Who had the best year '10: Toronto Mets, ABC

*SS Sammie Starr (Toronto, Ont.) was one of four Toronto Mets current players or grads chosen in the 2010 draft, going in the 34th round and signing to the Baltimore Orioles.  

By Bob Elliott

So which program in Canada had the most players drafted in 2010?

Going by current players and alumni selected in this month’s draft the 2010 top producers were the Academie Baseball Canada and the Toronto Mets.

Both programs had four players each selected.

Coached by Jason Chee-Aloy, the Mets had alumnus Jake Eliopoulos (Newmarket, Ont.) go in the 15th round to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Coach Joel Landry’s Montreal-based ABC had Jonathan Paquet (Ancienne Lorette, Que.) as the top grad going in the 22nd to the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Ontario Blue Jays were next with three current players or alumni selected.

The Langley Blaze and Alberta-based Vauxhall Academy shared top honours in 2009 with six apiece.

The Intercounty Terriers and the Blaze shared top honours with three apiece in 2008.

The rundown ...

Academie Baseball Canada coached by Joel Landry (4) -- RHP Jonathan Paquet (Ancienne Lorette, Que.) Champlain St-Lawrence College 22nd (681st) Phillies; RHP Jensen Dygestile-Therrien (Montreal, Que.) 36th (1082) Mets; C Tommy Tremblay (Boucherville, Que.) 39th (1188th) Giants; RHP Francois Lafreniere (St. Bruno, Que.) St. Petersburg College, 47th (1424th) Braves;

Toronto Mets, coached by Jason Chee-Aloy (4) -- LHP Jake Eliopoulos (Newmarket, Ont.) Troy Jet Box, 15th (472nd) Dodgers; SS Sammie Starr (Toronto, Ont.), UBC, 34th (1018) Orioles; LHP Brian Smith (Pickering, Ont.), 40th (1210th) Cubs; C Nick Studer (Toronto, Ont.) 48th (1446) Blue Jays.

Ontario Blue Jays, coached by Danny Bleiwas and Shawn Travers (3) -- OF Marcus Knecht (North York, Ont.), Connors State, 3rd (113th over-all); LHP Evan Grills (Whitby, Ont.) 10th (303rd), Astros; OF Philip Diedrick (Ajax, Ont.) 45th (1456th) Blue Jays.

Abbotsford Cardinals, coached by Andy Rempel (2) -- C Eric Sim (Abbotsford, BC) University of South Florida, 27th (829th) Giants, OF Bryan Arthur (Abbotsford, BC) 49th (1495) Yankees.

Intercounty Terriers, coached by Danny Thompson (2) -- SS Brandon Dailey (Brantford, Ont.) 33rd (1027th) Reds; RHP Connor Smith (Grimsby, Ont.) 46th (1386th) Blue Jays.

Langley Blaze, coached by Doug Mathieson (2) -- C Kellin Deglan (Langley, BC), 1st (22nd over-all) Rangers; RHP Mike Ellis (Surrey, BC) 35th (1053) Padres;

Parksville Royals coached by Dave Wallace (2) -- LHP Mark Hardy (Campbell River, BC), 43rd (1294) Padres; LHP Ethan Stewart (Campbell River, BC) New Mexico Junior College, 47th (1431st) Phillies.

University of British Columbia coached by Terry McKaig (2) -- SS Sammie Starr (Toronto, Ont.), 34th (1018) Orioles; LHP Mark Hardy (Campbell River, BC), 43rd (1294) Padres

Victoria Mariners coached by Mike Chewpoy (2) -- C Carson Vitale (Victoria, BC) Creighton University, 38th (1156th) Rangers; C Kelly Norris-Jones (Victoria BC) 50th (1506) Blue Jays.

Champlain St-Lawrence College, coached by Phil Tomlinson (1) -- RHP Jonathan Paquet (Ancienne Lorette, Que.) 22nd (681st) Phillies

Hamilton Thunderbirds coached by Mel Oswald (1) -- RHP Nathan Forer (Brampton, Ont.) Southern Illinois University.46th (1413th) Yankees.

