Zero Canucks at Futures Game -- a first

Canadian minor leagues might as well pull up a chair and watch the 16th annual Future Game in Cincinnati. Not one Canadian was on an approved list of players submitted by the 30 teams.

Canadian minor leagues might as well pull up a chair and watch the 16th annual Future Game in Cincinnati. Not one Canadian was on an approved list of players submitted by the 30 teams.

By Bob Elliott
For the first time there won’t be any Canadian talent on display at the annual Futures Game on July 12.

Major League Baseball along with MLB.com and Baseball America select the best young prospects who make up the Team USA and the World rosters. This year’s game at the Great American Park in Cincinnati won’t see anyone carrying a Canadian flag during pre-game ceremonies.

Before you cancel your Baseball America subscription or quit clicking on MLB.com you should know a few things:

While this was one of the best June drafts for Canucks since 2002, the total number of Canadians in the minors was at 54 when it came time to make the selections.

The likes of OF Tyler O’Neill (Maple Ridge, BC), C Kellin Deglan (Langley, BC), SS Sean Jamieson (Simcoe, Ont.) RHP Jared Mortensen (Abbotsford, BC), LHP Evan Rutckyj (Windsor, Ont.), LHP Shane Dawson (Drayton Valley, Alta.) and 3B Jesse Hodges (Victoria, BC) all could having been considered.

Yet, all committed to defend Canada’s Pan Am gold medal, meaning that they were not eligible.  

And finally, candidates had to be selected from lists of players approved by clubs in order to be named. Each team approves 2-to-6 candidates. And not one Canadian made the list.

OF Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) of the Toronto Blue Jays, RHP Nick Pivetta (Victoria, BC) of the Washingtion Nationals, LHP Evan Grills (Whitby, Ont.) of the Houston Astros, Stephen Wickens (Whitby, Ont.) of the Minnesota Twins and 3B Eric Wood (Pickering, Ont.) of the Pittsburgh Pirates would have been possible suggestions.

It’s like that race track expression: you can’t win if you don’t bet.

In this case, you can’t be selected if he’s not on the approved list.

And zero Canadians were on the approved list.

Since 1999 25 players have been named to the Futures Game with Justin Morneau, Brett Lawrie Erik Bedard and Aaron Myette each being named twice. 

Futures Game Participants (1999-2014)
Name Year Team

Phillippe Aumont 2008 Mariners

Erik Bedard 2001, 2002 Orioles

Jeff Francis 2004 Rockies

Tyson Gillies 2009 Mariners

Rich Harden 2003 A’s


Shawn Hill 2003 Expos

George Kottaras 2006 Padres

Pierre-Luc LaForest 1999 Devil Rays

Brett Lawrie 2009, 2010 Brewers

Jordan Lennerton 2013 Tigers


Kyle Lotzkar 2012 Reds

Adam Loewen 2005 Orioles

Trystan Magnuson 2010 Blue Jays

Scott Mathieson 2005 Phillies

Russell Martin 2005 Dodgers


Chris Mears 1999 Mariners

Justin Morneau 2002, 2004 Twins

Aaron Myette 1999, 2000 White Sox

Ntema Ndungidi 2000 Orioles

James Paxton 2011 Mariners


Dalton Pompey 2014 Blue Jays

Michael Saunders 2007 Mariners

Scott Thorman 2003 Braves

Rene Tosoni 2009 Twins

Phillippe Valiquette 2010 Reds