Falcons bringing in plenty of talent for this year’s West Coast League season

Meet some of the new players that will inhabit Elks this year

The Kelowna Falcons continue to round out its roster heading for the start of another collegiate baseball season at Elks Stadium.

The Falcons will begin play in the West Coast League June 3 in Bellingham before the team’s home opener June 10 against Langley.

Over the past several weeks the Falcons have been announcing players who will make up the roster of the team.

Here’s a look at some of the players who will wear the blue and red this summer.

•Tim Keller and Tyler Huffer of Arizona Western College.

Tim Keller is a hard throwing right handed pitcher whose fastball has been clocked in at 92 miles per hour. To compliment his great heater, Keller has an excellent change-up, curveball and a slider that he likes to use to finish off a hitter.

Keller is a sophomore from Eugene, Oregon who graduated from North Eugene high school where he was a three time, first team all-state pitcher.

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The righty played for the Washington Nationals area code team in 2008 where he learned some valuable lessons that have helped him in his college career.

Tyler Huffer is also a hard throwing right hander who can play at third base as well.

Huffer is a sophomore from Kingman, Arizona. In high school he was named to the second team all conference/division ACCAC.

On the mound Huffer boasts a four pitch arsenal with a change-up, slider, four and two seam fastballs. His bread and butter pitch is that two seam fastball that has been clocked at 90 mph.

•Karl Kobler and pitchers CJ Blom and Evan Wolf will join the Falcons this summer from the University of California, Davis.

Outfielder Karl Kobler was a red shirt freshman in 2010 for the Aggies. At Cardinal Newman high school in 2009 he batted .471 with 30 runs scored and 38 RBIs as a senior, helping the squad to a league championship. Kobler was named to the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat All-Empire and San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro teams.

Lefthanded pitcher CJ Blom made 14 appearances during his freshman year in college starting three games. He recorded 28 strikeouts in 31.2 innings of work and was also used as a pinch hitter off the bench and to play first base.

He throws a fastball, curve and change-up and is working on a cutter and slider. His bread and butter pitch is his fastball which he can run up to 85mph.

Right hander Evan Wolf has all the makings of a dominant closer. He stands at 6’5, 235 pounds and loves to throw heat. His fastball has been clocked at 92mph, but also has an outstanding curveball and change-up.

Wolf was a red shirt freshman in 2010, but the UC Davis coaching staff has high hopes for him in 2011.

•Jeff Melby and Matt McCallister from the University of Portland.

Infielder Jeff Melby saw limited action in his freshman year in 2010 because of a strong senior class in front of him; a class that included the likes of former Falcon Riley Henricks (2008).

In high school Melby was a four year letter winner and was named to the all-state first team in his senior year.  He was a two-time team captain and was named to the All-KingCo 3A First Team as a shortstop in both ’08 and ’09.  As a senior in 2009, he hit .529, had a slugging percentage of .824 and an on base percentage of .625.

Right handed pitcher Matt McCallister is in his sophomore campaign this season at the University of Portland. In his freshman year he made just four appearances, all in relief. The 6’2 righty throws a fastball, slider, curve and splitter.

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