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Jameson Taillon, shown pitching for Team Canada at the World Baseball Classic in Phoenix, received a larger signing bonus than Bryce Harper and larger than any other Canadian./Photo courtesy of Christie Kormendy Taillon. ....  

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In August of 2010 Jameson Taillon was chosen second over-all in North America by the Pittsburgh Pirates, was given the largest signing bonus of the draft -- $6.5 million US. Taillon received a larger signing bonus than No. 1 pick Bryce Harper.

Taillon's father Michael is from St. Andrews West, north of Cornwall, his mother Christie Kormendy Taillon from the Lawrence Park, near Upper Canada College in Toronto pitched so well against Team USA, allowing one earned run in four innings.

There were complaints when Taillon went atop our list because he was born in The Woodlands, Tex. No one complained after Taillon pitched so well -- 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks -- for Team Canada against Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic in Phoenix.

Taillon sits high atop our list of Canadians to receive six-figure signing bonuses.


Top signing bonus given to Canadians, all in U.S. monies:

Year Round Team Position Name Home Town School/Team Signing Bonus

2010 1st Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon, The Woodlands, Tex., The Woodlands HS, $6.5 Million

2002 1st Orioles LHP Adam Loewen, Surrey, BC, Walleye Chiefs/Chipola College, $3.2 Million

2014 2nd Mariners OF Gareth Morgan, North York, Ont., Ontario Blue Jays/Canadian National Junior Team $2 Million

2007 1st Mariners RHP Phillippe Aumont, Gatineau, Que. Academy Baseball Canada/Canadian National Junior Team $1.9 Million

2002 1st Rockies LHP Jeff Francis, North Delta, BC, University of British Columbia, $1.85 Million


2008 1st Brewers C Brett Lawrie, Langley, B.C., Langley Blaze/Canadian National Junior Team $1.7 Million

2000 1st Braves INF Scott Thorman, Cambridge, Ont. Team Ontario/Canadian National Junior Team $1.125 Million

2013 2nd Cubs LHP Rob Zastryzny, Edmonton, Alta. University of Missouri $1.1 million

2010 1st Rangers C Kellin Deglan, Langley, BC, Langley Blaze/Canadian National Junior Team $1 Million

2010 4th Mariners LHP James Paxton, Ladner, BC, Grand Prairie American Association-Independent $942,500


1997 1st Padres SS Kevin Nicholson, Surrey, BC, Stetson College, $830,000

2013 3rd Mariners RF Tyler O’Neill, Maple Ridge, BC, Langley Blaze/Canadian National Junior Team $650,000

2002 2nd Reds INF Joey Votto, Etobicoke, Ont., Etobicoke Rangers $600,000

2007 1st Reds RHP Kyle Lotzkar Tsawwassen, BC, Langley Blaze/Canadian National Junior Team $594,000

1997 1st Orioles OF Ntema Ndungidi, Montreal, Que., Academie Baseball Canada, $500,000


2010 16th Yankees LHP Evan Rutckyj, Windsor, Ont., Windsor Selects/Troy (Mich) Jet Box $500,000

2007 1st Blue Jays RHP Trystan Magnuson, Vancouver, BC, University of Louisville $462,500

2005 3rd Indians OF Nick Weglarz, Stevensville, Ont., Team Ontario/Canadian National Junior Team $435,000

2006 4th Dodgers INF Kyle Orr, Victoria BC, Victoria Mariners $435,000

1996 2nd Red Sox RHP Chris Reitsma, Calgary, Alta., Calgary Rockies $425,000


2005 3rd Tigers C Chris Robinson, Dorchester, Ont., University of Illinois $422,500

1997 1st White Sox RHP Aaron Myette, Surrey, BC, Central Arizona Community College $375,000

