By Bob Elliott
Reliever Iannick Remillard gained notice in the New England Collegiate League.
Remillard (Valleyfield, Que.) was ranked 14th on Perfect Game USA’s top 30 prospects from the NECBL after closing for the Sanford Mainers in Sanford, Maine.
The Mariners are coached by former Maine Black Bears and Team Ontario C Aaron Izaryk (Markham, Ont.).
The Canisius Golden Griffs reliever was 1-0 with five saves and a 2.00 ERA this summer. He walked five and struck out 22 in 18 innings.
Last spring pitching for coach Mike McRae (Niagara Falls, Ont.) and the Griffs, Remillard was 1-4 with a 4.11 ERA and 10 saves. He walked 12 and struck out 41 in 35 innings. He held opponents to a .268 average.
In three seasons at Canisius, he’s 5-4 with a 4.86 ERA and 12 saves. He has walked 22 and fanned 76 in 79 2/3 innings.
He returns to the Buffalo school for his senior season.
RK Player POS B-T HT WT Hometown ST 2016 School YR Class Last Drafted
1 Willie Rios LHP L-L 6-2 200 Watertown CT Florida SouthWestern State* SO 2016 Diamondbacks ‘14 (26)
14 Iannick Remillard RHP R-R 6-1 230 Valleyfield QU Canisius SR 2016 Never Drafted
The Canisius Golden Griffins have had a nice pipeline developing with young Canadian talent scattered throughout their lineup and Remillard is a part of that impressive group. A native of Valleyfield, Quebec, Remillard carried the same role for the Mainers during the summer as he did last spring serving as a shutdown arm in the backend of the bullpen. Nearly improving his numbers across the board from his first NECBL stint in 2014 with the Mainers, Remillard showed sound command of both his repertoire and the strike zone as he punched out 22 in 18 innings, walking just five. With a strongly built 6-foot-1, 230-pound frame that’s well suited for the final innings, Remillard attacks hitters from a lower three-quarters arm slot and is able to create heavy life on his fastball that works comfortably in the low-90s with reports of creeping a tick higher. Along with his heater Remillard earned praise for his late-breaking slider with tight rotation in the upper-70s.