BTL teamed up with Fergie Jenkins Showcase League out of Welland, Ontario to host a showcase for their high school level athletes. Below is a look at some of the top performers from the event.
OF, RHP / Whitby, ON / 2023 / Uncommitted
Damien Aston is a senior left-handed hitting outfielder set to graduate in 2023. Standing at 6-foot, 170 pounds, Aston possesses a strong and accurate arm that hits 82 MPH and allows him to make impressive plays in the outfield. With a lightning-fast 7.27 60-yard dash, Aston is also able to track down balls with ease. Aston’s talent extends to his hitting ability as well, with a bat speed of 61.0 MPH and a rotational acceleration of 14.4, allowing him to whip the bat through the zone with speed and precision. Additionally, Aston is a skilled pitcher, with a fastball that reaches 75 MPH and has a spin rate of 1842 RPM. He also has a curveball at 65 MPH with a spin rate of 1781 RPM and a changeup at 68 MPH.
RHP, 1B / Belleville, ON / 2024 / Uncommitted
Keaton Sararas, a 5-foot-11, 240-pound junior, was a standout as a two-way athlete at the event. He possesses a wide range on the infield, with the ability to cover ground to his left and right, while also demonstrating a strong arm with a throw of 74 MPH across the diamond. At the plate, Sararas is a force to be reckoned with, boasting an exit velocity of 87 MPH from the right side of the plate. Sararas is able to whip the bathead through the zone at 68.2 MPH. But it’s his potential on the mound that truly sets him apart, with a fastball that ranges between 77-79 MPH and a spin rate of 2007 RPM. His curveball sits at 66 MPH with a spin rate of 1961 RPM, and he also possesses a splitter that sits at 70 MPH.
SS, RHP / Oshawa, ON / 2024 / Uncommitted
Ryan Barker is a 6-foot, 135-pound two-way athlete Junior set to graduate in 2024. Barker shows impressive skills at the plate and on the mound. With an exit velocity of 82 MPH from the right side, he has a powerful swing and effectively uses his lower half to generate power. On the mound, Barker boasts a 2-seam fastball that ranges between 75-77 MPH with run, complemented by a curveball at 66 MPH and a changeup at 68 MPH. His fastball has a spin rate of 1722 RPM, and his curveball has a spin rate of 1821 RPM, indicating a high level of skill and control.
RHP / Blenheim, ON / 2025 / Uncommitted
2025 sophomore Malachi Farrow, 6 feet and weighing 150 lbs, Farrow has a free and easy motion on the mound, which allows him to show a dominant presence on the bump. Despite being a young player, Farrow has already demonstrated impressive pitching skills, with his fastball sitting between 78-79 MPH but capable of reaching up to 82 MPH, aided by a spin rate of 1765 RPM. His curveball is another weapon in his arsenal, with a spin rate of 1667 RPM and a speed of 63 MPH, which keeps hitters unbalanced at the plate. Farrow also possesses a changeup that sits at 72 MPH, adding to his already impressive pitching repertoire.
C / Blenheim, ON / 2025 / Uncommitted
Kuper Hodgins is a 6-foot, 165-pound sophomore catcher from the class of 2025. With an exit velocity of 82 MPH from the right side with a rotational acceleration of 18.5 and a bat speed of 69.8 MPH. Hodgins runs a 7.25 60-yard dash, helping him become a formidable force on offense. But his skills behind the plate are what truly make him stand out. As a catcher, Hodgins has a commanding presence, showing excellent reflexes and accuracy with a pop time of 2.09. He also possesses impressive arm strength, with the ability to throw at 67 MPH, making it challenging for opponents to steal bases or advance. Hodgins is a name to keep an eye on as he continues to develop his skills over the next few years.
MIF / Welland, ON / 2025 / Uncommitted
Blake Maksymyshyn is a 5-foot-9, 130 pound switch-hitting sophomore. With smooth hands and impressive range, he is able to make plays on the infield with ease. At the plate, Maksymyshyn is a consistent hitter, able to consistently achieve exit velocities in the 80’s from both sides of the plate, with a max exit velocity of 87 MPH. His bat speed is also impressive, at 60.7 MPH, and his rotational acceleration is 14.7. Maksymyshyn makes hard line drive contact on his swing, making him a hard out at the plate from the left and right batters box.
RHP, OF / Blenheim, ON / 2025 / Uncommitted
Cohen Kirkwood, a 6-foot, 150-pound sophomore is a LHB and a RHP. His strong and accurate arm, clocked at 77 MPH from the outfield. With an exit velocity of 78 MPH and a bat speed of 65.0 MPH, Kirkwood consistently makes contact from the left side of the plate. He’s also a pitcher, with a fastball that sits between 70-71 MPH and a spin rate of 1538 RPM. He throws a curveball at 63 MPH with a spin rate of 1737 RPM, a slider at 64 MPH with 1673 RPM, and a changeup at 64 MPH, rounding out his pitching repertoire.
RHP, 1B / Caledonia, ON / 2025 / Uncommitted
Ryan Stubbs is a 6-foot-3, 175-pound sophomore graduating in the class of 2025. As a right-handed hitter who plays first base, he boasts an impressive exit velocity of 81 MPH, showing off his power and control at the plate. His defensive skills are equally impressive, with the ability to throw 73 MPH from first base, allowing him to turn double plays quickly and effectively. But Ryan’s talent doesn’t stop there, as he’s also a formidable pitcher on the mound. His fastball ranges between 74-76 MPH with a spin rate of 1743 RPM, and he also has a curveball at 62 MPH and a changeup at 61 MPH, both with impressive spin rates of 1726 RPM.