15u Nationals Ray Carter Cup - Six Prospects To Watch

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15u Nationals Ray Carter Cup - Six Prospects To Watch

Our staff breaks down 6 prospects that stood out during the 15u Nationals in Oshawa near the end of August. 5 players from the 2022 class, one from the 2023 class and three different provinces represented.

With time on their side, these young prospects have tools and the foundation to be intriguing follows moving to the end of the year and into 2020 season.

Carson Hindmarsh LHP / OF / NA, SK / 2022

Report: Hindmarsh, a long, lanky, 6-foot-3 left-handed arm for Saskatchewan, impressed in a short outing on Day 3 to close out a win. He works from a high ¾ arm slot with short arm action, creating some deception, and landing in-line. There is some intent to his delivery and a slight head wack. He worked 80-82 mph in his appearance and controlled the ball while he has been up to 84 mph this summer. He flashed a slider with two-plane break that with added velocity could be a swing and miss pitch at the next level. He’s a young arm with makings and will be an interesting follow going forward.

Conor Geekie OF / NA, AB / 2022

Report: An infielder/outfielder for Manitoba, Geekie stood out in multiple showings. It’s an athletic, 6-foot-3, 192-pound, long-levered projectable frame. A left-handed hitter, he displays a short line-drive swing with an all-fields approach. Minimal hand loud and leg kick, quick to the zone, controlled body movements, still head; displays pitch recognition and bat-to-ball ability. Drove a pitch into the left-centre gap, circling the bases with fluid strides with little effort. Spent a large portion of time in centre field, displays natural arm speed and carry on throws. As he continues to add strength, his arm will be one of his stronger tools. Moves comfortably in the outfield, first-step quickness and route efficiency will improve with reps. Well-rounded player with athleticism and projectability to develop into one of the stronger players in his class. 

Jack Pineau RHP / OF / Hammarskjold HS, ON / 2022

Report: Pineau, a right-hander from Thunder Bay, was a solid on the mound for Oshawa Friday night. It’s an athletic delivery with downhill plane from a high ¾ arm slot. There’s arm speed with good rotation, allowing for him to hover right around the 80-81 mph mark. He flashed an 11/5 shaped breaking ball with big break, he has feel and comfort throwing the pitch, and it will be a useful pitch for him down the road. He’s a projectable arm with upside who will be followed closely within a couple years.

Ryan James RHP / SS / NA, ON / 2023

Report: James, a right-hander for Ontario (Whitby), started the Saturday afternoon affair and was solid through three innings. The 2023 grad worked 75-78 mph, his arm works quick, making good use out of his body on the mound as well. He flashed a few curveballs with ideal shape and depth in the pen, but did not translate the pitch to the game. He hasn't matured physically and has tons of room to continue to grow and add strength. He's someone to make note of and dream on who's only heading into his freshman year of high school.

Nick king 3B / RHP / Sinclair High School, ON / 2022

Report: King, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound imposing right-hander came out of the pen and dealt over a couple of innings. He works from a high 3/4 arm slot with a crossfire delivery using his size to his advantage. He gets out front with an easy release, working 79-81 mph, touching 84 mph. He has room to unlock more velocity with improved athleticism over the next couple of years. He's another arm who showed well for the Ontario Champions.

Carson Lumley RHP / SS / Mother Teresa, ON / 2022

Report: Lumley is a 2022 right-hander who’s really jumped onto the scene this summer and was handed the start for the second straight year in the Ray Carter Cup final. The 6-foot-3, 170-pounder from Ontario had his fastball working in the 82-84 range and it was easy to spot the athleticism on the mound. Has the body you like to see from a young pitcher and there’s room to add strength over the next few years without taking away the athleticism. Looked to have more feel for his curveball compared to earlier outings but still has some refining to do before it becomes a true weapon. With the shorter pitching distance he relied more on the fastball and despite not seeing a ton of swing and miss, there wasn’t much barreled contact either. Lumley still looks to be one of the more projectable arms in province from the class of 2022.