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Victoria HarbourCats – 34 HarbourCats Alumni Active in Pro Baseball in 2021

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Nick Pivetta (pictured above from 2013) and Andrew Vaughn highlight 34 alumni in pro ball (Photo: David Nicholls)

October 20, 2021, VICTORIA, BC – Fans often ask the HarbourCats what Major League teams they are affiliated with and the answer quite frankly is, “all of them!”

That was pretty close to the case in 2021, as of the 305 West Coast League alumni who played in affiliated professional baseball this past season, 34 were from the HarbourCats and they played in 21 different MLB organizations (pro or minors) with the most (four) playing in the Texas Rangers organization.

Three players in 2021 played at the MLB level, five at the AAA level, eight at the AA level, 14 at the High A and Low A levels combined and five at the Rookie level.

At the Major League level, the HarbourCats are of course proud to note the success that the first pitcher in HarbourCats history, Nick Pivetta, is having with the Boston Red Sox. It has been a great story to watch all year and the HarbourCats wish him luck against Houston in the ALCS, where on Tuesday night he started his first ever ALCS game and was outstanding, leaving the game with a 2-1 lead, and only surrendering two hits!

Also joining Nick at the MLB level this year was rookie Andrew Vaughn, a 2017 HarbourCat, who played a key role as a rookie in leading the Chicago White Sox to the AL Central title and their playoff appearance against Houston. Vaughn finished his rookie season hitting .235 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI and might get a vote or two for Rookie of the Year.

Andrew Vaughn as a 2017 HarbourCat  (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Speaking of Houston, Mr. HarbourCat himself, Alex De Goti, had a brief call up early in the season with the parent club and all he did was slash a pair of hits, score twice and knock in two runs in his six at bats.  He had a decent year with Houston’s AAA club, the Sugar Land Skeeters and should be knocking on the door again next spring for a spot on the big league club.

Also knocking on the door of their parent clubs is outfielder Nathan Lukes (2014 HarbourCat)) and Davis Wendzel (2017 HarbourCat). Lukes has spent the last two seasons with the storied Durham Bulls, AAA affiliate of Tampa Bay, and in 2021, all he did was hit .303 with 31 doubles, four home runs and 44 RBI.

2014 HarbourCat Nathan Lukes has had another stellar season with the AAA Durham Bulls (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Wendzel has climbed the Texas Rangers minor league ladder very quickly and while he spent most of 2021 at the AA level, where he was hampered by injuries, the Rangers thought highly enough of him to promote him to AAA Round Rock Express at the end of the season, where he could stay full time in 2022.

A full breakdown of all our players by tier and then by team, with a summary of their 2021 season, is presented below:

HarbourCats in Affiliated Baseball by Tier of Play

  • MLB (3) – Nick Pivetta, Andrew Vaughn and Alex De Goti*
  • AAA (5) – Alex De Goti*, Joe Navilhon, Nathan Lukes, Davis Wendzel, Quinton Torres-Costa
  • AA (8) – Cameron Cannon, Chavez Fernander, Joe Record, Josh Mitchell, Indigo Diaz, Kekai Rios, Nick Meyer, Alex Fagalde
  • High A (11) – Cade Smith, AJ Block, Jack Owen, Travis Kuhn, Ryan Anderson, Adam McKillican, Will McAffer, Andrew Shaps, Tommy Jew, Carter Loewen, Luke Boyd
  • Low A (3) – Jack Neely, AJ Lewis, Rowdey Jordan
  • Rookie (5) – Jake Pries, Shane McGuire, Josh Gessener, Wyatt Young, Owen Sharts,

HarbourCats in Affiliated Baseball by League and Team – Including Season Summaries

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Boston Red Sox
MLB – Nick Pivetta, Victoria HarbourCats 2013 (New Mexico JC)
Pivetta started the 2021 season as part of Boston’s starting rotation. In his first seven starts, he compiled a 5–0 record. On June 24, Pivetta pitched a no hitter for 6+2⁄3 against the Tampa Bay Rays. He finished the season with a 9-8 record and 4.53 ERA, striking out 175 in his 155 innings of work.  He has been electric in his three playoff appearances this season, winning a game and striking out 14 in 13.2 innings of work. This included three in his first ever post-season start in Tuesday night’s ALCS game against Houston.

