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Mariners select Canadian OF Morgan in MLB Draft

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TSN.ca Staff
6/6/2014 12:36:25 AM
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It took until the last pick on Thursday night, but Toronto's Gareth Morgan became the first Canadian selected in the 2014 MLB Draft.

The right-handed outfielder was drafted out of Blyth Academy by the Seattle Mariners, 74th overall. The pick was the last in the Competitive Balance Round, conducted directly after the second round.

Morgan must now weigh out his options as he also has a scholarship offer from North Carolina State University. He will have to choose between development with the Mariners or a free education at a strong ACC school.

"It crosses your mind sometimes, of course you're going to think about it, but the less you think about it the better it is," Morgan told TSN's Scott MacArthur earlier this year. "Just go out and play the game you love and have fun with it."

The standout hitter was ranked 84th among draft-eligible prospects by MLB.com. The site stated the 18-year-old's "raw power is undeniable," adding, "he's put on shows in showcase batting practices in the past and has the ability to hit the ball out of any ballpark."

Gareth Morgan (Photo: TSN.ca)

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