A year ago today -- well the final day of the draft we were waiting not so patiently for the final pick of the 40th round. There was a matter or urgency ... George Strait's final concert was about to start across the road at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex.
Draft done we headed across the street to see the grand finale with guests Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Cheryl Crowe, Allan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Jason Aldeen, Asleep at the Wheel and some guy who looked like Vince Gill.
Julien Service (Sarnia, Ont.) from Howard College went went 1,188th over-all to the Chicago White Sox, the 17th Canadian selected.
And then it was off to hear King George and sadly his final song in concert.
No. 11 ... OF Brett Siddall (Windsor, Ont.) of Canisius went to the Oakland A's in the third round joining previously drafted teammates 3B Connor Panas (Etobicoke, Ont.) to the Jays and RHP Devon Stewart (Maple Ridge, BC) to the Cleveland Indians.
Updated list of Canadians selected in the top 200 ...
Canadians chosen in the top 200 over-all picks In North America, in order.
Year Round (Overall) Team Position Name Hometown School/Team
2010 1st (2nd) Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon The Woodlands, Tx., The Woodlands HS
2002 1st (4th) Orioles LHP Adam Loewen Surrey, BC Whalley Chiefs/Canadian National Junior Team/Chipola College
2002 1st (9th) Rockies LHP Jeff Francis North Delta, BC University of British Columbia
2007 1st (11th) Mariners RHP Phillippe Aumont Gatineau, Que. Academie Baseball Canada/Canadian National Junior Team
2015 1st (12th) Marlins 1st 1B Josh Naylor, Mississauga, Ont., Ontario Blue Jays/Canadian Jr National Team
2008 1st (16th) Brewers C-INF Brett Lawrie Langley, B.C. Langley Blaze/Candian National Junior Team
1988 1st (19th) Expos RHP Dave Wainhouse Scarborough, Ont. Washington State University
2010 1st (22nd) Rangers C Kellin Deglan Langley Blaze/Canadian National Junior Team
1997 1st (27th) Padres SS Kevin Nicholson Surrey, BC Stetson College
2015 1st (28th) Braves RHP Mike Soroka, Calgary, Alta. PBF Redbirds/Canadian Junior National Team
2000 1st (30th) Braves INF Scott Thorman Cambridge, Ont. Team Ontario/Canadian National Junior Team
1996 1A (34th) Red Sox RHP Chris Reitsma Calgary, Alta. Calgary Rockies
1997 1A (36th) Orioles OF Ntema Ndungidi Montreal, Que. Academie Baseball Canada
2009 1A (37th) Blue Jays LHP James Paxton Ladner, BC University of Kentucky
2013 2nd (41st) Cubs LHP Rob Zastryzny Edmonton, Alta. University of Missouri
1997 1A (43rd) White Sox RHP Aaron Myette Surrey, BC Central Arizona College
2002 2nd (44th) Reds C Joey Votto Etobicoke, Ont. Etobicoke Rangers
2007 1A (53rd) Reds RHP Kyle Lotzkar Tsawwassen, BC Langley Blaze/Canadian National Junior Team
1993 2nd (55th) Expos RHP Martin Mainville Montreal, Que. Academie Baseball Canada
2007 1A (56th) Blue Jays RHP Trystan Magnuson Vancouver, BC University of Louisville
2015 2nd (57th) Yankees LHP Jeff Degano, Surrey, BC Indiana State
2002 2nd (61st) Twins RHP Jesse Crain Toronto, Ont. University of Houston
1993 2nd (65th) Brewers SS Danny Klassen Leamington, Ont. John Carroll School HS, Port St. Lucie, FL
1995 3rd (66th) Texas RHP Ryan Dempster Gibsons, B.C. North Shore Twins
2009 2nd (68th) Blue Jays LHP Jake Eliopoulos Newmarket, Ont., Brantford Red Sox/Canadian National Junior Team
1996 3rd (69th) Blue Jays RHP Yan Lachapelle Gatineau, Que. Academie Baseball Canada
2014 2nd (74th) Mariners OF Gareth Morgan, North York, Ont., Ontario Blue Jays/Canadian Jr. National Team
1997 3rd (79th) Indians RHP Robbie Vael Surrey, BC Eastern Utah College
1985 4th (83rd) Rangers LHP Steve Wilson Victoria, BC University of Portland
2013 3rd (85th) Mariners RF Tyler O’Neill Maple Ridge, BC Langley Blaze/Canadian Junior National Team
1999 3rd (89th) Twins C Justin Morneau New Westminister, BC North Delta Blue Jays
2005 3rd (90th) Tigers C Chris Robinson Dorchester, Ont. University of Illinois
2005 3rd (94th) Indians 1B Nick Weglarz Stevensville, Ont. Team Ontario/Canadian National Junior Team
1993 3rd (98th) Blue Jays RHP Joe Young Fort McMurray, Alta.
