The Victoria Jr. Eagles are looking forward to a 2013 season that is filled with the expectation of competing with the best the BC Junior Premier League has to offer. The coaching staff is excited to work with a hard-working group of young players, supported by a strong cast of returning players who will provide leadership on and off the field.
With Jordan Will coming back as Manager of the Jr. Eagles in 2013, the Eagles organization is equally excited about the return of coaches Shawn Loglisci and Andrew Crowe, as well as the addition of John Turcotte. Shawn Loglisci has spent the past two seasons running the pitching staff for the Sr. Eagles, and is especially proud of his role in guiding them to their first ever PBL playoff berth in 2012. Shawn’s energy and enthusiasm will go a long way to molding the next wave of Eagles talent. Andrew Crowe has been involved with the Eagles organization since 2009, but 2013 will be his first full season after completing his degree at Texas A&M International University. The Jr. Eagles will definitely benefit from a full season of Andrew’s knowledge and experience. While this will be his first year with the Eagles organization, John Turcotte brings to the program a long history of baseball experience across every age-level.
PITCHING: The Jr. Eagles come into 2013 with a deep pitching staff that is expected to be one of the strengths of the team. Left-hander Brendan Turcotte and right-hander Karsten Waters will anchor the Jr. Eagles’ pitching staff this year, along with a trio of power right-handers - Lyndon Simmons, Martin Eckard and Jeeven Sall – who will all provide an intimidating presence on the mound. Additionally, Lawson MacDonald, Evan Smith and Noah Dalziel will consistently challenge hitters and keep them off balance, while Cade Wilcox and Devon Gall have shown tremendous potential and will certainly contribute to the staff throughout the season.
CATCHING: The Jr. Eagles will rely on returning catcher Lyndon Simmons to lead the team on the field and provide offense from the middle of the order. Martin Eckard will also be tasked with handling the pitching staff from behind the plate, and should make an impact offensively.
INFIELD: Infield defense should be a significant strength for the Jr. Eagles in 2013. Two athletic shortstops - Lawson MacDonald and Devon Gall - will combine up the middle with sure-handed Brock Duncan, scrappy returning infielder Noah Dalziel and the smooth-swinging Tyson Abbott who will share time at second base. Jeeven Sall, Cade Wilcox and Evan Smith will share time at the corners of the infield, each possessing the potential to drive the offense in the middle of the order.
OUTFIELD: The Jr. Eagles’ 2013 outfield brings speed and athleticism, as well as some big bats that will contribute throughout the lineup. Multi-tool players Brendan Turcotte and Karsten Waters, when not on the mound, should hit in the middle of the order, pose a threat on the basepaths and patrol centerfield. Branden Paterson and Jack McKinnon will provide good defense from the corner outfield positions and will be looked to for major offensive contributions at the plate.
The Jr. Eagles will play a 44-game league schedule against the other teams in the BCJPBL beginning April 13th. They will also travel to a pair of tournaments in Washington State, where they will benefit from the extra competition south of the border.