Baseball Canada announces Junior National Team extended spring roster



April 16, 2018

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA - Baseball Canada is pleased to announce the names of 32 athletes that have been invited to the Junior National Team’s (U-18) annual Extended Spring Training Camp in West Palm Beach, Fla., from April 19-28.

The camp will take place at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and surrounding complex, the brand new spring training home of the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals.

In West Palm Beach, the Junior National Team will play a six-game professional schedule against extended spring training squads from the Astros and Nationals organizations, while two inter-squad games and a match-up against the independent Fort Lauderdale Stars are also on the schedule. The juniors will hit the road on April 24 to face a prospects club from the Minnesota Twins organization in Fort Myers.

The Extended Spring Training Camp is sandwiched in between the Spring Training Camp that took place in St. Petersburg, Fla., in March and May’s Dominican Summer League tour. These three camps are integral components of the Junior National Team program and aid in the selection process of Canada’s roster for the upcoming COPABE U-18 Pan Am Championships in the fall that will also serve as a qualifier for the 2019 WBSC Baseball World Cup.

Roster Highlights:

-Twenty-seven of the 32 players named to the roster attended the Spring Training Camp in St. Petersburg, Fla., in March including RHP Ben Abram, RHP Eric Cerantola, OF Denzel Clarke, RHP Griffin Hassall and C/3B Noah Naylor who represented Canada at the 2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup last September.

-Five players named to the roster will be making their Junior National Team debuts in West Palm Beach. They include: C/1B Owen Diodati (Niagara Falls, Ont.), RHP Evan Elliott (Toronto, Ont.), OF Kendall Keller (Pilot Butte, Sask.), OF Jayden Knight (Langley, B.C.) and 1B/3B Dylan Ohlsen (Chilliwack, B.C.).

-Greg Hamilton takes his familiar post as head coach of the club and will be joined by a slew of former National Team and professional players including Chris Begg, Rick Johnston, Chris Leroux, Pierre-Luc Laforest, Pete Orr and Adam Stern.

Extended Spring Training Roster
2018 Junior National Team Schedule
Extended Spring Training Pitching Rotation


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.