Collymore's Canadian Cardinals Connection

The St. Louis Cardinals' 10th-round pick, Malik Collymore, has a long-time organizational admirer.

On Friday morning, Sportsnet Canada announced news that Jamie Pogue had been expecting and for which many St. Louis Cardinals fans had been hoping.

The organization came to terms with its 10th-round selection in this year's First-Year Player Draft, Canadian shortstop Malik Collymore, said the report. The Mississauga, Ontario high schooler will receive a bonus of $275,000 to forego his commitment to attend the University of Missouri.

Pogue as a Jays coach
When his deal is officially done, Collymore will be receiving just over double MLB's slot value of $135,300 for the 305th overall selection. With 10 of the Cardinals' 11 picks from the top 10 now having agreed to terms, Collymore joins second-rounder Oscar Mercado as the only two with bonuses exceeding their slot values.

Collymore offers a combination of power and speed that captured the interest of scouts as they learned about the 18-year-old leading up to the draft, but Pogue, the Cardinals bullpen catcher since 2012, has known it for years.

The coach and player (as well as the player's father) had long worked together with the Ontario Blue Jays. The amateur baseball program is designed to develop youth baseball players and help them get signed in the US, whether to colleges or as professionals.

I asked Pogue to provide some details about the Jays and how they develop young players. Later in the discussion, he discusses Collymore specifically, one of four Jays selected in the 2013 draft.


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