35 Canuck drafts, 23 signings, 6 FA signs, Plus Links

* RHP Tom Robson (Ladner, BC), top Canadian in the 2011 June draft, signed with the Blue Jays for $325,000 US. Reported to Dunedin Tuesday. Letters of Intent

2011 Canadians in College

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2011 Canadians in the June draft

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Canadians selected in the 2011 June draft of high schoolers and collegians:


1. 4th round (139 over-all) Blue Jays RHP Tom Robson 6’4” 205 lbs. Ladner, BC Langley Blaze/Canadian Junior National Team

Committed to Central Arizona Community College, Ranked 106th over-all by Perfect Game -- SIGNED $325,000.

TODD DEVLIN -- National Team Ace wants to pitch for Canada's Team

HOWARD TSUMURA -- Robson 'can't wait' to play for Jays

MARK BOOTH -- Robson hopes to get deal done quickly


2. 7th  (219th) Cubs 1B Trevor Gretzky 6’ 4” 205 lbs., Thousand Oaks, Calif. -- SIGNED $375,000

Committed to San Diego State, Son of Wayne Gretzky

JANE SWITZER -- Meet the Gretzky who can't skate

BRIAN SMILEY -- Make way for Gretzky Junior


3. 8th  (251) Brewers C Dustin Houle 6’1 205 lbs. Penticton, BC. Langley Blaze/Canadian Junior National Team -- SIGNED, $150,000

Committed to Chipola College


4. 9th  (296) Braves OF Chase Larsson 6’ 2” 220 lbs. Vancouver, BC, Cameron University -- SIGNED, $100,000 signing bonus.

Previous draft by Greg Smith of the Kansas City Royals, former North Delta Blue Jay with James Paxton

JACOB UNRUH -- Larsson, Tino Martinez DII Player of the Year award,  signs with Braves

TODD DEVLIN -- Larsson wins the long chase

BRIAN LESTER -- Chase Larsson (Vancouver) makes 2011 a comeback year


5. 11th (355) Reds RHP Vaughn Covington, 6’4 210 lbs. Vancouver, BC, Vancouver Cannons -- SIGNED $150,000

Coming off Tommy John surgery expected to throw in September, 92 MPH last summer Drafted by Bill Byckowksi


6. 13th (417) Giants RHP Adam Paulencu 6’ 3” 190 lbs. Sherwood Park, Alta. Vancouver Island Baseball Institute -- SIGNED, but did not pass physical

Top Canadian selection from a Canadian school, One thing the Giants know is pitching

Sherwood Park arm goes to the Giants

ADAM MORRISSETTE -- Paulencu, Baseball Alberta boss, exports son Adam to SF Giants


7. 15th (459) Cubs C Justin Marra 5’ 10” 185 lbs. Toronto, Ont. Ontario Blue Jays/Canadian Junior National Team -- SIGNED $110,000

Marra impressed at workouts for both the Brewers and the Jays, but it was the Cubs which were quickest on the draw


8. 17th (516) Royals SS Nic Cuckovic 6’ 2” 200 lbs  Victoria, BC  Riverside Community College -- SIGNED

Make a late charge leading up to the draft a year ago and some thought he'd go, Year later, Year stronger


9. 17th (526) A’s Sean Jamieson 6’ 1” 180 lbs Simcoe, Ont. Canisius College -- SIGNED

Co-Player of the Year for coach Mike McRae (Niagara Falls, Ont.)

BRIAN SMILEY -- Pre-draft look

Jamieson Impressed A's scout Matt Higginson


10. 18th (571) Phillies RHP Jesen Dygestile-Therrien 6’2” 190 lbs Montreal, Que. Academie Baseball Canada/Canadian Junior National Team --  SIGNED

Scout Alex Agostino (Montreal, Que.) scooped the best from his home province.

MARC ALEXANDER BLAIS -- Two from La Belle Province


11. 22nd (669) Cubs RHP Ethan Elias 6’3” 180lbs. Entwistle, Alta. Edmonton Prospects/Canadian Junior National Team -- SIGNED

Committed to Central Arizona

SHERI LAMB -- Elias elated to be selected by Cubs


12. 23rd  (721) Giants 3B Jonathan Jones 6’ 5” 205 lbs Lorraine, Que. Academie Baseball Canada -- SIGNED

Committed to Iowa Western, Scouted by his coach Ray Callari (Montreal, Que.)

MARC ALEXANDER BLAIS -- Two from La Belle Province


13. 26th (799) Jays INF Justin Atkinson 6’ 175 lbs North Surrey, BC Langley Blaze/Canadian Junior National Team -- SIGNED, $100,000 bonus

Atkinson has signed a letter iof intent to Central Arizona and was drafted by scout Don Cowan.


14. 26th (803) Padres RHP Roberto Suppa 6’5" 205 lbs Connor, Ont. Toronto Maple Leafs and Canadian Junior National Team

Has committed to Cornell University


15. 29th (874) Diamondbacks 3B Carter Bell 6’2” 180 lbs Courtenay, BC Orgeon State University -- SIGNED

Bell is the only Canuck still playing after the top-seeded Beavers won their NCAA regional


16. 29th (890) White Sox, Dustin Hayes 6’2 180 lbs Langley, BC Coquitlam Angels -- SIGNED

Attended White Sox workout south of the border, playing senior


17. 30th (912) Mets LHP Jake Hansen 5’ 11” 180 lbs Fort Macleod, Alta. Fort Macleod Royals/Spitz Canadians/Tean Canada Junior National Team

Impressed Claude Pelletier (Ste-Lezare, Que.) throughout the spring


18. 33th (999) Cubs LHP Sheldon McDonald 5’ 11” 205 lbs Spruce Grove, Alta. University of British Columbia -- SIGNED

