Gems sign four more players; staff

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Two high-ranking regional recruits have been added to the Klamath Falls Gems 2012 roster, the team announced Monday.  Overall, the Gems added four new players and three staff members, but lost its pitching coach.

Pitcher Brandon Brown and pitcher/catcher Josh Graham headline the player additions, says general manager Chuck Heeman.



Audio: Gems general manager Chuck Heeman

Brown is the the top recruit from the Idaho, Wyoming and Montana region according to national scouting bureau BaseballNorthwest.com and Perfect Game, placing him as the best Major League Baseball prospect from the region.  Brown played for Eagle High School (Idaho), where his team won the state championship.

Graham is a Roseburg native and a member of the 2011 Oregon 6A All-State team, pitching to a 10-2 record with a 2.54 ERA.  He is BaseballNorthwest.com’s No. 2 from Oregon.

Other signees include Brandon Trinkwon from UC-Santa Barbara and Mike Umscheid out of Western Nevada Junior College.



Audio: Gems general manager Chuck Heeman

With all the additions, the Gems lost its planned pitching coach Mitch Karraker, who is joining University of Oregon head coach George Horton on the 2012 USA Baseball Collegiate National team coaching staff.

Karraker is a former Oregon player and was planning on starting his first season in Klamath Falls.

The West Coast League team also hired Jessica Dutton as the Director of Entertainment after serving as an intern last season.

Amy Meyer and Kyndra Miles were announced as the team’s first interns for the 2012 season.