Leach, Hall go on Day 1 on draft

 RHP Adam Leach (Pickering, Ont.) and INF Adam Hall (London, Ont.) were both second-round picks. Leach, of the Toronto Mets, was selected by the Minneosta Twins, while Hall of the Great Lake Canadians was chosen by the Baltimore Orioles. 

RHP Adam Leach (Pickering, Ont.) and INF Adam Hall (London, Ont.) were both second-round picks. Leach, of the Toronto Mets, was selected by the Minneosta Twins, while Hall of the Great Lake Canadians was chosen by the Baltimore Orioles. 

June 12th, 2017

Leach and Hall taken on Day 1 of 2017 MLB Draft

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

OTTAWA - Junior National Team RHP Landon Leach (Pickering, Ont.) became the first Canadian selected in the 2017 Major League First-Year Player Draft after the Minnesota Twins used the first pick in the second round, 37th overall to draft the 17 year-old. Twenty-three picks later, the Baltimore Orioles used their second round choice (60th overall) on Junior National Team shortstop Adam Hall (London, Ont.) as the first day of the draft concluded with two Canadians selected.

Leach joined the Junior National Team program in the spring of 2016 and recently participated in the Dominican Summer League camp in May where he threw four innings without giving up an earned run against MLB Prospect League, a squad featuring some of the top international players eligible to sign with big league clubs on July 2nd. He is committed to the University of Texas.

With the selection by the Twins, Leach becomes the 14th highest Canadian-born player ever taken in the draft joining James Paxton (Ladner, BC) who the Toronto Blue Jays used the 37th overall pick on in 2009. The pick also marked the fifth consecutive year that a Canadian has been selected on the first day of the draft and the fourth year in a row that a player from the Junior National Team program has gone on Day 1.

In 2014, OF Gareth Morgan was taken in Competitive Balance Round B by the Seattle Mariners 74th overall before 1B Josh Naylor (15th overall, Marlins) and RHP Mike Sorokoa (28th overall, Braves) were taken in the first round in 2015. In 2016, Junior National Team C  Andrew Yerzy went to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second round with the 52nd overall selection.

Hall, 18, joined the Junior National Team program as a 15 year old in the fall of 2014 before representing Canada at the 2015 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Osaka, Japan. In 2016, he was the lone Canadian to participate in both the Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago and the Perfect Game All American Game at Petco Park in San Diego. He was also the recipient of the Canadian Futures Award handed out by the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America last January at the annual Baseball Canada National Teams Awards Banquet and Fundraiser.

Hall was teammates with Leach on the recent Dominican Summer League tour and hit .318 in 13 games with three doubles, a triple and seven stolen bases. He is committed to Texas A&M University.

Both Leach and Hall are eligible to play for Canada at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Ont. from September 1-to-10.

Canadians selected in 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft
1. RHP Landon Leach (Pickering, Ont.) – Minnesota Twins – 2nd Round (37th overall) Junior National Team/Toronto Mets
2. SS Adam Hall (London, Ont.) – Baltimore Orioles – 2nd Round (60th overall) Junior National Team/Great Lake Canadians

Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.