11/23/2016 9:48 AM
YAKIMA, Wash. – Three Washington State University Cougars will join the Yakima Valley Pippins in 2017, the team announced today.
Freshmen Dillon Plew and Johnny Sage, from Kennewick and Spokane, respectively, and junior James Rudkin from Plano, Texas, are the Pippins’ first player announcements for their upcoming fourth season in the 11-team West Coast League.
Plew is a 6-foot-3, 180-pound infielder who was the Columbia Basin Big Nine Player of the Year in 2016 for the Kennewick Lions. Sage is a 5-10, 190-pound outfielder from West Valley of Spokane.
“Dillon is the youngest of a true baseball family,” Pippins manager Marcus McKimmy said. “He is a true utility infielder, and above all else, a winner at every level he’s played at. (WSU) Coach (Marty) Lees is a phenomenal teacher who will prepare Dillon to be an everyday contributor for the Pippins immediately anywhere in the dirt.
“Johnny is another Eastern Washington talent who will play a corner outfield spot and bring a power bat tool that will translate nicely to County Stadium,” McKimmy continued. “I would not be surprised if he cracks the Cougar lineup as a freshman this year.”
Rudkin, a transfer from McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, is a 6-foot, 205-pound first baseman who is projected to bat in the middle of the Cougars’ order in 2017.
“James is going to be a big offensive weapon for us,” McKimmy said. “He’s a very physical first baseman who hits for both average and power. Being that he’s from Texas, I can’t wait for our fans to welcome him to Yakima.”
The Pippins will host Victoria, British Columbia, on Friday, June 2, in the 2017 season opener, presented by Legends Casino. Season tickets and ticket mini plans are available for purchase at Hunky Shaw’s Team Shop, 12 S. Second St. in the historic Larson Building in downtown Yakima. Ticket packages also can be purchased by calling 509-575-4487 or online at pippinsbaseball.com.