By Bob Elliott
Canadian Baseball Network
There are no less than 30 Canucks on the top 50 ranked Junior Colleges heading into this weekend.
RHP William Sierra (Montreal, Que.) is with the No. 2 ranked Chipola Indians where Jose Bautista, Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.), Adam Loewen (Surrey, BC), Rene Tosoni (Port Coquitlam, BC) and Cole Armstrong (Langley, BC) attended school and starred on the ball diamond.
Of the 30 Canucks, three were named to the 2017 Canadian Baseball Network all-Canadian college team: C Tony Hrynkiw (Brampton, Ont.) of the Connors State Cowboys, plus INF Kobe Morris (Victoria, BC) and OF Tyler Duncan (Sookie, BC) of the Crowder Roughriders.
Here is the top 50 lists with Canucks on the team, Perfect Game comments and stats for players who are in their sophomore seasons.
2018 Preseason Perfect Game/Rawlings Junior College Top 50
By Brian Sakowski
Rk. Team ST ‘17 Record ‘17 Rk.
1. San Jacinto TX 48-18 2
2. Chipola FL 51-9 1
RHP William Sierra (Montreal, Que.)
6. Crowder MO 54-14 9
Perfect Gam: Kobe Morris and Tyler Duncan are back after big freshman campaigns and both may garner some eventual MLB Draft interest down the line. Those two should anchor the middle of the lineup
INF Kobe Morris (Victoria, BC), OF Tyler Duncan (Sookie, BC), RHP Cyprienne Dussenne (Montreal, Que.), 1B-OF Riley Perks (Waterdown, Ont.), C Samuel Chaput (Montreal, Que.), OF Drew Reilly (Cambridge, Ont.).
Morris and Duncan earned Canadian Baseball Network all-Canadian college Second Team honours. 3B Morris hit .384 with 15 doubles, three triples, nine homers, 65 RBIs and a 1.091 OPS, while OF Duncan batted OF Tyler Duncan batted .358 with 21 doubles, eight triples, 10 homers, 80 RBIs and an OPS of 1.084. Dussenne had a 6.43 ERA walking 11 and striking out 12 in seven innings.
7. Central Arizona AZ 42-23 NR
PG: Nick Iverson leads the way on the mound and is highly-ranked among the nation’s top prospects
RHP Nick Trogerlic-Iverson (Oakville, Ont.).
8. Northwest Florida State FL 34-17 NR
PG: They can run out double-digit guys they feel comfortable with, including an incredible balance of nearly equal righties and lefties. Connor Angel, Christian Camacho and Jackson Sloan (who has burst onto the scene quite recently) should create a formidable lineup
RHP Conor Angel (Lachine, Que.) and LHP Miguel Cienfuegos (Laval, Que.).
9. Howard TX 36-21 NR
C Reese O’Farrell (Burlington, Ont.).
O’Farrell batted .314 with eight doubles, a triple, a homer, 30 RBIs and an OPS of .877.
13. Connors State OK 48-12 NR
PG: Connors State returns a host of key contributors from last year’s 48-win ball club, including Jake Northern, Luis Pelayo and Tony Hrynkiw, all of whom will play huge roles offensively this season.
C Tony Hrynkiw (Brampton, Ont.), SS Andres Gonzalez (Toronto, Ont.), RHP Jack Liddell (Mississauga, Ont.).
Hrynkiw earned Canadian Baseball Network all-Canadian college First Team honours as he hit .409 with 11 doubles, three homers, 60 RBIs and a .995 OPS in 55 games.
18. Iowa Western IA 44-16 22
PG: The Reivers of Iowa Western come into 2018 expecting big things again, a common expectation in Council Bluffs. They have somewhat of a top-heavy pitching staff with legitimate draft prospects at the top in Keaton Winn and Indigo Diaz, and in a perfect world they’d love to use Diaz to lock down games at the back end of the bullpen.
RHP Indigo Diaz (Vancouver, BC) IF Kobe Hyland (Spruce Grove, Alta.), OF Gibson Krzeminski (Tecumseh, Ont.).
Hyland hit .330 with six doubles, a triple, 31 RBIs and a .842 OPS. Diaz was 3-1 with a 5.93 ERA, walking 21 and striking out 39 in 30 1/3 innings.
26. Wabash Valley IL 50-15 3
RHP Kyle Perrette (Sharon, Ont.)
27. LSU-Eunice LA 46-11 NR
RHP Nathan Holmes (Mississauga, Ont.)
28. North Iowa Area IA 39-19 NR
RHP Chase Stewart (Abbotsford, BC) C-1B Ben Komonosky (Saskatoon, Sask,), RHP Isaac Greer (Vancouver, BC), OF Daniel Nikitovic (Mississauga, Ont.), .
Stewart was 3-2 with eight saves and a 3.57 ERA. He walked nine and fanned 17 in 17 2/3 innings. Komonosky hit .256 with seven doubles, three homers, 26 RBIs and a .704 OPS in 55 games.
34. Kankakee IL 54-11 6
C Parker Walker (Minesing, Ont.).
37. Johnson County KS 46-16 NR
INF Malik Williams (Toronto, Ont.)
38. Arizona Western AZ 43-22 NR
INF-OF Robbie Wilkes (Regina, Sask.)
42. Parkland IL 52-9 13
IF Daniel Warkentin (Leamington, Ont.)
Last year at Johhnson County, Warkentin hit .359 with 22 doubles, two triples, 16 homers, 70 RBIs and a 1.003 OPS in 62 games.
43. Seminole State OK 41-17 NR
C Archer Brookman (Pointe-Claire, Que.) and OF Marc Lebreux (Sainte-Anne, Que.).
47. Cypress CA 29-15 NR
OF Trevor Fonseca (West Vancouver, BC).
Fonseca batted .286 with a home run, nine RBIs and an .732 OPS in 35 games.