Bellingham, Wash. – Danny Poplawski, Tyler Spear, and Jack Vinder Linden, a trio of players from colleges on the east coast, will head west to play in the West Coast League this year. The Bellingham Bells have signed the trio to contracts for the team’s upcoming season of play, which begins June 3.
Spear, a 6-foot-4-inch, 215-pound left handed pitcher currently has a 6.58 ERA in 26 innings for Niagara. The junior, from Bethany, Oklahoma, is playing his first year for the Purple Eagles after a two-year stint at Fort Scott Community College, where he led the team last year with six starts, 55 strikeouts, and 71 innings pitched.
“Left handed pitchers are vitally important and we think we have a good one in Tyler,” said Bells manager Gary Hatch. “He’s got a big frame, throws hard, and has all the makings of a good pitcher.”
Vander Linden, a 6-foot-5-inch, 185-pound right hander pitcher is in his freshman year at Georgetown. A Dallas, Texas native, Vander Linden was named to the all-conference team as a junior at The Episcopal School of Dallas and was also named his team’s most valuable player. On the mound, Vander Linden features a strong breaking ball and a fastball that reaches the mid-upper 80s.
Poplawski, a 6-foot-2-inch, 180-pounder from Bellevue, Washington is teammates with Vander Linden at Georgetown. The sophomore infielder is currently hitting .229 with 4 doubles and a home run. He batted .429 his senior year at The Overlake School and was named league MVP. A former two-sport athlete, Poplawski was an all-league selection in basketball and averaged nearly 20 points a game his senior season. A veteran of the West Coast League, Poplawski played for the Walla Walla Sweets last summer.
“Jack’s a young arm that has a lot of potential,” said Hatch. “Danny can play multiple infield positions and will bring great versatility to the Bells. He is an outstanding athlete who will benefit from playing in the West Coast League for a second straight year.”
The Bells open their season on Friday, June 3rd at Joe Martin Field against the Kelowna Falcons. For information regarding tickets, group packages and/or sponsorships, please contact the Bellingham Bells offices at (360) 527-1035 or via email at email@example.com