A student at Linn-Benton Community College, Cody Gotchall is a passionate community volunteer who has worked with nonprofit organizations such as the Heartland Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity. Cody Gotchall is a former Oregon State University (OSU) student and enjoys following the school’s baseball team.
For the second consecutive year, the OSU Beavers have had five players selected in the annual Major League Baseball (MLB) Amateur Draft. One player, Jake Thompson, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound right-handed pitcher, was selected in the fourth round by the Boston Red Sox. A native of Florence, Oregon, Thompson spent four seasons at OSU, where he compiled a career win-loss record of 20-7 to go along with an earned run average (ERA) of 3.14. He allowed only 181 hits and struck out 199 batters through 232 innings. He had a career-best season in 2017 when he won 14 of his 19 starts and recorded an impressive ERA of 1.96.
On July 7 Thompson agreed to a professional contract worth $350,000, which is roughly $45,000 below the slot value for where he was selected. Upon signing with the Red Sox he was sent to the Lowell Spinners, the team’s minor-league affiliate in the New York-Pennsylvania League.
A graduate of Crescent Valley High School, Cody Gotchall was a member of the school’s robotics team and earned National Honor Society recognition. Upon graduating in 2014, Cody Gotchall took courses at Oregon State University (OSU), where he enjoyed watching the school’s baseball team.
Despite missing most of the past two seasons due to recovering from Tommy John surgery, Drew Rasmussen was the first of five OSU players selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball (MLB) Amateur Draft. The right-handed pitcher was selected 31st overall by the Tampa Bay Rays following a college career in which he posted a 14-5 record to go along with a 2.68 earned run average (ERA). He was dominant in his six appearances upon return from injury in 2017 as he posted a 0.83 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 21.2 innings.
However, all signs point to Rasmussen returning to OSU next season after he was unable to come to a contract agreement with the Rays. The hard-throwing pitcher was previously selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2014 MLB Draft, but opted to join OSU instead. After failing to reach an agreement with the Rays, Rasmussen sought free agent status, but was denied by MLB. He has two more years of college eligibility.
A graduate of Oregon’s Crescent Valley High School and former member of its robotics team, Cody Gotchall is enrolled at Linn-Benton Community College (LBCC), where he is taking mathematics classes. Cody Gotchall is a passionate fan of the OSU Beaver baseball team and its coach Pat Casey.
In May, OSU secured its third Pac-12 conference title in five seasons with a 5-4 win over the Oregon Ducks, completing a three-game sweep over its state rival. The win was the team’s 40th of the season and 1,000th career win for Casey, who signed with OSU in 1995 after spending five seasons as coach of George Fox University. Drew Rasmussen started the game for OSU and pitched three innings while only allowing one hit and striking out five Oregon batters. It was his first start since undergoing Tommy John Surgery in 2016.
Since clinching the conference title, OSU won its next 11 games, including two NCAA Super Regionals wins over Vanderbilt. Casey now has a career coaching record of 1011-558-6 and is hoping to guide the Beavers to its first NCAA Title since 2007.
A student through Linn-Benton iLearn, Cody Gotchall has studied everything from science and math to woodworking and engineering. He possesses a unique passion for recognizing patterns in mathematics and other activities and enjoys the strategies involved in baseball. Cody Gotchall also enjoys watching baseball due to its varying pace.
Most historians agree that the game of baseball has its roots in the English game rounders. However, specific details about the sport’s development did not start appearing until 1845. During this year, Alexander Cartwright, who is often viewed as the father of baseball, developed a clear set of rules for the game and established a baseball team. Known as the Knickerbocker Baseball Club of New York City, Cartwright’s team faced off against the New York Baseball Club in the first recorded game of baseball in 1846. Although Cartwright’s team lost, the event started baseball down the path of popularity.
In 1858, amateur baseball players formed the National Association of Baseball Players. This organization was the world’s first baseball league, and it began charging admission to baseball games. In the 1860s, baseball began spreading around the United States and more than 100 teams were represented during the 1868 annual baseball convention.
Baseball soon turned into a professional sport when the Cincinnati Red Stockings started paying players in 1969. This turn toward professionalism altered the way the National Association was run. Rather than being led by the players, the organization was run by businessmen and it changed its name to the National League.
Before long, the rival American Association was formed, followed by the Union Association and the Players League. These groups eventually disbanded, and the American League was formed in 1901. Two years later the first World Series was played.