HarbourCats Unveil Full 2013 Roster

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Thirty-Two Players Signed for Inaugural Season

Victoria, BC – The Victoria HarbourCats are pleased to announce the final 21 players that will be joining the team in 2013. Joining the 11 players previously announced, this brings the total roster to 32 players. 

“We are extremely excited about the high caliber of players that Coaches Dennis Rogers and Bob Miller have assembled,” said General Manager Holly Jones.  “Dennis and Bob’s ability to recruit top prospects from the best college baseball programs will ensure we put a competitive product on the field and that we provide a high level of excitement for our fans.”

The HarbourCats roster now includes 7 players previously drafted by Major League teams, including previously announced Connor Baits (UCSB), Casey Schroeder (Kentucky), Brandon Smith (Grand Canyon) and David Schuknecht (Riverside). Additional draftees now signed include catcher Alex Real (New Mexico), infielder David Olmeda-Bererra (Cal State Fullerton) and infielder Jack Graham (Youngstown State). The HarbourCats roster also includes previously announced Victoria natives Austin Russell, Nick Pivetta and Connor Russell.

The HarbourCats roster includes 12 players who will be playing for schools that are ranked in the Baseball America and NCAA 2013 Pre-Season Top 25.  This includes Nick Pivetta and Alex Real (New Mexico), Ryan Keller (San Diego), Bryan Conant, Joe Navilhon, David Olmeda-Bererra and Timmy Richards (Cal State Fullerton), Casey Schroeder and Zach Storm (Kentucky), Anthony Hermelyn and Justin Burba (Oklahoma) and Brett Urabe (UCLA).

There are 18 NCAA and Canadian schools represented on the HarbourCats roster.  Leading the way is the University of California Santa Barbara and Cal State Fullerton (4 players each); the University of Washington, University of Hawaii, University of Kentucky, University of Oklahoma, University of New Mexico), Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal State Long Beach, and Grand Canyon University (2 players each); and University of San Diego, Riverside Community College, Cuesta College, UCLA, Youngstown State, Sacramento State, Southern Polytechnical State and Vancouver Island University (1 player each).

HarbourCats Head Coach Dennis Rogers, who was interviewed Tuesday (https://www.dropbox.com/s/ttwiyay0qjz5xwe/Dennis.mov) just prior to his Riverside College game against fellow HarbourCats coach Bob Miller’s Cuesta College team, is pleased with the 2013 roster. “We are excited about the kids who will be part of our program in 2013.  It will be a roster that will be allowed to be successful on the diamond on a regular basis.   We’ll have some players with recognizable names and we are excited about the Canadian kids on the team, but the entire roster is going to be one the fans will enjoy watching.”

Brief profiles of the newly announced players are provided below. More details are available on the HarbourCats web site at www.harbourcats.com/roster.

PITCHERS

  • Ryan Keller – A 6’3″ 210 lb. right-handed pitcher, Keller is a native of Castaic, California and is a sophomore at the University of San Diego
  • Matt Cooper – From Marysville, Washington, the 6’0” 180 lb. right-handed throwing Matt Cooper is currently a junior at the University of Hawaii.
  • Art Vidrio – From Orange Lutheran High School in Alta Loma, California, the 5’11” 196 lb Vidrio is a left-handed pitcher in his freshman season at the University of California Santa Barbara
  • Dillon Tate – A right-handed pitcher from Claremont, California, the 6’2″ 185 lb. Tate is in his freshman season at the University of California Santa Barbara
  • Robby Nesovic – The 6’4” 190 lb. native of El Cajon, California and graduate of Grossmount High School is a right-handed pitcher who is in his freshman season at the University of California Santa Barbara.  
  • Scott Kuzminsky – A Junior at the University of Hawaii, the 6’2″ 200 lb. right-handed throwing Kuzminsky is a native of Puyallup, Washington and spent the past two seasons pitching for Bellevue College. 
  • Bryan Conant – A 6’5″ 220 lb. left-handed pitcher from Alta Loma, California, Conant is a freshman at Cal State Fullerton. 
  • Joe Navilhon – A 6’0″ 190 lb. right-handed pitcher, Navilhon is a native of Antioch, California and is in his freshman season at Cal State Fullerton
  • Logan Lombana – A 6’2″ 200 lb. native of Newark, California, Lombana is a right-handed pitcher who is in his freshman season at Cal State University Long Beach.
  • Andrew Nelson – A 6’3″ 195 lb. right-handed pitcher that hails from Omaha, Nebraska, Nelson is in his sophomore season at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California. 
  • Kevin Behnke – A 6’1″ 175 lb. right-handed pitcher from Mesa, Arizona, Behnke is in his Junior season at Grand Canyon University In Phoenix. 

