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Knights' Catcher Andrew Susac Named #1 WCL Prospect by Baseball America.

September 3, 2009

San Diego State Outfielder Pat Colwell Earns Team Hustle Award

Knights' Catcher Andrew Susac Named #1 WCL Prospect by <i>Baseball America</i>.

Baseball America and Perfect Game Crosschecker both released their top West Coast League prospects lists and the #1 through #3 ranked prospects were identical and all three were Corvallis Knights.

Catcher Andrew Susac was rated the #1 prospect in the West Coast League and his summer teammates starting pitcher Matt Andriese of UC Riverside and first baseman Taylor Ard of Mt. Hood CC were ranked #2 and #3, respectively.

Susac was selected in the 16th round of the 2009 MLB draft by Philadelphia. The frosh-to-be from Sacramento hit .208 with 2 HR and 13 RBI and threw out 13-of-30 would-be base stealers this summer for the Corvallis Knights.

Five other Knights made the Perfect Game Crosschecker list.

Frosh All-American Sam Gaviglio of Oregon State was named the scouting notebook's #5 prospect, West Coast League MVP Richie Jimenez of Riverside CC was #9, closer Drew Leary of San Diego State was #21, outfielder Brent Warren of Oregon State was #23 and pitcher James Nygren of Oregon State was #25.

Corvallis Knights team president Dan Segel announced the club's team awards on Thursday. The honors were voted on by the Knights' coaching staff and co-founders Dan and Joe Segel.

Shortstop Richie Jimenez, a junior-to-be at UNLV, was named MVP and ace Matt Andriese of UC Riverside and closer Liam Baron, a junior-to-be at Gonzaga, were named co-Top Pitchers.

The 2009 Joe Segel Hustle Award recipient was senior-to-be outfielder Pat Colwell (pictured) of San Diego State.

Jimenez led the Knights in hits with 67, at bats with 201 and runs with 39 and turned in the best defensive performance at shortstop for the franchise since his Riverside CC assistant coach Eddie Cornejo's magical 2001 season.

Andriese went 7-0 for the Knights and earned West Coast League Pitcher of the Year honors. Baron led the Knights in strikeouts with 51 and saves with 6.

Colwell was second on the team in games played (55), runs (33), hits (55) and stolen bases (9) and was the team's best defensive outfielder.

"Pat Colwell is a warrior. He only plays one speed and leads by example," said team president Dan Segel. "The young man is a mature player who makes adjustments and who competes with great passion. It was a pleasure watching him play."