VICTORIA, B.C. – The Victoria HarbourCats have fortified their infield and pitching staff for the upcoming West Coast League season, with the addition of four players from Baylor University (NCAA Div. 1; Big 12).
Baylor currently boasts a 14-2 record, having begun the season a school-best 10-0. They were ranked #15 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and #24 by Baseball America in the March 6 NCAA Div. 1 national rankings.
Coming to Victoria will be Bears infielders Davis Wendzel and Tucker Johnson, as well as right-handed pitchers Luke Boyd and Ian McEachern.
INF Davis Wendzel, Baylor University, Freshman, San Clemente, CA, 6/185
INF Tucker Johnson, Baylor University, Junior, China Spring, TX, 5-11/190
RHP Luke Boyd, Baylor University, Freshman, Ojai, CA, 6-2/180
RHP Ian McEachern, Baylor University, Freshman, Bradenton, FL, 6-4/210
Davis Wendzel is an exciting young player who is contributing as a freshman. Wendzel has earned playing time at both corner infield positions and has seen time in the outfield early in the season. At the plate, Wendzel is hitting .242 in 12 games with seven RBIs.
Wendzel was a three-year letterwinner JSerra Catholic High School in California, and was a Rawlings/Perfect Game Honorable Mention All American in 2016.
Tucker Johnson is an infielder in his first season at Baylor following an outstanding two-year junior college career. Johnson totaled 11 home runs and 92 RBIs in his two years at McLennan Junior College, hitting .326 and .347. He led McLennan to the JUCO World Series as a freshman in 2015, and hit two home runs in the World Series.
Johnson has played in three games this spring, collecting three hits in four at bats including two doubles, driving in four runs.
Luke Boyd is a very promising young pitcher who is competing for innings as a freshman at Baylor. He has made three appearances so far, one start, working to a 1-0 record with four strikeouts in 7.1 innings pitched.
Boyd recorded 99 strikeouts in 56 innings in his senior year of high school with eight complete games.
Ian McEachern is a strong young right-hander in his freshman year with the Bears. An imposing physical presence on the mound, McEachern was a 2016 Rawlings/Perfect Game Honourable Mention All American and pitched in the 2015 Perfect Game Showcase.
The HarbourCats open the 2017 season on the road, June 1, in the inaugural game for the Port Angeles Lefties. Victoria’s home opener is set for Monday, June 5, a 6:35pm first pitch against the Wenatchee AppleSox.