Program Spotlight: Canes West - Las Vegas


Brett Harrison
Nevada Scouting Director

The PBR Scout Days have become our way of kicking the year off with an event where players throughout Nevada are provided an opportunity to update their PBR Player Profiles with the base level information retrieved at the event. From the PBR Scout Day, we are able to track players progess, highlight standout performances and begin the process of selecting the very best to represent Nevada at the 2022 Junior Future Games (2026/2027), the 2022 Future Games (2024/2025) or the 2022 West Coast Games (2023). Both high school programs and club organizations have an opportunity to provide their players with an exclusive Scout Day for players within their program. 

This year, we will be adding the use of our TrackMan System to provide each player with the most accurate and relevant information from both hitting and pitching standpoint. Along with the TrackMan, we have rebranded our Open Scout Days in both Northern and Southern Nevada as the Northern Nevada Preseason ID and the Southern Nevada Preseason ID. These new event will provide the same opportunity as the exclusive Scout Days hosted by the high schools and club programs, as they will play a vital role in the selection of Team Nevada for the Summer of 2022. 

With the Canes West - Las Vegas Scout Day set to take place tomorrow, we begin our coverage of the event with Program Spotlight feature, highlighting their recent transition from Bases Loaded Elite to Cane West - Las Vegas, their top uncommitted player as well as the upcoming Underclass players you will want to have on your radar.

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Canes west - Las Vegas SPOTLIGHT
Director and Head Coach, Craig Colletti

With the recent rebranding from Bases Loaded Elite to the nationally recognized Canes, what benefits have you seen from this transition?

The biggest thing that we have seen from the transition is the exposure it brings to our players. Big events and national tournaments have become much easier to get into with the Canes name. When you provide the opportunity for exposure and have big time events on your summer and fall schedules, it's much easier to get players to want to be apart of your organization.

What are the expectations for players within the Canes West Las Vegas Program?

1. Conduct themselves as responsible and respectful young men on and off the field.
2. Emphasizing the importance of school and grades. College recruiters want to see the ability to play ball on a competitive level and still maintain a good GPA.
3. Strive to be a little bit better at something everyday as a ballplayer and a person.

You have done an exceptional job of finding a high percentage of players within your program an opportunity at the next level. How do you continue to provide opportunities for your Canes players?

The biggest thing is communication. We have meetings with our players and parents about how to navigate the recruiting process. Sometimes they are hard conversations that players and parents don't want to hear but we are honest which is extremely important. We educate our players and families from the time they step into our organization about the process and how important things are. For example GPA’s, what they are posting on their different social media outlets, being a good teammate and person both on the field and in the community. Last thing we sit down and figure out the best fit for every player and family and then get a plan together and go attack it.

Who are the top players you have had come through your program?

These players were told they weren't good enough or were overlooked. We think everyone has a shot of playing college baseball if they work hard and put in the time. These are a few that showed everyone they had what it took to play at the next level!

  • JJ Neal - 2020
  • Ozzy Zawislak - 2021 
  • Garren Gledhill - 2021
  • Greg Theilen - 2021 
  • Xander Hernadez - 2021 
  • Jon Luke Hobdy - 2021
What players are currently committed within your program and to where?

  • Joey Randazzo - Cal Baptist University 
  • Erick McKendry - Minot State University 
  • Kyle Williamson - Yakima College
  • Alec Vincent - Williston State College

Who are the Top Uncommitted 2022 players within the Canes West - Last Vegas Program?
 

  • Kaiden Smaka - LHP/OF (Palo Verde HS)
  • Zachary Helein - OF (West Tech Career Academy) 
  • Trevor McKendry - RHP (Bishop Gorman HS) Matt Ziroli OF/1B (IMG)
  • Nicolo Guevara - RHP/1B (Faith Lutheran HS) Jackson Tanko UTL (Palo Verde HS)
  • Seth Barden - RHP (Bishop Gorman HS)

Who are the Top Uncommitted 2023 players within the Canes West - Last Vegas Program?
 

  • Tyler Tiedeman - MIF (Faith Lutheran HS)
  • Caden Richards - MIF (Faith Lutheran HS)
  • Benjamin Schroeder - RHP/3B (Faith Lutheran HS) 
  • Chase Duvall - OF (Cimarron Memorial HS) 
  • Theodore Chartier - C/3B (Legacy HS)
  • Austin Lynn - C (Shadow Ridge HS)
  • Brendon Doughty - RHP/OF (Sierra Vista HS)
  • Jaryn McLaughlin - RHP/3B (Cimarron Memorial HS)

What current Underclass players do you have coming up through your system that should be on school’s radars?

Class of 2024

  • Tyson Owens - UTL/C (Bonanza HS)
  • Chase Sorlie - RHP/MIF (Faith Lutheran HS)
  • Benjamin Lovering -  MIF/3B (Faith Lutheran HS)
  • Logan Ernst - 2024 C (Centennial HS)

Class of 2025

  • James Whitaker - RHP/OF (Bishop Gorman HS)
  • Tanner Johns - LHP/OF (Palo Verde HS)
  • Ace Hansen - RHP/ OF (Faith Lutheran HS) 
  • Jordan Watkins - RHP/MIF (Faith Lutheran HS) 
  • Riley Cornman - LHP/OF (Centennial HS)
  • Alex Garcia - C (Slam Academy)

Class of 2026

  • Lincoln Guillermo - MIF/RHP
  • Hunter Iverson - MIF/RHP
  • Lyndin Lee - MIF/RHP

Class of 2027

  • Kane Barber - LHP/OF
  • Colt Christman - LHP/OF

What age groups does your program provide opportunities for?

We currently have an 11u team and 13u-18u teams. Next year we will have a youth program which will be 9u-13u that will focus on development first. We will also have our high school programs Fall and Summer ranging from the 14u-18u age groups.

Do you have any upcoming tryouts that players looking for a program should know about?

We will be hosting our Summer High School Program Tryouts on December 11th at Bonanza High School from 9:00-12:00.

2023-2028 graduation years will be looked at with the goal of putting together a team in every graduation year starting end of May through August

ANY uncommitted 2022s that don't have anything yet and want some help please reach out and we will help in any way we can!

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UPCOMING EVENTS


SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
2021 PBR Scout Day: Canes Las Vegas NV 12/04 College of Southern Nevada
2021 PBR Scout Day: Mountain West NV 12/16 College of Southern Nevada
2022 PBR Scout Day: Coronado Cougars NV 01/26 Coronado High School
2022 PBR Scout Day: Arbor View NV 01/27 Arbor View High School
Southern Nevada Preseason ID NV 02/02 UNLV
Super 60 Pro Showcase NATIONAL 02/06 The MAX - McCook, Ill.
2022 PBR Scout Day: Foothill Falcons NV 02/08 Foothill High School
Northern Nevada Preseason ID NV 02/13 Carson High School
2022 PBR Scout Day: Carson Senators NV 02/14 Carson High School
2022 PBR Scout Day: Reno Huskies NV 02/15 Reno High School
2022 PBR Scout Day: Reed Raiders NV 02/16 Reed High School
2022 PBR Scout Day: Damonte Ranch NV 02/17 Damonte Ranch High School
2022 PBR Scout Day: Bishop Manogue NV 02/18 Bishop Manogue High School
Rising Stars of Southern Nevada (2026/2027) NV 04/10