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Ontario Scout Blog - Friday Night In Oakville

If I’m a college looking for uncommitted talent in the 2022 and 2023 class, some of the best players in Ontario all on one field is a good place to start.

Early in the Fall, it’s clear to see Ontario is still ripe for talent. Here’s a few players that stood out on the mound on Friday night under the lights in Oakville. 

Caleb Clark LHP / 1B / Orillia Secondary School, ON / 2021

Report: Fresh off his Team Canada trip down in Sarasota, Nebraska commit Caleb Clark continued to prove why he’s one of the higher-end arms in Ontario’s 2022 class. At 6-foot-1, 185-pounds, Clark doesn’t have tremendous movement on his pitches but he still induces a lot of awkward swings and weak contact. The FB sat 86-89 and his SL was in the 81-83 range, which is enough to keep hitters off-balance due to the nature of his low arm-slot.

 

Preston Barr RHP / SS / University Liggett, ON / 2024

Report: Preston is one of the younger players at the CPBL All-Star Showcase but you wouldn’t have known by his performance. He was attacking hitters with a fastball that sat 84-85 and put them away with a sharp curveball in the low 70s with late bite. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound right-hander from the Windsor Selects works with a simple, repeatable delivery and moves well on the mound. With the ability to spin the curve, command of three pitches and a mid 80s fastball, Barr will be a must follow from the 2024 class going forward.

Adam Sterkenburg RHP / SS / St.Michael Catholic, ON / 2021

Report: Sterkenberg wasn’t a well-known name heading into the event but that won’t be the case anymore. The 2022 right-hander from Watson Elite looks the part at 6-foot-3, 195-pounds and he controls himself well on the mound while working downhill. Sterkenberg constantly got ahead in the count and the fastball sat comfortably at 82-85 mph from a high-¾ arm slot. He also showed feel for a breaking ball at 67-70 during his two innings. Another uncommitted senior that should generate some looks from college coaches.

 

 

Jonah Tong RHP / OF / Bill Crothers , ON / 2022

Report: Getting the start on Friday night, Tong didn’t disappoint. The North Dakota State commit sat 88-90 from a right-over-the-top slot. At 6-foot, 155-pounds, it’s not an overly imposing figure on the mound, but the ball gets on hitters quickly, and he mixes in a sharp breaking ball at 74-77 mph.

 

Kurt Barr RHP / SS / University Liggett, ON / 2022

Report: Barr spent most of the summer pitching in Michigan and committed to the University of Michigan during that time as well. The 6-foot-2, 160-pound right-hander from the Windsor Selects had late life on his 86-88 mph fastball and was effective when using it up in the zone. It wasn’t the best we’ve seen from Barr but the arm looks good and there’s lots to like. The slider sat 70-73 and was an effective pitch while also mixing in a couple changeups. Barr has continued to trend upwards each summer so it will be intriguing to see what he looks like come springtime.