AA – Cameron Cannon, Victoria HarbourCats (Arizona), Portland Sea Dogs
Cannon, a middle infielder, began the season with the High A Greenville Drive and after hitting .302 with eight home runs, 24 doubles and 39 RBI in 74 games, was promoted to AA Portland on August 10th. In Portland, Cannon hit .223 with three home runs, six doubles and 14 RBI in 24 games.

Chicago White Sox
MLB – Andrew Vaughn, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (Cal)
Vaughn was an integral component of the White Sox successful 2021 season and finished his rookie season hitting .235 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI.  He played a number of different positions for manager Tony LaRussa including outfield, first base and DH and excelled at all of them.

Cleveland Indians
High A – Cade Smith, Victoria HarbourCats 2019 (Hawaii), Lake County Captains
Smith played most of the 2021 season with the Low A Lynchburg Hillcats where he amassed a 2-3 record, with a 4.28 ERA and four saves in 40 innings of work. He held opponents to just a .177 batting average and struck out 64.  He was promoted to Lake County late in the season and saw just three innings of work there, earning a save and striking out four.

Cade Smith pitching in a game in 2019 for the HarbourCats. (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Detroit Tigers
AAA – Joe Navilhon, Victoria HarbourCats 2013 (USC), Toledo Mud Hens
Navilhon has been grinding it through the minors since being drafted in 2016 and in 2021 he spent the bulk of the year with the AA Erie SeaWolves where he settled into a bullpen role and had a 2.60 ERA in 32 appearances. He spent time with AAA Toledo in 2019 and again in 2021 was promoted late in the year making six appearances and finishing with an 8.22 ERA.

AA – Chavez Fernander, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (Polk State), Erie SeaWolves
Fernander began 2021 with the High A West Michigan Whitecaps where he went 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 11 appearances.  He struck out 18 batters in his 18.1 innings of work. He was promoted to AA Erie in June and with the SeaWolves also had a 1-1 record and 3.60 ERA in 22 appearances, striking out 38 in his 40 innings of work. He has recently been assigned to the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League.

Houston Astros
MLB/AAA – Alex De Goti, Victoria HarbourCats 2013-2015 (Barry), Sugar Land Skeeters
Early in 2021, De Goti became the third HarbourCats player in history to play an MLB game when he got a weekend call-up due to COVID related injuries on the parent Astros club.  All De Goti did in the two games he played in was hit .333 with and RBI a walk and two runs scored. He was sent back down and finished the season with Sugar Land, hitting .232 with five home runs and 42 RBI in 104 games.

AA – Joe Record, Victoria HarbourCats 2013 (UC Santa Barbara), Corphus Christie Hooks
Record spent the full season with AA Corphus Christie where he amassed a 5-2 record and 3.36 ERA in 19 appearances. He had two trips to the injured list which hampered his development, but still managed to get in 61.2 innings of work.  The Astros have assigned to Glendale Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League, where it is hoped he can get some additional innings of work in 2021.

Kansas City Royals
High A – A.J. Block, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (Washington State), Quad City River Bandits
Block began 2021 with the Low A Columbia Fireflies where after four appearances and 16 innings of work, with 26 strikeouts, he was promoted to Quad City.  With the River Bandits, Block had a 4-5 record and 3.98 ERA in 19 appearances (16 starts), striking out 98 in 85 innings of work.

AJ Block in 2017 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Minnesota Twins
AA – Josh Mitchell, Victoria HarbourCats 2015-2016 (Pittsburgh), Wichita Wind Surge
It has been an interesting journey for Mitchell so far since he was drafted by Kansas City in 2017.  In 2019 he had climbed to AA Northwest Arkansas before being claimed in the Rule 5 draft by the Twins. He was first assigned for 2021 to AAA Rochester, but in the MLB minor league shake-up, Minnesota’s AAA team then became the St. Paul Saints, and then the Saints moved Mitchell to AA Wichita. Unfortunately, Mitchell only made four appearances for the Wind Surge, going 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA before injury struck and he spent the rest of the season on the 60-day injured list.

New York Yankees
Low A – Jack Neely, Victoria HarbourCats 2019 (Ohio State), Tampa Tarpons
After being drafted in the 11th round of the 2021 draft by the Yankees, Neely was assigned to Tampa in September where he began his pro career, appearing in two games and striking out five in two innings of work.  His Tarpons made it to the 2021 Southeast League Championship but lost to the Bradenton Marauders.

Jack Neely in 2019 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Rookie – Jake Pries, Victoria HarbourCats 2015 (UCLA), GCL Yankees
Pries debuted in the rookie level in 2019, and with the return of minor league baseball in 2021, that is where he stayed. The right-handed hitter played in 24 games, hitting .259 with two home runs and 12 RBIs. Depending on if the Yankees renew Pries’ contract, the former UCLA Bruin may end up in independent baseball. If the contract is extended, Pries will likely start 2022 at the Low-A level.

Oakland A’s
High A – Jack Owen, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (Auburn), Lansing Lugnuts
After signing a free agent contract with the A’s in July following the 2021 draft, Owen was immediately assigned to the High A Lugnuts where he made seven appearances (four starts), going 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA.  He struck out 21 batters in 20 innings of work, while only walking four, but opponents hit .295 off him.

Rookie – Shane McGuire, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (San Diego), AZL A’s
After being drafted in the 9th round by the A’s McGuire began his pro career in the Arizona Rookie league where he struggled early, but finished the season hitting .280 over 19 games, with three doubles, seven walks and nine RBI. In the field, he was behind the dish for 10 games, throwing out five base runners and finishing with a .987 fielding percentage. He also played five games at first base and three as DH.

2017 HarbourCats Player of the Year Shane McGuire (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Seattle Mariners
High A – Travis Kuhn, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (San Diego), Everett AquaSox
Kuhn began 2021 with the low A Modesto Nuts where he enjoyed some success as a closer, building a 2-1 record with five saves and striking out 36 in 28 innings of work.  He had a brief call up to the AAA Tacoma Rainiers where he struck out two batters in an inning of work. He went back to Modesto but then was promoted to High A Everett, appearing in three games before injuries sidelined him for the remainder of the year. He has now been assigned to the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League to get some extra work following his return.

Tampa Bay Rays
AAA – Nathan Lukes, Victoria HarbourCats 2014 (Sacramento State), Durham Bulls
But for the incredible talent currently patrolling the outfield for the Tampa Bay Rays, Nathan Lukes would easily be the fourth HarbourCat to play at the MLB level. Stuck behind the likes of Randy Arozarena, Kevin Kiermaier and others, Lukes has spent the last two seasons with the AAA Bulls and in 2021, all he did was hit .303 with 31 doubles, four home runs and 44 RBI.  Defensively, his fielding percentage in the 82 games he played in the outfield was perfect.

Texas Rangers
AAA – Davis Wendzel, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (Baylor), Round Rock Express
Wendzel has climbed the Texas Rangers minor league ladder very quickly and while he spent most of 2021 at the AA level, he did have a couple of rehab assignments back in the Arizona Rookie League, however the Rangers thought highly enough of him to promote him to AAA Round Rock Express at the end of the season, where he managed to get into eight games, hitting .213 with one home run, two doubles and two RBI.

High A – Ryan Anderson, Victoria HarbourCats 2016 (UC Davis), Hickory Crawdads
Two way player Ryan Anderson saw action in 15 games for the Crawdads in 2021, hitting just .118 with a double, home run and three RBI. He also pitched a scoreless inning. Unfortunately he went down in early June with an undisclosed injury and is still listed as being on the 60-day injury list.

