Monday, 09 April 2012 08:55
The Victoria Eagles are looking forward to a 2012 season that will first and foremost focus on player development. Manager Gautam Srivastava will be assisted by hitting coach Dave Auger, pitching coach Shawn Loglisci, defensive coach Jay Longpre, and practice coach Marty Hall.
The Eagles will rely on their strong pitching staff this season. Anchoring the squad are BC Selects member Brett Hull and Brendan Miller. Entering their third season in the PBL, Thomas Koop, Daniel Bednarski and Mac Catto will use their experience to guide the staff. Together, these 5 league veterans will help mentor rookies Riley Edmonds and Baseball Canada Mizuno Camp invitee Kurt Horne throughout the team’s demanding schedule.
This year will see a lot of time spent on developing two catchers: Gobind Sall and grade 10 standout Sam Stevenson. In addition to supporting the pitching staff behind the plate, both will also see time in the infield and outfield, respectively.
The infield will consist of 40 Man Selects Camp invitee Vinnie Martin, as well as Brandon Feldman, Jesse Thomson, and Mitch Hawkins. All the infielders have experience playing different positions, providing us with great versatility. Jackson Allabarton will see the majority of the innings at first base so that his bat is in the lineup on a consistent basis.
Grade 10 rookie Alex Hendra-Brown will play centre field. His speed and athleticism will help him anchor the outfield alongside Brad Van Wyk and Will Wild. The team’s spark plug, as he has been for the past 3 seasons, continues to be RJ Forbes, who will see time in both the infield and the outfield. His gritty style of play will guide our offense throughout the season.
The Eagles will play a 48-game league schedule against the other teams in the BCPBL, beginning April 7th. In addition to league play, the Eagles will also compete in 3 tournaments this season: the Parksville Tournament as well as two college showcase tournaments in Washington State.