Canuck Juniors select 24-man roster
* LHP Ryan Kellogg (Whitby, Ont.) MVP for Canada at the qualifier, is the best Canuck arm on the 24-man roster which gathers at the Rogers Centre Aug. 15. After final selections are made a 20-man roster will head to Italy and South Korea ….
By Adam Morrissette
Baseball Canada has set it’s 24-player roster invited to the team’s final selection camp in Toronto and Trieste, Italy Aug. 15-26.
Players, coaches and staff will arrive in Toronto on Aug. 15 where they will hold two practices at Rogers Centre and play an exhibition game against MLB Bureau Camp before travelling to Trieste, for an eight-game tune-up series against Italy, Czech Republic and a USA Select club. At the conclusion of the selection camp, the final 20-player roster will travel to Seoul, South Korea for the IBAF 18U World Championships Aug. 30-Sept. 8.
“This camp will allow the coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate players before making final roster decisions,” said Junior National Team coach, Greg Hamilton. “The World Championship is the culmination of a two-year process for our Junior National Team program. Our coaches and players are looking forward to this opportunity to represent Canada and intend on being a competitive club in Seoul.”
Pitching coach Chris Reitsma, coaches Corey Eckstein and Hyung Cho will assist Hamilton in evaulating as he selects the final roster.
All 24 players named to the roster participated in the annual Dominican Summer League Camp in May where the club compiled a record of 4-5-3.
The Junior National Team selection camp roster features:
-Eleven players that were selected in June’s MLB First Year Player Draft (Christian Botnick-drafted by the Cubs; Johnny Caputo-A’s; Dayton Dawe-Yankees; Nathan DeSouza-Blue Jays; Brock Dykxhoorn-Reds; Fernando Fernandez-Phillies; Ryan Kellogg-Blue Jays; Jake Marks-Mets; Jacob Robson-Padres; Logan Seifrit-Mariners and Chris Shaw-Brewers).
-Three of the drafted players have since signed professional contracts (Dawe, DeSouza and Seifrit).
-Eleven players were members of 2011 JNT that finished in 2nd place at the Americas 18U Qualification Tournament in Cartagena, Colombia (Kyle Hann, Clayton Isherwood, Gareth Morgan, Daniel Pinero, Cal Quantrill, Brett Siddall, Caputo, Dawe, Kellogg, Robson and Shaw.)
The JNT will open the IBAF 18U World Championship on Aug. 30 when they take on Panama at 6 pm local time inside Seoul’s Mokdong Stadium. Canada is coming off a fourth place finish at the 2010 World Championship that was held in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Canada’s last medal at an 18U World Championship came in 2006 when a club led by Brett Lawrie defeated Mexico 6-2 to claim the bronze medal.
Right-hannders Jason Tarapasky and Dylan Brooks, catcher Sean Ratcliffe, first baseman Bryand Saucedo and lefty Steven Dressler did not make the 24-player roster.