WCL Alums Twirl No-No for Cougars

Four West Coast League alums – Parker McFadden, AJ Block, Collin Maier and Ryan Walker – combined to no-hit Santa Clara this past Sunday at Washington State as the Cougs blanked the Broncos 5-0 to sweep their non-conference series.

McFadden, who pitched for the Cowlitz Black Bears in 2016, got the win – his first this spring. Parker made 14 relief appearances with Cowlitz, striking out 23 over 21.1 IP.

AJ Block pitched for the Victoria HarbourCats in 2017. The lefty logged 23.1 innings over 6 appearances and 5 starts while striking out 25; and went 2-0 with a 1.92 ERA.

Collin Maier went 6-1 with a 2.68 ERA last summer for the Wenatchee AppleSox. He logged 53.2 innings over 9 appearances and 8 starts; and earned first-team all-WCL honors.

Ryan Walker pitched for the Corvallis Knights in 2015. The right-hander went 3-2 over 8 appearances, 5 starts and 32.1 innings pitched while striking out 33 and posting a 4.17 ERA. He recorded one save and also earned a save in the 2015 WCL All-Star Game.


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 conferences across the nation June through August. Out west, the league features an unparalleled history of memorable fan and player experiences and the best summer weather in North America. 83 players with WCL experience were selected in the MLB 2017 June 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 this past summer, an increase of 8.6% in total attendance.