Team Canada - Day 2 Notes


George Halim
Assistant Director - PBR Canada

As Team Canada players settled into their new setup in Florida, games got underway and PBR was there for it. Here's a few players that had standout performances. 

SAM WHITE C / 3B / AURORA, ON / 2023

There wasn't a better hitter on the first day of games than Sam White. The '23 West Virginia commit stood out among the best, going 3-for-3 with a walk, a single to right, a single to left, and a triple to deep centre.

LIAM ADAMSON RHP / OAKRIDGE, ON / 2022

Adamson was the best arm on Day 1 of games, sitting 87-88 up to 89, he spun his breaking ball at 71-73, and pulled his changeup at 79-81. The Illinois commit has been one of the more consistent arms we've seen this summer, always maintaining his velocity while repeating well, and throwing strikes.

JAKOB POTURNAK SS / 3B / INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL MANILA, BC / 2022

It's pretty clear how green Poturnak is, but there's tools there. All the things he does are rough around the edges, but a product of the Philippines, Poturnak has only been in Canada for roughly six months. From a development standpoint there's lots of room to grow. The raw power and bat speed is there, and he didn't waste any time turning around a double to left in his first AB of the week. Give him some time, and the Xavier commit has a chance to be good.

JACK WHEATLEY SS / VAUXHALL, AB / 2022

It was tough not to like Wheatley on Day 1 of games. Defensively he lays shortstop with the best of them, making a sliding play up the middle, and a plant-and-throw play deep in the hole. The range is there, and so is the arm strength. Offensively he wasn't as aggressive as he could've been, but when he swings it looks pretty. He notched a base hit in his last AB of the day, sitting back nicely on a breaking ball to take it to left.

REES KOZAR C / OF / ST. THOMAS OF VILLANOVA , ON / 2023

Few hitters caught more barrel than Kozar did in Game 1. The uncommitted '23 starts from a wide stance and always seems to get on time. His bat stays through the hitting zone for a long time, and it allows him to drive the ball to all fields. He ended up with one hit on the day, a hard one to right-centre. He caught an alright game and also compliments his game with being a 6.87 runner.