2011 7th Cubs 1B Trevor Gretzky, Thousand Oaks, Calif. $375,000

2013 4th Nationals RHP Nick Pivetta Victoria, BC New Mexico Jr. College $364,300

2001 3rd Braves OF Adam Stern, London, Ont., University of Nebraska $348,000


2007 3rd Rockies C Lars Davis, Grande Prairie, Alta., University of Illinois $337,000

2011 4th Blue Jays RHP Tom Robson (Ladner, BC) Langley Blaze/Canadian Junior National Team $325,000

2002 4th Marlins RHP Josh Johnsnon, Jenks HS, Tulsa, OK, $300,000

2004 7th Reds LHP Philippe-Alexandre Valiquette, St. Laurent, Que. Academie Baseball Canada/Canadian National Junior Team $300,000

2009 6th Phillies RHP Steven Inch, Edmonton, Alta. Vauxhall Academy/Canadian National Junior Team $300,000


2002 20th Padres C George Kottaras, Markham, Ont., Connors State College $300,000

1994 32nd Mariners LHP Jordan Zimmerman, Carsland, Alta., Blinn Jr. College $300,000

1999 3rd Twins C Justin Morneau, New Westminister, BC, North Delta Blue Jays/Canadian Junior National Team $295,000

2010 3rd Blue Jays OF Marcus Knecht, North York, Ont., Connors State College $250,000

2013 5th Orioles, LHP Travis Seabrooke, Peterborough, Ont. Ontario Terriers/Canadian Junior National Team $291,800 US


2013 10th Cardinals, INF Malik Collymore, Mississauga, Ont., Ontario Blue Jays/Canadian Junior National Team $275,000 US,

2004 16th Brewers RHP Alexandre Periard, St-Eustache, Que. Academie Baseball Canada/Canadian National Junior Team $243,000

2003 4th Braves 3B Jamie Romak, London, Ont., London Badgers $240,000

2004 11th Mariners OF Mike Saunders, Victoria, BC, Victoria Mariners/allahassee College $237,500

2010 4th Padres INF Chris Bisson Orleans, Ont. University of Kentucky $234,000


2007 4th Royals RHP Mitch Hodge Vancouver, BC, White Rock Titons/Canadian National Junior Team $225,000

1995 3rd Rangers RHP Ryan Dempster, Gibsons, BC North Shore Twins $200,000

2004 5th Rangers C Mike Nickeas, Vancouver, BC, Georgia Tech University $200,000

2007 6th Reds RHP Evan Hildebrandt, Abbotsford, BC, Abbotsford Cardinals/Canadian National Junior Team $200,000

2007 16th Mariners RHP Colin Buckborough, Niagara Falls, Ont., Bullett Proof Prospects/Canadian National Junior Team $200,000


1996 3rd Blue Jays RHP Yan Lachapelle, Gatineau, Que., Academie du Baseball Canada $185,000

2001 5th Brewers RHP Judd Richardson, Caledon, Ont., U of Miami Ohio $185,000

1993 2nd Brewers SS Danny Klassen, Leamington, Ont., John Carroll HS, Port St. Lucie, Fla. $180,000

2010 7th Brewers RHP Joel Pierce, Windsor, Ont. Tecumseh Thunder/Canadian National Junior Team $175,000

2001 5th Mariners 2B John Cole, Kanata, Ont., University of Nebraska $170,000


2003 5th Yankees RHP Cory Stuart, White Rock, BC, University of British Columbia $170,000

2001 5th Dodgers RHP Steve Nelson, Cole Harbour, N.S., Dartmouth Mooseheads $165,000

2005 7th Marlins RHP Chris Leroux, Mississauaga, Ont., Winthrop University $152,000

1997 2nd Indians RHP Robbie Vael, Surrey, B.C., Eastern Utah College $150,000

2011 8th Brewers C Dustin Houle, Penticton, BC. Langley Blaze/Canadian Junior National Team $150,000


