Canadians drafted in 1997

by on October 31, 2012


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* SS Kevin Nicholson (Surrey, BC) of the Stetson University Hatters was the first Canadian chosen in 1997 ….



42 Canadians drafted in … in 1997

Round (Over-all) Club Position Name Home Town University/Team

1st (27th) Padres SS Kevin Nicholson Surrey, BC Stetson University
1A (36th) Orioles OF Ntema Ndungidi Montreal, Que. Academie Baseball Canada
1A (43rd) White Sox RHP Aaron Myette Surrey, BC Central Arizona College
2nd  (79th) Indians RHP Robbie Vael Surrey, BC Eastern Utah College
5th (151st) Royals LHP Jason Gooding Cambridge, Ont. Texas Tech University

7th (214th) Cubs RHP Paul Vracar Stoney Creek, Ont. Ontario Blue Jays
10th (297th) Angels RHP Steve Green Longeiul, Que. Fort Scott Community College
13th (389th) Blue Jays RHP Travis Hubbel Edmonton, Alta. Edmonton Sharks
13th (408th) Dodgers RHP Matt Bornyk Victoria, BC Victoria Rebels
14th (435th) Orioles RHP Sean Jones Hamilton, Ont. Hamilton Cardinals

16th (483rd) Twins LHP Jordie Gerk Kelowna, BC Kelowna Cubs
18th (562nd) Braves LHP Brad Drew Waterloo, Ont. Waterloo
20th (619th) Yankees CF Paul Manning Red Deer, Alta. Red Deer Braves
25th (762nd) Colorado C Trent Kitsch Kelowna, BC Kelowna Cubs
25th (768th) Dodgers INF David Detienne Dartmouth, N.S. Nova Scotia Selects

26th (775th) Tigers C Maxim St. Pierre Montreal, Que. Trois-Rivieries Ailes
26th (784th) Cubs RHP Mike Meyers Tillsonburg, Ont. Black Hawk College-Moline
28th (857th) Rangers RHP Mike Eskildsen Maple Ridge, BC Coquitlam Reds
29th (867th) Anaheim SS Mike Condon Toronto, Ont. Seton Hall University
29th(883rd) Mariners CF Matthew Huntingford West Vancouver, BC North Shore Twins

34th (1044th) Devil Rays RHP Kris Ehmke Peterborough, Ont. Peterborough Hobies/Ontario Blue Jays
34th (1019th) Blue Jays RHP Jamie Jenkins Mirimachi, N.B. New Brunswick Selects
34th (1043rd) Diamondbacks RHP Philip McKaig Swift Current, Sask. Corona Del Sol HS, Tempe AZ
35th (1053rd) Twins RHP Craig Hawkins Burlington, Ont. Ontario Blue Jays
36th (1079th) Blue Jays RHP Simon Stoner Prince George BC Prince George Knights

36th (1094th) Cardinals OF Andy Bevins Port Coquitlam, BC, San Diego State University
37th (1128th) Dodgers RHP Tyler Renwick Langley, BC New Mexico Jr. College
39th (1187th) Rangers SS Peter Orr Newmarket, Ont. Ontario Blue Jays
40th (1217th) Rangers LHP Craig Mosher Richmond, BC White Rock Tritons
44th (1303rd) Blue Jays RHP Todd Thompson Trail, BC Indian Hills Community College

44th (1315th) Expos OF Matthew Baird Burlington, Ont. North Central Texas State
44th (1316th) Dodgers C Graig Merritt Pitt Meadows, BC Northern Idaho College
45th (1341st) Diamondbacks INF Steven Doherty Richmond, BC Whalley Chiefs
47th (1374th) Dodgers LHP Jean Emard Montreal, Que. Academie Baseball Canada
50th (1423rd) Dodgers RHP Chris Howay New Westminister, BC Coquitlam Reds

51th (1432nd) Twins RHP Clinton Bailey Chemainus, BC Mid Island Canadians
56th (1498th) Dodgers RHP Reggie LaPlante Beauport Que. Academie Baseball Canada
59th (1529th) Dodgers SS Josh Ridgeway Ladner, BC Tsawwassen Midgets
62nd (1549th) Yankees 3B Paul Schlosser Medicine Hat, Alta. Medicine Hat Moose Monarchs
66th (1567th) Blue Jays RHP Cam Newitt Little Britain, Ont. Northwest Shoals Jr. College

67th (1572nd) Blue Jays RHP David Steffler Keene, Ont. Winthrop University
67th (1573rd) Dodgers RHP Corey Stephen Regina, Sask. Saskatchewan Selects

(1A Sandwich pick)

By province: British Columbia 18, Ontario 12, Quebec 5, Alberta 3, New Brunswick 1, Nova Scotia 1, Saskatchewan 2.
By team: 1. Dodgers 9, 2. Blue Jays 6, 3. Rangers 3, 3. Twins 3.
Angels 2, Cubs 2, Diamondbacks 2, Orioles 2, Yankees 2,  Braves 1, Cardinals 1, Devil Rays 1, Expos 1, Indians 1, Mariners 1, Padres 1, Rockies 1, Royals 1, Tigers 1, White Sox 1.

Bob Elliott
Bob Elliott is the founder of the Canadian Baseball Network. He is also a baseball columnist for the Toronto Sun and a frequent guest on The FAN-590. He was born in Kingston, Ont. If you want to know anything and everything to do with the Major Leagues, Minors or amateur ball in Canada - Bob is the man to talk ask.

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