New Zealander selected in MLB Draft

07/06/2012

A baseball player from New Zealand has been selected in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft on Wednesday. The Toronto Blue Jays choose 19-year-old catcher Daniel Devonshire in the 37th round.

A baseball player from New Zealand has been selected in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft on Wednesday. The Toronto Blue Jays choose 19-year-old catcher Daniel Devonshire in the 37th round.

Devonshire is currently attending Colby Community College in Kansas and was eligible to get drafted. The Blue Jays have until mid-July to agree on a contract with him.

In the last two years New Zealanders Wera Bishop (Boston Red Sox) and Pita Rona (Baltimore Orioles) had signed minor league contracts as international amateur free agents with MLB organizations.

Devonshire is the third Kiwi to get drafted after Scott Campbell (2006, Blue Jays) and Andy Skeels (1987, San Diego Padres).