The Ontario Big Board: Top Uncommitted Class of 2016 Catchers


By Chris Kemlo
PBR Ontario Director of Scouting

The catching class of 2016 litters the province with a handful of promising catchers with plenty of tools. Size, power, receiving, blocking, arm strength; this group has showcased it all.

We take a quick look at the uncommitted 2016 class of catchers from Ontario and highlight some of their best attributes.

Top Uncommitted 2016 Catchers

Andy Yerzy, Toronto Mets

Big strong frame at 6-foot-3, 203-pounds, the left-handed hitting catcher has big upside at the plate. Projects as a power-hitting catcher with size and strength. Receives well with proper mechanics behind the dish. Arm strength is there, 2.00 pop time.

Luke Van Rycheghem, Ontario Blue Jays

Moves well and shows athleticism to go along with his 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame. Hits from the left-side with hard contact and a chance to be a power guy. Generates bat speed through the zone. Good catch and release, arm has plenty of carry through the bag. Very interesting guy with a lot to like.

Zach Fascia, Brampton Royals

Defensively, could be considered top catcher in Ontario. Shows a quick transfer with good actions. Feet work well and are agile. Arm strength is more than enough, ball jumps out hand and is around the bag with on-line carry. Sub 2.00 pop time. Hits from the left-side with hands in a good position to hit. Has idea on what to do at the plate, tough out who will continue to get better with minor adjustments and added strength.

Max Wright, Great Lake Canadians

Strong, well proportioned, left-handed hitter with an easy, fluid stroke at the plate. Good bat path through the zone, makes lots of solid contact. Has ability and power to leave the park, understands situations and carries that into his approach. Behind the dish hands work well. Feet and transfer are clean with some quickness incorporated. Popped a 1.95 on T12 scout day. Arm action works, strength continuing to improve.

Ty Barclay, Great Lake Canadians

Might have the highest baseball I.Q. on this list. Knows how to handle a staff and goes about his business the right way. Technique is very polished, proper actions receiving and throwing, blocks well. Was 2.10 on T12 scout day, more in the tank. Hits from the right side with proper mechanics and a balanced stance. Baseball rat who plays hard and competes. At 5-foot-9, 155-pounds, biggest component is added strength to take his game to next level. Leadership qualities are evident. Potential is there to be a top catcher once he physically matures.

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