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  • BASEBALL

    Son of Rockies manager commits to Rogues

  • MEDFORD — The Medford Rogues have added six players to the 2013 roster.
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  • MEDFORD — The Medford Rogues have added six players to the 2013 roster.
    Joining the team for the summer wood-bat season are shortstop Brody Weiss (UC Santa Barbara), outfielder Shakeel Newton (Genesee JC), right-handed pitcher Anthony Shew (UC Santa Barbara), left-handed pitcher Mac Acker (Washington) and catchers Bo Cornish (Portland) and Stephen Kha (Corban University).
    Weiss, currently a senior at Regis Jesuit High in Castle Rock, Colo., is the son of 1988 American League rookie of the year Walt Weiss, who starred for the Oakland A's and is the manager of the Colorado Rockies.
    Weiss also coached his son at Regis Jesuit last spring.
    The younger Weiss is headed to UC Santa Barbara and was named to the USA Baseball National Team of Stars in June.
    Cornish and Acker are veterans of the West Coast League. Cornish played the previous two summers with the Klamath Falls Gems. Acker played briefly for Cowlitz in 2011 and also played summer baseball in the Alaska League in 2011 and played for Green Bay of the Northwoods League in 2012.
    Newton and Shew are new to the West Coast League, though Newton played summer ball with Niagara of the New York Collegiate Baseball League in 2012.
    Newton hit .415 in 24 games and 82 at-bats for Genesee. He hit 10 doubles and drove in 14 runs while going 14-for-15 in stolen bases.
    Shew went 6-0 with a 2.89 ERA in 2012 for Mission Viejo High, striking out 32 in 27 innings.
    Cornish has been the Pilots' starting catcher for the past two seasons. In 2012, with Cornish handling the staff, the Portland pitchers finished seventh in the NCAA in team ERA.
    Kha hit .301 in 2012 for Pittman High School, going 12-for-14 in stolen bases with one home run and 18 RBIs in 99 at-bats.
    Acker starred at Columbia Basin JC for two years before transferring to Washington. He earned the 2011 NWAACC player of the year award and East Region MVP, going 5-1 with a 1.49 ERA. He also hit .380 with 13 doubles and 37 RBIs. He'll join the Rogues in a pitching role.
    The Rogues also announced that right-handed pitcher Brett Seeberger has de-committed from the University of Oregon and will not be joining the Rogues.
    In addition, catcher Sam Ayala (UC Santa Barbara) has signed with the Chicago White Sox after being drafted in the 17th round of the 2012 major league draft and won't join the Rogues.
    The team's roster is at 32 players.
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