C Luke Van Rycheghem
Hometown: Kent Bridge, Ont.
Ht: 6’ 2”, Wt: 205 lbs.
Teams: Ontario Blue Jays/Canadian Junior National Team/C-Stetson University.
Previous teams: Windsor Selects, Chatham Diamonds.
Coaches: Mike Steed, Dan Bleiwas, Shawn Travers, Greg Hamilton.
2016 season _ Dominican summer trip: Tripled, singled, drove in a run against the Mariners ... Knocked in a run against the Astros ... PBR Ontario ProCase: 1.90 pop time ... Extended spring trip: Two-run single vs. the Jays at Dunedin ... Singled vs. Nationals ... Singled against Braves ... On the trip was 4-for-20 (.250), double, two RBIs ... Florida spring trip: Doubled against the Rays
2015 season: In Osaka at World juniors: 2-for-10 (.200) ... Worlds warm-up tour: 3-for-21, (.143) one RBI ... Fall trip to Disney: Singles in games (twice each) against the Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves second year pros at Lake Buena Vista, Fla ... At Jupiter: Tripled and singled as the Ontario Blue Jays lost 6-1 to the East Cobb Yankees at the Perfect Game WWBA World Championship, two hits in win over Palm Beach Select ... On summer trip to Dominican Republic: Doubled, singled, knocked in a pair in win over the Brewers, doubled, singled in win over Mariners, RBI-single vs, the Tigers, two hits vs, MLB Prospects, singled, knocked in a run against the Twins ... Had 1.96 pop time (30th) at Perfect Game USA National Showcase at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, Fla. Velocity was 77 MPH
2014 season: At Tournament 12 with Futures Navy singled against Atlantic ... Top position player at MLB Scouting Bureau indoor camp.
Honors _ 2016: Rawlings/Perfect Game All-Region selection from Canada/Puerto Rico region ... 2008: Won Fergie Jenkins MVP award from Chatham Minor Baseball.
What they are saying: "Am not if he will stay behind the plate, but the bat will play ... Would be so much better is he used whole field ... only uses half -- tries to pull everything” ... “A very special bat, Much better than say Owen Spiwak who went a year ago, If he ever learns to go the other way, realize he shouldn’t try to pull everything ... watch out. He has a nice easy Chris Davis type swing.” ... 1.95-2.00 pop time.
On other lists:
Alexis Brudnicki: Conversion behind the plate nearly complete