The 2016 North Shore Twins
2016 SEASON OUTLOOK
After capturing both the 2015 BCPBL League Title and the 2015 Provincial Championships, a repeat in 2016 would be a tough act to follow. However, with the combination of returning seasoned veterans and Juniors who enjoyed success with last year’s Junior squad before moving up to the Premiers, the 2016 North Shore Twins are hoping to again be contenders.
After 15 years at the helm, John Haar is stepping down as the Head Coach and devoting his energies and expertise to Baseball Operations and Player Development for the North Shore Twins Baseball Club. Assuming the Head Coach duties for 2016 will be Brooks McNiven with assistance from Bryon Kennedy and Mike Mitzel. Moving up from the Junior ranks will be Parker Kynoch.
The Twins will rely heavily on the leadership of the returning seniors to lead the way both offensively and defensively and to set individual and team standards for a crop of talented rookies. Returning players who had supporting roles last year are expected to assume key roles in both the offense and defense. Matt Reyes and Steve Moretto will anchor the infield and platoon behind the plate and at third base as well as be relied upon to hit in the top of the order. MacGregor Sharpe rounds out a strong catching corps. Veterans Cole Ensing and Spencer Lindeman solidify the infield and are joined by rookies Matteo Porcellato and Marshall Hogan. The group brings offensive skills to the table as well as defensive skills.
The outfield will be anchored by BC Select Trevor Fonseca and veteran Brandon Currie both will be looked to as a run producers who have speed and long ball power. Seeing significant time in the outfield will be rookies Robert Mackie, Thomas Neal and Connor Alderman.
The Twins will have a relatively young pitching staff capable of keeping us in the game. Led by rookie lefthander Jack DeCooman, and returning veteran James Bradwell, we also expect Tim Walters to challenge for a starting spot along with Sam Shoemaker and Reece Huntley. Moving up from Juniors and adding to the pitching depth are Cole Dalla-Zanna, Thomas Hemer and Blake Reid. Cole Ensing and Robert Mackie are also quite capable of moving from position players to the mound.
Once again, it should be a very exciting and rewarding 2016 season for the North Shore Twins Premier Team and our fans. with a combination of experienced veteran leaders and numerous rookies with lots of potential, we fully expect to again be contenders.
About the North Shore Twins
North Shore Twins has been the top program for elite 16- to 18-year-old baseball players on Vancouver's North Shore since 1990. In more recent years the program has expanded to include teams for younger players as well: North Shore Junior Twins and North Shore Prep Twins. The three teams now comprise the North Shore Twins Baseball Club, which is operated by coaches with professional and/or college baseball credentials and dedicated volunteers. The club is based at Parkgate Park in North Vancouver, BC.
The Premier Twins is a member of the prestigious British Columbia Premier Baseball League ("BCPBL"), recognized as the foremost baseball league in Canada for high-school-age players, which is comprised of twelve teams: North Shore, Abbotsford, Coquitlam, Fraser Valley, Kelowna, Langley, Nanaimo, North Delta, Parksville, Victoria (2), and White Rock. The team plays approximately 90 games per season including league and tournament games throughout British Columbia and the US.
The Premier Twins' roster is primarily made up of North Shore players, with others from across the Lower Mainland choosing to join the program. Players are selected for their ability, commitment and desire to ultimately compete at the college or professional level. The program aims to provide the environment, guidance and skills—physical, mental and emotional included—that will allow these dedicated baseball players to reach for their dreams. Since its inception the North Shore Twins has been highly successful in meeting its goals.
Under a series of Head Coaches including Buff Schemmer, Dave Empey, Canadian-Hall-of-Famer John Haar (he heads up the North Shore Twins Baseball Club and has returned to the Head Coach position after a period with the Prep Twins), Jordan Wilson, Larson Bauck, many of its graduates have been able to play baseball while pursuing their post-secondary academics at US and Canadian colleges and universities thanks to athletic and academic scholarships and other financial assistance. In addition, fourteen Twins have been drafted into professional baseball. The team’s most famous draftee is Gibson’s Ryan Dempster, and the most recent, taken in the 2015 First Year Player Draft, are Will McAffer in the 32nd round to the Reds and Tristan Graham (2013 grad) in the 22nd round to the Orioles.