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Kiwi sensation set for MLB big time

Published: 6:02PM Thursday June 07, 2012 Source: One Sport

  • Daniel Devonshire (Source: Colby Community College Trojan Athletics)
    Daniel Devonshire - Source: Colby Community College Trojan Athletics

Auckland teenager Daniel Devonshire's dreams of playing in the Major League have taken a step closer to becoming a reality.

Devonshire, who plays as a big hitting catcher, has been picked in the 37th round of the MLB draft by The Toronto Blue Jays today (NZT).

The 19 year-old attended ACG Parnell College in Auckland before dedicating his career to baseball where he has been playing for the Trojans out of the Colby Community College in Kansas.

Regarded as New Zealand's top high school player, Devonshire left for the US in 2011.

"15 hours to Arizona, is not fun at all sitting in a plane for that long, but I wanted to be a part of the Major League," Devonshire said.

Trojans Head Coach Ryan Carter has no doubts in the potential of Daniel.

"He's a rare talent. He's a left-handed power hitting catcher who can run and play all over the field," Carter said.

In his first season in Kansas, Devonshire hit .308 with 10 runs, 11RBI and 2 home runs.

He is the second Kiwi to be drafted into the Blue Jays, following in the footsteps of fellow Aucklander Scott Campbell who was drafted in 2006, but had to retired this year as a result of a long term hip injury.

Devonshire is the third Kiwi to connect with MLB teams over the past 18-months, following Wellington's Te Wera Bishop (Boston Red Socks) and Auckland's Pita Rona (Baltimore Orioles).