Gresham rounds out roster with three Portland-area products

Gresham rounds out roster with three Portland-area products

The GreyWolves roster now stands at 41 players

GRESHAM, Ore. – With Opening Day fast approaching on June 3, the Gresham GreyWolves inaugural roster is now complete. The team and head coach Justin Barchus announced the signing of three more players today, bringing the total to 41 for the 2016 season. Joining Gresham will be Will Matthiessen (infielder/RHP, West Linn HS/Stanford), Drew Martin-Cohn (RHP, Clackamas CC), and Kyle Henderson (catcher, Concordia-Portland). While the 41-man roster is finished at the moment, additions to the team can still be made.

Will Matthiessen (@willmatthiessen) has had his way with the Three Rivers League in 2016, hitting at a .338 clip while recording 20 RBIs with West Linn High School. He has also served as a pitcher on the Lions staff, recording 7-2 record to go along with a stellar 1.66 ERA in his senior season. When not on the mound, Matthiessen spends time on defense at both third and first base.

The West Linn product has signed a letter of intent with Stanford, making him the third Pac-12 player on the GreyWolves roster. He will also be the only incoming collegiate freshman playing in Gresham this summer.

“We are excited to get a local standout with a tremendous ceiling like Will has,” says Barchus. “With his large frame and outstanding athleticism, there’s no doubt that he is going to adjust to the speed of the college game quicker than most. He gives us some flexibility at the corner positions and is also a very decorated high school pitcher.”

No other starter for Clackamas CC has an ERA lower than Drew Martin-Cohn this season. The right-hander has proved to be the Cougars’ top starter in 2016, posting a 1.84 ERA in six outings. His ability to go deep into contests (three complete game performances this year) and keep the ball inside the yard (zero home runs) will make him an integral part of Gresham’s pitching staff.

Another local product, Martin-Cohn graduated from Reynolds High School in Troutdale in 2014. In his senior season at Reynolds, the righty led the Raiders to a 13-2 record in Mt. Hood Conference play.

“Drew is going to have a big impact for us this summer on the mound,” Barchus says. “I’m not sure if it will be from the bullpen as a change of pace guy, or as a starter, but he will have an impact. He has shown that he can throw a complete game as well as come in and shut the door with very little notice, and that’s going to be valuable for us to have.”

Rounding out the roster is Concordia-Portland catcher Kyle Henderson (@kylehenderson4). Henderson performed well both behind and at the plate for the Cavaliers in 2016, hitting at a .298 clip in 41 games. The junior was also impressive in clutch situations, batting .367 with runners on base.

Henderson spent time at both Western Nevada College and Lane CC (Eugene) before returning to Portland, where he attended Westview High School. He lettered three times with the Wildcats and was the team’s MVP for the 2013 season.

“Kyle is a also a local standout and we look forward to having him behind the plate this summer,” says Barchus. “He is going to bring us a very solid left-handed bat at the plate, as well as leadership and a wealth of experience behind the dish. We couldn’t be happier to have him rounding out our catching group this summer.”

NOTE: This is Part 15 of a weekly series of signing updates for the inaugural season of Gresham GreyWolves Baseball. 

About the GreyWolves: The Gresham GreyWolves will begin their inaugural season of play in June 2016 at Mt. Hood Community College’s Oslund Field. First-year skipper Justin Barchus looks to translate his impressive club team coaching career into success and development on the field for the GreyWolves.

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