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Leader of the Dawg Pack

It is a baseball oasis in the middle of Canada’s prairie landscape.

In under 20 years, the Okotoks Dawgs college and academy programs have become the benchmark for success.

When looking at the path it took to get there, you can’t blame managing director John Ircandia for smiling from ear-to-ear as he looks at his own field of dreams.

We chatted with him in a recent episode of Alberta Dugout Stories: The Podcast to learn more about his mindset and vision going forward.

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North Star Smith

Dawgs Academy grad LaRon Smith is chomping at the bit to get going.

After being chosen in the 25th round of the 2018 MLB Draft by Minnesota, he has been dealing with a transition to catching as well as injuries.

He’s putting it all behind him heading into the Twins’ 2020 Spring Training.

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Great Pote-ntial

Conor Pote knows what it will take for him to get to the next level in baseball.

The son of former MLB pitcher Lou Pote, the right-hander made a name for himself this summer at the plate and on the mound with Dawgs Academy Black.

He finished the season by being named the Baseball Alberta 15U ‘AAA’ Player of the Year.

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Queen City Dreams

Matt Lloyd admits he waited a lot longer to get into professional baseball than he had hoped.

After finally getting drafted by the Cincinnati Reds this summer and spending time in Billings and Dayton, his eyes are now set on making up for lost time.

Now into his first offseason as a pro, we caught up with Lloyd to talk about the highs and lows of the last few months.

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Eye of the Tiger

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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