The Kamloops NorthPaws continue to build their roster ahead of the 2021 West Coast League baseball season.
Tyler Wilson, a switch-hitting first baseman and outfielder from Chandler, Ariz., Ryan Beitel, a pitcher from Cloverdale, and Ty Sifferman, an outielder from Chandler, Ariz., will join the expansion club for its inaugural campaign in the wood bat summer league.
Wilson, a freshman at NCAA Division 1 Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, is 6-foot-2 and weighs 210 pounds.
He is projected to hit in the middle of the order, thanks to his big bat and switch-hitting abilities, according to a NorthPaws press release.
Wilson’s father, Steve, from Victoria, pitched for seven seasons in the Major League Baseball ranks.
Sifferman, a sophomore at Grand Canyon University, said he is looking forward to playing under head coach Cole Armstrong, who worked with him last summer during the Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League season.
Strength and speed are among Sifferman’s attributes, Armstrong said in the press release, which notes the incoming outfielder was also recruited to play football by NCAA schools.
Beitel is a UBC Thunderbirds’ freshman who primarily played shortstop for Cloverdale and Langley in the B.C. Premier Baseball League, but made the switch to pitcher this past spring.
Former Cowlitz Black Bears pitcher Shane Bieber was unanimously chosen as winner of the 2020 American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday after a dominating season for the Cleveland Indians.
The UC Santa Barbara product hurled for the Black Bears in the WCL in 2014.