Borden, Forgrave JUCO returnees, Hrynkiw, Jaco, Toro top newcomers

Noah Renaud hits at Tournament 12.

Noah Renaud hits at Tournament 12.

Matt Betts

Canadian Baseball Network

The NJCAA recently released a pair of lists for the top returning pitchers and the top incoming freshman for all three of its divisions. Both lists were littered with Canadians. Players from our great nation were mentioned in both Division 1 and Division 2.

 The Division 1 top returning pitchers list featured right handed pitcher Jesse Borden (Dartmouth, NS). Borden went 3-1 with a 6.48 ERA a year ago. He would appear in 21 games, throwing 50 innings while walking 19 and fanning 42. Those are numbers Borden will look to improve on with Midland College Chaparrals.

The top incoming freshman for division 1 saw a fair share of Canadians crack the list. Noah Renaud (Amherstburg, Ont.) of Indian Hills community college was listed as a new player to keep an eye on in the Northern District. Renaud patrols the outfield for the Falcons.

Tony Hrynkiw (Brampton, Ont.) of the Connors State Cowboys and Hayden Jaco (Coquitlam, BC) of Vernon College made the list for division 1, both are catchers for their respective schools.

Shortstop Abraham Toro (Longueuil, Que.) should play a big role as a freshman for Seminole State (OK). Jose Vasquez of Grayson County College made the list as a right-handed pitcher.

Righty Brady Moxham (Oakville, Man.) will join Borden on the Midland pitching staff as a top incoming freshman. JT Patterson (Calgary, Alta.) also cracked the list as a utility man for Northeastern junior college.

Jake Forgrave (Toronto, Ont.) is a top returning arm to keep an eye on in NJCAA division 2 baseball this season. He is coming of a year that saw him post a 4-3 record with a 5.71 ERA. He made 10 appearances, tossed 41 1/2 innings, surrendering 53 hits, 20 walks and struck out 33 hitters for Garrett College.

Monroe Community College is represented on the list of top incoming freshman by third baseman Ryan Bothwell (Napanee, Ont.).

Right fielder Jake Foden (Toronto, Ont.) represents Allegany of Maryland.

Tyler Fosslet will roam the outfield for CCBC Dundalk as a top incoming freshman to watch in division 2. Garrett college will have an all Canadian battery when catcher Tyler Dobie (North York, Ont.) is behind the dish for Forgrave.

It is an exciting time for Canadians in college baseball and these recent honours further prove that point. Canadians continue to make impacts at all levels including the NJCAA. Keep an eye out for these players in the weekly edition of the BMOC.

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Matt Betts

Matt Betts was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1992. From a very young age, he loved all things baseball ... but even more, all things Canadian. His baseball career began with the Brantford Junior Red Sox, followed by three years (2008 thru 2010) with the Ontario Terriers program of the PBLO - twice winning the Most Proficient Pitcher award. The past four years he pitched at the University of West Alabama of the Gulf South Conference – twice earning Most Dedicated Player honours. Summer baseball experience includes pitching for the Hamilton Cardinals, and the Licking County Settlers (2013 Great Lakes League champs) and again this summer the Hamilton Cardinals. As an Integrated Marketing Major at UWA, he wrote extensively for the university newspaper, with a focus on baseball. His lifelong dedication and love for the game is indisputable, but his passion for sports writing and broadcasting/analysis has grown with each passing year. There is something very satisfying about “digging a little deeper” to reveal the “story within the story.” After four years of life in the United States, he is thrilled to be back home in Canada, ready to cover and promote Canadian sports and players.