Junior National Team selects World Cup roster
* Off it goes in search of medals: Team Canada Junior National Team with five returnees from the silver-medal winning Canuck team at the World Cup. Photo: Adam Morissette Studios ….
By Adam Morissette
GOLD COAST, Australia – Baseball Canada selected its 20-player Junior National Team roster that will represent Canada at the IBAF 18U World Cup Aug. 30-Sept. 8 in Taichung, Taiwan.
The Junior National Team program recently completed a seven-game exhibition series against Australia and Riseisha College from Japan as part of the team’s selection process.
Beginning today, Canada will play three exhibition games against Australia before players, coaches and staff travel to Taichung on August 27th.
Canada will open the 12-team tournament on Aug. 30 against Japan at 9am CST/9pm ET (Aug. 29) at Taichung Stadium.
The Junior National Team roster features:
— Five players that were members of 2012 Junior National Team that won silver at the 2012 IBAF 18U World Cup in Seoul, Korea: Gareth Morgan (North York, Ont.), Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.), Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.), Travis Seabrooke (Peterborough, Ont.) and Owen Spiwak (Mississauga, Ont.).
–Nine players chosen in last June’s MLB First Year Player Draft: Malik Collymore (Mississauga, Ont.), Cardinals; Lachlan Fontaine (North Vancouver, BC) Mariners; Tyler O’Neill (Maple Ridge, BC) Mariners; Daniel Procopio (Toronto, Ont), Mets; Sean Ratcliffe (Ajax), Blue Jays; Chris Thibideau (Dartmouth, NS), Padres, Seabrooke, Orioles, Spiwak, Mets and Quantrill, Yankees)
— Five of the drafted players have since signed professional contracts (Collymore, Fontaine, O’Neill, Ratcliffe and Seabrooke).
— The coaching staff is led by coach Greg Hamilton (Ottawa, Ont.) along with pitching coach Chris Reitsma (Calgary, Alta.) and coaches Hyung Cho (Scarborough, Ont.) and Corey Eckstein (Abbotsford, BC).
Canada will compete in Pool A and be joined by Japan, Mexico, Czech Republic, Venezuela and host Chinese Taipei.
Pool B will consist of last year’s gold medalists the United States along with Australia, Colombia, South Korea, Italy and Cuba.
Teams will play a round-robin style format in round one with the top three records in each pool playing each other in crossover games.
Following round two, the top two records will meet for gold, while the third a fourth best records will play to decide the bronze medal.
The six players not making the final squad were Nathan Borges (Brooklin, Ont.), Kurt Horne (Sooke, BC), Morgan Loftstrom (West Kelowna, BC), Ben Onyshko (Winnipeg, Man.), Colton Wood (Victoria, BC) and Blake Weston (Oakville, Ont.).