Coach Terry McKaig's (Vernon, BC) most dependable starter is selected


19. 33th (1018) Twins INF Steven Wickens 5’10” 170 lbs. Whitby, Ont. Florida Gulf Coast University -- SIGNED

Former Ontario Blue Jays INF anchor

Eagle flying high


20.  34th (1042) Red Sox LHP Ben Dartnell 6’ 2” 200 lbs. East St. Paul, Man. Vauxhall Academy

Battled arm problems this spring for coach Les McTavish but still impressed

Boston selects Dartnell


21. 34th (1049) Yankees RHP Skylar Janisse 6’ 4” 200 lbs. Maidstone, Ont. Windsor Selects/Canadian Junior National Team

Ex-Jays and Expo LHP Denis Boucher (Lachine, Que.) selects national team stalwart

Oakland Grizzley signee drafted


22. 35th (1053) Mariners OF Cory Scammell 6’5” 210 lbs Edmonton, Alta. Edmonton Cardinals/FX Academy/Canadian Junior National Team -- SIGNED

Scammell showed high ceiling playing for coach Mark Randall, legendary scout Wayne Norton (Port Moody, BC) in the hunt


23. 36th (1109) Yankees RHP Ryan Thompson 6’ 1” 180lbs Fort McMurray, Alta. Franklin Pierce University

After transferring from UCONN he dominated: 13 BBs, 114 Ks in 95 IPs, 11-1, 1.23 in 13 starts


24. 37th (1126) A’s 3B Eric Wood 6’2” 195 lbs. Oshawa, Ont. Ontario Blue Jays

And we were told he was a free agent

Three Durham players selected


25. 37th (1129) Blue Jays RHP Leslie Williams 6’ 2” 220 lbs. Scarborough, Northeastern University -- SIGNED

18 BBs, 77 Ks in 95.0 IPs, while going 5-6, 3.89 in 13 starts


26. 39th (1189) Blue Jays RHP Chris Cox 6’ 1” 210 lbs. St. George, Ont., Canisius College

34 BBs, 46 Ks in 44 IPs, 1-6, 5.32, two saves Described as the May best stuff in the conference, 95 mph

BRIAN SMILEY -- Pre-draft look


27. 40th (1231) Phillies 1B Brendan Hendriks 6’2” 180 lbs. Cochrane, Alta. Vauxhall Academy/Canadian Junior National Team

Alberta continues a strong run this June, strong as Hendriks' arm

Phillies select Hendriks

REAGEN SULEWSKI -- Hendricks drafted


28. 41st (1241) Brewers 3B Jalen Harris 6’2” 210lbs. Toronto, Victoria Mariners -- SIGNED

Spent the spring in B.C. and has excellent hands and arm.


29. 42nd (1266) Royals INF Joey Hawkins 5’ 11” 170 lbs. Whitby, Ont., Ontario Blue Jays

Committed to Missouri State, drafted by Jason Bryans (Windsor, Ont.)

Three Durham players selected


30. 42nd (1279) Blue Jays LHP Shane Davis 6’ 2” 189 lbs. Belmont, Ont., Canisius College -- SIGNED

Fifth-year senior holds many Griffs records


31. 43rd (1309) Blue Jays LHP Jake Eliopoulos 6’3” 180 lbs Newmarket, Ont. Troy Jet Box

A sandwich pick of the Jays in 2009, a 14th rounder in 2010 and now the 43rd?


32. 44th (1331) Brewers OF Steve Adam 5’ 10” 160 lbs. Tecumseh, Ont.  Windsor Selects

Fastest player in the country? Beep-Beep!


33. 45th (1362) Mets RHP Andrew Marra 5’ 11” 180 lbs La Salle, Ont. Windsor Selects/Canadian Junior National Team

Has a commttment to the University of Toledo


34. 46th (1388) Indians RHP Robert Nixon, Welland, Ont., Adelphi University -- SIGNED

11-2, a 1.43 ERA, threw record 10 complete games

Adelphi's anchor of the rotation

Nixon joins Mahoning Valley


35. 50th (1519) Jays RHP Eric Brown 6’1” 185 lbs Thunder Bay, Ont. University of British Columbia -- SIGNED

First Bay draftee since Chris Toneguzzi?


Players drafted:

Drafted by: Blue Jays 7, Cubs 4, Brewers 3, A’s 2, Giants 2, Mets 2, Phillies 2, Royals 2, Yankees 2, Braves 1, Diamondbacks 1, Indians, Mariners 1, Padres 1, Reds 1, Red Sox 1, Twins 1, White Sox 1. By Province: Ontario (including one going back a generation) 17, British Columbia 8, Alberta 7, Quebec 2, Manitoba 1.


Free-agent signings (6): RHP Brandon Kaye (Langley, BC) -- Signs as an undrafted free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays after pitching for the University of Biritsh Columbia.  Assigned to Vancouver Canadians Single-A, Northwest League.

OF Marc Bourgeois OF (Granby, Que.) — Signs as an undrafted free agent by the Arizona Diamondbacks after playing for Southern Mississippi.  Assigned to Yakima Bears Single-A Northwest League.

C Dan Welch (Victoria, BC) — signs with Oakland A’s as undrafted free agent, after playing for the University of Dayton.

RHP Cory Hall (Regina, Sask.) — Signs as an undrafted free fgent with Kansas City Royals.

1B Luke Willson (La Salle, Ont.) -- Signs as an undrafted free agent  with the Toronto Blue Jays and if the NFL draft does not work out with the Rice University Owls, he'll give baseball a try.

LHP Rob Cooper (St. Anne, Ont.) -- Signs as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies.