Elliott: PG's top JUCOs Trogrlic-Iverson, Diaz, Angel, Fascia, Greer
By Bob Elliott
Canadian Baseball Network
Everyone knows that scouting is an inexact science.
And then along comes Perfect Game’s rating with the top 150 Junior College players heading into the June draft.
Perfect Game ranked RHP Nick Trogrlic-Iverson (Oakville, Ont.) of the Central Arizona Vaqueros as the fifth best prospect in the nation in December.
Then, before the season began in January he was bosted to No. 3 over-all. He could be climbing higher.
The season started and Trogrlic-Iverson, the former Langley Blaze and Field House Pirates ace, dominated. He pitched for Doug Mathieson and Jamie Bodaly in BC and Matt Baird in Oakville.
In the season opener, Trogrlic-Iverson pitched four scoreless and hitless innings against the College of Southern Nevada Coyotes -- Bryce Harper’s school -- while walking four and striking out seven.
And in his second outing, he pitched five scoreless in a 5-0 win over the Gateway Geckos, as he walked two and fanned six.
For those of you impressed at home or at the park, Trogrlic-Iverson has pitched nine scoreless allowing two hits, while walking six and striking out 13.
As a reliever last year, Trogrlic-Iverson was 4-3 with two saves and a 3.04 ERA. He walked 14 and struck out 40 in 47 1/3 innings in 24 games. He has signed a Letter of Intent to attend Bing Crosby’s school, Gonzaga University.
Trogrlic-Iverson is one of five Canucks on the top 150 list
Ranked No. 13, up one spot from the original ranking is Indigo Diaz (North Vancouver, BC). Last year Diaz was 3-1 with a 5.93 ERA. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder walked 21 and struck out 39 in 16 games making two starts. Diaz is headed for Michigan State next fall.
At No. 84 is RHP Connor Angel (Lachine, Que.), a freshman with the Northwest Florida State Raiders. The 6-foot-4, 180-pounder played last year for coach Robbie Fatal and the Academy Baseball Canada.
Listed 88th is Zach Fascia (Brampton, Ont.) a sophomore with the Indian Hills Indians, who is headed to be a Purdue Boilermaker. Fascia, at 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, is a two-way player who played for his father Frank Fascia’s Brampton Royals.
At the plate he had 10 doubles, two homers, 37 RBIs, while hitting .277 with a .709 OPS in 58 games. On the mound, he earned honourable mention honours on the 2017 Canadian Baseball Network all-Canadian team. Out of the bullpen he was 1-1 with five saves and an ERA of 0.66. He walked five and struck out 18 in 13 hitting, holding opposing hitters to a .143 average.
And finally ranked No. 131 is Isaac Greer (Vancouver BC) of the North Iowa Area Trojans. Greer did not pitch in the spring of 2017, but last fall scouts saw him light up guns at 97 MPH.
Perfect Game Scouting Service
Top 150 Junior College prospects
Rk. Name Pos. Class B-T HT WT School Hometown ST Commitment
1. Josh Breaux C/RHP/OF SO R-R 6-2 200 McLennan Tomball TX Arkansas
3. Nick Trogrlic-Iverson RHP SO R-R 6-1 170 Central Arizona Oakville ON Gonzaga
13. Indigo Diaz RHP SO R-R 6-5 250 Iowa Western Vancouver BC Michigan State
84. Connor Angel RHP FR R-R 6-4 180 Northwest Florida State Lachine Que.
88. Zach Fascia C SO L-R 6-2 230 Indian Hills Brampton ON Purdue
131. Isaac Greer RHP SO R-R 6-1 190 North Iowa Area Vancouver BC