By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – The 2015 Major League Baseball draft wrapped up Wednesday in Secaucus, New Jersey with Windsor native Brett Siddall being chosen in the 13th round, 398th overall, by the Oakland Athletics.
Siddall, the product of Holy Names High School and playing the last three seasons for the Canisius College Golden Griffins, has appeared for Team Canada at the International Baseball Federation 18U World Championship in Seoul, South Korea and at the Americas World Junior Tournament where he earned All-Tournament Team honours.
In 2011, Siddall earned All-City honours for Holy Names High School, and in 2013 was selected as 2012’s WESPY winner as the male baseball player of the year. He’s currently hitting .324 in 44 games for Canisius with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs.
Siddall joins 29 other Canadians selected over the three days of this year’s draft, with 10 of them chosen in the first 10 rounds. Notably, Josh Naylor was plucked from St Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga, 12th overall by the Miami Marlins, becoming the highest ever Canadian position player drafted. Naylor has committed to enrol at Texas Tech University.