2011 11th Reds RHP Vaughn Covington, Vancouver, BC, Vancouver Cannons $150,000

2008 16th Jays OF Mike Crouse, Port Moody, B.C. North Shore Twins/Canadian National Junior Team $150,000

2009 15th Dodgers 3B Jeff Hunt, Cambridge, Ont., Intercounty Terriers/Canadian National Junior Team $150,000

2010 10th Astros LHP Evan Grills, Whitby, Ont., Ontario Blue Jays/Canadian National Junior Team $150,000

2010 16th Jays OF Dalton Pompey, Mississauga, Ont., Oakville Royals/Canadian National Junior Team $150,000


2010 32nd Rangers RHP Steve McKinnon,Duncan, BC, Nanaimo Pirates/Canadian National Junior Team $150,000

2009 5th Cubs SS Wes Darvill, Langley, B.C. Langley Blaze/Canadian National Junior Team $144,200

2012 7th Brewers LHP David Otterman, Coquitlam, BC, University of British Columbia $141,700

2008 11th Rays RHP Brad Furdal, Ancaster, Ont., Inter County Terriers/Canadian Junior Team $140,000

1995 24th Blue Jays LHP Mark Curtis, St. Albert, Alta., Penscaola Jr. College $135,000


2008 16th Reds OF Carter Morrison, Langley, BC, Langley Blaze/Canadian National Junior Team $132,000

2006 7th Twins 1B Jonathan Walterbury, Whitby, Ont., Ontario Blue Jays $128,500

2003 48th Mets SS Jonathan Malo, St-Roch-de-l’Achigan, Que., Northeastern Oklahoma A&M $125,000

2009 8th Brewers OF Chad Stang, Surrey, B.C. Midland College $125,000

2001 6th Blue Jays SS Lee Delfino, Pickering Ont., East Carolina University $122,500


2006 7th Blue Jays OF Jonathan Baksh, Mississauga Ont., Florida Tech University $122,500

2007 6th Mets RHP Guillaume Leduc, Boucherville, Que., Academie Baseball Canada $120,000

2003 40th Twins RHP Adam Hawes, Victoria Harbour, Ont., Connors State Jr. College $118,000

1993 2nd Expos RHP Martin Mainville, Montreal, Que., Academie Baseball Canada $115,000

2000 6th Expos RHP Shawn Hill, Georgetown, Ont., Team Ontario $115,000


2011 15th Cubs C Justin Marra, Toronto, Ont. Ontario Blue Jays/Canadian Junior National Team $110,000

2004 7th Brewers RHP Craig Langille, Bedford, NS, Dartmouth Juniors $107,000

2003 4th Giants RHP Brooks McNiven, Vernon, BC, University of British Columbia $105,000

2012 6th Pirates 3B Eric Wood, Pickering, Ont., Blinn College $100,000

2011 9th Braves OF Chase Larsson, Vancouver, BC, Cameron University $100,000


2012 11th Padres INF Maxx Tissenbaum, Toronto, Ont., Stoney Brook University $100,000

2013 12th Mariners 3B Lachlin Fontaine, North Vancouver, BC,North Shore Twins/Canadian Junior National Team $100,000.

2008 16th Brewers RHP Stosh Wawrzasek, Langley, B.C., Langley Blaze/Candian National Junior Team $100,000

2012 19th Yankees RHP Dayton Dawe, London, Ont., Ontario Terriers/Canadian Junior National Team $100,000

2013 19th Orioles RHP Dylan Rheault, Garson, Ont., Central Michigan University $100,000.


2013 20th Reds C Morgan Lofstrom, Kelowna, BC, Okanagan Athletics $100,000 US.

2011 26th Jays INF Justin Atkinson, North Surrey, BC Langley Blaze/Canadian Junior National Team $100,000

2010 34th Reds SS Brandon Dailey, Brantford, Ont., Ontario Terriers/Canadian National Junior Team $100,000

2007 35th Pirates RHP Tom Boleska, Burlington, Ont., High Point University $100,000