High A – Adam McKillican, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (Gwinnet College)), Hickory Crawdads
It has been a wild ride in 2021 for McKillican, the HarbourCats 2017 pitcher of the year. After recovering from Tommy John surgery, the big right hander’s 2020-2021 season was scrubbed at UBC because of COVID, so he transferred to Gwinnet College in Georgia, where he helped his team win the NAIA World Series in June.  He then signed a pro contract with the Quebec Capitales of the independent Frontier League, where he performed well enough that the Texas Rangers offered him a free-agent contract. McKillican began his pro career with the Rangers Arizona Rookie League team where he pitched two innings of relief, getting the win in his very first game, and was then promoted to the Crawdads, where he appeared in five games over the last part of the season.

2017 HarbourCats Pitcher of the Year Adam McKillican  (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Rookie – Josh Gessner, Victoria HarbourCats 2019 (Australia), AZL Rangers
Gessner would begin the 2021 season with the Phillies Florida Coast League rookie team, but in July was traded to the Texas Rangers and finished the year in the Arizona Rookie League. Combined, Gessner saw action in 11 games (37 innings), starting eight, and building a 2-2 record with a 4.14 ERA.  He struck out 64 batters, while walking 22, over that time and held opponents to a .182 batting average.

Toronto Blue Jays
High A – Will McAffer, Victoria HarbourCats 2016 (Tulane), Vancouver Canadians
McAffer began the season with the Canadians and was briefly released in early May so that he could play on the Men’s Canadian National team that participated in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. He returned to the Canadians, but then in June was promoted to the AA New Hampshire where he appeared in eight games before being returned to the Canadians to complete the year. Combined, McAffer appeared in 30 games, all in relief, with a 3-3 record and a 7.98 ERA. He struck out 60 batters in 44 innings of work, but also gave up 46 walks and 42 hits.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Atlanta Braves
AA – Indigo Diaz, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (Michigan State), Mississippi Braves
Diaz began the season with the Low A Rome Braves and was promoted to Mississippi in mid-July. He spent a bit of time on the injured reserve list in late August and returned to action in early September.  Combined, Diaz appeared in 32 games, all in relief, amassing a 6-2 record, with five saves and impressive 1.20 ERA. He struck out 83 batters in 45 innings of work. He has been assigned to the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League for some additional work this season.

Colorado Rockies
Low A – A.J. Lewis, Victoria HarbourCats 2018 (Eastern Kentucky), Fresno Grizzlies
Lewis began the 2021 season with the High A Spokane Indians where he appeared in 21 games hitting just .179 with one home run and eight RBIs. He was moved to Low A Fresno in August and settled in, hitting .283 for the Grizzlies in 15 games.  In Fresno, Lewis was mainly used in left field (11 starts) and only started five of 20 games as catcher when with Spokane.

Los Angeles Dodgers
High A – Andrew Shaps, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (William Jessup), Great Lakes Loons
Shaps spent the full season with the Loons, and was used as a two-way player, making 16 starts in the outfield, but also 22 appearances on the mound, all in relief, where he was 0-1 with an impressive 0.98 ERA.  His offensive output was not as great, as Shaps hit only .172 with one home run and 14 RBI in 18 games, striking out 24 times. He also spent a brief time on the Loons Development  List at the end of June.

Andrew Shaps on the mound for the HarbourCats in 2017 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Milwaukee Brewers
AAA – Quinton Torres-Costa, Victoria HarbourCats 2014 (Hawaii), Nashville Sounds
Things began optimistically for Torres-Costa in 2021 as he was extended an invite to the Milwaukee Brewers Big League spring training camp.  He came out of that and was assigned to AAA Nashville where he made 35 relief appearances and accumulated a 6.81 ERA before being released on August 30th.

