VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Vancouver Canadians have unveiled their roster for the 2013 season, as they begin their quest for a third straight Northwest League Championship. Led by second-year manager Clayton McCullough, the C’s have nine players returning from the 2012 squad, including RHP Eric Brown, who pitched collegiately at the University of British Columbia.
Vancouver’s pitching staff features RHP Jeremy Gabryszwski, Toronto’s 2nd selection in 2011; RHP Brandon Dorsett, whose father Brian played eight MLB seasons; and RHP Marcus Brisker, a 6th round draft pick from 2008 who has transitioned from an outfielder to the mound this season.
Offensively, the C’s are powered by INF Justin Atkinson, a Surrey, BC native who appeared in two Little League World Series with Whalley; INF Shaun Valeriote, the first OUA player ever selected in the MLB Draft; and INF Jason Leblebijian, fresh off of a stint with the Dunedin Blue Jays (High-A).
LHP Kyle Anderson, LHP Colton Turner, LHP Bobby Brosnahan, C Dan Klein, 1B Jordan Leyland, OF Ronnie Melendez and OF Ian Parmley round out the returning C’s. McCullough is once again joined on the coaching staff by hitting coach Dave Pano and pitching coach Jim Czajkowski, who are both returning for a third consecutive season.
The Canadians open 2013 on the road in Tri-City on June 14 before returning to Vancouver to host Spokane on June 17 at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium. (Now updated as of July 24).
#34 ANDERSON, Kyle LHP R/L 6-2 205 05/24/90 Woodenville, WA NDFA 2012 Vancouver Canadians (Northwest)
Anderson is back with the Vancouver Canadians for his second straight season after splitting time with the Vancouver Canadians and the Bluefield Blue Jays of the Gulf Coast League in 2012. The left-hander, who played in the 2002 Little League World Series, went 4-2 on the season with a 4.81 ERA with the Canadians in 2012, compiling 48.2 innings of work and compiling a 1.40 WHIP. Undrafted, Anderson was signed in 2012 by the Blue Jays after completing four years at Cal Poly, where he was nominated for College Pitcher of the Year in 2012.
#25 BRECHBUEHLER, Tim RHP R/R 6-8 225 10/21/89 Gillette, NJ NDFA 2012 2012 Lansing Lugnuts (Midwest)
In June of 2012, Brechbuehler signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as a non-drafted free agent, and last year he split time with the Lansing Lugnuts and the Gulf Coast Blue Jays as a reliever. In addition to his baseball skills, the 23-year-old also piqued the interest of Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, but he declined to instead play baseball and in his junior year of high school he started to focus on pitching. After two seasons attending the University of North Carolina, Brechbuehler transferred to Louisburg Community College, also in North Carolina, and in 2012 he posted an 11-0 record, the most wins of any US junior college pitcher.
#23 BROWN, Eric RHP R/R 6-1 185 02/23/89 Thunder Bay, ON 50th Round 2011 Vancouver Canadians (Northwest)
2013 marks Brown’s third go-around with the Canadians, as he is coming to Vancouver after starting the 2013 season with the High A Dunedin Blue Jays. Drafted out of the University of British Columbia, where he still attends in the offseason, Brown has appeared in 37 games for the C’s over the past two seasons. The C’s 2012 Opening Day starter, he has also seen time at Low A Lansing, and over his three years in the Blue Jays organization he has posted a 4-6 record to go along with a 5.12 ERA and 94 strikeouts. He started 2013 pitching at High A Dunedin, where he allowed 3 runners in 2.2 innings pitched.
#46 DERMODY, Matt LHP R/L 6-5 190 07/04/90 Norwalk, IA 28th Round 2013 2013 Bluefield Blue Jays (Appalachian)
Dermody, a 22-year-old left-handed pitcher from the University of Iowa, was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 28th round of the 2013 MLB Draft, however the native of Norwalk, Iowa. He was previoiusly drafted in 2012 by Arizona after he posted a 4.50 ERA in 76 innings in college, but decided not to sign. This past season, Dermody lead Iowa in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts, while posting a 7-2 record with a 3.64 ERA. The 68 strikeouts he recorded was the fifth most in the Big Ten. In the one game this season with the Gulf Coast Blue Jays, the former Hawkeye pitched 2.2 innings, allowing one hit while striking out one.
