one step closer to the big leagues



March 20, 2017 - Portland, Oregon -  Many of the 2016 stars in the Great West League are having fine seasons this spring at their respective schools.  The 2016 GWL Champion Chico Heat lead the way with three members of last summers All-GWL Team having big springs.

Outfielder Keaton Kringlen (Chico) is having a stellar season for BYU.  Kringlen has started every game for the Cougars and is hitting right around .350.  UC-Davis first baseman Cameron Olsen (Chico) has played in 10-games, has belted two home runs and leads the Aggies in RBIs.  Pitcher Stuart Bradley (Chico) is working out of the bullpen for Chico State, with a 3-0 record, a save and an ERA just over 1.00.

The GWL's 2016 Most Valuable Player, Spencer Steer (Medford), got off to a slow start for the Oregon Ducks, but has been hot lately.  The Ducks' everyday third baseman is hitting nearly .300 and is second on the club in RBIs.  Gabe Mathews (Portland) is seeing plenty of duty with the Ducks, primarily as a DH, and is among the team's top hitters.

Derron Davis (Medford) was All-GWL in 2016 and is a top performer for the Colorado State - Pueblo ThunderWolves.  The outfielder is hitting well over .300. All-GWL catcher Hunter Stratton (Marysville) is hitting nearly .300 in limited duty for San Diego State.  Second baseman Connor McNally (Medford), who was second team All-GWL, is hitting .300 in limited duty with Utah.

Sahid Valenzuela (Portland), the GWL's 2016 All-Star Game MVP and All-GWL shortstop, is seeing plenty of action as a freshman middle infielder with Cal State Fullerton.

2016 All-GWL hurler Reece Green (Medford) is having a terrific season with Winthrop, leading the team in innings pitched with an ERA under 2.00.

The 60-game 2017 Great West League season opens May 30th.


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About the Great West League

The Great West League is one of the premier summer collegiate wood bat leagues in North America, poviding a professional, minor league-like atmosphere for top college players seeking professional baseball careers. The league also provides affordable family entertainment, enriching its member communities in California and Oregon.