Elliott: Noah Naylor cracks top five of signing bonu$ for Canadians

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July 3, 2018

 

By Bob Elliott
Canadian Baseball Network

Of the 21 Canadians drafted earlier this month, 10 have signed.

Seven that we know of have been given six-figure signing bonuses.

The latest to sign was the top Canuck: C Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) of the Ontario Blue Jays. He was selected 29th over-all by the Cleveland Indians and was given a signing bonus of $2,578,138 bonus.

The amount was above the Indians slot of $2,332,700 and $78,138 higher than his older brother Josh received three yeaars ago from the Miami Marlins when he went 12th over all.

The others in the six-figure range:

_ The Miami Marlins gave third round pick Tristan Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) from the Kentucky Wildcats a $645,000 US signing bonus $2,400 above the slot value. The younger brother of Blue Jays OF Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) played for the Toronto Mets.

_ The Boston Red Sox signed Kentucky Wildcats C-1B Kole Cottam, a fourth round pick a $375,000 bonus, who has dual citizenship. Cottam was born in Memphis, Tenn, but his father Jeff is from Burlington, Ont. 

_ The Houston Astros signed sixth rounder RHP RJ Freure (Burlington, Ont.) from Pitt University Panthers with a bonus of $348,800. He’s a former Ontario Blue Jay.

_ The San Diego Padres gave LHP Erik Sabrowski (Edmonton, Alta.) a 14th rounder from Cloud County Community College, $125,000.

_ RHP Michael Brettell (Fonthill, Ont.) a 15th round choice of the St. Louis Cardinals from Central Michigan University and the Great Lake Canadians accepted a $125,000 bonus to turn pro.

_ Minnesota Twins veteran scout Walt Burrows (Brentwood Bay, BC) got LaRon Smith (Spruce Gruce, Alta.) to give up his scholarship and join the pro ranks. Smith a 3B with the Okotoks Dawgs will also head down the pro path in Florida as a catcher.

Also signed are RHP Jake Sims (Guelph, Ont.) a 31st rounder the Padres gave $50,000, plus 3B Mitch Robinson, a 21st rounded selected by New York Yankees scout Denis Boucher; LHP Ben Onyshko, chosen in the 24th by the Seattle Mariners; RHP Will McAffer (North Vancouver, BC) a 25th round choice of the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Six-figure signing bonuses for Canadians

Year Round Team Position Name Hometown Province School/Team Bonus
2010 1 Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon The Woodlands TX The Woodlands HS $6,500,000 US
2016 1 Padres RHP Cal Quantrill Port Hope ON Stanford University $3,963,045
2002 1 Orioles LHP Adam Loewen Surrey BC Whalley Chiefs/Canadian Jr. National Team $3,200,000
2018 1 Indians C Noah Naylor Mississauga, Ont., Ontario Blue Jays/Canadian National Jr Team $2,578,138
2015 1 Marlins 1B Josh Naylor Mississauga ON Ontario Blue Jays/Canadian National Jr Team  $2,500,000

2014 2 Mariners OF Gareth Morgan North York ON Ontario Blue Jays/Canadian National Jr Team $2,000,000
2015 1 Braves RHP Michael Soroka Calgary AB Calgary PBF Redbirds/Canadian National Jr. Team $1,974,700
2007 1 Mariners RHP Phillippe Aumont Gatineau QC ABC/Canadian National Jr Team $1,900,000
2002 1 Rockies LHP Jeff Francis North Delta BC University of British Columbia $1,850,000
2008 1 Brewers C Brett Lawrie Langley BC Langley Blaze/Canadian National Jr Team $1,700,000

 RHP Blake Hawksworth (North Vancouver BC) was a 28th round draft and follow from Bellevue Community College. The Cardinals gave him $1,475,000 and he went on to pitch three seeasons in the majors. 

RHP Blake Hawksworth (North Vancouver BC) was a 28th round draft and follow from Bellevue Community College. The Cardinals gave him $1,475,000 and he went on to pitch three seeasons in the majors. 

2001 28 Cards RHP Blake Hawksworth North Vancouver BC Bellevue (WA.) Community College $1,475,000
2017 2 Twins RHP Landon Leach Pickering ON Toronto Mets/Canadian National Jr Team $1,400,000
2017 2 Orioles INF Adam Hall London ON Great Lake Canadians $1,300,000
2016 2 Diamondbacks C Andrew Yerzy Toronto ON Toronto Mets/Canadian National Jr Team $1,214,100
2000 1 Braves INF Scott Thorman Cambridge ON Team Ontario/Canadian National Jr Team $1,125,000

2013 2 Cubs LHP Rob Zastryzny Edmonton AB Missouri $1,100,000
2010 1 Rangers C Kellin Deglan Langley BC Langley Blaze/Canadian National Jr Team $1,000,000
1997 1 Padres SS  Kevin Nicholson Surrey BC Stetson College $830,000
2002 2 Twins RHP Jesse Crain Toronto, University of Houston $650,000

2015 2 Yankees LHP Jeff Degano Surrey BC Indiana State $650,000 

 Laangley Blaze grad Tyler O'Neill (Maple Ridge, BC) saw time with the St. Louis Cardinals in the summer of 2018. 

