Ayden Makarus wanted to be a goalie in hockey.
But his father made him a deal that if he played baseball, he could be a catcher.
Now the Airdrie, Alberta native is taking his game to a whole new level with Baseball Canada’s Junior National Team at Spring Training in Florida.
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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
Like a quarterback in football, catchers are in charge of how a play turns out. Alberta’s Jordan Procyshen is readying himself for the start of 2018 spring training, also teaching kids about his journey and calling the plays.
Read More Catching Up With Jordan Procyshen