Yerzy heads to AS HR Derby, Under Armour at Wrigley

 C Andrew Yerzy (Toronto, Ont.) of the Toronto Mets has a busy summer ahead of him as he's headed to the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati and Wrigley Field in Chicago.

C Andrew Yerzy (Toronto, Ont.) of the Toronto Mets has a busy summer ahead of him as he's headed to the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati and Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Yerzy selected for MLB Junior Home Run Derby, Under Armour All-America Game

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

Junior National Team catcher Andrew Yerzy (Toronto, Ont.) will represent Canada in the third annual Major League Baseball Junior Select Home Run Derby at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on July 12th, and on Aug. 15th he will participate in the annual Under Armour All-America Game, powered by Baseball Factory at historic Wrigley Field in Chicago.

“I’m honoured to represent Canada at both of these events,” said Yerzy who joined the Junior National Team program in the fall of 2013 as a 15 year-old. “It will be exciting to play with and against some of the top high school players in North America and to do so at two big league stadiums will be unbelievable.”

During the 2014 MLB Junior Select Home Run Derby, Junior National Team first baseman Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) belted six home runs at Target Field in Minneapolis in the preliminary round to advance to the final where he finished runner-up to Texan, Luken Baker in front of over 40,000 fans. Earlier this month, Naylor became the highest drafted Canadian position player ever when the Miami Marlins chose him 12th overall in the MLB Draft.

“To see what Josh did last year (in Minneapolis) was pretty neat,” added Yerzy. “My goal is to enjoy the experience as much as possible and see how things play out.”

The Under Armour All-America game highlights a four-day event that also features a workout for scouts and a home run derby. Coaches and guest instructors for the event are historically made up of former big-league players.

Yerzy is set to become the eighth Canadian to participate in the game since its inception in 2008. The others are  Jake Eliopoulos (2008), Kellin Deglan (2009), Skylar Janisse (2010), Gareth Morgan and Ryan Kellogg (2011), and Josh Naylor and Demi Orimoloye (2014).

Since 2008, 217 of the 255 draft eligible players from the Under Armour All-America Game went on to be taken in the MLB Draft of which 60 players were first round picks.

“To see some of the names who have played in this game in the past knowing that I’ll be there this summer is pretty surreal,” explained Yerzy. “Like the MLB home run derby, I just want to soak in the experience as much as possible and try and get better as a player.”

Yerzy is eligible for the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Draft and is already committed to the University of Notre Dame for the 2017 season.


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.