Last week for HarbourCats name-the-mascot contest, full roster named

You can put your money on Harry, but don't count out Hariette

Seymour the Seal

You can put your money on Harry, but don’t count out Hariette.

Suggestions are pouring in for the Victoria HarbourCats’ soon-to-be-born mascot. The Name the Mascot contest is on until Feb. 24 and the top three picks will get some mighty ticket prizes. The grand prize winner receives two season tickets ($550 value), with two runner up prizes consisting of one 10-game reserved flex pack ($99 each).

The expansion team’s mascot is still in the “womb,” so to speak, and though most assume its a boy, the gender is not necessarily defined, said HarbourCats general manager Holly Jones.

“Submissions are still pouring so we’re almost starting to it narrow down but there’s still a week and a half to go.

“By default, people are assuming he’s a boy, judging by the submissions, but we’ll have to figure it out.”

Holly Jr., for example, isn’t out of the running.

“That might be a bit confusing. I have brown eyes, he (she) does not,” said Jones.

New for this contest is that the winner’s name will be released, whereas the person(s) who came up with the HarbourCats name went undisclosed. The background story to support the name is also a big factor in who will win, Jones said.

Visit the HarbourCats’ website to make a name submission. The mascot is on order and will be introduced by name within a month of the contest’s closing. The West Coast League baseball season opens June 5 at Royal Athletic Park.

HarbourCats name full roster

The HarbourCats released the remaining 21 names of its 32 player squad in early February.

“We are extremely excited about the high caliber of players that coaches Dennis Rogers and Bob Miller have assembled,” said general manager Holly Jones.

Seven of the players have been drafted by Major League Baseball teams, including previously announced Connor Baits (UCSB), Casey Schroeder (Kentucky), Brandon Smith (Grand Canyon) and David Schuknecht (Riverside), as well as newly released names catcher Alex Real (New Mexico), infielder David Olmeda-Bererra (Cal State Fullerton), and infielder Jack Graham (Youngstown State).

The HarbourCats also signed three Victoria natives; Austin Russell, Nick Pivetta and Connor Russell.

Twelve players ranked in the Baseball America and NCAA 2013 Pre-Season Top 25: This includes Nick Pivetta and Alex Real (New Mexico), Ryan Keller (San Diego), Bryan Conant, Joe Navilhon, David Olmeda-Bererra and Timmy Richards (Cal State Fullerton), Casey Schroeder and Zach Storm (Kentucky), Anthony Hermelyn and Justin Burba (Oklahoma) and Brett Urabe (UCLA).

Pitchers

Ryan Keller – A 6’3″ 210 lb. right-handed pitcher, Keller is a native of Castaic, California and is a sophomore at the University of San Diego.

Matt Cooper – From Marysville, Washington, the 6’0” 180 lb. right-handed throwing Matt Cooper is currently a junior at the University of Hawaii.

Art Vidrio – Orange Lutheran High School in Alta Loma, California, the 5’11” 196 lb Vidrio is a left-handed pitcher in his freshman season at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Dillon Tate – A right-handed pitcher from Claremont, California, the 6’2″ 185 lb. Tate is in his freshman season at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Robby Nesovic – The 6’4” 190 lb. native of El Cajon, California and graduate of Grossmount High School is a right-handed pitcher who is in his feshman season at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Scott Kuzminsky – A Junior at the University of Hawaii, the 6’2″ 200 lb. right-handed throwing Kuzminsky is a native of Puyallup, Washington and spent the past two seasons pitching for Bellevue College.

Bryan Conant – A 6’5″ 220 lb. left-handed pitcher from Alta Loma, California, Conant is a freshman at Cal State Fullerton.

Joe Navilhon – A 6’0″ 190 lb. right-handed pitcher, Navilhon is a native of Antioch, California and is in his freshman season at Cal State Fullerton.

Logan Lombana – A 6’2″ 200 lb. native of Newark, California, Lombana is a right-handed pitcher who is in his freshman season at Cal State Unversity Long Beach.

Andrew Nelson – A 6’3″ 195 lb. right-handed pitcher that hails from Omaha, Nebraska, Nelson is in his sophomore season at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California.

Kevin Behnke – A 6’1″ 175 lb. right-handed pitcher from Mesa, Arizona, Behnke is in his Junior season at Grand Canyon University In Phoenix.

Catchers

Alex Real – A 6’0″ 215 lb. catcher, from Anthem, Arizona, Real was a previous draft pick in the 48th round by the Atlanta Braves and is currently in his sophomore season at the University of New Mexico.

Infielders

David Olmedo-Barerra – The 6’1″ 170 lb. Olmedo-Barerra hails from La Canada, California and is a freshman at Cal State Fullerton University.  Olmedo-Barerra was recently selected by the Oakland A’s in the 40th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Jack Graham – A 5’10” 180 lb. middle infielder from Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, Graham is a previous 50th round selection of the Chicago White Sox who is presently in his sophomore season at Youngstown State University in Ohio.

John Schuknecht – A 6’0″ 205 lb. infielder, John Schuknecht, a native of Palm Desert, CA is in his freshman season at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Schuknecht joins his brother, HarbourCats catcher David Schuknecht on the 2013 roster.

Alex DeGoti – The 5’10” 185 lb. DeGoti is from Miami, Florida and is a freshman at California State University Long Beach.

Timmy Richards – The 6’0″ 180 lb. Richards is from Long Beach, California and will graduate from Woodrow Wilson High School in 2013.  He will attend Cal State Fullerton in the fall.

Zach Storm – The 6’0″ 195 lb. Storm hails from London, Kentucky and is a freshman at the University of Kentucky.

Outfielders

Justin Burba – A 5’10” 185 lb. outfielder from Wichita, Kansas, Burba is a freshman at the University of Oklahoma.

Kyle Moses – A 6’0″ 180 lb. outfielder from Tracy, California, Moses is in his sophomore season at Sacramento State University in California.

Jordan Ellis – The 6’0″ 175 lb. Ellis is a native of Garden Grove, California and is currently a sophomore at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

 

Just Posted

Almost four of 10 Canadians have unlimited internet data at home

Fifty-four per cent say they telecommute at least sometimes

Student Voice: Saanich students launch competitive robotics team

The Reynolds Reybots plan to share their skills with middle schools

Esquimalt needs urgent health care facility, mayor says

A severe doctor shortage is leaving Esquimalt residents scrambling for health care

Royal BC Museum’s newest series takes visitors behind the scenes

Adult sessions explores art, nature, history and more

Saanich councillor calls for interim Garry oak protection from development

Development in Saanich needs no environmental permits

What are the worst parking spots in Victoria?

We are looking for the worst places in the city to park and need your opinion

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Jan. 15

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Should people have to license their cats?

The Victoria Natural History Society has sent letters to 13 municipalities in… Continue reading

Federal Liberals announce former B.C. MLA as new candidate in byelection

Richard Lee will face off against federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

No winning ticket in $10 million Lotto Max jackpot

No win in Friday night’s draw means the next Lotto Max draw will be approximately $17 million

Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

For two decades, significantly more of the whales have died in even-numbered years than in odd years

Burnaby byelection turmoil sparks debate about identity issues in politics

The Liberals still have not said whether they plan to replace Wang, who stepped aside Wednesday

Rookie Demko backstops Canucks to 4-3 win over Sabres

Young Vancouver goalie makes 36 saves to turn away Buffalo

Most Read