In June, 30 Canadian-born players were taken in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft. That’s up from 17 in 2014. At the major league level, meanwhile, 20 players with Canadian roots currently suit up for the 30 teams, and a whole pile more are in the minor league system.
Those numbers pale in comparison with traditional baseball hotbeds such as the United States, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Puerto Rico. Still, Canada does have a decent presence on the diamonds — and we’re the two-time gold medal champs in baseball at the Pan-Am Games, with the latest triumph coming against the U.S. in a wacky extra inning game in Toronto on July 19.
From Aug. 13-17, some possible future stars of the game will be on display in Regina when the city hosts Baseball Canada’s 21 and under Boys Championship. All the action will be taking place at Optimist Baseball Park which is located on Dewdney Ave. West.
For more on the tournament visit the Baseball Canada website.