A few years ago, when I was living in Daegu, South Korea, I had the chance to go up to Seoul to see the 2012 18U World Baseball Championship. It was something special for me being my first international baseball tournament, and I have had an affinity to many of the players that I got to see play. As I was writing about international players in the MLB Top 100 Prospects List, I noticed a few players I got to see in that tournament. So I wanted to go back and see where they were now since many of them have been drafted this past summer after playing college ball.
I am going to do a series based on the teams that played and try to track down many of the players in it. So let’s begin. I will start with a team I saw play a few times and was very impressed with, Canada.
Team Canada 2012 18U World Baseball Championship:
Brock Dykxhoorn – Brock went to Central Arizona College before being drafted by the Houston Astros in the 6th Rond of the 2014 MLB Draft. He spent the 2016 season in the California League (High-A) pitching for the Lancaster JetHawks.
Dayton Dawe – Drafted in the 15th Round in 2012 out of high school, Dawe pitched in the New York Yankees system for 3 seasons.
Cal Quantrill – After high school Quantrill went on to pitch at Stanford University. This past year he was drafted no. 8 overall by the San Diego Padres and already appears on the MLB Top 100 Prospects list.
Logan Seifrit – Drafter in 2012 in the 33rd Round by the Seattle Mariners, Seifrit pitched for 3 seasons in the minors making it as high as low-A ball in the Northwest League before hanging up his spikes. He last pitched in the minors in 2014.
Myles Vincent – All I could find was a story from a Canadian newspaper saying Vincent had given up the chase to the big leagues after pitching for a few years for a team in western Canada.
Christian Botnick – He has been pitching at the University of British Columbia where it appears he will be again this year.
Ryan Kellogg – Easily one of the most impressive pitchers I saw in the tournament, Kellogg posted a 2.08 ERA in 17.1 innings. He was drafted in the 5th Round by the Chicago Cubs in 2015. Last season he made 24 appearances, 23 starts, for the South Bend Cubs in A-ball pitching well with a 3.03 ERA over 130 + innings.
Jacob Marks – The last I can see is he played college ball at the University of Maine through 2016.
Travis Seabrooke – Travis tossed 5.2 innings in the tournament picking up a save. Today he is pitching in the minor leagues for the Baltimore Orioles. Drafter in 2013, Seabrooke has pitched the past 2 seasons in the New York Penn League which is short season Single-A.
Jesse Hodges – Hodges tore up the 2012 18U WBC hitting .484 with 4 doubles, 1 home run, and an OPS of 1.278. He has played in the Chicago Cubs system since 2013. He climbed all way to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High-A) but struggled. He has put up solid numbers the past two seasons with the South Bend Cubs of the Midwest League.
Daniel Pinero – Pinero went on to play at the University of Virginia where he was drafted in 2016 by the Detroit Tigers in the 9th round. Played 7 games in rookie ball and 43 games in the New York-Penn League a short-season A league.
Jacob Robson – Robson went on to play at Mississippi State University before being drafted in the 8th round in 2016 by the Detroit Tigers. He played in the New York-Penn League with the Connecticut Tigers where he was a teammate of Daniel Pinero.
Mitchell Triolo – I have found it hard to find out where exactly he landed. A few stories say he went to this college or that one, but I do not see much else.
Kyle Hann – After spending a few years at Mississippi State, Hann transferred to a junior college, and then moved on to Oklahoma State although I do not see that he ever made it onto the field with the Cowboys.
Brett Siddall – Drafted in the 13th round of the 2015 draft by the Oakland A’s, Siddall had played his college ball at Canisius. In 2016 he played 135 games in the Midwest League for the Beloit Snappers hitting 9 home runs and driving in 60 while playing right field.
Owen Spiwak – Drafted out of Odessa College in 2015 by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 10th round. Spiwak spent last season between short-season A ball and rookie league playing in only 25 games.
Josh Naylor – With the 12th overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft the Miami Marlins drafted Naylor and so far he has not disappointed. Last season between the California League (High-A) and the South Atlantic League Naylor blasted 12 home runs, 25 doubles, and stole 11 bases. He played in the 2016 MLB All Futures Game and will suit up for Team Canada once again in this years World Baseball Classic.
Chris Shaw – Shaw played his college ball at Oklahoma University before being drafted in the 15th round in 2015 by the Baltimore Orioles. The 2017 season will be his 3rd in the pros having played 23 games last year in the New York-Penn League.
Nathan Desouza – Drafted out of high school in 2012 by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 26th round, Desouza played 3 seasons in the minors ending in 2014.
Gareth Morgan – Morgan was drafted in 2014 by the Seattle Mariners 74th overall. He spent most of the 2016 season with the Arizona Mariners in the Arizona League, a rookie league.