OTTAWA- Major League Baseball Spring Training is already underway at sites across Arizona and Florida as clubs prepare for the 2019 season.
With games in the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues providing a glimpse at what each of the 30 MLB clubs rosters will look like it’s time to look at the Canadians who are priming for another MLB season, attempting to make a run at a roster spot or leave an impression on front office staffs that they are ready for the bright lights of big league baseball.
Canada’s only MLB team, the Toronto Blue Jays, leads the way with three Canadian-born players in their big league camp while the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres each have two. In total, there are 13 clubs with at least one Canadian-born player in their major league camp.
In 2018, ten Canadians appeared in the big leagues after five began the season on opening day rosters. A modern-day record 26 Canadians appeared in the big leagues in 2011.
Canadians in big league camp:
RHP Zach Pop (Brampton, ON)
OF Jacob Robson (Windsor, ON)
3B Abraham Toro (Longueil, QC)
New York Yankees
C Kellin Deglan (Langley, BC)
*LHP James Paxton (Ladner, BC)
Tampa Bay Rays
RHP Curtis Taylor (Port Coquitlam, BC)
*RHP Jordan Romano (Markham, ON)
Toronto Blue Jays
RHP John Axford (Port Dover, ON)
3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Montréal, QC)
*OF Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, ON)
*RHP Mike Soroka (Calgary, AB)
OF Jim Adduci (Burnaby, BC)
*RHP Rowan Wick (North Vancouver, BC)
*1B Joey Votto (Etobicoke, ON)
LHP Evan Grills (Whitby, ON)
OF Michael Saunders (Victoria, BC)
Los Angeles Dodgers
*C Russell Martin (Montréal, QC)
RHP Jesen Therrien (Montréal, QC)
*RHP Nick Pivetta (Victoria, BC)
San Diego Padres
1B/OF Josh Naylor (Mississauga, ON)
RHP Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, ON)
*Indicates player on 40-man roster
(Photo: Amanda Fewer)