Victoria HarbourCats Awards and Recognition

In the five-full seasons of HarbourCats baseball to date, our players, the coaches and the organization have made quite an impact!  From leading the league in attendance and setting the all-time WCL single-game attendance record, to all-star game appearances and 2017's WCL Pitcher of the Year Jack Owen, here is a list of our key accomplishments:

2017

WCL Pitcher of the Year: Jack Owen (Auburn)
WCL ERA Champion: Jack Owen (1.02)
2017 All-Star Game Selections: Indigo Diaz (Iowa Western CC/Michigan St), Travis Kuhn (San Diego), Adam McKillican (UBC), Jack Owen (Auburn), Hunter Vansau (Mississippi St)
WCL Player/Pitcher of the Week: Adam McKillican x 2 (UBC, June 5 and 26), Jack Owen (Auburn, July 4), Hunter Vansau (Mississippi St., July 10), Shane McGuire (San Diego, July 31), Po-Hao (Bernie) Huang (Taiwain, Aug 7)
All WCL First Team All-Stars: Jack Owen (Auburn)
All WCL Secon Team All-Stars: Shane McGuire (San Diego), Hunter Vansau (Mississippi St.), Adam McKillican (UBC), Travis Kuhn (San Diego)

2016

WCL Coach of the Year: Graig Merritt
WCL Executive of the Year:  Jim Swanson
2016 All-Star Game Selections: Josh Mitchell (Pitt), Austin Dondanville (Cal Poly), Will McAffer (North Dakota St), Griffin Andreychuk (Seattle), Ben Polshuk (Cal Poly), Jarron Silva (UCLA)
WCL Player/Pitcher of the Week: Dalton Erb (Chico State, June 13), Wil McAfer (North Dakota St., June 20), Ben Polshuk (Cal Poly, July 4), Joe Prior (Fresno St., July 18)
All WCL First Team All-Stars: Brad Pluschkell (UC Davis), AJ Alcantara (UC Irvine), Josh Mitchell, Austin Dondanville, Will McAffer
All WCL Second Team All-Stars: PJ Floyd (Sacramento State)

2015

2015 All-Star Game Selections: Dominic Topoozian (Fresno St)
WCL Player/Pitcher of the Week: Griffin Andreychuk (Seattle, Aug 3)
All WCL Second Team All-Stars: Griffin Andreychuk, AJ Alcantara, Kevin Collard (San Diego), Dominic Topoozian

2014

2014 All-Star Game Selections: Logan Lombana (Long Beach St), Alex Rogers (Trinidad State JC), Gabe Clark (Oregon St), Alex De Goti (Long Beach St)
WCL Player/Pitcher of the Week: Hunter Mercado-Hood (San Diego, Aug. 11)
All-WCL First Team All-Stars: Alex De Goti, Hunter Mercado-Hood (San Diego)

2013

WCL Executive of the Year: Holly Jones
2013 All-Star Game Selections: Alex Real (New Mexico), Alex De Goti, Austin Russell (Southern Polytechnic), Scott Kuzminsky (Hawaii), Ty Provencher (Long Beach St)
All-WCL First Team All-Stars: Alex Real
All-WCL Second Team All-Stars: Alex De Goti, Bryan Conant (Cal St Fullerton)

January 31, 2013 - Pivetta and Schuknecht named top prospects by Baseball America (Courtesy HarbourCats Baseball Blog)

At least two Victoria HarbourCats made the cut in Baseball America's list of the 2013 top 25 junior college prospects. Nick Pivetta, was named as the 6th-best prospect, while catcher David Schuknecht came in at number 22. Pivetta turned heads this fall by consistently throwing his fastball in the mid-90's and topping out at 97 MPH. The big right-hander will suit up for the New Mexico Junior College Thunderbirds this season, the third-ranked junior college team in the nation according to Baseball America. Pivetta could easily end up being drafted in the first five rounds of the MLB draft in June. Scouts will be watching Schuknecht closely this spring to see how he has recovered from a torn labrum injury. He will be under the tutelage of HarbourCats' head coach Dennis Rogers at Riverside City College (RCC) this season.

January 1, 2013 - HarbourCats' Austin Russell earns All-Canadian honours (Courtesy HarbourCats Baseball Blog)

HarbourCats outfielder Austin Russell has received All-Canadian honours from the Canadian Baseball Network as a second-team outfielder. The All-Canadian voting was done by 18 college and elite coaches, 14 scouts, 10 Canadian Baseball Network writers, 9 front-office staff, three other writers, two broadcasters and two former players. Russell, who is set to begin playing for Southern Polytechnical State University in Georgia, hit .402 with one homer and 37 RBI in 56 games for Colby Community College last season. He also stole 18 bases in 20 attempts and had an excellent .462 on-base percentage.