As drafts go, it was the best for the Toronto Blue Jays and Canadian content in five years. Under scouting director Jon Lalonde and Kevin Briand, director of Canadian scouting, selected five Canadian players to rank with the Milwaukee Brewers for top teams when it came to selecting the 38 Canucks.
It was the first time that the Jays have shared the lead for the most Canadians selected since 2001 when they chose eight players, led by infielder Lee Delfino (Pickering, Ont.) and catcher David Corrente (Chatham, Ont.)
And when the 50-round draft ended the Jays were still not done. They agree to terms with Leaside left-hander Drew Taylor, of the University of Michigan Wolverines.
Taylor, a Big Blue co-captain, was 6-4 with 4.94 earned run average in 15 games, nine of them starts with Michigan. He walked 10 and struck out 31 in 62 innings.
The other five Canadians drafted by the Jays:
Taylor finished his career at Michigan with a 19-10 record. As a sophomore in 2003 he earned All-Big Ten First Team honors and won Geoff Zahn award as Michigan's Most Valuable Pitcher in first season as Wolverine after transferring from Georgia Tech.
Taylor on the inaugural Ray Fisher scholarship for Baseball for the 2005-06 as well as receiving the Samuel L. Westerman Foundation scholarship for Baseball in 2004-05 and the Marlin H. Pemberton Baseball scholarship for 2003-04.
He recorded his first college win in 2003 working went 8 1/3 innings to beat Bethune-Cookman at Jackie Robinson Field -- it was the same diamond where his father, Ron Taylor registered his first win in the minors.
Taylor went on to be a World Series hero for both the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals. He is now the club doctor for the Blue Jays.
The Brewers, who were Canada's No. 1 team at this age demographic in 2005, drafted five Canucks under scout Jay Lapp:
For a complete list of all Canadians selected in the 2006 MLB Draft, click here.