Vanderwel, a native of Sarnia, Ont., took the mound for Canada in the World Youth Baseball Tournament in Saskatchewan, pitching Canada to an 11-3 win over the Dominican Republic, according to The News.
Vanderwel went on from that tournament to play college ball in the United States and play professionally. His professional career lasted five seasons. He never made AA.
Vanderwel's career began in 1986, taken by the Angels in the fourth-round of the January draft out of Seminole Community College in Florida. Vanderwel also played at the University of Houston.
Vanderwel picked up a loss for Houston in April 1985, giving up 11 hits.
With the Angels, Vanderwel started at short-season Salem. He went 8-3, with a 3.38 ERA over 13 starts. The 2015 Salem-Keizer media guide records Vanderwel as the ace of 1986 squad's staff.
Vanderwel then moved to single-A Palm Springs for 1987, but he went just 3-8. with a 4.76 ERA. He returned to Palm Springs for 1988. This time, he went 2-7, with a 7.60 ERA over a mix of starting and relieving. He picked up a win in a June game, going two innings of scoreless relief.
He played 1989 at single-A Quad City. In 22 outings, nine starts, he went 1-6, with a 4.84 ERA, ending his Angels career.
Vanderwel signed with the White Sox for 1990, getting 11 outings between single-A South Bend and the rookie Gulf Coast League, ending his professional career.
- Medicine Hat News, July 20, 1984: Dominicans crunched
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