Posted on: May 25, 2017
—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack baseball team have gone to Abbotsford, BC for their second recruit signing for 2017-18.
Head coach Ray Chadwick and the WolfPack are pleased to announce that 5’10” infielder/catcher Matt Pidlisecky (pronounced: Pid-lis-ecky) of the Abbotsford Senior Cardinals (BCPBL) and MEI Secondary is joining the program effective September 1st.
Pidlisecky will be taking courses aimed at achieving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Thompson Rivers. “I chose TRU because of its great business program as well as the school’s involvement in sports. Playing for the baseball team will be a great challenge and opportunity for my baseball career.”
He adds: “I am very excited to play for Coach Chadwick. His positive attitude and the great feedback I received from Major League Baseball scouts that knew I was thinking of coming here made my decision much easier.”
His coach for the past few years is the Western Canada Scout for the Kansas City Royals Corey Eckstein. “I’ve coached Matt since he was 10 years old. He’s probably sick of hearing my voice by now,” he laughs. “I am very excited to see him continue his baseball career and further his education at TRU. Coach Ray will be impressed with his power at the plate and RBI potential. I would anticipate him being a middle of the order type guy as he progresses forward with his team. Matts not your prototypical second baseman. He has above average arm strength and probably profiles better at third base but he’s been able to handle second base for our team which shows you his versatility. Matt continues to grow mentally and has showed signs of maturity when he gets in a slump.”
Chadwick has had Pidlisecky on his radar for quite some time. “ I saw Matt three years ago as a junior premier player. He’ll be an impact player coming in and will compete for a starting position at either second, third or short right away. I envision him likely batting second. He is definitely one of the best recruits we have had coming to TRU in a long time.”
Pidlisecky is excited to be moving up to the WolfPack and the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Conference. “University ball will be the next step in my ball career. I am excited and ready for the challenge and look forward to adding to the strength of the team.”
Earlier the WolfPack signed: Eric Turner (6’3”, pitcher/outfield/infield, Grande Prairie, AB-Grande Prairie Regional High School/Northwest “AAA” Northern Lights).
Eckstein on Pidlisecky adapting to the WolfPack’s commitment of community service: “ Matt comes from a very good family and has been brought up the right way so when it comes to lending a helping hand in the community it never is a problem.”