New Oregon State Head Baseball Coach Mitch Canham is putting together his coaching staff, and he’s bringing back an old friend. The program has announced that Joey Wong, who played 2nd base for the Beavers from 2007-2009, has joined Oregon State as an undergraduate assistant coach.
Wong and Canham were both on the team for the 2007 College World Series, during which Wong turned an eye-popping double play against Cal State Fullerton.
After his time at Oregon State, Wong was drafted by the Colorado Rockies and spent a few years in their farm system, never breaking into the majors. In 2018 he spent time with the Las Vegas 51s, at the time the Mets AAA affiliate. He most recently played for the St. Paul Saints of the American Association, an independent league.
Oregon State is still looking for someone to replace pitching coach Nate Yeskie, who left the program to join Arizona’s staff. While former interim head coach and current hitting coach Pat Bailey is still with the team, there has been much speculation that he may also be looking for greener pastures. If so, there’s definitely some room for Wong to advance in the organization if he performs well. Stay tuned to Building the Dam for further updates as Mitch Canham puts together his staff.