The Corvallis Knights signed pitcher Kendall Motes of Mt. Hood Community College to a 10-day contract for next season, the organization announced Monday.
Motes, a 6-foot-2, 198-pound freshman right-hander from Idaho Falls, Idaho, was 2-0 with 18 strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA in 12 innings in 2011. Motes has also played American Legion baseball, and for the Idaho Cubs and Utah Bucks prospect teams.
The team said Motes and other 10-day pitching signees will add depth early in the season when the Knights play 15 games in the first 17 days of June. Many full-time signees from Oregon State and other West Coast schools are not able to join the roster that early.
In other news involving the team, former Knights manager Matt Dorey was hired as a national cross-checker scout by the Chicago Cubs. He had been a regional scout for the Boston Red Sox since 2008.
When general manager Theo Epstein left the Red Sox for a similar job with the Cubs, he brought Dorey along with him.
Dorey directed the Knights to the West Division regular-season and playoff titles in 2007, falling to Moses Lake in the West Coast League Championship Series.
The Knights' inaugural Hot Stove Night is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Omaha Room at Goss Stadium. Chicago White Sox third baseman Brent Morel and Miami Marlins Northwest regional scout Gabe Sandy, both former Knights, and Knights president Dan Segel are guest speakers.
For information, send an email to: brooks.hatch@cor vallisknights.com.