Penner of UBC Thunderbirds to join Kamloops NorthPaws for West Coast League expansion campaign

Ty Penner plans to bring a big bat to the Kamloops NorthPaws’ lineup next season.

Penner, from Lethbridge, is a sizeable UBC Thunderbirds’ first-baseman, a sophomore who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 215 pounds.

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“I try and bring a bat that can hit for extra bases, whether it’s doubles or even home runs,” Penner said in a NorthPaws’ press release. “I think my bat is the difference-maker in the game, but I also try to play some solid, steady defence at the corners of the infield.”

Sammie Starr, an assistant coach for the NorthPaws and T-Birds, is familiar with Penner’s game.

“Ty is a plus defender at first base and he’s got power potential as a big left-handed batting first baseman,” Starr said in the release. “He’s grown and gained muscle over the past couple of years.”

The NorthPaws are scheduled to join the West Coast League in time for the 2021 campaign.

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