RHP Eric Cerantola
Hometown: Oakville, Ont.
Height/Weight: 6’ 3” 180 lbs.
Teams: Great Lakes Canadians/Canadian Junior National Team/Toronto Blue Jays Scout Team
Coaches: Brock Kjeldgaard, Greg Hamilton and Matt O’Brien
Former Teams: Ontario DiamondBacks, Oakville A’s
Former coaches: Tom Arnold, Shane Davis, DJ Bernard, Tyler Moe, Richard Gamble.
Twitter Handle: @Eric_Cerantola4
Committed to: Mississippi State
Rated: Listed 321st on Baseball America’s top 500 (May 21, 2018), down 71 spots ... Ranked 370th on Perfect Game’s top 500 (May 21, 2018), down 51 spot ... Listed 290th on Baseball America's combined list (April 27, 2018), down 40 spots ... Ranked 250th on Baseball America's top 300 combined list of high schoolers and collegians (March 1, 2018) .... 319th on Perfect Game's top 500 high schoolers (Jan. 31, 2018), down 10 spots ... 309th on Perfect Game top 500 high schoolers in North America (11/06/2017) ... Ranked top HS pitcher in Canada by Perfect Game ... Part of Perfect Game’s No. 2-ranked recruiting class at Mississippi State behind the Vanderbilt Commodores.
Drafted: Owen Sound Attack (OHL) eighth round and GM Dale DeGray in 2016.
Born: Montreal, Que.
What they are saying: Hit 90 Plus (Aug 1, 2017) when his fastball was clocked at 92 MPH at East Coast Pro Showcase at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa
Most influential people in his baseball life: GLC pitching co-ordinator Adam Arnold and Greg Hamilton.
2018 season _ Dominican trip: One inning against DSL Cubs alllowing one unearned run, experienced blister problems ... Extended Spring: Three scoreless against the Astros striking out one ... Three scoreless against first- and second-year Astros pros, allowing one hit and three walks, while striking out a pair ... Six zeros, three walks, three strikeouts ... St. Pete's trip: Three innings, one run allowed vs. Blue Jays first and second-year pros walking two and striking out a pair ... Allowed an unearned run in two hitless innings of work, walked five, hit a man and struck out one (Brandon Grudzielanek) ... Walked seven, struck out three in five innings.
370. Eric Cerantola, rhp, Holy Trinity Catholic S.S.
R-R, 6-6/200, Oakville, Ont.
College Commitment: Mississippi State
Cerantola is a tall and lanky Canadian righthander with outstanding physical projection and a limited background in baseball due to being a primary hockey player while growing up, including being drafted in a minor league professional hockey draft. His mechanics are understandably raw due to the lack of repetitions, but have improved significantly since last summer. Cerantola has worked in the 88-91 mph range this spring while pitching for the Canadian National 18u team and has been as high as 93 mph. His curveball has also improved noticeably as he got his delivery much more in line with the plate. Scouts feel he may have issues in competing in professional baseball with his present skills but he represents a potential high ceiling talent if he continues to improve at the same pace at Mississippi State.
2017 season: Selection camp vs. Australia: Nine walks, nine strikeouts, two walks, 10 whiffs in 7 2/3 innings, 1.17 ERA ... Dominican Summer trip: Allowed four consecutive singles and a bases loaded in the sixth against the Mets ... Gave up back-to-back singles, a fly ball and a double in a win over the Mariners ... Worked 7 2/3 innings walking seven and striking out eight in two games ... St. Petersburg spring trip: Pitched five innings, allowing three hits, six walks, while fanning seven, 2.16
2016: Fall Instructional League at Lake Buena Vista _ Gave up three hits, three runs -- two earned -- in three innings against Braves ... Six walks, four strikeouts in six innings, 6.00 ERA.
Honours: 2017 _ Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All American Honorable Mention Underclassmen All American Teams.