Canuck roster set for trip to Australia, Japan

 OF  Demi Orimoloye (Orleans, Ont.) is one of the bats Canada is counting on as it embarks on a warm-up tourney in Australia and the World 18U in Japan.

OF Demi Orimoloye (Orleans, Ont.) is one of the bats Canada is counting on as it embarks on a warm-up tourney in Australia and the World 18U in Japan.

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

OTTAWA - Baseball Canada announced Tuesday 24 players that have been invited to the Junior National Team’s final selection camp that will take place on Australia’s Gold Coast from Aug. 16-24.

The camp will be used to select 20 players that will represent Canada at the WBSC U-18 World Cup in Osaka, Japan from Aug. 28-Sept 6.

In Osaka, Canada will be joined by Cuba, Korea, Chinese Taipei, Italy and South Africa in Group B, while Group A will feature two-time defending champion USA along with host Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and the Czech Republic.

Canada qualified for the WBSC U-18 World Cup after winning a bronze medal at the COPABE 18U Pan American Championship last September in La Paz, Mexico.

Players, coaches and staff will depart for Australia on Aug. 13th and hold a workout in Surfer’s Paradise on Aug. 16.  From Aug. 17-22, Canada will play a six game exhibition series against the Major League Baseball Australian Academy before facing the Australian U-18 National Team for a pair of games on Aug. 23-24. All games will take place at the Surfer’s Paradise Baseball Club facility.

“The selection camp will allow the coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate players before making final roster decisions,” said Junior National Team head coach, Greg Hamilton. “The U-18 World Cup is the culmination of a year of hard work for our Junior National Team program. Our coaches and players are looking forward to this opportunity to represent Canada and being a competitive club in Japan.”

Roster notes:
- The roster features three players (JF Garon, Josh Naylor, Demi Orimoloye) who took part in the 2014 COPABE 18U Pan American Championship in La Paz, Mexico. Naylor and Orimoloye are holdovers from the 2013 Junior National Team that finished seventh at the IBAF 18U World Cup in Taichung, Taiwan. Naylor also participated in the 2012 IBAF 18U World Cup in Seoul, Korea where he helped Canada win a silver medal. He is set to become the first Canadian ever to participate in three baseball world championships at the U-18 level.

- Naylor (1st round) and Orimoloye (4th round) were selected in June’s MLB First-Year Player draft and will be loaned to Team Canada from the Miami Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers, respectively. Orimoloye will attend the selection camp in Australia, while Naylor will join the team in Japan. Other players named to the roster that were selected in the draft include Will McAffer (Reds) and Tristan Pompey (Twins). 

- Three players named to the roster are OF Cooper Davis ((Mississauga, Ont.), RHP William Sierra (Montreal, Que.) and RHP Matteo Vincelli (Burnaby, BC) will be making their Junior National Team debuts in Australia. All other players named to the roster have participated in previous camps with the program.

- The coaching staff remains intact from 2014 that includes Hamilton (Ottawa, Ont.) along with pitching coach Chris Reitsma (Calgary, Alta.) and coaches Shawn Bowman (Port Moody, BC) and Mike Johnson (Sherwood Park, Alta.).

Junior National Team Selection Camp Roster
Live Scoring (MLBAAP)
WBSC U-18 World Cup Information


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.