Laangley Blaze grad Tyler O'Neill (Maple Ridge, BC) saw time with the St. Louis Cardinals in the summer of 2018. 

2013 3 Mariners OF Tyler O’Neill Maple Ridge BC Langley Blaze $650,000
2018 3 Marlins OF Tristan Pompey Mississauga, Ont., Kentucky $645,000
2002 2 Reds INF Joey Votto Etobicoke Ont. Etobicoke Rangers $600,000
2007 1 Reds RHP Kyle Lotzkar Tsawwassen BC  Langley Blaze/Canadian National Jr Team $594,000
2016 5 Twins RHP Jordan Balazovic Mississauga ON Ontario Blue Jays $515.000

1997 1 Orioles OF Ntema Ndungidi Montreal QC Academie Baseball Canada $500.000
2015 4 Reds CF Miles Gordon Oakville ON Great Lake Canadians/Canadian Jr. National Team $500,000
2010 16 Yankees LHP Evan Rutckyj Windsor ON Windsor Selects/Detroit Jet Box $500.000
2016 4 Diamondbacks RHP Curtis Taylor Port Coquitlam BC University of British Columbia $496,700
2007 1 Blue Jays RHP Trystan Magnuson Vancouver BC University of Louisville $462,500

 Florida Gators LHP Kevin Chapman (Coral Springs, Fla.) was drafted by the Kansas City Royals from the Florida Gator. 

Florida Gators LHP Kevin Chapman (Coral Springs, Fla.) was drafted by the Kansas City Royals from the Florida Gator. 

2010 4 Royals LHP Kevin Chapman Coral Springs FL Florida $250,000 $475,000         
2014 4 Brewers OF Demi Orimoloye Orleans ON Ottawa-Nepean Canadians/Canadian Jr. National Team $450,000
1996 2 Red Sox RHP Chris Reitsma Calgary AB Calgary Rockiesé Canadian Jr. National Team $425,000
2005 3 Tigers C Chris Robinson Dorchester ON University of Illinois $422,500

2016 4 Rangers INF Charles Leblanc Laval QC University of Pittsburgh Panthers $415,000

2005 3 Indians OF Nick Weglarz Stevensville ON Team Ontario/Canadian National Jr Team $435,000
2006 4 Dodgers INF Kyle Orr Victoria BC Victoria Mariners $435,000
2015 5 Cubs LHP Ryan Kellogg Whitby ON Arizona State $376,700
1997 1 White Sox RHP Aaron Myette Surrey BC Central Arizona Community College $375,000
2011 7 Cubs 1B Trevor Gretzky Westlake Village CA Oaks Christian HS $375,000

 C-1B Kole Cottam (Memphis, Tenn.) whose father, HJeff, grew up on the hard diamonds at Nelson Park in Burlington, Ont. was drafted by the Red Sox. 

C-1B Kole Cottam (Memphis, Tenn.) whose father, HJeff, grew up on the hard diamonds at Nelson Park in Burlington, Ont. was drafted by the Red Sox. 

2018 4 Red Sox C-1B Kole Cottam, Memphis, Tenn., Kentucky, $375,000
2018 6 Astros RHP RJ Freure Burlington, Ont. Pitt University $348,800
2001 3 Braves OF Adam Stern London ON University of Nebraska $348,000
2007 3 Rockies C Lars Davis Grande Prairie AB University of Illinois $337,000
2011 4 Blue Jays RHP Tom Robson Ladner BC Langley Blaze/Canadian Jr. National Team $325,000

2009 6 Phillies RHP Steven Inch Edmonton AB Vauxhall Academy/Canadian National Jr Team $300,000
2004 7 Reds LHP Philippe-Alexandre Valiquette St. Laurent QC Academie Baseball Canada/Canadian Jr. National Team $300,000
2002 20 Padres C George Kottaras Markham ON Connors State College $300,000
1994 32 Mariners LHP Jordan Zimmerman Caresland AB Blinn Jr. College $300,000
1999 3 Twins C Justin Morneau New Westminister BC North Delta Blue Jays $295,000

 Ontario Terriers grad Travis Seabrooke (North Monaghan Ont.) went to the Baltimore Orioles in the fifth round.

Ontario Terriers grad Travis Seabrooke (North Monaghan Ont.) went to the Baltimore Orioles in the fifth round.

