Prep Baseball Report

Ontario Scout Blog - June 13/14

Cam Black-Araujo
Lead Scout, PBR Canada

Our staff has been all over the GTA again these past several days as we continue to lock in on players across the province ahead of our U.S. Invitational Events.

On Monday night we got a look at several big-time 2024 arms from Team Ontario and the Ontario Blue Jays and followed it up with the Toronto Blue Jays Academy Showcase Tryouts in Oakville. The event gave us a look at 130+ players including some intriguing underclass players. 

We provide some quick-hit style notes below on those who impressed.

2023 1B/RHP Alex Kean (Ontario Nationals) - Kean was the biggest winner on the day with the loudest round of BP and working up to 88mph on the mound. The left-handed hitter has size at 6-foot-4, 220-pounds and put several balls out to the pullside, working middle to pull. Really impressive showing from the uncommitted two-way out of the Ontario Nationals program who leads the CPBL 17U in HRs.

2025 C Benji Kautto (Ontario Blue Jays) - Kautto jumped out to our staff several weeks ago with his catching and left-handed swing. 5-foot-11, 175-pounds with a level swing that works gap-to-gap. Still very young with plenty of room for development. Early on, Kautto looks to be one of the better 2025 catchers in Ontario.

2023 C Joshren Magnaye (Toronto Cubs) - Magnaye was another catcher to standout on Tuesday and may have been the best of the bunch. It’s the catching skills and overall look that jump out first, with a quick catch-and-throw leading to consistent 1.90 pop-times. 5-foot-10, 175-pound switch-hitter with bat speed, especially from the left side. Good overall showing from Magnaye who we look forward to seeing in-game.

2024 RHP Owen Slater (Team Ontario) - We got our first league play look at Slater on Monday night and worked five innings against OBJ White, flashing a three-pitch mix. The fastball sat 82-84 and induced the most swing/miss with the armside run. His best secondary pitch was the changeup at 75-77 and there wasn’t any hard contact in the outing. Our staff continues to like what we see from Slater and the velocity jump will be what takes him to the next level.

2024 RHP Makaio Cisneros (Ontario Blue Jays) - We’ve seen plenty of Cisneros so far this year and he’s impressed each time, so there’s not much more we can write here. Sat comfortably 85-87 with the FB along with several 88s. Cisneros continues to dominate against his own age and show well against older competition. One of the headliners of OBJ’s loaded 16U program.

2024 SS Evan Arnold (Thunderwolves) - Arnold’s footwork, actions and overall look at shortstop continue to impress most. 5-foot-10 left-handed hitter with room to fill out. Added strength will be huge for both sides of his game but Arnold continues to show he’s one of the better infielders in Ontario’s 2024 class.

2024 RHP Matthew Brown (Ontario Blue Jays) - Brown possesses an electric arm and has quickly gone from an unfamiliar name to one of the most sought after starts in the province. His best bullet on the night was 89mph and was eventually 85-87, but there’s not many knocks on the mound for Brown right now. Looks the part when he steps on the mound at 6-foot-5, 185-pounds. One of the top uncommitted 2024s in the country.

2025 OF John Hughes (Ontario Blue Jays) - Hughes is another OBJ product who stands out every time we see him and all his tools are above average for his age. Lean/athletic frame, can stick in CF and there’s bat speed from the right side. 5-foot-10, 170-pounds and he looks to do damage at the plate. Well-rounded game from Hughes whose name should be a mainstay over the next several years.

2025 C Anderson Fenwick (HPP Tigers) - Fenwick was another young catcher to jump out on Tuesday with a well-rounded game and left-handed swing. 5-foot-9, 175-pounds prospect from the HPP Tigers who was hitting balls hard to all fields and stood out at the dish among the catching group.

2024 OF Jorge Valdes (Ontario Blue Jays) - Valdez comes with an exciting toolset and a frame that has plenty of room to add strength without hindering his speed. 5-foot-10, 160-pound outfielder who’s a quality defender with a left-handed bat that shows up in-game and consistently hits the ball hard. A 2024 for college coaches to keep tabs on as the summer continues to roll on.


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