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He has always been among the best players at whatever level he played at. Like most players who move on to the next level, he started out as an ace pitcher and shortstop in his local little league, when he played for Fish Creek Little League in Calgary. He then went to play for the Foothills Dawgs of the Okotoks Baseball Academy when he was Bantam age. He was quickly converted into a catcher where he excelled at, for the Dawgs for the next several seasons. As a 17 year old, he played for the Canadian Junior National Team in 2010 as well as in theCanada Cup and was named catcher of the tournament – effectively confirming he was the best catcher for his age in Canada.T hat same summer, while the Western Major Baseball League’s (WMBL) Okotoks Dawgs were short on catchers, he was asked to play with them. Although much younger than most players on this summer collegiate team, he played very well defensively and held his own with the stick. After graduating high school, he went to Colorado to play for the Northeastern Junior College Plainsmen in Sterling. As a freshman he batted .300 and hit four homeruns. The next year he busted out, hitting over .400 and leading the nation with 15 home runs, while helping the Plainsmen win their Conference and Region Championship. This helped him get named to the all-conference and all-region teams, as well as NJCAA Div 1 first team All-American.
He was hoping to get drafted in 2013, but his phone never rang, so he went to Northern Kentucky and played NCAA Div 1 ball for the NKU Norse. There he played every game, smacking 10 home runs and throwing out 20 of 51 would be base stealers. His accomplishments were hard to overlook this year, so in the 14th round, the Red Sox drafted him as the fourth Canadian taken in the draft.
Congratulations, Jordan and good luck! Hope to see you behind the dish at Fenway Park in a few years.
UPDATE JUN 27 Jordan has officially signed and is being assigned to the Red Sox A affilitate, the Lowell (MA) Spinners. Full story here on the Canadian Baseball Network