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PBR Atlantic: Canada's Sweet 16 Uncommitted Spotlights - Part One

Patrick Westhaver and Kevin Richardson
PBR Atlantic Co-Directors of Scouting

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PBR Atlantic: Canada's Sweet 16 Uncommitted Spotlights - Part One

We would like to thank all who participated in PBR’s Atlantic Canada Showcase Tour. This was a great first opportunity for our Atlantic Canada prospects to be identified, and to take their first  step in investing in themselves and their futures. We knew the talent was there, and you delivered. In the coming weeks, we will be adding to the profiles for each of the players in attendance, including complete analysis and video. In the meantime, we are excited to share with you our Atlantic Canada’s Sweet 16 Uncommitted Spotlights.

This will be a two part article, and we are excited to bring our first 8 prospects to the forefront.

Noah Boutilier SS / 2B / Auburn Drive, NS / 2020

Report: This smooth fielding uncommitted 2020 infielder displays soft hands and is really clean with his transition from fielding to throwing. At 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds he continues to add strength to his game. He currently is sitting with a throwing velocity across the diamond of 78 mph, and there is plenty more in the tank as he continues to learn to reduce distance with his footwork and relies more on his lower half. At the plate, Boutilier provides a steady and consistent approach at the plate with a notable plan in the batter’s box. He has the ability to hit to all fields with an exit velocity of 86. Noah was a major contributor both offensively and defensively in delivering the National Championship to Nova Scotia in 2019. 

Duncan Picketts C / 1B / Kensington, PE / 2021

Report: This very athletic well rounded 2021 uncommitted catcher would be a great addition to any program. At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds he produces in all aspects on the field. He is a power hitting left-handed hitter that possesses solid pop from gap to gap with an exit velocity of 96. Behind the plate he is sturdy but mobile, and he is big but with an athletic frame to shut down running games with a pop-time range of 1.97-2.05 and a throwing velocity of 76 from the crouch. Despite the great size, Picketts is a force on the bases, with a sixty time of 7.05. Flat out he’s a multi-tooled catcher who can contribute with the glove, arm, bat and his legs. 

Breton Button-Sibley 1B / 3B / Glace Bay, NS / 2020

Report: Uncommitted 6-foot-4, 260-pound right handed slugging Sibley is a name you need to know. He was a staple as a middle of the order bat with the 2019 National Championship winning Nova Scotia team. At the plate, the bat is projectable, and contact is consistently loud as illustrated by an exit velocity of 91 mph. Although he has natural pull side power, he is a dangerous two strike hitter with opposite gap ability and a high contact rate. He’s mobile at first, and works well around the bag with good feel for balls in the dirt. His sixty time is 7.62 mph and is smart on the bases. He continues to cut mass and visibly has added bulk.

Garrett Culleton SS / OF / Westisle, PE / 2021

Report: A real compliment of size and speed this 2021 uncommitted player provides strong defensive versatility as both an infielder and outfielder. Culleton is a strong 5 foot-11 and 177-pounds Culleton flashed his speed with a sixty time of 7.12 in the 60-yard dash, and was very mechanically sound fielding from both positions. He produced consistent throwing velocities of 75 from the outfield and on the infield. He’s a left handed stick that generates well from the lower half with an exit velocity of 85. With minor mechanical adjustments over the winter, Culleton has the strength and tools to see big gains.

Kyle Hunt RHP / 3B / Charles P Allen, NS / 2021

Report: The most polished of the pitching crop, Hunt is known for pounding the strike zone. A member of the Nova Scotia team that captured the 17U National Championship in 2019, he is a true three pitch pitcher, who sat 78-80 mph, but is known to dial it up as high as 83 mph. Added size to his lower half has allowed for an uptick in velocity over the year, which compliments his high IQ mound presence. The curveball (65-69 mph) has good depth, and the change-up (72-73) showed late sink. The mechanics are visible at the plate, with generated lower half pop of 80 mph exit velocity. Add on a sixty time of 7.28, and 78 mph across the diamond there are lots of tools to work with.

Nick St Pierre SS / Riverview High School, NB / 2021

Report: A versatile middle infielder who showed slick hands that projects up the middle. The glove plays as steady and reliable. At 6-foot-1 the frame is there to fill out. Velocity across the diamond was 74 mph to go along with an efficient 7.47 sixty run time. He has a compact swing that explodes through the zone which produced an exit velocity of 82. The front half is firm during the swing with the opportunity to generate more power from increased back leg engagement. Solid contact hitter with ability to spray to all fields as a result of solid hand eye coordination.

Tanner MacLean LHP / 1B / King's-Edgehill, NS / 2021

Report: A lanky 6-foot-2 left handed pitcher who has potential to grow into his 185-pound frame. Maclean relies on sharp late movement with all three of his pitches. The fastball plays at 77-78mph with late arm side run. He spots up with both his tight spinning curveball at 62-65mph, and his late life sink on the change-up (67-68 mph), which keeps both lefties and righties honest at the plate. He showed good feel around the bag at first base, and displayed quick hands that helped to generate nice torque in his swing. Exit velocity was 78 mph with upside potential by adding strength.

Ryan Trenholm OF / RHP / Charles P Allen, NS / 2021

Report: An uncommitted 2021 speedy outfielder who flashed an impressive sixty time of 7.25. Trenholm uses a combination of his speed and quick reaction time to track down balls in the outfield with high efficiency route running. He has a smooth approach, good footwork, maximizes his legs and displays an accurate arm. Mechanically the lower half is where it needs to be, with the opportunity for greater gains getting the ball out of the glove with refinement of his hands. He attacks hitters on the bump with a fastball (73-74 mph), curveball (66-67), and changeup (67-68) and can be relied upon to fill up the zone and eat up innings. His swing is balanced with good mechanics and projects as a true contact guy.