Ontario Royals

Organizational Spotlight: The Ontario Royals Look Forward to Competing in the CPBL

The Ontario Royals head into the 2021 season as one of five expansion teams in the Canadian Premier Baseball League. With a handful of organizational developments, they are excited for the new season and prepared to be a competitive team in the CPBL.

With limited game action in the 2020 season, the Royals adapted to the circumstances continuing their player development from afar. “We didn’t get the opportunity to participate in any formal league play – but the majority of our players took part in our remote training program and continued their development,” said Royals General Manager & Owner Matt Mills. 

The Royals, like all teams, didn’t get on the field much, however they accomplished a lot in the shortened season. They partnered with Tread Athletics to assist with their player development process. And have continued with their RBI (Royals Baseball International) Program while also bringing in nine new coaches to lead their clubs.

Meanwhile, a highlight for the Royals in 2020 was seeing Western Kentucky University commit Brodie Mackay of the 18u team take part in the CPBL All-Star Showcase. 

Mills was impressed by his club’s infielder, stating, “he looked comfortable defensively and moved smoothly with good feet and hands. I also thought he swung the bat well and barreled the ball up a number of times… The other great thing about Brodie is watching how he carries himself in those situations – always being present as coaches are speaking, and respecting those around him.  

Looking ahead to 2021, at the 15u level, coached by Ryan Balan, 14 of the team’s players are new to the organization, and Royals General Manager & Owner Matt Mills is excited to watch this crop of players develop. “We look forward to working with these strong athletes and sharpening their baseball skills and knowledge of the game. This is a group that has the opportunity to grow together within the organization and be increasingly competitive the longer they stay together.” 

“Our 16U group is 50/50 split of returning Royals players and new Royals, and we’re excited to see them compete in the CPBL, and continue to develop,” Mills said. 

Meanwhile, at the 18u level, it’s a younger team that Mills says is “a group that will continue to scratch and claw to compete.”

This season, Mills expects to place each of the 18u team’s graduating players in schools, while continuing to develop the club’s players on and off the field. “We hope to continue to be able to work, train, and develop through these winter pandemic months, and hope that all our players and families continue to stay in good health. As we progress throughout the season we expect to see our players continue to grow in terms of their baseball development, and as young men off the field.”

With lots of exciting developments within the organization, the Royals look forward to their inaugural year in the CPBL.