Congratulations to Brock Badger Baseball player Shaun Valeriote, who was recently drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in their 39th round pick. The Brock infielder/outfielder is not only the first Brock player to be drafted but also the first out of the Ontario Univeristy Athletics Association – quite an accomplishment.
Said Valeriote in a recent interview at Brock University, ““I can’t even describe how this feels,” said Valeriote, a native of Guelph. “This is one of the best day’s of my life. I am so proud to be part of the Brock Badgers baseball program and I am honoured to be the first player drafted to the major leagues from Brock and the OUA. I hope this opens up more opportunities for players in the OUA and is a stepping stone to bigger things. I am just ready to get things started and take it as far as I can in a career I always wanted.”
An outstanding player for Brock, Valeriote led the league in home runs (5), RBI (20), and batting average (.460) 29-for-63. He also led the league in runs scored (27) and stolen bases (14) and recorded a hit in 17 of 21 games, including 10 multiple hit performances.