#33 DORSETT, Brandon RHP R/R 6-3 200 11/01/89 Terre Haute, IN NDFA 2012 2012 Bluefield Blue Jays (Appalachian)
After being signed by the Jays in 2012, Dorsett spent the 2012 season pitching for the Bluefield Blue Jays of the Appalachian League, where he had a 3-2 record with a 1.71 ERA in 18 games. In his 31 innings of work, he limited opponents to a .211 batting average, only allowing six runs and collecting four saves. A standout wide receiver in his high school football-playing days, Dorsett opted to focus on baseball and spent four years at Indiana State University, and in his senior year he made 28 appearances and posted a 1.99 ERA. He is the son of former major league catcher Brian Dorsett.
#36 GABRYSZWSKI, Jeremy RHP R/R 6-4 210 03/16/93 Crosby, TX 2nd Round 2011 2012 Bluefield Blue Jays (Appalachian)
Last season the right-handed Gabryszwski went 3-0 with the Bluefield Blue Jays with a 2.35 ERA, and in his 46 innings of work he registered 22 strikeouts with a 1.04 WHIP and 0.78 walks per nine innings. In the 2011 season he started with a three hit shutout for Crosby High School in Texas, walking one and striking out nine in the process; overall he went 4-2 with a 2.54 ERA as a senior. He had committed to playing at Lamar University before being drafted in the 2nd round and signed by the Jays in 2011. During his two years in the Blue Jays system he has a 2.10 ERA, and in 2012 he was named to the Appalachian League All-Star Team.
#44 GHYSELS, Chuck RHP R/R 5-11 225 11/28/89 Springboro, OH NDFA 2012 Dunedin Blue Jays (Florida State)
Originally drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Cincinnati Reds in 2010, Ghysels did not sign and instead played at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Georgia before signing with Toronto in 2012. He started out with Low-A Lansing in 2013 before moving on to High-A Dunedin, and he came to Vancouver for the start of the Northwest League season. Over his 51.2 innings pitched in the minors in 2012 and 2013, he has 73 strikeouts compared to only 26 walks, and has a 2-4 record with a 4.35 ERA.
#29 JAMES, Justin RHP R/R 6-1 195 03/17/90 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL NDFA 2012 2012 Bluefield Blue Jays (Appalachian)
After being signed as a free agent in 2012, the 22-year-old spent the remainder of the season in the Appalachian League playing for the Bluefield Blue Jays. He appeared in 12 games, starting 5 of them, and posted a 2-4 record with a 7.36 ERA, striking out 24 batters in 25.2 innings pitched. Before signing with Toronto, James played one year at the Savannah College of Art & Design and three years at Ave Maria University in Florida, being named AMU Male Athlete of the Year in 2012 after posting a 2.99 ERA and 86 strikeouts over 90.1 innings pitched.
#15 PICKENS Garrett RHP R/R 6-1 185 04/17/90 Yazoo City, MS 29th Round 2013 Gulf Coast Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays prospect Garrett Pickens is a right-handed pitcher who went to school at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS and was drafted in the 29th round with the 865th pick in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The 23-year-old is 6’ 1” 185 pounds and has appeared in three games for the Gulf Coast Blue Jays this season with a 1-0 record collecting one save. In four innings of work he has given up four hits, one run, and strikeout two. Pickens will be playing for the Vancouver Canadians in the Northwest League.
#35 ROBSON, Tom RHP R/R 6-4 200 06/27/93 Ladner, BC 4th Round 2011 2013 Bluefield Blue Jays (Appalachian)
A native of Ladner, BC — a suburb just outside of Vancouver — Robson is spending his first professional baseball stint in his hometown after playing his elementary and high school baseball here. The righty played in the Ladner Minor Baseball Association before spending four years in the Premier Baseball League, while also playing for the Canadian Junior National Team in high school. Selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 4th round of the 2011 draft — making him the highest Canadian player drafted that year — Robson has spent the last two years playing for Bluefield of the Rookie League. He’s compiled a 3-2 record over that span, posting a 2.19 ERA, 25 strikeouts and just five walks over his 37 innings pitched.
