Calabrese drafted 82nd Overall by Angels
The MLB First-Year Players Draft is something that players look forward to for years before it is their year to potentially hear their name called. The Ontario Blue Jays have been lucky enough to have great success over the past twenty four seasons in having at least one players selected each year. Albeit a year no one will soon forget on a global scale but also for MLB hopefuls who saw the 2020 MLB Draft shortened to just five rounds. This year saw OBJ OF David Calabrese of Maple, Ontario get selected in the 3rd Round, 82nd Overall by the Los Angeles Angels.
Check out what the MLB Network crew had to say about the top Canadian prospect from the 2020 MLB Draft.
Get to know our third-rounder, OF David Calabrese!— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) June 11, 2020
Fun fact: He's the first Canadian player we've drafted since Conor Lillis-White (32nd round in 2015). 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/nLiepJmsn0
David was able to impress those who attended the Canadian Junior National Team Spring Training trip this March prior to the outbreak of COVID-19 that effective shut everything down prior to the draft this past week. Calabrese is a University of Arkansas commit and garnered may compliments from high places including Toronto Blue Jays and ESPN MLB Broadcaster Dan Schulman.
Congrats to @DavidCala24_ David Calabrese, from Maple, Ontario, on his selection in the 3rd round by the #angels tonight. Looking forward to calling your games in the future!! pic.twitter.com/OmPY86RN7p— Dan Shulman (@DShulman_ESPN) June 11, 2020
Dan's son, Ben who looks to follow in his fathers footsteps got a chance to interview David about his time with OBJ and Team Canada leading up to this big day.
It was a pleasure to talk to 2020 @Angels draft pick @DavidCala24_. Calabrese discussed his time with @OntarioBlueJays, playing for the Junior National Team, the MLB draft, and more. In my very biased opinion, it's a great listen.— Ben Shulman (@benshulman7) June 15, 2020
FULL INTERVIEW: https://t.co/PuLt0n0Cdrpic.twitter.com/iCJZmo0Au9
Congratulation to David and his family on this exciting accomplishment!