The Portland Pickles are excited to announce the remaining additions to their 2017 player roster. The signings are presented to you by Columbia Bank.
Bo McClintock - So.
INF, San Joaquin Delta College
Primarily playing first base and left field for the San Joaquin Delta College Mustangs in his sophomore season, McClintock returns to the Great West League for the second consecutive year. A graduate of Lakeridge High School, McClintock played for the now-defunct Lodi Crushers last summer.
This season for the Mustangs, McClintock split time between the corner infield and outfield, and posted a .313 regular season batting average and on-base percentage of .421. McClintock continued to add muscle to his six-foot-three-inch frame, as he bulked up to 225 pounds and smacked eight doubles and three home runs for SJDCC. The Beaverton, OR, native hit .385 in conference play, the third highest figure in that category.
“I wanted to play at home, be with my family, and play in a good environment more than anything,” McClintock said of playing for Portland. "Playing in front of 2,000-plus fans at your games, you can’t top that. I just wanted to be home. The plan wasn’t necessarily to play in the Great West League, but was more to be with a good program.”
McClintock is majoring in history with the goal of teaching and coaching baseball at the high school level. He currently is undecided on his plans for next year, but said has been contacted by multiple professional baseball organizations.
Tyler Stofiel - R-Fr.
C, Chico State
After redshirting in 2016, Stofiel became a regular starter for the Chico State Wildcats this spring and helped them earn the top seed in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament.
Stofiel, who graduated from Westview High School in 2015 and is a native of Portland, batted .239 this spring in 88 at-bats. The redshirt freshman recorded 21 hits and scored 12 runs in helping pace Chico State to a 41-8 overall record in the regular season. Defensively, the six-foot Stofiel posted a .987 fielding percentage and threw out 17 of 33 baserunners behind the dish in the regular season.
“You're getting one of the best catchers on the West Coast,” said Luke Reid, Chico State Sports Information Director. “He catches a great game- we had a team ERA of 3.06- shuts down the running game, and gives you a tough at-bat.”
Sam Muskat - Fr.
LHP, Montana State University Billings
Muskat, a graduate of Central Catholic High School where he lettered three times in baseball and pitched to an 8-1 record and 0.96 ERA in his junior year, is expected to add versatility to Manager Jeff Lahti’s pitching staff this summer.
The five-foot-eight-inch left-handed pitcher primarily appeared as a reliever this spring for MSUB, but also showcased the ability to be a starting pitcher. Muskat’s best appearance of the season came on Feb. 19, when he threw five scoreless innings of no-hit ball to pick up his first career win in a start against Colorado Mesa. Muskat exited the contest after 50 pitches and served as a middle reliever and left-handed specialist throughout the remainder of the season.
“If Sam can add some strength, he could work himself into a seven inning guy in our conference, but I think with his stuff, he’s really effective out of the bullpen,” said MSUB Head Coach Aaron Sutton. “He can throw multiple times in a series and you know what you’re getting out of him.”
Muskat struck out 13 batters in 25.1 innings pitched and posted a 2-1 record and 6.39 ERA in his first season with MSUB.
Alec Leighton - So.
OF, Montana State University Billings
After playing in the infield throughout high school, Leighton arrived at MSUB in 2016 and immediately transitioned into outfield role as a freshman.
Leighton, a Sparks, NV, native, started the season-opening game for MSUB this spring, but transitioned into a platoon role after the team’s first two series after a pair of all-conference outfielders returned to the starting lineup from injury.
Sutton said Leighton is a dynamic player in the outfield who plays with good energy and is someone he expects to open up more as a leader as an upperclassman.
"He worked on being a skill set guy this year because he had to realize he’s not going to hit double digit home runs,” Sutton said. “We worked on utilizing his short game and becoming a good baserunner. I told him in the winter, ‘Hey man, we’re going to make a bunter out of you,’ and now he can lay down a bunt as well as anyone.”
Leighton has appeared in 50 games, recorded 90 at-bats and tallied 25 hits in two years for MSUB. Leighton hit .259 in his sophomore campaign and made five starts for the Yellow Jackets.
Nick Ultsch - So.
LHP, Puget Sound
Ultsch profiles as finesse arm out of the bullpen with multiple pitches in his arsenal.
“His fastball moves and he gets great break on his off speed pitches,” said UPS Head Coach Jeff Halstead. “When he commands the zone, he is an outstanding left-handed pitcher in our league.”
