Elliott: Freure cracks Six-figure signing bonu$ for Canadians

 Jameson Taillon received the largest signing bonus given a Canadian. Born in Lakeland, Fla., and raised in The Woodlands, Tex, his mother Christie Kormendy was born and raised in the Lawrence Park area of Toronto, while his Michael Taillon grew up in St. Andrews West, Ont.

Jameson Taillon received the largest signing bonus given a Canadian. Born in Lakeland, Fla., and raised in The Woodlands, Tex, his mother Christie Kormendy was born and raised in the Lawrence Park area of Toronto, while his Michael Taillon grew up in St. Andrews West, Ont.

June 16, 2018

 

By Bob Elliott
Canadian Baseball Network

Of the 21 Canadians drafted earlier this month six have signed.

Three players that we know of have been given six-figure signing bonuses.

The Boston Red Sox signed Kentucky Wildcats C-1B Kole Cottam, a fourth round pick a $375,000 bonus, who has dual citizenship. Cottam was born in Memphis, Tenn, but his father Jeff is from Burlington, Ont. 

The Houston Astros signed sixth rounder RHP RJ Freure (Burlington, Ont.) from Pitt University Panthers with a bonus of $348,800. He’s a former Ontario Blue Jay.

And the San Diego Padres gave LHP Erik Sabrowski (Edmonton, Alta.) a 14th rounder from Cloud County Community College, $125,000.

Also signed are RHP Michael Brettell (Fonthill, Ont.) a 15th round choice of the St. Louis Cardinals from Central Michigan; 3B Mitch Robinson, a 21st rounded selected by New York Yankees scout Denis Boucher; LHP Ben Onyshko, chosen in the 24th by the Seattle Mariners; RHP Will McAffer (North Vancouver, BC) a 25th round choice of the Toronto Blue Jays and RHP Jake Sims (Guelph, Ont.) a 31st rounder the Padres gave $50,000.

Six-figure signing bonuses for Canadians

Year Round Team Position Name Hometown Province School/Team Bonus
2010 1 Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon The Woodlands TX The Woodlands HS $6,500,000 US
2016 1 Padres RHP Cal Quantrill Port Hope ON Stanford University $3,963,045
2002 1 Orioles LHP Adam Loewen Surrey BC Whalley Chiefs/Canadian Jr. National Team $3,200,000
2015 1 Marlins 1B Josh Naylor Mississauga ON Ontario Blue Jays $2,500,000
2014 2 Mariners OF Gareth Morgan North York ON Ontario Blue Jays/Canadian National Jr Team $2,000,000

 Calgary PBF Redbirds RHP Michael Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) 

Calgary PBF Redbirds RHP Michael Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) 

2015 1 Braves RHP Michael Soroka Calgary AB Calgary PBF Redbirds/Canadian National Jr. Team $1,974,700
2007 1 Mariners RHP Phillippe Aumont Gatineau QC ABC/Canadian National Jr Team $1,900,000
2002 1 Rockies LHP Jeff Francis North Delta BC University of British Columbia $1,850,000
2008 1 Brewers C Brett Lawrie Langley BC Langley Blaze/Canadian National Jr Team $1,700,000
2001 28 Cards RHP Blake Hawksworth North Vancouver BC Bellevue (WA.) Community College $1,475,000
2017 2 Twins RHP Landon Leach Pickering ON Toronto Mets/Canadian National Jr Team $1,400,000
2017 2 Orioles INF Adam Hall London ON Great Lake Canadians $1,300,000

 Toronto Mets grad Andrew Yerzy

Toronto Mets grad Andrew Yerzy

2016 2 Diamondbacks C Andrew Yerzy Toronto ON Toronto Mets/Canadian National Jr Team $1,214,100
2000 1 Braves INF Scott Thorman Cambridge ON Team Ontario/Canadian National Jr Team $1,125,000
2013 2 Cubs LHP Rob Zastryzny Edmonton AB Missouri $1,100,000
2010 1 Rangers C Kellin Deglan Langley BC Langley Blaze/Canadian National Jr Team $1,000,000
1997 1 Padres SS  Kevin Nicholson Surrey BC Stetson College $830,000

2002 2 Twins RHP Jesse Crain Toronto, University of Houston $650,000
2015 2 Yankees LHP Jeff Degano Surrey BC Indiana State $650,000
2013 3 Mariners OF Tyler O’Neill Maple Ridge BC Langley Blaze $650,000
2002 2 Reds INF Joey Votto Etobicoke ON Etobicoke Rangers $600,000
2007 1 Reds RHP Kyle Lotzkar Tsawwassen BC  Langley Blaze/Canadian National Jr Team $594,000

 RHP  Jordan Balazovic (Mississauga  Ont.)

