Sun shines on Collymore, Jansen at Sunshine East

By Bob Elliott
Canadian Baseball Network

Yes, there are more Collymore players coming.

Malik Collymore was a 10th-round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013. He was rookie-class Johnson City when the Cards dealt him to the Milwaukee Brewers for reliever Jonathan Broxton.

And last week OF Rashad Collymore (Mississauga, Ont.), Malik's younger brother, impressed at the 16th annual Sunshine East Showcase run by Perfect Game Scouting Service.

The original version of the Sunshine Showcase series, will be held at the 5-Plex/Terry Park in Fort Myers, Fla. This highlight event, one of five Sunshine events now held across the country in early May/June to kick off the summer season, has featured numerous future Major Leaguers over the years, including 2010 NL Most Valuable Player Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) in 2001.

Rashad Collymore (Mississauga, Ont.) of the Ontario Blue Jays was ranked the seventh best of the top 17 prospects for 2017. He was the fastest man in the building clocked in a 6.54 60. 

Malik Collymore moved from second base to left field this season batting .276 with 10 doubles, four triples, three homers and 23 RBIs in his time split between the two organizations.

And the 13th ranked prospect was SS Owen Jansen (Oakville, Ont.) also of the Ontario Blue Jays. 

Sunshine East Showcase
Scouting Blogs
By Jordan Stroschein
2-Cardinal vs 5-Gold

Rashad Collymore (2017 OF, Mississauga, ON) continued to show off tools and athleticism.  He showed good bat speed in his two base hits. He makes hard contact and is aggressive on the bases. 

5-Gold vs. 6-Navy
Rashad Collymore (2017 OF, Mississauga, ON) had three hits including a double.  Collymore has good strength and bat speed with pop off the barrel. Collymore is a physical player with good tools, very intriguing follow.

3-Columbia Blue vs. 4-Dark Green
Owen Jansen (2017 SS, Oakville, ON) scored twice in his multi-hit day.  Jansen stays relaxed at the plate with quick hands.  He is also a threat on the base paths getting good jumps and reads on both the pitcher and catcher.

Top IF Velos
Name    IF    Grad    School    Hometown

1. Michael Farinelli    91    2017    Horace Mann    New York, NY
16. Owen Jansen    85    2017    Iroquois Ridge    Oakville, ON

Top OF Velos
Name    OF    Grad    School    Hometown

1. Myles McKisic    92    2016    Elev8 Sports Institute    Delray Beach, FL
10. Rashad Collymore    88    2017    Cawthra Park SS    Mississauga, ON

Top 60 Times
Name    60    Grad    School    Hometown

1. Rashad Collymore    6.54    2017    Cawthra Park SS    Mississauga, ON

Top 10 Yard Splits
Name    10    Grad    School    Hometown

1. Rashad Collymore    1.49    2017    Cawthra Park SS    Mississauga, ON

Rawlings 2017 Top Prospects
1. David Vazquez  - SS - 2017 - Hialeah, FL - USA

Vazquez stood out on both sides of the ball and may have as much promise on the mound as he does at shortstop. He looks bigger and stronger than his listed 6-1/171 but is athletic and smooth at shortstop with big arm strength. Vazquez was 87-89 mph on the mound with good life and an easy and athletic delivery.

7. Rashad Collymore  - OF - 2017 - Mississauga, ON - CAN
Collymore is a very quick twitch athlete whose 6.5 speed is especially impactful in the bases, where he gets outstanding jumps and has instant acceleration. He also shows raw bat speed from both sides of the plate, with a more polished swing right handed.

13. Owen Jansen  - SS - 2017 - Oakville, ON - CAN
Jansen is a polished middle infielder with the tools and skills to stay at shortstop at the next level. He’s a 6.9 runner who showed range at shortstop and is a high average right handed hitter with a polished line drive swing.