Here’s a quick break-down on how the roster of the expansion Ottawa Champions (CanAm League) breaks down in terms of the highest level of baseball each player has reached during their careers. All information is courtesy of Baseball Reference.
Going into last night’s game, the Champions had a record of 4-3 and had used a total of 22 different players. The background of these players is as follows:
Updated information added at end of season in parenthesis
MLB: 2 players (2)
AAA: 2 players (2)
AA: 2 players (4)
High A: 5 players (6)
Low A: 1 player (4)
Short Season A: 2 players (2)
Rookie: 2 players (2)
Independent: 5 players (14)
Also, the total of 12 players (of the 22) had been drafted by Major League organizations. Breakdowns like these help determine what level of baseball in actually offered in the independent leagues. I ignored college baseball in this breakdown as many players go pro directly out of high school, so tallying guys with college experience can be misleading.
UPDATE: As of the end of the season, a total of 19 Champions had been drafted by Major League organizations. After this post was published (May 30), 15 players additional players played at least one more game with the team. Most of which never played for a Major League organization (only pro experience has been indy ball). The most experienced “pick ups” topped out at AA ball. For the record the Champions finished the season with a 46-50 record in 5th place. They missed the playoffs by four games (behind eventual league champion Trois-Rivieres).