milwaukee Brewers
* Pat Valaika / Wenatchee AppleSox / UCLA / Colorado Rockies
* Tyler Wagner / Kelowna Falcons / Utah / Arizona Diamondbacks
* Colin Walsh / Kelowna Falcons / Stanford / Milwaukee Brewers