Elliott: Top bonu$es for Canadians Taillon, Quantrill, Loewen

RHP Jameson Taillon (The Woodlands, Tex.), selected second over-all in 2010, receieved the highest-ever signing bonus amongst Canadians. 

RHP Jameson Taillon (The Woodlands, Tex.), selected second over-all in 2010, receieved the highest-ever signing bonus amongst Canadians. 

By Bob Elliott
Canadian Baseball Network

So much for 2016 being a down year on the draft front.

A total of 27 players were drafted in June.

And of that total, 17 signed pro contracts, plus a free agent came to terms by the end of the July 15 close period.

RHP Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) and C Andrew Yerzy (Toronto, Ont.) cracked the top 10 signing bonuses ever paid to Canadian players. Quantrill was given $3,963,045 by the San Diego Padres, second only to Pittsburgh Pirates WBC Team Canada starter Jameson Taillon (The Woodlands, Tex.). Taillon drafted second over-all behind Bryce Harper in 2010 received a larger bonus receiving $6.5 Million from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The others in the top 10: LHP Adam Loewen (Surrey, BC) of the Whalley Chiefs; 1B Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) Ontario Blue Jays; OF Gareth Morgan (North York, Ont.), Ontario Blue Jays; RHP Michael Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) Calgary PBF Redbirds; RHP Phillippe Aumont (Gatineau, Que.), Academy Baseball Canada: LHP Jeff Francis (North Delta, BC) University of British Columbia; C Brett Lawrie (Langley, BC) Langley Blaze, INF Scott Thorman (Cambridge, Ont.) Team Ontario and C Kellin Deglan (Langley, BC) Langley Blaze.

RHP CalQuantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) hit a post-Tommy John surgery high of 90 pitches while striking 12 12 with class-A Lake Elisinore. 

RHP CalQuantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) hit a post-Tommy John surgery high of 90 pitches while striking 12 12 with class-A Lake Elisinore. 

Six-figure signing bonuses for Canadians
Year Round Team Position Name Home Town School/Team Bonus

2010 1 Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon, The Woodlands, Tex., The Woodlands HS, $6.5 Million
2016 1 Padres RHP Cal Quantrill, Port Hope, Ont., Stanford University $3,963,045
2002 1 Orioles LHP Adam Loewen, Surrey, BC, Whalley Chiefs/Canadian Jr. National Team $3.2 Million
2015 1 Marlins 1B Josh Naylor, Mississauga, Ont., Ontario Blue Jays $2.5 Million
2014 2 Mariners OF Gareth Morgan, North York, Ontario Blue Jays/Canadian National Jr Team $2 Million

2015 1 Braves RHP Michael Soroka, Calgary, Alta., Calgary PBF Redbirds/Canadian National Jr. Team $1,974,700
2007 1 Mariners RHP Phillippe Aumont, Gatineau, Que. ABC/Canadian National Jr Team $1.9 Million
2002 1 Rockies LHP Jeff Francis, North Delta, BC, University of British Columbia, $1.85 Million
2008 1 Brewers C Brett Lawrie, Langley, BC, Langley Blaze/Canadian National Jr Team $1.7 Million
2016 2 Diamondbacks C Andrew Yerzy, Toronto, Ont., Toronto Mets//Canadian National Jr Team $1,214,100 

INF Scott Thorman (Cambridge, Ont.) ... Photo: Kitchener Waterloo Record. 

INF Scott Thorman (Cambridge, Ont.) ... Photo: Kitchener Waterloo Record. 

2000 1 Braves INF Scott Thorman, Cambridge, Ont. Team Ontario/Canadian National Jr Team $1.125 Million
2010 1 Rangers C Kellin Deglan, Langley, BC, Langley Blaze/Canadian National Jr Team $1 Million
1997 1 Padres SS Kevin Nicholson, Surrey, BC, Stetson College, $830,000
2013 3 Mariners OF Tyler O’Neill, Maple Ridge, BC, Langley Blaze, $650,000
2015 2 Yankees 2nd LHP Jeff Degano, Surrey, B.C. Indiana State $650,000 

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, Ont., Ontario Blue Jays $515,000
1997 1 Orioles OF Ntema Ndungidi, Montreal, Que., Academie Baseball Canada, $500,000
2010 16 Yankees LHP Evan Rutckyj, Windsor, Ont. Windsor Selects/Detroit Jet Box $500,000

OF Miles Gordon (Oaakville, Ont.) is in the Cinncinnati Reds system. 

OF Miles Gordon (Oaakville, Ont.) is in the Cinncinnati Reds system. 

