Baseball Canada announces U-18 Selection Camp invitees

 Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- Baseball Canada is pleased to announce the names of 24 athletes invited to the Junior National Team’s (U-18) Selection Camp that will determine the 20-player roster that will represent Canada at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Ont., from September 1 to 10.

Selection Camp will take place in Ajax, Ont., at the Pan Am Ballparks from August 18 to 28 and include a seven-game exhibition series against the Australian U-18 National Team. The first game of the series is set for August 21 (7 p.m. E.T.) and will conclude on August 27 (1 pm E.T.). All games are open to the public.

“The selection camp will allow the coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate players before making final roster decisions,” said Team Canada manager Greg Hamilton. “The U-18 Baseball World Cup is the culmination of two years of hard work for our Junior National Team program. Our coaches and players are looking forward to this opportunity to represent Canada and being a competitive club in Thunder Bay.”

Twenty-three of the 24 players invited to camp have previous experience with the Junior National Team program, while outfielder Marc-Antoine Lebreux (Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Que.) will be making his debut with the program in Ajax.

Eight players named to the Selection Camp roster were taken in the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in June, including Dondrae Bremner (31st Rd./Reds), Rhys Cratty (40th Rd./Tigers), Adam Hall (2nd Rd./Orioles), Edouard Julien (37th Rd./Phillies), Clayton Keyes (15th Rd./Diamondbacks), RHP Landon Leach (2nd Rd./Twins), RHP Cade Smith (16th Rd./Twins) and INF Jason Willow (24th Rd./Orioles). Hall and Leach signed professional contracts with their respective clubs and will join Team Canada following selection camp.

Hamilton leads the coaching staff that includes former big leaguer Mike Johnson (Sherwood Park, Alta.) as pitching coach along with former National Team players Chris Begg (Uxbridge, Ont.) and Hyung Cho (Scraborough, Ont.) as coaches.

Following roster selection, Team Canada will depart for Thunder Bay on August 29 before opening the 12-team event on September 1st against Chinese Taipei (6:30 pm E.T.) at Port Arthur Stadium.

Selection Camp Roster
Selection Camp Schedule
WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Schedule


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.