TRU baseball has added some depth at both the pitching and outfield positions for the coming years.
Head coach Ray Chadwick and the WolfPack announced Friday the commitment of pitcher/outfielder Joseph Siniscalchi (pronounced: sin-es-cal-chi) from Port Coquitlam.
The six-foot, four-inch Siniscalchi comes to the ’Pack from Terry Fox secondary school and the Coquitlam Reds of the PBL.
“I decided on TRU for a lot of reasons,” said Siniscalchi who will be taking courses toward a bachelor of arts majoring in psychology at Thompson Rivers. “When I came down to visit (in April), I quickly realized that the WolfPack isn’t just a baseball team, it is also a brotherhood. It’s like a family. I really like that about this team as well as the school as a whole.”
“Joe will come here in September to pitch and play the outfield,” said Chadwick. “He is a great kid and is a great fit for our program. He impressed me with his energy and enthusiasm. He loves the game and be on the field. He will be a great teammate.”
Chadwick first saw Siniscalchi in 2015 as a ‘junior’ premier player. “He has three pitches for strikes and is about 83-84 (MPH) which is all you need.
“Joe can run and has a good baseball body,” he added. “I look forward to having him.”
“I struggled early last year at the plate,” said Siniscalchi. “But I quickly adjusted. My pitching went very well. I threw a lot of strikes and kept games close. This year has been really good. I have been hitting the ball hard and having more quality ‘at-bats.’ My velocity has increased from last year but the most improvement is my ability to locate with all my pitches. Defensively, I feel I have improved and have been more reliable in the outfield.
Siniscalchi’s coach this year is someone who is very familiar with the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Conference. James Chapman is one of the founders of the league.
“Joe has a lot of promise”, he said. “He has moved into our fourth starting position. He has a good breaking ball and velocity. He also throws a lot of strikes. He is a valued contributor to our program and should play very well for Ray as a freshman. He possesses some power with the bat and will be dual purpose player for the WolfPack. I see him as a starting pitcher for TRU in the future. This is a great opportunity for both Joe to develop as a person and a player. The WolfPack have a solid program.”
Other players who have committed already to TRU for the coming season: Vance Fode (six-foot, three-inch outfielder/infielder, Bow Island, AB-Senator Geishaw Secondary-Brooks Bandits WMBL), Marc Ashford (five foot, 11-inch infielder, Delta, Vancouver College-North Delta Blue Jays BCPBL), Aaron Lemoine (six-foot, two-inch infielder/pitcher, Winnipeg, MB/Kelvin High School-North Winnipeg Pirates), and Adam Filman (six-foot, four-inch pitcher/infielder/outfielder, Winnipeg, St. Paul’s High School/Winnipeg South Chiefs).