Canadian lefty Travis Seabrooke has right stuff for MLB draft

Peterborough lefty Travis Seabrooke, who could be drafted over the next few days, delivers a pitch...

Peterborough lefty Travis Seabrooke, who could be drafted over the next few days, delivers a pitch for the Ontario Terriers. (CLIFFORD SKARSTEDT/QMI Agency)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:38 AM ET

Five years ago, Brett Lawrie made his mark in the Dominican Republic.

Lawrie hit five homers for Canadian junior team in a doubleheader off five 90-mph fastballs. Milwaukee Brewers scout Tom McNamara was there and Lawrie moved into first-round status.

Travis Seabrooke didn’t hit any homers, but his draft status took a leap forward last month in the same locale.

More than once this week, a scouting director has told us “our Latin America scout phoned in and said that the best pitcher on the island last month was the tall lefty from Canada.”

After a week busing from between major-league complexes the juniors moved into the capital of Santo Domingo.

“The fans seemed a lot more excited. It was a more intense atmosphere than our guys had seen before, pretty electric,” said Seabrooke on Wednesday of the crowd he estimated at 1,000.

The 6-foot-5 Seabrooke fanned seven in five scoreless at Estadio Quisqueya, facing the best the Dominican high


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