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

18 June 2017, 01:36 | Sandy Nunez

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

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

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, 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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