Jimmy Van Ostrand

Jimmy Van Ostrand
Born: (1984-08-07) August 7, 1984
Vancouver, British Columbia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Jimmy Van Ostrand
Medal record
Men's Baseball
Representing  Canada
Pan American Games
2011 Guadalajara National team
Baseball World Cup
2009 Nettuno National team

James O. Van Ostrand (born August 7, 1984) is a Canadian baseball player and coach. Van Ostrand competed for the Canadian national baseball team in numerous international competitions and is now on the staff at the University of Arizona.


Van Ostrand attended McMath Secondary School in Richmond, British Columbia. While in high school, Van Ostrand played for the North Delta Blue Jays of the British Columbia Premier Baseball League.[1] He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 29th round (855th overall) of the 2003 Major League Baseball draft, but did not sign, choosing to attend Allan Hancock College. Van Ostrand transferred to California Polytechnic State University, where he played for the Cal Poly Mustangs baseball team.[2] He was selected by the Houston Astros in the eighth round (249th overall) of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft.

Van Ostrand played for the Canadian national baseball team in the 2007 and 2009 Baseball World Cup, winning the bronze medal in 2009. He also played for Team Canada in the 2008 Summer Olympics, finishing sixth, and the 2011 Pan American Games, where Canada won the gold medal. Van Ostrand drove in both of Canada's runs in the gold medal-clinching victory over the United States national baseball team.[3]

Van Ostrand played for the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York–Penn League in 2006, leading the team to the New York–Penn League Finals.[4] Van Ostrand was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team while playing for the Lexington Legends in 2007. That year, he was also named to the All-Star Futures Game.[2][3] He was named to the Carolina League All-Star team while playing for the Salem Avalanche in 2008. He was promoted to the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League in 2008. In 2012, he began playing for the Sugar Land Skeeters minor league team of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. On May 26, 2012, Van Ostrand signed with the Washington Nationals.[5]

In 2014, Van Ostrand started to volunteer coach for the Boston College Eagles. As of 2016, he was the Director of Player Development for the University of Arizona.[6]


  1. "League players in the MLB Draft". BCPBL. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
  2. 1 2 Shugar, Mark (July 8, 2007). "Futures is homecoming for Van Ostrand Canada representative played college ball at two area schools". MiLB.com. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  3. 1 2 Emrich, Robert (October 26, 2011). "Van Ostrand, Canada take Pan Am gold | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  4. MLB.com (September 13, 2006). "Van Ostrand's slam powers 'Cats". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  5. "VANOSTRAND SIGNED TO WASHINGTON NATIONALS". Sugar Land Skeeters. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  6. "Improbable baseball victory dedicated to 17-year-old Josh Weaver" The Daily Wildcat. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
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