Fans of the Ottawa Champions saw how valuable Daniel Bick was at the shortstop position during the 2015 season, and it turns out Baseball America shares that view.
The publication has ranked the 23-year-old from Alpharetta, GA, 10th on its annual list of the top independent prospects, one of only two Can-Am League players in the Top 10. “I’m humble about it,” said Bick. “I expect to do well but it’s always nice to get recognized. It’s a really nice honour.”
Bick batted .259 with one home run and 22 RBI in 66 games for the Champions, but it was his defence that really opened the eyes of teammates, coaches and fans. “He’s a very good athlete and I’m happy he was included on the list,” said Champions manager Hal Lanier, himself a former middle infielder. “He’s got great range with a strong, accurate arm and our infield really got a lot more solid when he took over at shortstop.”
Bick has caught the eyes of Major League scouts as well and was invited by the Arizona Diamondbacks to a tryout camp in January.
Of the top 30 independent prospects listed by Baseball America, only three are from the Can-Am League. Rockland Boulders catcher/outfielder, and Can-Am League Player of the Year, Joe Maloney, was named the No. 3 prospect while pitcher Tony Amezcua of the Sussex County Miners was listed in the Players to Watch section. The Minnesota Twins saw enough promise in Maloney that they signed him to a contract after the 2015 season finished. Austin Wright, a 27-year-old left-handed pitcher with the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League, was named the top prospect.
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