RHP Jake Polancic
Hometown: Langley, BC
Ht: 6-3, Wt: 200 lbs.
Teams: Langley Blaze/DBacks Scout Team/C-Galveston College.
Previous teams: Aldergrove.
Coaches: Jamie Bodaly, Doug Mathieson, Cavanagh Whitely.
2016 season: Was 91 mph five times in facing North Shore Twins, 89 on the last pitch of game of the Best of West tournament in Kamloops, BC. Showed a plus curve ball. ... One of only three Canadian HSers to hit 90s (along with RHPs Jordan Balazovic and Austin Shields).
2015 season: Pitched five innings in two games at WWBA World championship in Jupiter, Fla. Allowed one run on four hits and two walks, while fanning two. Started against Ontario Blue Jays at Jupiter, pitching four innings allowing two runs. Faced three Marlins Scout Team hitters and threw first-pitch strikes to all three ... Named to Tournament 12. Started against Alberta pitching three innings with two strikeouts, two walks. ... With Blaze in BCPL was 3-3 in nine starts, 2.77 ERA, 49 strikeouts in 48 innings ... Helped BC win gold at Canada Cup in Saskatoon.
2014 season: With Junior (U16) Blaze was 11-2 record in 14 games, third in the B.C. Junior Premier League with 61 strikeouts and sixth with a 1.67 ERA. Went from being six-foot, 240 pounds at the start of Grade 10 to now: 6-foot-3, 205 pounds.
Honors _ 2016: Perfect Game All American and All Region Canada/Puerto Rico Honourable Mention; 2015 _ Named to Perfect Game World Wood Bat All-Tourney team.
What they are saying: Impressed in Arizona vs. pro hitters ... “Was 50 pounds overweight at age 14 and transformed himself into a 6-foot-3, 210 pounder. Has gone from 82-84 to 88-91 MPH in about a year. Has a plus curve and change. A strike thrower, with a great work ethic.”
Went from being six-foot, 240 pounds at the start of Grade 10 to now: 6-foot-3, 205 pounds.
On other lists:
Gary Ahuja Hard work paying off for Polancic