06/20/2016 3:40 PM -
Okotoks Dawgs Baseball Club is pleased to announce the selection of Clayton Keyes and Bruce Yari in the 2016 amateur draft of Major League Baseball. Keyes was selected in the 17th round by the Toronto Blue Jays while Yari heard his name called in the 24th round by the Cincinnati Reds.
Clayton Keyes is a 17 year old outfielder from Calgary, Alberta who joined the Dawgs Youth Academy at age 13 and has played with the Dawgs through high school. He appeared in two games this season for the collegiate Dawgs and has enjoyed a two year stint with Canada’s Junior National Team. Clayton’s head coach in the Dawgs Academy, former WMBL “Pitcher of the Year”, Jeff Duda, had this to say about Keyes: “Clayton is clearly one of the most projectable baseball prospects in the country. A superior athlete he has the potential to go a long way in the sport: he brings plus speed, power and sheer athletic ability. While he has proven he can hit the long ball against superior pitching with both the Dawgs and the JNT, he also has the flat out speed to go and get ‘em in the outfield and steal a bunch of bases. We expect that Clayton will continue his development over the next year with the Dawgs and the JNT and look for him to be an even high rounder next season.”
Bruce Yari was enjoying his 2nd year with the college Dawgs out of the UBC Thunderbird Baseball program when he was selected by the Cincinnati Reds. Yari hails from Waterloo, Ontario and has been a standout as a 1B/OF with the T Birds over the past 3 years. During his 2015 college season, Yari batted .368 with 13 doubles, 5 triples, 5 HRs and 46 RBIs. He led T Birds in hits, runs, RBIs, walks, batting average and OPS. For the Dawgs in the early going of this current WMBL season, he was leading the club in average (.448), hits (13) and RBIs (10). Dawgs Managing Director, John Ircandia, offered this on Yari: “We at the Dawgs find it very gratifying when we suit up not only a first rate player but a quality person. In 2 years with the club, it was apparent Bruce was that type of individual. Terry McKaig at UBC has created a first class program and under the guidance of Terry and this past year, head coach, Chris Pritchett, Bruce just kept getting better. The Dawgs wish him the very best as he kicks off his professional career.”
Keyes and Yari join a long list of Dawgs players having been selected in the draft of Major League Baseball. These include Tyler Hollick (Giants), Jordan Procychen (Red Sox), Chris Shaw (Cardinals), Kasey Coffman (Detroit), Trevor Allen (Angels), James Avery (Twins and Reds), Marc Bourgeouis (Diamondbacks), Jeremy Shelby (Orioles), Jeff McDonald (Rockies), Tanner Osberg (Mets), Kyler Newby (Diamondbacks), Matt Ircandia (Giants), Emerson Frostad (Rangers), Aric van Keulen (Blue Jays), Adam Burton (Cardinals), Brendan Hendricks (Phillies), Cade Gotta (Rays), Sammie Starr (Orioles), John Hurd (White Sox), David Parker (Dodgers), Tyrell King (White Sox), Kirk Clark (Astros), Tyler Klippenstein (A’s), Dan Welch (A’s), Reed Eastley (Mariners), Tobey Demello (Mariners), Brandon Kaye (Blue Jays), Travis MacDonald (Reds), Alejo Lopez (Reds), Grant Richardson (Brewers), Kyle Dhanani (Brewers), Luis Roberts (Mets), Mark Hardy (Padres)……and former closer with the Brewers, currently set up man with the New York Mets, Jim Henderson.
About the Dawgs….The Dawgs are a high performance baseball program offering a youth academy with 6 elite teams aged 12 to 18 and a highly successful summer collegiate club. Dawgs youth teams have captured provincial,
national and Perfect Game Championships. The summer collegiate Dawgs have also been highly successful with 4 WMBL Championships and with attendance in 2015 approximating 3000 fans per game, are ranked #1 in Canada
and #4 in North America in attendance among summer collegiate franchises. The Dawgs play out of the $22 Million, state of the art, Seaman Stadium Complex, now consisting of Seaman Stadium, Tourmaline Field, Conrad Field and the Duvernay Fieldhouse.