By Bob Elliott
Canadian Baseball Network
Not much is left on the ‘to-do’ list between now and the University of California-Pennsylvania Vulcans season opener Feb. 19 for 1B David Marcus.
All he has to do get in his work in the batting cage -- get his swing ready for the opening day doubleheader against Clarion -- and accept another compliment.
Marcus (Whitby, Ont.) was ranked 19th on the top 40 players on the NCAA Division II prospect list, according to Perfect Game USA.
Besides being the only Canuck Div. 11 prospect on the list ... Marcus was earlier named the
_ Perfect Game All-America First Team which covers 20 different summer college leagues.
_ Best prospect in the wood-bat Prospect League after a summer with the Butler BlueSox where he nearly captured the Triple Crown. He led with a team-record 11 home runs (more than twice as many as the runner up) and 49 RBIs, while finishing fourth with a .363 average. He also led 18 doubles and a .601 slugging mark.
_ An All-PSAC West First-Team last spring leading the Vulcans with 15 homers, which tied the single-season school record, and 62 RBIs.
Marcus is a Toronto Mets grad, who played for coach Ryan McBride.
2016 Division II Top 40 Prospects
RK Player POS YR B-T HT WT School Hometown ST
1. Tyson Miller RHP JR R-R 6-5 200 California Baptist Trabuco Canyon CA
19. Davis Marcus 1B/3B SR L-R 6-0 210 California-Penn Whitby ON
A total of 12 Canadians were on the rosters of the top 25 teams NCAA Div. II schools according to Perfect Game, led by OF Billy Germaine (Aldergrove, BC) of the Southern Arkansas Mule Riders.
Germaine was selected to the Canadian Baseball Network All-Canadian College First Team in 2015. He hit .338 with 12 homers and 66 RBIs as well as 1.046 OPS.
3B Mitch Holgate (Windsor, Ont.) of the West Alabama Tigers was named to the CBN Second Team. He batted .340 with 12 homers and 46 RBIs, while racking up a 1.051 OPS and going 17-for-19 stealing bases.
3B JD Osborne (Whitby, Ont.) earned CBN Honorable Mention honors. At Polk State he hit .354 with two homers and 50 RBIs. He has now transferred and is a Tampa Spartan.
2016 Perfect Game Division II Preseason Top 25 Teams
RK School ST Record ‘15 RK
1. St. Cloud State Huskies MN 54-5 6
2 Franklin Pierce Ravens NH 48-4 9
C Christopher Stanford, Quebec City, Que.
3 Millersville Marauders PA 45-11 11
RHP Logan Grant, Brockville, Ont.
5 Colorado Mesa Mavericks CO 47-9 5
C Tanner Rempel, Abbotsford, BC.
6 Tampa Spartans FL 43-13 1
INF-C J.D. Osborne, Whitby, Ont.
8 Missouri Southern St. Lions MO 40-14 NR
INF Garan Stevens, Thorndale, Ont.
11 Florida Tech Panthers FL 38-13 19
OF Daniel Szpik, Toronto, Ont.
13 Mercyhurst Lakers PA 40-11 4
RHP John Lamanna, East York, Ont., RHP Mike Schnurr, Waterloo, Ont.
15 Southern Arkansas Muleriders AR 40-18 NR
INF-C Billy Germaine, Aldergrove, BC,
17 West Alabama Tigers AL 42-11 7
INF Marcus Dicenzo, Hamilton, Ont., 3B Mitch Holgate, Windsor, Ont.
22 Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles IN 28-21 NR
RHP Zach Webster, Toronto, Ont.