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Three Dawgs ranked in Canadian Baseball Network draft list

Tuesday May 09, 2017

Okotoks, Alta. - The Okotoks Dawgs baseball club is proud to announce that three Dawgs have made Bob Elliott’s Canadian draft projections on the Canadian Baseball Network.

The list compiles the top Canadian talent ahead of the June draft. 

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Clayton Keyes (Dawgs Academy), Matt Lloyd of the Indiana Hoosiers and Dane Tofteland of the Indiana State University Sycamores have not only made the list, but are also in the top 20.

Keyes (OF) from Calgary, Alta: Listed at number three
Lloyd (INF/P) from Okotoks, Alta: Listed at number 10
Tofteland (INF) from Grande Prairie, Alta: Listed at number 15

Keyes was originally drafted in the 17th round of the 2016 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays but opted to play another year in the Dawgs Academy with thoughts of being selected higher come June. Keyes has an outstanding track record with the Canadian Junior National Team, which gave him a unique opportunity to learn under an all-pro coaching staff beginning with Greg Hamilton, Hyung Cho, Chris Robinson, Tanner Watson, John Picco, T.J. Burton and ending with Roberto Alomar.

Dawgs Academy head coach, Allen Cox, discusses what separates Keyes and what makes him a quality MLB draft pick.

"He runs a 6.5 60 [yard dash], he can throw the ball 90 MPH and he can hit the ball out any time he wants," he said.

"He has a really good eye, so he's very versatile where he could be a leadoff-type guy, he could bat in the two-hole, or he could be a power guy in the MLB at some point -- he hits for a lot of power, gap-to-gap."

Lloyd -- a member of the 2017 collegiate Dawgs -- is enjoying a fantastic sophomore season with the NCAA Division I Hoosiers. He currently leads all teammates in average (.326), home runs (9), slugging percentage (.615) and on-base percentage (.435). Lloyd has been equally talented on the mound this season, sporting a 3-1 record with a 2.08 earned-run average, which also leads his club. In 14 appearances with Indiana, Lloyd has limited the opposition to a .234 batting average. He will be making his debut with the collegiate Dawgs this summer.

Tofteland is a former Dawg who played with the collegiate team in 2014 and 2015. After a brief stint with the club in 2014, Tofteland excelled in the following season, hitting for a .329 average while socking three home runs. With the Okotoks Baseball Academy, Tofteland led the team with a .451 average while hitting three home runs and five doubles.

The Dawgs open their season June 2 against the Medicine Hat Mavericks at Seaman Stadium. First pitch flies at 7:05pm.

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