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Ontario Insider: Updated Class of 2016 Player Rankings (March)

By Chris Kemlo and PBR Staff
Ontario Scouting Director

Ontario Insider: Updated Class of 2016 Player Rankings (March)

With the winter season behind us and spring baseball just around the corner, we turn our attention to the latest updates for Ontario’s Class of 2016 rankings. During the course of the winter, we have been evaluating players from around the great province of Ontario.

Below we take a look at "What's New At The Top", "The Risers", "The Newcomers" as well as the top uncommitted prospects.

To view the entire list of 100 prospects please click here.

Also visit our scout blog, which includes velocity, pop times and in-depth scouting reports. The blog will be updated throughout the entire spring, with information on top prospects and top performances, click here.

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What's New At The Top

Austin ShieldsThe three biggest moves inside the top 20 were right-hander Austin Shields (St. Mary’s Catholic, pictured right), left-hander DJ Depiero (Stratford Northwestern SS), and another lefty in Matt Jones (Sinclair HS).

Shields, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound prospect got himself in noticeable better shape over the winter, and came out with a statement in his most recent bullpen sitting 92-94 mph touching 95.

Jones is another player who has changed his body, this time adding weight to his already projectable 6-foot-4 frame and now weighs in at 191-pounds. The lefty displays a quick arm and ran his fastball up to 90 mph, sitting 86-89 mph.

Depiero made a huge jump into the top 15, as he had been tucked away in Thunder Bay up until last winter. He showed well at the Preseason Showcase in Kitchener, running his fastball up to 87 mph with a loose and quick arm from the left side.


Along with Jones and Depiero, many of players made jumps in the rankings. Typically, this is the time players begin to show results from hard work in the off-season and additional maturation to their bodies and game.

Right-hander Noah Skirrow moved up to 17th in the rankings. The 6-foot-3 prospect is in better shape and threw up a bunch of 89 mph on his last bullpen, not dropping below 86 mph.

Ryan GibersonOther big jump is 6-foot-4 right-hander and West Virginia Wesleyan commit Ryan Giberson (pictured right). He was mid-80s with his fastball while possessing one of the best breaking balls we have seen all winter.

Ari Sechopoulos has moved into the top 30. He has made some minor adjustments to his swing, looks to be in good shape and the power from the left side at 6-foot-3, 200-pounds plays well for the first baseman.


With many new players no on our radar, we have expanded the 2016 rankings to top 100 for the time being with us tackling on more spots as we sit fitting. Here are some of the noticeable newcomers:

Shortstop Carson Burns is an athletic 6-foot-2 prospect with great infield actions and a swing that shows promise from the left side of the plate.

Recently just popping up on the radar is right-hander Darren Dwyer who is listed at 6-foot-1, 193-pounds. He was 86-87 mph with good feel for a breaking ball that showed downward action. He has been the sleeper of the winter so far for the 2016 class.

6-foot-1, 180-pound outfielder/pitcher Andy Leader showed us his athleticism and tools at the College Preseason Showcase in January. His arm was quick and loose from the outfield with an 84 mph register on the gun. He performs well and should be on coaches radars.

Brent McGheeAnother two players from the Preseason Event were right-handed hitters Brent McGhee (pictured right) and Noah Wood-Jolivet. McGhee is a power bat that showed some bat speed and balance in the box. Jolivet was solid all around with his batting practice and infield reps, as well as a nice compliment on the mound.

Looking for left-handed pitching? Several players made their way into the rankings or notable jumps who warrant consideration for a follow this spring and summer. Keep an eye on: Jayson Wilbur (Holy Trinity Catholic), Dallas Taylor (White Oak S.S), Griffin Sanford (St.Ignatious Loyola), Michael Mommersteeg, Travis Keys (Oakridge S.S.), David Castillo (Lester B. Perarson), and Ben Braun (Georgetown District)


Dallas Taylor+ Top Right-Handed Arms: Noah Skirrow, Mateos Kekatos, Kyle Symington
+ Top Left-Handed Arms: Dallas Taylor (pictured right), Griffin Sanford, Michael Mommersteeg
+ Top Two-Way Prospects: Noah Wood-Jolivet, Chase Cornelisse
+ Top Catching Prospects: Mark Bernardi, Colton Fountain, Jacob O’Malley
+ Top Corner Infield Prospects: Ari Sechopoulos, Jesse Elliott, Cam Palmeter
+ Top Middle Infield Prospects: Owen Janen, Ethan Cummins, Carson Burns
+ Top Outfield Prospects: Marcus Johnston, Andy Leader
+ Sleeper Prospects: Keegan Warner (SS, good actions, will hit), Will D’acosta (2B, LHH, gamer), Jared Beens (3B, LHH, good looking swing), Ryan Mount (RHP, life in arm, mid-80s), Jacob O’Malley (C, good actions, projectable body), Ben Braun (LHP, strike thrower, competes well)

PBR Ontario Class of 2016 Top 100

Rank Name State School Class Pos Commitment
1 Andy Yerzy ON York Mills Collegiate 2016 C Notre Dame
2 Jordan Balazovic ON St. Martin's Collegiate SS 2016 RHP Auburn
3 Austin Shields ON St. Mary's Catholic Secondary School 2016 RHP University of British Columbia
4 Brad Aldred ON Anderson Collegiate 2016 3B British Columbia
5 Nick Howie ON Garth Webb Secondary 2016 OF Eastern Kentucky
6 Luke Turino ON Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute 2016 2B Cincinnati
7 Elliott Curtis ON St. David CSS 2016 SS Middle Tennessee State
8 Max Wright ON Lawrence Park Collegiate Insitute 2016 C Indiana State
9 Sam Turcotte ON Don Mills Collegiate Institute 2016 RHP Stony Brook University
10 Matt Jones ON Sinclair HS 2016 LHP Montevallo University

***** To view the entire top 100, please click here.