Frontier League ROY signs with Cubs
09/13/2013 4:22 AM - Devo
If you're good, teams will find you.
That's exactly what happened for River City's Danny Canela.
Canela, who was originally draft by the Detroit Tigers in the 37th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft from Florida Christian School, played three years at NC State where he clubbed 17 home runs and drove in 111. He batted .348 his junior season. According to the River City Rascals, just before his senior season, Canela transferred to (NAIA) Lee University in Tennessee, where he batted .335 with seven big flies in 61 games.
Canela, who played in only 69 games this year, was voted the Jason Simontacchi Award winner as Rookie of the Year by the Frontier League. His .360 average still leads the league.
His stellar play behind the plate and at the dish caught the eye of the Chicago Cubs who signed him to a minor league contract on September 9.
Canela has handled all types of pitching ranging from Division 1 to NAIA. And now, from independent baseball to the affiliated ranks with a spring training opportunity.
Baseball America documented his transfer from NC State to Lee, and the topic of work ethic was brought up, but he's been successful at every level. There is nothing saying Canela won't succeed with Cubs, and nothing says his rise through the ranks ends here.
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