Breaking Down the Updated 2023 Rankings: The Arms

Cam Black-Araujo
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analyzing the 2023 arms

On Monday we released our updated 2023 rankings after a long summer following the class. The past year offered us the chance to see several of these arms down South at the Future Games and plenty more right here in Ontario. 

After breaking down the top ten players earlier this week, we're going to focus on five of the top arms outside of that range. This list includes a pair of Division I commits, Niagara and Missouri, as well as three intriguing uncommitted right-handers.

Matthew Marsh LHP / OF / Adam Scott, ON / 2023

Niagara Commit
Marsh immediately stood out on Jr. Future Games team this summer with a projectable arm from the left side. On the final day of the event, he sat 84-85 and topped out at 86. There's feel for the breaking ball and he consistently pounds the strike zone. There's a lot left in the tank for the 6-foot-3, 175-pound left-hander who's also proved the ability to swing it from the left side. 

Ryan (RJ) James RHP / SS / John A MacDonald, ON / 2023

Ryan James was with our Future Games team this summer and is an uncommitted prospect we expect to make a big leap in 2021. It's a lean frame at 6-foot, 180-pound with a fastball that sat in the low, to mid 80s this past year. He's always worked with a good breaking ball that keeps hitters off balance and he's been developing a changeup as well. One of the more intriguing uncommitted arms in the province.

Jacob Malinauskas LHP / Garth Webb, ON / 2023

Missouri Commit
Malinauskas threw a good bullpen in front of our staff right in February right before the pandemic hit and there was a lot of projectability in his game. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound left-hander's game has really grown since then and we last saw him 81-83 during the fall. The recent Missouri commit has feel for multiple pitches and can pound the strike zone with a repeatable delivery.

Jack Cohen RHP / Ecole secondaire catholique Renaissance, ON / 2023

The Toronto Mets right-hander has been an intriguing arm in this class for a few years now. Cohen, 6-foot-2, 185-pounds, has a quick arm that we've seen up to 85 mph and he works downhill. The athletic frame coupled with the arm make him an intriguing one to follow in this class going forward. 

Carson Tehan RHP / OF / Sandwich Secondary School, ON / 2023

We saw Tehan back in September and he did a good job of throwing strikes and mixing in his curveball that had proper rotation and shape at 70-72 mph. The fastball worked in the low 80’s and with his clean arm action and delivery, it's not hard to imagine his stuff taking a tick up here in the fall and really climbing early on in 2022.



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