Yerzy competes in Jr. HR Derby

Toronto Mets C Andrew Yerzy will compete in Monday night's Jr. Home Run Derby staged during the commerical breaks while the big boys take their hacks. 

Toronto Mets C Andrew Yerzy will compete in Monday night's Jr. Home Run Derby staged during the commerical breaks while the big boys take their hacks. 

Yerzy qualifies for MLB High School Select Home Run Derby final

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

For the second consecutive year, a Canadian has advanced to the final round of the Major League Baseball High School Select Home Run Derby after Junior National Team catcher Andrew Yerzy (Toronto, Ont.) won the qualifying round Sunday at Great American Ball park in Cincinnati.

The 17 year-old hit seven home runs in the first round and slugged three more in the second round to finish first out of eight participants.

In 2014, Junior National Team player Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) finished second in the qualifying round at Target Field in Minneapolis to advance to the final round where he came runner-up to American Luken Baker.

“It’s pretty cool being (the only) Canadian and representing Canada,” said Yerzy. “I know Josh had a great time last year so I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”

Yerzy will go head-to-head during commercial breaks of the MLB Home Run Derby against Ron Washington Jr. of Missouri City, Texas who hit nine home runs Sunday..

“I’m pretty excited (for tomorrow),” said Yerzy. “I was able to get on a roll today – the ball was flying out pretty good.”

Since tomorrow’s final round will take place during the MLB event, Yerzy will have the opportunity to meet and interact with some of the biggest stars in the game, something that he’s really looking forward to.

“To see these guys on TV and now being able to meet them and watch them up close is going to be unbelievable,” he said. “It will be an experience I’ll never forget.”

The MLB Junior High School Home Run Derby will see each player try and hit as many home runs as they can during a three minute period in the first round, while they will each get 15 pitches to hit in the second round.

 

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Adam Morissette

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.