2022 Organizational Spotlight: Canes Baseball Ohio

Bruce Hefflinger and Dylan Hefflinger
PBR Ohio Senior Writer and Editor in Chief/NW Scout

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The beginning of 2022 meant it was time for the Prep Baseball Report Scout Days to come into full action and that was the case once again this year.

Organizations throughout Ohio have been on display for nearly two months now as players not only hope to gain more exposure in their quest to be seen by college coaches, but also get a glimpse at their numbers to see what kind of progress has been made in the offseason.

Members of organizations in the state, from head coaches to director of player development, have been contacted and given the opportunity to provide a view of what stood out at their PBR Scout Days.

Over the next few weeks, PBR will publish a report on each of the Scout Days that have been submitted from organizations across Ohio.

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2022 Organizational Spotlight: Canes Baseball Ohio

Drew Hesketh talks with us about the organization.

1) How do you feel the showcase went?
Hesketh: I’m happy with the way the event turned out.

2) Who are some of the prospects that stood out to you and any performances worth mentioning?
Hesketh: IMO there were some other solid performances but these guys stood out to me.  

  • ‘23 OF Micah Giese, Unioto, 6.75 60 / 96 EV / 85 OF Velo 
  • ‘23 C Jace Hesketh, West Clermont, 1.81-1.88 pop / 79 Velo 
  • ‘23 SS Adam Buerger, Gahanna Lincoln, 6.87 60 / 93 EV / 80 inf velo 
  • ‘23 RHP Isaiah Leeth, Unioto, Top FB 87 / Top spin rate 2700
  • ‘24 OF Tyler Dalton, Mason, 6.76 60 / 95 EV

3) In looking at summer, touch on some highlights that are ahead and what you expect.
Hesketh: We have strong ’23 and ’24 groups. We’re young but building with coaches that have been in the travel ball circuit for over a decade. Our ’23 class will be the first ones we send off to the next level under the Canes and I feel confident the majority of the roster will play in college. We’ll look to revamp the teams next year as well as start to backfill the younger age groups. Our Midwest program has laid the blueprint on how to be successful. We will continue to search for like-minded coaches and obsessed players that strive to get better everyday on and off the field. Our goal is to get into a facility and continue to grow our program.

4) Are you registered for any PBR tournaments and, if so, which ones and what are your thoughts on them?
Hesketh: We are in a few PBR specific tournaments. To be honest, we’re involved in several that “partnered” with PBR. If PBR wasn’t involved, I don’t think we’d participate. Between both groups, we are in several Flames/PBR events. Us being “based” in Cincinnati, there aren’t many options for PBR only. Majority are northern Ohio. However, in the fall we run exclusively PBR-only events out of the Dayton and the Columbus areas. 

I feel PBR Ohio has stepped up a lot for these high school guys, especially in the last couple of years and it’s been a high priority of mine to have a great relationship with them. Our purpose is to help these athletes prepare and ultimately get an opportunity to play in college. We’re all about educating. This winter we brought in coaches/recruiting coordinators from every level of college baseball to help guide our parents and players with the process. I believe our relationship with PBR is vital to maximizing exposure for our players and we’ll continue to build on that relationship.

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