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  • BASEBALL

    Returning pitcher, local catcher among six to join Rogues

    Team also adds three New Mexico Lobos
  • The Medford Rogues announced the commitment of six players to the 2014 roster, including the return of 2013 Rogue pitcher John Forsythe.
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  • The Medford Rogues announced the commitment of six players to the 2014 roster, including the return of 2013 Rogue pitcher John Forsythe.
    Also added to the roster are three players from the University of New Mexico: shortstop Jared Holley, first baseman and catcher Chris DeVito and infielder Andre Vigil.
    Catcher Kameron Kaufman, a former Phoenix High standout now with Oregon Tech, and left-handed pitcher John Oberholtzer from San Jose State have also joined the 2014 squad.
    "Getting John back is a great help, he really surprised us last season and we look forward to more next summer," Rogues general manager Chuck Heeman said. "Establishing a relationship with a top-flight program like New Mexico is huge for us. Jared will be a great top-of-the-order guy while Chris will supply power at first base. Andre Vigil is a special player and a special person and I know our fans will be excited to learn more about him, his story and his successes both on and off the field. We're fortunate to have added five players from major D-1 schools who will contribute to their teams and ours. Kameron had a great year at Southwestern Oregon Junior College last year and we look forward to being a part of his career growth next summer."
    Forsythe, a left-handed sophomore pitcher at UC Riverside, went 4-1 with a 1.43 ERA in 10 games, including three starts, with Medford. He threw five no-hit innings in his playoff start against Corvallis on August 14.
    Holley hit .293 with a .401 on-base percentage, 34 runs and 20 RBIs as he started 50 games for the Lobos as a freshman. He was one of 16 New Mexico players to be named to the Academic All-Mountain West Conference team.
    DeVito joins high school teammate Holley at New Mexico. After earning All-Los Angeles West Region honors in 2012 and 2013 as a catcher and first baseman, DeVito projects to play first base for the Lobos.
    Vigil, a three-time first team all-state selection, was named the Gatorade New Mexico high school player of the year in 2013. He hit .394 with six home runs and 24 RBIs and set the New Mexico career home run record with 36 while using wood bats.
    Kaufman, a junior catcher at Oregon Tech, led Southwest Oregon Junior College in hitting (.364), hits (40) and RBIs (17) in 2013 before signing with the Owls.
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