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Dykxhoorn, Romano taken on Day Two of 2014 MLB Draft

Friday, June 6, 2014

TORONTO- Brock Dykxhoorn (Goderich, ON) and Jordan Romano (Markham, ON) waved the Canadian flag on day two of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft as the only two players taken from north of the border.

With Gareth Morgan (Toronto, ON) getting the call last night (74th overall, Seattle Mariners), a total of three Canadians have been selected through the first ten rounds of the draft.

In the 6th round, the Houston Astros used the 166th overall selection to take Dykxhoorn out of Central Arizona College where he compiled a 9-4 record with a 2.77 ERA in 13 games in 2014. He also struck out 114 batters in 78 innings pitched.

A former member of the Junior National Team, he represented Canada at the 2012 IBAF 18U World Cup in Seoul, South Korea and helped the club to a silver medal performance.

Originally drafted in the 20th round by the Cincinnati Reds in 2012, Dykxhoorn elected to attend West Virginia University in 2013 where he pitched for the Mountaineers prior to transferring to Central Arizona College for the 2014 season.

In the tenth round, the Toronto Blue Jays used the 294th overall selection to take Romano, a junior, out of Oral Roberts University.

Prior to attending Oral Roberts, Romano spent two seasons at Connors State College out of the Ontario Blue Jays program. In 2010 he had a stint with the Junior National Team.

As a closer with Oral Roberts in 2014, Romano saved 12 games and carried a 2.66 ERA in 29 appearances. He struck out 49 batters in 40.2 innings of work.

Up Next: Day three of the MLB First-Year Player Draft will get underway tomorrow  at 1pm EST with rounds 11 through 40...For up-to-date Canadian selections follow @BaseballCanada on Twitter.com. An end of day recap will be posted on baseball.ca...For complete coverage of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft visit MLB.com.

Canadians selected in 2014 MLB Draft

Day One

1) OF Gareth Morgan (Toronto, ON) – Seattle Mariners, Competitive Balance Round B (74th overall), Junior National Team/Ontario Blue Jays

Day Two

2) RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (Goderich, ON) – Houston Astros, 2nd Round (166th overall), Central Arizona College
3) RHP Jordan Romano (Markham, ON) – Toronto Blue Jays, 10th Round (294th overall), Oral Roberts University

Bold indicates current or former member of Baseball Canada’s Junior National Team (18U) program

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