2017 West Coast League Top 10 Prospects

Chris Lincoln

West Coast League Top Prospects
Chris Lincoln, rhp, Walla Walla (So., UC Santa Barbara)
Jordan Qsar, of/rhp, Corvallis (R-Jr., Pepperdine)
Chase Illig, c, Bellingham (R-So., West Virginia)
Austin Shenton, 3b, Bellingham (So., FIU)
Louis Crow, rhp, Corvallis (So., San Diego)
Devlin Granberg, of, Cowlitz (Sr., Dallas Baptist)
Holden Powell, rhp, Bellingham (Fr., UCLA)
Darius Vines, rhp, Walla Walla (So., Yavapai (Ariz.) CC)
Jackson Thoreson, c, Gresham (Sr., Saint Mary's)
Chase Kaplan, lhp, Corvallis (Sr., Kansas)

SEE ALSO: Summer College League Top Prospects

Postseason Recap: The Corvallis Knights repeated as league champions by defeating the Victoria HarbourCats in a best-of-three series. However, it wasn't a typical summer in the Pacific Northwest.

The West Coast League is typically dominated by pitchers, but that was not the case this year. Corvallis, which had led the WCL in ERA in five of the previous seven years, was the runner-up in that category during the regular season. Nothing new there, but the Knights staff posted a 4.20 ERA while league-leader Wenatchee had a 4.13--0.87 more than the highest since 2010.

Corvallis recorded the best regular-season record at 34-20, and its pitching saved its best for when it mattered most. After dropping the first game of the championship series to Victoria, the Knights received a combined two-hit shutout from Dakota Donovan (Oregon State) and Kolby Somers (Oregon) in Game 2 to even the series. Trenton Toplikar (UC Riverside) then earned the win in a decisive Game 3 by going seven innings and allowing one unearned run in a 4-2 victory over the HarbourCats. Toplikar also threw seven solid innings in the Game 2 of the semifinal round against Yakima Valley.

1. Chris Lincoln, RHP, Walla Walla (So., UC Santa Barbara)

Lincoln has the size and stuff that projects well moving forward. He's 6-foot-4, 175 pounds and showed a three-pitch mix that left some raving about the native of Moreno Valley, Calif. "He was 91-93, touching 94," said one league manager. "He has the kind of curveball that makes righthanded hitters jump out of the box and a changeup that made our lefties miss by 8-12 inches. I think the most impressive part is how easy it looked; very smooth." Lincoln had a good but not great summer with a 4.05 ERA and 36 strikeouts to 18 walks in 33.1 innings. He was a 13th-round pick by Toronto last summer and is clearly on radars. But there are some inconsistencies that need to be fixed before he starts contributing out of the Gauchos’ rotation. Lincoln had an ERA just south of five as a freshman this spring.

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