Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft is now in the books, after the first two rounds were completed on Monday, eight more rounds on Tuesday and the final 30 rounds on Wednesday, and among those selected was one current Great Lake Canadians player and one alumnus.
Former Great Lake hurler Michael Brettell was the first off the board – also the fifth player from north of the border selected – when the native of Fonthill was chosen by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 15th round of the draft with the 453rd pick. Brettell is coming off of his junior season at Central Michigan University.
Current Canadians right-hander – and Canada’s top high school pitching prospect heading into the selection process – Eric Cerantola was chosen in the 30th round by the Tampa Bay Rays with the 900th pick. The 18-year-old pitcher is committed to Mississippi State University and was the 12th Canadian taken among just 19 Canuck players who heard their names in the draft.