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Prospects Add 2 From Benedictine, Mesa

By Spencer Love

 

EDMONTON, AB – The Edmonton Prospects continue to reshape their roster under Jordan Blundell, with a number of new additions to speak about prior to the Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) season kicking off in May.

“I was part of the recruiting group last year; (obviously) it’s not so much a group now, but more on what I’m looking for. Last year was a little more collaborative, and we had less to do last year because we had a bunch of returning players. We don’t have those guys (this year), so we had to go find more guys to fill those jobs, which we feel we’ve done.”

The reason the team aggressively pursued their new recruits, said the head coach, is pure competition.

“Guys are fighting to get as much playing time as they can, and part of what we do here is provide that,” said Blundell of his approach. “There will be some ups and downs, that’s just the way baseball goes. We feel we’ve got enough athletic depth that we won’t miss anything defensively when we make changes, we’re looking for good people and good baseball players, no different than anybody else.”

As part of that process, the Prospects announced the signing of two players from Benedictine University at Mesa (Arizona). Both Travis Hunt (OF) and Austin Cannedy (RHP) will join the organization this summer as the team looks to eclipse its 23-23 record in 2018. Much like the Prospects prior signings out of Yale, Blundell was attracted not only to the players but the programs.

“Benedictine Mesa is a 40-win program, they have aspirations of being one of the last 10 teams standing to go to the College World Series at that level. Those are the types of programs that we’ve spent a lot of time in relationship building; through those conversations, (Cannedy and Travis) were guys that we pursued pretty hard.”

Hunt, an OF from Moreno Valley, California comes to the Prospects with a stellar reputation from his tenure at Benedictine Mesa. Last season, Hunt posted a 0.313 BA and 34 RBI, with his 9 home runs leading the team. His big bat is something that Blundell is hoping will translate to the larger confines of RE/MAX Field.

“(Hunt) has got some power, he’s got speed, and he’s got a good arm; he’s offensively versatile. We’re looking forward to him slotting into the middle of the lineup; we’re going to be relying on him and another couple guys to be the guys to drive the runs in.”

“Another part of Travis that I like is that he can run. Knowing what our park is like with the turf, you’ve got to be able to cut balls off in the field. Stuff like that is important; guys that can run and do it offensively and defensively is really important. (We feel) he fits the mould for both of those.”

Cannedy, a RHP from Clayton, California joins the Prospects after a successful 2018 season that saw him split time between Los Medanos College (5-4, 3.09 ERA, 81 K), and Diablo Valley (3-4, 3.92 ERA, 39 K).

“Austin’s a right-handed pitcher with huge upside,” said Blundell of the latest acquisition on the mound. “He’s performed in California at the junior college level and put up pretty good numbers in the super-competitive California Juco circuit. He’s a heart-and-soul guy; there’s no question about his compete level. He wants to be the guy who gets the ball in big games, and that’s the type of player we’re looking for.”

After successful playoff runs through the past three seasons, it appears as though the Prospects are yet again building for success.

Short Swings:

  • The Prospects are currently promoting their Fireworks Pack and “Bring Your Dad” Pack tickets, now available online.
  • A reminder that the annual Edmonton Prospects Gala will be taking place on Saturday, February 16th at Fort Edmonton Park. Buck Martinez, John Short and Kent Morrison are all confirmed to attend this year’s event.

 

Edmonton Prospects Ink Four
By Spencer Love
Win Column Sports

EDMONTON, AB – The Edmonton Prospects made their first moves of the Jordan Blundell era this week, announcing the signings of Pierce Blohowiak (OF), Jake Gehri (C), Matthew Erickson (LHP), and Jackson Bandow (RHP) from the Yale Bulldogs of the NCAA Div. I program.

“We want to be a team that’s exciting to watch and add some elements to our game that’s exciting for the fans,” said Prospects head coach Jordan Blundell at the time of the signings. “All four guys fit that mould, and all four are going to contribute for us and be big parts of what we’re doing. We’re excited we were able to get them done so early and develop a relationship that we feel will be long-term (with Yale).”