2013 5 Orioles LHP  Travis Seabrooke North Monaghan ON Ontario Terriers $291,800
2013 10 Cardinals SS Malik Collymore Mississauga ON Ontario Blue Jays $275,000
2010 3 Blue Jays OF Marcus Knecht North York ON Connors State College $250,000
2016 5 Astros INF Abraham Toro-Hernandez Greenfield Park QC Seminole State College $250,000
2014 6 Astros RHP Brock Dykxhoorn Goderich ON Central Arizona College $250,000

2004 16 Brewers RHP Alexandre Periard St-Eustache QC Academie Baseball Canada $243,000
2003 4 Braves 3B Jamie Romak London ON London Badgers $240,000
2004 11 Mariners OF Mike Saunders Victoria BC Victoria Mariners/Tallahassee College $237,500

2010 4 Padres INF Chris Bisson Orleans ON University of Kentucky $234,000
2007 4 Royals RHP Mitch Hodge Vancouver BC White Rock Titons/Canadian National Jr Team $225,000

 Great Lake Canadians RHP Austin Shields (Dundas Ont.) went in the 33rd round ... but he did not receive 33rd round money. Photo: Eddie Michels. 

Great Lake Canadians RHP Austin Shields (Dundas Ont.) went in the 33rd round ... but he did not receive 33rd round money. Photo: Eddie Michels. 

2016 33 Pirates RHP Austin Shields Dundas ON Great Lake Canadians $205,000
1995 3 Rangers RHP Ryan Dempster Gibsons BC North Shore Twins $200,000
2004 5 Rangers C Mike Nickeas Vancouver BC Georgia Tech University $200,000
2007 6 Reds RHP Evan Hildebrandt Abbotsford BC Abbotsford Cardinals/Canadian National Jr Team $200,000
2007 16 Mariners RHP Colin Buckborough Niagara Falls ON Bullett Proof/Canadian National Jr Team $200,000

2015 18 Reds LHP Isaac Anesty Guelph ON Ontario Blue Jays $200,000
1996 3 Blue Jays RHP Yan Lachapelle Gatineau QC Academie du Baseball Canada $185,000
2001 5 Brewers RHP Judd Richardson Caledon ON U of Miami Ohio $185.000
2016 8 Tigers OF Jacob Robson Windsor ON Mississippi State $181,600
1993 2 Brewers SS Danny Klassen Leamington ON John Carroll HS, Port St. Lucie, Fla. $180.000

 Tecumseh Thunder grad RHP Joel Pierce (Windsor Ont.) was a seventh round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers. 

Tecumseh Thunder grad RHP Joel Pierce (Windsor Ont.) was a seventh round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers. 

2010 7 Brewers RHP Joel Pierce Windsor ON Tecumseh Thunder $175.000
2003 5 Yankees RHP Cory Stuart White Rock BC University of British Columbia $170,000
2001 5 Mariners 2B John Cole Kanata ON University of Nebraska $170,000
2016 9 Tigers INF Daniel Pinero Toronto ON University of Virginia $169,600
2001 5 Dodgers RHP Steve Nelson Cole Harbour NS Dartmouth Mooseheads $165,000

2005 7 Marlins RHP Chris Leroux Mississauaga ON Winthrop University $152,000
1997 2 Indians RHP Robbie Vael Surrey BC Eastern Utah $150,000
2011 8 Brewers C Dustin Houle Langley BC Langley Blaze/Canadian National Jr Team $150,000
2010 10 Astros LHP Evan Grills Whitby ON Ontario Blue Jays/Canadian National Jr Team $150,000
2011 11 Reds RHP Vaughn Covington Vancouver BC Vancouver Cannons/Canadian National Jr Team $150,000

 Ontario Terriers 3B Jeff Hunt (Cambridge Ont.) was a 15th round choice of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ontario Terriers 3B Jeff Hunt (Cambridge Ont.) was a 15th round choice of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

2009 15 Dodgers 3B Jeff Hunt Cambridge ON Intercounty Terriers/Canadian National Jr Team $150,000
2008 16 Blue Jays OF Mike Crouse Port Moody BC North Shore Twins/Canadian National Jr Team $150,000
2010 16 Blue Jays OF Dalton Pompey Mississauga ON Oakville Royals/Canadian National Jr Team $150,000
2010 32 Rangers RHP Steve McKinnon Duncan BC Nanaimo Pirates/Canadian National Jr Team $150,000
2017 7 Dodgers RHP Zach Pop Brampton ON University of Kentucky $147,500

2009 5 Cubs SS Wes Darvill Langley BC Langley Blaze/Canadian National Jr Team $142,000
2012 7 Brewers LHP David Otterman Vancouver BC University of British Columbia $141,700
2008 11 Rays RHP Brad Furdal Ancaster ON Inter County Terriers/Canadian Jr Team $140,000
1995 24 Blue Jays LHP  Mark Curtis St. Albert AB Penscaola Jr. College $135,000
2015 34 Phillies OF Ben Pelletier Varennes QC Patriotes Rive Sud/Score International $135,000

