Baseball Canada selects Dominican Summer League roster

 Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

May 15, 2017

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA - Baseball Canada announced today the names of 27 athletes invited to the Junior National Team’s annual Dominican Summer League (DSL) Camp that will take place from May 19 to 27.

The team will tour the island and play 13 games over 9 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 and Philadelphia Phillies organizations.

The highlight of the trip will come on May 25 at Estadio Cibao in Santiago when the juniors take on some of the Dominican Republic’s top prospects that are eligible to sign with Major League Baseball (MLB) clubs on or after July 2, 2017. The annual contest has featured an impressive group of alumni that includes some of the top prospects in baseball today - Eloy Jimenez (Chicago Cubs), Amed Rosario (New York Mets), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Toronto Blue Jays), Josh Naylor (San Diego Padres), Cal Quantrill (San Diego Padres) and Mike Soroka (Atlanta Braves) to name a few.

Manager Greg Hamilton (Ottawa, ON) leads the coaching staff that includes Shawn Bowman (Port Moody, B.C.), Hyung Cho (Scarborough, Ont.) and Mike Johnson (Sherwood Park, Alta.).

“The Dominican Summer League camp is a very important component to our Junior National Team program that will provide an invaluable experience to our players,” said Head Coach Greg Hamilton. “Players will be challenged with an intense schedule, while also 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.”

Extended Spring Training Roster Highlights:

- All 27 players named to the roster participated in the Extended Spring Training camp last month in Orlando.
- Two players named to the roster were selected last June during the MLB First-Year Player Draft: OF Clayton Keyes (17th round, Blue Jays) and RHP William Sierra (28th round, Mets). Both are eligible for the upcoming MLB Draft in June.
- Two players (Cooper Davis and Adam Hall) named to the roster represented Canada at the 2015 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Osaka, Japan where the team finished in sixth.

With MLB’s First Year Player Draft scheduled for June 12 to 14, the trip to Dominican will provide draft-eligible players an opportunity to perform in front of MLB scouts and personnel.

The camp will also serve as the last event on the Junior National Team calendar before the Final Selection Camp in August where 20 players will be chosen to represent Canada at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Ont. from September 1 to 10.

You can stay up-to-date with the Dominican Summer League Camp by following @Team_C_Updates on Twitter.

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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.