Baseball National Letter of Intent early Signings
Pictured from left to right: Jesse Davis, Jayden Hanna, Bryce Mulchay, Dillon Larsen
- Jesse has signed with University of Washington to attend for the 2018-2019 year. As a freshman he was a unanimous 1st team all-league selection going 4-5 with a 1.81 ERA in 59.2 innings.
Coach Blunt on Jesse: "He is a special arm and a fierce competitor on the mound. Very unique in that he is a sinker baller but also throws with high velocity. He was our #1 as a freshman and we are expecting huge things from him this upcoming year."
- Jayden Hanna has signed with Western Oregon University for the 2018-2019 year. As a freshman he was a Southern Region gold glove winner committing only 4 errors in 119 attempts.
Coach Blunt on Jayden: "Firstly he is a great teammate and an individual that makes other players around him better. One of the best defensive players I have ever been around and definitely has a chance to make some significant contributions offensively."
- Bryce Mulcahy Hanna has signed with Virgina Tech University for the 2018-2019 year. Bryce hit .254 as a freshman while totaling 20 RBI's. He also had 9 saves with 1.98 ERA.
Coach Blunt on Bryce: "He is a great athlete with upside in several different areas. As good as he was last year Bryce is just now starting to tap into his potential on the mound and could be one of the top arms in the NWAC for the 2018 season."
- Dillon Larsen has signed with University of Washington to attend for the 2018-2019 year. Dillon transferred from Central Washington were he had 18.1 innings as a true freshman.
Coach Blunt on Dillon: "He is a very talented and physical LHP where the sky is literally the limit. I can't say enough about his work ethic and maturity. We believe he has the opportunity to be a major contributor immediately and will only continue to improve with time."
Lane Community Colleges Finishes the 2017 Season placing 3rd at the NWAC Championship Tournament.
Former Lane Community College pitcher Keynan Middleton promoted to Los Angeles Angels
By Steve Mims |The Register-Guard
Middleton was drafted by the Angels in the third round of the 2013 major league baseball draft out of LCC. He is believed to be the first former Lane baseball player to reach the majors.
Middleton is a relief pitcher who had a 2.84 ERA and two saves in 10 appearances this season at Triple-A Salt Lake.
Middleton struggled during his first three seasons in the minors as a starter before being moved to the bullpen last year when he climbed from Single-A to Triple-A. The 23-year old right-hander went 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA at Single-A Inland Empire before being promoted to Double-A Arkansas, where he posted a 1.20 ERA. He ended the season in Salt Lake, where he was 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA.
Middleton is from Milwaukie High, where he also starred in basketball. He played baseball and basketball at LCC.
Middleton has been a role model for Oregon freshman pitcher Kenyon Yovan, a Westview High graduate whose dad played slow-pitch softball with Middleton’s father.
“I’ve known Keynan since I was 2,” Yovan said recently. “We’d always be out there tossing the ball around and playing against other kids. Those were good times.”
Yovan is 1-0 and tied for fourth in the nation with 13 saves in 15 appearances, compiling a 0.77 ERA with the Ducks.
“Once he got drafted and went through the minors, he told me what it’s like and what you have to do to prepare,” Yocan said of Middleton. “I tried to apply that every day in practice and every game. I try to go out there and play older than a freshman.”
Like Middleton, Yovan has moved from a starting pitcher to a reliever this year with the Ducks.
“Being a starter, you try to prolong your arm throughout the game,” he said. “You have a few pitches where you’re going to throw as hard as you can to strike out a guy, but as the closer you go out and hope to throw 10 or 15 pitches with max effort and working to get outs. It’s nice to be able to go out there and go 100 percent on every pitch, and that’s one thing he helped me with.”