The 2018 MLB Draft is quickly approaching and so too is a new year of baseball north of the border.

As many of the country’s top prospects continue to make their commitments to some of the best baseball programs across both Canada and the United States, a number of names still remain on the board. These past few weeks proved to be important in Ontario specifically with some of the province’s best amateur players announcing their commitments.

Highlighting the list of the latest commits are the likes of the speedy outfielder Lucas Parente, the athletic shortstop Daniel Carinci, and the power-hitting first baseman, Ryan Magdic.

Lucas Parente, OF, Wilfrid Laurier University: Remaining in Ontario, Lucas Parente has turned into one of the best amateur outfielders in the country over the past couple of years as a member of the Great Lake Canadians and the Canadian Junior National Team. Possessing plus speed, a strong arm, and an ability to hit from gap-to-gap, Parente will bring a wealth of big-game experience to the Golden Hawks baseball program.

Daniel Carinci, SS, Indian Hills CC: One of the top middle infielders in the entire country, Daniel Carinci only keeps getting better as he continues grows into his strong frame. Possessing great athleticism and twitchiness at short with a strong arm, Carinci’s bat is starting to come along as well. Showing the ability to barrel up the ball and hit to both gaps. As he continues to develop and mature, some more pop is sure to come from the right side of the plate.

Noah London, OF, University of Northwestern Ohio: Not many players had the type of summer that Noah London had. The Ontario Yankees outfielder blew scouts away at Tournament 12 with the strides he’s made over the year. Capable of playing all three outfield positions, London shows clean arm actions, plus speed, and an ability to hit to all sides of the field.

Ryan Magdic, 1B, Cochise JC: One of the more interesting prospects in the country, the big and athletic first baseman has some juice in his bat from the left side, which he pairs up with a smooth and short stroke. Ryan Magdic has a good feel for his position and should stick at first base, but his power and hit tool is what may look very appealing to MLB teams once the draft rolls around.

Tyler Small, INF, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College: A speedy infielder, Tyler Small is yet another name to come out of the esteemed Ontario Blue Jays program. At the plate, Small has a compact and easy swing and is able generate quick bat speed. Small has a flat bat path through the zone, but can produce enough lift to drive the ball to all parts of the field.

Richard Birfer

Regional Supervisor of the Canadian and Midwest regions. Kinesiology graduate student, Biomechaincs and Neuroscience specialization, at Brock University.

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