VICTORIA, B.C. – The Victoria HarbourCats have secured the signings of right-handed pitcher Greg Casper and catcher Riley Guntrip for the 2017 West Coast League season. Both players were instrumental in Victoria’s record-setting 40-win season in 2016 resulting in the franchise’s first-ever playoff berth.
RHP Greg Casper, University of San Diego, Sophomore, Pocatello, ID, 6/175
C Riley Guntrip, University of British Columbia, Junior, Camrose, AB, 5-9/180
Greg Casper was outstanding for the HarbourCats in 2016, quickly emerging as a relied upon late inning reliever.
In 17 appearances, Casper was 2-1 with a 1.92 ERA and five saves. His five saves tied a new franchise record with teammate Holden Lyons. In 23.1 innings pitched, Casper allowed just 15 hits and 12 walks while recording 36 strikeouts, second-most among HarbourCats relievers.
Casper has committed to the University of San Diego (NCAA Div. 1, WCC) for the fall of 2017.
Riley Guntrip earned his way into a pivotal role behind the plate for the HarbourCats last season. Originally signed to a 10-day contract in 2016, Guntrip earned a full-season contract and finished the season batting .270 with four doubles, one homerun and 11 RBIs.
Guntrip’s exploits in Victoria resulted in him earning a scholarship at UBC last fall.
The HarbourCats roster now stands at 35 players.
The HarbourCats open the 2017 WCL season on June 1 on the road against the WCL’s newest team, the Port Angeles Lefties. Their home opener at Royal Athletic Park is June 5 when the Wenatchee AppleSox visit Victoria.