Prep Baseball Report

2023 Ray Carter Cup: Quick Hits

Cam Black-Araujo
Assistant Director, PBR Canada

Our staff was on-hand this past week in Laval, Quebec for the annual 15U National Championship, Ray Carter Cup, featured some of the tops 2026 and 2027 prospects in the country. British Columbia ultimately took home the championship, defeating Quebec in the final by a score of 7-2, while Host Quebec took home the bronze by defeating Alberta 12-2.

We had several players on our radar heading into the tournament who have already made a name for themselves, but we had several others who really jumped out in their first showing in front of our staff.

With these 2026 and 2027 prospects still on the scene for years to come, below we'll break down 13 names you need to know who put together good showings across the four days in Quebec.

‘26 SS/RHP Noah McIntosh (Nova Scotia): McIntosh was one of the top overall players at the tournament and propelled Nova Scotia to a record of 3-2 in pool play, followed by an appearance in the quarter-finals. Projection at 6-foot-1, 160-pounds and the right-handed hitter flashed some power with a no-doubt HR to dead CF against Manitoba. In that same game, he dominated on the mound with a complete game shutout on eight strikeouts and just one walk. High upside 2026 to keep tabs on in the Atlantic.

‘26 RHP/INF Lucas St-Laurent (Quebec): St-Laurent was arguably the most high-powered arm to take the mound in Laval and got the ball in the opener against Ontario working 3.1 innings allowing 3 hits, 1 run on 6 strikeouts and 2 walks. Fastball sat 84-86mph and was missing barrels with it, coupled with a breaking ball he was able to land for strikes at 70-71mph and also flashed a changeup. The left-handed bat has also developed well and St-Laurent was a main producer to the Quebec offense. 

‘26 C/INF Cole Adamson (Manitoba): ‘26 C/INF Cole Adamson was a standout catcher in a tournament that was loaded with talent at the position. Soft hands behind the dish and receives the ball with a quick transfer and accurate throws. The right-handed hitter swung the bat well throughout the week, going 6-for-19 with two extra-base hits and struck out just three times in 21 plate appearances.

‘26 RHP/C Desi Tregaskis (British Columbia): Tregaskis was another standout arm on British Columbia as he racked up the punchouts in his start against Host Quebec. Was just one out shy of a complete-game shutout, working 6.2 innings on four hits, no runs, no walks and 13 strikeouts. Tregaskis dominated with a fastball/curveball combination, pounding the zone with both and generating in-zone misses. An arm in British Columbia’s 2026 class who should get to see plenty more of these next couple summers.

‘27 C/RHP Taye Thierman (Alberta): Thierman had one of the more mature overall games at the tournament and was one of the main attractions following a breakout 2023 campaign that saw him impress at the Jr. Future Games in Georgia. Mature for his age at 6-foot-2, 180-pounds and a smooth left-handed swing that sees the ball jump off his bat with ease. Came through with one of the biggest swings in the tournament, launching a no-doubt HR into the RF corner. Continues to be one of the top players, both offensively and defensively, everytime he takes the field with players his age.

‘26 OF/RHP Maxime Blain (Host Quebec)Blain was one of Host Quebec’s most productive players, both on the mound and at the dish. Lengthy frame with strength to come and the right-hander sat 75-77mph in his start against Ontario, working six innings allowing no runs on four hits, four walks and struck out eight en route to the victory. Upside as a left-handed hitter, as well, with projection and although there was some swing/miss, he went 8-for-19 in the tournament with a four-hit performance in the bronze medal game.

‘26 OF/LHP Mathis Duranleau (Host Quebec): Duranleau immediately caught our staff’s eyes with his sheer size, physicality and broad shoulders. Right-handed hitting outfielder with present strength and power, picking up two triples and a double while batting 7-for-20 on the week. Seemed everytime he was at the dish in a big moment, he came through whether it was a base hit, sac fly or moving a runner over. The offensive profile alone has our staff eager to get another look at Duranleau. 

‘26 RHP/3B Dylan De Meyer (British Columbia): De Meyer was the most dominant arm at the tournament and physically stood out on the mound at 6-foot-2, 185-pounds. Went 4.2 no-hit innings in his first start with nine strikeouts and just one walk, and followed it up with 5.2 one-hit innings on eight strikeouts and one walk. Was also one of the team's main producers offensively as he went 5-for-14 with three extra-base hits. A highly intriguing talent on the West Coast who should draw plenty of attention going forward.

‘26 1B/OF Victor Lefebvre (Quebec): Lefebvre catches your in the box as a 6-foot, 180-pound left-handed hitter. Was an absolute force at the dish for Quebec flashing the ability to hit for power and for average. Lefebvre went 12-for-20 on the week with a homerun and two doubles while only striking out once. Potentially the top offensive player in the entire tournament and our staff will get another look as he attends the Montreal Open ID in just a couple weeks. Great first look for Lefebvre and is a 2026 to watch in Quebec.

‘27 1B Jalen Kubin-Jacob (Ontario): Kubin-Jacob was one of the top performing underclassmen in the tournament and will be a name in Ontario’s 2027 class you should hear plenty of going forward. Big and strong left-handed hitter who swings with intent and consistently looks to do damage. Went just 2-for-9 but made plenty of hard contact and both hits went for extra-bases. Played the tournament as an underage player and wasn’t out of place physically or talent wise.

‘26 3B/RHP Matthew Perez Scott (Ontario): Perez Scott was a bat that caught our attention with the ability to hit to all fields. The right-handed hitter moves well around the bases and two of his three hits went for triples. Quiet setup with length through the zone and gap-to-gap approach right now. One of the more advanced hitters in Ontario’s lineup.

‘26 RHP/SS Gus Reid (Ontario): Reid really exploded onto the scene at the Ray Carter Cup with a strong-two way game. Worked 3.1 innings against a strong Quebec lineup and pounded the zone with all his pitches, allowing just one run on six hits, no walks and picked up five strikeouts with a fastball up to 84mph. The right-handed hitter picked up three hits and three walks on the week with plenty of hard contact. The arm stands out for his age and will be one to keep an eye out for next week when our 2026 rankings are updated.

‘25 RHP/INF Luke Druken (Newfoundland): Druken has drawn attention on the mound over the past two summers but was equally as productive at the dish throughout the tournament. The right-hander worked 6.2 innings over two outings and allowed just two runs, four hits, walked six and punched out 12. The left-handed bat has definitely made strides and he went 5-for-12 with a pair of doubles and a HR, along with a pair of multi-hit games. Has impressed in a Newfoundland uniform at the national level multiple times now and will remain on the scene for a couple more summers.