by Jim Swanson
January 14, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – The Victoria HarbourCats roster for the 2014 West Coast League season has grown to nine players, with six more players revealed today.
“We are very happy with the direction the roster is going, under the leadership of coaches Dennis Rogers and Bob Miller, and we are hoping for great things this season,” said HarbourCats GM Jim Swanson. “Adding these six players with catcher Kelly Norris-Jones (University of Illinois, NCAA-D1), infielder Griffin Andreychuk (Seattle University, NCAA-D1), and outfielder Nick Rutckyj (RUTS-kee) (Cuesta College), we are starting to see the depth you need to be an upper echelon team in the WCL. We are excited to know that schools such as Cal Poly and New Mexico have such great things to say about the HarbourCats organization, and are working with our coaches to send strong players to our program for 2014.”
The latest additions include a local product, a player with big-league bloodlines, and more New Mexico connections – after the outstanding season put up in 2013 by star slugger Alex Real, who is expected to turn pro this summer.
More player news is expected to be able to be released later this month. The six new signees are:
RHP/1B BRANDON FELDMAN, OTERO JC – Victoria native, star of PBL champion Eagles from last season, named MVP, top batter and top offensive player of PBL in 2013. Feldman often was used as closer by the Eagles, with eight saves. In his freshman year at Otero JC in Colorado. The product of Belmont Secondary is 6-0 and 190 pounds, and led the PBL with a .439 average. He also hit three homers and drove in 35 runs in 39 games. As a pitcher, he struck out 22 batters in 16.2 innings. Bats R, throws R. Will turn 19 on June 30, a night the HarbourCats are home to the Kitsap BlueJackets.
OF JOHN GRIMSLEY, UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO (D1) – Son of former major league pitcher Jason Grimsley, a speedster with surprising pop in his bat and a strong arm. Has the ability to change the game with any part of his game. Listed at 5-9 and 170 pounds, native of Tomball, Texas, star at Concordia Lutheran, Grimsley is a top recruit to be a freshman at University of San Diego in the fall. Bat R, throws R.
OF DANNY COLLIER, UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO (D1) – A left-hand hitter with outstanding speed, Collier is a freshman at the University of New Mexico. Collier is 6-0/180, out of Sandia High in Albuquerque, where he was all-state twice. Throws right.
RHP JACOB McADAMS, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA (D1) – Listed at 6-2/196, McAdams was a two-way threat in high school at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona. A freshman pitcher for the Wildcats in college.
LHP CARSON SCHNEIDER, UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO (D1) – Like OF Danny Collier, another UNM and Sandia High School product, 6-2/175, blue-chip recruit in freshman year at UNM. All-state in high school.
RHP CAMERON COTTON, CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC STATE UNIVERSITY (D1) – The Cal Poly freshman is a product of The Athenian School in Danville, California. The 6-2/205 right-hander, who turns 19 on May 9, was a member of the San Francisco Scout Team and closed off his high school career with an impressive 7-2 record, 0.80 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 70 innings while being recruited by numerous schools. Over a four-year high school career, Cotton won 19 games and struck out 254 batters in 180.2 innings pitched. Cal Poly is the school where John Schuknecht of the 2013 HarbourCats is completing his sophomore season.
2014 roster to date –
C – Kelly Norris-Jones
IF – Brandon Feldman, Griffin Andreychuk
OF – Danny Collier, Nick Rutckyj, John Grimsley
P – LHP Carson Schneider, RHP Jacob McAdams, RHP Cameron Cotton
The HarbourCats, coached by Dennis Rogers and Bob Miller, open the WCL season on the road in Kelowna against the Falcons, on Friday, June 6. After that three-game series, the HarbourCats return to RAP for the home opener – Tuesday, June 10, 7 pm, against the Cowlitz Black Bears. The HarbourCats will play a pre-season exhibition game on Thursday, June 5, against a combined Eagles/Mariners (PBL) team, at RAP.