CATCHERS

  • Alex Real – A 6’0″ 215 lb. catcher, from Anthem, Arizona, Real was a previous draft pick in the 48th round by the Atlanta Braves and is currently in his sophomore season at the University of New Mexico

INFIELDERS

  • David Olmedo-Barerra – The 6’1″ 170 lb. Olmedo-Barerra hails from La Canada, California and is a freshman at Cal State Fullerton University.  Olmedo-Barerra was recently selected by the Oakland A’s in the 40th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.
  • Jack Graham – A 5’10” 180 lb. middle infielder from Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, Graham is a previous 50th round selection of the Chicago White Sox who is presently in his sophomore season at Youngstown State University in Ohio. 
  • John Schuknecht – A 6’0″ 205 lb. infielder, John Schuknecht, a native of Palm Desert, CA is in his freshman season at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Schuknecht joins his brother, HarbourCats catcher David Schuknecht on the 2013 roster. 
  • Alex DeGoti – The 5’10” 185 lb. DeGoti is from Miami, Florida and is a freshman at California State University Long Beach
  • Timmy Richards – The 6’0″ 180 lb. Richards is from Long Beach, California and will graduate from Woodrow Wilson High School in 2013.  He will attend Cal State Fullerton in the fall. 
  • Zach Storm – The 6’0″ 195 lb. Storm hails from London, Kentucky and is a freshman at the University of Kentucky.

OUTFIELDERS

  • Justin Burba – A 5’10” 185 lb. outfielder from Wichita, Kansas, Burba is a freshman at the University of Oklahoma. 
  • Kyle Moses – A 6’0″ 180 lb. outfielder from Tracy, California, Moses is in his sophomore season at Sacramento State University in California. 
  • Jordan Ellis – The 6’0″ 175 lb. Ellis is a native of Garden Grove, California and is currently a sophomore at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

About the Victoria HarbourCats

The Victoria HarbourCats are Victoria’s entry in the West Coast League. The WCL is a college-level, wood-bat baseball league with 11 teams from the Pacific Northwest that feature elite level college players from across North America. The HarbourCats open their inaugural season at home on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 against the Kelowna Falcons at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria. Season tickets, 10-Game Flex Packs and team merchandise are now on sale.  Drop by our office at 103-1814 Vancouver Street to order in person, or call the office at 778-265-0327.  Office hours are 10-2 Monday thru Friday. Visit www.harbourcats.com/tickets for details.

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2013 Victoria HarbourCats Roster – As of February 7, 2013

Player

Position

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown

School

Pitchers

Nick Pivetta

RHP

6’5″

215

Victoria, BC

University of New Mexico

Connor Russell

RHP

6’4″

200

Victoria, BC

Vancouver Island University

Connor Baits

RHP

6’6″

220

San Diego, CA

University of California Santa Barbara

Will Ballowe

Ryan Keller

Matt Cooper

Art Vidrio

Dillon Tate

Robby Nesovic

Scott Kuzminsky

Bryan Conant

Joe Navilhon

Logan Lombana

Andrew Nelson

Kevin Behnke

LHP

RHP

RHP

LHP

RHP

RHP

RHP

LHP

RHP

RHP

RHP

RHP

6’4″

6’3″

6’0″

5’11”

6’2″

6’4″

6’2″

6’5″

6’0″

6’2″

6’3″

6’1″

237

210

180

196

185

190

200

220

190

200

195

175

Danville, CA

Castaic, CA

Marysville, WA

Alta Loma, CA

Claremont, CA

El Cajon, CA

Puyallup, WA

Alta Loma, CA

Antioch, CA

Newark, CA

Omaha, NE

Mesa, AZ

University of Washington

University of San Diego

University of Hawaii

University of California Santa Barbara

University of California Santa Barbara

University of California Santa Barbara

University of Hawaii

Cal State Fullerton

Cal State Fullerton

Cal State Long Beach

Cuesta College

Grand Canyon University

Catchers

Casey Schroeder

C

6’2″

190

Glandorf, OH

University of Kentucky

David Schuknecht

Alex Real

C

C

6’1″

6’0″

195

215

Palm Desert, CA

Anthem, AZ

Riverside Community College

University of New Mexico

Infielders

Anthony Hermelyn

IF

6’1″

180

McKinney, TX

University of Oklahoma

Josh Cushing

David Olmedo-Barerra

Jack Graham

Alex DeGoti

Timmy Richards

Zach Storm

John Schuknecht

IF

IF

IF

IF

IF

IF

IF

6’1″

6’1″

5’10”

5’10”

6’0″

6’0″

6’0″

190

170

180

185

180

195

205

Moraga, CA

La Canada, CA

Cranberry Twp., PA

Miami, FL

Long Beach, CA

London, KY

Palm Desert, CA

University of Washington

Cal State Fullerton

Youngstown State

Cal State Long Beach

Wilson HS / Cal State Fullerton

University of Kentucky

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

 

Outfielders

Brandon Smith

OF

6’3″

195

Irvine, CA

Grand Canyon University

Brett Urabe

OF

6’0″

170

Huntington Beach, CA

UCLA

Austin Russell

Justin Burba

Kyle Moses

Jordan Ellis

OF

OF

OF

OF

6’3″

5’10”

6’0″

6’0″

200

185

180

175

Victoria, BC

Wichita, KS

Tracy, CA

Garden Grove, CA

S. Polytechnical State

University of Oklahoma

Sacramento State University

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Field Staff

Dennis Rogers

Riverside Community College

Bob Miller

Cuesta College

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