#31 SILVERSTEIN, Scott LHP L/L 6-5 250 05/27/90 Brookeville, MD 25th Round 2013 2013 Bluefield Blue Jays (Appalachian)
In his professional debut with the Bluefield Blue Jays in 2013, Silverstein threw six innings, allowing one run and scattering four hits while striking out two. Taken in the 25th round and 745th overall by Toronto in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the 6-foot-5 pitcher was 10-2 with a 3.15 ERA in 16 starts in 2013 while pitching for the University of Virginia Cavaliers. He spent four years with Virginia, going there after he graduated from St. John’s College High School in Washington, DC.
#21 SPANO, Joe LHP L/L 5-10 180 10/27/89 Verona, NJ NDFA 2012 2012 Bluefield Blue Jays (Appalachian)
Spano signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as a non-drafted free agent in 2012 after attending the University of Notre Dame. He pitched in 65 career games, making two starts, and his 65 appearances rank just outside the top 10 in school history. He posted a 1-8 career record with a 5.11 ERA with the club, recording 45 strikeouts in 61.2 career innings. He missed the 2011 season with Tommy John surgery, but after signing with the Jays in 2012, the native of Verona, NJ pitched for the Bluefield Blue Jays of the Appalachian League, recording 33 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched. Spano is also currently working towards a Masters of Accountancy at Rutgers Business School.
#12 TURNER, Colton LHP L/L 6-3 185 01/17/91 Joshua, TX 21st Round 2012 Vancouver Canadians (Northwest)
Last year Turner pitched with the Vancouver Canadians and posted a 4-0 record and to go along with 29 strikeouts and a 1.57 ERA in 34 innings pitched. He was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 21st round of the 2012 MLB draft after playing at Texas State University, and in 2011 he led that team with a 9-2 record in 2011, his first season as a starter. He earned his ninth win of the season in a seven-inning complete game performance against Sam Houston State on May 27 when he limited the Bearkats to two runs.
#26 CONNER, Seth C R/R 6-2 205 01/29/92 Rogersville, MO 41st Round 2010 2013 Lansing Lugnuts (Midwest)
Drafted out of Missouri’s Logan-Rogersville High School in Missouri in 2010, Conner has spent the past three years in the Toronto minor league system and is making his first appearance with the Canadians. The 41st round pick started 2013 in Lansing, where he hit .159 with 17 hits in 34 games played. Overall he’s batted .251 over his minor league career with six home runs and 61 RBIs during time split between catcher and both corner infield positions.
#7 HITT, Matt C R/R 5-11 190 08/16/89 Fishers, IN NDFA 2013 Traded to Jays from Phillies (April ’13)
After playing two years at Kishwaukee College in Illinois, Hitt spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons at Eastern Michigan University, leading the team in home runs in 2012 with 7. During the summer of 2012 he played for the Arizona Centennials of the Freedom League (part of the Independent League), where he hit .221 with 10 walks, 1 home run and 5 RBIs in 23 games. On March 6, 2013, the 22-year-old signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, and he was dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays on April 30.
#17 REEVES, Mike C L/R 6-1 185 09/16/1990 Peterborough, ON 21st Round 2013 Florida Gulf Coast Univ. (NCAA)
The 21st round draft pick of the Blue Jays in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, Reeves is spending his first year in the Toronto organization. A previous member of the Ontario Blue Jays, a travelling team for high school players, Reeves was drafted by the Jays back in 2009 but didn’t sign. He then went on to play four seasons at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he was third on the team in batting average (.330) in his senior year. Since being drafted again, he was signed by the Jays and sent directly to play for Vancouver.
#9 ARCILA, Dan INF R/R 6-1 170 07/04/90 Barcelona, Venezuela NDFA 2011 2012 Vancouver Canadians (Northwest)
Now in his seventh year in the Toronto system, Arcila has been property of the Blue Jays since he was signed as a 16-year-old out of Venezuela. He spent his first three years playing for the Blue Jays in the Dominican Summer League before playing Rookie ball in 2010 and 2011, and then made his first trip to Vancouver to play for the Canadians in 2012, hitting .176 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 43 games for the C’s. He started 2013 with the GCL Blue Jays in Rookie Ball, where he played one game and went 2-for-6 with a double.
