Top Canada 2019 MLB Draft Prospects
State List Talent Ranking: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
(Stars are listed on a 1 to 5 scale relative to what the state typically produces, with 1 being the weakest)
One of the fastest players in the 2019 class, Brown is an 80-grade runner who routinely posts sub 4.1-second home-to-first times from the righthanded batter’s box. With centerfield athleticism and instincts, Brown has tremendous upside as a defender in the middle of the outfield, tracking balls well with dynamic athleticism that will allow him to make plays other outfielders wouldn’t dream of getting to. Brown has average raw arm strength, but he needs to improve his throwing accuracy. Offensively, Brown is incredibly raw, and scouts believe he would be a two-year Rookie-ball player who you would need to teach how to hit. He has some bat-to-ball skills that he showed off with the Canadian national team against pro competition this spring, but he’s mostly a fastball hitter who has a line-drive approach and rarely elevates the ball. When he does, it’s with little impact ability as Brown has well below-average raw power in his 5-foot-11, 170-pound frame. A Texas A&M commit, Brown could be a player who teams prefer to see go to school, develop physically and prove he can hit. But if he does figure out the offensive game and takes the next steps, he has exciting upside and is one of the more impressive athletes in the class.
A 6-foot, 180-pound lefthander, Macko is a stereotypical pitchability lefthander who doesn’t have the biggest pure stuff but has above-average command and knows how to spot his fastball—a rare trait for a prep pitcher. Last summer at the Area Code Games, Macko threw his fastball in the mid to upper-80s and showed a curveball with big depth and a 2400 rpm spin rate. His curveball and changeup are both solid secondaries that he has good feel to locate, and they could become plus pitches in the future as Macko gains weight and adds more strength and power to his game. He’s committed to Purdue, and he might have to get to campus before teams want to sign him out of the draft, without an average fastball.
Diodati is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound lefthanded hitting catcher and first baseman. Diodati shows a feel to hit and has plenty of strength in his swing and regularly lofts balls deep in batting practice and games. He works from a quiet set up, with his bat resting on his shoulder and doesn’t have much pre-pitch movement or noise in his load. While Diodati both catcher and first, most think he’ll wind up being a first baseman only, as he is a well below-average defender behind the dish now, with lots of work to do to stick back there. Diodati is committed to Alabama.
Extremely young for the class, Valero is a 6-foot-2, 186-pound shortstop who with current strength in a still-projectable frame. Scouts can dream on Valero’s body and bat speed, but he has plenty of refinement to do on both sides of the ball. Offensively, Valero can put a charge in the ball, but he’s a pull-heavy fastball only hitter who commits early and struggles to stay back on off-speed offerings. Defensively, he has average arm strength, but has struggled with his accuracy. His hands are decent, and good enough to give him a chance to stick at third base, but his footwork won’t work in the middle of the infield and some scouts think he’ll need to move to an outfield corner. Valero is committed to Oregon State.
A big bodied, projectable righthander out of Canada, Saul is listed at 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds but is just starting to come into his body. Young for the class, last summer Saul showed a fastball in the upper 80s, but has started taking the right steps forward this spring. He’s been up to 94 mph with a mid-70s breaking ball. A Sacramento State commit, Saul is more strength-based on the mound than twitchy and athletic, which concerns some scouts about the adjustments he’ll be able to make in the future, but he’s already made improvements and has plenty of projection left.
Bowen is a two-sport athlete who has a plus run tool and above-average arm. Bowen is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound outfielder who shows some power with the bat. Bowen is committed to Michigan State.
7. TJ Schofield-Sam, SS, North Park SS, Brampton, Ont.
Source: HS • Ht: 6-0 • Wt: 180 • B-T: L-R • Commitment/Drafted: Chipola (Fla.) JC
8. Antoine Jean, LHP, Edouard-Montpetit, Montreal, Queb.
Source: HS • Ht: 6-2 • Wt: 165 • B-T: R-L • Commitment/Drafted: Alabama
9. Jaden Brown, SS, St. Marcellinus S.S.
Source: HS • Ht: 6-1 • Wt: 180 • B-T: R-R • Commitment/Drafted: Kentucky