Joining the fold every off-season when he is away from the playing field, Larry Balkwill brings a breadth of catching and hitting experience to the Great Lake Canadians fold. As he enters the fifth year of his professional career in the summer of 2018, his resume also includes time on the Canadian Junior National Team in 2008 and 2009, he was a 41st-round pick of the Detroit Tigers in Major League Baseball’s 2009 draft, he attended Siena College and played Division-I baseball from 2009 to 2013, and in the summer of 2017 he was named a Frontier League All-Star as a representative of the Windy City ThunderBolts, the team he will be playing for during the 2018 season.
The backstop enjoys working with Great Lake because it allows him to pass along the knowledge that he has picked up through his playing career so far, as well as giving him a chance to utilize everything he continues to learn on both sides of the field with the younger generation of Canadian baseball players. As he forges forward in his own career, he often finds himself picking up new ideas within the realms of hitting and catching, and he enjoys being able to pass them along to the GLC players. He believes that baseball is an important sport in Canadian culture, and that the game will continue to produce many good players in the future. His hope is to expose the Great Lake players to as much information as he can in order to aid them in getting to the next level and to find success at that level.
Balkwill loves the enthusiasm from the entire GLC program on practice days, especially in the off-season, and likes seeing the staff and players all ready to work and get better every single day with no exceptions. He strongly believes the Great Lake staff ensures that players can get as much as possible out of the program as long as they are willing to put in the work for themselves.