July 5, 2012
Jays sign Canadian outfielder
By BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Milton, Ont.’s, Nathan DeSouza has signed but he won’t be switching uniforms.
Toronto Blue Jays Canadian scout Jamie Lehman signed the Ontario Blue Jays outfielder, giving him a $100,000 bonus.
And what of Whitby lefty Ryan Kellogg, thought to be the top-rated Canuck heading into the draft?
Well, the Jays have until 5 o’clock Friday to sign Kellogg, their 12th-round selection in the amateur draft of high schoolers and collegians.
It’s not like Kellogg is out of luck if he doesn’t sign.
The 6-foot-5 MVP of the silver-medal winning Canadian Junior National Team has a scholarship to Arizona State.
His letter of intent, the signing bonus rules under the new Basic Agreement and the Jays success (going 14-for-14 signing their selections in the first 10 rounds) have left little money for Kellogg over $100,000.
The Jays already paid a tax of tax of $82,650 for going over their allotted sum when they gave their second over-all pick, Duke right-hander Marcus Stroman, $1.8 million.
Heading into the final day of the signing period, of 26 Canadians drafted 14 have signed, led by lefty David Otterman of Coquitlam, B.C., who was given a $141,700 bonus by the Milwaukee Brewers.
The others earning six-figure bonus payments are Pickering third baseman Eric Wood by the Pittsburgh Pirates; Toronto’s Maxx Tissenbaum, San Diego Padres; London’s Dayton Dawe, New York Yankees; and DeSouza, who played for the 2009 Canadian bantam champs and the Ontario Terriers.
DeSouza hit one of the longest home runs at the Perfect Game World Wood Bat championships last fall (“high enough to take an aerial photo of the 14 diamonds,” said one scout) and was invited to the Power Showcase in Arizona.
East York’s Jeff Gibbs received $90,000 from the Arizona Diamondbacks, as did Calgary’s Tyler Hollick, from the San Francisco Giants, and Shane Dawson of Drayton Valley, Alta., from the Jays.