CPBL All-Star Showcase – Post Event Notes

As the CPBL All-Star Showcase took place just over a week ago, we look at each participant from the All-Star Showcase and recap their performance’s during the three-day event.

Team Black

Mitch Bratt (Toronto Mets):

Bratt, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound left-hander, was solid as usual in his outing to open up the All-Star Showcase. He sat 87-90 during his start, topping out at 91. Both of his secondary offerings were effective for him, especially his 1/7 shaped curveball, which registered swings and misses. He went three innings, allowing two hits and striking out four batters.

Turner Spoljaric (Toronto Mets):

Spoljaric, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound right-hander, came in for relief on Friday night and really impressed over his three innings of work. He sat in the upper 80’s, touching 91. He located his fastball, while his curveball flashed bite and depth. He went three innings and only allowed one hit.

Dylan Oborne (Ontario Terriers):

Oborne, listed at 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, was a two-way guy during the weekend. He was the third pitcher for Team Red Friday and worked up to 88, sitting 84-86. Positionally, he had some of the loudest rounds of BP. There’s raw power at the plate and arm strength in the infield from third base.

Caleb Clark (Great Lake Canadians):

Clark, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound two-way guy, showed well during the showcase. On the mound, the left-hander was efficient, throwing 42 pitches over three innings of work. He threw quality strikes, living at the bottom part of the zone. He was 85-88 and got swings and misses with his slider. At the plate, he picked up a couple of hits, including a double which was smashed to the pull-side.   

Nick Woodcock (Fieldhouse Pirates):

Woodcock, a 6-foot, 170-pound left-hander, went three innings in his outing, striking out a pair. He sat 84-86, T87, and spun a few curveballs with downer break and late, sharp bite. 

Zak Szabo (Toronto Mets):

Szabo, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound right-handed pitcher, threw three scoreless innings during his outing Saturday. He was up to 88, struck out a batter, and threw 62% strikes. It was a solid outing for the 2022 righty.

Carter Krawchuk (Fieldhouse Pirates):

Krawchuk, a 6-foot, 170-pound right-hander, started the final game of the showcase on Sunday. He went three innings, allowing a run and striking out four batters. He was up to 88, sitting 85-87 with his running fastball, mixing in a breaking ball with 10-4 shape and sweeping action.

Tanner Dawe (Great Lake Canadians):

Dawe, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound right-handed pitcher, made quick work of the opponents in his two innings. He only allowed one hit, and struck out four batters. He overpowered the competition with his fastball in what was a really solid performance. 

Liam Adamson (Great Lake Canadians):

Adamson, a 2022 grad, is a 5-foot-10, 160-pound right-hander. He was up to 87 during his outing on the final day of the event. He threw strikes and struck out three while competing and bouncing back after giving up hits. 

Andre Wojtarowicz (Ontario Terriers):

Wojtarowicz, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound left-handed pitcher, had previously spent a majority of his time in the outfield, but that will change after Sunday’s outing. He was up to 89, pounding the zone with his fastball, and also threw a slider that showed signs of being a good pitch for him down the road.

Cameron Gurney (Fieldhouse Pirates):

Gurney, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound catcher, has done nothing but hit this summer and opened up the showcase doing more of the same. He hit a home run to left-field and later picked up a single in the first game. He went on to walk four times during the rest of the weekend. He finished with three hits, highlighted by his opposite-field home run.

Kaden Gray (Great Lake Canadians):

Gray, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound catcher/first-baseman, also stood out from a power standpoint. He won the home run derby by a landslide, hitting eight balls out in the final round, and in game action, he tied the score in Game 2 with a home run deep to left field. 

Jacob Miller (Toronto Mets):

Miller, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound two-way guy, primarily caught during the weekend. He was one of the better offensive performers during the showcase, picking up three hits and two walks over six plate appearances. 

Brando Leroux (Toronto Mets):

Leroux, a 5-foot-7, 155-pound shortstop was a standout on both sides during the three games. He showed the ability to hit velocity, and put together good at-bats, which often resulted in him getting on base as he went 4/8 with five walks. He made all the plays in the infield, covering ground and getting off throws with quick transfers and accurate throws. 

Dylan O’Rae (Great Lake Canadians):

O’Rae, a 5-foot-6, 130-pound infielder, put together good at-bats all weekend long. He didn’t reach via hit, but walked on four occasions, and played a solid shortstop. He was involved in one of the biggest plays of the weekend, a relay to retire a runner at third-base in the late innings of Game 2.

