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Canada and baseball are not usually words that go hand in hand but as the sport continues to grow north of the border so too do the big names the country produces. Since our last Canadian commitment alert on November 1, some of the best prospects in the country have committed to high-profile schools in Canada and the United States.
Headlined by standouts Ryan Capuano and Jaden Griffin, the following is a breakdown of some of the biggest Canadian prospects to commit in the past month.
Jayden Knight, OF, UBC: Knight, one of the most exciting prospects in Canada, opted to stay home in British Columbia and attend UBC. The 6-foot, 180-pound athletic outfielder already has incredible speed (runs a 6.5-second 60-yard dash) and a great long frame with room to grow. He’s a strong two-way player and an even better hitter who is sure to complement one of the best and most consistent programs in Canada. One of the most impressive young prospects at Tournament 12 this past September, Knight continues to improve each season on the ball field.
— Langley Blaze (@Langleyblaze) November 2, 2017
Ian Jordan, C, Cuyahoga CC: Jordan is a top-five ranked catcher in Ontario with strong footwork, good arm strength, an ability to receive the ball well, and a sub-two-second pop time. At 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, the Great Lake Canadians’ catcher also has some potential as a hitter, with a good feel for the strike zone and an ability to hit the ball to all sides of the field, including good pop to the pull side, Jordan could take another big stride in his development process next season.
Ryan Capuano, RHP, Marshall: Capuano is a top-five ranked pitcher in Ontario and one of the best pitchers in the 2018 Canadian Class. His strong and athletic 6-foot, 190-pound frame is complemented by an aggressive delivery that features a good three-pitch mix with quick and clean arm action. Capuano presently a lively fastball that tops out at 88 mph, which he compliments well with his changeup, while his curveball has a sharp downward break. Capuano had a stand out season with the Toronto Mets, which was followed up by big performances at Tournament 12 as well as in Jupiter.
— Marshall Baseball (@HerdBaseball) November 11, 2017
Brian Zapp, INF, Miami University (OH): Zapp is a versatile middle-infielder with a 6-foot-1, 165-pound athletic frame. The Ontario native runs smooth on his feet (6.8 second 60-yard dash) and has solid footwork with clean actions. At the plate, with a quiet and smooth approach, Zapp is a line-drive hitter from the left side whose consistent contact will be appreciated at Miami University.
Jaden Griffin, LHP, VCU: Griffin is a member of the Canadian Junior National team and one of the top 2018 MLB draft-eligible pitchers in the country. At 5-foot-11, 190 pounds he’s a strong lefty with a projectable frame and good fundamentals. Griffin is athletic on the mound, has clean arm action, and repeats his delivery. The lefty will be a welcomed sight at one of the top baseball programs in America.
— Vauxhall Academy (@VABjets) October 26, 2017
Damiano Palmegiani, OF/INF, Cal State Northridge: Palmegiani, another member of the Canadian Junior National Team, is a versatile positional player hailing from British Columbia. Palmegiani is a strong two-way player who uses his speed (6.85 second 60-yard dash) and smooth and long stroke to hit to all sides of the field.
Top remaining uncommitted prospects in Canada include:
- Denzel Clarke (OF)
- Ryan Magdic (1B)
- Griffin Hassall (RHP)
- Daniel Carinci (SS)
- Ryan Faragher (C)
Staff Writer at CBBSN. Oren Weisfeld is a freelance writer based out of Toronto having previously worked for VICE Sports, The Western Gazette, London Lightning Basketball, CHRW Radio, and more. He is passionate about sports, music, comedy, politics, and pop culture. Check out Oren's blog at orenweisfeld.com.