2007 3rd (102nd) Rockies C Lars Davis Grande Prairie, Alta. University of Illinois
2001 3rd (105th) Braves OF Adam Stern Port Stanley, Ont. University of Nebraska
2007 4th (106th) Royals RHP Mitch Hodge Vancouver, BC White Rock Tritons/Canadian National Junior Team
2010 3rd (113th) Blue Jays OF Marcus Knecht, North York, Ont., Connors State College
2006 4th (113rd) Dodgers 1B Kyle Orr Victoria, BC Victoria Mariners
2002 4th (113th) Marlins RHP Josh Johnsnon, Jenks HS, Tulsa, OK
2015 4th (115th) Reds CF Miles Gordon, Oakville, Great Lake Canadians/Canadian Jr. National Team
2015 4th (121st) Brewers OF Demi Orimoloye, Orleans, Ont., Ottawa-Nepean Canadians/Canadian Jr. National Team
2003 4th (123rd) Giants RHP Brooks McNiven Vernon, BC University of British Columbia
2010 4th (124th) Padres INF Chris Bisson Orleans, Ont. University of Kentucky
2003 4th (127th) Braves 3B Jamie Romak London, Ont. London Badgers/Canadian National Junior Team
1995 5th (127th) Cardinals 3B Cody McKay Vancouver, BC Arizona State University
2010 4th (132nd) Mariners LHP James Paxton Ladner, BC Grand Prairie, IND-American Association
1988 5th (135th) Tigers RHP Mike Lumley London, Ont. Eastern Michigan University
2013 4th (136th) Nationals RHP Nic Pivetta Victoria, BC New Mexico Jr. College
2011 4th (139th) Jays RHP Tom Robson Ladner, BC Langley Blaze/Canadian Junior National Team
2004 5th (141st) Rangers C Mike Nickeas Vancouver, BC Georgia Tech University
1998 5th (141st) Blue Jays SS Lee Delfino Pickering, Ont. Team Ontario
2015 5th (143rd) Cubs LHP Ryan Kellogg, Arizona State
1996 5th (147th) Mariners RHP Chris Mears Vancouver, BC North Shore Twins
2001 5th (148th) Brewers RHP Judd Richardson Caledon, Ont. University of Miami Ohio
1997 5th (151st) Royals LHP Jason Gooding Cambridge, Ont. Texas Tech University
2005 5th (152nd) Reds RHP James Avery Moose Jaw, Sask. Niagara University
1994 6th (153rd) Angels RHP Jason Dickson Chatham, N.B. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Jr. College
2003 5th (154th) Yankees RP Cory Stuart White Rock, BC University of British Columbia
1988 6th (158th) Cardinals LHP Rheal Cormier Cap Pele, N.B. Community College of Rhode Island
2001 5th (159th) Mariners 2B John Cole Kanata, Ont. University of Nebraska
2013 5th (159th) Orioles LHP Travis Seabrooke, Peterborough, Ont. Ontario Terriers/Canadian Junior National Team
2001 5th (160th) Dodgers RHP Steve Nelson Cole Harbour, N.S. Dartmouth Mooseheads
1995 6th (160th) Blue Jays C Blaine Fortin Lundar, Man
2003 6th (162nd) Royals RP Ryan Braun Kitchener, Ont. University of Nevada Las Vegas
1989 6th (163rd) Red Sox RHP Paul Quantrill, Port Hope, Ont., University of Wisconsin
1999 5th (164th) Dodgers LHP Phil Devey Lachute, Que. University of Southwestern Louisiana
2000 6th (165th) Expos RHP Shawn Hill Georgetown, Ont. Etobicoke Rangers
2014 6th (166th) Astros RHP Brock Dykxhoorn Goderich, Ont. Central Arizona College
2009 5th (170th) Cubs SS Wes Darvil Langley, B.C. Langley Blaze/Canadian National Junior Team
1985 7th (180th) Padres RHP Matt Maysey Hamilton, Ont. Hastings High School, Houston, TX
2001 6th (181st) Jays SS Lee Delfino Pickering, Ont. East Carolina University
1999 6th (189th) Orioles LHP Erik Bedard Navan, Ont. Norwalk Community Technical College
1992 7th (190th) Royals RHP Justin Adam Windsor, Ont. Windsor Selects
2005 6th (192nd) Giants RHP Brad Cuthbertson Edmonton, Alta. Prairie Baseball Academy
2004 7th (196th) Brewers RHP Craig Langille Bedford, NS Dartmouth Juniors
2012 6th (196th) Pirates INF Eric Wood Pickering, Ont. Blinn College
2009 6th (197th) Phillies RHP Steven Inch Edmonton, Alta. Vauxhall Academy/Canadian National Junior Team
2004 7th (198th) Reds LHP Philippe-Alexandre Valiquette St. Laurent, Que. Academie Baseball Canada
2007 6th (199th) Reds RHP Evan Hildebrandt Abbotsford, BC Abbotsford Cardinals/Canadian National Junior Team
No. 12 .... C Chris Shaw (Winnipeg, Man.) was selected by former Blue Jays scout Gary Rajisg, now scouting director of the Baltimore Orioles in the 15th round.
