Janisse Makes Pro Debut

Header-image-Shalapata-columnBy Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – Originally drafted by the New York Yankees, at age 17 in 2011, straight out of Villanova High School, Maidstone pitcher Skylar Janisse opted instead to accept a scholarship to Central Michigan University. The hard-throwing right handed pitcher now has four years of college and a degree from Oklahoma City University. Also, he recently pitched his 4th no hitter, the first at the collegiate level, on March 26.

He will re-enter the next MLB draft.

In the meantime, Janisse partook in the Draft Showcase in West Palm Beach, FL, and wowed scouts with his 92mph fastball. He was so sought after in Florida that he signed a minor league contract with the independent Salina Stockade, of the PECOS League.

In his debut with Salina against the Alpine Cowboys, on May 24, Janisse struck out seven hitters and allowed just two earned runs in six innings en route to a 7-3 win.

A two-time member of Canada’s National Youth team, Janisse is still eligible for the draft and has been contacted by three MLB clubs including the Toronto Blue Jays.


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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata