Pickering's Leach first Canadian pick in MLB draft

Canadian junior team pitcher Landon Leach was drafted 37th overall by the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.
Canadian junior team pitcher Landon Leach was drafted 37th overall by the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.  (Twitter)  

Right-handed pitcher Landon Leach of Pickering, Ont., was the first Canadian selected in the MLB draft on Monday when the Minnesota Twins used the first pick in the second round, 37th overall, to draft the 17-year-old.

Shortstop Adam Hall of London, Ont., was taken 23 picks later by the Baltimore Orioles.

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Pickering's Leach first Canadian pick in MLB draft

About Canadian
Canadians (French: Canadiens / Canadiennes) are people identified with the country of Canada. This connection may be residential, legal, historical, or cultural. For most Canadians, several (or all) of these connections exist and are collectively the source of their being Canadian.
Canada is a bilingual and multicultural society home to people of many different ethnic, religious and national origins, with the majority of the population made up of Old World immigrants and their descendants. Following the initial period of French and then the much larger British colonization, different waves (or peaks) of immigration and settlement of non-aboriginal peoples took place over the course of nearly two centuries and continue today. Elements of Aboriginal, French, British, and more recent immigrant customs, languages and religions have combined to form the culture of Canada and thus a Canadian identity. Canada has also been strongly influenced by its linguistic, geographic and economic neighbour, the United States.
Canadian independence from the United Kingdom grew gradually over the course of many years since the formation of the Canadian Confederation in 1867. World War I and World War II, in particular, gave rise to a desire among Canadians to have their country recognized as a fully-fledged sovereign state with a distinct citizenship. Legislative independence was established with the passage of the Statute of Westminster 1931, the Canadian Citizenship Act of 1946 took effect on January 1, 1947, and full sovereignty was achieved with the patriation of the constitution in 1982. Canada’s nationality law closely mirrored that of the United Kingdom. Legislation since the mid 20th century represents Canadians’ commitment to multilateralism and socioeconomic development.

Leach joined Canada’s junior national team program in the spring of 2016 and recently participated in the Dominican Summer League camp in May where he threw four innings without giving up an earned run against MLB Prospect League, a squad featuring some of the top international players eligible to sign with big league clubs on July 2. He is committed to the University of Texas.

Hall, 18, joined the junior national team program as a 15 year old in the fall of 2014 before representing Canada at the 2015 under-18 baseball World Cup in Osaka, Japan. In 2016, he was the lone Canadian to participate in both the Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago and the Perfect Game All American Game at Petco Park in San Diego.

Pickering's Leach first Canadian pick in MLB draft

He was also the recipient of the Canadian Futures Award handed out by the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America last January at the annual Baseball Canada National Teams Awards Banquet and Fundraiser.

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Hall was teammates with Leach on the recent Dominican Summer League tour and hit .318 in 13 games with three doubles, a triple and seven stolen bases. He is committed to Texas AM University.

Both Leach and Hall are eligible to play for Canada at the under-18 baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Ont., from Sept. 1 to 10.

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