Marcus, Pop earn spots on Baseball America top prospect list
1B David Marcus (Whitby, Ont.) of the Butler BlueSox of the Prospect League and RHP Zach Pop (Brampton, Ont.) who pitched for St. Cloud in the Northwoods League were the only two Canadians to made Baseball America's list of prospects from the summer colllege leagues.
Marcus, a graduate of the Toronto Mets, won his league's MVP honors, returns to California University of Pennsylvania.
Pop, who pitched for the Ontario Blue Jays and the Mets, is a sophomore at the University of Kentucky.
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2. David Marcus, 1b, Butler (Sr., California (Pa.))
The rising senior impressed in the Prospect League this summer after putting together a tremendous season for Division II California University of Pennsylvania in the spring. Marcus hit .363/.424/.601 with 18 doubles, one triple, 11 homers and 49 RBIs in 60 games with Butler. He also drew 24 walks to 27 strikeouts. Marcus earns high marks for ability to hit for both power and average. The first baseman’s power isn’t limited to just the pull side either, as he has shown off his plus power to left field using his strong legs. He earns high grades for his quick hands and good discipline at the plate. He fell to Zach Sterry in the finals of the league’s home run derby on July 7 at Richmond’s McBride Stadium, after blowing everyone out the round before. Defensively, he’s been noted as a passable fielder, but as a first baseman his bat will dictate his future.
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By Ian Frazer
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6. Zach Pop, RHP, St. Cloud (So., Kentucky)
Kentucky has developed Canadians such as Andrew Albers and James Paxton into big leaguers, and Brampton, Ontario native Pop, drafted in the 23rd round by the Blue Jays in 2014, is looking to follow in their footsteps with the Wildcats. He pitched just 16 innings in the spring but logged 49 innings with a 2.55 ERA this summer. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder attacks hitters with long, sweeping arm action from sidearm slot. The action is smooth, however, and Pop throws across his body with a closed front side, which helps him hide the ball. His fastball has multiple shapes, showing sink and run when thrown to the arm side but straightening out when Pop pulls it more. There isn’t too much effort in Pop’s delivery, despite his long arm action, and he keeps his head still during it. He could repeat it better than he does, though, and can be inconsistent with his release point. Pop’s fastball was 90-94 mph with movement in an inning of action at the league showcase, and while he showed a slider at 83 mph with average movement, he didn’t command the pitch and it started breaking right out of his hand. He also lost velocity when he went to the stretch. Pop’s repertoire is still fairly raw, but his unconventional delivery and strong physical tools give him a profile worth following.