OTTAWA (ISN) – Eric Wood (Pickering, ON) became the first Canadian selected in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft today when the Pittsburgh Pirates took him in the 6th round, 196th overall.
In total, nine Canadians were selected on day two of MLB’s First-Year Player Draft which saw rounds two through fifteen completed. The draft will conclude tomorrow beginning at Noon ET for rounds sixteen to forty.
Wood played this spring at Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Texas where he hit 4 home runs with 39 RBI in 53 games, while playing third base.
This is the second consecutive year that Wood has been selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft as the Oakland A’s made him a 37th round selection, 1125th overall in 2011.
LHP David Otterman (Coquitlam, BC) was the next Canadian off the board as he went to the Milwaukee Brewers in the 7th round, 245th overall out of the University of British Colombia.
A trio of Junior National Team grads were next to go as C Rowan Wick (Vancouver, BC) went to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 9th round, 300th overall out of Cypress Junior College; RHP Jeff Gibbs (East York, ON) went three picks later to the Arizona Diamondbacks out of the University of Maine and INF Maxx Tissenbaum landed with the San Diego Padres in the 11th round, 345th overall out of Stony Brook University.
Johnny Caputo (Toronto, ON) became the first current member of the Junior National Team to be taken as the Oakland A’s made the Third Baseman their 12th round pick, 379th overall. Caputo was followed by LHP Ryan Kellogg (Whitby, ON) who went to the Toronto Blue Jays also in the 12th round at 385th overall and Dayton Dawe (London, ON) became the third member of the JNT to be drafted on the day as he went to the New York Yankees in the 15th round, 487th overall.
Tyler Hollick (Calgary, AB), an outfielder from Chandler-Gilbert College was selected in the 14th round, 448th overall by the San Francisco Giants.
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