AA – Kekai Rios, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (Hawaii), Biloxi Shuckers
Rios began his 2021 campaign at High A Wisconsin where he played in 42 games, starting 37 games as catcher, hitting .270 with three home runs and 20 RBI. He was promoted to the AA Shuckers in early September and appeared in six games, all at catcher, throwing out four of seven runners, but hitting just .105 in his limited 19 at bats.

New York Mets
AA – Nick Meyer, Victoria HarbourCats 2015 (Cal Poly), Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Meyer began the season at AA Binghampton, but had some early season call ups to AAA Syracuse where he started nine games as catcher and hit a respectable .286 over 11 games, with three doubles and six RBI. He came back to Binghampton and spent some time on the 7-day injury list but finished the season there hitting .243 with three home runs and 12 RBI, with 44 of his 49 starts coming behind the dish.

Low A – Rowdey Jordan, Victoria HarbourCats 2018 (Mississippi State), St. Lucie Mets
Jordan capped off his great career at Mississippi State by winning the NCAA Division 1 Championship and then was drafted by the Mets in the 11th round of the 2021 MLB draft. He was assigned to St. Lucie where he played in 30 games (20 starts in centerfield) hitting .229 with one home run, four doubles, 18 walks and 13 RBI.

Rookie – Wyatt Young, Victoria HarbourCats 2016 (Pepperdine), FCL Mets
Drafted in the 15th round in 2021, Young began his pro career with the Florida Coast League Mets where he played in 26 games, starting 18 at second base, hitting .370 with eight doubles, a triple and 13 RBI.

Wyatt Young in 2016

Pittsburgh Pirates
Rookie – Owen Sharts, Victoria HarbourCats 2018 (Nevada), FCL Pirates
Sharts was drafted in the 13th round by the Pirates but has been on the injured reserve list and has not played yet as he is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

St. Louis Cardinals
AA – Alex Fagalde, Victoria HarbourCats 2014 (UC Riverside), Springfield Cardinals
Another former ‘Cat who has been grinding it out in the minors since being drafted in 2017, Fagalde’s year started well when he was assigned to AAA Memphis.  He was placed on injured reserve in early June and then assigned to AA Springfield on his return and on August 9th was again placed on injured reserve with what appeared was a season ending injury and he was released by the team in September, finishing 2021 with a combined 15 appearances and 3.18 ERA.

High A – Tommy Jew, Victoria HarbourCats 2016 (UC Santa Barbara), Peoria Chiefs
Jew began the year at Low A Palm Beach where he appeared in 54 games and hit .213 with five home runs and 30 RBI. He was promoted to Peoria in August and appeared in 21 games, hitting just .143 with four doubles and five RBI.

San Diego Padres
High A – Carter Loewen, Port Angeles Lefties/Victoria HarbourCats 2018 (Hawaii), Fort Wayne Tin Caps
Loewen began the year in Fort Wayne, appearing in 21 games all in relief and amassed a 1-1 record and 4.84 ERA with 7 saves and 31 strikeouts in 22.1 innings of work, before a season-ending injury in mid-July put him on the shelf for the remainder of the season.

High A – Luke Boyd, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (Baylor), Fort Wayne Tin Caps
Drafted in the 17th round, Boyd began his pro career with the Arizona Rookie League Padres where he appeared in just two games before being promoted to Fort Wayne. With the Tin Caps, Boyd appeared in nine games, all in relief, earning a 2-1 record and 2.79 ERA. He struck out 15 batters in 9.2 innings of work, while only walking two.

Luke Boyd in 2017

Whose Next?
The HarbourCats will have a brand new crop of players when they resume play in the 2022 West Coast League season, so be sure to reserve your seats to see some of the best up and coming baseball players in North America!

Season Tickets and 10-game flex packs are now on sale! 2022 schedule is anticipated shortly!  Contact the office at 778-265-0327 to get set up, or e-mail chris@harbourcats.com for inquiries!

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NorthPaws Introduce Jenna Forter as New GM

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Jenna Forter is the new GM of the Kamloops NorthPaws

The Kamloops NorthPaws has a new face at the helm.

