Junior National Team invitees includes 19 newcomers

 1B Soren Graversen (Calgary, Alta.) No. 21 with Alberta Red in Tournament 12, and the Okotoks Dawgs is one of the newcomers invited to the Canadian Junior National Team camp next week. Photo: Tyler King.

1B Soren Graversen (Calgary, Alta.) No. 21 with Alberta Red in Tournament 12, and the Okotoks Dawgs is one of the newcomers invited to the Canadian Junior National Team camp next week. Photo: Tyler King.

Baseball Canada announces Fall Instructional League Roster

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

Baseball Canada settled on the names of 30 players that have been invited to the Junior National Team’s (U-18) annual Fall Instructional League Camp in Lake Buena Vista, Florida from Oct. 2-10.

The camp includes daily practices and an eight-game exhibition schedule against Fall Instructional League clubs from the Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals along with one game against the Stetson University Hatters.

All games and practices will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports with the exception of the game on Oct. 4th against Stetson, which will be played at Melching Field on the Stetson campus in Deland, Fla.

“This camp will serve as an introduction to the Junior National Team program for the majority of our roster, while also preparing for future international competition and the challenges associated with the next levels of the game,” said Head Coach Greg Hamilton. “From a coaching standpoint, it will allow the staff to evaluate all players in a highly competitive environment.”

The roster features seven players (Josh Burgmann, Cooper Davis, Mathieu Deneault-Gauthier, Isaac Deveaux, Adam Hall, Luke Van Rycheghem and Andrew Yerzy) that took part in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup earlier this month in Osaka, Japan where Canada finished in sixth place.

Other players who have attended previous camps with the Junior National Team program include: Brad Aldred, Matt Jones, William Sierra and Sam Turcotte.

All other players named to the Fall Instructional League roster will be participating with the Junior National Team program for the first time.

The newcomers include pitchers RHP Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.), RHP Connor Angel (Lachine Que.), RHP Jordan Balazovic (Mississauga Ont.), LHP Jack DeCooman (North Vancouver, BC), LHP Jaden Griffin (Lower Sackville NS), LHP Branden Hatley (Morden Man.), Carter Loewen (Abbotsford BC), RHP Carson Perkins (Bienfait Sask.), RHP Sam Shoemaker (West Vancouver BC).

Catcher Steven Moretto (Burnaby BC), Noah Naylor (Mississauga Ont.)

Infielders:  Dondrae Bremner (Toronto Ont.), Rhys Cratty (Langley BC), Soren Graversen (Calgary, Alta.), Edouard Julien (Québec City, Que.), Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge BC) and Jason Willow (Victoria BC).

Outfielder Tyler Duncan (Sooke BC), Clayton Keyes (Calgary, Alta.)

Head coach and Baseball Canada’s director of national tteams, Greg Hamilton, leads the coaching staff while former Major League and National Team pitcher Mike Johnson will handle pitching coach duties. Junior National Team alum Hyung Cho, who coached with the program from 2011-2013 will return to the staff, while former National Team players Rick Johnston, Chris Robinson and Adam Stern will attend as guest coaches.

For the players, the camp will not only offer them the chance to represent their country while improving their skills but will also provide plenty of exposure, as several college and professional scouts will use the camp as an opportunity for talent evaluation.


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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.