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Tuesday May 09, 2017
Three Dawgs Named on Top 20 Canadian Draft List
June is shaping up to be an exciting month in Okotoks as three Academy player, both current and former, are harboring strong interest from professional scouts. The three include current Dawgs are outfielder Clayton Keyes (#3), former Dawg and current Indiana Hoosier Matt Lloyd (#10), and Dane Toftland (#15) who is currently attending Indiana State. These, matched with more intriguing prospects both current, excelling in the Academy, and Former, shining in College, presents a bright future for the Dawgs.
Clayton Keyes (OF)
Draft List Ranking: #3
Graduates from Okotoks Dawgs Academy: 2017
2017 season _ Extended spring trip: Hit .143 (4-for-28) with an RBI ... Singled facing the Braves ... Knocked in a run against the Braves with a single Singled and stole a base against the Tigers ... Singled against the Tigers ... March trip: Hit .360 (9-for-25) with four doubles, two triples, three RBIs ... Doubled facing the Red Sox ... Double vs. Jays ... Two doubles against the Jays, to centre off Zach Jackson, 22, again over left field fence off Andrew Case, 24 ... Doubled in sixth, tripled in eighth for two RBIs against the Tigers ... Doubled to 3-for-5 with a triple, RBI, two stolen bases facing Rays, After triple beat throw home on contact play on grounder to 2B ... At Perfect Game West MLK Upperclass championship: Doubled in pair of runs in 7-6 loss to Citius at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Az.
2016 season _ Jupiter World Wood bat championship: With Kier Meredith, shared stolen base lead with six, hitting .319 ... Playing Florida Atlantic, he cleared the trees with wood bat, college players had trouble leaving with metal ... Tournament 12: Fastest man in the building ran 6.47 60 ... Fall Florida trip: Three run homer facing Astros ... Singled, stole against Braves ... Doubled in a run against the Jays ... Area Codes Games at Long Beach: Second trip, this one with INF Adam Hall (London, Ont.), INF Jason Willow (Victoria, BC), OF Cooper Davis (Mississauga, Ont.) and 1B Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, BC) ... Cuba trip: Threw out a runner at third ... Run-scoring infield single ... Threw out a runner at the plate and singled in loss in loss ... Threw out a runner at the plate ... Dominican summer trip: RBI single against MLB Prospects ... Homered against Dodgers ... Two hits and stole a base facing the Mets ,,, Tripled against the Mariners ... Knocked in a run against the Tigers ... Stolen base against Phillies ... Singled, stole a bases against the Jays ... Knocked in only run against Yankees ... Singled against Twins ... Private workout by the Mariners at Safeco Field ... Extended spring trip: Three-run homer over batter’s eye at Bobby Mattick Training Center facing Jays RHP Gunnar Eastman, 24, who pitched for the rookie-class Gulf Coast Jays last year going 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 14 games as he walked 20 and struck out 15 in 25 innings ... Singled against Tigers ... Only had the two hits, but the drive over batter’s eye was most impressive ... In Arizona: Opposite-field homer against the Arizona Diamondbacks minor leaguers on a 95 MPH fastball .... In Florida: tripled against Puerto Rico ... RBI double vs. Phillies minor leaguers ... At Okotoks camp ... “Some say that there is not a lot of room for projection, I mean ‘what you see is what you get’ but I like what I see, a lot. Only thing I worry about is the bat. He’s strong as a bull.”
Honors: 2017 ... Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason All-American, All-Region Teams Canada/Puerto Rico Region ... 2016 ... At Jupiter World Wood Bat earned Perfect Game All-Tourney Team hitting .316 (6-for-19) with triple, three RBIs, six stolen bases, .856 OPS ... Perfect Game Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American .... Canada/Puerto Rico All-Region 1st Team ... 2015 _ PG Underclass All Americans/All Regions Underclass Honorable Mention
What they are saying: "Made the right decision by not signing a year ago ... Has basically been a pro since March 16 - facing pro pitching in Arizona and Florida ... Had zero problem with pitch recognition."
***Drafted by Toronto Blue Jays 17th round in 2016, had scholarships offers to Washington State and Central Arizona College, elected to stay back a year.
