Baseball Canada announces invitees for Junior National Team Selection Camp

 Ontario Blue Jays player Noah “Bo” Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.), who was selected in the first round of the 2018 MLB draft by the Cleveland Indians, is one of the players that has been chosen for the Junior National Team Selection Camp. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Ontario Blue Jays player Noah “Bo” Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.), who was selected in the first round of the 2018 MLB draft by the Cleveland Indians, is one of the players that has been chosen for the Junior National Team Selection Camp. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

October 24, 2018

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- Baseball Canada is pleased to announce the names of the 28 athletes invited to the Junior National Team’s (U-18) Selection Camp, to determine the 20-player roster that will represent Canada at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championship in the cities of Chitré, Las Tablas and Santiago, Panama from November 23 – December 2.

The top four countries from the event will qualify for the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea.

Selection Camp will take place from November 14 to 20 at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in Palm Beach, Florida - the spring training home of both the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals.

“Selection Camp will allow the coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate players in a competitive environment before making final roster decisions,” said Head Coach, Greg Hamilton. “Our program has been building towards this event for the better part of a year with the goal of ultimately securing one of four available spots in the 2019 U-18 Baseball World Cup.”

Selection Camp will feature daily workouts and a five-game schedule, including two games against the United States along with a pair of match-ups against the Fort Lauderdale Stars and one game against Palm Beach State College. An inter-squad game is also scheduled. All games and workouts will be held out of FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

The Selection Camp roster features four players who helped Canada to a fourth place finish at the 2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, including RHP Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.), OF Denzel Clarke (Pickering, Ont.), RHP Griffin Hassall (Newmarket, Ont.) and C/3B Bo Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.).

Naylor, a first round pick (29th overall) of the Cleveland Indians, headlines a list of six players named to the roster who were selected in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft. Others include Abram (37th Round/Padres), Clarke (36th Round/Mets), INF/OF Damiano Palmegiani (Surrey, B.C.) (35th Round/Blue Jays), C/INF LaRon Smith (Spruce Grove, Alta.) (25th Round/Twins) and RHP Connor Sparks (Saskatoon, Sask.) (26th Round/Brewers).

RHP Tyler McWillie (Watrous, Sask.) will be attending Selection Camp as a first-time member of the Junior National Team program. All other players named to the roster have previous experience with the program.

Hamilton leads the coaching staff that includes former National Team players Chris Begg (Uxbridge, Ont.) and Hyung Cho (Scarborough, Ont.) who will be joined by Robert Fatal (Boucherville, Que.). Former big leaguer Adam Stern (London, Ont.) will attend camp as a guest coach.

Selection Camp Roster
Selection Camp Schedule

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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.