General Manager: Grant Wilson
Head Coach: Mitch Karraker (Oregon)
Assistant Coaches: Brett Hambright, Johnny Hirko
Ballpark: Historic Kiger Stadium
Address: 2001 Crest St.
Dimensions: LF- 315', CF- 385', RF- 315'
Signature: Wooden Grandstands and Press Box High Above Field like Old (Detroit) Tiger Stadium
Big Man On Campus: Thomas Eshleman, Pitcher, Cal State Fullerton Titans
The most exciting young pitcher in the West Coast League last summer, the Titans' freshman right-hander is expected to be the ace of Fullerton staff and future star in the Big West Conference. Eshleman went 5-0 and recorded 3 saves for the Gems while posting a team-low 0.61 ERA in 2012. He struck out 35 batters while walking only 8 over 16 appearances, 1 start and 29.1 innings.
Former Gems to Keep an Eye on this Spring (2013):
Jeremy Burright, Pitcher, University of Portland, Sr.
Austin Byler, Third Baseman, Nevada-Reno, So.
Conner George, Infielder, Hawaii, Jr.
Nate Goodwin, Catcher, Baylor, Jr.
Josh Graham, Catcher, Oregon, Fr.
A.J. Kennedy, Catcher, Cal State Fullerton, Fr.
Aaron LaBrie, Pitcher, Wichita State, Jr.
Mitch Merten, Pitcher, UC Irvine, Jr.
Parker Miles, Infielder, UC Santa Barbara, Jr.
Tanner Nielsen, Shortstop, Campbellsville, Sr.
Rich Sanguinetti, Outfielder, Nebraska, Sr.
Tyler Smith, Shortstop, Oregon State, Sr.
Tommy Thorpe, Pitcher, Oregon, So.
Joshua Wong, First Baseman, Western Oregon, Sr.
Eric Yardley, Pitcher, Seattle University, Sr.
For more information on the Gems, please visit: www.klamathfallsgems.com
Klamath Falls Gems
2001 Crest St.
Klamath Falls, OR, 97601
Community: Klamath Falls, Oregon (Klamath County)
Klamath County Population: 66,229
Must Eat: Wubba's BBQ
Watering Hole: Mia's and Pia's Tap Room
Must See: Crater Lake National Park
Best Golf: Harbor Isles Country Club
With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, Klamath Falls offers a wide variety of year-round activities and entertainment. Home of the 2004 and 2008 National Champion Oregon Tech Fighting Owls basketball team, Klamath Falls has a rich sports history as well as a diverse cultural presence. Situated between Mt. Shasta to the south and Crater Lake National Park to the north, the city offers unparalleled scenic opportunities as well as hiking, biking and off-road activities. For nature and sports lovers, the Klamath is unrivaled in its offerings. Historic Kiger Stadium, home of the Gems, was built in 1948 to host the original Gems, a Philadelphia Phillies minor league affiliate and a member of the original Far West League. Among the original Gems was 1970's and 80's actor and game show host Bert Convy, who was an outfielder on the 1951 Far West League Champion Gems after being signed by the Phillies out of West Hollywood (CA) High School.