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Knights Sign OSU Corner Infielder Gabe Clark.

October 5, 2012

Outfielder Grant Melker of San Diego to Join Club in 2013

Knights Sign OSU Corner Infielder Gabe Clark.

The Knights have signed Oregon State freshman corner infielder Gabe Clark and University of San Diego sophomore Grant Melker (pictured) for the 2013 season.

Clark is a 6-foot-1, 200-pounder from North High School in Riverside, Calif. Melker is a 5-8, 160-pound outfielder from Claremont High School in Claremont, Calif.

Clark was a four-time letterman at North High and was co-MVP of the Big VIII League as a senior. He hit .511, with 11 homers, 41 RBIs, 38 runs and 18 stolen bases, was a first-team Max Preps all-state (large schools) selection, and a Riverside Press-Enterprise Inland Empire all-star.

Clark hit .425 as a junior, with five home runs, 13 doubles, nine stolen bases and 32 RBIs, and helped North win the CIF Southern Section Division I championship at Dodger Stadium. He was also the 2011 High School GameTime Player of the Year.

He was a second-team Big VIII League all-star as a sophomore and junior, and played for the Riverside Falcons and Colton Nighthawks in summer ball.

Melker played in nine games as a freshman in 2012, scored two runs, and was hitless in his only at-bat. He was a four-year starter at Claremont High, hit .300 or better every season, was the team MVP as a freshman and earned team Defensive Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior before signing with USD.

His older brother, Adam, played for the Knights in 2008 and 2009 while at Cal Poly. He now plays in the St. Louis Cardinals' minor-league system and just completed his first season with Springfield in the double-A Texas League.

Knights' alums honored

Three members of the 2009 Knights, who lost to Wenatchee in the WCL Championship Series, earned all-league honors for their respective minor league teams in 2012.

* Pitcher Tyler Anderson (Oregon), the initial Corvallis Knight to be selected in the first round of the MLB draft, was a South Atlantic League all-star. He was 12-3 with a 2.47 ERA for Colorado's affiliate in the Class A (low) league.

* First baseman/DH Taylor Ard (Mt. Hood CC/Washington State) was a Northwest League all-star. He hit .284 with 12 homers and 58 RBIs for Everett, Seattle's affiliate in the Class A (short) circuit.

* Pitcher Matt Andriese (UC Riverside) was a California League all-star. He was 10-8, 3.58 for Lake Elsinore, San Diego's affiliate in the Class A (advanced) league.