Senior Games Notes - Canadian Arms

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This year, given restrictions and just how tough it is to get across the border, the first ever Northeast Senior Games had Canada in the mix but unfortunately, it was only a handful of Canadians on the roster. 

That said, the talent and performances of our 6 Ontario players who made the trip and did not disappoint. 

3 Games along with a showcase day at two beautiful turf fields in Dubois, Pennsylvania in Stern Field and Showers Field gave us a solid 3 day event that saw upwards of 40 college coaches in attendance. We break down the three arms that represented the great white north with notes and video on each player's performance. 


Zakery Szabo RHP / 3B / Sinclair, ON / 2022

Report: Maybe the best performance of the event, Szabo punched out 8 of 9 hitters in his 3ip. against New Jersey and was in complete control from pitch one, working mainly with a fastball/slider combo. The fastball sat 90-91 for the three innings and had feel in the zone as he worked to both sides of the plate and elevating for swings and misses. The slider was 75-78 mph and he threw for both strikes early in the count and then was able to use as a putout pitch when ahead in the count. The slider had more 10/4 shape and his best ones were when he stayed on it and back-footed a couple lefties. The body has present muscle and can still get more size as he stand 6-foot-3. One of the top uncommitted 2022 arms in Canada. 

Jonah Tong RHP / OF / Bill Crothers , ON / 2022

Report: Tong was the first to get on the mound against New York and the 22’ grad came out with three pitches for strikes and a curveball that left hitters uncomfortable and buckled. Tong works from a h-¾ slot with a short arm action and cross-fire delivery. When he is synced up, there is angle’s and depth to his pitches making him a very uncomfortable at-bat. He was 88-90 for his first 3 innings and the curveball had depth with 12/6 shape at 76-78. Tong did show a feel for a changeup and was able to utilize that as a pitch that is useful now and can turn into a very important piece to keep him in the rotation. The arm is quick and Tong will continue to develop and fill out as he matures. There is obvious tools and weapons with him and the 2022 grad is someone who can be a nice late pickup who has a high ceiling as he moves into the college ranks next fall. Lots to like here with Tong. 

Parker Burgess RHP / 1B / St. Peters Catholic, ON / 2022

Report: Burgess is a big strong RHP that was recently named to the Junior National Team roster and this was his 1st appearance south of the border in almost two years. Big 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame that will only carry more size didn’t have his best stuff on this day as the fastball common was scattered and he wasn’t able to land his curveball, but the compete was never turned off and you can see why Burgess is a well known name in the college recruiting committee. The arm works and history suggests he is going to spin the baseball. The fastball was up to 89 and although he did throw a lot of pitches in his 3 inning stint, he kept attacking, kept his composure, and showed that on days without his best stuff, he’ll still go to war for you. We will be able to see his next appearance as it will have Canada across his chest as he participates in the JNT camp in Ajax.