Kamloops local Jenna Forter has been hired as the expansion team’s new general manager.

A graduate of Thompson Rivers University, Forter brings a wealth of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry to the NorthPaws front office. She also brings a worldwide perspective having grown up in Southeast Asia and living in Lake Louise and Revelstoke before moving to Kamloops in 2017.

“I have a passion for the Kamloops community and I truly believe in the legacy the NorthPaws want to build. I’m excited to be a part of building this expansion franchise,” says Forter.

With the announcement, Forter becomes the fifth active female GM in the West Coast League and the only active GM in the Kamloops sports community.

Forter takes the reins from interim general manager Sean Wandler who will remain with the organization.

“We’re excited to have Jenna as the next member of local, homegrown talent on our staff. Sean’s role as GM was always intended to be on an interim basis and he will still be an integral part of our team. We see this as a great addition to our staff as we work toward opening day in May,” says co-owner Jon Pankuch.

Forter joins head coach Cole Armstrong and operations manager Jamie Shinkewski as NorthPaws front office staff as the aforementioned homegrown talent.

Armstrong grew up in Surrey and spent summers with his grandparents around Heffley Lake before embarking on his career in professional baseball. He returned to BC to join the NorthPaws front office this summer after nearly two decades south of the border.

Shinkewski is a born, raised and returned Kamloopsian and has filled various roles across the Kamloops sports community.

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Victoria HarbourCats – HarbourCats Ready to Begin Ticket Exchanges for 2022 Season

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New single- game ticket sales to begin December 9th, 2021

For Immediate Release

November 29, 2021

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Victoria, BC – The Victoria HarbourCats are excited to announce that beginning Tuesday, they are now ready to start exchanging unused 2020 and 2021 tickets and 2020, 2021 and 2022 ticket vouchers for specific game tickets for the 2022 West Coast League season at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park  (SCHEDULE TO RIGHT and HERE).

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS FOR FANS WHO HAVE EXISTING 2020 and 2021 TICKETS OR 2020, 2021 and 2022 VOUCHERS / FLEX-PACKS FOR EXCHANGE ONLY! 

NEW SINGLE GAME TICKET SALES WILL NOT BEGIN UNTIL DECEMBER 9th at 10:00 AM.

Ticket exchanges will begin at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, November 30th at the HarbourCats office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street, however in order to expedite this process and to ensure we are meeting required protocols for number of people in our small office at any one time, we are asking fans to PLEASE BOOK AN APPOINTMENT to come in and do the exchange.

Fans can book appointments at go.harbourcats.com

Please note, if you booked your 2020 or 2021 tickets on-line with Select Your Tickets and received e-mailed PDF tickets, you may call them directly at 250-220-7777 to make the exchange and do not need to come into the HarbourCats office to do this.

2020/2021 actual GAME tickets MUST be exchanged at the HarbourCats office, ideally prior to the start of our 2022 season.  Such tickets will NOT be accepted at the stadium box office windows on 2022 game days.

For ticket voucher  / flex-packs exchanges, while we would prefer all  exchanges happen at the office and prior to the start of the season, we WILL accept ticket vouchers for exchange at the box office windows on 2022 game days, but, note, as we expect this to be a busy season of HarbourCats baseball, tickets for specific sections will be subject to availability on those days.

If you do not have vouchers and want to take advantage of the early exchange opportunities for 10-game flex pack holders noted above, you CAN  purchase new or additional 2022 10-game flex packs at any time.  These can be purchased at the HarbourCats office, or on-line at https://victoria-harbourcats-official.myshopify.com/products/10-game-flex-pack-general-admission

PURCHASING 2022 INDIVIDUAL GAME TICKETS
2022 single-game tickets will go on sale to the general public on December 9th, 2021.  These will be available at the office, or on-line via Select Your Tickets at https://harbourcats.com/tickets. If you do not have 2020/2021 tickets for exchange, or 2020, 2021 or 2022 ticket vouchers, you will have to wait until that date to purchase single-game tickets for the 2022 season.

