VICTORIA, B.C. – The Victoria HarbourCats have added depth to their outfield for the 2017 West Coast League season, signing Will LaRue and Riley Pletcher from Xavier University (NCAA Div. 1; Big East) in addition to right-handed pitcher Matt Kent.
OF Will LaRue, Xavier University, (Junior), Evansville, IN, 5-11/180
OF Riley Pletcher, Xavier University, (Freshman), Puyallup, WA, 5-10/180
RHP Matt Kent, Xavier University, (Sophomore), Fort Wayne, IN, 6-6/185
Will LaRue is an exciting talent who brings electrifying speed to the outfield and on the base paths.
LaRue started 60 games as a sophomore in 2016, hitting .253 with nine doubles and 22 RBIs, adding one triple and a home run. He ranked 13th in NCAA Div. 1 baseball with 31 stolen bases in 36 attempts.
Riley Pletcher is a highly regarded freshman outfielder who has an opportunity to earn a significant role with the Musketeers.
Pletcher was a career .323 hitter at Puyallup High School with 11 doubles, three triples and 35 RBIs. He also maintained a .492 on-base percentage.
Matt Kent is an imposing presence on the mound, standing 6’6’’, 185 lbs who earned a major role on the Musketeers pitching staff as a freshman.
Kent made 13 appearances in 2016 including eight starts, posting a 2-1 record and working to a 3.20 ERA, which was third-best on the team. He recorded 27 strikeouts in 39.1 innings pitched while allowing just 37 hits.