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  • BASEBALL

    Ex-South standout Boyd joins Rogues as assistant GM

  • Former South Medford baseball standout Griffin Boyd will be the Medford Rogues' assistant general manager next season, the team announced Thursday.
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  • Former South Medford baseball standout Griffin Boyd will be the Medford Rogues' assistant general manager next season, the team announced Thursday.
    Boyd, 23, played at and graduated from Western Oregon University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in communications studies and a minor in sports management. He most recently worked with International Sports Management in sales.
    Boyd also played with the American Legion Medford Mustangs and the West Coast League's Corvallis Knights.
    "Griffin is a perfect fit as we take the next step in the community," Rogues general manager Chuck Heeman said. "He not only has successful sales experience, he knows the Rogue Valley business and non-profit community very well and understands our product. Having played in the West Coast League, Griffin has seen first-hand the kind of entertainment product we want to provide, and the vision of what we need to do in 2014 and beyond. This is a great step for him in his young career and a great addition to our front office staff. We've been looking for just the right person to fit this role and we're very fortunate to have found Griffin."
    In other Rogues news, Medford announced the commitment of three University of Oregon players to the 2014 roster: outfielder/catcher Alex Jackson, left-handed pitcher David Peterson and catcher Joey Morgan.
    Jackson is tabbed by maxpreps.com as the top high school prospect in the nation. Peterson is ranked among the top 100 high school seniors and fifth nationally among left-handed pitchers.
    Morgan earned Class 4A player of the year recognition in 2013 at Sisters High. He joins previously signed Class 5A player of the year, catcher Kyle Beam of Hood River, and 4A first-team all-state pitcher Tyler Gulbransen (Hidden Valley) on the 2014 Rogues roster.
    The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Jackson will be an incoming freshman at Oregon. He is projected as a top-10 overall pick in the 2014 Major League draft going into his senior season at Rancho Bernardo High. Jackson has compiled a high school record batting average of .372 with 36 home runs and 96 RBIs through three years.
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