Beavers Sign Six Baseball Players

July 16, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State has signed six more high school and junior college players for its 2002-03 baseball recruiting class, OSU head coach Pat Casey announced Wednesday. The signees are outfielder/first baseman Mitch Canham (Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens HS), utility player Andy Jenkins (Salem, Ore./South Salem HS, Mt. Hood CC), first baseman/outfielder Michael Lissman (Ontario, Ore./Ontario HS), righthanded pitcher/third baseman Jacob McCormick (Penn Valley, Calif./Erindale HS in Canberra, Australia), shortstop Shea McFeely (Federal Way, Wash./Federal Way HS, Tacoma CC) and outfielder Bryan Stone (Albany, Ore./South Albany HS).

'We're very pleased with this group,' Casey said. 'You put these players with the ones we signed last fall, and we've added talent and some depth at every position. It's going to be very exciting this fall to get them on the field with our returning players. We're going to bring in a lot of young players, and they're going to have to develop early for us to be a good club in the spring, but we think they have the potential to do that.'

That group joins a previously-announced player who signed this spring, righthanded pitcher Dallas Buck (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS). OSU's recruiting class also includes eight players who signed last fall: lefthanded pitcher Kyle Aselton (Chehalis, Wash./Chehalis HS, Lower Columbia CC), lefthanded pitcher/outfielder Kevin Gunderson (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic HS), righthanded pitcher Brett Hawley (Bellevue, Wash./Newport HS), lefthanded pitcher/outfielder Kevin Joslyn (Spokane, Wash./Mt. Spokane HS, Columbia Basin CC), righthanded pitcher Andrew Myette (Gig Harbor, Wash./Guilford Park Secondary HS in Surrey, B.C., Lower Columbia CC), righthanded pitcher Jonah Nickerson (Milwaukie, Ore./Oregon City HS), catcher Casey Priseman (Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville HS) and shortstop Chad Schroeder (Everett, Wash./Cascade HS).

Canham batted .430 with four triples, four doubles, 30 runs batted in and 12 stolen bases this past season for Lake Stevens.

'Mitch is a guy who can give us a hitter from the lefthanded side, where we're losing two pretty productive hitters (Andy Jarvis and Chris Biles),' Casey said. 'He can come in and give us immediate help.'

'I really liked the coaching staff,' said Canham of choosing OSU, where he plans to study Engineering. 'And I like the idea of being away from home so I can mature as an individual.'Jenkins batted .358 with four homers, one triple, 15 doubles, 29 RBIs and three stolen bases this spring while playing catcher and third base for Mt. Hood. He earned first team all-division and All-NWAACC honors.

'Andy has the ability to play several different positions, and he brings us experience. He should be a strong offensive player,' Casey said of Jenkins, who had been a second team all-state third baseman at South Salem.

'I always wanted to play in the Pac-10, and Oregon State has great facilities and a good coaching staff,' Jenkins said. 'They're a team that's on the rise; we should win some games next year.'

Lissman batted .529 with 10 homers and 45 RBIs for Ontario, earning first team all-league and all-state honors while helping the Tigers to the state final.

'Michael is a very good athlete from a small school,' said Casey, whose team last spring had one of the Pacific-10's top outfields with three players from smaller Oregon high schools. 'He can play the infield and the outfield, and he's very athletic.'

'I really like the program they have,' Lissman told the Ontario Argus-Observer of signing with OSU. 'It's a wonderful school and a wonderful town ... we're going to be good next year. They have a chance to compete.'

McCormick played the bulk of his high school-age ball while his family was living in Australia. Pitching year-round for state and academy all-star teams in relief, he was 2-0 with four saves and a 3.42 earned run average, striking out 84 in 76 1/3 innings; he also batted .344 with nine homers and 61 RBIs. Former OSU pitcher Kevin Hooker, a native Australian, recommended OSU to McCormick.

'He's big and he's very strong, and he's got a real strong arm,' said departing OSU pitching coach Gary Henderson, who recruited McCormick. 'He's a potential two-way player with a possible great future as a pitcher.'

'It's a really good facility and a good coaching staff,' said McCormick, who wants to study Business.

McFeely was named the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges' Most Valuable Player this spring, batting .441 with four homers, six triples, 19 doubles, 48 RBIs and 15 stolen bases as a freshman at Tacoma. At OSU, he'll have three years of eligibility.

'Shea is a junior college infielder with legitimate power, and he can play more than one position,' Casey said. 'He has the capability to contribute for us right away.'

