When top NCAA baseball programs like UCLA, Texas, Mississippi State, San Diego and Washington State are on the roster sheet, the excitement for the next season can only increase significantly.
Brian McRae, the Head Coach of the Victoria HarbourCats, and a 10-year Major League Baseball player, is pleased to announce the six latest signees for the 2018 season. All of them come from premium baseball programs, and two of them have MLB bloodlines.
Catcher Ty Haselman of UCLA is the son of former Montreal Expos catcher Bill Haselman, while infielder Tanner Haney, who is headed to the Texas Longhorns, is the son of ex-MLB player Todd Haney – who happens to be a member of the HarbourCats coaching staff.
“These are great schools, and they recruit great players,” said Brad Norris-Jones, GM of the HarbourCats. “These are name guys – and with those names, you know they’ve faced the heat, you know they’ve been watched closely for both potential, and flaws. Ty and Tanner are tremendous signings for us, and lets all our players know this program is in this to be successful in the summer of 2018.”
Also announced today – OF Rowdey Jordan of Mississippi State, OF Cole Roederer of UCLA, LHP Connor Nantkes of Washington State, and University of San Diego pitchers Cade Brown and Nathan Walker, both right-handers.
“We especially tip our caps to Rich Hill, the Head Coach of the University of San Diego, who has really committed to our program and sent us tremendous people for many years – guys like Hunter Mercado-Hood, Kevin Collard, Travis Kuhn, Noah Prewett, and Shane McGuire,” said Jim Swanson, Managing Partner.
C TY HASELMAN, UCLA – Freshman, from Newcastle, WA, bats right, from Liberty HS, 6-1/196, hit .242 last summer in the Coastal Plains League. Father Bill is now manager for AAA Oklahoma City in the Dodgers organization, and lists hockey as a favourite hobby. Spent summers of 2004-07 hanging out at Fenway Park with his dad, when he was with the Red Sox.
IF TANNER HANEY, University of Texas – Incoming Freshman, 5-10/160, product of Waco Storm baseball program, hit .373 as a high school junior. Right-handed hitter has started every varsity game during high school career.
OF COLE ROEDERER, UCLA – Incoming Freshman, at Hart HS in Acton, CA, throws and bats left, 6-0/175, is a top draft prospect for June, ranked top-20 in California prospects and 129 overall in USA.
IF ROWDEY JORDAN, Mississippi State – Freshman, lefty hitter with upper-end speed, from Auburn, Alabama, 5-10/171.
LHP CONNOR NANTKES, Washington State – In his freshman season at WSU, from Cherokee Trail HS in Aurora, Colorado, 6-2/180, posted a 1.62 ERA as a HS senior, won state title. Father Kurt was a 32nd-round draft choice of Oakland Athletics who was later a quarterback at UNLV.
RHP CADE BROWN, University of San Diego – Top recruit to USD, 6-5/230, from Cathedral Catholic in Cardiff, CA, was 8-2 with 1.02 ERA last year, including a no-hitter.
RHP NATE WALKER, University of San Diego – Sophomore, 6-5/195, from Carlsbad HS in California, used out of the pen as a freshman. Spends his spare time surfing.
Roster to date – 28 players – C Tanner Rempel; C/3B Kekai Rios; C Ty Haselman; IF Tanner Haney; IF Rowdey Jordan; IF/OF Jaxxon Fagg; IF/P Jedd Fagg; IF Jack Smith; IF/OF Jason Willow; IF Chang-Chih Yeh; OF Cole Roederer; OF Hunter Vansau; OF Ethan Lopez; OF/P Trevin Reynolds; RHP/DH Carter Loewen; LHPs Ethan Fox, Claire Eccles, Connor Nantkes; RHPs Wyatt Boone, Garrett Goodall, Garrison Ritter, Luke Manuel, Lawson Humphries, Hao-Chun Cheng, Ping-Chun Ho, Po-Jui Huang, Cade Brown, Nate Walker.
*Rempel, Rios, Willow, Vansau, Lopez, Fox, Eccles, Boone, Manuel and Ritter have all played previously for the HarbourCats
**Luke Manuel was with Bellingham last season
***Rempel, Willow, Loewen, Fox, Eccles, Goodall and Manuel are Canadians.
2018 COACHING STAFF, VICTORIA HARBOURCATS
Head Coach – Brian McRae (second season, former MLB player)
Pitching Coach – Ian Sanderson (first season)
Assistant Coaches – Todd Haney (first season, former MLB player), Jason Leone (second season), Troy Birtwistle (second season)
**BLUE JAYS/MARINERS WEEKEND IN SEATTLE — August long weekend
The HarbourCats are also pleased to be teamed once again with Wilson’s Transportation and Flight Centre to offer a three-game, three-day trip to Seattle to see the Mariners host the Toronto Blue Jays (Aug 3-4-5). The cost, based on double-occupancy, is $899 per person, or $825 per person for our season ticket holders. It includes bus travel, ferry, two nights of hotel at the Embassy Suites in Lynwood, shopping trips, opportunities for golf, and lower-level tickets to three games at Safeco Field.
This is a trip that has sold fast in the past two years. To sign up, contact Carey Shelby of Flight Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GREAT TEACHERS CONTEST
The HarbourCats continue to take nominations for the Great Teachers Contest, sponsored by Mayfair Optometric Clinic. The winner for February will be announced next month.
Each month until May, the HarbourCats will select a teacher, whose class will be guests of Mayfair Optometric Clinic at the team’s annual School Spirit Game – a day-game in June, date to be announced when the West Coast League schedule is released, perhaps as soon as next week.
To nominate a great teacher, email a submission to email@example.com
SEASON TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE
The HarbourCats have seen an uptick in season ticket purchases, and as corporate partnerships are completed, the selection of season ticket locations and single-game walkup options is getting less and less. Seats in the Diamond Club, the two-year-old on-field section, are sold out, but there remain available seats in the popular padded/served Campbell Real Estate Club Section, and in the Main Grandstand.
With the off-season now upon us, the team’s office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street will see reduced hours through the end of the year.
MONDAY-FRIDAY – 10am-4pm (usually open until 6pm weekdays)
SATURDAY-SUNDAY – Closed (Except by appointment)
Brad Norris-Jones (General Manager, Victoria HarbourCats) 250-888-2003
Jim Swanson (Managing Partner, Victoria HarbourCats) 778-265-0327
Christian J. Stewart (Assistant GM) 250-744-7277
John Pollard (Marketing Director) 250-888-2969