And 20 on Day III makes 30 Canucks drafted

LHP Isaac Anesty (Guelph, Ont.) was one of five players selected by Cincinnati Reds scouting director Chris Buckley and scouts Bill Byckowski and Dan Bleiwas.

LHP Isaac Anesty (Guelph, Ont.) was one of five players selected by Cincinnati Reds scouting director Chris Buckley and scouts Bill Byckowski and Dan Bleiwas.

30 Canadians selected in 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

OTTAWA - A total of 20 Canadians were selected during day three of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft bringing the total number to 30 for the annual three-day event.

In 2014, 17 Canadians were selected in the annual draft. A record 48 Canadians were selected in 2002 for the highest total since Canadians became eligible for the draft in 1991.

A total of 10 players currently with the Junior National Team program were selected, while eight players that previously played with the program were also among Canadians drafted.

The following is a breakdown of Canadian players drafted by major league organization:

Reds (5), Athletics (3), Blue Jays (3), Cubs (2), Orioles (2), Tigers (2), Marlins (1), Braves (1), Yankees (1), Brewers (1), Indians (1), Rays (1), Nationals (1), Mets (1), Twins (1), Angels (1), Phillies (1), Padres (1), Cardinals (1).

Canadians selected in 2015 MLB Draft
*1. 1B Josh Naylor (Mississauga, ON) – Miami Marlins – 1st Round (12th overall) Junior National Team/Ontario Blue Jays

*2. RHP Michael Soroka (Calgary, AB) – Atlanta Braves – 1st Round (28th overall) Junior National Team/PBF Redbirds

3. LHP Jeff Degano (Surrey, BC) – New York Yankees – 2nd Round (57th overall) Indiana State University

*4. OF Miles Gordon (Oakville, ON) – Cincinnati Reds – 4th Round (115th overall) Junior National Team/Great Lake Canadians

*5. OF Demi Orimoloye (Orleans, ON) – Milwaukee Brewers – 4th Round (121st overall) Junior National Team/Ottawa-Nepean Canadians

*6. LHP Ryan Kellogg (Whitby, ON) – Chicago Cubs – 5th Round (143rd overall) Arizona State University

7. 3B Connor Panas (Toronto, ON) – Toronto Blue Jays – 9th Round (272nd overall) Canisius (NY) College

8. RHP Devon Stewart (Maple Ridge, BC) – Cleveland Indians – 9th Round (274th overall) Canisius (NY) College

*9. C Owen Spiwak (Mississauga, ON) – Toronto Blue Jays – 10th Round (302nd overall) Odessa (TX) College

10. OF Cole Bauml (Muenster, SK) – Detroit Tigers – 10th Round (310th overall) Northern Kentucky University

*11. OF Brett Siddall (Windsor, ON) – Oakland Athletics – 13th Round (398th overall) Canisius (NY) College

*12. C Chris Shaw (Winnipeg, MB) – Baltimore Orioles – 15th Round (463rd overall) University of Oklahoma

*13. OF Michael Foster (Pickering, ON) – Chicago Cubs – 16th Round (473rd overall) Northeastern (MA) University

*14. 2B JD Williams (Brampton, ON) – Cincinnati Reds – 17th Round (505th overall) Junior National Team/ Ontario Blue Jays

*15. LHP Isaac Anesty (Guelph, ON) – Cincinnati Reds – 18th Round (535th overall) Junior National Team/ Ontario Blue Jays

*16. RHP Darren Shred (Brampton, ON) – Cincinnati Reds – 22nd Round (655th overall) Junior National Team/Ontario Blue Jays

17. OF Tristan Graham (Vancouver, BC) – Baltimore Orioles – 22nd Round (673rd overall) Northeast Texas CC

18. RHP Reign Litkeman (Red Deer, AB) – Tampa Bay Rays – 23rd Round (688th overall) Big Bend (WA) CC

19. OF Eric Senior (Toronto, ON) – Oakland Athletics – 23rd Round (698th overall) Toronto Mets

20. RHP Marc Bérubé (Trios Pistoles, QC) – Oakland Athletics – 28th Round (848th overall) University of Pittsburgh

*21. OF Phil Diedrick (Ajax, ON) – Washington Nationals – 29th Round (884th overall) Northern Kentucky University

*22. RHP Jackson Wark (St. Albert, AB) – New York Mets – 30th Round (899th overall) Junior National Team/Edmonton Prospects

*23. OF Tristan Pompey (Milton, ON) – Minnesota Twins – 31st Round (920th overall) Junior National Team/Toronto Mets

*24. RHP Will McAffer (North Vancouver, BC) – Cincinnati Reds – 32nd Round (955th overall) Junior National Team/North Shore Twins

25. LHP Conor Lillis-White (Toronto, ON) – Los Angeles Angels – 32nd Round (975th overall) University of British Columbia

26. OF Ben Pelletier (Varennes, QC) – Philadelphia Phillies – 34th Round (1014th overall) Ailes du Quebec / Patriotes Rive-Sud

27. RHP Alex Webb (Surrey, BC) – San Diego Padres – 36th Round (1077th overall) University of British Columbia

*28. SS Daniel Pinero (Toronto, ON) – Detroit Tigers – 36th Round (1090th overall) University of Virginia

29. IF Mattingly Romanin (Burlington, ON) – Toronto Blue Jays – 39th Round (1172nd overall) Chicago State University

*30. SS Joey Hawkins (Whitby, ON) – St. Louis Cardinals – 40th Round (1211th overall) Missouri State University

*Current or former member of Junior National Team program

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Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.