Octorara Grad, Former MLB All-Star Named One of This Minor League Franchise’s Best Players Ever

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Ryan Vogelsong was awarded the Kutztown University President's Medal in 2015.

Octorara High School graduate Ryan Vogelsong has been named one of the Top 20 Players of All Time for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, an Oregon-based franchise in the Class A Northwest League, writes Matt Rawlings for the Keizer (Ore.) Times.

Vogelsong, a pitcher who ranked 11th among the minor league team’s best players ever, was an All-Star with the San Francisco Giants in 2011. Additionally, he won World Series rings in 2012 and 2014.

During his years at Octorara, Vogelsong was a three-sport athlete. He then moved on to Kutztown University, where he managed to set nine school records.

The Giants selected him in the fifth round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft. That season, he made 10 appearances for the Volcanoes and was 6-1 with 66 strikeouts and a 1.77 ERA. His great showing helped the team capture its first-ever Northwest League crown.

Vogelsong later pitched three years in Japan, before carving out his niche in the Giants’ rotation from 2011-15.

Read more about Ryan Vogelsong in the Keizer (Ore.) Times here.

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