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CANADA’S 2019 MLB DRAFT

CANADA’S 2019 MLB DRAFT

Here is a quick preview of the top canadian prospects that were selected in last June's MLB Draft

Baseball Canada’s elite development program is churning up an impressive number of MLB
prospects, especially considering the relatively limited player pool.


Of the 27 Canadian players drafted by MLB teams in early June, here is an overview of the top
4. We also profile the top 2 draftees from the province of Quebec.


Dasan Brown (OF – 3rd round, 88th overall):


Who else but the Blue Jays would select the top Canadian on the board, and basically right from
their backyard (Oakville)? Scouts seem to agree Brown was one of the best all-around athletes
available in the draft. Speed is his calling card. He projects as an elite defender in center field.
He has a strong enough arm but needs to improve his throwing accuracy. Brown has good bat-
to-ball ability, but his overall hitting skills are raw, and he will need some time to develop his
offensive game at the minor league levels.


Jake Sanford (OF – 3rd., 105th ):


The Yankees made this Cole Harbour native the highest draftee ever from the province of Nova
Scotia. Sanford is a stark contrast to Dasan Brown as a player. He does possess decent speed,
but his key skill is a powerful bat. As a junior with the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, he led the
league in many offensive categories and was no lower than third in any other major batting
stat. Scouts project his limited defensive game may confine him to left field or first base as a
pro.


Matt Brash (RHP – 4th rd., 113th ):


At 6’1” and 170 lbs, the Padres are banking on Brash to add some meat to a frail frame in the
next few years of development. He already has a 90-93 MPH fastball and two off-speed pitches
(slider and changeup) that he commands well in the strike zone. Scouts love his makeup and
pitchability, which gives the Kingston kid a good chance to improve his skill set at the pro level.


Jason Burgmann (RHP – 5th rd., 162nd ):


The Nanaimo, BC native was drafted for the second time. Burgmann was a Cards’ pick in 2016,
but an arm injury curtailed his 2017 and part of his 2018 seasons. The Cubs jumped at the
opportunity to acquire this intriguing package. Featuring a mid-90’s heater with good
command and two distinct breaking pitches (including a plus-slider), Burgmann has MLB
potential either as a starter or a reliever.


Baseball Quebec is looking for a new MLB star, now that Russell Martin is at the tail end of a
remarkable career. Could one these two 2019 draftees become the next “La Belle Province”
gem?


Antoine Jean (LHP – 17th rd., 509th ):

The Twins took a shot at Jean, a Montreal kid who doesn’t throw in the 90’s yet. Scouts seem
to believe he will get there in the next couple of years. What he already has: competitiveness,
good pitching instincts, a swing-and-miss 1-to-7 curveball and a changeup he is not afraid to
throw on any count. Being a crafty lefty always gives you a chance to break through.


Edouard Julien (INF – 18th rd., 539th ):


Power is the name of the game for this Quebec City big boy. Currently 6’2” and 195 lbs, he is
likely to add another 15-20 pounds of muscle to an impressive, athletic frame. Once again, it
was the Twins picking from the Quebec talent pool. Julien is cut from the typical modern
hitter’s mold, which translates as an all-or-nothing type of uppercut swing, featuring above-
average bat-speed. His defensive positioning as a pro is a point of contention among experts.

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