Balazovic, Yerzy, Burgmann lead Jrs. on trip to Dominican

May 12th, 2016

Baseball Canada sets junior roster for Dominican Summer League tour


By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada
OTTAWA - Baseball Canada has selected the 29 players invited to take part in the Junior National Team’s annual Dominican Summer League camp that will run from May 19-28.

The team is scheduled to play 14 games over 10 days against Dominican Summer League clubs from the Minnesota Twins, Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds.

The highlight of the trip will come on May 28th at Estadio Temistoclez Metz in San Cristobal when the juniors take on some of the Dominican Republic’s top prospects that are eligible to sign with MLB clubs on or after July 2, 2016.

Extended Spring Training Roster Highlights:
- Six players named to the roster (Josh Burgmann, Cooper Davis, Mathieu Deneault-Gauthier, Adam Hall, Luke Van Rycheghem and Andrew Yerzy) are holdovers from the team that represented Canada at the 2015 WBSC U18 World Cup in Osaka, Japan last September.

- RHP Conor Angel (Lachine, QC) was named to the roster, but is unable to attend due to a school commitment.

- OF/LHP Terrell Rogers (Aldergrove, BC)) will be participating with the Junior National Team program for the first time and is the youngest player in camp at 15 years and nine months. All other players on the roster were named to the Extended Spring Training Camp roster that took place last month in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Manager Greg Hamilton (Ottawa, Ont.) leads the coaching staff that includes coaches Hyung Cho (Scarborough, Ont.) and Chris Begg (Uxbridge, Ont.).

“This Dominican Summer League camp is a very important component to our Junior National Team program and provides invaluable experience to our players,” said coach Greg Hamilton “Players will be challenged with an intense schedule, while dealing with elements in the Dominican Republic that they don’t face at home. The strides taken at this camp will better prepare our team for success going forward.”

With MLB’s First Year Player Draft scheduled for June 9-11, the trip to Dominican will provide draft-eligible Canadian players an opportunity to perform in front of MLB scouts and personnel.

The Dominican Summer League camp is the first of two remaining events for the Junior National Team program in the 2016 season. In July, the team will travel to Havana, Cuba for an exhibition series against the Cuban U-18 National Team.



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.