Yerzy, Van Rycheghem, Balazovic at PG National Showcase
By Bob Elliott
Canadian Baseball Network
C Andrew Yerzy of the Toronto Mets was one of three Canadians at the Perfect Game USA National Showcase.
Besides Yerzy (Toronto, Ont.), C Luke Van Rycheghem (Kent Bridge, Ont.) and RHP Jordan Balazovic (Mississauga, Ont.) also attended the event which kicks off the 2016 draft season at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.
Yerzy and Van Rycheghem were with Texas Orange team, while Balazovic was with the Gold team.
None made the National Showcase list of top 112 prospects led by LHP Jason Groome, of Barnegat, NJ, RHP Kevin Gowdy of Santa Barbara, Calif. and RHP Riley Pint of Lenexa, Kan.
Catcher’s Pop Times
30. Luke Van Rycheghem 1.96 2016 Bridgeton Kent Bridge ON
34. Andrew Yerzy 1.98 2016 York Mills Collegiate Toronto ON
Top Catcher Velocities
17. Andrew Yerzy 80 2016 York Mills Collegiate Toronto ON
36. Luke Van Rycheghem 77 2016 Bridgeton Kent Bridge ON
Top 10 Yard Dash
150. Andrew Yerzy 1.77 2016 York Mills Collegiate Toronto ON
156. Luke Van Rycheghem 1.78 2016 Bridgeton Kent Bridge ON
Crimson vs. Gold
Jordan Balazovic (2016 RHP, Mississauga, ON) is a long and loose right-hander from Canada with a whippy arm action through the backside, topping at 90 mph while working comfortably in the upper-80s. He showed the ability to get down to his glove side and did so while showing a feel for his off speed.