By Bob Elliott
Canadian Baseball Network
RHP Brett Jackson of the Abbotsford Cardinals and OF Ryan Santos of the Ontario Blue Jays were at the inaugural Perfect Game Fall Top Prospect Showcase.
In all five Canucks were on hand at Perfect Game Park At LakePoint in Cartersville, GA with Jackson (Abbotsford, BC) and Santos (Mississauga, Ont.) making the Rawlings prospect team.
Jackson’s fastball was clocked at 87 MPH pitching for Maroon. He ran a 7.79 60 with a 1.70 10-yard split.
Santos ran a 6.57 60 with a 1.66 10-yard split. His arm was clocked at 80 MPH from the outfield for Royal. At the plate his MBS (Max Barrel Speed) was 73.622 mph, his IM (Impact Momentum) was 27.767 and his MA (Max Acceleration in g’s) was 40.577.
There were two other Canucks on hand were 3B Leo Markotic (Mississauga, Ont.) and OF Anthony Vavaroutsos (Toronto, Ont.) of the Toronto Mets.
Markotic, who is headed to Jefferson College (MO) where he will join teammate Matt Turino (Scarborough, Ont.), ran a 6.97 60 with a 1.66 10-yard split. His arm was clocked at 78 MPH playing for Green. At the plate he has a 66.583 MBS, IM of 26.410 and his MA was 34.809.
With Columbia Blue Vavaroutsos was clocked with a 7.03 60 annd a 1.61 spli. With a bat in his hand he has a 66.584 MBS, IM of 24.966 and his MA was 34.638.
Green Vs. Navy highlights
Leo Markotic (2018 3B, Mississauga, ON) had 2 hits in this afternoon. Markotic has lift in his swing with bat speed and has a fluid swing with gap to gap pop.
Royal Vs. White
Ryan Santos (2018 OF, Mississauga, ON) singled twice as well in the game. Santos has an aggressive approach at the plate with a level swing and displays bat speed.
Maroon Vs. Navy
Brett Jackson (2018 RHP, Abbotsford, BC) sat 83-88mph on his fastball mixing in his curveball at 73mph and his changeup at 76mph. Jackson has a compact delivery with good direction and uses his lower half well. Jackson has good command of his pitches with depth to his curveball and a good feel for his changeup.
_ Kenny Gardner
Batting Practice Highlights Day 1
Ryan Santos (2018 OF, Mississauga, ON) has a lean and athletic build with decent bat speed in his swing. He showcased his loud barrel skills with a home run that jumped off of his bat to the pull side gap.
_ Jheremy Brown
Rawlings Prospects for 2018
Ryan Santos OF - 2018 - Mississauga, ON CAN Uncommitted
Making his way down from Canada, the uncommitted Santos had a strong showing as the outfielder first ran a 6.57 60-yard dash to open his showcase. His lefthanded swing was just as impressive as it was loose and easy and offers fluidity to the path with plenty of projection, though he already shows flashes of pop off the barrel.
Brett Jackson RHP - 2018 - Abbotsford, BC CAN Uncommitted
Showing some of the best combination of stuff and command was Jackson, who came down all the way from Canada for the event. The 6-foot-1/185-pound righthander ran his fastball up to 87 mph with very good life and command. He would mix his three-pitch arsenal well which included a sharp breaking curveball and a good changeup with fade to the arm side.