Press Release | March 1, 2018
PORTLAND - Today, the Portland Pickles have announced the signing of Katir Prieto (LHP) and Joel Casillas (RHP) from Cal State University, Northridge.
Katir Prieto is the holder of Fresno High School’s record for most strikeouts in a game, an accomplishment obtained after surpassing Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver’s benchmark.
Prieto played four seasons for the Warriors in route to breaking Seaver’s single-game record. However, Prieto also reeled in honors such as Cal-HI Sports Player of the Week, Northern Yosemite League First Team, and All-Valley First Team. As a junior, Prieto held a record of 7-4 in 74 innings of work. The lefty struck out 104 batters and maintained a 1.58 ERA. Prieto went 3-0 as a senior with 30 strikeouts in 12 innings in a shortened season due to injury.
Prieto redshirted his freshman year at Northridge due to the injury sustained his senior year of high school but will be ready to go this summer for Portland in West Coast League action.
“Katir’s stuff matches anyone on our staff,” said CSUN Head Coach Greg Moore. “He’s learning how to do the small things that make a big difference in getting outs consistently.”
A right-hander from South Gate, CA, Joel Casillas posted a 6-3 record, a 0.88 ERA, and 42 strikeouts in over 55 innings during his senior season at Gahr High School.
"Joel a consistent worker and winner who loves to be in close games," said Coach Moore. “With the way he uses his cutter, Joel is a tough at-bat in college and beyond. He cuts it and spins it as well as anyone we’ve had at CSUN."
Casillas gained plenty of experience while playing travel baseball for the Playa Vista Orioles. He was named to the Perfect Game All-California Region Team Honorable Mention during his prep baseball career.
“We continue to add players from some of the premier coaching staffs on the West Coast, and country for that matter,” said Rose City Baseball’s Director of Baseball Ops, Gregg Swenson. “This trend continues with Katir and Joel from Cal State Northridge. They’ll bring big-time pitchability to the Pickles and put us another step closer to our goal.”
Cal State, Northridge is the alma mater of Pickles Co-Owner, Alan Miller.
The Cal Sate, Northridge Matadors have started their season 5-3 after their recent sweep of Manhattan and will look to play more good baseball as they travel to face Valparaiso and Grand Canyon this weekend in Phoenix, Arizona.