Swift Current 57s and Team Saskatchewan INF Brody Alexandre (Swift Current, Sask.) has five RBIs in two games for Team Orange at this year’s Tournament 12. The soon-to-be 17-year-old shared the story of how he became a top Canadian baseball prospect with the Canadian Baseball Network’s Lukas Weese.
Player of the game for Team Orange and Academie Baseball Canada right-hander Gabriel Archambault (Laval, Que.) struck out five batters over two innings before he was injured in the final T12 game on Thursday. His team would eventually settle for a 2-2 tie with Team Green.
Fieldhouse Pirates OF and Team Red standout Owen Caissie (Burlington, Ont.) revealed today that contrary to online listings, he is eligible for the 2020 MLB draft. He had been listed in different sources as eligible for the 2021 draft. Canadian Baseball Network editor-in-chief Bob Elliott also shares who the scouts are talking about at T12 in this article.
Ontario Blue Jays OF Darius Armorer is doing everything he can to make up for lost time at his first Tournament 12. The 18-year old Whitby, Ont., native suffered a broken hand during the 2018 season that caused him to miss his opportunity to play at T12 last year, but he has impressed both offensively and defensively for Team Maroon at this year’s tournament.
Ontario Terriers catcher Tyson Gomm (Mississauga, Ont.) showcased his versatility by playing second base for Team Navy on Thursday morning, he also showed off a strong bat going 3-for-4 to help his club to a 6-2 win over Team Black.
When one hears the family name “Bush,” the subject is often related to the bloodline of American Presidents from Texas. In Canadian baseball circles, there is another Bush family from Texas making headway. Homer Bush Jr., for the second consecutive year, is showcasing his explosive, all-around game at the annual Blue Jays Tournament 12 Showcase at Rogers Centre. The same amphitheatre that his Father, Homer Bush Sr., graced with his baseball talent for parts of four seasons, from 1999 to 2002, as a second baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays.
There’s fast, and then there’s too fast. Ontario Blue Jays OF David Calabrese, a native of Maple, Ont., was the fastest player in Tuesday’s 60-yard dash at T12 Scout Day, registering a time of 6.43 seconds, and put that on display in his first game of the Tournament as his Maroon squad took on Team Green. After appearing to register a two-run hit in the fourth, the 16-year-old’s quickness got the better of him as he failed to touch first base. He still, however, finished 2-for-3 in the game and was named Player of the Game in his team’s 8-3 loss.
It was a chance for the close to 150 of Canada’s top young prospects with college eligibility to showcase their skills in front of a large contingent of professional scouts and college representatives. And the talented crop of Canadian teenagers didn’t disappoint on Tournament 12’s Scout Day held on Tuesday. Here are some photos from the day that were snapped by Canadian Baseball Network photographer Tyler King.
Canadian Baseball Network editor-in-chief Bob Elliott shares the story of the long road that young prospect Williams Camacho Soto had to travel to get to Tournament 12 and the help the infielder had to get there.
Good-luck charms, energy, confidence and a solid skill set have helped propel Ontario Prospects catcher Zachary Laurie (Peterborough, Ont.) into the top 10 on the Canadian Baseball Network’s 2020 Draft List. Canadian Baseball Network writer Lukas Weese caught up with the talented youngster on Scout Day at Tournament 12 on Tuesday.
Ontario Terriers left-hander Connor O’Halloran (Mississauga, Ont.) remembers most of the advice given to him by his father Greg, going back to around the age of five. He’ll be using some of that advice this week at Tournament 12, when he will be showing his wares to pro and college scouts at the Rogers Centre.
Fun, new relationships, a potential future — these are the things offered to young hopefuls like Great Lake Canadians OF Riley Silva at the Toronto Blue Jays’ Tournament 12 this week. Silva, a 17-year-old outfielder hailing from Cambridge, Ont., will be making his second appearance at the tournament, which is comprised of the best 150 amateur baseball players in the country (who have college eligibility).
Whether it be on the mound or in the locker room, Ontario Terriers left-hander Campbell Ellis (Georgetown, Ont.) wants to be counted on. The 17-year-old pitcher, who will make his second straight appearance at the T12 Tournament this week at Rogers Centre in front of pro and college scouts, is both a leader behind the scenes and a big-game performer when the lights are on.
Windsor Selects right-hander Russell Derbyshire (Leamington, Ont.) is competing for the first time in Tournament 12 this week and the 17-year-old pitcher is as excited as you’d expect for someone showing himself in front of college and pro scouts, at the home of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Fieldhouse Pirates infielder Bryce Arnold is not taking his second appearance at the Blue Jays’ Tournament 12 scouting combine for granted. The Grimsby, Ontario, shortstop batted .385 and scored seven runs in six games at last year’s edition and was one of the tournament’s top players. He has used every moment since to improve.
With the start of Tournament 12 just six days away, we wanted to revive this excellent article by Canadian Baseball Network alum and now MLB.com reporter Alexis Brudnicki about Saint John, N.B., native Andrew Case who was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays after starring in the inaugural T12 event. Case made it high as triple-A in parts of six seasons in the Blue Jays organization, before retiring in April. Case will return to the event this year as a coach for Team Black.
Canadian Baseball Network writer J.P. Antonacci recently caught up with Houston Astros rookie third baseman Abraham Toro (Longueuil, Que.) to talk about his road to the big leagues. Antonacci was also able to speak with Leaside, Ont., native Jim Stevenson, the Canadian scout that signed Toro for the Astros.
PBF Redbirds and Junior National Team alum Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) made his second professional start at the Rogers Centre on Tuesday. The young right-hander says he’s comfortable pitching on home soil. Canadian Baseball Network writer J.P. Antonacci caught up with the 2019 all-star who’s in the midst of an exceptional season with the Atlanta Braves.