The California Tidals have selected Canadian Dan Mott as their first-round pick in the 2018 Bull League draft, it has been announced today. The 23-year-old from Longueuil, Quebec, played for the Fraser Valley Preservers in 2017, and failed to sign with the Ravens organization after being picked 4th overall in 2017.
Mott, normally a closer, is popular among Canadian fans, and was named 2017 Summer College Tournament’s Best Pitcher after Canada won the tournament, and he went 2-1 with a 2.51 ERA over 14.1 innings – including two starts.
The right-hander was 8-1 with 7 saves earlier that spring while pitching for the Presevers, and had been selected to the Can-Am College All-Star Game.
Scouts are said to anticipate that he could progress very well through the minors if he improves his command of what some have called a “sick” slider. His two tournament starts suggest he could even fill a role as a mid or long reliever, or possibly as a spot starter.