Richard Birfer, @richardbirfs
SCARBOROUGH, Ont.–With the Prep Baseball Report (PBR) Future Games quickly approaching, PBR Ontario began putting the finishing touches on the roster they will send down to Indianapolis.
A showcase that is expected to attract well over 100-different college and pro scouts alike, PBR Ontario is just about ready to announce its team after yet another successful showcase.
With the likes of Dasan and Jaden Brown, Keegan Pullford-Thorpe, and Tyrell Schofield highlighting the list, only a handful of spots remained available on July 5th, the date of the final pre-event showcase. Wednesday’s festivities brought in the best of the rest as most of the top rep travel ball teams were well represented.
From the Toronto Mets to the Ontario Blue Jays, to Joey Votto’s old high school club, the Etobicoke Rangers, talent was everywhere you were to look.
On this day, a few talented underclassmen in particular stood out, beginning with the powerful Rangers’ third baseman Noah Case.
With a projectable frame and incredible raw strength, Case impressed at the plate, hitting a laser over the left field fence during the simulated game. With quick hands and quick bat speed, Case has advanced barrel awareness for his age and smooth actions out in the field at the hot corner.
After Case, a couple of Mets really stood out, most notably Tyler Offman, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound first baseman with a ton of power from the left side of the plate and athletic movements at first. The Vaughan native hit a couple balls out of the park during batting practice, and should be another worthwhile addition to Ontario’s future’s team; as scouts will sure pay attention to his bat and projectable size.
Third baseman Zach Gardiner and 14-year-old Graham MacNeil were two other Mets players who impressed, with MacNeil being a young rising star to keep on eye on as his high school baseball career continues.
Lastly, catcher George Cuthbert, another Etobicoke Rangers talent really showed on Wednesday afternoon and impressed in an attempt to secure a spot on the Indiana-bound roster. With athletic and agile actions behind the plate, Cuthbert registered a 2.00-second flat pop time, while showing off a strong and accurate arm. At the plate, Cuthbert showed the ability to drive balls from the left side and the potential to develop some pop in the future.
Overall, it was yet another great event, which highlighted some of the best rising talent in all of Canada. Ontario and Canada itself will most definitely be represented at the PBR Future Games in a big way.