OCTOBER 26, 2017 - MEDFORD, OR: The Medford Rogues and their manager, Tyler Graham, have completed the team’s coaching staff today, adding Landon Danelson and Anthony Balderas. Danelson will work with the hitters and position players while Balderas will work with the pitching staff.
Danelson spent the 2017 season coaching professionally as the third baseball coach and bench coach for the Sioux Falls Canaries (American Association). He also served as the General Manager and Head Coach of the Sioux Falls Pilots, a summer collegiate baseball in the Corb Belt League. He has coached at Bethany Lutheran College, Minnesota State, Oklahoma Panhandle State, and at Augustana University.
“I’m extremely excited to be out West again. I grew up with Tyler, so I’m looking forward to working with him again as well,” said Danelson. “I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Rogues and the Rogue Valley, I’m really looking forward to working with the organization. Tyler and I will be working closely together to recruit and field a highly competitive team this summer.”
Danelson enjoyed a successful playing career at Minnesota State, where he was a two-year starter and letter-winner for the Maverick baseball team. In his senior season, Danelson blasted nine home runs and recorded 11 doubles, 41 RBI’s and 36 runs and was named to All-North Central Conference.
Prior to Minnesota State, Danelson played two years at Miles Community College. He left holding school records in almost all hitting statistical categories for the Pioneers, including career batting average, single-season slugging percentage, career slugging percentage, single-season and career home runs, single season and career RBI, and career total bases (217). He was a two-time All-Mon-Dak Conference selection. A native of Great Falls, Montana, Danelson earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Minnesota State in 2006.
Anthony Balderas will head to Medford for the 2018 GWL season after finishing in his first year as an assistant coach at Lewis Clark State College.
He played two seasons at LCSC, appearing in 31 games going 7-2 while winning back to back NAIA National Championships. As a senior, he was third on the team with a 2.27 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 39.2 innings pitched.
He played for Coach Tyler Graham with the Okotoks Dawgs in 2016 and 2017. Prior to coming to LCSC, he played for Palomar College where he was a two-way player; he batted .309 with 19 RBI and 16 runs scored, and posted 21 strikeouts in 16.1 innings pitched.
“I'm really excited to be a part of the Rogues family,” said Balderas. “This is my first opportunity to be a head pitching coach, so I’m very thankful to the Rogues for giving me this opportunity.”