OF Clayton Keyes
Hometown: Calgary, Alta.
Ht: 5’ 11”, Wt: 218lbs
Team: Okotoks Dawgs/Diamondbacks Scout Team/Canadian Jr National Team/C-Washington State/C-Central Arizona.
Previous teams: DBacks Langley Blaze, Kansas City Royals Scout Team,
Coaches: Allen Cox, Val Helldobler, Jeff Duda and Greg Hamilton.
2016 season _ Dominican summer trip: RBI single against MLB Prospects ... Homered against Dodgers ... Two hits and stole a base facing the Mets ,,, Tripled against the Mariners ... Knocked in a run against the Tigers ... Stolen base against Phillies ... Singled, stole a bases against the Jays ... Knocked in only run against Yankees ... Singled against Twins ... Invitied to a June 1 private workout by the Mariners at Safeco Field ... Extended spring trip: Three-run homer over batter’s eye at Bobby Mattick Training Center facing Jays RHP Gunnar Eastman, 24, who pitched for the rookie-class Gulf Coast Jays last year going 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 14 games as he walked 20 and struck out 15 in 25 innings ... Singled against Tigers ... Only had the two hits, but the drive over batter’s eye was most impressive ... In Arizona: Opposite-field homer against the Arizona Diamondbacks minor leaguers on a 95 MPH fastball .... In Florida: tripled against Puerto Rico ... RBI double vs. Philadelphia Phillies minor leaguers ... At Okotoks camp ... “Some say that there is not a lot of room for projection, I mean ‘what you see is what you get’ but I like what I see, a lot. Only thing I worry about is the bat. He’s strong as a bull.”
Perfect Game USA Scouting Report: 281. Clayton Keyes, of, St. Mary’s Secondary School
R-R, 6-1/210, Calgery, Alberta
College Commitment: Washington State
Keyes is the best athlete among a group of Canadian prospects in this year’s class that is unlikely to match the parade of top picks that the 2015 class from Canada produced. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Keyes, whose mother immigrated to Canada from Nigeria as a talented track athlete, has an interesting combination of 6.7 speed in the 60-yard dash and a strong righthanded swing that produces lots of raw bat speed and power potential.
Baseball America Scouting Report: Keyes is 17 and could attend a 13th year of school in Canada, or Central Arizona JC, or join the rebuilding program at Washington State. His youth and present strength make him an attractive pro prospect, as he runs well for a 5-foot-11, 210-pounder. The average runner and righthanded hitter plays center field for Canada’s junior-national team and has shown power potential, even to the opposite field, and some bat speed. He’s raw offensively and swings-and-misses a lot against quality pitching.
2015 season: Doubled and knocked in three runs as Langley beat PG Navy Select 9-1 at Jupiter in World Woood Bat ... 3-for-9 at Area Codes Games at Blair Field in Long Beach as he was hitless in two at-bats in 5-4 loss to the Oakland Athletics, 1-for-2 two walks and a run scored as the ball left his bat with a 104.2 exit speed, singled in his only at-bat in a 1-0 win over the Texas Rangers (exit speed of 102.1 mph).
Honors _ 2016: Rawlings/Perfect Game All-Region selection from Canada/Puerto Rico region.
What they are saying: Might be the youngest player in the draft ... Would stand out at a football combine: thick chest, powerful legs ... Ran 6.72, 60 at Tournament 12
On other lists: 281st (up from 284th) on Perfect Game’s top 500 high schoolers ... Ranked 41st among HS OFers.
Scott Cruickshank: Keyes covering all of his bases