#22 ATKINSON, Justin INF R/R 6-1 210 07/24/93 Surrey, BC 26th Round, 2011 2012 Bluefield Blue Jays (Appalachian)
A native of Surrey, BC, Atkinson played in the Little League World Series in 2005 and 2006 before spending his high school years playing for the Fraser Valley Chiefs and Langley Blaze of the BC Premier Baseball League and the Canadian Junior National Team. He was then drafted right out of high school by the Blue Jays in the 26th round in 2011, and after he signed he played two years for the club’s Rookie team in the Gulf Coast League. After hitting .259 with 23 RBIs in 2012, Atkinson finished off the season with the Bluefield Blue Jays, recording 3 hits in 3 games played.
#27 DANTZLER, L.B. 1B L/R 5-11 200 05/22/91 Winter Haven, FL 14th Round 2013 2013 Bluefield Blue Jays (Appalachian)
A left-handed power-hitter, Dantzler was drafted in the 14th round by the Blue Jays in 2013 after putting up stellar numbers over his college career. After spending two years at junior college in Bradenton, Florida, Dantzler transferred to South Carolina University, where in 2013 he led the team in nearly every statistical category, including batting average (.322), RBIs (53), home runs (15), slugging percentage (.617) and runs (46). Dantzler spent one game in the Rookie League with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays in 2013, where he went 1-3 with one RBI.
#4 FERMIN, Andy INF L/R 6-0 185 07/27/89 Santiago, DR 32nd Round, 2010 2012 Lansing Lugnuts (Midwest)
In his third year in the Blue Jays system, Fermin is making his first stop with the Vancouver Canadians. Drafted in the 32nd round by the Blue Jays in 2010 out of Chipola College in Florida, he spent 2010 playing for the Rookie team in the Gulf Coast league where he hit .462 in 7 games before moving on to Auburn to play in the Short Season New York-Penn League. After spending 2011 back in Rookie ball playing for Bluefield, Fermin spent last year playing for the Low Class A Lansing Lugnuts, hitting .258 in 55 games. His father is former major leaguer Felix Fermin.
#41 HARRIS, David 3B R/R 6-1 190 08/10/91 Houston, TX 36th Round 2013 Southern Arkansas Univ. (NCAA)
Harris is heading to Vancouver after being drafted out of university by the Blue Jays in the 36th Round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Playoff Draft. After transferring to Southern Arkansas from Lamar University in Texas, Harris posted a .358 average during his senior year and led his team in home runs with 12, RBIs with 65 and slugging percentage with a .679 clip. His first stop in the Blue Jays minor league system will be with the Canadians.
#10 THON, Dickie INF R/R 6-2 185 11/16/91 Dorado, PR 5th Round, 2010 2012 Bluefield Blue Jays (Appalachian)
Ranked as the Toronto Blue Jays’ #27 prospect after the 2012 season, Thon is spending his third year in the Toronto system after being drafted out of high school in the 5th round of the 2010 draft. After two years of rookie ball, one with Bluefield and one with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays, and missing the 2011 season with a rare kidney disease, Thon is moving up to spend his first year in Vancouver. Committed to attend Rice University before being drafted, he has posted a .222 batting average, .349 on base percentage and 13 stolen bases over the past two seasons. Thon, who also played on the Puerto Rican volleyball national team, is the son of former major leaguer Dickie Thon Sr. who played 15 MLB seasons and was named to one All-Star team.
#14 VALERIOTE, Shaun INF R/R 6-1 200 01/22/90 Guelph, ON 39th Round, 2012 2012 GCL Blue Jays (Rookie)
The first ever draft pick from the Ontario University Athletic (OUA) conference, a part of Canadian university sport, Valeriote was drafted out of Brock University by the Blue Jays in the 39th round of the 2012 draft. An attendee of the University of Miami (OH) and Yavapai College in Arizona, Valeriote hit .519 in 2010 after transferring to Brock – a school record – won the OUA’s triple crown in 2011 and led the team to a OUA Championship. After being drafted, Valeriote spent last season playing for the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays, where he hit .227 in 27 games with 2 home runs and 12 RBIs.