RHP  Jordan Balazovic (Mississauga  Ont.)

2016 5 Twins RHP Jordan Balazovic Mississauga ON Ontario Blue Jays $515.000
1997 1 Orioles OF Ntema Ndungidi Montreal QC Academie Baseball Canada $500.000
2015 4 Reds CF Miles Gordon Oakville ON Great Lake Canadians/Canadian Jr. National Team $500,000
2010 16 Yankees LHP Evan Rutckyj Windsor ON Windsor Selects/Detroit Jet Box $500.000
2016 4 Diamondbacks RHP Curtis Taylor Port Coquitlam BC University of British Columbia $496,700

2007 1 Blue Jays RHP Trystan Magnuson Vancouver BC University of Louisville $462,500
2010 4 Royals LHP Kevin Chapman Coral Springs FL Florida $250,000 $475,000         
2014 4 Brewers OF Demi Orimoloye Orleans ON Ottawa-Nepean Canadians/Canadian Jr. National Team $450,000
1996 2 Red Sox RHP Chris Reitsma Calgary AB Calgary Rockiesé Canadian Jr. National Team $425,000
2005 3 Tigers C Chris Robinson Dorchester ON University of Illinois $422,500
2016 4 Rangers INF Charles Leblanc Laval QC University of Pittsburgh Panthers $415,000

 Team Ontario grad Nick Weglarz (Stevensville, Ont.)

Team Ontario grad Nick Weglarz (Stevensville, Ont.)

2005 3 Indians OF Nick Weglarz Stevensville ON Team Ontario/Canadian National Jr Team $435,000
2006 4 Dodgers INF Kyle Orr Victoria BC Victoria Mariners $435,000
2015 5 Cubs LHP Ryan Kellogg Whitby ON Arizona State $376,700
1997 1 White Sox RHP Aaron Myette Surrey BC Central Arizona Community College $375,000
2011 7 Cubs 1B Trevor Gretzky Westlake Village CA Oaks Christian HS $375,000
2018 4 Red Sox C-1B Kole Cottam, Memphis, Tenn., Kentucky, $375,000

2018 6 Astros RHP RJ Freure Burlington, Ont. Pitt University $348,800
2001 3 Braves OF Adam Stern London ON University of Nebraska $348,000
2007 3 Rockies C Lars Davis Grande Prairie AB University of Illinois $337,000
2011 4 Blue Jays RHP Tom Robson Ladner BC Langley Blaze/Canadian Jr. National Team $325,000
2009 6 Phillies RHP Steven Inch Edmonton AB Vauxhall Academy/Canadian National Jr Team $300,000
2004 7 Reds LHP Philippe-Alexandre Valiquette St. Laurent QC Academie Baseball Canada/Canadian Jr. National Team $300,000 

 C George Kottaras (Markham  Ont.)

C George Kottaras (Markham  Ont.)

2002 20 Padres C George Kottaras Markham ON Connors State College $300,000
1994 32 Mariners LHP Jordan Zimmerman Caresland AB Blinn Jr. College $300,000
1999 3 Twins C Justin Morneau New Westminister BC North Delta Blue Jays $295,000
2013 5 Orioles LHP  Travis Seabrooke North Monaghan ON Ontario Terriers $291,800
2013 10 Cardinals SS  Malik Collymore Mississauga ON Ontario Blue Jays $275,000

