Six players who have worn the Victoria HarbourCats uniform for the past five years have gotten one step closer to wearing some top league thread this week.
Former West Coast League players were selected in the Major League Baseball Entry Draft on June 12th and 13th.
The first to be selected was Shane McGuire, who was voted 278th overall by the Oakland Athletics. McGuire had a batting average of .451 in 2017, four homers and 32 RBI in 26 games with the HarbourCats. A June 13 baseball club press release named him one of the most versatile players in the history of the HarbourCats team.
Two former players, 2018 outfielder Rowdey Jordan, and 2019 right-handed pitcher (RPH) Jack Neely, were selected in the 11th round of draft by New York teams on Tuesday. They were chosen by the Mets and Yankees, respectively.
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The list of retired former HarbourCats was rounded off: 2018 RHP Owen Sharts, who went to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 13th round; Infielder Wyatt Young was selected by the Mets in the 15th; and 2017 RHP Luke Boyd was won 520th overall place in the Entry Draft by the San Diego Padres.
“With only 20 rounds in this draft, up from 40 in 2019, this is a tremendous draft for so many in our organization,” said Jim Swanson, Managing Partner of HarbourCats, in the press release. “These young men are great ambassadors for their schools, their families and our organization, and they have worked very hard to earn such a career opportunity.”
Three more HarbourCats signatories who have never played for the team due to the pandemic and other reasons were selected in the 2021 draft. These include RHP Aaron Davenport, infielder Marcos Castanon and outfielder Damiano Palmegiani.
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