Adley Rutschman shoots his shot with The Bachelor’s Madison Prewett

Adley Rutschman shoots his shot with The Bachelor’s Madison Prewett

Former Oregon State star catcher Adley Rutschman is used to shooting shots out of the ballpark and tagging out runners trying to steal second.

While his performance on the baseball diamond earned him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, it looks like he’d like to put a diamond on former Bachelor contestant Madison Prewett.

The ‘Clutchman’ trying to make his nickname come true.

“Roses are red, violets are blue… I’ll change your name to Rutschman from Prew.”

Gotta hand it to him, it’s not a bad poem…

Too bad Madison wasn’t feeling the love right away but rather confusion on how to pronounce his last name.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan and special guest Oregon State men’s basketball guards Gianni Hunt and Jarod Lucas].

*Warning, Bachelor spoilers ahead*

For you Bachelor fans out there, Madison was featured on the most recent Bachelor season with Peter Weber. She made it all the way to top 2 and then was dumped for the other contestant. What followed was “the most dramatic ‘After the Final Rose Show’”, absolute heartbreak, one evil mother and Peter left single (although rumored to have later found love with Kelley Flanagan, a Chicago-based lawyer who was an early favorite on his season).

Que Adley Rutschman.

Will the Clutchman in fact come up clutch?

Stay tuned for the most dramatic season of ‘Will They Get Together’ ever.

Jake Mulholland to return to Oregon State, has ‘unfinished business’

Jake Mulholland to return to Oregon State, has ‘unfinished business’

Not even one month after ace pitcher Kevin Abel shared his decision to return to Oregon State, another familiar face will take the field at Goss Stadium for the 2020-21 season. 

Left-handed pitcher Jake Mulholland announced Wednesday he will also be returning for his fifth and final season in Corvallis.

“Beaver Nation, it’s been a great four years. Let’s do one more. We’ve got some unfinished business,” Mulholland said in a post. 

Despite the NCAA canceling winter and spring sports due to the coronavirus pandemic this year, Mulholland is still aiming to become the first four-time All-American in Oregon State history this upcoming season. 

In 2019, Mulholland pitched in 28 games, all in relief, and was 3-3 with a 1.93 ERA in 46 2/3 innings. He struck out 41 and recorded eight saves. He made an appearance in just five games with one start in 2020 before play was suspended. 

The Snohomish Wash., native took home All-Pac-12 first-team honors in 2019 and Honorable Mention recognition in 2017 and 2018. He was also named an All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) in 2017 by the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball in 2018 and by Perfect Game in 2019.

Mulholland has been an integral part of three rather successful teams for the Beavers. He saw Oregon State compile a 147-38-2 record and was a part of two trips to the College World Series. 

Along with Mulholland, redshirt junior Mitchell Verburg, juniors Reid Sebby and Nathan Burns, sophomores Jake Pfennings, Joey Mundt, and Andrew Walling, and freshmen Jack Washburn, AJ Lattery, Will Frisch, Ryan Brown, Kai Murphy, and Cooper Hjerpe will return to the bullpen next season. 

[RELATED: Oregon State Baseball has a long history of pitchers getting drafted in MLB]

Kevin Abel primed to do something special in return to Oregon State

Kevin Abel primed to do something special in return to Oregon State

Kevin Abel is returning to Corvallis, and no one is more excited than Oregon State baseball coach Mitch Canham, who will have one of the best pitchers the program has ever had back in the fold.

Canham joined Beavers Insider Ron Callan this week on the Talkin’ Beavers podcast to discuss the right-handed pitcher electing to return to Oregon State for another season of action after not being selected in the shortened MLB draft’s format of five rounds.

Kevin’s no doubt a very special young man. Not just what he does when he holds the baseball in his hand, but what he does without the baseball. How he impacts the clubhouse, how he goes about everything that he does…Everything he does, he’s extremely competitive and you can see that fire. He made a post on social media about coming back and no doubt it’s going to ignite excitement all across Beaver Nation. -- Mitch Canham

Abel could certainly have a shot at being an early-round selection in 2021 if he returns to his pre-Tommy John surgery form that garnered national attention in the 2018 College World Series. 

