Feb. 13, 2017
24 Canadians in big league camps
By Adam Morissette
Pitchers and catchers report.
Those four words mean a great deal to baseball fans across Canada and also to 24 Canadians who will head to big league camp as spring training opens this week in Arizona and Florida.
In 2016, 16 Canadians appeared in the big leagues after six began the season on opening day rosters. A modern-day record 26 Canadians appeared in the big leagues in 2011.
A total of 13 of the 24 Canucks headed to big league camp are on 40-man rosters including two players on each of the Blue Jays (Russell Martin, Dalton Pompey) and Philadelphia Phillies (Nick Pivetta, Michael Saunders), while the Oakland Athletics (John Axford), Houston Astros (Kevin Chapman), Atlanta Braves (Freddie Freeman), Chicago Cubs (Rob Zastryzny), Chicago White Sox (Brett Lawrie), Seattle Mariners (James Paxton), Cincinnati Reds (Joey Votto), Pittsburgh Pirates (Jameson Taillon) and St. Louis Cardinals (Rowan Wick) each have one.
Of the remaining 10 Canadians heading to spring training with the big club, they will participate as non-roster invites.
Canadians in big league camp:
Toronto Blue Jays
C Russell Martin (Montréal, QC)
*OF Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, ON)
* 1B Freddie Freeman (Fountain Valley, Calif.)
Boston Red Sox
C Jordan Procyshen (Calgary, AB)
New York Yankees
*C Kellin Deglan (Langley, BC)
LHP Evan Rutckyj (Windsor, ON)
Chicago White Sox
2B Brett Lawrie (Langley, BC)
*RHP Dustin Molleken (Regina, SK)
INF Matt Hague (Bellevue, Wash.)
*RHP John Axford (Port Dover, ON)
*OF Tyler O’Neill (Maple Ridge, BC)
LHP James Paxton (Ladner, BC)
*LHP Adam Loewen (Surrey, BC)
*RHP Nick Pivetta (Victoria, BC)
OF Michael Saunders (Victoria, BC)
*RHP Jim Henderson (Calgary, AB)
LHP Rob Zastryzny (Edmonton, AB)
1B Joey Votto (Etobicoke, ON)
* LHP Kevin Chapman (Coral Springs, Fla.)
C Dustin Houle (Penticton, BC)
* Jameson Taillon (The Woodlands, Tex.)
*3B Eric Wood (Oshawa, ON)
St. Louis Cardinals
*RHP Rowan Wick (North Vancouver, BC)
San Diego Padres
*3B Jamie Romak (London, ON)
Bold indicates played in MLB in 2016
* Indicates named to Canada’s World Baseball Classic roster