Dearing of Surrey joins Kamloops NorthPaws' pitching stable

Tate Dearing has joined the Kamloops NorthPaws’ pitching staff.

“He’s been on the big stage with the junior national team and at a powerhouse junior college program,” NorthPaws’ head coach Cole Armstrong said in a club press release. “He’s battle-tested and hungry for an opportunity like this one.”

Dearing, a 6-foot-2 right-hander from Surrey, has had stints with Polk State College in Winter Haven, Florida, and Douglas College on the Lower Mainland.

He expected to play in 2021 for Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia, but is opting to remain closer to home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m not the kind of guy who’s going to come in, light up the radar gun and blow it by you at 95 or 96, so I have to take a step back and get crafty,” Dearing said in the press release. “I utilize a lot of off-speed pitches and keep batters relatively off balance.”

Dearing, who has a grandfather who lives in Kamloops, comes to the NorthPaws as one of the few players on the roster with past experience in the West Coast League.

He posted a 1.42 ERA in five appearances for the Bellingham Bells in 2019.

“Tate is a guy who figures into our starting rotation,” Armstrong said. “He’s a great competitor and is able to get guys out in multiple ways.”

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