August 1, 2022
The West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, as announced by league commissioner Rob Neyer, are the Corvallis Knights’ Logan Johnstone (Gonzaga) and the Edmonton Riverhawks’ Aren Alvarez (UC San Diego).
Last week, Johnstone scored eight runs and went 10 for 20 for the red-hot Knights. On Sunday, the Los Gatos, California native drove in the game’s only run to extend Corvallis’ winning streak to 14 games in the 1-0 road victory over the Walla Walla Sweets. In 31 games with the Knights this summer, the rising sophomore is batting .333, following a spring in which batted .273 in 25 games with Gonzaga.
Alvarez was masterful last Wednesday, tossing seven scoreless innings and allowing just two hits with nine strikeouts in Edmonton’s win over the Kamloops NorthPaws. The expansion Riverhawks are in the thick of the playoff race, currently tied for the North Division’s top spot in the second-half standings. The hurler from Rancho Cucamonga is 2-0 with a 2.34 ERA in 10 games for Edmonton. Alvarez pitched in 20 games this spring with UC San Diego, posting a 3-4 record and 4.32 ERA during his junior campaign.
About the West Coast League: The West Coast League is the West’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Encompassing Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and now Alberta, the WCL showcases pro prospects from major collegiate conferences around the nation. Every summer, the league features unparalleled fan and player experiences, with North America’s best baseball weather and a mix of classic and state-of-the-art ballparks, all backdropped by dramatic scenery. The 2019 MLB amateur draft began with former Corvallis Knight Adley Rutschman selected with the overall No. 1 pick by the Baltimore Orioles, and the recently completed 2022 draft featured two West Coast League alumni, Brooks Lee and Gabriel Hughes, among the first 10 picks.