2008 16 Reds OF Carter Morrison Langley BC Langley Blaze/Canadian National Jr Team $132,000
2006 7 Twins 1B Jonathan Walterbury Whitby ON Ontario Blue Jays $128,500
2009 8 Brewers OF Chad Stang Surrey BC Midland College $125,000
2017 12 Astros RF Jonathan Lacroix Montreal QC Seminole State College $125.000
2018 14 Padres LHP Erik Sabrowski Edmonton, Alta. Cloud County CC $125,000

 Former Great Lake Canadians and Central Michigan Chhippewas RHP Michael Brettell (Fonthill, Ont.) was drafted by the Cards in the 15th round. 

Former Great Lake Canadians and Central Michigan Chhippewas RHP Michael Brettell (Fonthill, Ont.) was drafted by the Cards in the 15th round. 

2018 15 Cardinals RHP Michael Brettell, Fonthill, Ont. $125,000
2018 25 Twins C LaRon Smith Spruce Grove, Alta.,  Twins $125,000
2003 48 Mets SS Jonathan Malo St-Roch-de-l’Achigan QC Northeastern Oklahoma A&M $125,000
2001 6 Blue Jays SS  Lee Delfino Pickering ON East Carolina University $122,500
2006 7 Blue Jays OF Jonathan Baksh Mississauga ON Florida Tech University $122,500

2007 6 Mets RHP Guillaume Leduc Boucherville QC Academie Baseball Canada $120,000
2003 40 Twins RHP Adam Hawes Victoria Harbour ON Connors State Jr. College $118,000
1993 2 Expos RHP Martin Mainville Montreal QC Academie Baseball Canada $115,000
2000 6 Expos RHP Shawn Hill Georgetown ON Team Ontario $115,000
2011 15 Cubs C Justin Marra Toronto ON Ontario Blue Jays $110.000

 Dartmouth Juniors grad RHP Craig Langille (Bedford NS) was a seventh round pick of the Brewers. 

Dartmouth Juniors grad RHP Craig Langille (Bedford NS) was a seventh round pick of the Brewers. 

2004 7 Brewers RHP Craig Langille Bedford NS Dartmouth Juniors $107,000
2003 4 Giants RHP Brooks McNiven Vernon BC University of British Columbia $105,000
2012 6 Pirates 3B Eric Wood Pickering ON Blinn College $100,000
2011 9 Braves OF Chase Larsson Vancouver BC Cameron University $100,000
2015 10 Blue Jays C Owen Spiwak Mississauga ON Odessa College $100,000

2016 11 Diamondbacks RHP Jake Polancic Langley BC Langley Blaze $100,000
2013 13 Mariners 3B Lachlan Fontaine North Vancouver BC North Shore Twins $100,000
2017 13 Nationals OF Eric Senior Toronto ON Midland College $100,000
2012 15 Yankees RHP Dayton Dawe London ON Ontario Terriers $100,000
2017 15 Cubs INF Jarred Young Prince George BC Old Dominion University $100,000

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Langley Blaze RHP Stosh Wawrzasek (Langley BC) was a 16th round pick of the Brewers. 
 

2008 16 Brewers RHP Stosh Wawrzasek Langley BC Langley Blaze/Canadian Junior National Team $100000
2015 17 Reds 2B JD Salmon-Williams Brampton ON Ontario Blue Jays $100,000
2013 20 Reds C Morgan Lofstrom Kelowna BC Okanagan Athletics/Canadian Junior National Team $100,000
2015 22 Reds RHP Darren Shred Brampton ON Ontario Blue Jays $100,000
2017 22 White Sox RHP Bryan Saucedo Toronto ON Davenport University $100,000

2016 23 Diamonndbacks 1B Luke Van Rycheghem Kent Bridge ON Ontario Blue Jays $100,000
2017 23 Indians RHP Jordan Scheftz North York ON Central Florida $100,000
2011 26 Blue Jays SS  Justin Atkinson North Surrey BC Langley Blaze/Canadian National Jr Team $100,000
2012 26 Blue Jays RHP Nathan DeSouza Milton ON Ontario Blue Jays/Canadian National Jr Team $100,000
2010 34 Reds SS Brandon Dailey Brantford ON Ontario Terriers/Canadian National Jr Team $100,000

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Teamm Ontario and High Point grad RHP Tom Boleska (Burlington Ont.) was a 35th round pick. 

2007 35 Pirates RHP Tom Boleska Burlington ON High Point University $100,000

(BOLD indicates played in the majors.)