In the Weeds: Ontario Pt. 2



By Shooter Hunt

National Crosschecker


In a new segment at the state level called, In the Weeds, PBR National Crosschecker, Shooter Hunt, takes a look at uncommitted players regardless of class whose skills and intangibles sometimes get missed in a showcase setting, but whose value to a good team at the next level is immeasurable. Some of the players included in this segment are under the radar, others have been overlooked, and some are late bloomers and fast-rising. Whatever the reason, our boots-on-the-ground scouting staff has identified many uncommitted prospects who can thrive with the right fit at some collegiate level. This week, In the Weeds, takes a look at some intriguing prospects out of Canada (Ontario). Our neighbor to the north continues to produce high-level talent that gets taken in the top rounds of the draft. Those players immediately catch the eyes of professional scouts which allows them to be seen over and over again. However, because they play in a different country, as well as a colder climate, many collegiate scouts find it difficult to get enough looks at the other players in the Canada. This series of In the Weeds aims to present a glimpse at some of the promising players in the 2018 class.


 

 

 

Ryan Capuano RHP / 3B / Birchmont Park , ON / 2018

Capuano has impressive arm strength which was on full display in a recent bullpen session as he sat 87-89 with his fastball. Standing a sturdy and athletic, 6-foot, 190-pounds the right-hander maintains a linear path down the mound while utilizing a long stride and quick arm to allow the ball to jump at the plate from a high ¾ slot. Capuano’s longish arm swing gives way to quick hand speed out front as he floods the zone with strikes, and is competitive in games. Currently, Capuano’s secondary offerings including a curveball (75-76) and changeup (77-78)  are only average, but he shows feel for them in the strike zone, and they have a chance to develop more in the future. Overall, Capuano is an intriguing prospect because of his strong right arm, and ability to pound the strike zone. As his secondary pitches continue developing, he has a chance to become an arm that schools will value on their pitching staffs.

 

 

 


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