2015 4 Reds CF Miles Gordon, Oakville, Great Lake Canadians/Canadian Jr. National Team $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
2014 4 Brewers 4th OF Demi Orimoloye, Orleans, Ont., Ottawa-Nepean Canadians/Canadian Jr. National Team $450,000
2005 3 Indians OF Nick Weglarz, Stevensville, Ont., Team Ontario/Canadian National Jr Team $435,000

2006 4 Dodgers INF Kyle Orr, Victoria B.C., Victoria Mariners $435,000
1996 2 Red Sox RHP Chris Reitsma, Calgary, Alta., Calgary Rockies $425,000
2005 3 Tigers C Chris Robinson, Dorchester, Ont., University of Illinois $422,500
2016 4 Rangers INF Charles Leblanc, Laval, Que. University of Pittsburg Panthers $415,000
2015 5 Cubs LHP Ryan Kellogg, Whitby, Ont., Arizona State $376,700

RHP Aaron Myette (Surrey, BC) appeared in 47 games in the majors with the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and the Reds.  

RHP Aaron Myette (Surrey, BC) appeared in 47 games in the majors with the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and the Reds.  

1997 1 White Sox RHP Aaron Myette, Surrey, BC, Central Arizona Community College $375,000
2001 3 Braves OF Adam Stern, London, Ont., University of Nebraska $348,000
2007 3 Rockies C Lars Davis, Grande Prairie, Alta., University of Illinois $337,000
2011 4 Blue Jays RHP Tom Robson, Ladner, BC, Langley Blaze, $325,000
1994 32 Mariners LHP Jordan Zimmerman, Carsland, Alta., Blinn Jr. College $300,000

2002 20 Padres C George Kottaras, Markham, Ont., Connors State College $300,000
2004 7 Reds LHP Philippe-Alexandre Valiquette, St. Laurent, Que. Academie Baseball Canada/Canadian National Jr Team $300,000
2009 6 Phillies RHP Steven Inch, Edmonton, Alta. Vauxhall Academy/Canadian National Jr Team $300,000
1999 3 Twins C Justin Morneau, New Westminister, BC, North Delta Blue Jays $295,000
2013 5 Orioles LHP Travis Seabrooke North Monaghan, Ont. Ontario Terriers $291,800 

Malik Collymore (Mississauga, Ont.) was dealt from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Milwaukee Brewers. 

Malik Collymore (Mississauga, Ont.) was dealt from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Milwaukee Brewers. 

2013 10 Cardinals SS Malik Collymore, Mississauga, Ont. Ontario Blue Jays, $275,000
2010 3 Blue Jays OF  Marcus Knecht, North York, Ont., Connors State College $250,000
2014 6 Astros, RHP Brock Dykxhoorn, Goderich, Ont., Central Arizona College $250,000
2016 5 Astros INF Abraham Toro-Hernandez, Greenfield Park, Que.. Seminole State College $250,000.
2004 16 Brewers RHP Alexandre Periard, St-Eustache, Que. Academie Baseball Canada/Canadian National Jr Team $243,000

2003 4 Braves 3B Jamie Romak, London, Ont., London Badgers $240,000
2004 11 Mariners OF Mike Saunders, Victoria, BC, Victoria Mariners/allahassee College $237,500
2010 4 Padres INF Chris Bisson Orleans, Ont. University of Kentucky $234,000
2007 4 Royals RHP Mitch Hodge Vancouver, BC, White Rock Titons/Canadian National Jr Team $225,000
2016 33 Pirates RHP Austin Shields Dundas, Ont. Great Lake Canadians $205,000

RHP Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, BC) won more games than any other Canadian with the exception of Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins. 

RHP Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, BC) won more games than any other Canadian with the exception of Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins. 

1995 3 Rangers RHP Ryan Dempster, Gibsons, BC $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, Ont., Bullett Proof Prospects/Canadian National Jr Team $200,000
1996 3 Blue Jays RHP Yan Lachapelle, Gatineau, Que., Academie du Baseball Canada $185,000

2001 5 Brewers RHP Judd Richardson, Caledon, Ont., U of Miami Ohio $185,000
2016 8 Tigers OF Jacob Robson, Windsor, Ont., Mississippi State $181,600
1993 2 Brewers SS Danny Klassen, Leamington, Ont., John Carroll HS, Port St. Lucie, Fla. $180,000
2010 7 Brewers RHP Joel Pierce, Windsor, Ont. $175,000
2001 5 Mariners 2B John Cole, Kanata, Ont., University of Nebraska $170,000

RHP Cory Stuart (White Rock, BC) was drafted by the New York Yankees from UBC.

RHP Cory Stuart (White Rock, BC) was drafted by the New York Yankees from UBC.