2010 3 Blue Jays OF  Marcus Knecht North York ON Connors State College $250,000
2016 5 Astros INF Abraham Toro-Hernandez Greenfield Park QC Seminole State College $250,000
2014 6 Astros RHP Brock Dykxhoorn Goderich ON Central Arizona College $250,000
2004 16 Brewers RHP Alexandre Periard St-Eustache QC Academie Baseball Canada $243,000
2003 4 Braves 3B Jamie Romak London ON London Badgers $240,000

 OF Mike Saunders (Victoria  BC)

OF Mike Saunders (Victoria  BC)

2004 11 Mariners OF Mike Saunders Victoria BC Victoria Mariners/Tallahassee College $237,500
2007 4 Royals RHP Mitch Hodge Vancouver BC White Rock Titons/Canadian National Jr Team $225,000
2010 4 Padres INF Chris Bisson Orleans ON University of Kentucky $234,000
2016 33 Pirates RHP Austin Shields Dundas ON Great Lake Canadians $205,000
1995 3 Rangers RHP Ryan Dempster Gibsons BC North Shore Twins $200,000

2004 5 Rangers C Mike Nickeas Vancouver BC Georgia Tech University $200,000
2007 6 Reds RHP Evan Hildebrandt Abbotsford BC Abbotsford Cardinals/Canadian National Jr Team $200,000
2007 16 Mariners RHP Colin Buckborough Niagara Falls ON Bullett Proof/Canadian National Jr Team $200,000
2015 18 Reds LHP Isaac Anesty Guelph ON Ontario Blue Jays $200,000

 ABC grad RHP Yan Lachapelle (Gatineau, Que.) with the class-A Hagerstown Suns

ABC grad RHP Yan Lachapelle (Gatineau, Que.) with the class-A Hagerstown Suns

1996 3 Blue Jays RHP Yan Lachapelle Gatineau QC Academie du Baseball Canada $185,000
2001 5 Brewers RHP Judd Richardson Caledon ON U of Miami Ohio $185.000
2016 8 Tigers OF Jacob Robson Windsor ON Mississippi State $181,600
1993 2 Brewers SS  Danny Klassen Leamington ON John Carroll HS, Port St. Lucie, Fla. $180.000
2010 7 Brewers RHP Joel Pierce Windsor ON Tecumseh Thunder $175.000

2003 5 Yankees RHP Cory Stuart White Rock BC University of British Columbia $170,000
2001 5 Mariners 2B John Cole Kanata ON University of Nebraska $170,000
2016 9 Tigers INF Daniel Pinero Toronto ON University of Virginia $169,600
2001 5 Dodgers RHP Steve Nelson Cole Harbour NS Dartmouth Mooseheads $165,000
2005 7 Marlins RHP Chris Leroux Mississauaga ON Winthrop University $152,000

 RHP  Robbie Vael (Surrey  BC)

RHP  Robbie Vael (Surrey  BC)

1997 2 Indians RHP Robbie Vael Surrey BC Eastern Utah $150,000
2011 8 Brewers C Dustin Houle Langley BC Langley Blaze/Canadian National Jr Team $150,000
2010 10 Astros LHP Evan Grills Whitby ON Ontario Blue Jays/Canadian National Jr Team $150,000
2011 11 Reds RHP Vaughn Covington Vancouver BC Vancouver Cannons/Canadian National Jr Team $150,000
2009 15 Dodgers 3B Jeff Hunt Cambridge ON Intercounty Terriers/Canadian National Jr Team $150,000

2008 16 Blue Jays OF Mike Crouse Port Moody BC North Shore Twins/Canadian National Jr Team $150,000
2010 16 Blue Jays OF Dalton Pompey Mississauga ON Oakville Royals/Canadian National Jr Team $150,000
2010 32 Rangers RHP Steve McKinnon  Duncan BC Nanaimo Pirates/Canadian National Jr Team $150,000
2017 7 Dodgers RHP Zach Pop Brampton ON University of Kentucky $147,500
2009 5 Cubs SS Wes Darvill Langley BC Langley Blaze/Canadian National Jr Team $142,000

