by Jim Swanson
March 17, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – The Victoria HarbourCats don’t just provide first-class baseball entertainment for the South Island, the team also provides an opportunity for the best local products to earn a spot playing at the highest levels of summer collegiate baseball.
The HarbourCats are pleased to announce the signing of four players, all of whom have progressed to the U.S. college level after playing minor baseball in Victoria, Nanaimo or the Lower Mainland.
“It is important for us to give local players a shot, as was on full display last year with players such as Austin Russell, Ty Russell, and Connor Russell,” said General Manager Jim Swanson.
“We already have Canadian players Nick Rutckyj (OF), Brandon Feldman (RHP), Griffin Andreychuk (2B) and Mike Gershman (RHP) on our group for 2014, this latest announcement brings our overall roster to 28 players, including eight Canadians. We will be bringing in 40 players to start the season, and allow competition to build the best roster possible, under the assessment of our coaches, as we get to a final list of 34 or 35 players who will give us the depth to battle for a playoff berth.”
*RHP Alex Rogers (Nanaimo, B.C.) – Trinidad State JC
*RHP Eric Hegadoren (Victoria, B.C.) – College of the Canyons JC
*OF Matt Bryan (Victoria, B.C.) – Treasure Valley JC
*OF Darren Honeysett (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) – Monterrey Peninsula JC
Rogers posted the best pitching numbers in the BCPBL last year, throwing for the Nanaimo Pirates, and entered this past weekend with a 2-1 record and 3.38 ERA for Trinidad State, which is located in southeast Colorado. With the Pirates, he was a league-best 10-5 in 17 appearances, 15 starts, with a 2.35 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 98 innings. Rogers is listed at 6-0 and 180 pounds, and will turn 20 on June 11. Video of Alex Rogers pitching in the BCPBL for the Nanaimo Pirates: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZiDOLPMoYA
Hegadoren is a massive 19-year-old at 6-10 and 230 pounds, and was 2-5 with a 5.02 ERA in 30.2 innings for the league champion Victoria Eagles in the BCPBL last season. He struck out 39 batters but walked 32. The Lambrick Park graduate has been slowed by injuries in his freshman year at College of the Canyons. Video of Eric Hegadoren pitching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at2YbIKqVy0
Bryan, a right-handed hitting and throwing product of the Victoria Mariners, batted .288 with nine doubles and 32 stolen bases in the 2012 BCPBL season before graduating to college baseball. The Lambrick Park grad is listed at 5-11 and 188 pounds and turns 20 on May 27. He was batting .231 through his first 17 games for Treasure Valley (located in Ontario, Oregon) this spring. Video of Bryan’s swing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1cJJk_ey60
Honeysett, a converted infielder, is batting .271 with a home run and three doubles through 25 games with Monterrey Peninsula. The lefty-hitting former member of the BCPBL Coquitlam Reds, 6-0 and 180 pounds, graduated from Terry Fox Secondary in Port Coquitlam, where he hit .324 with nine doubles, three triples and a home run in the 2012 BCPBL season.
COTTON TO HAVE SURGERY – The Victoria HarbourCats are sorry to announce that RHP Cameron Cotton of Cal Poly will not be joining the team for 2014. Cotton, a freshman, is expected to have Tommy John surgery to repair his right elbow and will be unable to pitch this summer. “Cameron has tremendous potential and we wish him the best in his recovery, and hope he comes back stronger than ever,” said Head Coach Dennis Rogers.
2014 roster to date – 28 players
C (3) – Kelly Norris-Jones, Aaron Barnett, Alan Baldwin
IF (5) – Griffin Andreychuk, Gabe Clark, Cole Kreuter, Noah Cummings, Bryce Greager
OF (9) – Danny Collier, Nick Rutckyj, John Grimsley, Andrew Calica, Devin Carter, Hunter Mercado-Hood, Wyler Smith, OF Matt Bryan, OF Darren Honeysett
P (11) – LHP Carson Schneider, RHP Jacob McAdams, RHP Brandon Feldman, LHP Quintin Torres-Costa, LHP Will Dennis, RHP Matt Susac, RHP Bret Helton, RHP Mike Gershman, RHP Mikey Wright, RHP Alex Rogers, RHP Eric Hegadoren