Top Uncommitted Players To Watch This T12

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Top Uncommitted Players To Watch This T12

With T12 fast approaching, and the impressive crop of 2019 graduates beginning their college careers across Canada and the US, it is time to focus on the group of extremely talented ball players in the west still looking for a new home after high school graduation this upcoming 2020 year. This list puts the spotlight on the top uncommitted arms and bats in British Columbia.

Gavin Pringle RHP / NA, BC / 2020

Report: Junior National Team pitcher, Pringle is anything but under the radar. He led the British Columbia staff to a bronze medal finish this past summer at the BIGS Canada Cup and has continued to impress, complementing his 87-89 mph fastball with a 70-71 mph breaking ball with good depth. He is an imposing figure on the mound and throws consistent strikes, walking only 8 batters and striking out 28 in a small sample size of 20.1 innings during the 2019 PBL campaign, a season that he shared with JNT. In his grade 11 season with the Eagles, Pringle went 2-2, in 4 starts, recording one shut out and giving up 21 hits on route to a 2.06 ERA. At Canada Cup, Pringle threw in two games, both starts against Ontario, getting a no-decision victory in his first and a loss in his second. In 8 innings pitched at Canada Cup, Pringle struck out 7, allowing 10 hits and walking just 1. Pringle has a high ceiling and an adept understanding of how to pitch to his strengths at a young age. His body has room to develop still and could end up being an even larger force on the mound than he already is. He is a steal of a player for any college program and is a fantastic student as well.

Vic Domingo RHP / 3B / Saint Thomas More Collegiate, BC / 2020

Report: Domingo shows impressive composure and demeaner on the mound at a young age and understands who he is as a pitcher. He has the ability to blow it by hitters, topping at 89 mph, but can also control multiple pitches inside the zone, with 12/6 curveball at 69-71 mph, a slider at 70-71 and a change up that backs up well at 74-77. With that impressive arsenal, Domingo flat out dominated the PBL in limited innings. Through 29 IP, Domingo went 3-0 through 4 starts and one shut out, recording a 1.20 ERA, an astonishing 58:8 strike out to walk ratio, and only allowed 15 hits, resulting in a .790 WHIP. At this years BIGS Canada Cup, Domingo continued his impressive performance, appearing in 2 games, with 1 start, amassing 7 innings and striking out 10. He allowed 5 hits and 3 walks, and ended the tournament with a 3.00 ERA. Domingo will be fun to watch at this years T12 Tournament.

Sean Heppner SS / N/A, BC / 2020

Report: Heppner, a dual-citizen, has a very smooth delivery, with a slight across the body stride which can make his ball difficult to pick up out of the hand. His wind up is under control, and explosive upon foot strike with good, active hip rotation. At Canada Cup, Heppner was clocked at 86 mph in his last inning of work as he polished off a complete game, 10 strike out victory against Ontario. In the PBL regular season, Heppner showed similar flashes of dominance against highly competitive teams, recording 9 strike outs against the Victoria Eagles in a 2-1 victory, 7 strike outs in a complete game 1-0 win over the Fraser Valley Cardinals, and 7 strike outs in a 6 inning no-decision against the Mid-Island Pirates. Over the entirety of the PBL season, Heppner recorded a 5-2 record in 11 appearances (7 starts, 1 CG-SO), with a 2.37 ERA through 41.1 IP, allowing 30 hits and enjoying a 49:11 strike out to walk ratio. Heppner has a lot of room to grow physically, and at a tall and slender frame could see a velocity jump with some added weight. Heppner is poised to be an effective collegiate arm.

Cooper Crompton RHP / Walnut Grove, BC / 2020

Report: The first thing that leaps off the page about uncommitted pitcher Crompton is 6’5” 165 lbs, and that he tops at 89 mph. With an additional freshman 15 it would not be difficult to imagine Crompton seeing a huge jump in velocity. At his height, he is able to generate huge downward tilt by working down in the zone, and keeping hitters off-balance with a tight slider that sits in the upper 70’s and a change-up with natural arm side run. Crompton saw the most innings out of anyone on this list, with 66 in the PBL regular season as well as a complete game, 7 strike out, shut out in the playoffs to knock off powerhouse Coquitlam Reds. Through the regular season, Crompton enjoyed a 7-1 record in 11 starts (2 complete game shut outs), recording a 1.06 ERA, with a strike out to walk ratio of 63:21, allowing 57 hits, on route to a 1.180 WHIP. Crompton was also named Most Outstanding Pitcher at this years 18U National Tournament, after getting picked up by BC’s representative North Delta Blue Jays. At the National Tournament, Crompton only allowed 1 earned run in 11 innings, striking out 16 and walking just 2. Crompton’s frame allows optimistic belief that he has a high ceiling, and after filling out could be a legitimate professional arm. Crompton is a workhorse who can throw a lot of healthy innings, and will without a doubt help any collegiate program.

Aaron Marsh 2B / 3B / Nanaimo District, BC / 2020

Report: Marsh is British Columbia’s top ranked second basemen, with smooth hands and decent footwork his defense plays well but is complimentary to his approach at the plate. Marsh is one of the more complete hitters on this list and showed an adept approach all summer long with the Pirates out of Nanaimo. In the 2019 summer, Marsh slashed .391/.462/.536 for an OPS of .998 through 138 at-bats. He recorded 12 doubles, 4 triples and stole 9 bases and only struck out 16 times. A prototypical top of the order type hitter, Marsh runs fairly well with a 7.01 60-yard dash at the BC Selects Camp. With some size, to compliment his high batted ball percentage, Marsh could develop into a gap-to-gap speed player for any college program. He has an aggressive approach at the plate, which could change with maturity, as he only walked 12 times throughout the summer.