Coming out of Federal Way, McFeely was drafted in the 40th round by the Cleveland Indians after being his league's Pitcher of the Year; he went 7-0 as a senior and batted .466.

'I was really interested in going there last year, and they gave me a good scholarship offer,' McFeely said of selecting OSU. 'I have a couple of buddies going there and playing football, and it's close for my family to come and watch.'

Stone batted .425 with three homers and 19 RBIs to earn second team all-league honors for South Albany this spring. As a junior, he'd been a first team all-league pick.

'Bryan is a guy I've seen play a lot,' Casey said. 'He's a physical player who runs well and has power potential.'

'It's a chance to play Division I baseball, to be close to home and to play for a good program,' Stone said of picking Oregon State, where he plans to study a wildlife-related field.

OREGON STATE BASEBALL - SPRING, 2003 SIGNINGSDallas Buck, RHP; Newberg, Ore. (Newberg HS)2003: 10-2 record, 2 saves, 0.45 ERA, 85.1 innings, 38 hits, 155 strikeoutsState player of the year; first team all-leagueDrafted in 19th round by Pittsburgh PiratesMitch Canham, OF/1B/3B; Lake Stevens, Wash. (Lake Stevens HS)2003: batted .430, 4 triples, 4 doubles, 30 RBIs, 12 stolen basesFirst team all-league utility; second team all-area third baseAndy Jenkins, UT; Salem, Ore. (South Salem HS/Mt. Hood CC)2003: batted .358, 4 homers, 1 triple, 15 doubles, 29 RBIs, 3 stolen basesFirst team all-division; first team all-conferenceMichael Lissman, 1B/OF; Ontario, Ore. (Ontario HS)2003: Batted .529, 10 homers, 45 RBIsFirst team all-league; first team all-stateJacob McCormick, RHP/1B; Penn Valley, Calif. (Erindale HS in Canberra, Australia)2003: 2-0 record, 4 saves, 3.42 ERA, 76.1 innings, 84 strikeouts; batted .344, 9 homers, 61 RBIs(played year-round for state and academy all-star teams)Shea McFeely, SS; Federal Way, Wash. (Federal Way HS/Tacoma CC)2003: batted .441, 4 homers, 6 triples, 19 doubles, 48 RBIs, 15 stolen basesDivision most valuable player; conference most valuable playerBryan Stone, OF; Albany, Ore. (South Albany HS)2003: 2003: batted .425, 3 homers, 19 RBIsSecond team all-leagueOREGON STATE BASEBALL - FALL, 2002 SIGNINGSKyle Aselton, LHP; Chehalis, Wash. (Chehalis HS/Lower Columbia CC)2003: 8-1 record, 0.66 ERA, 68.1 innings, 32 hits, 32 walks, 86 strikeoutsFirst team all-division; second team all-conferenceKevin Gunderson, LHP/OF; Portland, Ore. (Central Catholic HS)2003: 12-0 record, 3 saves, 0.71 ERA, 156 strikeouts; batted .429League co-most valuable player; first team all-stateBrett Hawley, RHP; Bellevue, Wash. (Newport HS)2003: 2-0 record, 1 save, 26.2 innings, 21 hits, 5 walks, 37 strikeoutsHonorable mention all-leagueKevin Joslyn, LHP/OF; Spokane, Wash. (Mt. Spokane HS/Columbia Basin CC)2003: 8-0 record, 1 save, 0.97 ERA, 46.1 innings, 27 hits, 7 walks, 63 strikeoutsDivision co-most valuable player; first team all-conferenceAndrew Myette, RHP; Gig Harbor, Wash. (Guilford Park Secondary HS in Surrey, B.C./Lower Columbia CC)2003: 5-0 record, 0.94 ERA, 47.2 innings, 34 hits, 12 walks, 62 strikeoutsFirst team all-divisionJonah Nickerson, RHP; Milwaukie, Ore. (Oregon City HS)2003: 10-3 record, 1.06 ERA, 86 innings, 21 walks, 134 strikeoutsLeague co-most valuable player; first team all-stateCasey Priseman, C; Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville HS)2003: batted .315, 4 doubles, 2 homers, 15 RBIs, 11 stolen basesFirst team all-leagueChad Schroeder, SS; Everett, Wash. (Cascade HS)2003: batted .403, 1 homer, 4 doubles, 14 RBIs, 10 stolen basesFirst team all-league pitcher, shortstop; first team all-area shortstop
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