OTTAWA – The 2021 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft concluded today for rounds 11 through 20 with eight Canadians hearing their name called.
In total, 17 Canadian-born players were selected including seven current or former members of Baseball Canada’s Junior National Team (U18) program.
The Toronto Blue Jays selected a pair of Canadians on Day 3 including Junior National Team alumnus Damiano Palmegiani in the 14th round while high school right-hander Micah Bucknam (Abbotsford, BC) was taken by the Jays in the 16th round.
Palmegiani was selected by the Blue Jays as a high school player in the 2018 MLB Draft.
The following is a breakdown of Canadian players drafted by MLB organizations:
Texas Rangers (4), Toronto Blue Jays (2), Milwaukee Brewers (2), Atlanta Braves (1), Chicago Cubs (1), Detroit Tigers (1), Kansas City Royals (1), Los Angeles Dodgers (1), New York Mets (1), Oakland A’s (1), San Diego Padres (1), Tampa Bay Rays (1)
Of note, Toronto-born, Florida raised Adam Tulloch, a left-handed pitcher from West Virginia University, is included in the 17 Canadians selected.
Canadians selected in 2021 MLB First-Year Player Draft
1. 2B Tyler Black (Stouffville, ON) – Milwaukee Brewers – Competitive Balance Round A (33rd overall) Wright State University
2. RHP Calvin Ziegler (Heidelberg, ON) - New York Mets - Round 2 (46th overall) Great Lake Canadians*
3. OF Denzel Clarke (Pickering, ON) - Oakland A's - Round 4 (127th overall) Cal State Northridge*
4. LHP Mitch Bratt (Newmarket, ON) - Texas Rangers - Round 5 (134th overall) Junior National Team/Toronto Mets*
5. RHP Eric Cerantola (Oakville, ON) - Kansas City Royals - Round 5 (139th overall) Mississippi State
6. OF Tristan Peters (Winkler, MB) - Milwaukee Brewers - Round 7 (207th overall) Southern Illinois
7. RHP Jordan Marks (Brights Grove, ON) - Detroit Tigers - Round 8 (225th overall) South Carolina-Upstate
8. C Liam Hicks (Toronto, ON) - Texas Rangers - Round 9 (254th overall) Arkansas State
9. RHP Garrett Hawkins (Biggar, SK) - San Diego Padres - Round 9 (280th overall) UBC
10. LHP Adam Shoemaker (Cambridge, ON) - Atlanta Braves - Round 11 (337th overall) Great Lake Canadians
11. LHP Thomas Ireland (Regina, SK) - Texas Rangers - Round 13 (374th overall) Polk State College
12. 3B Damiano Palmegiani (Surrey, BC) – Toronto Blue Jays – Round 14 (422nd overall) College of Southern Nevada*
13. RHP Evan Elliott (Toronto, ON) - Texas Rangers - Round 15 (434th overall) Prairie Baseball Academy*
14. RHP Conor Angel (Lachine, QC) – Tampa Bay Rays – Round 15 (461st overall) Louisiana at Lafayette*
15. RHP Micah Bucknam (Abbotsford, BC) – Toronto Blue Jays – Round 16 (482nd overall) Abbotsford Cardinals
16. LHP Adam Tulloch (Toronto, ON) – Los Angeles Dodgers – Round 17 (522nd overall) West Virginia +
17. RHP Dominic Hambley (Victoria, BC) – Chicago Cubs – Round 18 (544th overall) Victoria Mariners
*Junior National Team member/alumni
+ Born in Canada, raised in Weston, Florida