Matt Lloyd (INF/RHP)
Draft List Ranking: #10
Graduated from Okotoks Dawgs Academy: 2014
2017 season at Indiana _ Batting .326 to lead the team, with 12 doubles, nine homers and 35 RBIs in 44 games, with a radio station OPS of 1.050 ... Out of the bullpen is 3-1 with a 2.21 ERA, with five saves, walking three and striking out 12 in 17 1/3 innings ... Four hits, three doubles and six RBIs in three-game series facing Xavier ... Pitched 1 1/3 scoreless to get save facing Xavier ... Three hits in three games with a double and an RBI in Maryland series, plus a 1-2-3-4 ninth for his fifth save ... One run allowed on two hits, as he recorded the win over Ball State, striiking out one ... Four hits -- two doubles, a homer, two RBIs -- facing Michigan and his fourth save ... Doubled, singled, knocked in a run against Butler ... Trailing in fifth hit grand slam against Minnesota and picked up save, plus two hits in another game ... Four hits, including two homers with six RBIs in three-game series facing Purdue. And out of the bullpen pitched 2/3 of an inning allowing three hits and one run ... Three hits, two RBIs, including game-winning, walk-off, homer in the 11th over Ball State, also worked 1 2/3 scorelss ... Four hits, including a double in three-game series against Nebraska, plus 3 2/3 scoreless -- one hit, one walk, two strikeouts -- in 13 innings ... Single in win over Evansville ... Facing Northwestern, homered to left field, RBI, cutting the deficit to 8-4, homered again, a three-run shot, to tie the score and homered to left to give the Hoosiers a 10-9 lead in the opener of the doubleheader PLUS he pitched a scoreless ninth in a 13-9 win ... Hit three-run homer in 6-5 win in the nitecap. So, 5-for-9 with four homers and eight RBIs and a scoreless inning ... Four hits with a double and two RBIs in 10-9 win over Northeastern as he picked up the save, getting the final two outs on strikeouts, allowing two hits and a run ... Pitched 1 1/3 scoreless for save in 3-2 win against Cincinnati, allowing a hit and a walk, striking out two
... Pitched 3 1/3 innings in 8-5 11-inning win at Hawaii, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out a pair ... Pitched 1 1/3 scoreless allowing one hit, getting final four outs in 4-3 win over Hawaii, allowing one hit ... Two scoreless against Middle Tennessee allowing one hit and fanning two ... At the plate: ... Three hits, two RBIs and a double in a win over Samford ... Two-run homered in loss to Samford ... Singled in a loss to Oregon State ... Had two hits and knocked in a pair in a win over Gonzaga.
Dane Tofteland (INF)
Draft List Ranking: #15
Graduated from Okotoks Dawgs Academy: 2014
2017 season, Indiana State: Hitting league-high .349 in 21 games with four doubles, six homers and 21 RBIs, with 1.132 OPS ... Three hits, three RBIs vs. Illinois State ... Seven hits, six RBIs in three-game sweep over Bradley: in opener doubled, singled, knocked in a run, followed that up with a three-hit game against including a homer and three RBIs, plus a double, homer and two RBIs in the series opening win ... Singled against Dallas Baptist ... Two hits facing Purdue ... Set school record of 11 RBIs with a three-run homer to left in the second, hit grand slam to left centre in the fifth and hit grand slam to centre in the seventh in a 17-8 romp and singled ... Doubled against Evansville ... Two hits off Purdue pitching ... Doubled and knocked in a run against Utah Valley ... Singled against Marist.
2016 season: Summer ball with Hamilton Joes in Great Lakes _ Batted .379 with 11 doubles, two triples, nine homers and 38 RBIs. Had 18 steal and 1.146 OPS ,,, At Indiana State _ Batted .238 with two doubles, a triple and four RBIs in 20 games, making 14 starts with .693 OPS.
Congratulations boys, keep doing your thing. We will always be in your corner. Once a Dawg, always a Dawg!
***Player synopsis’ by Bob Elliot, Canadian Baseball Network (2017)
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