By Bob Elliott
Canadian Baseball Network
Matthew Panzica’s name jumped off the roster as the only Canadian at the Perfect Game World Uncommitted Showcase at the Terry Park Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Fla.
And his name leapt from there to the Rawlings Top Prospect list.
Panzica (Maple, Ont.), who played for the Ontario Mets in the fall and the Toronto Mets in the summer, was ranked the sixth best prospect of the 56 players on hand.
He showed as a two-way player off the mound and in the outfield.
His maximum barrel speed according to Diamond Kinetics was 68.023, his impact momentum 25.459 and his maximum acceleration was at 39.482.
Some more numbers and rating from Perfect Game ...
By Justin Amidon
Top OF Velocities World Uncommitted
Name OF Grad School Hometown
1. Eli Riley 89 2018 Mercersburg Academy Harrisburg, PA
4. Matthew Panzica 86 2018 St. Michaels College Maple, ON
Top Exit Velocities World Uncommitted Showcase
Name Exit Velo Grad School Hometown
1. Alexander Humphrey 91 2018 Dutchtown Ellenwood, GA
6. Roberto Andino 86 2018 PJ Educational Carolina, PR
6. Matthew Panzica 86 2018 St. Michaels College Maple, ON
Top 60-YD Dash Times World Uncommitted
Name 60 Grad School Hometown
1. Joseph Smith 6.55 2018 Brunswick Brunswick, GA
9. Matthew Panzica 6.90 2018 St. Michaels College Maple, ON
By Justin Amidon
Orange vs. 10-Purple Game Highlights
Matthew Panzica (2018 RHP, Maple, ON) had two innings of work on the mound punching out five of the six hitters he faced. He showed a long arm action with clean separation getting downhill. His fastball topped out at 81 MPH and mixed in a curve ball at 66 MPH with good command and feel.
2018 Rawlings Top Prospects
1. Eli Riley OF - 2018 - Harrisburg, PA Uncommitted
When you look for high level tools you have to go no further than Riley, an uncommitted outfielder from Pennsylvania. Riley has elite speed, recorded a 60-yard dash in 6.56 seconds, to go along with a very strong arm that was recorded up to 89 mph in the infield. He also has a lot of strength off the barrel head when squared at the plate.
6. Matthew Panzica RHP - 2018 - Maple, ON CAN Uncommitted
Coming down from Ontario, Canada, Panzica showed off high-level two-way ability over the weekend. Panzica is a good athlete, recorded a 60-yard dash in 6.90 seconds, and the arm strength plays out well not only on the mound but in the outfield where he threw 86 mph. He projects nicely on the mound with good command of his off speed.