University of British Columbia Thunderbirds infielder Matt Spillman and left handed pitcher Sean Callegari are returning to the Swift Current Indians for the 2014 Western Major Baseball League season. Both Spillman and Callegari are currently in their senior seasons with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. UBC is an NAIA program rich in tradition and currently has a 23-9 record. Both Spillman and Callegari will be looked upon to be key components for the Tribe once again this summer.
Last season with the Tribe Spillman had an outstanding year hitting out of the leadoff spot leading the team in batting average, runs and on base percentage. As a result he was voted as the team’s MVP. At the top of the order Spillman made a habit of getting on base often posting a .452 on base percentage which was 4th best in the WMBL. He also showed he can perform in big games being named the team’s Playoff MVP where he hit .370 and had an on base percentage of .553. Spillman has continued that success into this spring season for the Thunderbirds where he is putting together another solid season.
“The biggest characteristic about Spill is that he plays the game hard each and every day no matter the score. His work-ethic on a day to day basis is second to none. Spill will take a leadership role this summer and is a perfect guy for the younger players on our team to be around and see how to play the game the right way on a daily basis.” – Joe Carnahan
Callegari had a dominant year on the mound in 2013 for the Tribe. He was 3rd in the WMBL with a 1.67 era. Through 43 innings of work Callegari posted a 3-0 record striking out 41 while only walking 11, opponents managed to hit just .218 off of him. Through 54 innings of work so far this spring with the Thunderbirds Callegari has a 3.31 era along with a 2-2 record and holding opponents to a .257 batting average. The Tribe will be looking for Callegari to give them plenty of quality starts this summer.
“Cally had an outstanding year for us last summer. He doesn’t have over powering stuff but has command of four pitches and mixes them well. He loves to compete and is a guy who gives us an opportunity to win each time he is on the mound. Cally will once again be in our rotation this summer and will have the opportunity to win some big games again for us in 2014.” – Joe CarnahanRead More