VICTORIA, B.C. – They were players who had a shot to impress last year, and they’ll get another opportunity to make the hometown West Coast League squad this season.
Right-handed pitcher Riley Edmonds, a product of the Victoria Eagles program, just completed his first year at Otero JC – a school that has two more Victoria players on the roster in Brandon Feldman and Brett Hull. Edmonds earned a lot of mound time and compiled a 2-0 record with a 2.49 ERA, along with two saves. He surrendered 18 hits in 21.2 innings pitched, striking out 23 and walking four.
Edmonds made two appearances late last season for the HarbourCats, including a start. In 9.1 innings, he gave up five hits and struck out two batters, walking four, with a 3.85 ERA. He is a 6-0/170 product of the Lambrick Baseball Academy.
Outfielder Matt Bryan is a right-hand hitting outfielder who completed his junior season at McPherson College in Kansas, the same school as recently-signed catcher Evan Willow. Bryan, 5-11/185, was released early into the 2014 season by the HarbourCats, after finishing the 2014 season at Treasure Valley College. Bryan is coming off a hand injury, but hit .266 with three home runs and 23 RBIs last season for McPherson, adding five doubles and stealing nine bases.
Both players will be in uniform for exhibition games May 31 (vs. Langley Sr. Blaze, defending Canadian Champions), and June 2-3 (vs. North Sound Emeralds), both are 6:35pm starts at SPORTS TRADERS DIAMOND at RAP.
CURRENT ROSTER (45)
C (5) – Jackson Thoreson, St. Mary’s; Dane Fujinaka, Sacramento State; Zach Bonneau, University of Washington; Nick Meyer, Cal Poly-SLO; Evan Willow, McPherson College
IF (13) – Gabe Clark, Oregon State; Michael Gretler, Oregon State; Jamie Umbinetti, Edmonds CC; Griffin Andreychuk, Seattle University; PJ Floyd, Sacramento State; Carl Stajduhar, New Mexico; Chase Lambert, Pepperdine; Scott Jarvis, UCLA; Brady Rogers, Trinidad State; Morgan Varley, Thompson Rivers; Justin Clarkson, Midland College; Zane Takhar, Northeastern State; Brandon Feldman, Otero JC
OF (11) – Kevin Collard, San Diego; Reno Rankin, LA Mission CC; Kevin Amezquita, East LA CC; Jake Pries, UCLA; Austin Guibor, Fresno State; Ben Polshuk, Cal Poly-SLO; Brendan Somers, SW Oregon CC; Chris Fougner, Salt Lake CC; Zach Diewert, Nanaimo Pirates; AJ Alcantara, UC-Irvine; Matt Bryan, McPherson College
RHP (16) – Alex Rogers, Trinidad State/North Dakota State; Austin Dondanville, Cal Poly-SLO; Dominic Topoozian, Fresno State; Henry Omana, Cal State Fullerton; Mikey Wright, Consumnes River CC; Shawn Kennedy II, Georgetown-NAIA; Matt Blais, UC-Davis; Kyle Francis, Everett CC; Sean O’Toole, St. Mary’s;Preston Ryan, New Mexico; Connor Suing, Western Oregon; Josh Mitchell, Pittsburgh; Nick Wojtysiak, Pepperdine; Josh Walker, Grand Canyon; Kenton Schroter, Vancouver Island University; Riley Edmonds, Otero JC
Head coach – Graig Merritt
Assistant coaches – Alec Adame, Jerry Pena, Joe Meggs, Andrew Wilson
Trainers – Curtis Hawkins, Tanner McGaw
General Manager – Jim Swanson
*Somers, Fougner, Alex Rogers, Brady Rogers, Schroter, Clarkson, Varley, Willow, Diewert, Feldman, Takhar, Edmonds, Bryan and Andreychuk are from Vancouver Island.
**Clark, Andreychuk, Ryan, Alex Rogers and Wright are returning players.
***10-day contracts – Brady Rogers, Somers, Schroter, Clarkson, Varley, Willow, Bryan, Edmonds, Diewert, Feldman, Takhar
Want to secure your seats for our exhibition games? Home Opener? Fireworks? The first day game? Father’s Day? Or, how about the MacGregor Sock Toss for Anawim House on June 20(details to come!)? Come to the office, 1814 Vancouver Street, or buy on-line atwww.harbourcats.com/tickets. Season tickets and 10-packs are available.
Our first exhibition games are May 31, June 2 and June 3 – www.harbourcats.com/schedule