London, ON – The iCASE Huskies team took part in the Inaugural Centre Field Sports Showcase on, where 117 players in total were given the opportunity to demonstrate their hitting, throwing, fielding and running skills in front of a dozen pro scouts as well as 30 college coaches/recruiters. It was the perfect ending to the Fall Ball season, as the Stratford Northwestern student-athletes who signed up for iCASE’s “rookie” campaign were in peak form, performed very well, and now can turn the page and begin to focus on their individual strength & conditioning programs.
Included among the talent evaluators were high profile names such as Walt Burrows, the Canadian Supervisor of the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau (Tom Valcke’s successor when he left MLB to become the GM of the Calgary Cannons), and Greg Hamilton, Baseball Canada’s High Performance Director and National Youth Team field manager. Former Major Leaguer Adam Stern, the owner-operator of Centre Field Sports, also scouts for the Boston Red Sox.
“I’ve seen them all, from BC to the east coast, and Centre Field Sports is the best indoor baseball facility this country has to offer,” commended Valcke, iCASE field manager/GM.
“Not only do they have forty thousand square feet of quality space enabling the prospects to do what the scouts need to see, they also promised a strong contingent of professional and college scouts to be in attendance, and they delivered. Lots of other showcase events talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk. Each of our players has had communications from as many as a half dozen colleges, and a handful of them attended Christmas camps at the respective US schools, such as Canisius College in New York where Canadian Mike McRae is the field manager. There are another one or two events in January that some of the players are considering. The showcase at CFS was well organized and has proven to be worthwhile.”
VIDEOS FROM MLB/COLLEGE SHOWCASE AT CENTRE FIELD SPORTS:
Catcher Cam McDougall throwing from home to second:
CF Colton Gill (#17) wins 60 yd dash
RHP Yanik Leroux throws bullpen (on left side of video, red sleeves):
1B Ricardo Suarez taking cuts:
LHP Ricardo Suarez throws bullpen (on right side of video):
C Brody Higgs taking cuts:
3B Jaxon Valcke taking cuts: