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.
Cody Gotchall studied at Oregon State University (OSU), where he particularly enjoyed taking science, and mathematics classes. Since middle school, Cody Gotchall has followed the OSU Beavers baseball team.
Today, the OSU baseball team has nine players on Major League Baseball team rosters. Considered one of the most successful former Beavers, outfielder Michael Conforto now plays for the New York Mets. Conforto graduated from OSU in 2014, and is among the top offensive talents in the school’s history. He is also the only OSU alumnus to be named All-American every year he played (2012-14).
The 10th overall selection by the New York Mets in the 2014 MLB Draft, Conforto helped his team advance to the World Series in his rookie season. In Game 4 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals, Conforto notched two home runs, becoming the first rookie to do so in a World Series.
He is also just the third player in history to play in all three world series events – the Little League World Series, the College World Series, and the MLB World Series.
True and Apparent Wind
Oregon native Cody Gotchall studies at Linn-Benton Community College through the institution’s iLearn program. He also volunteers at various local organizations and has held various positions relating to yard and animal care. In his free time, Cody Gotchall enjoys boating.
There are two types of wind that sailors must familiarize themselves with: true wind and apparent wind.
True wind is the wind that a person feels while stationary. Weather forecasts report on the speed and direction of true wind, and this type of wind affects how water moves in the ocean or on a lake.
Meanwhile, apparent wind is a combination of true wind and the wind generated by movement. For example, a person riding a bike feels wind in his face regardless of the direction or presence of true wind. The wind felt is the apparent wind. Sailors feel this wind while their boat is moving.
Sailors need to understand true and apparent wind because it affects how their boats move. When a boat sails with the true wind behind it, it will move more slowly because the apparent wind speed has decreased. However, boats sailing with the true wind in front of them or to their sides generate more apparent wind speed, which helps the vessels move faster.
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.