Yosuke Fujie SS / C / Yale, BC / 2020

Report: Fujie is a true short stop, with plus footwork and hands, and instinctual movements around the position. Fujie never seems to get in-between hops as he is always attacking the baseball to get short or long hops, which can project to harder batted balls at the next level. He has plus speed and can be very impactful for any roster when he is going right. Fujie had his Canada Cup shortened by injury, but when he was on the field he was arguable BC’s toughest out. Fujie went 6-15 at Cup, slashing .467/.652/.600 with a whopping OPS of 1.252. He walked 7 times to striking out just once against the nation’s best amateur arms. If Fujie can gain some weight this grade 12 year, he will be an extremely impactful player going forward, and has the tools to become an elite level middle infielder for any college lucky enough to pick him up.

Matthew Suarez C / John Oliver Secondary, BC / 2020

Report: Suarez is a large, stocky frame behind the plate, and gives the pitcher a great low target to throw to. He has a wide setup and receives the low pitch extremely well. He proved to be British Columbia’s best true defensive catcher at BC Selects camp and is the best defensive catcher left uncommitted in the west. His POP times stay steady around a true 2.00 in game, with good flight on the ball. He has quick feet and stays low through his transfer. Offensively, he holds his own as well. In the 2019 PBL season Suarez slashed .313/.442/.458 with an OPS of .900 with 11 doubles, 1 homerun and a 22:22 strike out to walk ratio. Suarez is a mature player with high baseball IQ. With maturity, look for Suarez to lead the field with confidence and be a solid backstop for any college program. At Canada Cup, Suarez went 4-12 with 3 RBI and did not have a single passed ball. Suarez is a solid catcher with upside at the plate and will serve any college program exceptionally well.

Willie Camacho Soto 3B / Coquitlam Reds, BC / 2020

Report: Camacho Soto may be the most impactful and dynamic athlete on this list. Camacho Soto shows flashes of elite tools and an aggressive style of play that can change the outcome of a game in the blink of an eye. Perhaps the most unimpressive part of his game is his defense, which is still solid. In 311.1 innings at third base for the Reds, Camacho Soto committed 10 errors for a .907 fielding percentage. With his speed and athleticism, he would be suited for a potential switch to the outfield but can still hold his own at the hot corner. Offensively, Camacho Soto is a force. In 138 at bats, he slashed .341/.439/.486 with an OPS of .925, slugging 8 doubles, 3 triples and 2 homeruns. He also stole 17 bases, and despite his aggressive approach to the game, he still had 19 walks to 18 strike outs. At Canada Cup, Camacho Soto is a large reason for the teams bronze medal finish, going 8-20, with 4 doubles, a triple, and 5 RBI, scored 6 runs and had an OPS of 1.220 while stealing 3 bases. At the BC Selects camp, Camacho Soto ran a 6.7 60-yard dash. Camacho Soto has been relatively under the radar up until now, but with stellar play over the last calendar year, he has emerged as one of the province’s best athletes and will continue to improve. This grade 12 year could be extremely exciting for this uncommitted impact gamer, and will be a huge pick up for any college program.

Giordano Mezzomo- LHP/1B/OF - 6’0” 185 lbs - L/L - Coquitlam Reds
Report: Mezzomo is a power bat and potential future power arm. When hitting his hips move actively but tends to pull off the ball creating top-spin rollovers to the right side of the infield. When he squares up it comes off well, which is illustrated by his league leading total of 7 homeruns in 130 at bats for the Reds this past PBL season. On the mound he can get it up to 85 mph with arm side run, and although did not boast the best ERA of 5.62 in the 2019 PBL season, he still struck out 54 batters in 34.2 IP. Control appears to be Mezzomo’s weakness as of right now, as he walked 23 over the season, and allowed 38 hits resulting in a WHIP of 1.79. If he can throw more strikes, in line with his high strike out numbers he has a high ceiling on the mound, although perhaps higher at the plate as of right now. Offensively last summer, as previously stated, Mezzomo led the league with 7 HR, and was among the best in his slash line of .292/.401/.538/ with an OPS of .939. He had 9 2B, 1 3B, and drove in 30 runs. As a typical power guy, he will strike out as he totaled 37 strike outs to 20 walks. Both on the mound and in the batters box, Mezzomo shows flashes of above average power, and with maturity and size could move into an impactful type player for any college team. Defensively, he had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage at first base and the outfield in 239 innings played, playing the majority at first base and right field. Mezzomo is currently the highest ranked position player left uncommitted.

Carlin Dick- OF/1B – L/L – 5’9” 190 lbs – Fraser Valley Cardinals/Vauxhall Academy Jets
Report: Dick is a stocky and strong athlete who can move well for his size. The Vauxhall/Fraser Valley product has a smooth and easy swing from the left side and can spray the ball to all fields with ease. Currently his gap-to-gap power shows well in his age group, and with time could generate more pop by using more lower half generation to get behind the baseball. Through limited at bats in the PBL this season, Dick went 15-35, with 4 doubles and 7 RBI. At Canada Cup, Dick got on base at a .406 clip, and went 6-25 with a double and triple. Although he has limited stats to show due to sharing time with Vauxhall, his 2018 numbers as a Grade 10 are worth noting, as he slashed .309/.404/.471 and had an OPS of .875 with 14 doubles and 2 homeruns. To compliment his stats, Dick possesses leadership intangibles and a great personality. He is an extremely coachable kid with a good attitude and is composed through struggles and success. Despite his stocky frame, he still moves well, and can steal bases through baseball IQ and good jumps. Dick flashes impact player qualities and will be a great fit for any college program.