Spiwak, a player to watch in Canada

Cawthra Park Secondary School (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) 2013 catcher Owen Spiwak is considered by most experts to be the top baseball prospect in Canada for the class of 2013.

  • Name: Owen Spiwak
  • Classification: 2013
  • Position: Catcher
  • Ht, Wt: 6-foot-2, 180
  • Bats/Throws: Left/Right
  • High School: Cawthra Park Secondary School (Mississauga, Ontario [Canada])
  • Summer Travel Team: Ontario Blue Jays - Black (18)
  • Schools of Interest:

    Spiwak has received numerous honors during his baseball career, including playing in the 2011 Power Showcase All-American game and Power Showcase Home Run Derby as well as being selected to the 2012 Baseball Canada Junior National Team. And as you would expect, a host of colleges are showing interest in him.

    According to Dan Bleiwas, the Ontario Blue Jays Director of Baseball Operations/Head Coach 18 and Under Team, there are schools throughout the nation looking at Spiwak, including "Florida, Stetson, Missouri, Florida Gulf Coast, Ole Miss as well as many of the northern schools, (really) too many (schools) to mention."

    As of now, Spiwak isn't spending a lot of time dealing with his recruitment. His dad is handling it for him at the moment.

    "There are a few colleges showing interest in me but I'm not sure who they are because I'm not talking to them," said Spiwak. "My dad is talking to them."

    He does, however, know what he is looking for in a college.

    "I want to go to a four-year school with good academics that will fit me and a school with a good baseball program, obviously," he said. "I want to go somewhere (in the United) States. I haven't really thought about the location."

    He's not only a high-major college prospect but also a legitimate pro prospect. And it's very possible he could wind up being a high draft pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft. Whether he goes to college or goes pro out of high school will depend on the draft and bonus.

    "I would like to play professionally, and if I'm drafted high enough and receive a great offer, then I would for sure love to play professionally," said the youngster. "(However) if I am drafted in the low rounds and the offer wasn't equal to a scholarship in the (United) States, then I would probably decline because it would be more beneficial to me to go to college. I'm not saying I wouldn't sign if I was drafted in the low rounds because it would depend on the money."

    The reason Spiwak is such a highly-touted prospect is because of his projectable body, his arm, his advance defensive skills and his overall hitting ability. Spiwak describes himself as a player.

    "I am a confident player who is defensively sound, blocking everything, throwing runners out when they run the majority of the time, trying to call a good game," he said. "Offensively, I hit for average, get on base a lot, hitting my pitch when I get it. I also have home run power."

    Spiwak and his Ontario Blue Jays - Black 18(U) teammates played in Memphis, Tennessee the past two weeks in the Keith Hagan Memorial All-American Tournament (wood bat) in front of numerous college coaches.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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