BAYCATS SIGN TURNER SPOLJARIC FOR 2023 SEASON
NEWS – The Barrie Baycats have signed right-handed pitcher Turner Spoljaric. Turner, the brother of Garner Spoljaric, pitched for the University of Oregon during his freshman season. He will join his brother in the Baycats bullpen and will provide support for this Barrie staff not only for the rest of the regular season, but also for the IBL Playoffs.
The 20-year-old, born in Lisle, Ontario, struck out 32 batters pitching for the Ducks. He also spent time with the Canadian Junior National Team pitching in the 2021 Friendship Series against the USA U18 team. His father, Paul, pitched six years in the MLB for the Blue Jays, Mariners, Phillies, and Royals.
The Baycats have also released news on his brother Garner as he will throw his first full 100% bullpen session this Saturday. Reaching speeds between 92 and 95 MPH, Garner will be a key asset once he returns.
“Turner is a big arm and comes with great competitiveness,” said Baycats President and Manager Josh Matlow. “He, alongside his brother Garner, who is almost ready to throw are huge additions to our pitching staff and will be big pieces to our puzzle throughout our playoff run. He comes from a great baseball family and [we] are thrilled to have the Spoljaric’s apart of the Baycats organization once again! I remember when I was playing for the Baycats, little 3-year-old Turner was running around shagging fly balls in the outfield during BP, now he’s joining the Baycats to contend for a Championship!”
“The Baycats have been re-adjusting their pitching situations through the season, and both Turner and Garner will solidify the depth in a big way. I almost think using the word depth is a little unfair - they’ve both got big stuff and should fit into their roles seamlessly. I’m looking forward to seeing them in big spots,” added Baycats TV analyst Patrick Melbourne.
You can see the Baycats in action tomorrow afternoon as they welcome the London Majors. That game will begin just after 4:00 pm from Vintage Throne Stadium. Get your tickets here.