North Shore, Okotoks, Ga. scouting reports

Steven Moretto (Burnaby, BC) was exicted about his North Shore Twins competing in the Perfect Game High School Showdown-Academies. Photo: Christian J. Stewart. 

Steven Moretto (Burnaby, BC) was exicted about his North Shore Twins competing in the Perfect Game High School Showdown-Academies. Photo: Christian J. Stewart. 

Two Canadian teams entered the 26-team Perfect Game High School Showdown-Academies at Perfect Game Park in Cartersville, Ga.

The North Shore Twins, coach by Brooks McNiven, of the British Colombia Premier League and the Okotoks Dawgs coach by Jeff Duda from the Okotoks Dawgs Academy in Okotoks, Alta. 

By Vincent Cervino
Perfect Game Scouting Service
North Shore Twins (North Vancouver, BC)
Top Prospects (Position, Class, PG National Rank)

Steven Moretto (IF/C, 2017, Follow)
Sam Shoemaker (RHP, 2017, Follow)
Robert Mackie (OF/RHP, 2017, N/A)

Thomas Neal (Vancouver, BC) talks with Hall of Famer Robbie Alomar at Tournament 12. 

Thomas Neal (Vancouver, BC) talks with Hall of Famer Robbie Alomar at Tournament 12. 

Thomas Neal (RHP/OF, 2017, N/A)
Noah Or (C/IF, 2017, N/A)
Dion Wintjes (C/3B, 2018, N/A)

Hitting
The talent for the North Shore Twins starts with their depth at the catcher position. Steven Moretto will play third but likely will see the majority of the time at third base as the starting quarterback for the football team has a pretty strong arm. Noah Or and Dion Winters all have strong receiving skills with Or being a dangerous line drive hitter.

Pitching
North Shore has a couple of arms who are intriguing as well with righthander Sam Shoemaker leading the way. The Hawaii commit throws well in the upper-80s with a shark breaking pitch that complements the fastball well. Robert Mackie is another pitcher who will see important innings as he pitches in the mid- to upper 80s with a three-pitch mix.

Synopsis
The British Columbia natives have talent throughout the roster but one of the keys will be staying fresh throughout the travel process. Traveling all the way from Canada can be a burden on any team, but they have the skill and depth throughout to make some noise early on in the Showdown.

RHP Shaun Atamanchuk (Beaumont, Alta.)  

RHP Shaun Atamanchuk (Beaumont, Alta.)
 

Okotoks Dawgs Baseball Academy Diggity Dawgs (Okotoks, Alta.)
Top Prospects (Position, Class, PG National Rank)

Shaun Atamanchuk (RHP/1B, 2017, High Follow)
Sore Graversen (1B/LF, 2017, Follow)
Will Undershute (LHP, 2017, Follow)

Tyler McWillie ((Watrous, Sask.) puts the breaks on attempting to score against Ontario at the Canada Cup last year. Photo: Robert Murray, Fort McMurray Today. 

Tyler McWillie ((Watrous, Sask.) puts the breaks on attempting to score against Ontario at the Canada Cup last year. Photo: Robert Murray, Fort McMurray Today. 

Tyler McWillie (RHP, 2018, Top 1000)
Graham Brunner (LHP, 2018, High Follow)
Cesar Valero (UT, 2019, N/A)
 
Hitting
One of the top position players for Okotoks is the talented sophomore Cesar Valero. The swiss army knife can play nearly any position on the field and has good balance in his swing that impressed at the World Showcase a few months ago. Sore Graverson is the senior first baseman who will also see time in left field and has shown sound hitting abilities in the past and is commited to Indian Hills Community College.

Pitching
There is some depth on the pitching rotation with a couple of Team Canada’s Junior National Team attending. Junior southpaw Graham Brunner is one of the names to watch as he will work in the low- to mid 80s with a loose arm and a good approach on the mound. Tyler McWillie and Will Undershute are two other arms who work in similar fastball ranges with good qualities on the mound.

Synopsis
After finishing as runner-up in the Showdown-Academies a year ago, the Okotoks bring another talented squad in 2017. They have a good foundation of arms to work with some potentially talented and unknown bats making the trip down south. If they take a similar route as last year, the Diggity Dawgs will find themselves deep in the playoffs yet again.