After a decade of operation, Prospects Baseball Academy in St. Albert has cultivated some incredible talent.
Those who have attended the academy include Major League Baseball (MLB) draft picks – like Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect Andrew Case and Erik Sabrowski, a 2018 selection of the San Diego Padres – while others have represented the Prospects in Edmonton as members of the Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) team.
Other students – such as Jackson Wark, Kobe Hyland and Taran Oulton – have gone on to play high-end college baseball in the United States and across Canada.
Jordan Blundell, meanwhile, has become the face for the Prospects in both St. Albert and Edmonton. In St. Albert, Blundell works as a hitting instructor and recruiting coordinator at Prospects Baseball Academy, while in Edmonton he was recently named head coach and director of baseball operations by the Prospects.
We caught up with Blundell recently to learn more about the academy.
Read More 1 Thru 9: Prospects Baseball Academy
From Edgar’s Hall of Fame bid to Mike Soroka’s ascent up the Atlanta Braves depth chart to the Western Canadian Baseball League’s rebrand & revamp, there is a lot for Alberta’s baseball fans to be excited for.
We take a look at five of the headlines we will be watching in the coming year.
Read More Five Things We’re Watching in 2019
We made a list. We checked it twice.
Time to find out who was naughty and nice in Alberta baseball circles this year.
Read More Making a List
With the summer season behind them, many Alberta baseball players have headed south for a year of college play in the United States.
While these athletes are settling in – hitting the books, spending time at the gym and running around the ball diamonds for practices and exhibition play, as the weather permits – we thought this was a good time to look back at the footprint of Alberta players who attended American colleges and universities during the 2018 season.
Read More Head of the Class: Summary of 2018 Alberta College Players
The Edmonton Prospects will have a new look in the dugout next year, as the coaching duo of Ray Brown and Orv Franchuk is moving on.
But the experienced skipper tandem may not be away from the Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) for very long.
The Prospects announced the resignation of Brown, the team’s head coach, and Franchuk, the director of baseball development, on Sept. 12th after contract discussions with owner Patrick Cassidy broke down.
Read More Coaching Duo Leaving Prospects