Following a transaction with Thetford Mines, the Cascades Go Sport of Shawinigan held the third overall pick in the last draft of the Quebec Major League Baseball (LBMQ). The Shawinigan team hit a home run by selecting the power hitter from Shawinigan, Raphaël John Leblanc.
This is a first for the Cascades who are fishing a player in their garden for the first time. In total, four players have been selected by the organization.
“I’m really happy to finally be able to play in my city. I grew up in the backyard of Optimist Park and played a game of my minor baseball here before I made the jump to AA. I played away for most of my junior camp so it will be more accessible for my family and friends to come and watch me play. I can’t wait! ”Said the former star of the Estacades de Trois-Rivières.
In six junior seasons, Leblanc has maintained a batting average of .280, in addition to hitting 30 doubles, 37 homers and 142 RBIs in 192 games.
Leblanc has gone into exile in Texas for the past two winters to align with Panola College. In 50 games, the Shawinigan has recorded a batting average of .287, while hitting 3 home runs and 34 RBIs.
“Raphaël had been in our sights for a few years. We were aware that we had to make sure we had the means to select him in 2020, and it is with this in mind that we acquired the third choice in total two years ago (transaction that sent Joey Toupin to Thetford Mines) . He is a local product, a power hitter that will delight supporters of Optimist Park, ”says the general manager of the Éraklis Tzavellas waterfalls.
In the second round, the Cascades drew on the backyard of the Aigles Junior de Trois-Rivières by choosing Simon-Pierre Soumis at 11e rank. “I am very happy, the family too, especially my father! I can’t wait for next summer, ”said the man who had an offensive average of .295 during his junior internship (Trois-Rivières and LaSalle).
Then at 15e echelon, the pitcher Chritophe Dubé was selected. “I am happy to be back in Shawinigan. I know almost all the guys and it will be closer to home. I had a good season this year and I will arrive with confidence ”. Dubé has accumulated an earned run average of 6.09 during his junior career.
The last choice of the Cascades was in 3e round, the 21e in total. They chose Samuel Girard, a left-handed pitcher. The latter has maintained a 3.06 career earned-run average for juniors.
“We wanted to seek out as much local talent as possible in order to consolidate the core of players already in place. In Simon-Pierre Soumis, we get an excellent and fast infielder. The acquisitions of two launchers in the region, including a left-hander, are certainly interesting for our organization. We didn’t believe we could get both, so we deemed it appropriate to compromise to make sure we got our hands on both, ”said new manager Jean-Philippe Lemay, who spoke to each of them. his players since his appointment.