As we got into the offseason, Jays Journal is looking at the Top 11 seasons by Canadian players in 2021 within the Blue Jays organization. This does not include Vladimir Guerrero Jr. who was born in Canada but developed for the most part in the Dominican Republic and was signed through international free agency. I’d like to read in the comments if you followed any of these players growing up and who you are most excited about?
11. Kellin Deglan – Langley, British Columbia
The Blue Jays acquired veteran minor league Kellin Deglan in early August from the New York Yankees as a depth catcher. Deglan was a former first-round pick back in 2010, who signed a $1 million signing bonus after he was selected one pick before Christian Yelich. Deglan has still yet to make a major league appearance and it doesn’t look like he will get a chance, at least in Toronto. The soon-to-be 30-year old got into 27 games for the Buffalo Bisons and posted a slash line of .203/.333/.354 over 96 plate appearances and threw out just 3 of 16 base stealers.
10. Brayden Bouchey – Vancouver, British Columbia
The Blue Jays selected Brayden Bouchey in the 33rd round of the 2016 draft from the University of Louisiana. The 6’5” right-hander looked like he was progressing well through the organization, which included a 2018 season that saw him post a 2.20 ERA between Lansing and New Hampshire. Unfortunately, Bouchey would require Tommy John surgery that ended his year, which caused him to miss all of 2019, and then COVID canceled the minor league season in 2020.
Bouchey started the 2021 season on the injured list with the High-A Vancouver Canadians and after he was activated, the right-hander made just three appearances before being released by the Blue Jays. Bouchey faced just 14 batters, plunking five of them while walking an additional three and surrendering one home run, additionally throwing a pair of wild pitches.
Bouchey is currently a free agent.
9. Nicolas Deschamps – Quebec City, Quebec
The Blue Jays signed 19-year old Nicolas Deschamps in the middle of August as an undrafted player. Deschamps was committed to play at Stetson University next season, however, things changed when the Blue Jays came calling.
Deschamps was assigned to the Florida Complex League and made three appearances, which included collecting his first professional hit in his last appearance on September 18. In total, Deschamps had four plate appearances going 1 for 3 with a walk and a pair of strikeouts. There is not a whole lot of information out there on Deschamps at this time.