Top Concordia prospect Bob Barnaby has decided not to pursue baseball for the remainder of his time at the Montreal university, it was learned today.
Barnaby was highly touted after his rookie season with the Stingers, where he led the team in batting with a .339 average, 12th highest in the Canadian Intercollegiate circuit.
The 20-year-old hometown shortstop also walked twice as often as he struck out, with a 10-5 BB/K ratio, giving him an impressive .906 OPS for the 2017 season. His offense earned him the Platinum Stick Award at SS for the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association (CCBA) conference. He finished 2nd in voting for the CCBA Larry Walker MVP Award.
Barnaby has not said if he plans to pursue any other varsity sports while attending Concordia though he s rumored to be particularly adept at darts, according to fellow students.
Concordia’s backup shortstop is Chris McLaughlin, who joined the team after the end of the 2017 season following a successful tryout. McLaughlin is said to be a speedy and disciplined hitter, though scouts have doubts as to whether he will echo Barnaby’s achievements with the Stingers in 2018.