The best way to describe Canada’s draft crop this year is top heavy. The two high school players at the top of the list are legitimate talents who could sneak into the top three rounds, but after that scouts weren’t sure what to make of this year’s crop of talent.
|THIS YEAR’S CROP|
|*****||One for the books|
|***||Solid, not spectacular|
|**||Not up to par|
|*||Nothing to see here|
|Rating compares this year’s group to what a state typically produces, not to other states|
British Columbia product Tyler O’Neill likely won’t remain behind the plate, but he has some of the best power in this year’s class, and righthander Cal Quantrill has everything you want from a high school pitcher—bloodlines (his father Paul was an all-star who pitched in the big leagues for 14 years), projection (some scouts believe he’ll throw in the upper 90s someday), and a feel for pitching (he has been pitching on Canada’s junior national team for the past couple of years).
After those two players, however, the class fizzles out. Scouts will be content to see most of the Canadian prep talent this year play in junior college or four-year colleges before making a big commitment.
|NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS|
|BA 500 Scouting Reports|
1. Tyler O’Neill, C, Garibaldi SS, Maple Ridge, B.C. (National Rank: 63)
2. Cal Quantrill, RHP, Trinity College School, Port Hope, Ont.h (National Rank: 90)
3. Malik Collymore, 2B, Port Credit SS, Mississauga, Ont. (National Rank: 190)
4. Travis Seabrooke, LHP, Crestwood SS, North Monaghan, Ont. (National Rank: 441)
5. Daniel Pinero, 3B, Humberside Collegiate Institute, Toronto (National Rank: 467)
|OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE|
6. Lachlan Fontaine, 3B, Sutherland SS, North Vancouver, B.C.
7. Sean Ratcliffe, RHP/C, Pickering HS, Ajax, Ont.
8. Daniel Procopio, RHP/OF, Central Technical School, Toronto
9. Owen Spiwak, C, Cawthra Park SS, Mississauga, Ont.
10. Morgan Lofstrom, C, Mout Boucherie SS, Kelowna, B.C.
11. Dylan Brooks, RHP, Lord Dorchester SS, Dorchester, Ont.
12. Matthew Thornton, RHP, British Columbia
13. Steven Dressler, LHP, Assumption Catholic SS, Burlington, Ont.
14. Tyler Hardie, C, Christ The King Caholic SS, Georgetown, Ont.
15. Kurtis Kostuk, RHP, Yale SS, Abbotsford, B.C.
16. Christian Botnick, RHP, Notre Dame Catholic SS, Brampton, Ont.
17. Myles Vincent, LHP, Lethbridge (Alb.) JC
18. Cody Chartrand, RHP, Vancouver Island (B.C.)