Oregon State Beavers the Favorite to Win Conference Championship


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Cody Gotchall is a passionate community volunteer and student who has attended Oregon State University (OSU) and Linn-Benton Community College. An avid baseball fan, Cody Gotchall particularly enjoys following the OSU team.

The OSU Beavers won the Pac-12 championship in 2017, and a recent poll among Pac-12 conference coaches suggests the Beavers will be a favorite once again earn conference supremacy. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team, and, as a result, OSU received 10 of a possible 10 first-place votes. This is not all that surprising given the fact that OSU won a school record 56 games last year and won 27 of a possible 30 games against teams in the Pac-12 conference. UCLA, Arizona, California, and Oregon rounded out the top five.

However, a conference championship isn’t the only goal for the Beavers. OSU enters the season as the second-ranked team in the country across six preseason Top 25 polls. A perennial College World Series contender, this year OSU boasts an impressive pitching staff as well as one of the best middle infields in college baseball.


The MLB Career of OSU Alumnus Jacoby Ellsbury

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A native of Oregon, Cody Gotchall has completed post-secondary courses at Linn-Benton Community College and Oregon State University (OSU). An avid baseball fan, Cody Gotchall has followed the OSU baseball team since he was in middle school.

As of the end of the 2017 season, a total of 24 OSU alumni have played in a Major League Baseball (MLB) game. One of the more prominent alumni is Jacoby Ellsbury, who played for OSU from 2003 to 2005 and made his big league debut in 2007 as a member of the Boston Red Sox. A native of Madras, Oregon, Ellsbury was originally drafted out of high school by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, but opted to attend OSU instead. Three years later, the Red Sox drafted him with the 23rd overall selection in the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft.

The outfielder finished third in Rookie of the Year voting in 2008 after registering a .280 batting average to go along with nine home runs, 47 runs batted in (RBI), and a league-leading 50 stolen bases. He has since led the league in stolen bases in two separate seasons, including 2009, when he swiped a career-high 70 bags.

Ellsbury’s best overall season came in 2011, when he was named to the American League All-Star team and won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award. He also finished second in MVP voting after posting career-best figures in batting average (.321), home runs (32), and RBI (105). He’s now entering his 12th season in the MLB and his fifth with the New York Yankees.

Three Freshman Pitchers Joining OSU in 2018


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Cody Gotchall is an Oregon-based student and community volunteer who has donated his time and skills to a range of nonprofit groups and organizations. A graduate of Crescent Valley High School, Cody Gotchall completed courses at Oregon State University (OSU) and remains a passionate fan of the school’s baseball team.

Last season, the OSU Beavers won its fifth Pac-12 Championship since 1999, and there is plenty of reason for continued optimism moving forward. In addition to its returning starting pitchers, the following three freshman are expected to join the team in 2018.

1. Kevin Abel – Despite being selected in the 35th round of the MLB Amateur Draft by the San Diego Padres, Abel opted to attend OSU. The 6-foot-2 right-handed pitcher was ranked 46th among high school pitchers in the country and has a fastball that can reach above 90 miles per hour.

2. Nathan Burns – Perfect Game ranked Burns as the second-best high school recruit in all of Wisconsin. In addition to a fastball that reaches 91 miles per hour, he boasts an impressive slider and changeup.

3. Michael Attalah – A native of Redmond, Washington, Attalah was ranked as the third-best right-handed pitcher in the state. The 6-foot-2 pitcher posted 17 wins over his high school career and helped his team reach the finals of the state championship as a senior.

Overview of Defensive Strategy in Baseball


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Cody Gotchall graduated from Crescent Valley High School as an honors student before going on to take courses at Linn-Benton Community College and Oregon State University. An avid baseball fan, Cody Gotchall continues to support Oregon State baseball and enjoys the strategy involved in baseball games.

The defensive strategy of baseball teams revolves around the pitcher. During a game, the pitcher acts as the primary defense against the other team. Each pitcher has different habits when throwing during a game and the rest of the defensive team is supposed to set up based on these habits. For example, pitchers who frequently throw pitches that are hit as fly balls need their team to adopt positions that help them catch fly balls.

Defensive strategy also requires pitchers to make some changes to their repertoires when at the mound. Over time, pitchers should work on specialized pitches, such as the curveball and fastball, to fool the batter. During a game, pitchers must alter the type of pitches they throw. If they don’t, the opposing team can learn their strategy and adjust their offensive strategy to suit the pitcher’s throws.

While baseball defensive strategies do focus on the pitcher, it is the entire team’s job to out batters. To accomplish this, players must employ various fielding strategies depending on the player at bat. The infield and outfield should shift left and right based on whether the batter is left-handed or right-handed. They may also shift if they know their pitcher tends to throw the ball inside or outside.