Brodie Mackay (Ontario Royals):

Mackay, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound infielder, had a solid weekend at the plate during the showcase. He picked up a pair of hits, including a key run-scoring double in Game 3. He also reached base via walks multiple times. MacKay totalled for a 1.000 OPS over the weekend.

Eric Rutherford (Titans Baseball Club):

Rutherford, a 5-foot-8, 155-pound infielder, spent most of his time at second base. He was solid in the infield as he was tested on numerous occasions, and he made plenty of plays. He picked up a pair of singles as well over the games, going 2/5 in total. 

Cameron Chee-Aloy (Ontario Terriers):

Chee-Aloy, a 5-foot-11, 160-pound outfielder, was the MVP of the showcase. He turned on 90+ for a three-run home run in Game 1, followed that up with another home run in Game 2, all while playing a really good centerfield. He went 6/11 and drove in six runs in what was a very impressive showing from the 2022 outfielder.

David Alvarez (Great Lake Canadians):

Alvarez, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound outfielder, was one of the younger players at the event. He had impressive BP rounds in which he drove the ball to the big part of the field. In game action, he picked up a hit in Game 2, and scored multiple times.

Luis Pimentel-Guerrero (Fieldhouse Pirates):

Pimentel-Guerrero, a switch-hitting outfielder, is listed at 5-foot-9, 180-pounds. He picked up a pair of hits on the weekend, a double to deep left field, and a single through the right side. It’s a loose, whippy swing with feel to hit at the plate. 

Drew Lawrence (Great Lake Canadians):

Lawrence, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound outfielder, picked up a hit and a walk during the showcase. There’s bat-to-ball abilities as it’s a direct right-handed swing with limited wasted movements. He made all the plays with ease in the outfield as well.

Andrius Jurenas (Ontario Terriers):

Jurenas, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound outfielder, was a member of both the showcase and the derby. He displayed his raw power in the derby, putting a ball out and driving many to the track. There’s power projection from the right side and upside with continued development. 

Team Red: 

Calvin Ziegler (Great Lake Canadians):

Ziegler, a 6-foot, 200-pound right-hander, had the start for Team Red in Game 1. He sat 90-94 early on, while his changeup and curveball were both good offerings for him. He registered lots of swings and misses, and eight strikeouts in just three innings of work, while also throwing 59% strikes.

Will Droll (Toronto Mets):

Droll, who committed to Pitt just a few days before the event, is a 6-foot, 185-pound left-hander. He was up to 87 in his outing, sitting in the low-mid 80’s range. He threw a few overhand curveballs with big break and tight rotation. He struck out three batters in two innings of work.

Matthew Brown (Ontario Terriers):

Brown, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound right-handed pitcher, had a very clean outing in Game 1. He went three innings with no walks, and three strikeouts, throwing only 37 pitches. He sat in the 85-87 range, topping out at 88, while also mixing in a hard slider with bite. 

Ben Roberts (Great Lake Canadians):

Roberts, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound two-way guy, showed well on both sides. In Game 1, he came in the game late and was up to 89 in his one inning of work. At the plate, he drove a pitch to deep RCF for a double in an at-bat in Game 2. There’s power both at the plate and on the mound from the Upstate commit. 

Nicholas Veselinovic (Windsor Selects):

Veselinovic, a physical left-handed pitcher, went three innings during his start Saturday. After the first inning, he settled in and was effective. He worked up to 86, mixing three pitches and throwing strikes.

Kurt Barr (Windsor Selects):

A younger player at the event as a 2022, Barr didn’t appear to be phased by the moment. The arm works freely with quickness. He was up to 87 during his outing, and there’s more velo to come. He showed confidence in his curveball and used it both early and deep in counts. 

Jordan Woods (Ontario Terriers):

Woods, a 6-foot-2, 160-pound left-handed pitcher, had an impressive outing on Saturday. He sat in the low-mid 80’s, touching 86 in his three innings of work. He threw quality strikes, pitched to both sides, and showed feel for a curveball with good shape and depth. There’s pitchability, and it’s a frame that will continue to get stronger and improve.

Adam Shoemaker (Great Lake Canadians):

Shoemaker, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound left-hander, had one of the better outings on the weekend. Shoemaker was up to 89, he got ahead in counts and finished hitters off with his slider. In three innings of work, he struck out five and only walked one. He had an impressive 73% strike percentage and threw just 45 pitches. 

Rhys Montgomery (Ontario Terriers):

Montgomery, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound left-handed pitcher, went two innings on Sunday. He sat in the low 80’s, throwing a lot of strikes and limiting walks. It’s a low effort delivery, and there’s lots of room for added strength. He’s a guy who could take big strides in the next year.

