OTTAWA-The 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft is less than one week away and it is shaping up to be a banner year for Canadians.
Baseball America released The BA 500 today, ranking the top 500 prospects eligible for the draft that begins on June 8th, with the first 75 selections and resumes on June 9th with rounds three through ten before concluding on June 10th with rounds 11 through 40.
The list includes eight current members of the Junior National Team and four former members of the program.
Here’s a look at the 16 Canadians on The BA 500 beginning with their overall ranking.
#41 OF Demi Orimoloye – Orleans, ON (Junior National Team)
#61 1B Josh Naylor – Mississauga, ON (Junior National Team)
#83 LHP Jeff Degano – Surrey, BC (Indiana State University)
#90 RHP Mike Soroka – (Calgary, AB) (Junior National Team)
#131 LHP Ryan Kellogg – Whitby, ON (Arizona State University)*
#187 OF Miles Gordon – Oakville, ON (Junior National Team)
#237 OF Tristan Pompey – Mississauga, ON (Junior National Team)
#260 SS Daniel Pinero – Toronto, ON (Virginia)*
#300 OF JF Garon – Terrebonne, QC (Junior National Team)
#304 3B/1B Connor Panas – Toronto, ON (Canisius)
#328 C Darren Shred – Brampton, ON (Junior National Team)
#334 OF/1B Brett Siddall – Windsor, ON (Canisius)*
#386 IF Cole Peragine – Belle Ewart, ON (Stony Brook)
#400 IF JD Williams – Brampton, ON (Junior National Team)
#464 IF Brendan Hendriks – Cochrane, AB (University of San Francisco)*
#478 RHP Devon Stewart – Maple Ridge, BC (Canisius)
*Indicates former member of Junior National Team