PBR Ontario's Top Stories For 2014: Release Of The Class Of 2015 Rankings, The Fight For Top Spot



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By Chris Kemlo and Dylan Hefflinger
PBR Ontario Director of Scouting and Ontario Editor in Chief

Top 12 Stories for The Year 2014


Although PBR Ontario started up just three months ago Chris Kemlo, PBR Ontario Director of Scouting, looks back at the year in review and put together a list of the top stories for 2014.

To start off the list, Chris chose a long running piece that has provided players and parents with valuable knowledge when it comes to recruiting.

To follow that up we looked at "The Recruiting Trail" which updates where all the prospects across the province have been visiting, who they are getting attention from, and who they have committed to.

Next up Chris chose to look two outstanding prospects who lead the 2017 class as the two top prospects in Canada. When watching them on the field, they could be called the "Hall and Davis Show"

After that we looked at how talented the 2016 catching class is as well as the Toronto Mets 17U winning the NABF World Series

Then we looked at how the Fieldhouse Pirates are leading the way when it comes to recruits, as well as the release of the Class of 2016 Rankings.

Now up is a piece on the 2015 rankings.

Each day we will reveal the next story on the list. A hint for the next story are the words "Top 100".

A rundown of the stories: Note: We will be conducting a Twitter contest to vote on the top 12 stories for 2014 once the 12 stories have been posted.

Release of the class of 2015 rankings, The Fight For Top Spot


When PBR Ontario first launched in early September, it was right when Tournament 12 was beginning and players from all over Canada, not just Ontario were trying to make themselves into a household name with college recruiters and scouts.

This event was a great opportunity to see the top talent in Ontario and judge them against one another. It also played a big role in helping us put together our top 25 ranking list for the 2015 class.

The big question that will carry on when addressing the 2015 class will be the debate over who is number one, Demi Orimoloye or Josh Naylor.

Both prospects have elite level talents, and each player will be faced with the decision on whether they want to continue on to college, or begin the process of trying to make it to the big leagues. Demi and Josh will both be with Team Canada frequently in 2015, facing top level competition and faced with the challenge of trying to lead Team Canada back to the Gold Medal Game at the 18u IBAF World Cup.

With the amount of important baseball that is played during these early months, it will be interesting to see how the rankings stay the course, and what players have made the necessary changes to their games to help them improve their stock.

With PBR events already scheduled for January and February, and teams heading south in March where PBR will be in attendance, this will allow ample opportunities to see as many prospects in Ontario, and to continue to add to the 2015 rankings.