Owen Millar (Fieldhouse Pirates):

Millar, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound right-handed pitcher, closed out Game 2 for Team Red. He sat in the mid-’80s, maxing out at 88. He went a couple of innings, and recorded swings and misses with both his sinker and his curveball. 

Jack Pineau (Toronto Mets):

Pineau, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound right-hander, was a younger participant as he’s a 2022 grad. He sat 84-86 and mixed in a curveball with 11/5 shape that generated swings and misses. He went two innings, allowing one hit, and striking out a pair.

Julio Vasquez (Great Lake Canadians):

Vasquez, a 6-foot-1, 211-pound catcher, had a strong weekend at the plate. He seemed to make hard contact whenever he was up, going 3/6, with two walks and zero strikeouts. He was also a finalist in the home run derby, displaying his raw power as he put out a handful of balls. 

Colin Cymbalista (Ontario Terriers):

Cymbalista, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound catcher, had a solid all-around weekend. He put together good at-bats every time up, walking three times, and hitting a run-scoring single. He had impressive rounds of BP as he makes hard contact, leaving the yard with minimal launch at times. He threw out a runner stealing and was solid with receiving and blocking. 

Sam White (Ontario Astros):

White, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound catcher/infielder swung the bat really well last weekend. He went 3/10 with a double, and plenty of loud outs. There’s power from the left side, and he looked very comfortable against good pitching as a 2022 grad.

Elijha Hammill (Ontario Terriers):

Hammill, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound infielder displayed some of the quickest hands at the plate, and in limited at-bats, put together good swings. He got out of the box well and put up good times down the line. He’s one of the top prospects in the province and will be closely monitored over the next year.

Core Jackson (Great Lake Canadians):

Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound shortstop, was one of the best performers at the showcase. He went 6/12, making hard contact every time up, with no strikeouts and two home runs. He went deep in back-to-back plate appearances in Game 3, driving two pitches a long way out to left-center field. 

Emilien Pitre (Fieldhouse Pirates):

Pitre, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound infielder, is one of the best defensive infielders in the country and was solid playing on both sides of second during the event. He made the routine plays, was involved in a pair of double plays and showed improved arm strength. He got a couple of hits at the plate, hitting a few balls fairly deep the other way.

Aaron Manias (Toronto Mets):

Manias, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound third baseman, put on a good show in the home run derby, hitting a few balls out to deep right field. He didn’t do much in games, but the BP rounds and derby were solid showings of Manias’ power capability at the plate. He’s a physical corner infielder who can punish a baseball.

Myles Naylor (Ontario Blue Jays):

Naylor, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound third-baseman, was the youngest player at the event. He had a really good showing, making a few tough plays at third base, and getting off strong throws to complete outs. He drove a double to the gap in Game 1, and continued to hit, driving in the game-winning run with a single in Game 3. 

Brysen Vernon (Windsor Selects):

Vernon, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound outfielder, had some of the best raw power at the event. He was a participant of the home run derby and hit two balls out in his round. He covered ground in the outfield and made plays on all the balls hit in his vicinity.  He has a strong throwing arm as well.

Caden Shapiro (Toronto Mets):

Shapiro, a 6-foot, 185-pound outfielder, performed well during the three-day event. He picked up five hits, including an opposite-field homer in Game 3. He showed plate discipline and plate coverage, barreling up baseballs to each part of the field. He played both the outfield and first base and was good at both spots.

Riley Silva (Great Lake Canadians):

Silva, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound outfielder, was an attendee of the showcase. He made hard contact in numerous at-bats, displaying bat-to-ball skills and the ability to use the whole field. He was tested on three occasions in the outfield and covered ground for the three putouts. 

Will McCauley (Ontario Nationals):

McCauley, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound outfielder, was on base all weekend long. He was selective at the plate, did not expand, and reached in four of his seven plate appearances. He’s a solid runner, gets good jumps, and is aggressive on the basepaths, and on the weekend, he stole a couple of bags. He also has one of the stronger outfield arms of showcase participants.

Ty Hamilton (Watson Elite):

Hamilton, a 2022 outfielder at 6-foot-3, 180-pounds, spent most of his time in centerfield on the weekend. He was involved in a couple of big plays, taking away a hit with a nice diving catch, and throwing out a runner at the plate in a critical spot. In Game 3, he picked up a big hit driving in an insurance run that helped seal the win for Team Red.