Blohowiak, 18, comes to the Prospects after a stellar high school career. In his four years at Xavier High School, he earned three All-Conference Team selections (2016, 2017, 2018) and was a six-position player. In addition, Blohowiak was selected as a PG Underclass All-American in 2016 and 2017, as well as being named a Perfect Game All-American last season. A native of Neenah, WI, Blohowiak was a dual-sport athlete in his time at Xavier, participating in both track and baseball simultaneously. His success on the baseball field extended to his stint on the track, as he broke a 24-year-old record in the 100-metre dash at Xavier.

“There won’t be a faster player in the league,” commented Blundell of the signing. “I mean, I’m not going to put that on him, but his running is elite. It’s a huge feature to his game that excited us, and you can’t just find that every day. He’s a young guy; he’s at Yale, and he’ll go through a full year of training at that level. He won’t be splitting time with other sports (such as track), so his development really isn’t linear anymore. The extra time committed to improving his baseball rather than other things will bode well for his baseball development, and that excites us, too. With our ballpark as big as it is, and with the quick infield we have, we feel like he can help us on both sides of the ball and make some plays in the outfield.”

Gehri, also 18, was previously selected to participate in the MLB Prospect Development Program. The 6’1 catcher was selected as this year’s USA Today All-Washington 1st team catcher, adding to a number of accolades that include earning the 2018 SPSL League MVP award, as well as being selected as an All-State 1st team catcher.

“He’s as good as a freshman as you can get,” said Blundell. “He’s an all-state Washington player, and the video and reports we’ve gotten on him are solid. You never know with a young guy what his capabilities are, but there’s a ton of potential there. He comes highly recommended; he’s been successful his whole life, and I don’t expect that to change. He’s got all the tools to be a guy we can rely on, and he’s been with the pitching staff which is interesting for us.”

Erickson and Bandow are the two pitchers signed by the Prospects.

“(Matt and Jackson) are really interesting for us,” said Blundell of the recently-acquired pitchers. “We think we’re a good fit (for them), as we can provide them with the workload that they’re looking for.

Erickson, from Boulder, Colorado, led the state in strikeouts as a junior last season. The southpaw played in the Colorado All-Stars Futures game last season and earned an honourable mention for the Perfect Game All-Region team. Additionally, Erickson was ranked the #2 LHP in Colorado in 2017 according to perfectgame.org.

(Matt’s) a guy that’s improved since he’s been (at Yale). He’s shown improvement and all the signs that they look for in becoming an important part of their pitching staff, which really excites us.”

Bandow, from Sammamish, Washington, was awarded the Male Student-Athlete of the Year from Eastside Catholic High School in his 2017 senior year. The 6’2 RHP was a two-time selection to the All-League team during his time in high school, leading his team to back-to-back league championships. In addition, Bandow captained his team during his senior year.

“He’s got some decent stuff; he’s competitive, and we really like his upside. He needs some more opportunity to pitch, and he’s someone we expect will be healthy enough to throw a bunch of innings for us. He’s a good fit in the sense that he’ll have a lot of bullets left, and he’s got a ton of talent on top of that.”

Prospects fans can expect to catch their first glimpse of both newly-signed and returning players at the onset of the WCBL season. While the official league schedule hasn’t been released as of press time, the team expects to begin their season in late May.

Short Swings:

  • The most recent Prospects recruits may be the team’s biggest addition from Yale but isn’t the only player the organization has recruited from the Ivy League school. Drew Scott, a reliever for the organization last season, was also recruited from Yale midway through last season.
  • The annual Edmonton Prospects Gala is confirmed to take place on Saturday, February 16th at Fort Edmonton Park. Buck Martinez, John Short and Kent Morrisson are all confirmed to attend this year’s event.
  • For those looking to purchase season tickets for the Edmonton Prospects, the organization is currently in the midst of their season ticket drive. Information can be found on the Prospects official website.