Prep Baseball Report

Under Armour Classic Preview: Toronto Mets

By George Halim
PBR Ontario Assistant Scouting Director

Established in 2004, the Toronto Mets have become one of Canada’s premier amateur baseball programs. With players past and present, the Mets have become a household name when it comes to producing talent. In this year’s June Draft, 18U Mets catcher Andy Yerzy will be one of the top high schoolers taken off the board, with the possibility of other Mets to go as well.

On June 17-19, the Mets 16U team will travel to Bradenton, Fla., to participate in the inaugural Under Armour Classic, powered by the Prep Baseball Report. The event will take place at IMG Academy and will look to have a solid group of underclass prospects.

The Arms:

Landon Leach: The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder sits regularly 89-91 and has run it up to 92 mph a handful of times this spring. He mixes in a low 80’s slider with an improving changeup. Will draw lots of attention. Leach is also a member of the Canadian Junior National Team.

Thomas Murphy: Pitcher’s frame at 6-foot-2, 188-pounds. Has worked in the mid 80’s with his fastball topping out at 86 mph this spring. Strike thrower with command of all three pitches, curveball flashes potential with spin and 11/5 rotation.

Hayden Malenfant: 6-foot-2 frame that is yet to develop physically. Arm is loose and easy as he works 83-85 mph with the fastball. Throws breaking stuff and changeup at any time in the count, works quick and fills it up.

Adam Parker: Left-hander with clean arm and big ceiling. Works in the low 80’s while flashing a 1/7 shape curveball with good downward action and a changeup with arm side fade. The body and arm are projectable and he shows strong mound presence and idea of how to pitch.

Kyle Smyth: Tall and projectable right-hander, listed at 6-foot-6, 180-pounds. Repeats delivery well for size though still cleaning up his mechanics and looking to fine tune. Works in low to mid 80’s with a curveball that shows late, downward action. Creates great plane and angles with height and extension, more to come from the tall righty.

Position Players:

Dondrae Bremner: Smooth and athletic middle infielder listed at 6-foot-2, 170-pounds. Fluid actions in the infield, can make the play to left, right, or on the run. Member of Canadian Junior National Team. Hits from left-side, handsy type of hitter in the box who should breakout as he gains strength.

Denzel Clarke: Interesting outfielder who has made big strides over the winter. Son of former Olympic track athlete Donna Clarke. Athletic actions, moves well in the outfield, aggressive hitter at the plate, shows good hand eye and makes a lot of consistent solid contact.

Daniel Carinci: Athletic shortstop who is no stranger to making highlight reel plays defensively. Shows fantastic range with an above average arm from the six hole, was 85 mph at Top Prospect Games. Quick hands at the plate with bat speed, gap to gap power but mainly line drive hitter currently. Fun to watch.

Daniel Starrett: Strong defensive catcher with leadership qualities. Is typically around a 2.00 pop time and is usually always around the bag. Moves well behind the plate and controls the game. Left-handed bat that is still crude but has some tools to be a decent offensive player.

Leo Markotic: Strong and physical player who plays the game with a dirtbag approach. Listed at 5-foot-11, 180-pounds. Can play anywhere on the infield as well as the outfield. Generates bat speed through the hitting zone while showing ability to hit the long ball as well.

Dawson Walters: Big and strong right-handed hitter who does not get cheated at the plate. At 6-foot-3, 220-pounds, the first baseman shows pull side power with natural lift to his swing, easy pop from the right side.

The Mets will square off again the Ohio Elite, Louisiana Knights, and the Elite Squad from Florida in their round robin action.

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The inaugural Under Armour Classic, powered by the Prep Baseball Report, is set forJune 17-19 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. This premier 16U tournament will feature 12 high-end travel baseball organizations, with each team featuring loaded rosters of 2018 and 2019 prospects from across the country

The 12 teams involved in the Under Armour Classic are:
+ Elite Squad (Florida)
+ FTB (Florida)
+ Bubba Baseball (Pennsylvania/New Jersey/New York/Maryland)
+ Top Tier (Illinois)
+ Ohio Elite (Ohio)
+ Dulin Dodgers (Tennessee/Mississippi)
+ Toronto Mets (Canada)
+ GRB Rays (Wisconsin)
+ Louisiana Knights (Louisiana/Alabama/Mississippi)
+ Virginia Cardinals (Virginia)
+ North East Baseball (New England)
+ Georgia Titans (Georgia)

Unlike many tournaments that have you spending more time in the car driving field to field, all the high-level competition will be in one quad, with staggered starts, posted pitching rotations, complete roster packets, and all other amenities to make your recruiting that much easier. And, of course, it’s all free. If you have attended the Prep Baseball Report Future Games in the past, you can expect the same level competition and event execution. Pool-play games will begin on Friday, June 17, and the tournament will conclude around 2 pm Sunday.

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