Abel and the Beavers were about to begin Pac-12 play when the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Canham said he and his players were getting on a plane to Arizona when they received the news.

Getting off the plane and getting everyone together and addressing it was very important. Getting back to the clubhouse and trying to focus on these guys, making sure they know that they’re loved and that we are going to work through this thing together. -- Mitch Canham 

Hear more from Canham on the Talkin’ Beavers podcast. He discusses how he’s managed to find good in the coronavirus pandemic, how he’s always dreamed of coming back to Corvallis, the guidelines of returning to baseball this upcoming season and more. 

Oregon State Baseball has a long history of pitchers getting drafted in MLB

Oregon State Baseball has a long history of pitchers getting drafted in MLB

If you want to pursue a pitching career in Major League Baseball but want to craft your game at the college level first, then Oregon State University is your destination.

The Beavs have a long standing of pitchers getting selected in the MLB Draft… 20 years in a row to be exact.

You have to go back 21 years in history to find an Oregon State pitcher not selected in the draft. 

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan and special guest Oregon State men’s basketball coach Wayne Tinkle and his family].

Here’s a list of all the Oregon State pitchers that have been drafted in the last 20 years:

2000: Scott Nicholson (Texas Rangers- did not sign)

2001: Scott Nicholson (Colorado Rockies)

2002: Mark McLemore (Houston Astros)

2003: Ben Rowe (Texas Rangers- did not sign)

2004: Nathan Pendley (San Francisco Giants); Jared Sanders (Cincinnati Reds); Kyle Aselton (Minnesota Twins); Jake Postlewait (Colorado Rockies); Andrew Baldwin (Philadelphia Phillies)

2005: Nathan Fogle (Texas Rangers)

2006: Jonathan Koller (New York Mets); Jonah Nickerson (Detroit Tigers); Kevin Gunderson (Atlanta Braves); Dallas Buck (Arizona Diamondbacks)

2007: Anton Maxwell (Texas Rangers); Joe Paterson (San Francisco Giants); Michael Stutes (St. Louis Cardinals- did not sign); Daniel Turpen (San Francisco Giants); Eddie Kunz (New York Mets)

2008: Mark Grbavac (New York Mets); Michael Stutes (Philadelphia Phillies)

2009: Greg Peavey (Houston Astros-did not sign); Kraig Sutton (Boston Red Sox- did not sign); Jorge Reyes (San Diego Padres)

2010: Kevin Rhoderick (Chicago Cubs); Tanner Robles (Cincinnati Reds); Josh Osich (Anaheim Angels- did not sign); Kraig Sitton (Colorado Rockies); Greg Peavey (New York Mets); Tyler Waldron (Pittsburg Pirates); Taylor Starr (Cleveland Indians- did not sign); James Nygren (Florida Marlins)

2011: Josh Osich (San Francisco Giants); Sam Gaviglio (St. Louis Cardinals)

2012: Matthew Boyd (Cincinnati Reds- did not sign)

2013: Dan Child (Philadelphia Phillies); Scott Schultz (Florida Marlins- did not sign); Matthew Boyd (Toronto Blue Jays); Ben Holmes (Philadelphia Phillies- did not sign)

2014: Scott Schultz (Arizona Diamondbacks); Ben Holmes (Florida Marlins); Jace Fry (Chicago White Sox); Travis Eckert (San Francisco Giants- did not sign)

2015: Andrew Moore (Seattle Mariners)

2016: John Pomeroy (Pittsburg Pirates); Travis Eckert (Kansas City Royals)

2017: Max Engelbrekt (Washington Nationals); Jake Thompson (Boston Red Sox); Drew Rasmussen (Tampa Bay Rays- did not sign)

2018: Drew Rasmussen (Milwaukee Brewers)

2019: Dylan Pearce (St. Louis Cardinals); Bryce Fehmel (San Francisco Giants); Brandon Eisert (Toronto Blue Jays); Grant Gambrell (Kansas City Royals)

2020: Christian Chamberlain (Kansas City Royals)

That streak likely won’t end in the 2021 MLB Draft either.

