Jun 11, 2009 | Dan Thompson | 203 views
Exciting Times In Terrrier Town!
After a busy week where they played five games (4-1) in three days, the SR Terriers find themselves perched atop the PBLO standings (18-3, .857), mere percentage points ahead of the Ontario Blue Jays. They head into a crucial four game showdown with their rivals this weekend which will go a long way in deciding this year’s league champ.
Before the big four game series unfolds however, there was other important business to take care of this past week.
The MLB Draft! For the second consecutive year the Terriers, together with the Langley Blaze, led the country in draft picks, and have now had nine players drafted since 2006.
The first to go was third baseman, Jeff Hunt. He was drafted in the 15th round by the LA Dodgers. Jeff joined the Terriers out of the bantam division of Cambridge Minor Baseball. In his three seasons with the Terriers he has experienced all amateur baseball has to offer. He was a member of the 2006 Ontario team that won the 17u Canada Cup National Championship in Medicine Hat, AB and he has been a member of the Junior National Team for the past few years. Last fall Jeff acquired a scholarship at Ohio University (NCAA D1) and will now have to decide whether he will sign a professional contract with the Dodgers or attend university.
Next to go in yesterday’s draft was Terriers ace, left hander Mitch Clarke. He was picked up by the Cincinnati Reds in the 19th round. Mitch played as a youngster in Kitchener minor baseball. He has been nothing short of spectacular on the mound for the past two seasons for the Terriers. His winning percentage eclipses .930 and his ERA is under 2.00. Mitch has worked very hard at his game and that combined with his tremendous success put him in this enviable position. He too will now have to decide whether to take his 90mph fastball to Walter State (NJCAA D1) or move on to life in professional baseball.
The Milwaukee Brewers were next to get into the mix and in the 29th round they chose right fielder Chandler McLaren. The Brewers see Chandler as a projectable five tool pro player. Chandler is blessed with great arm strength, speed and power. He began to catch the eye of pro scouts on the Terriers March break trip to Florida where he ate up college pitching, hitting a staggering .468 for the week. Chandler also had pre draft tryouts in Cincinnati and Seattle, but the brew crew won out! Chandler has been with the Terriers for the past two seasons and is a product of Guelph minor baseball.
Chandler was not the only Guelph native drafted yesterday. Terrier alumni, Josh Garton was taken in the 12th round by the Reds. Josh played on the Terriers 2006 team that won the PBLO Championship and the Sandlott Baseball 18u World Series in Nashville. Josh played third base and hit in the heart of the lineup. While with the Terriers he received a scholarship at Volunteer State (NJCAA D1) and has played there for the past two years.
Canadian High School age selections in the first 30 rounds of the 2009 MLB Draft...
Name Round/Team Club
Jake Eliopoulos 2/Jays JNT
Wes Darvill 5/Cubs Langley
Steve Inch 6/Phillies Vauxhall
A. Nelubowich 14/Mariners JNT
Jeff Hunt 15/Dodgers Terriers
Mitch Clarke 19/Reds Terriers
Jerome Werniuk 20/Rangers Prospects
Mike Monster 25/Reds Langley
Chandler McClaren 29/Brewers Terriers
R. Consigli 30/A's Rebels