MLB Draftees From Atlantic Canada

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1988 Cardinals selection, Rheal Cormier

As a followup on the list of MLB players from Atlantic Canada, here is a list of all draftees from the region.  From 1985-1990 the only Canadians eligible for the draft were players attending American universities.  All other players were free agents, eligible to sign with any team (as still is the case with players from countries other than Canada, the United States including U.S. territories like Puerto Rico).  The draft itself once had an unlimited number of rounds where it didn’t end until end teams dropped out.  In the 1990’s, MLB capped the length at 5o rounds later reducing that number to 40 rounds.

Players are listed by name, position, hometown, team drafted by, team drafted from, year drafted, draft position (round and overall pick) and highest league reached.  I also mention when a player played in an independent professional league or a senior amateur league.  Senior league info may be incomplete.

Most of the information is courtesy of the Canadian Baseball Network and Baseball Reference.  All applicable players are linked to their minor league profile at Baseball Reference.

  1. Kevin MacLeod, P (Sydney, NS), Oakland A’s from University of Toledo in 1987 (10th round, 251st overall), Southern League (AA), senior league
  2. Rheal Cormier, P (Cap Pele, NB), St. Louis Cardinals from Community College of Rhode Island in 1988 (6th round, 158th overall), Major League Baseball, senior league
  3. Frank Humber, P (Corner Brook, NL), Los Angeles Dodgers from Wake Forest University in 1989 (16th round, 422nd overall), California League (high A), senior league
  4. Michael Keenan, P (Saint John, NB), Houston Astros from Allan Hancock Jr. College in 1991 (5oth round, 1284th overall), no pro experience
  5. Joel Irvine, C (Dartmouth, NS), New York Yankees from Des Moines Area Community College in 1991 (74th round, 1550th overall), no pro experience, senior league
  6. Darren Doucette, 1B (Dartmouth, NS), St. Louis Cardinals from Ulster Community College in 1992 (25th round, 699th overall), Midwest League (A), indy league, senior league
  7. Jeffrey Mitchell, P (Riverview, NB), Montréal Expos from Harvard University in 1993 (44th round, 1236th overall), Gulf Coast League (rookie)
  8. Mark Creelman, 1B (Bass River, NS), Florida Marlins from Ulster Community College in 1993 (50th round, 1385th overall), Gulf Coast League (rookie)
  9. Jason Dickson, P (Chatham, NB), California Angels from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Jr. College in 1994 (6th round, 153rd overall), Major League Baseball, indy league
  10. Joel Young, P (Dartmouth, NS), Montréal Expos from Ulster Community College in 1994 (33rd round, 924th overall), no pro experience
  11. Trevor Zwann, P (Dartmouth, NS), Houston Astros from Dartmouth Mariners in 1994 (52nd round, 1393rd overall), no pro experience, senior league
  12. Gerald Butt, C (St. John’s, NL), New York Yankees from National Baseball Institute in 1994 (61st round, 1540th overall), see information at 1998 draft entry
  13. Jamie Vallis, P (Bedford, NS), Minnesota Twins from Bedford Blues / Nova Scotia Selects in 1995 (23rd round, 632nd overall), Appalachian League (rookie), senior league
  14. David Detienne, IF (Dartmouth, NS), Los Angeles Dodgers from Nova Scotia Selects in 1997 (25th round, 768th overall), International League (AAA), indy league
  15. Jamie Jenkins, P (Mirimachi, NB), Toronto Blue Jays from New Brunswick Selects in 1997 (34th round, 1019th overall), no pro experience, senior league
