Three players agreed to join the Corvallis Knights for the 2013 West Coast League season, general manager Bre Kerkvliet announced on Monday.
Washington freshman pitcher Alex Nesbitt, UC Santa Barbara freshman outfielder Joe Duffin and Central Washington sophomore infielder Eddie Malone Jr. will join the Knights after their collegiate seasons end. Nesbitt and Duffin will be full-time players; Malone is a 10-day signee.
Nesbitt is a right-hander from Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Wash. He was a second-team 3A Wesco South League all-star as a shortstop in 2012 as a Kamiak senior. In October, he saved the Purple team’s 2-1 victory over the Gold team in Washington’s annual fall scrimmage.
Duffin played at Villa Park High in Santa Ana, Calif., as a senior after playing the previous three seasons at Orange Lutheran High School. He hit .407 overall and .691 in league play for Villa Park in 2012. He also was a 2011 Perfect Game honorable-mention All-American.
Malone is a junior from Queen Creek High in Queen Creek, Ariz., who played at Scottsdale CC and at Mesa CC in the Phoenix area before transferring to CWU. He hit .343, with 24 RBIs, in 42 games at Mesa in 2012.
Choate signs with Huskies
Incoming Knights’ right-hander Brandon Choate, a sophomore at Tacoma Community College, signed a letter of intent to play at Washington in 2013-14. His coach at TCC is third-year Knights’ pitching coach Connor Lambert.