Prep Baseball Report

First Annual Canadian College/University Focused Showcase

Cam Black-Araujo & PBR Staff
PBR Ontario

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First Annual Canadian Focused Showcase

Canadian post-secondary schools are getting their own showcase.

On February 10, Prep Baseball Report Ontario will host the first ever Canadian College & University Showcase, an event geared towards high schoolers who are pursuing the opportunity to play college baseball North of the border.

The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) is now up to six teams and the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) is up to ten. OCAA baseball has been around for six seasons, while the OUA opened play in the early 2000’s and both have continued to expand over the years allowing more opportunities for players to stay at home and pursue a collegiate baseball career.

As the loops continue to expand, the quality of play hasn’t been diluted. It’s not just the players in the league who have improved, but the college baseball programs have upped their game as well. Many of these programs are trying to create a culture similar to that of junior colleges and universities in the States.

Justin Ayles, known as Canadian Baseball Guru on Twitter, played at Brock University from 2010-2014 and has since immersed himself as an advocate for college baseball in Ontario. He says the biggest improvement he’s noticed is the strength in both leagues, top to bottom.

“The biggest difference maker is the depth of the league,” Ayles said. “Every team can throw out a lineup 1-9 that can hit. Another big difference I’ve noticed are the amount of pitchers throwing in the 85 range. Most teams have 2-3 arms that can really bring it.”

It's an exciting time across the country as the game continues to grow from the grassroots up, and especially here in Ontario. Next Sunday is another way that PBR Ontario looks to help grow the game and continue to provide opportunity to players to stay on the field and receive their post-secondary education.

Here are 5 uncommitted 2019 prospects to watch for next Sunday as Ontario coaches get their first look at the next wave of talent coming through the province.

Shaine O'Keefe RHP / OF / Bill Crothers, ON / 2019

Report: The 6-foot-4 right-hander out of the Stouffville Yankees has a long windup and pitches from the set. O’Keefe has plenty of deception, forcing swings and misses on balls in the zone. Working off a three-pitch mix, he has a chance to grow into a rotation arm as he gets bigger and stronger in a college environment.

Jesse Miskus OF / 3B / Sandwich , ON / 2019

Report: A versatile outfielder out of the Windsor Selects who can also play some third base, Miskus is athletic and has current strength standing at 6-feet, 185-pounds with a 60-time of 6.88. Sets up wide in the box and the power is present in his swing with an exit velocity of 92. Good mechanics in the outfield with a strong arm culminating in 84 MPH from the outfield.

Cole Cote C / SS / Notre Dame, ON / 2019

Report: The catcher from the Bullettproof Prospects has a big, strong frame at 6-foot-3, 195-pounds. He receives the ball well behind the dish and some improvements on his footwork could improve his pop-time that sits between 2.00-2.10. At the plate he starts his swing with a quick leg kick and shows the ability to hit to all fields and produced an exit velocity of 86 at his last event with us. There is tools and upside that come with Cote, and will be one of the top seniors at the event.

Garret Jukes 2B / 3B / Fenelon Falls, ON / 2019

Report: A tall infielder who can play second and third, Jukes still has room to add strength to is 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame. Takes his swings from the right side, drops his barrel a little as he gets into his swing but still has a knack for barrelling up the ball to the pull side. Defensively, he fields the ball well and has shown some good range, but a little more explosiveness to his game can take him to another level. 

George Cuthbert C / 1B / Richview , ON / 2019

Report: Etobicoke Rangers catcher George Cuthbert is one of the top uncommitted catchers left in the 2019 class. At a premium position, Cuthbert, a former PBR Future Games participant, might be the top defensive catcher at the event with a sub-2.00 POP time, with the ability to command a staff and control the running game. At the plate he bats from the left side, and while he can be conservative at times, the physicality and strength that he possesses allows for there to be some juice in his bat when he lets it eat