May 12, 2014, VICTORIA, B.C. (ISN) – The Victoria HarbourCats have increased the number of available arms on the pitching staff, and added another highly-touted catcher to the mix.
With the 2014 season less than a month away – opening on the road on June 6, the home-opening series goes June 10-11-12 at SPORTS TRADERS DIAMOND – the team has grown its roster to 40 players, with no other signings imminent unless factors such as injuries lead to adjustments. Nineteen of those on the current roster are pitchers.
C Gunner Pollman, West Linn, OR – Sacramento State University (NCAA-D1)
RHP Alex Garcia, La Puenta, CA – recruited by UC Santa Barbara (NCAA-D1)
RHP Dylan Stowell, Mission Viejo, CA – California Baptist University (NCAA-D2)
LHP Don Sullivan, Upland, CA – Riverside Community College (JC)
“It has long been said there are three keys to baseball – pitching, pitching and pitching,” said HarbourCats Head Coach Bob Miller. “We have gone after the best arms we can find, and we have gone after lots of them. We know injuries, academic requirements and other factors can change the look of a staff in the West Coast League in a hurry, so it has been important for us to load up on arms and have enough of them to keep guys fresh and sharp throughout the season. We’re excited to add these players for the 2014 season.”
Injuries will keep the following players, previously announced, from joining the team for 2014 – OF Andrew Calica (UC Santa Barbara), LHP Will Dennis (Seattle U), and RHP Matt Susac (UNevada-Reno).
“While it’s disappointing not to have those three players coming here this summer, we wish them the best with their recovery and hope they are ready to help their college teams in the fall,” said HarbourCats General Manager Jim Swanson. “Injuries are part of the game, and this is why our coaches have worked so hard to recruit so many great players.”
Pollman is a physical specimen at 6-2/195 who bats and throws right. Pollman is known for his outstanding defence, throwing out an unbelievable 75 per cent of would-be base-stealers in his senior year of high school. He is a freshman at Sac State, and chose baseball over football, where he set the Wilsonville High School record for tackles in a game as a linebacker, taking down 17 in one night. Pollman, a teammate of fellow HarbourCats signee Nathan Lukes, has played a backup role this spring, playing in 17 games and batting .200 with two RBIs.
Sullivan plays for former HarbourCats Head Coach Dennis Rogers at Riverside, and has been used almost exclusively out of the bullpen this season. Sullivan, 3-2 with a 3.54 ERA and one save, and has thrown 53 innings surrendering 55 hits, fanning 23 and walking 25. The sophomore is 6-1/180 and throws from the left side, and will transfer to California State-Northridge next fall.
Stowell, who throws and bats right, is a 6-2/185 freshman out of Capistrano Valley High School, where he was 19-1 in his prep career. Born on Jan. 13, 1995, he is majoring in business – he’s also majoring in strikeouts for the Lancers, fanning 10 batters in his first 8.2 innings of work this season. A hard-thrower who tops 90-mph with his fastball, Stowell made six relief appearances for the Division-2 program, with a 1.04 ERA and giving up just one hit (opponents are hitting 0.38 against him). He has walked eight batters.
arcia is a top recruit out of Bishop Amat Memorial High School in La Puente, CA, was a fall signee by University of California-Santa Barbara. He is a 6-3/190 right-hander who simply blows away high school competition, with 63 strikeouts in 41.1 innings, leading to four wins and a 2.54 ERA. His fastball touches 90 and his slider will help him succeed at the next levels. Here’s video – watch the first pitch to see how live his arm is, with late movement on his fastball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk9mFrPQ5q4
- Single seat tickets are on sale, both at the office (101-1814 Vancouver Street, a half-block south of the baseball stadium), and on-line at www.harbourcats.com/tickets
- Registrations remain open for youth players wanting to be part of the Toronto Blue Jays Honda Super Camp at Sports Traders Diamond, July 2-3, featuring Roberto Alomar, Jesse Barfield, Duane Ward, Lloyd Moseby, Brian McRae, Sandy Alomar Sr. and Devon White. The link to register directly through the Blue Jays is here: http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/tor/baseball_academy/honda_super_camps.jsp
2014 roster to date – 40 players
C (5) – Kelly Norris-Jones, Aaron Barnett, Alan Baldwin, Jake Lesinski, Gunner Pollman
IF (8) – Griffin Andreychuk, Gabe Clark, Cole Kreuter, Noah Cummings, Bryce Greager, Ted Boeke, Thomas Bernal, Alex DeGoti
OF (8) – Nathan Lukes, Danny Collier, John Grimsley, Devin Carter, Hunter Mercado-Hood, Wyler Smith, Matt Bryan, Darren Honeysett
P (19) – LHP Carson Schneider, RHP Jacob McAdams, RHP Brandon Feldman, LHP Quintin Torres-Costa, RHP Bret Helton, RHP Mikey Wright, RHP Alex Rogers, RHP Eric Hegadoren, RHP Andrew Nelson, LHP Jacob Hill, RHP Preston Ryan, RHP Logan Lombana, LHP Bryan Conant, RHP Brett Hull, RHP Sean Watkins, RHP Tim Peabody, RHP Dylan Stowell, RHP Don Sullivan, RHP Alex Garcia
Coaching staff – Bob Miller, Head coach; Assistants – Ben Jackson, Chris Lindmark, Charlie Strandlund