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Two Canadian pitchers chosen on second day of Major League Baseball draft

18 June 2017, 01:36 | Sandy Nunez

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Western Carolina junior infielder Brett Pope was selected in the 22nd round by the Pittsburgh Pirates during Wednesday's final round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Callis: I think Hall has the potential to be a great value for the Orioles here at No.21. To no surprise, the Orioles showed interest in Hall's 90-93 miles per hour fastball reaching up to 95 with late arm-side run.

"Hall is a polished, young left-handed pitcher, with a good fastball, curve, change-up & good control", Orioles scouting director Gary Rajsich said.

Next, the Orioles go back-to-back on Hall as they selected shortstop Adam Hall from London, Ontario, at No. 60 in the second-round. According to PerfectGame.org, Hall ran a 6.29 in the sixty with quick feet and a collection of tools.

Brown played at Benicia High School, where he helped lead his team to Solano County Athletic League crowns in 2013 and 2014, going 10-1 with a 0.60 ERA his senior year.

Russell, a product of Glastonbury High School, first played at UConn Avery Point for his freshman season.

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Their sixth-round pick, shortstop Mason McCoy of the University of Iowa, was named most valuable player of the Northwoods League last summer and carried it into a strong senior season for the Hawkeyes.

File, who prepped at Desert Hills High School, was the 2017 Pacific West co-pitcher of the year after an 8-2 season that saw him throw four complete games, two shutouts and 75 strikeouts in 93 innings.

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This year's 42-win squad doesn't have many names on Baseball America's top-500 list, but with so many players to scout, the draft is often filled with surprise.

It is unclear whether Russell will sign with San Francisco or stay at UConn.



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