Forty from West Coast League taken in Major League Baseball Rule 40 amateur draft

Baseball fans can look forward to quality on the diamond when West Coast League action arrives in Kamloops next summer.

Earlier this week, 40 current or former WCL players were selected in the annual Major League Baseball Rule 40 amateur draft.

The Cincinnati Reds picked Matt McLain of the Bellingham Bells 17th overall in Round 1, marking the fifth straight year a WCL standout has been taken in the first round.

The WCL's five Canadian teams withdrew from the 2021 campaign amid the pandemic, with limitations on gathering sizes and border crossings too much to overcome.

All five teams are expected to play in 2022, including the expansion Kamloops NorthPaws, Edmonton Riverhawks and Nanaimo NightOwls.

The Victoria HarbourCats and Kelowna Falcons round out the Canadian contingent.

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