Oregon State received great news that ace pitcher Kevin Abel, who led the team as a freshman in 2018 to a National Championship, will be returning to Corvallis, Oregon next season. Abel had to sit out all last season from Tommy John surgery, but will be back out on the mound at Goss Stadium in 2021. 

Oregon State ace pitcher Kevin Abel will return to Corvallis next season

Oregon State ace pitcher Kevin Abel will return to Corvallis next season

When the Oregon State Beaver baseball team runs out of the dugout and onto the field at Goss Stadium for the first time in the 2020-2021 season, a familiar face will be amongst them.

Ace right-handed pitcher Kevin Abel has decided to return to Oregon State for another season.

[Be sure to check out the latest Talkin’ Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan and special guest Oregon State women’s basketball senior Aleah Goodman]

It has been an up and down career for Abel in orange and black. 

As a freshman in 2018, Abel lead the Beavs on the mound to a National Championship. The San Diego, California-native posted a 2.88 ERA and an 8-1 record in 2018 as well as a plethera of awards following a fantastic freshman year:

- College World Series All-Tournament Team
- D1Baseball.com Freshman of the Year
- D1Baseball.com Freshman All-America
- Baseball America Freshman of the Year
- Baseball America Freshman All-America
- Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America

The next season, Abel announced that he needed Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow. The recovery time for his procedure is typically 12-16 months. 

Having Abel in the Beaver bullpen is big news not just for Oregon State but for the Pac-12 conference as well as national relevance. Abel has experience on the big stage.

Oregon State lost just one player to the 2020 MLB Draft: LHP Christian Chamberlain, No. 105 overall to the Kansas City Royals. 

Returning to the bullpen in 2020-2021 is: 

- Redshirt junior: Mitchell Verburg

- Juniors: Reid Sebby, Nathan Burns

- Sophomores: Jake Pfennings, Joey Mundt, Andrew Walling

- Freshmen: Jack Washburn, AJ Lattery, Will Frisch, Ryan Brown, Kai Murphy, Cooper Hjerpe

The Beavs were about to enter Pac-12 play before the season was suspended and then ultimately cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The NCAA granted seniors of spring sport athletes an extra year of eligibility, so senior LHP Jake Mulholland has a decision to make. But just imagine the duo of Mulholland and a healthy Abel on the mound next season…

 

Adley Rutschman gets his competitive nature from his mom

Adley Rutschman gets his competitive nature from his mom

Now we understand where Adley Rutschman’s competitiveness stems from.

On this Mother’s Day weekend, the former Oregon State Beaver baseball star gives us a glimpse into his childhood and the relationship he shares with his mother in this interview:

Adley: If you could describe me in one word, what would it be?

Carol: Determined.

Anything you set your mind to, get out of your way because here you come. I love it. — Carol Rutschman 

Ain’t that the truth.

The former Beav was selected No. 1 overall in the 2019 MLB Draft to the Baltimore Orioles. “Clutchman” became the first catcher selected No. 1 overall since 2001 when Joe Mauer was selected by the Minnesota Twins.

In 2019, Rutschman saw action in 37 games, drove in 26 runs and 33 hits on 130 at bats with a .254 batting average for Balitomore’s minor league team. He started 17 games at catcher and recorded zero passed balls.  

In true Rutschman fashion, he wasn't phased or intimidated by his first big league camp in February.

“I think just having that mindset, I’m always trying to set goals and achieve goals,” Rutschman said. “If you have a growth mindset and you take a look around and count your blessings basically, it keeps you in a good perspective and a good state of mind. I’m extremely fortunate to be where I’m at, and I try and remember that every day.”

A mindset he has learned from his mom.

Happy Mother's Day weekend to all the moms out there!

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Beavers Podcast with Ron Callan and Oregon State women's basketball head coach Scott Rueck.

