Monday, March 17, 2014

Four British Columbians signed to 10-day contracts

Matt Bryan
The HarbourCats announced on Saturday that they have signed four players to 10-day contracts, two of whom are Victoria natives.  The four include Victoria Eagles product Eric Hegadoren, a towering 6-10 pitcher, and Matt Bryan, a solid two-way outfielder and a former Victoria Mariner.

The signings bring the total number of players under 10-day contracts to five, as Mike Gershman was also inked to a short-term deal in early March. The 10-day players are:

2013-14 School
Previous Team
Alex Rogers
Nanaimo, BC
Trinidad State Junior College
Nanaimo Pirates (BCPBL)
Eric Hegadoren
Victoria, BC
College of the Canyons
Victoria Eagles (BCPBL)
Matt Bryan
Victoria, BC
Treasure Valley CC
Victoria Mariners (BCPBL)
Darren Honeysett
Port Coquitlam, BC
Monterey Peninsula College
Coquitlam Reds (BCPBL)
Mike Gershman
Beausejour, MB
Valley City State University
Carillon Sultans (MJBL)

Additional information on each of the four players just signed can be found on the team's official web site.

Eric Hegadoren
For those new to the West Coast League brand of ball, most teams rely heavily on players signed to 10-day contracts in the early part of the season. That’s because NCAA Division I playoffs don't conclude until late June, and players who participate in a regional tournament (or beyond) are going to be late reporting for Opening Day (June 6th). In fact, any player who competes deep into the College World Series tournament likely won’t be able to report until after Canada Day and will probably miss close to 40% of the WCL season. Players likely to report late this year include those from Oregon State (Gabe Clark), UCSB (Andrew Calica), Pepperdine (Aaron Barnett and Devin Carter), University of San Diego (Hunter Mercado-Hood) and the University of New Mexico (Carson Schneider and Danny Collier).

Last season, 10-day players such as Ty Russell were instrumental in allowing the HarbourCats to get out of the gate with a surprising 10-4 record. Hopefully a number of the latest super-subs will make similar contributions in the early going this year. With a good showing, one (or more) of the 10-day players could be around for a lot longer than 10 days and possibly even earn themselves a reserve spot on the team for the remainder of the season.

  • Cal Poly pitcher Cameron Cotton has sustained a serious elbow injury and he will not be able to pitch for the HarbourCats this summer.
  • The current 28-man roster can be found on our 2014 HarbourCats Roster page.

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