  16. Trevor Wamback, P (Lower Sackville, NS), Montréal Expos from ? in 1998 (22nd round, ? overall), Eastern League (AA), indy league, senior league
  17. Gerald Butt, P (St. John’s, NL), Cincinnati Reds from Mayfield State University in 1998 (48th round, ? overall), indy league, senior league
  18. Mike Keirstead, P (Musquash, NB), Los Angeles Dodgers from Canadian Jr. Team / Saint John Alpines in 1999 (28th round, 854th overall), Florida State League
  19. Ryan Harris, P (Woodstock, NB), Los Angeles Dodgers from ? in 1999 (36th round, 1094th overall), no pro experience, senior league
  20. Jamie Franey, P (Shearstown, NL), San Diego Padres from Ascension College in 2000 (32nd round, 949th overall), no pro experience
  21. Steve Nelson, P (Cole Harbour, NS), Los Angeles Dodgers from Dartmouth Moosehead Dry in 2001 (5th round, 160th overall), South Atlantic League (A), senior league
  22. Luis Roberts, P (Dartmouth, NS), New York Mets from Nova Scotia Selects in 2001 (38th round, 1152nd overall), no pro experience
  23. Terry Forbes, P (Cole Harbour, NS), Seattle Mariners from Nova Scotia Selects in 2002 (9th round, 280th overall), Northwest League (low A), indy league
  24. Jeffrey Brewer, P (Bathurst, NB), New York Mets from University of British Columbia in 2002 (14th round, 417th overall), no pro experience
  25. Cass Rhynes, C (Cornwall, PE), Los Angeles Dodgers from PEI Selects / Niagara Rebels in 2003 (45th round, 1343rd overall), no pro experience
  26. Craig Langille, P (Bedford, NS), Milwaukee Brewers from Dartmouth Juniors in 2004 (7th round, 196th overall), Pioneer League (rookie), senior league
  27. Morgan Carlisle, 3B (Summerside, PE), San Diego Padres from Team PEI / Team Ontario / Team Canada Jrs in 2004 (48th round, 1386th overall), no pro experience, senior league
  28. Aaron Johnson, P (Sussex Corner, NB), Milwaukee Brewers from Prairie Baseball Academy in 2006 (46th round, 1378th overall), no pro experience
  29. Matthew McDonald, P (Dartmouth, NS), Detroit Tigers from Ulster Community College in 2006 (48th round, 1424th overall), indy league, senior league
  30. Jay Johnson, P (Sussex Corner, NB), Baltimore Orioles from Prairie Baseball Academy in 2009 (25th round, 756th overall), see info at 2010 draft entry
  31. Brandon Petite, P (Glace Bay, NS), Houston Astros from Vauxhall Academy / Team Canada Jrs in 2009 (30th round, 911th overall), no pro experience
  32. Jay Johnson, P (Sussex Corner, NB), Toronto Blue Jays from Texas Tech University in 2010 (26th round, 786th overall), Eastern League (AA), indy league
  33. Chris Thibideau, IF (Cole Harbour, NS), San Diego Padres from Vauxhall Academy / Team Canada Jrs in 2013 (40th round, 1198th overall), no pro experience

As you can see two players (Gerald Butt and Jay Johnson) have been drafted twice, that means a total of 31 Atlantic Canadians have been drafted by MLB clubs since the draft was open to Canadians in 1985 (fully opened to Canadians in 1991).  Of these 31 players, only two (Cormier and Dickson) have made the Major Leagues.

Breakdowns:
By Province:
Nova Scotia: 16
New Brunswick: 10
Newfoundland & Labrador: 3
Prince Edward Island: 2

By Position:
(adds up to 32 as Gerald Butt was drafted once as a catcher and once as a pitcher)
1B: 2
2B: 0
SS: 0
3B: 1
IF: 2
OF: 0
C: 3
P: 24

Year Drafted:
(adds up to 33 due to double draftees)
1987: 1
1988: 1
1989: 1
1991: 2
1992: 1
1993: 2
1994: 4
1995: 1
1997: 2
1998: 2
1999: 2
2000: 1
2001: 2
2002: 2
2003: 1
2004: 2
2006: 2
2009: 2
2010: 1
2013: 1

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