A new analytical era begins with Beaver baseball, but the tradition remains

A new analytical era begins with Beaver baseball, but the tradition remains

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- It’s a new era of Oregon State baseball. But there is still a lot of the previous era around, too.

Sunday afternoon at Surprise Stadium, the Beavers upped their record to 2-1 with a 5-1 win over Gonzaga under new head coach Mitch Canham, a former OSU catcher and minor-league manager. Canham knows what has worked at OSU through three national championship runs under Coach Pat Casey, because he was there for two of those championships.

But the new coach is mixing in some cutting-edge stuff, too. Or perhaps you haven’t heard about the Dam Analytics Squad, which has become an integral part of the program? Oregon State is compiling statistics that most professional baseball teams are using now, analyzing many parts of the game that can’t be measured without high-tech equipment and the expertise to use it properly.

“Brad Brown currently runs our Dam squad,” Canham said. “We have five other analytics managers as well. They do a great job collecting data and presenting it to us so we can use it and help our guys develop.”

It’s possible, for instance, to measure the spin rate on pitches, launch angle and exit velocity on batted balls and all sorts of other things that can make you dizzy if you don’t know how to use it.

“We measure quite a few things,” Canham said. “It can all be noise. You just have to know how to use it, how to deliver it. But it’s used specifically for helping our pitchers have better stuff and understand their abilities better. And for our offensive guys to understand what they hit really well, (and) command the strike zone.”

Those are the type of stats that have led to the use of more curveballs and more focus on home runs in the major leagues. Can we expect the Beavers to go deep a little more often this season?

“Obviously, you swing at good pitches and you’re on time, it comes off hotter,” Canham said. “So as long as we do a good job at swinging at ‘our’ pitches, and leaving the bad ones alone, those kinds of things will happen more often.”

Canham hasn’t totally sold out to analytics. Like most college coaches, he’ll still call for a sacrifice bunt once in a while. And he isn’t going to generalize about strategy or how his team is going to play.

“There’s a blend,” he said. “You have to understand that analytics can be very useful and it also goes to, do guys know how to deliver it to them? Because you can know all these numbers but unless you know how to communicate them, they don’t do any good. And they can actually create more noise.”

After Sunday’s win, Canham said, “I feel great. We’re constantly getting after it and learning. Guys are getting a chance to get out there and compete and are doing it together.”

The Beavers used outstanding pitching to beat the ‘Zags Sunday. Starter Jake Pfennigs allowed just one run on five hits over the first five innings and then freshman left-hander Cooper Hjerpe picked up a big-time, four-inning save, allowing no hits, one walk and striking out five.

“It’s exciting to see Hjerpe go out as a freshman and pound the zone,” Canham said. “He has great stuff and he’s in the (strike) zone all day.” 

The Beavers are very young, with a pitching rotation that needs to be rebuilt from the ground up.

But it’s a good bet the program will continue to attract quality players from, well, all over the world.

Freshman Micah McDowell has started and batted leadoff in each of the team’s games this season and has hit safely in all three. And he hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

How in the world does a centerfielder from Nova Scotia end up in Corvallis, Oregon?

Well, it goes back to what went on in the past. This operation has been going on for a while and that doesn't go unnoticed.

“The Beaver family has a large reach and people all around the world are paying attention to our program and to what ‘Case’ (Pat Casey) and everyone has built over the years,” Canham said. “There’s a lot of tradition and people want to be a part of something special -- and that’s what we have here.”

Still.

Beavers baseball visits the White House

Beavers baseball visits the White House

The 2018 College World Series Champion Oregon State Baseball team was recognized at a White House celebration Friday. They along with multiple NCAA Champions across different sports were honored.

Going into the event, Oregon State Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Scott Barnes spoke about the trip.

This will be a wonderful life experience for our student athletes and a well-earned opportunity to celebrate this significant achievement.

Former Beavers head coach Pat Casey took to Twitter to commend the players.

Now let’s take a peek at their big day via social media:

The Beavers are set to open their season on Feb. 14 versus Gonzaga in Surprise, Ariz. with Mitch Canham at the helm.

