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Shaun Valeriote Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays

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Shaun Valeriote

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.

The Author

Liz Fleming, Managing Editor of NaturallyinNiagara.ca, is an award-winning journalist who writes a weekly travel gear column for The Toronto Star as well as regular travel features for The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, Cruise and Travel Lifestyles Magazine and CAA Travel. She’s currently a featured commentator on the Astral Media radio stations in southern Ontario, providing daily travel ‘minutes’ and is the editor of WO, the White Oaks Magazine.

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