2003 5 Yankees RHP Cory Stuart, White Rock, BC, University of British Columbia $170,000
2016 9 Tigers INF Daniel Pinero, Toronto, Ont. University of Virginia $169,600
2001 5 Dodgers RHP Steve Nelson, Cole Harbour, N.S., Dartmouth Mooseheads $165,000
2005 7 Marlins RHP Chris Leroux, Mississauaga, Ont., Winthrop University $152,000
1997 2 Indians RHP Robbie Vael, Surrey, B.C., Eastern Utah $150,000

2008 16 Jays OF Mike Crouse, Port Moody, B.C. North Shore Twins/Canadian National Jr Team $150,000
2009 15 Dodgers 3B Jeff Hunt, Cambridge, Ont., Intercounty Terriers/Canadian National Jr Team $150,000
2010 10 Astros LHP Evan Grills  Whitby, Ont., Ontario Blue Jays/Canadian National Jr Team $150,000
2010 32 Rangers RHP Steve McKinnon  Duncan, BC, Nanaimo Pirates/Canadian National Jr Team $150,000
2010 16 Jays OF Dalton Pompey, Mississauga, Ont., Oakville Royals/Canadian National Jr Team $150,000

C Dustin Houle (Penticton, BC) was selected by the Brewers.

C Dustin Houle (Penticton, BC) was selected by the Brewers.

2011 8 Brewers C Dustin Houle, Penticton, BC, Langley Blaze/Canadian National Jr Team $150,000
2011 11 Reds RHP Vaughn Covington, Vancouver, BC, Vancouver Cannons/Canadian National Jr Team $150,000
2009 5 Cubs SS Wes Darvill, Langley, B.C. Langley Blaze/Canadian National Jr Team $144,200
2012 7 Brewers LHP David Otterman, Vancouver, BC, University of British Columbia $141,700
2008 11 Rays RHP Brad Furdal  Ancaster, Ont., Inter County Terriers/Canadian Jr Team $140,000

1995 24 Blue Jays LHP Mark Curtis, St. Albert, Alta., Penscaola Jr. College $135,000
2015 34 Phillies OF Ben Pelletier, Varennes, Que..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, Ont., Ontario Blue Jays $128,500
2003 48 Mets SS Jonathan Malo, St-Roch-de-l’Achigan, Que., Northeastern Oklahoma A&M $125,000

OF Chad Stang (Surrey, BC) was selected by the Brrewers. 

OF Chad Stang (Surrey, BC) was selected by the Brrewers. 

2009 8 Brewers OF Chad Stang, Surrey, B.C. Midland College  $125,000
2001 6 Blue Jays SS Lee Delfino, Pickering Ont., East Carolina University $122,500
2006 7 Blue Jays OF Jonathan Baksh, Mississauga Ont., Florida Tech University $122,500
2007 6 Mets RHP Guillaume Leduc, Boucherville, Que., Academie Baseball Canada $120,000
2003 40 Twins RHP Adam Hawes, Victoria Harbour, Ont., Connors State Jr. College $118,000

1993 2 Expos RHP Martin Mainville, Montreal, Que., Academie Baseball Canada $115,000
2000 6 Expos RHP Shawn Hill, Georgetown, Ont., Team Ontario $115,000
2011 15 Cubs C Justin Marra, Toronto, Ont. Ontario Blue Jays $110,000
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

2007 35 Pirates RHP Tom Boleska, Burlington, Ont., High Point University $100,000
2008 16 Brewers RHP Stosh Wawrzasek, Langley, BC, Langley Blaze/Candian National Jr Team $100,000
2010 34 Reds SS Brandon Dailey, Brantford, Ont., Ontario Terriers/Canadian National Jr Team $100,000
2011 26 Blue Jays SS Justin Atkinson, North Surrey BC, Langley Blaze/Canadian National Jr Team $100,000
2012 6 Pirates 3B Pirates Eric Wood, Pickering, Ont. Blinn College $100,000 

RHP Dayton Dawe (London, Ont.) was drafted by the Yankees.

RHP Dayton Dawe (London, Ont.) was drafted by the Yankees.

2012 15 Yankees RHP Dayton Dawe, London, Ont., Ontario Terriers $100,000
2012 26 Blue Jays RHP Nathan DeSouza, Milton, Ont. Ontario Blue Jays/Canadian National Jr Team $100,000
2013 13 Mariners 3B Lachlan Fontaine, North Vancouver, BC North Shore Twins $100,000
2015 10 Blue Jays C Owen Spiwak, Mississauga, Ont. Odessa College $100,000
2016 11 Diamondbacks RHP Jake Polancic, Langley, BC, Langley Blaze $100,000 

2016 22 White Sox RHP Bryan Saucedo, Toronto, Ont. Davenport University $100,000
2016 23 Diamondbacks 1B Luke Van Rycheghem, Kent Bridge, Ont., Ontario Blue Jays $100,000