London Badgers coached by Mike Lumley (1) -- C Matt Skirving (London, Ont.) Eastern Michigan University, 30th (897th) Pirates.

Nanaimo Pirates coached by Doug Rogers (1) -- RHP Steve McKinnon (Duncan, BC) 32nd (976th) Rangers

North Delta Blue Jays, coached by Ari Mellios and Mike Kelly (1) -- LHP James Paxton (Ladner, BC) Grand Prairie AirHogs, American Association-IND, 4th (132nd) Mariners.

Oakville Royals, coached by Jason Booth (1) -- OF Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) 16th (486th) Blue Jays.

Ottawa-Nepean Canadians, coached by Don Campbell (1) -- INF Chris Bisson (Orleans, Ont.) University of Kentucky, fourth round (124th), Padres.

Prairie Baseball Academey, coached by Blair Kubicek (1) -- LHP Jay Johnson (Sussex Corner, N.B.) Texas Tech University, 26th (786th) Blue Jays.

Tecumseh Thunder, coached by Dave Cooper (1) --- RHP Joel Pierce (Windsor, Ont.) 7th (219th) Brewers;

The Woodlands HS, The Woodlands, Tex. (1) -- RHP Jameson Taillon (The Woodlands, Tex.), 1st round, second over-all, Pirates.

Vancouver Canadians, coached by Dave Empey (1) -- OF Rowan Wick (North Vancouver, BC) 18th (579th) Brewers.

Windsor Selects, coached by Richard Solomon (1) -- LHP Evan Rutckyj (Windsor, Ont.) 16th (505th) Yankees

And oh yes, there is one other team too. It always seems to do the best, this year having 20 of 32 players who used to wear Team Canada red and white.

 

Canadian Junior National Team, coach by Greg Hamilton (Ottawa) (20) -- C Kellin Deglan (Langley, BC), Langley Blaze, 1st (22nd over-all) Rangers; OF Marcus Knecht (North York, Ont.), Connors State, 3rd (113th over-all); LHP James Paxton (Ladner, BC) Grand Prairie AirHogs, American Association-IND, 4th (132nd) Mariners; INF  Chris Bisson (Orleans, Ont.) University of Kentucky, fourth round (124th), Padres; RHP Joel Pierce (Windsor, Ont.) Tecumseh Thunder 7th (219th) Brewers; LHP Evan Grills (Whitby, Ont.), Ontario Blue Jays 10th (303rd), Astros; LHP Jake Eliopoulos (Newmarket, Ont.) Detroit Jet Box seniors, 15th (472nd) Dodgers; OF Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) Oakville Royals, 16th (486th) Blue Jays; LHP Evan Rutckyj (Windsor, Ont.) 16th (505th) Yankees; OF Rowan Wick (North Vancouver, BC) 18th (579th) Brewers; RHP Jonathan Paquet (Ancienne Lorette, Que.) Champlain-St. Lawrence College, 22nd (681st) Phillies; RHP Steve McKinnon (Duncan, BC), Nanaimo Pirates, 32nd (976th) Rangers; SS Brandon Dailey (Brantford, Ont.) Intercounty Terriers, 33rd (1027th) Reds; RHP Mike Ellis (Surrey, BC) Langley, 35th (1053) Padres; RHP Jensen Dygestile-Therrien (Montreal, Que.) ABC, 36th (1082) Mets; LHP Brian Smith (Pickering, Ont.), Toronto Mets, 40th (1210th) Cubs; OF Philip Diedrick (Ajax, Ont.) Ontario Blue Jays 45th (1456th) Blue Jays; RHP Francois Lafreniere (St. Bruno, Que.) St. Petersburg College, 47th (1424th) Braves; LHP Ethan Stewart (Campbell River, BC) New Mexico Junior College, 47th (1431st) Phillies and C Kelly Norris-Jones (Victoria BC) Victoria Mariners, 50th (1506) Blue Jays.

Who had the best year in 2009?