RHP Ben Abram
Hometown: Georgetown, Ont.
Height/Weight: 6’ 8,” 240 lbs.
Teams: Ontario Terriers, Canadian Junior National Team
Coaches: Dean Dicenzo (Smithtown, Ont.), Scott Vandevalk, Greg Hamilton
Past Teams: Toronto Blue Jays Scout Team, DBacks Langley Blaze, Georgetown Eagles
Past coaches: Matt O’Brien, Doug Mathieson, Jamie Bodaly, Ian McLaughlin.
Committed to: Oklahoma
Twitter Handle: @ben_abram8
Most influential person in my baseball life would be; “My coaches since bantam and Greg Hamilton.”
Rated: 441st on Baseball America’s top 500 combined list (May 21, 2018) ... Listed 465th on Perfect Game's top 500 combined list (May 14, 2018) ... 345th on Perfect Game’s top 500 high school list (Jan. 31, 2018), up 10 spots ... Listed 335 on Perfect Game’s top 500 high schooler (11/06/2017) ... Rated fourth best prospect in Canada (11/06/2017)
The Good Genes: Mom, Sandy, played volleyball (middle) for the Durham Lords, dad, Brett, was an offensive lineman (guard and centre) for the University of Western Ontario Mustangs.
What they are saying: “Threw a lot of strikes against the Blue Jays, while (Eric) Cerantola had control problems.”
2018 season _ Dominican trip: Pitched 5 1/3 innings alllowing four runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and a walk, while striking out eight facinng DSL Pirates ... Alllowed six runs on six hits (two homers) against DSL Yankees ... Extended Spring: Worked three scoreless facing the Astros pros, allowing two hits and striking out five ... Three perfect innings against first and second-year Astros pros, Was 89-91 with four strikeouts ...St. Pete's trip _ Three scoreless facing first and second year Blue Jays allowing three hits, striking out six, hhit 90 MPH ... Worked three innings against Toronto Blue Jays, allowed a lead-off walk to Cavan Biggio two-run homer to Bo Bichette (Ranked eighth best prospect by Baseball America) and a walk to Vlad Guerrerro (Third prospect by Baseball America) in first inning. Then, a double to Connor Panas (Toronto, Ont.), plus run-scoring singles to Biggio and Bichette in inning 2 ... Allowed a Guerrero single, a Dwight Smith double ... Gave up six runs -- five earned -- on seven hits and three walks, while striking out McGregory Contreras facing pros ... Three walks, seven strikeouts in six innings ... At The Baseball Zone scout day workout: Clocked at 89 MPH.
465. Ben Abram, RHP, Georgetown HS
R-R, 6-8/230, Georgetown, Ontario
College Commitment: Oklahoma
Abram has received plenty of looks this spring from the scouting community that has been closely following Abram’s potential first round teammate on the Canadian National 18u team, Noah Naylor. The 6-foot-8 Abram has worked mostly in the 88-90 mph range, occasionally touching higher, with a pretty smooth set of mechanics for a big, young pitcher. He also throws an 80 mph slider that shows good tilt and spin and a developing changeup. With his size, athleticism and quick, loose arm, Abram is extremely projectable and could take a big step forward over the next few years.
2017 season: Fall Disney trip _ Seven scoreless, allowing one hit and one walk, as he struck out six ... At Perfect Game WWBA World championship in Jupiter ... Pitched four scoreless allowing one hit, walking two and striking out five East Cobb Astros, fastball clocked at 89 MPH ... At World Cup 18U _ Pitched 9 1/3 innings allowing six runs on 12 hits and four walks, while striking out 11 ... Selection camp at Ajax: Pitched six innings giving up six hits and three runs, as he fanned three ... Dominican trip: Gave up solo home run to the Astros in two innings ... Pitched six innings allowing three earned runs on 10 hits, while striking out six ... Tossed a perfect ninth for save against the Jays ... ESPN spring trip: Allowed two unearned runs vs. Braves ... Worked eight innings, allowing seven hits, zero earned runs while fanning five ... St. Pete’s trip: Pitched six innings, allowing three earned runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out six ... Finished his four-inning outing against Jays by retiring the last eight hitters, allowed an unearned run.
2016 season _ Fall Florida trip: Allowed solo homer in three innings with three strikeouts in win over Braves ... Perfect Game WWBA World championship in Jupiter: Hit 85 MPH ... Allowed solo homer to Jays ... Cuba trip: Three walks three singles, a triple allowing six runs in two innings ... 1-2-3 inning ... Tournament 12 at the Rogers Centre: Had two outings allowing one run and four hits over six innings, with two walks and eight strikeouts ... Spring trip to ESPN: Allowed five singles, five runs -- two earned against Nationals ... March trip to St. Pete’s: Allowed three hits and a run in the sixth, got a double play ball in the seventh against Puerto Rico ... Three scoreless innings without giving up a hit or a walk to go along with three strikeouts against the Braves ... Three scoreless innings allowing three hits, fanning one batter.
2015 Fall trip to ESPN: Allowed three hits, an error and three runs against Braves.
Honours: Earned Perfect Game WWBA World championship all-tournament team honours in 2017 ... Preseason Underclass All American High Honorable Mention.