2015 will see some new and familiar faces patrolling the infield. Brennan Reidy,pictured left (INF, Senior, Moose Jaw, SK) is back for his senior season, along with Juniors, Braden Heyland (INF, Junior, Lethbridge, AB), Troy Fisher (INF, Junior, Dartmouth, N.S.), and sophomore Jared Dulaba (INF, Soph, Coquitlam, BC). “We have some experience and leadership back this year, guys have continued to work and make improvements.” says Head Coach Geoff White. “There are lots of guys battling for the infield spots and its pushing guys to work hard, we have high expectations of our upperclassmen.”
New faces to the Coyotes are transfers Tony Olson (INF, RS Freshman, Edmonton, AB), Logan Wedgewood (INF, Junior, Edmonton, AB) and Jared Frew (INF, Junior, Calgary, AB), all three of whom came from Douglas College. Olson is coming off a redshirt 2014 season where he had an injured shoulder and has now recently fully recovered. “Olson has been another pleasant surprise at the plate, he can run, he is aggressive, in the fall he was limited to minimal throwing so we have only seen a glimpse of the defensive side, but he is constantly working and preparing,” says Coach White.
Jared Frew is coming off of a solid 2014 campaign in the NWAC junior college circuit where he hit .298 with a handful of extra bases. “Frew will see time at multiple spots early in the spring, he brings some experience and a lefty stick with some power,” adds White. Logan Wedgewood will see more of a utility role, between catching and third base in 2015. He had a tough spring with Douglas in 2014, but bounced back in the summer with his hometown Edmonton Prospects of the Western Major Baseball League. He hit .283 where he spent more time at third base and gained some valuable experience. “Wedgewood will see time at both spots early, we like his receiving abilities behind the plate and has worked really well with the staff, and also showed well at third in the fall. “says White.
With the departure of Senior third basemen Garrett Wiese, who is now a member of the coaching staff, the Coyotes will have to fill a void at third base and in the middle of the order. “The entire infield is wide open, their are some freshman and new faces that are making a case for some spots,” adds White. “With our 2014 starting shortstop departing for the U.S. during the summer, we have to fill that spot on the field and the top of the order.” finishes White.
Other newcomers to the infield will be Erick Junnola (INF, Freshman, Okotoks, AB), Alex Owen (INF, Freshman, Coquitlam, BC), Joey Gladman (INF, Freshman, White Rock, BC) Ryan Prockiw (INF, Freshman, Smokey Lake, AB), and Hayden Sormaz (INF, Freshman, Calgary, AB). “Our freshman class has been solid, they have come a long way since September, and are right in the mix if they continue to progress,” says White.
There are also a couple of two way players that will see time in the infield. Joel Lamont (RHP/INF, Junior, White Rock, BC) and Will Russell (INF/RHP, Freshman, Kelowna, BC) are utility players that might see some time both on the mound and in the field. “Russel and Lamont are also available to swing a bat.” add White.
“Bottom line is we will need to make plays around the infield behind our staff. If we play to our potential we will be just fine.” finishes White.