It’s about time we took you to school.
More specifically, we’re going to invite you to take a closer look at some of the baseball academies operating across Alberta.
This summer we debuted a feature called “1 Thru 9” that allowed our readers to get to know some of the players who were taking the field at ballparks throughout the province.
We’re applying that same 9-question format to the baseball academies in Alberta. Our first stop is in Okotoks, where the Dawgs Academy has been molding student athletes for years.
Read More 1 Thru 9: Dawgs Academy
It was a bittersweet World Series win by the Boston Red Sox for Calgarian Jordan Procyshen. The 25-year-old catcher, a graduate of the Dawgs Academy in Okotoks, was released by the Red Sox on Aug. 2nd after a five-year journey through Boston’s minor-league system.
In that time, the 14th-round selection in 2014 traveled from Greenville, South Carolina to Lowell, Massachusetts to Salem, Virginia to Portland, Maine. He played Single-A and Double-A baseball in the South Atlantic League, the New York-Pennsylvania League, the Carolina League and the Eastern League.
Procyshen saw plenty of teammates come and go during that time, including players he watched excel during this Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason. But the Northern Kentucky University alumnus didn’t officially become a free agent until the World Series wrapped up.
Read More Catch & Release
He was a Major League Baseball (MLB) draft pick who played in the New York Mets minor league system during the 1990s.
Then, when his playing days were over, Brandon Newell got into scouting and coaching. That ultimately led him to Okotoks and a life in southern Alberta.
Newell still coaches when he’s not working at his day job as a Fund Development Manager with Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
We caught up with Newell to learn more about his baseball experiences.
Read More Q&A with Brandon Newell
With the summer season behind them, many Alberta baseball players have headed south for a year of college play in the United States.
While these athletes are settling in – hitting the books, spending time at the gym and running around the ball diamonds for practices and exhibition play, as the weather permits – we thought this was a good time to look back at the footprint of Alberta players who attended American colleges and universities during the 2018 season.
Read More Head of the Class: Summary of 2018 Alberta College Players
It’s been quite the journey for Okotoks Dawgs’ outfielder Danny Donnelly.
Donnelly – who played 32 games for the Dawgs this season, recording two home runs, 11 RBI and 11 runs over 61 regular season at bats – grew up in Okotoks. He patrolled the berm in left field as a fan, along with his father Pat, while his mother Marlene served as the Dawgs’ academic advisor.
He would later hustle around the infield as a bat boy for his beloved hometown team and join the Dawgs Academy.
He recently made time for our “1 Thru 9” series and here’s what the right-handed batter had to say.
Read More 1 Thru 9: Danny Donnelly