Eliopoulos Has Helium

It’s a down year in general for Canada. Unlike the past two years, there won’t be a first-rounder from the Great White North. That said, lefthander Jake Eliopoulos will likely be the highest player from Ontario taken since Scott Thorman was a first-round pick in 2000. Eliopoulos opened some eyes last summer in the Under Armour All-America game at Wrigley Field and his stock has continued to rise this spring as a member of the Canadian Junior National team. His stock could get another boost, as the team is currently playing down in the Dominican Republic against Dominican Summer League teams.

Jim Eliopoulos, a catcher on the 1984 Canadian Olympic team, adopted Jake from Ukraine as a baby. At 6-foot-3 and 170 pounds, Eliopoulos is long and lean with room for projection. He’s also young in a lot of regards, which scouts like. He looks young in the face, leading them to believe he’ll fill out and add velocity and, being from Canada, he doesn’t have the mileage on his arm that a similar pitcher in California or Florida might have. Eliopoulos’ fastball currently sits in the 88-91 mph range with good life and movement. His mechanics are easy and clean and he also throws a curveball with some late depth and a changeup that is above-average for a high school pitcher. While nothing really jumps out about Eliopoulos, he’s a complete package and could go as high as the second round on draft day.