Baseball Canada announces roster for Dominican Summer League camp

 Left-hander Jaden Griffin (Lower Sackville, N.S.) will part of the Canadian Junior National Team that will play against Dominican Summer League squads this month. Photo Credit: Adam Morissette.

Left-hander Jaden Griffin (Lower Sackville, N.S.) will part of the Canadian Junior National Team that will play against Dominican Summer League squads this month. Photo Credit: Adam Morissette.

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- Baseball Canada is pleased to announce the names of 30 athletes that have been invited to the Junior National Team’s (U-18) annual tour through the Dominican Summer League (DSL) from May 18-26.

The team will play 13 games over nine days against Dominican Summer League clubs from the following Major League Baseball organizations: New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Manager Greg Hamilton (Ottawa, Ont.) leads the coaching staff that includes former National Team member Chris Begg (Uxbridge, Ont.) along with Robert Fatal (Boucherville, Que.) who is attending as a guest coach.

The Junior National Team program has travelled to the baseball hotbed every year since 2001 providing young Canadian players with a truly unique baseball experience. 

“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.”

All 30 athletes named to the roster competed in the Extended Spring Training Camp last month in West Palm Beach, Fla., including RHP Ben Abram, RHP Eric Cerantola, OF Denzel Clarke, RHP Griffin Hassall and C/3B Noah Naylor who all represented Canada at the 2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup last September.

In addition to providing an excellent development opportunity for players, the Dominican Summer League camp will aid in the selection process of Canada’s roster for the COPABE U-18 Pan Am Championships that will take place November 23-December 2 in Panama City, Panama. This event also serves as a qualifier for the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup.

2018 Junior National Team Schedule
DSL Roster
DSL 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.