Gareth Morgan, who will likely go in the top two, props up the class by himself and has a chance to be the highest drafted Canadian since first-rounder Kellin Deglan in 2010. His star power at the top of the draft can help to overcome a lack of depth, as he is the only Canadian who is a consensus top-five round selection. Zach Pop and Mitchell Robinson could go in the top 10 rounds.
Scouts are waiting for next year when Canada will produce two of the better position players to come out of Canada in recent memory, first baseman Josh Naylor, a slugger, and Demi Orimoloye, a toolsy, athletic outfielder.
While Canada only has three players in the top 500, there are a few other high school products with ability. Jean Francois-Garon is a multisport athlete with a right field profile and is one of the youngest players in the draft at 17 and a half. A strong defensive first baseman, Mitchell Bigras has a long, loose build and will benefit from additional strength to his 6-foot-5, 195-pound frame. Third baseman Robert Byckowski, who is the son of Reds crosshecker Bill Byckowski, has a strong body and above-average raw power. Catcher Luke Horanski is a physical backstop with hitting ability and arm strength. Outfielder Tristan Clarke has an athletic build with the ability to run and throw. Lefthander Ben Onyshko, who has a strong body without much projection, can touch 90 with his fastball.
|BA 500 PROSPECTS|
|Name||Pos.||National Rk||State Rk||School||Source|
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|Gareth Morgan||OF||65||1||North Toronto Collegiate HS||HS|
|Zach Pop||RHP||319||2||Notre Dame SS, Brampton, Ontario||HS|
|Mitchell Robinson||C/3B||381||3||Clayton Heights SS, Surrey, B.C.||HS|
|OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE|
|Name||POS||National Rank||State Rank||School||Source|
|Jean Francois-Garon||OF||4||College Laval, Laval, QC,||4YR|
|Mitchell Bigras||1B||5||St Clair SS, Sarnia, Ont.,||HS|
|Robert Byckowski||3B||6||Blyth Academy, Toronto, Ont.||HS|
|Luke Horanski||C||7||Langley Blaze||HS|
|Ben Onyshko||LHP||8||Vauxhall (Alb.) HS, Canada||HS|
|Charles LeBlanc||3B||9||Vanier College, Laval, QU||4YR|
|Tristan Clarke||OF||10||Fletcher’s Meadow SS, Brampton, Ont.||HS|
|Nolan Bumstead||3B||11||Vauxhall (Alb.) HS, Canada||HS|
|Kurtis Horne||LHP||12||Edward Milne SS, Sooke, B.C.||HS|
|Owen Spiwak||C||13||Cawthra Park SS, Mississauga, Ont.||HS|