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2012 7 Brewers LHP David Otterman Vancouver BC University of British Columbia $141,700
2008 11 Rays RHP Brad Furdal  Ancaster ON Inter County Terriers/Canadian Jr Team $140,000
1995 24 Blue Jays LHP  Mark Curtis St. Albert AB Penscaola Jr. College $135,000
2015 34 Phillies OF Ben Pelletier Varennes QC Patriotes Rive Sud/Score International $135,000
2008 16 Reds OF Carter Morrison Langley BC Langley Blaze/Canadian National Jr Team $132,000

2006 7 Twins 1B Jonathan Walterbury Whitby ON Ontario Blue Jays $128,500
2009 8 Brewers OF Chad Stang Surrey BC Midland College $125.000
2017 12 Astros RF Jonathan Lacroix Montreal QC Seminole State College $125.000
2003 48 Mets SS  Jonathan Malo St-Roch-de-l’Achigan QC Northeastern Oklahoma A&M $125,000
2018 14 Padres LHP Erik Sabrowski Edmonton, Alta. Cloud County CC $125,000
2001 6 Blue Jays SS  Lee Delfino Pickering ON East Carolina University $122,500

 OF  Jonathan Baksh  (Mississauga  Ont.) Floriida Tech.

OF  Jonathan Baksh  (Mississauga  Ont.) Floriida Tech.

2006 7 Blue Jays OF Jonathan Baksh Mississauga ON Florida Tech University $122,500
2007 6 Mets RHP Guillaume Leduc Boucherville QC Academie Baseball Canada $120,000
2003 40 Twins RHP Adam Hawes Victoria Harbour ON Connors State Jr. College $118,000
1993 2 Expos RHP Martin Mainville Montreal QC Academie Baseball Canada $115,000
2000 6 Expos RHP Shawn Hill Georgetown ON Team Ontario $115,000

2011 15 Cubs C Justin Marra Toronto ON Ontario Blue Jays $110.000
2004 7 Brewers RHP Craig Langille Bedford NS Dartmouth Juniors $107,000
2003 4 Giants RHP Brooks McNiven Vernon BC University of British Columbia $105,000
2012 6 Pirates 3B Eric Wood Pickering ON Blinn College $100,000
2011 9 Braves OF Chase Larsson Vancouver BC Cameron University $100,000 

 C  Owen Spiwak  (Mississauga  Ont.)

C  Owen Spiwak  (Mississauga  Ont.)

2015 10 Blue Jays C Owen Spiwak Mississauga ON Odessa College $100000
2016 11 Diamondbacks RHP Jake Polancic Langley BC Langley Blaze $100,000
2013 13 Mariners 3B Lachlan Fontaine North Vancouver BC North Shore Twins $100000
2017 13 Nationals OF Eric Senior Toronto ON Midland College $100,000
2012 15 Yankees RHP Dayton Dawe London ON Ontario Terriers $100000
 
2017 15 Cubs INF Jarred Young Prince George BC Old Dominion University $100,000
2008 16 Brewers RHP Stosh Wawrzasek Langley BC Langley Blaze/Canadian National Jr Team $100000
2015 17 Reds 2B JD Salmon-Williams Brampton ON Ontario Blue Jays $100,000
2013 20 Reds C Morgan Lofstrom Kelowna BC Okanagan Athletics/Canadian Junior National Team $100,000
2015 22 Reds RHP Darren Shred Brampton ON Ontario Blue Jays $100,000 


 

 RHP Bryan Saucedo (Toronto  Ont.)

RHP Bryan Saucedo (Toronto  Ont.)

2017 22 White Sox RHP Bryan Saucedo Toronto ON Davenport University $100,000
2016 23 Diamndbacks 1B Luke Van Rycheghem Kent Bridge ON Ontario Blue Jays $100,000
2017 23 Indians RHP Jordan Scheftz North York ON Central Florida $100,000
2011 26 Blue Jays SS  Justin Atkinson North Surrey BC Langley Blaze/Canadian National Jr Team $100,000
2012 26 Blue Jays RHP Nathan DeSouza Milton ON Ontario Blue Jays/Canadian National Jr Team $100,000
2010 34 Reds SS Brandon Dailey Brantford ON Ontario Terriers/Canadian National Jr Team $100,000
2007 35 Pirates RHP Tom Boleska Burlington ON High Point University $100,000