The MLB Draft concluded yesterday after 20-rounds which spanned over three exciting days. This year’s draft saw five players from Ontario get picked, all of whom played for CPBL organizations.
2022 MLB Draft Recap
Dylan O’Rae (Great Lake Canadians) – Milwaukee Brewers (Round 3, Pick 102)
For the second straight season, the Milwaukee Brewers selected the first Canadian picked in the draft. O’Rae, a Great Lake Canadians product, had a dominant career in the CPBL, which concluded with a championship this season. The left-handed hitting infielder and Illinois commit was a part of two CPBL All-Star Showcases, winning the MVP award in last year’s event. With O’Rae’s selection, CPBL players have been selected in the first three rounds each year of the league’s existence.
— Great Lake Canadians (@GLCanadians) July 18, 2022
David McCabe (Ontario Blue Jays) – Atlanta Braves (Round 4, Pick 125)
McCabe, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound corner-infielder, went to the Atlanta Braves on the draft’s second day. The switch-hitting slugger is now the fourth 2019 Ontario Blue Jays team member to be selected in the draft, joining Dasan Brown, TJ Schofield-Sam and Jaden Brown. McCabe hit .386 with 16 home runs at Charlotte, hitting 30 over 96 games played in his college career.
With the 125th pick, the @Braves select UNC Charlotte third baseman David McCabe.
— MLB Draft (@MLBDraft) July 18, 2022
Nate Ochoa (Fieldhouse Pirates) – Washington Nationals (Round 6, Pick 171)
Ochoa, a member of the Fieldhouse Pirates, heard his name called in the sixth round by the Washington Nationals. The right-handed hitting infielder, who features a 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame, was a multiple-time CPBL All-Star Showcase attendee, winning the home run derby last fall in a memorable showing. He hit 28 home runs, including 19 in the final round, with five outs to spare. Ochoa committed to Alabama in October.
— Fieldhouse Pirates (@FHPirates) July 18, 2022
Jonah Tong (Toronto Mets) – New York Mets (Round 7, Pick 209)
Tong, a right-hander from the Toronto Mets, was selected by the New York Mets in the seventh round on Day 2. The Markham, Ont. native jumped onto the scene last summer and opened eyes at the CPBL All-Star Showcase, where he dominated in his outing. He continued to progress during the off-season and entered the spring as one of the top Canadians in the draft.
So proud of Mets 18U @tong_jonah for achieving the next step in his baseball journey. No matter what happens in the future, you will always have a place to train and workout when your back in Canada. Congratuations!! @CDNBaseballNet @CPBLeague #MLBDraft @Mets pic.twitter.com/K4W0pZYTG6
— Toronto Mets (@TorontoMets) July 18, 2022
Hugh Pinkney (Terriers Baseball) – San Diego Padres (Round 17, Pick 510)
Pinkney was the final CPBL player taken in the draft, getting selected by the San Diego Padres in the 17th round. The left-handed hitting catcher for the Terriers had a strong spring leading into the draft culminating with his selection on Tuesday. Pinkney, a Rutgers commit, was an attendee of last year’s CPBL All-Star Showcase.
Congratulations @HughPinkney on being drafted by the San Diego Padres with their 17th round pick!
The Terriers Family is proud that your hard work has led to your well deserved selection!
Enjoy your ongoing Baseball journey! 💛💙
⚾#Padres #SanDiego #MLB #canada #baseball pic.twitter.com/j12gNF5XLX
— Terriers Baseball (@TerrierTeams) July 20, 2022