Ultsch appeared in eight games out of the bullpen and recorded a 5.14 ERA in seven innings of work this season for UPS. He held opposing hitters to a combined .208 batting average across 24 batters faced.
A two-way player who saw extended playing time at first base this spring, Ultsch came to UPS from St. Mary’s College High School in Richmond, CA, after being recommended to Halstead by his high school coach. Halstead said Ultsch’s grades stood out and he showed on film to be a good left-handed hitter capable of driving the ball for extra bases. Halstead also said he was excited about the opportunity of using Ultsch on the mound, as he was one of the top pitchers on his high school team.
“He came up with some huge hits to help us win some games this past season,” he said. “As a hitter, [he] has tremendous pull side power and should be a middle of the order LH bat moving forward.”
Matthew Hicks - Fr.
LHP, Puget Sound
A native of Bend, OR, Hicks was recruited to play for the Loggers in Tacoma, WA, after Halstead’s coaching staff saw him pitch during his junior year in a Seattle area high school summer league and later attended a prospect camp with UPS. Halstead said his coaching staff was sold he could become an impact left-handed arm for his program.
“His strengths are his confidence and belief that he can get anybody out,” Halstead said. “He has great stuff. As a freshman, [he] threw some very important relief innings for us and his role moving forward is going to be a huge part of the back end of our bullpen.”
Hicks made seven appearances and posted a 1-1 overall record in his first season with the Loggers. A graduate of Summit High School, Hicks had a 10.5 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched ratio for UPS after striking out seven batters in his six innings of work.
RJ Quirante - Fr.
INF, Puget Sound
Quirante came to UPS after he was recruited from Baseball Northwest, where the UPS coaching staff liked his glove and arm strength at the hot corner.
Halstead said he thought Quirante competed at the plate and showed some gap power in his evaluations at Baseball Northwest.
“He comes to the field every day with a mindset that he is going to get better,” Halstead said. “He also plays with a very level emotion, which allows him consistency every day. He showed as a freshman to be a very good defensive third baseman with a good glove and accurate arm.”
Quirante played in only one game for the Loggers this season, where he was hit by a pitch in his lone at-bat, but appears to have shown enough defensive versatility to potentially play both corner infield positions this summer for the Pickles.
Matt Starcovic - So.
OF, Cuyahoga Community College
Starcovic comes to Portland after being named the 2017 Ohio Community College Athletic Conference player of the year and leading the Cuyahoga Challengers to a 45-14 overall record this spring.
The six-foot outfielder batted .411 with 11 home runs and 54 RBI's out of the leadoff spot to pace the Challengers to a third place finish in the NJCAA Region XII regional tournament and a No. 13 ranking to conclude the season. The Challengers just missed out on a berth in the NJCAA Division I World Series, but Starcovic ranked among the national leaders in several major offensive statistical catagories, namely in slugging percentage where he posted a .694 clip.
Hitting from the left side of the plate, Starcovic also showcased his baserunning skills and speed this spring, legging out 18 doubles, scoring 64 runs and reaching base in more than half of his 180 at-bats.
As a freshman at Cuyahoga, Starcovic earned All-Conference honors and led the team in home runs and RBI's
Rounding out the Pickles’ roster for the summer are the following players:
Jack Gordon (Fr., RHP, Northern Colorado)
Russel Grant II (Fr., LHP, Hawaii Pacific)
Joshuwa Foster (Fr., RHP, Yakima Valley Community College)
Gregory Kier (Fr., RHP, Yakima Valley Community College)
Matt Lester (Fr., LHP, Linn Benton Community College)
Mitch Maynes (So., RHP, Cuesta College)
Dustin Redish (Fr., RHP, Cuyahoga Community College)
Matt Tomazin (R-So., RHP, Orange Coast College)
Cooper Webster (So., RHP, Lane Community College)
Trevor Feeney (Fr., 1B, Lower Columbia Community College)
Brady Johnson (Fr., 1B, Clark College)
Bryce Mulcahy (Fr., INF, Lane Community College)
Sean Parsons (Fr., 1B/OF, North Greenville University)
Donovan Baldocchi (Fr., OF, Lane Community College)
Patrick Harvey (Fr., OF, Linn Benton Community College)
Aiden Malm (Fr., OF, Folsom Lake College)
Griffing Mueller (So., OF, Northern Colorado)
Matt Starcovic (So., OF, Cuyahoga Community College)