OF Tanner Kirwer, 20th round (609th overall) - Toronto Blue Jays - Signed - $40,000

With their 20th round pick (609th overall), the Toronto Blue Jays selected outfielder Tanner Kirwer.

Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alta.

Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Height/Weight: 6’ 180 pounds

School: Niagara University

Coaches: Rob McCoy  

Previous Teams: Sherwood Park Dukes, Team Alberta

Previous Coach: Josh Bishop.

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2017 junior season at Niagara: Batted .335 with 20 doubles, two homers and 29 RBIs ... Was 23-for-25 stealing bases and a .899 OPS in 48-47 games ... He led Niagara this season in hits (65), runs (47), doubles (20) and stolen bases (23) ... Also led the MAAC in runs and stolen bases, and was second in the MAAC in doubles. His 20 doubles tie him for second-most in a single season in Niagara history. 

2016 sophomore year at Niagara: Played in 42 games for the Purple Eagles in 2016 ... Led the team with a .327 batting average ... Had a team-high 29 RBIs, 14 doubles, .458 slugging percentage and .978 fielding percentage ... After the Purple Eagles’ three-game sweep of Saint Peter’s, Kirwer was 10-for-14 at the plate, with seven runs and 12 RBIs, to earn a pile of honors.

2015 freshman year at Niagara _ Appeared in 44 games as a freshman and starting 41 games ... Finished with a .324 average and .857 fielding percentage ... Was second on the team with 32 runs ... Had 70 fielding assists and 24 stolen bases on 27 attempts.

2014 season: Selected to represent his province in the 2013 Canada Games where Alberta finished third, batting .368 with a .538 OBP, a 1.012 OPS, and a 0.00 ERA ... At the Blue Jays Baseball Academy Tournament 12 he hit .429 with a .714 OBP ... As a Duke posted a .521 batting average


Honours 2017 season: Selected to an All-MAAC team First Team, making him 3-for-3 in all of his three seasons at Niagara ... 2016 season: Named to the All-MAAC Second Team at the end of the season ... Prior to the season, was selected to the Preseason All-MAAC Team, as well as College Sports Madness’ All-MAAC First Team ... By going 10-for-14 with 12 RBIs, earned National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association National Hitter of the Week, MAAC Player of the Week and College Sports Madness’ MAAC Baseball Player of the Week ... 2015 season: Was named to the All-MAAC Second Team at the conclusion of the season ... 2014 season: as a Duke: Won NorWest League Player of the Year. 

Bob Elliott