Wednesday, April 29, 2015

HarbourCats player updates - Pac-12 edition

OSU Beaver Michael Gretler
Canadian (and Canadien) thoughts may be focused in on the developing Stanley Cup playoffs but just south of the border, in the Pac-12, our future HarbourCats toil away on the final stretch of their NCAA college season before making their way up here to Victown. I'm guessing the Canucks early exit may help some locals look more to the mound than the net, but in any case, here's what I know...

Overall, the last couple of weeks have not been too eventful for the the Pac-12 gang. There have been a lot of DNP's (did not play) including - for the first time in a while - our main man at Oregon State Gabe Clark. Gabe has struggled at the plate lately and hasn't played in three of the past four games for the Beavers. Going only a combined one for eleven (.091) in his last four appearances, Clark has found himself on the outside looking in.

The other Oregon State product, third baseman Michael Gretler, was riding the pine for five of the past seven games and has only had three plate appearances and no hits in that time. So not much to say there, other than hoping we get to see more of him down the stretch.

OSU currently sits in fifth place in this very competitive conference after taking two of three from both Arizona and then powerhouse USC. With four big conference series' coming up - all against teams lower than them in standings - here's to hoping both Clark and Gretler get back on the diamond and start "hittin' em where they ain't".

Up in Washington, catcher Zach Bonneau sat for nine straight games before seeing action in the last two. Hopefully that means we'll get to see more of what he can do in the coming weeks. The other Husky prospect, left-handed pitcher Henry Baker has announced that he will not be joining the HarbourCats this summer so that he can refocus his pitching mechanics. You never really know if this is the reason, but looking at his stat line this year at Washington, it makes some sense. Currently, in two and a third (NOT 2.1...that is two and one TENTH) innings, he has a 3.86 ERA but has five walks and two hit by pitches and has allowed no hits. An interesting stat line to say the least! Best of luck to "Hank"!

Our UCLA boy, third baseman Scott Jarvis, is still yet to see action as he continues to play for a hot team behind a solid starter. UCLA is currently ranked number two by and has a legitimate shot at making a deep run in the post-season.

In summary, not much insight this week into anything good or bad but I am hopeful that the boys will see some more action down the stretch and if so, you'll be the first to know about it!

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