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Rogues tab ex-OSU standout as manager

Tyler Graham, a former Oregon State baseball standout who is in his first year as the Beavers’ director of player development, has been named manager of the Medford Rogues.

Graham was a senior and fourth-year letterman on OSU’s 2006 national championship team. That season the Beavers also won a second straight Pac-10 Conference championship.

Graham was drafted in the 19th round by the San Francisco Giants and played nine professional seasons, including a 10-game major-league stop with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012.

Graham spent two years as an undergraduate assistant coach for the Beavers before landing his current position, which he’ll maintain while with the Rogues.

Graham is the second manager in Great West League history with major-league experience.

A native of Great Falls, Montana, he managed the Okotoks Dawgs of the Western Baseball League to a two-year record of 68-17.

The Rogues conducted a nationwide search for the position, said Mike MacCulloch, vice president of business and baseball operations for Consolidated Sports Holdings, which owns the team. In a release, he called Graham the “perfect individual” for the job.

“Tyler brings everything we are looking for in a managerial candidate,” said MacCulloch. “He is a College World Series champion, an individual with extensive playing experience in professional baseball, a head coach at the summer collegiate level and a very skilled recruiter.”

Graham only had two at-bats in his short big-league stint, scoring a run but not getting a hit.

For his pro career, which ended in 2014, he batted .272 average with 21 home runs and 216 RBIs. He stole 264 bases.

For the Beavers, he played in 151 games and batted .317 with 10 doubles, two triples, one home run and 51 RBIs. He also stole 39 bases, tying for ninth OSU history.