Report: Oregon State pitching coach Nate Yeskie to join Arizona coaching staff

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Report: Oregon State pitching coach Nate Yeskie to join Arizona coaching staff

It looks like another position opened up on the Beaver baseball coaching staff.

While it isn’t the head coach this time, pitching coach Nate Yeskie has been reportedly hired by Pac-12 rival, Arizona, as associate head coach and pitching coach. 

Yeskie spent the last 11 seasons in Corvallis, helping lead the Beavers to a College World Series title in 2018.

When former head coach Pat Casey made the decision not to return to the program, Yeskie interviewed to be Casey’s replacement. As we now know, AD Scott Barnes instead hired former Oregon State catcher Mitch Canham. While Canham attempted to return Yeskie, the pitching coach wanted to move on, most likely to find a better position. 

Arizona hopes that Yeskie can bring some of the Beavers’ success to Tucson. Last season, the Wildcats finished sixth in the conference at 15-14, and are looking to make the jump into the Pac-12’s “elite” category alongside Oregon State, UCLA, and Stanford. 

Mitch Canham at OSU: "This is the only job I've ever dreamt of"

Mitch Canham at OSU: "This is the only job I've ever dreamt of"

Mitch Canham met the media in Corvallis Friday morning and he made it clear that the job of coaching Oregon State baseball is a homecoming, of sorts.

And his former coach made it just as clear that he wanted nothing more than to Leave it to a Beaver.

Canham, a former Beaver catcher and now-ex-Manager of Seattle's Double-A Arkansas club left little doubt why he is walking away from professional baseball as a rising star to return to his roots at Oregon State.

“This is the only job I’ve really ever dreamt of,” he said. “My passion for this program is second to none. I’ve lived for the orange and black since I attended OSU.”

The Mariners considered Canham an up-and-comer in their organization, but had been told by Canham that the only call he would ever take about another job would be from Oregon State.

“We couldn’t be happier for Mitch and his family," said the Mariners' Director of Player Development Andy McKay. "Oregon State has a made a great hire and we look forward to seeing Mitch lead the Beavers and represent the Pacific Northwest and his alma mater at the Division I level. Our loss is definitely OSU’s gain.

“Thank you, Mitch, for being a constant reminder to all of us that excellence is always the result of focusing on, and trying to help, other people.”

Former Coach Pat Casey was an advisor to Athletic Director Scott Barnes during the selection process and he was present at the news conference.

“Scott gave me the freedom that he knew that I really believed it had to be a Beaver to carry this thing on,” Casey said. “My whole goal with this was to make sure it stayed in the Beaver family.

“The one thing our baseball program does is rally around each other. And I think they will rally around Mitch. I knew with Mitch, whatever path he chose he was going to be successful.”

Canham is one of those people that, when you ask around to people he’s known or worked with, you never hear anything but positives. Amidst a sea of qualified candidates, I can understand how he could have been a star in the interview process. He is polished and smooth.

I think he will be an outstanding recruiter, in that he believes in the school and the baseball program and should be able to convey that to recruits and their families.

He’s going to need to recruit well because it doesn’t appear that the Beavers will be well-stocked after their drafted players this year sign contracts and depart for the pro ranks.

Canham faces another difficult challenge, too. His top assistant coaches – pitching coach Nate Yeskie and interim head coach Pat Bailey – were candidates for the job he won. Will they return? Would he be stuck with them if he would prefer to bring in other people?

"Amazing men, all of them," Canham said of the Beaver coaching staff. "Not only as people but with their skillset. And they're family. I'm excited to sit down and talk with each coach. I had a chance to talk with Nate, had a chance to talk with 'Bailes' and great things. Great things. We're all in a great place and we're going to continue to have conversations and see how we can make this thing work."

Those questions will have to wait for a few days as Canham is expected to return to Arkansas to say his goodbyes to staff and players and move his belongings to Corvallis.

“I’m looking forward to being home,” Canham said. “This is home.”