Cole MacLaren admits he didn’t know if his baseball career was going to continue after he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh.
But during his brother’s high school graduation, the Dawgs Academy grad got a phone call that changed his life.
And this summer, MacLaren made his professional debut with the Detroit Tigers organization as undrafted free agent.
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The Tournament 12 (T12) in Toronto has come and gone for another year, but we’re still checking in with some of the Alberta players who took part in the prestigious showcase event.
Catcher Jean-Luc Bussieres, 17, is one of the 150 baseball prospects who played at Rogers Centre in the T12, which took place from Sept. 17-21. Originally from Edmonton, but now attending Foothills Composite High School as he trains at Dawgs Academy in Okotoks, Bussieres was kind enough to make time for us recently.
Here’s what he had to say in response to seven questions we asked him as part of our ongoing 7th Inning Stretch series.
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Tyrese Johnson literally came out of left field at this year’s Tournament 12 (T12), but his performance shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
The outfielder, an Okotoks Dawgs Academy player, attended T12 last year and admitted that nerves got the better of him, but he went to Toronto more mentally prepared this time around.
The experience paid off. The Calgarian received “Player of the Game” honours on day three of the showcase tournament, which took place at Rogers Centre from Sept. 17-21. The annual event shines a spotlight on 150 of the best Canadian baseball players between the ages of 14 and 19 years old.
Johnson made time for our 7th Inning Stretch series before he left for Ontario.
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Dryden Howse and his Dawgs Academy teammates from Okotoks are having quite the year.
After winning the 18U BCS National Championship in July and being a part of Perfect Game’s third best travel team in North America, Howse has reunited with several of his Dawgs colleagues at the Tournament 12 (T12) in Toronto.
The Sept. 17-21 showcase event at Rogers Centre, hosted by Blue Jays Baseball Academy, features 150 of the best 14-19 year old baseball prospects that Canada has to offer.
Howse was kind enough to make time for us and answer seven questions as part of our 7th Inning Stretch profile series.
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From Venezuela to Alberta, infielder Alejandro Cazorla Granados has seen a lot of baseball.
For the second year in a row, he’s seeing even more of it at the Tournament 12 (T12) in Toronto.
Taking place at Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays, from Sept. 17-21, the utility player is one of 150 prospects from across Canada on display.
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