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Damien's Jordan Donahue picks Oregon State




Damien's Jordan Donahue will keep the family's Pac-12 tradition alive.

The 2018 All-Hawaii Division II Player of the Year announced via Twitter on July 2 that he will play for Oregon State.

Donahue, a class of 2020 shortstop, will follow the cleat marks of his brother Christian, who played for OSU from 2015-17 and is now a member of the Chicago Cubs organization. His father Timo played for the University of Washington, when the conference was known as the Pac-10, before playing in the Cleveland Indians farm system.

"Just seeing it how it is when I'd go up and watch my brother play, they had choke fans," Jordan said. "They get support. The coaches are amazing. They produce good players and every year, you get a chance to compete for a College World Series. It's a blessing when you get the opportunity to do that."

The Beavers are coming off winning the 2018 College World Series, the third national championship since capturing their first crown in 2006.

But that had no bearing on Jordan's decision.

"I had my mind set a couple weeks before that," he said. "It was a really hard decision, but I made the right choice."

Because Jordan has made numerous trips to Corvallis, Oregon to watch his brother, he is very familiar with the school and program.

He also was recruited by Washington, his father's alma mater.

"When I went up there, I wasn't sure if that was me," Jordan said. "Washington is kind of in the middle of the city (of Seattle) and Corvallis is a small town, a college town. I liked that."

He said he will take his official recruiting visit when he becomes a senior.

His brother Christian played three seasons at Oregon State before signing as a free agent at the end of last summer with the Cubs. He is with the Class-A South Bend Cubs of the Midwest League, though he had a brief stint at Triple-A Iowa recently.

The brothers talk frequently about the game and work out with each other when Christian is home.

"He teaches me a lot of things," Jordan said. "We're hard on each other (during workouts). We hold each other accountable for a lot of things."

Jordan said he will be attending showcases over the next few months.



Reach Stacy Kaneshiro at [email protected].


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