Atlantic Canadians Playing College Ball, 2000

2000 year

My annual lists of Atlantic Canadians playing college baseball in the United States tend to be one of my more popular posts in terms of hits.  I am going to expand on the series by including years prior to 2014 (the first year I tracked the East Coasters), starting in 2000.  That is the first year archived by the Canadian Baseball Network, which if you’ve been following the blog, that’s where I get all my information regarding guys playing college ball.

As usual, players will be listed by position, name, hometown, class & university.  Also, this includes all divisions of NCAA, NAIA, junior college and community college.

  1. P Jason Bailey, Dartmouth NS, Sophomore, Pasadena Community College (CA)
  2. 2B David Barr, Fredericton NB, Sophomore, Southern Nazerene University (OK)
  3. P Jeff Brewer, Fredericton NB, Freshman, University of British Columbia
  4. P John Burns, Fredericton NB, Senior, Northeastern University (MA)
  5. OF Alan Cantwell, Saint John NB, Junior, Louisiana State – Shreveport
  6. SS/OF Jeff Chishom, Truro NS, Sophomore, Dutchess Community College (NY)
  7. P Andre Duval, Hartland NB, Sophomore, Wayne State (NE)
  8. SS Josh Ferguson, Saint John NB, Freshman, Husson College (ME)
  9. P Derek Finnigan, Rogersville NB, Freshman, Florida Junior College
  10. P Jamie Franey, Shearstown NL, Freshman, Des Moines Area Community College (IA)
  11. P Ryan Harris, Woodstock NB, Sophomore, University of Maine
  12. P Christopher Levine, Truro NS, Sophomore, Southeast Louisiana University
  13. P Scott Marine, Saint John NB, Senior, Manhattan College
  14. C Greg McGinnis, Fredericton NB, Freshman, Babson College (MA)
  15. SS Drew Palmer, Rothesay NB, Freshman, University of Southern Maine
  16. OF/IF David Parsons, Gander NL, Sophomore, Des Moines Area Community College (IA)
  17. P Brooks Saunders, Fredericton NB, Sophomore, Southern Nazerene University (OK)
  18. P Pete Sonier, Summerside PE, Freshman, Hawaii Pacific University
  19. 1B Jerry Stone, St. John’s NL, Freshman, Warner Southern College (FL)
  20. P Craig Tredenick, Cornwall PE, Trinity College (CT)
  21. OF/P Tom Van Wart, Saint John NB, Sophomore, College of the South West (NM)
  22. P Jared Whitehouse, Woodstock NB, Junior, Mayville State College (ND)
  23. P/DH Andrew Wright, Woodstock NB, Sophomore, Concord College (WV)

Wow!  A total of 15 players from New Brunswick were on college rosters during the 2000 season, many of which were from Fredericton.  Considering there were three Major Leaguers from the province at the time (Stairs, Comier & Dickson) the late 1990’s and early 2000’s were the heyday for the sport in the province.  The proposed Canadian Baseball League team for New Brunswick could have used some of this local talent had it gotten off the ground.

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