Junior Team newcomers in Fall roster includes 6 Ontario Blue Jays

 Great Lake Canadians right-hander Eric Cerantola (Oakville, Ont.) is one of the pitchers that has been named to the Junior National Team's annual Fall Instructional League Camp that will take place from October 1 to 11. Photo Credit: WBSC/Christian J. Stewart

Great Lake Canadians right-hander Eric Cerantola (Oakville, Ont.) is one of the pitchers that has been named to the Junior National Team's annual Fall Instructional League Camp that will take place from October 1 to 11. Photo Credit: WBSC/Christian J. Stewart

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 Fall Instructional League Camp in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., from October 1 to 11.

The camp includes daily practices and a seven-game professional schedule against Fall Instructional League clubs from the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates and Toronto Blue Jays organizations.

All games and practices will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports, the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves, with the exception of the October 10th contest against the Blue Jays that will take place at their minor league complex in Dunedin.

Twenty-four players named to the roster will be making their Junior National Team debuts at the Fall Instructional League Camp signifying a changeover in the two-year cycle of the program that saw several players graduate following the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in September.

“This camp will serve as an introduction to the Junior National Team program for the majority of our roster while also preparing players for future international competition and the challenges associated with the next levels of the game,” said Head Coach and Director of National Teams, Greg Hamilton. “From a coaching standpoint, it will allow the staff to evaluate players in a highly competitive environment and provide an opportunity for instruction and player development.”

RHP Ben Abram, RHP Eric Cerantola, OF Denzel Clarke, RHP Griffin Hassall and C/3B Noah Naylor represented Canada at the U-18 World Cup and will return for the Fall Instructional League Camp while RHP Tate Dearing, LHP Jaden Griffin and INF Damiano Palmegiani have previous experience with the Junior National Team program.

Greg Hamilton takes his familiar post as head coach of the club and will be supported by a slew of former pros and National Team players including TJ Burton, Jeff Francis, Pete Orr, Adam Stern and Rene Tosoni while Robert Fatal joins the staff as a guest coach.

With a fourth-place finish at the U-18 World Cup in the rearview, the Junior National Team program will now focus its efforts on player development and preparing for the 2018 COPABE U-18 Pan Am Championships that will serve as a qualifier for the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup.

Newcomers to the faall roster include from the:

Ontario Blue Jays: OF Dasan Brown (Oakville, Ont.), SS Jaden Brown Mississauga, Ont.), C Blake Buckle (Milton, Ont.), LHP Caden Griffin (Ottawa, Ont.), OF Joel McKnight (Brooklin, Ont.) and INF TJ Schofield-Sam (Brampton, Ont.)       

Academy Baseball Canada: RHP Olivier Morin-Larocque (L’Ancienne-Lorette, Que.), INF Edouard Savoie (St-Eustache, Que.) and OF Nicolas Tremblay Mont (St-Hilaire, Que.)

Langley Blaze: RHP Theo Millas (Burnaby, BC) and LHP-OF Justin Thorsteinson (Richmonnd, BC.

Toronto Mets INF Daniel Carinci (Ajax, Ont.) and LHP Mets Keegan Pulford-Thorpe (Newmarket Ont.).

Great Lake Canadians: C Ryan Faragher (London, Ont.).

Lafleche Dragons: RHP Viktor Bergeron (Terrebonne, Que.).

North Shore Twins: RHP Declan Dutton (Vancouver, BC),

Ontario Royals: 1B Ryan Magdic (Beamsville, Ont.).

Ontario Yankees: RHP Zack McQuaid (Oshawa, Ont.).

Okanagan Athletics: RHP Carter Morris (Vernon, BC)

Okotoks Dawgs: OF Cesar Valero (Calgary, Alta.).

Sasktoon Cubs: RHP Connor Sparks (Saskatoon, Sask.).

St. James A’s: RHP Cameron Thickson (Winnipeg, Man.).

Vauxhall Dawgs: C Martin Vincelli-Simard (Boisbriand, Que.)

Fall Instructional League Roster
Fall Instructional League 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.