No. 13 ... CF Michael Foster (Pickering, Ont.) of Northeastern University went in the 16th to the Chicago Cubs. He was chosen in the 38th round a year ago by the Houston Astros.
No. 14 ... The Reds and scouts Bill Byckowksi and Dan Bleiwas used their 17th round pick to select 2B J.D. Salmon-Williams (Brampton, Ont.) from the Ontario Blue Jays and the Canadian Jr. National Team.
No. 15 ... And Byckowski and Bleiwas were at it again in the 18th round selecting hard-throwing LHP Isaac Anesty (Guelph, Ont.) from the Ontario Blue Jays and the Canadian Jr. National Team
Off to Florida: And LHP Jeff Degano (Surrey, BC), of Indiana State, a Day 1 selection of the New York Yankees is off to Tampa later this week for his physical.
A year ago: Ten players were selected in rounds 21-40.
No. 16 ... The B and B main line was on a roll as Byckowski and Bleiwas next selected Darren Shred (Brampton, Ont.) from the Ontario Blue Jays and the Canadian Jr. National Team. While Shred has spent hours as a catcher, the Reds see Shred's future is on the mound. If he heads to Chipola College he'll continue to catch ... if he turns pro he's a pitcher.
No. 17 ... Gary Rajisch, scouting director of the Baltimore Orioles, went off the board, well OK, our board to take OF Tristan Graham, North Vancouver, BC, Northeast Texas CC in the 22nd round.
No. 18 ... The Tampa Bay Rays chose RHP Reign Letkeman (Red Deer, Alta.,), whose named just surfaced, from Big Bend CC in the 23rd round. The Major League Scouting Bureau hung a big number on Letkeman. Check him out on You Tube. There are high leg kicks and then there is Letkeman's. Wowser.
No. 19 ... Also enjoying a fine day was Oakville's Matt Higgnson, who scouts for the A's. He grabbed OF Eric Senior (Toronto, Ont.) of the Toronto Mets, the MVP of the second annual Tournament 12 last September, in the 23rd round.
No. 20 ... Was still Higginson driving hard on the speaker phone grabbing RHP Marc-Andre Berube (Trios Pistoles, Que.) from the Pitt Panthers in the 24th round.
No. 21 ... The Washington Nationals showed an interest in Canadian talent grabbing Philip Diedrick (Ajax, Ont..) from the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in the 29th round.
No. 22 ... The New York Mets chose RHP Jackson Wark (St. Albert, Alta.) of the Prospects Academy in the 22nnd. Not only did hard-working scout Claude Pelletier (Ste-Lezard, Que.) do the evaluating, but he also made the call on the speaker phone.
No. 23 ... The Minnesota Twins awoke from their draft slumber 2 1/2 days into the marathon as Mark Willson scooped OF Tristan Pompey (Milton, Ont,)Toronto Mets and the Canadian National Jr. Team in the 31st round.
No. 24 ... And who was next? None other than the Reds, their scouts Byckowski and Bleiwas as Cincy selected hard-throwing RHP Will McAffer (North Vancouver, BC) who pitches for the North Shore Twins and Canadian National Jr. Team in the 32nd round.
No. 25 ... The Los Angeles Angels, who aren't real active in Canada ventured north to select LHP Conor Lillis-White (Toronto, Ont.) from the University of British Columbia in the 32nd round.
No. 26 ... Alex Agostino the Phillies Montreal-based scout had a busy previous 12 months coaching at the East Coast Pro Showcase in Syraccuse, NY, scouting the North East and Canada. He didn't het a player until the 34th round when he selected OF Ben Pelletier (Monteal, Que.) of the Patriotes Rive Sud.
No. 27 ... Murry Zuk, the longest-serving Canadian scout, works for the San Diego Padres chose hard-throwing RHP Alex Webb (Surrey, BC) from the University of British Columbia in the 36the round.
No. 28 ... Talk before the draft was that INF Dany Pinero (Toronto, Ont.) was a fifth or sixth-round pick. Yet as the draft approached scouts said Pinero was looking for "early-round money. Teams shied away and he the Virginia SS went to the Detroit Tigers in the 36th round ... as a third baseman.
No. 29 ... The Blue Jays didn't look far from baseball ops to find their second last pick in the 39th round. Down the hall works Mal Romanin of the Jays crack P.R. staff. The Jays selected his son, 39th INF Mattingly Romanin (Burlington, Ont.) the all-time Chicago State hits leader.
No. 30 .... The St. Louis Cardinals used their 40th and final pick to chose INF Joey Hawkins (Whitby, Ont.) of the Missouri State Bears.
Three Day update
Teams: Reds 5, A’s 3, Jays 3, Cubs 2, Orioles 2, Tigers 2, Angels 1, Braves 1, Brewers 1, Cards 1, Indians 1, Marlins 1, Mets 1, Nationals 1, Padres 1, Phillies 1, Rays 1, Twins 1, Yankees 1.
Provinces: Ontario 18, British Columbia 5. Alberta 3, Quebec 2, Manitoba 1, Saskatchewan 1.