“I heard my name on the net and Matt phoned ... maybe 30 seconds later tops,” Jamieson said.
Higginson slept on the red-eye to Toronto Wednesday night, drove to Brantford and signed his infielder in a coffee shop.
“We met half way,” said Jamieson Thursday night from Buffalo. Jamieson flew to Phoenix Friday for the start of the A’s mini camp and then will be assigned to a short-season club, possibly rookie-class Burlington, Vt.
“I didn’t really care (about the signing bonus), I wanted a chance, I just want to play. I’d talked to Matt only once before, but he said he was at our games.”
Higginson also drafted Oshawa third baseman Eric Wood of the Ontario Blue Jays, who the A’s will “monitor through the summer.”
While Higginson was blending into the crowed watching Canisius, Jamieson shared Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year honours as he hit .350 in 57 starts with 13 doubles, two triples, 13 homers, 51 RBIs and a 1.100 OPS.
His double play partner Steve McQuail, selected in the 30th round a year ago by the Blue Jays, told him when he arrived in Dunedin he found another level of coaching.
“The next few days will be so much learning, I can’t wait to learn,” Jamieson said. “I can’t get wait to get on the field, I’m excited — maybe too excited — but when they hand me that uniform ...”
The shortstop said Mike McRae, the only Canadian coaching an NCAA Div. I school, helped get him ready for the draft and what lies ahead. The Jays selected two Canisius Canucks: reliever Chris Cox of St. George, Ont., in the 39th round and lefty Shane Davis of Belmont, Ont., in the 42nd. The Jays also had interest in Jamieson.
The A’s scout was at Canisius when Jamieson came up in the bottom of the 10th, his team down a run and hit an 0-2 pitch over the left-field fence for a walk-off win.
“You see a guy do that in a pressure situation, well he was an easy guy to like,” said Higginson. “It’s nice to see an under the radar guy get a chance. Just because a guy’s not a guy in high school doesn’t mean he won’t be.”
In Oakland Jamieson’s video was shown and Higginson spoke to scouting director Eric Kabota and others.
“I see him as a guy who can play the middle, he can stay at short, but he also could play second or third,” Higginson said. “He has an average arm, is an average runner, is strong defensively and has a chance to hit for average with some power, He’s pretty determined.”
Jamieson played for Mel Oswald’s Canadian Thunderbirds and without a scholarship offer was set to attend the University of Western Ontario.
Then he headed to Niagara County Community College.
“I was really small and we were one of the worst teams in western New York,” said Jamieson. Coach Matt Clingersmith brought in “a bunch of Ontario kids who didn’t have scholarships to go elsewhere.”
By the second year they went to the Junior College World Series in Tyler, Tex. McCrae recruited Jamieson to Canisius College where he wouldn’t just blend into the crowd.
LHP Scott Diamond
Diamond had his best start of the year working eight innings and allowing an unearned run in a 5-1 win over Norfolk. The Guelph native and Ontario Terriers grad struck out six and only walked one to earn top honours amongst the 70 Canadian minor leaguers. He’s 3-5 with a 4.75 ERA.
Runners-up: RP Scott Mathieson, Langley B.C., had two saves, six scoreless for triple-A Lehigh Valley (Phillies): Jordan Lennerton, Langley, five RBIs, .524 average, class-A Lakeland (Tigers); North York’s Marcus Knecht, .478, one homer, five RBIs, class-A Lansing (Jays); LHP Mark Hardy, Campbell River, B.C., six scoreless, class-A Fort Wayne (Padres); Montreal’s Chris Tremblay, .462, five RBIs at class-A Lake Elsinore (Padres); Markham’s George Kottaras, .429 two homers, five RBIs, triple-A Nashville (Brewers); Vancouver’s Mitch Hodge, a win, save, two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings, class-A Kane County (Royals); LHP James Paxton, Ladner, B.C., nine strikeouts in five innings for win, class-A Clinton (Mariners).
Movements: Mark Teahen, whose roots go back to St. Marys, Ont., was recalled by the White Sox and Vancouver’s Blake Hawksworth was recalled by Los Angeles Dodgers from their re-hab assignment ... Victoria’s Michael Saunders demoted by the Seattle Mariners to triple-A Tacoma ... Nick Weglarz, Stevensville, Ont., activated by the Cleveland Indians at double-A Akron ... Mike Blanke, Granby, Que., moved to single-A Winston Salem (White Sox) ... Jason Braun, Matsqui, B.C., moved to single-A Dayton Dragons (Reds).
Indy moves: Toronto’s John Mariotti was activated by the Quebec Capitales ... Burlington’s Tom Boleska signed with Edmonton ... Steve Green, Longueuil, Que., placed on the inactive list by Edmonton ... Kitchener’s Ryan Braun released by Lancaster ... Mississauga’s Aaron Wideman released by New Jersey; Jeff Helps, Wyoming, Ont., released by the Quebec; Sarnia’s Justin Randall, released by Southern Illinois.