Pop, Procopio selected on Day II of draft

 Right-handed pitchers Zach Pop (left) and Daniel Procopio (right) were the only two Canadians selected on the second day of the 2017 MLB Draft. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Right-handed pitchers Zach Pop (left) and Daniel Procopio (right) were the only two Canadians selected on the second day of the 2017 MLB Draft. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

June 13, 2017

MLB Draft: Pop, Procopio selected on day two of draft

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- A pair of Junior National Team alums, Zach Pop (Brampton, Ont.) and Daniel Procopio (Toronto, Ont.), were the lone Canadians selected on day two of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, bringing the two-day total to four Canadians chosen through the first 10 rounds.

The Los Angeles Dodgers used their seventh round selection, 220th overall on Pop, a right-handed pitcher out of the University of Kentucky, while the Los Angeles Angels used their tenth round selection (295th overall) on Procopio, a right-handed pitcher out of Niagara (NY) University.

Pop spent the 2017 season pitching as the Wildcats’ set-up man and appeared in 22 games where he struck out 20 in 20.2 innings, giving up 19 hits and holding batters to a .247 average.

In 2014, Pop was a 23rd round selection of the Toronto Blue Jays but did not sign with the club. Later that year, he helped Canada to a bronze medal at the COPABE U-18 Pan American Championships in La Paz, Mexico.

Procopio started 12 games for the Purple Eagles and went 6-4 with a 4.19 ERA. He had an impressive 75 strikeouts over 58 innings pitched and limited batters to a .203 average.

Procopio represented Canada in 2013 at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Taichung, Taiwan. He was drafted by the New York Mets in 22nd round of the 2013 MLB Draft as a high school player.

The final day of the MLB Draft goes Wednesday with rounds 11 through 40 beginning at Noon ET.

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
*3. RHP Zach Pop (Brampton, Ont.) – Los Angeles Dodgers – 7th Round (220th overall) University of Kentucky
*4. RHP Daniel Procopio (Toronto, Ont.) – Los Angeles Angels – 10th Round (295th overall) Niagara University

*Junior National Team alumni

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.