McQuaid Goes From East To West Coast

Chris Kemlo
PBR Ontario Director of Scouting

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British Columbia Insider: McQuaid Goes From East To West Coast


Zachery McQuaid

Class of 2018 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2018
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Maxwell Heights
    State: BC
  • Summer Team: Langley Blaze / Team Canada JNT
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 185lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/R


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McQuaid Goes From East To West Coast

A familiar face in Ontario, many should know and be made aware that one of the top uncommitted arms in the country in right-hander Zack McQuaid has travelled from the east coast to the west coast, and will be finishing his senior season with the Langley Blaze in the Premier Baseball League.

McQuaid was currently ranked in the top ten in Ontario’s 2018 rankings, and now comes in as the number four arm in British Columbia’s newly released 2018 rankings. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound McQuaid had one of the cleanest and quickest arms in Ontario, and possessed an overhand curveball that had depth and late downward action out the hand this past 2017 season. The fastball had good life out the hand and worked between 86-89 mph while he backed up the curveball out the same arm slot and was a big bender that he showed feel and the ability to put hitters away with it. The changeup was his third best pitch and was mainly fastball/curveball, he does show that it can be a useful pitch moving forward as he throws it more and polishes it up.

With the move to BC, McQuaid should get looks from some of the schools in the west who may have not seen him pitch yet, and will get his fair share with the National Team this spring. He should step in as one of the better arms in BC and can be someone who eats up innings and be a healthy addition to the Blaze pitching staff. Anytime you get a guy like McQuaid, it bolsters your team, and he can do the same thing at the next level as he is one of the top uncommitted arms in the country.

With McQuaid being able to put more focus on his day to day baseball with his current setup at school in BC, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he comes out with even more velocity to his fastball and a tighter look with his secondary stuff. With the way his arm works, feel for his delivery and baseball sense, McQuaid has more to offer and is only going to keep getting better for at least the next few years. A definite must follow for college coaches, with the likes of him being uncommitted not lasting for a very long time.