#24 VASQUEZ, Christian SS S/R 5-10 170 09/11/89 Humacao, PR 19th Round, 2013 2013 Bluefield Blue Jays (Appalachian)
Christian Vasquez, a switch-hitting infielder, was selected by the Blue Jays in the 19th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft with the 565th overall pick. He was drafted out of Lubbock Christian University in Texas, where he spent one year after transferring from New Mexico Jr. College. During his freshman year at New Mexico he posted a .392 average, and he followed that up with a .408 clip and 34 RBI in his sophomore campaign. During his only year at Lubbock Christian in 2013, he started all 61 games, hitting .402 while leading the team in hits (97) doubles (23) total bases (137) and runs scored (63).
#18 FRANK, Chaz OF L/R 6-0 190 10/18/90 Lexington, NC 20th Round 2013 University of North Carolina (NCAA)
Frank comes to Vancouver after being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 20th round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of the University of North Carolina. The left-handed outfielder just finished four years at UNC, where he was a mainstay at the top of the Tar Heel lineup thanks to his speed on the base paths. During his senior year in 2013, Frank hit .292 with 15 doubles, five triples and one home run to go along with 24 stolen bases in 28 attempts, helping his team reach the College World Series. The native of Lexington, NC attended Central Davidson High School before going to hometown UNC, hitting .432 over his prep career and twice earning All-American honours.
#3 GARCIA, Melvin OF R/R 175 09/17/91 Bronx, NY 33rd Round 2010 2013 Bluefield Blue Jays (Appalachian)
After spending the first part of his minor league in Rookie ball, Garcia is making his first trip up to Vancouver to play for the Canadians. Drafted in the 33rd round in 2010 out of Monroe High School in New York, Garcia spent 2010 and 2011 playing for the GCL Blue Jays and Bluefield Blue Jays, and didn’t play in 2012 after he was listed as ‘restricted.’ He started 2013 in Bluefield, where he hit .250 with one double in eight games played. During his three years played in the minors, he’s hit a combined .199 with two home runs and 22 RBIs in 74 games played.
#20 KALFUS, Brendan OF S/R 6-0 190 08/22/91 Temecula Valley, CA 23rd Round 2013 St. Mary’s College (NCAA)
Kalfus is starting his minor league in Vancouver after being drafted by the Blue Jays in the 23rd round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The switch-hitter spent four years with St. Mary’s College in California, compiling a .381 batting average in his senior year that was the best in the West Coast Conference. He also had a 36-game hit streak in 2013, and earned First-Team All-West Coast Conference Honors in both his junior and senior year. Kalfus proved to be an adept student as well, being named a WCC All-Academic in 2013.
#1 PARMLEY, Ian OF L/L 6-0 175 12/19/89 Maltby, WA 7th Round, 2012 Vancouver Canadians (Northwest)
In his second year in the Blue Jays system, Parmley will be spending his second year with the Vancouver Canadians. Drafted in the 7th round by the Jays in 2012, Parmley hit .201 and had a .359 on base percentage to go along with 12 stolen bases and 52 walks last season with the C’s while patrolling the outfield. He played his collegiate years at Bellevue Community College in Washington and Liberty University in Virginia, where he hit .314 and led the team in runs scored in 2011 with 48.
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#19 BROSNAHAN, Bobby LHP R/L 6-0 175 06/02/89 Ann Arbor, MI NDFA 2011 Vancouver Canadians (Northwest)
Brosnahan is in his second season with the Vancouver Canadians. The 23-year-old went 2-2 on the season in 2012 with a 4.50 ERA, and in his first game he came in and pitched three perfect innings to earn the victory in a 9-1 win against the Tri-City Dust Devils. In his college career Brosnahan pitched for the University of Michigan and had 9 career wins with 116 strikeouts. After undergoing Tommy John surgery, he went 5-4 with a 4.38 ERA as a freshman, striking out 61 batters in 71 innings of work. In 2010 he was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and the All-Big Ten Tournament squad.