Luke VR, Moxham added to Juniors

C Luke Van Rychegham (Kent Bridge, Ont.) and RHP Brady Moxham (Oakville, Man.) will make their Junior National Team debuts on this month’s trip to the Dominican Republic.

C Luke Van Rychegham (Kent Bridge, Ont.) and RHP Brady Moxham (Oakville, Man.) will make their Junior National Team debuts on this month’s trip to the Dominican Republic.

OTTAWA – Baseball Canada has selected the 29 players invited to the Junior National Team’s annual Dominican Summer League camp that will take place from May 20-30.

The team will play 12 games against Major League Baseball affiliated clubs in the Dominican Summer League. Opponents include the Minnesota Twins, Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox.

The highlight of the trip will come on May 29 at Estadio Tetelo Vargas in San Pedro de Macoris when the juniors will play some of the Dominican Republic’s top prospects that are eligible to sign with MLB clubs on or after July 2nd. The Dominican team will be selected by MLB as they showcase some of the top unsigned talent the country has to offer ahead of the July 2 signing day.

Roster highlights:

– Twenty-four players named to the roster participated in the Extended Spring Training Camp held last month in Orlando.

– LHP Kyle Ross (Maple Ridge, BC) and INF Jade Salmon-Williams(Brampton, Ont.) were both named to the roster and have attended Junior National Team camps, previously.

– INF’s Adam Hall (London, Ont.) and Peter Hutzal (Calgary, Alta.) are both unable to attend due to injury.

– RHP Brady Moxham (Oakville, Man.) and C Luke Van Rychegham (Kent Bridge, Ont.) will make their Junior National Team debuts in the Dominican Republic.

– Five players named to the roster (OF JF Garon, 1B Josh Naylor, OF Demi Orimoloye, C Darren Shred and RHP Mike Soroka) were part of the 2014 Junior National Team that won a bronze medal at the COPABE 18U Pan American Championship in La Paz, Mexico.

– The coaching is staff is led by coach and Baseball Canada’s director of national teams Greg Hamilton (Ottawa, Ont.), while coaches Shawn Bowman (Port Moody, BC) and Mike Johnson (Sherwood Park, Alta.) return to the staff. Former national team player Chris Begg (Uxbridge, Ont.) will round out the staff as a guest coach working with the pitchers. Pitching CoachChris Reitsma (Calgary, Alta.) is unable to attend.

The Dominican Summer League Camp is an important step in the process as the JNT prepares for the WBSC U18 World Cup that will take place from Aug. 28-Sept. 6 in Osaka, Japan.

“This camp will allow our coaching staff the opportunity to evaluate all players in a highly competitive environment,” said Hamilton “The strides taken at this camp will better prepare our team for success going forward and leading to the World Cup in September.”

With MLB’s First Year Player Draft scheduled for June 8-10, the trip to Dominican will provide draft-eligible Canadian players an opportunity to perform in front of MLB scouts and personnel.

You can stay up-to-date on the Junior National Teams progress in the Dominican by following @Team_C_Updates on Twitter.

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Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.