Canada's Rob Zastryzny was nearly a Blue Jay

Missouri Tigers lefty Rob Zastryzny was, as expected, the top Canadian selected in the MLB draft,...

Missouri Tigers lefty Rob Zastryzny was, as expected, the top Canadian selected in the MLB draft, going 41st overall to the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. The Jays wanted him at 47. (UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI/Photo)

BOB ELLIOT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:51 PM ET

The top Canuck in this year’s MLB draft came, oh, so close to being with the Blue Jays.

“The Blue Jays let me know they wanted to take me with 47th pick on Thursday night (when the draft was) around the 25th pick,” lefty Rob Zastryzny said on Saturday from Corpus Christi, Tex.

“I was fine with that. Both my parents are Blue Jays fans,” said the University of Missouri lefty, who was born in Edmonton.

“And then I got a text. The Chicago Cubs were going to take me.”

And then he looked at the TV and there was Kerry Wood, the Cubs representative at the podium inside MLB Network studios in Secaucus, N.J.


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