Cochrane ball player Simon Baker is playing in today's all-star prospects game that wraps up the Canadian Future Showcase at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
The 17-year-old will be playing for Team Blue and is one of only two from Alberta selected. Game time is 12 noon EST. It wraps up the five-day showcase.
In total, 168 Canadian prospects were selected for the showcase following a series of tryouts across the country. They were divided into six teams to play in a tournament-style format.
Baker was assigned to the Royal Blue team. Among the highlights of his play was batting 2-2 in Game Two with 3 RBI and a three-base hit.
It is his second appearance at the showcase.
Hosted by the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy, the event enables Canada’s rising amateur talent with draft and college eligibility to further their athletic and academic careers, by exposing them to MLB scouts and college recruiters.
Since 2013, 117 former Canadian Futures Showcase participants have been drafted by Major League Baseball organizations, with more than 600 receiving college scholarships.
Baker is headed to the Dominican Republic to play with the Canadian junior national team from Oct. 11-22
He is a grade 12 student at Cochrane High and plays for the Webber Academy Wildcats.