West Coast League Awards
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.