Carter Arbuthnot, a middle infielder for the Oshawa 17U Legionnaires, has been named the winner of the 2018 Eastern Ontario Baseball Association (EOBA) senior player of the year.
A middle infielder, Arbuthnot has played all over the country. He was part of Team Ontario, which won the Canada Cup in New Brunswick this year. He credits the tournament as his favourite part of the summer.
Other places he played ball were in Oklahoma, Connecticut, North Carolina, Florida, New York, and many other places around Ontario.
“It’s a really nice honour and I am humbled to accept it,” says Arbuthnot told Baseball Oshawa on winning player of the year. “I had no clue I was even being considered.”
Arbuthnot is attending his last year at Maxwell Heights this year, but unlike his friends, he does not need to worry about finding his post-secondary education.
Arbuthnot will be attending Erie Community College Kats in Williamsburg, New York, where he will be enrolling in either health sciences or teaching at the junior college.
He attended several scouting days this summer. Scouts from groups such as the Prep Baseball Report while at the Civic Fieldhouse scrutinized him as a baseball player.
According to Arbuthnot, his IQ is not entirely his own, as he credits Jordan Prosper and his arm program for much of his success this past summer.
“I just see amazing strides in my game this year,” he says.
“I’ve played baseball as long as I can remember,” says Arbuthnot, “but I don’t think I actually grasped the sport in the past years – it’s uncanny.”
Arbuthnot points out that coach Jamie May has been a big influence on his – and his team’s – success. “He holds everyone accountable. We have a fun time playing ball and we all make sure everyone is going 100 per cent and we all want to win – that’s our common goal.”