Islander Cole MacLaren, who just finished his collegiate career with the NCAA Division I University of Pittsburgh Panthers earlier this spring, has just signed a professional contract with the Detroit Tigers.
MacLaren, a Morell native, finished the 2019 NCAA season offensively with a .247 batting average, .403 on-base percentage, 3 home runs and 20 RBIs. However, it was his defence behind the plate that earned him the most praise. His arm, ability to receive the baseball and block made him one of the top defensive catchers in the ACC. As well, MacLaren started every game for the Panthers at the position of catcher during both the 2018 and 2019 seasons, which is a very impressive feat and is a testament to his durability at such a physically and mentally demanding position.
This is just a part of the long journey for MacLaren to professional baseball. Before his two years at the University of Pittsburgh, he played NJCAA baseball for two seasons at Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas. Prior to collegiate baseball, MacLaren attended Okotoks Academy in Okotoks, Alberta in Grades 11 and 12. MacLaren also played on several teams representing Prince Edward Island at Baseball Canada National Championships, including the PEI Youth Selects, and he also played on Team PEI at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Cole MacLaren’s dedication and work ethic is an inspiration to all Island ballplayers, and Baseball PEI wishes to congratulate MacLaren on signing with a Major League organization and pursuing his dream of playing professional baseball. All the best in the future Cole – we will be rooting for you!