Mariners sign Canadian Gareth Morgan to $2 million contract

Gareth Morgan (Alexis Brudnicki)

Gareth Morgan (Alexis Brudnicki)

Bob Elliott, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:32 AM ET

The 2010 Mizuno camp took place in September.

The best teenagers from across Canada were there, including a young pup named Gareth Morgan, who had recently been named to the Canadian junior national team.

Greg Hamilton was leaning against the dugout when a sandlot coached asked: “Why on earth are you taking a grade niner to Florida next month with the junior national team?”

Showing remarkable poise under the situation, Hamilton calmly answered: “He’s a special talent and if we all do our jobs right he might be one of the best players in the world.”

What ever happened to that young pup?

Well, he’s now the big dog.

The Seattle Mariners drafted the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Morgan on Thursday night, making him the 74th selection overall in North America.


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