Oakdale has had a stream of college pitchers since Nate Gregory was named pitching coach seven years ago. Here is the list of the top pitchers he has coached at Oakdale, with Gregory's commentary:
Joey Norwood (2004): Played at MJC and Fresno-Pacific. A live arm with a hard slider. Developed into position player in college, seeing some early time as a closer before moving to third base.
Pat McIntyre (2005): Played at MJC and UC Santa Barbara. Great control allowed him to work ahead in the count. Very effective with first-pitch slider. Control was impeccable.
Daniel Brodie (2005): Four-year starter and closer at Fresno-Pacific. Maximized every ounce of ability. Our No. 3 starter, earned scholarship and led Fresno in appearances and ERA as freshman. Great career for Sunbirds and was first to play four years for the new program.
Mitch McIntyre (2006): Recruited by Dartmouth. Extremely effective locating two-seam inside on righties. Good slider to compliment. Very good at pitching backwards.
Boone Whiting (2007): Pitching for Centenary and just named Summit Conference Pitcher of the Year. Great student of the game. Very good at adjusting before the hitter can. High baseball IQ. Becoming a great strikeout pitcher.
Ryan VanderTuig (2007): Playing at San Jose State. A tireless worker and energetic personality on the mound. He has a huge 6-foot-7 frame and tremendous upside when in tune with his body.
Justin Jones (2009): Playing for Cal and has had a special season for a freshman, becoming the ace with a 10-5 record. Probably the most consistent pitcher to come through the program. His big-league curveball is amazing.
Nick VanderTuig (2010): Heading to UCLA in fall after having had Tommy John surgery. Work ethic and accountability are among the traits complementing his ability. The most powerful pitcher to come through this program.