SEASON TICKET HOLDERS
If you are a FULL season ticket holder and you have paid in full for your seats prior to the 2020 or 2021 seasons, or have recently purchased seats for the 2022 season, there is no need for you to do anything at this time.  Your seats are held for 2022, your payment has been applied and your tickets will be ready for pick-up sometime in Mid-May.  Should you wish to upgrade your seats or add seats, or if you do not have season tickets and would to purchase them, please contact chris@harbourcats.com or call the office at 778-265-0327.

Should you have any questions at all on any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact Christian Stewart, Assistant GM of Ticketing and Media at 778-265-0327, or by e-mail at chris@harbourcats.com.

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2021 Commitments Re-Sign with NorthPaws

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The Kamloops NorthPaws have resigned a quartet of players and a coach who were slated to be a part of the 2021 campaign.

Players Thomas Green, Marshal Luiz, Trey Newman, Colby Ring and assistant coach Sammie Starr have all recommitted to the Tournament Capital’s expansion franchise after missing the opportunity last summer when the 2021 season was cancelled due to pandemic-related circumstances.

“I wish Kamloops could’ve seen these guys this past summer but talking with them they continue to be excited to come to Kamloops and be a part of what we’re building with the NorthPaws,” says head coach Cole Armstrong.

 

Thomas Green

The middle infielder from Courtenay, B.C. joined the NCAA Division I Oakland University Grizzlies this fall.

He played the 2021 summer season for the Amarillo Sod Squad in Texas, putting up a .250 average with 15 RBIs in 35 games.

His cousin, Taylor Green, was drafted by and played for Milwaukee Brewers and is currently working in their scouting department.

 

 

 

 

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Marshal Luiz

A left-handed hitting junior catcher at Jackson State University, Luiz grew up in Surrey and had previously learned under Armstrong’s tutelage during high school.

He posted a .259 avg, 27 walks and 23 RBIs in 26 games for a Tigers team which finished a perfect 24-0 in league play during the 2021 season before falling in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship.

“It’s pretty cool to have a West Coast League team not too far from home and be able to play competitive baseball in such a highly touted summer collegiate league. Being a B.C. guy, it’s going to be really cool to experience that and be a part of it,” Luiz said.

 

 

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Trey Newman

Trey Newman was the first player to officially sign a contract to play for the Kamloops NorthPaws, and he is again one of the first players to re-commit to the team’s delayed inaugural season.

The Arizonan catcher played his 2021 season at Utah Valley University leading the team with a .382 on-base percentage. He posted a .230 batting average and started 17 games behind the plate as a Covid freshman.

He transferred this summer to Central Arizona College, the 2021 NJCAA national championship runner-up, where he impressed through the fall.

Newman has committed to return to NCAA Division I next year with the Arizona State University Sun Devils.

 

 

Colby Ring

The crafty lefty from Langley is entering his junior season with the University of Antelope Valley Pioneers.

He will come to NorthPaws as one of the few players with prior experience in the West Coast League. He suited up for the Bellingham Bells during the 2019 season.

“I can argue the West Coast League has some of the best players in North America and it’s definitely one of the best leagues to play in during the summer,” Ring said.

 

 

 

Sammie Starr

An assistant coach at the University of British Columbia, Starr brings a wealth of knowledge to the NorthPaws staff.

Originally from Toronto, Starr played at UBC as an infielder before playing and coaching in the Baltimore Orioles minor league system where he crossed paths with Armstrong.

“As far as young coaching talent in Canada, he’s as good at it gets,” says the NorthPaws skipper.

 

 

The NorthPaws open the inaugural season on May 31 when the Edmonton Riverhawks come to Norbrock Stadium. The full regular season schedule is available online: https://www.northpawsbaseball.ca/schedule.

Reserve your seat to see the NorthPaws during the inaugural season. 10-Game Flex Plans and Season Tickets are on sale now. Visit https://tickets.northpawsbaseball.ca to join us at Norbrock Stadium next summer.

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