OKOTOKS, Alberta (BVM) — We are a few months removed from the high school baseball season, but the impact players in the Class of 2023 have made continues to be felt across the baseball world. One of those players who has made an impact is Ty Doucette, a Canadian prospect committed to Oregon State.
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Doucette has been playing baseball practically his whole life. And thanks to his parents, his love for baseball started at an early age.
“As long as I can remember, I was hitting balls in my backyard,” Doucette said during an interview with the High Button Sports podcast. “My mom was my first coach, actually. I’ve been swinging since I was like 2 or 3. Once I was born, my dad was like, ‘You can put a bat in his hands, right?’”
Doucette’s baseball career flourished with a skill level better than most. So much so that Okotoks Dawgs Baseball Academy gave him a call.
“During lockdown, I got a text from the coach saying, ‘We’d really like you to come out; we’ve been eying you for a bit,” Doucette said on the podcast. “I was so pumped, I was like, ‘I’ve been waiting for this.’”
Doucette suited up for Okotoks Dawgs Baseball Academy in 2021. He batted .316, had 24 RBIs and eight doubles. Along with interest from the Okotoks, Doucette also suited up for the U-18/Junior National Team from Canada. Experiences like playing in the Dominican and seeing what a great fastball looks like.
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“If a pitcher was throwing 94, and then you bring in another guy who’s throwing 95, I could tell which is which,” Doucette said. “That’s how much of a difference there is between 94 and 95.”
Seeing those types of pitches can help a player like Doucette develop. In his case, his development has led him to become one of the top players in Canada. And with the reputation as a top player from Canada has allowed him to receive offers from college baseball programs in the United States. Programs such as Oregon State, Cal State Fullerton and others.
“My recruiting process was kind of short,” Doucette said. “I got calls from a bunch of schools [and] most of them (coaches) are like you’re from Canada and hang up on you. But I was so thankful Oregon State took a chance on me. I just felt like Oregon State wanted me more. They were putting in way more effort towards [recruiting] me.”
Doucette will be joining a prominent baseball program in Oregon State. The Beavers finished the 2021-22 season with a record of 48-18 (20-10 Pac-12), and the team made it to the Super Regional round before being knocked out by Auburn.
When Doucette joins the Beavers, he’ll have the opportunity to play for one of the most admired former players, now coach, in the program history: Mitch Canham. As the 21st head coach in Oregon State baseball history, Canham has led the Beavers to an overall record of 90-51 in his short tenure. Along with his coaching success, Canham had success as a player. Most notably during 2006 and 2007, he helped the Beavers win back-to-back national championships.
According to PBR, Doucette also finds himself as one of the top 500 prospects. As a top prospect, Doucette had the potential to enter the MLB Draft. However, Doucette decided Oregon State would be his best shot at making it to the big leagues.
Doucette has shown great potential. And with Joey Votto and James Paxton, the success of Canadian players has been seen. But a player like Doucette is always ready to perform at the highest level.