Prep Baseball Report

Prospect of the Week

Jamie Bodaly
PBR BC Director of Scouting

Each week we will highlight a prospect in the province. We look at an updates in their measureables as well as a projection looking forward.

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British Columbia Insider: Prospect of the Week

Week Two

Tate Dearing RHP / OF / Earl Marriott, BC / 2018

Team: Langley Blaze / Team Canada

Prospect Update: We were able to see Dearing late February and he has added strength and size, beginning to fill out at 6-foot-2, 215-pounds. Tate was up to 92 mph at the BC scout day and sat 91 for the majority of his pen. Still room to add more velo and could see some 93’s and 94’s as the year moves along. Curveball was sharp and worked in the low 70’s with late action while the changeup is still in the developing stages. The Polk State commit looks like the added size will help him stay deep in games and keep potentially maintain his velocity and stuff.

2018 Projection: With the quick start by Dearing indoors, it’s not hard to imagine him getting pro looks as he heads south to Florida with the National Team the next two months. The righty will throw with two of the other top potential pro prospects versus the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin at the stadium and one more appearance vs. the Jays at the minor league complex. In BC, the right-hander will look to lead the staff for the Blaze and should be among the strikeout leaders in the Premier League in 2018.

Week One

Justin Thorsteinson LHP / 1B / Langley, BC / 2020

Committed: Oregon State
Team: Langley Blaze

Prospect Update: Thorsteinson is a 2020 grad listed at 6-foot-3, 185-pounds. The left on left dual players is already committed to powerhouse Oregon State, and is currently the youngest member on the Canadian Junior National Team. A dual position player at the moment, the young lefty has been up to 89 mph already and possesses many traits on both sides of the ball. The bat is balanced with a quiet setup and shows bat speed for his age with a chance of some power potential with the present featuring more gap to gap. On the mound, there is feel for his secondary stuff but is still learning to polish and fine tune as every young arm is. The actions are clean and the arm works well out front, allowing him to get on top of hitters with good downward angles and over powering his age class. 

2018 Projection: Thorsteinson will play for the Langley Blaze this year and again be one of, if not the youngest player in the 18u age group. Look for him to step in right away and be a reliable arm for the Blaze in the PBL and also use 2018 as a learning year with the Canadian Junior National team. He will continue to be a two-way prospect and should be able to contribute just not on the mound, but at the plate as well. He will also look to battle for a spot on the National Team as this year is a qualifier for the Country. With his college commitment already locked down, look for professional scouts to get an early look at Thorsteinson and build their history and knowledge of the 2020 grad.