Baseball – Seattle Mariners sign Seifrit

A Spruce Grove, Alta. native with strong ties to Beaver Valley was drafted and signed by the Seattle Mariners in June.

A Spruce Grove, Alta. native with strong ties to Beaver Valley was drafted and signed by the Seattle Mariners  in June.

Logan Seifrit, 17, was selected by the Mariners in the 33rd round, 1,001st overall of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft. His parents Mitch and Kathy (nee Boutin) are from Fruitvale, with many relatives still residing in the area including Logan’s proud grandmother Jan.

A right-hander with a strong arm and a calm demeanour, Seifrit attended the St. Francis Xavier Baseball Academy in west Edmonton before moving south to Vauxhall for his Grade 11 year.

He is part of the Canadian Junior program that is currently in Italy for an exhibition series and tournament before heading to Seoul, South Korea for the World Junior Baseball Championships Aug. 30-Sept. 9.

It has been a whirl-wind year for Seifrit and the national team. Training in Florida in March, then playing a series of games with Major League teams during spring training, before eventually traveling to the Dominican Republic for games in the summer baseball league,

Seifrit was assigned to the Peoria (Arizona) Mariners, of the Arizona League who play in the Rookie League.

Seifrit’s older brother Burke was drafted in the 50th round by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009 but opted for the post-secondary route and is currently playing ball at Menlo College in California’s Silicon Valley.