As the Canadian Premier Baseball League (CPBL) looks to kick off their fifth season this coming May, they will do so with a bang by once again hosting their annual CPBL Showcase weekend for the 17U and 18U teams within the league. In past years, this event has hosted over 20 MLB teams and has showcased over 15 MLB draft picks including; Desan Brown (2nd Round – Toronto Blue Jays 2019), Noah Naylor (1st Round – Cleveland Indians – 2018), Adam Hall (2nd Round Baltimore Orioles – 2017), Landon Leach (2nd Round – Minnesota Twins – 2017) and many others.
Play will begin Thursday, May 7th in Dorchester, ON and will feature a triple header of all six CPBL 18U teams each playing a nine inning game. The tournament will continue through the weekend in both Dorchester at the Field of Dreams and in St. Marys at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. All 17U teams will play four games throughout the weekend (Friday/Sunday) while the 18U clubs will add an additional two games on Saturday following their opening day game on Thursday.
“When we all sat down in the beginning, we thought an ideal way to start our season would be to showcase the provinces top talent in one place right before the draft in May,” CPBL Treasurer and League Executive Adam Stern says. “And it’s a chance for them to square off against each other and to see the teams play, with some of the best talent in Canada. That was the whole premise behind it, the ability to group some of the best Ontario talent and showcase it in an exciting atmosphere at the beginning of the season.”
With the six programs in the league combining efforts to promote this event, this weekend is yet another great opportunity for CPBL players to be exposed to professional scouts and college coaches alike and continue to separate themselves as the top amateur baseball league in the country.
“We have battled some weather in years past, but this year our hope is to continue a tradition of providing a high exposure event to all of the CPBL franchises.” CPBL President, Chris Robinson said. “With the top players in the province and a strong majority of the top players in the country, this event has brought in a lot of scouts and recruiters up for the weekend. With a strong 2020/2021 crop within the league, this year should be no different.”
Please stay tuned to the CPBL website and all of our social media outlets for any updated information on this years events.