Beavers loading up on talent
One person who is sure to be beaming with pride once the Area Code Games get going next week is Oregon State baseball head coach Pat Casey as he will have a total of ten players competing in the tournament who have verbally committed to his Beavers for 2014, seven of which will all be competing together for the Kansas City Royals team. Those seven OSU commits competing for the Royals are as follows:
Jackson Soto | 3B | West Albany (Albany, Ore.)
Drew Rasmussen | P | Mt. Spokane (Colbert, Wash.)
Michael Gretler | 3B | Bonney Lake (Bonney Lake, Wash.)
Sam Tweedt | P | South Salem (Salem, Ore.)
Cooper Brunner | P/OF | Tualatin (Tualatin, Ore.)
Ryan Mets | P | North Thurston (Olympia, Wash.)
Trace Loehr | SS | Rex Putnam (Milwaukie, Ore.)
Just as UCLA has done in Southern California by locking up most of the area’s premier talent, Pat Casey and his staff have done the same in the Northwest by loading up on commitments from the region’s best. Four of the seven hail from the state of Oregon, while the remaining three reside in the state of Washington.
Jackson Soto, a third baseman, grew up just 20 minutes from the Oregon State campus in Albany and explained how that close proximity had him thinking black and orange all the way, “Growing up I had always wanted to play for Oregon State and coach Casey. Being from Oregon and seeing all of the success they have had through the years made it impossible not to notice them.”
Michael Gretler, another third baseman committed to the Beavers also noted the coaching staff for being one of the main reasons he decided to come to Corvallis, “I couldn’t ask for a better person to play for than Coach Casey. All of the success he has had and just the person that he is right away made me feel at home.”
For the seven commits, the Area Code Games will serve as a great opportunity for them to bond and compete together on the same team for the first time just as they will be for the next four once they first step foot on campus in the fall of 2014.
And just like Rasmussen is quick to point out, “That’s when the road to Omaha begins.”