Heading into his final year with the Great Lake Canadians program, long-time GLC catcher Ryan Faragher has secured the next stop on his baseball journey with a commitment to Wabash Valley Community College and will head to Mount Carmel, Illinois to join the Warriors at the end of the summer.
Searching to find his best option, the native of Lambeth was helped to his decision by the experience of GLC alum and 2017 Organizational MVP Noah Myers, and was assisted in securing a spot by Great Lake coordinator of college placement Adam Arnold.
“It all happened because of Adam Arnold,” Faragher said. “He was a huge help through the whole process, by getting my name out there and helping me find the right fit…
“What impressed me the most was the winning culture that goes on at Wabash, as well as the focus on development. Being able to talk to and ask questions about the school with Noah was huge because he really made it clear how committed to player development the program is.”
Joining the Great Lake organization since before he even entered high school, Faragher will be the final original member of the program to graduate, and everyone who has worked with him along the way can’t wait to see what’s next.
“He’s a GLC original and he was a converted catcher when he started with us, so it’s kind of cool that we’ve worked with him the whole way,” said GLC director of baseball operations Chris Robinson. “He’s put in a ton of time to learn the position and it’s funny – at first he didn’t necessarily buy in. Then he did, and as soon as he did, he picked it up really quickly and the rest is history.
“On the amateur level, he’s done everything you can do – he’s played with the [Canadian Junior] National team, he’s played multiple times at Tournament 12, and he’s turned himself into a really good college prospect and a professional prospect. He’s done pretty much everything he can do, and he works hard – that’s why.”
A part of the Canadians program since the beginning, Faragher has enjoyed his experience with Great Lake, taking advantage of everything the program has had to offer, and he can’t wait to get out on the field for his final Canadian Premier Baseball League season.
“During my time with the GLC program I have taken great strides as a player,” the 18-year-old said. “The focus on development here is second to none, and I wouldn’t be the player I am, and get the opportunities I’ve gotten, if it wasn’t for this program…
“The GLC program has helped prepare me in every single way possible to play at the next level. Obviously they have helped prepare me on the field, but the skills and lessons I’ve learned off the field as well are just as important – things like being a leader and being a competitor are things that have taken on a whole new meaning since I started playing here.”
In his most recent season, Faragher was a member of an 18U GLC squad that not only led the CPBL in regular-season standings but also went undefeated through the post-season to secure a playoff win. Earlier in the year, the team also won the first 18U tournament in the States for the program, taking the top spot at the Gene Bennett Classic in Ohio.
“The highlight of my GLC career so far has to be the entire 2018 season,” he said. “The group of guys we had was special. We all got along really well and that’s what made it so enjoyable. We just had fun, and the winning was a bonus.”
With one more GLC season to add to his resume, Faragher is excited to taking the next step and getting things going with the Warriors in Illinois.
“I’m really just looking forward to going down there and being able to compete,” the young catcher said. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play college baseball and now that I have that opportunity I want to make the most of it. I’m very fortunate for this opportunity and I’m ready to do whatever it takes to help my team win.”
The GLC organization is looking forward to Faragher’s future and is also excited to see what the next step for the backstop holds.
“He’s such a physically strong kid that he should step into a college and at least be able to compete on that side,” Robinson said. “He’s going to a school that we’re familiar with, with Noah being there and having the success Noah’s had, so hopefully Ryan can transition and have similar success.
“I see him being a really good college baseball player. He does a lot of things on the field that you can’t really evaluate by the stat line – he does a good job of managing the pitching, he calls a good game, he’s in the game, he has a presence about him behind the plate – so that will all hopefully help him at the college level as well.”