Zac Orchard is signed, sealed and now ready to deliver.

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced the re-signing of Orchard, the 2017 Intercounty Baseball League Rookie of the Year, on April 17.

With the 2018 season right around the corner, the Maple Leafs have been busy shaping their roster and also recently announced the key signings of former Toronto Blue Jays prospects Mike Reeves and Marcus Knecht.

Orchard, who played the outfield and third base, is coming off an impressive rookie campaign where he batted .456. In 17 games, the Cambridge native belted four homers, four doubles and one triple, while driving in 20 runs.

Currently a senior at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, Orchard hit .289 with two home runs and four doubles, while driving in 19 runs.

Selected by the Blue Jays in 21st round of the 2013 Major League Baseball (MLB) Amateur draft, Reeves was a member of Team Canada for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

After being drafted by the Blue Jays, the Peterborough native was assigned to the Vancouver Canadians in Short-Season-A  and in 55 games he hit .275 with one home run and 25 RBI.

He split the 2014 season with Vancouver, the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts and the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays, batting a combined .213 with one home run and 16 RBI in 63 games.

The catcher spent the entire 2016 season with the Dunedin, getting into 53 games where he batted .244 with three home runs and 16 RBI. Last year Reeves played 27 games with Dunedin and seven games with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, hitting a combined .192 before announcing his retirement from professional baseball on July 21.

Knecht, 27, joins the Maple Leafs following an eight-year professional career with the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins organizations.

The Toronto born outfielder was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 3rd round of the 2010 Major League Baseball (MLB) Amateur Draft from Connor State College in Warner, Oklahoma.

Knecht spent last season with the Les Capitales de Quebec in the Canadian-American Association, where he finished with a .242 batting average in 85 games. He belted five home runs, 19 doubles and drove in 43 runs, while stealing 11 bases.

The Maple Leafs kick off their 2018 IBL regular season schedule on Sunday, May 6 against the London Majors at Christie Pits. Game time is 2 p.m.



PHOTO: The Toronto Maple Leafs have re-signed Intercounty Baseball League Rookie of the Year Zac Orchard for the upcoming 2018 season. The hard-hitting outfielder hit .456 and belted four home runs last season.

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