Baseball Canada reveals invitees for Junior National Team Selection Camp

Toronto Blue Jays’ third-round pick and Ontario Blue Jays alum Dasan Brown (Oakville, Ont.) is one of the players that has been invited to the Junior National Team’s selection camp. Photo: Baseball Canada

Toronto Blue Jays’ third-round pick and Ontario Blue Jays alum Dasan Brown (Oakville, Ont.) is one of the players that has been invited to the Junior National Team’s selection camp. Photo: Baseball Canada

August 13, 2019

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- Baseball Canada is pleased to announce the names of 22 athletes invited to the Junior National Team’s (U18) Selection Camp set to take place in Lismore, Australia from August 21 - 26.

Selection Camp will help determine the 20-player roster that will represent Canada at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea from August 30 – September 8.

In Lismore, Canada will face the Australian U18 side in a six-game exhibition series as both countries prepare for the world championships.

“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. “We’re fortunate to partner with Team Australia who always field a competitive team and for use of their baseball facilities in Lismore.”

All 22 players named to the roster have participated in previous events with the Junior National Team program.

-Eight players named to the roster including OF Dasan Brown (Oakville, Ont.), C/1B Owen Diodati (Niagara Falls, Ont.), LHP Antoine Jean (Montréal, Que.), RHP Theo Millas (Burnaby, BC), LHP Connor O’Halloran (Mississauga, Ont.), C Raphaël Pelletier (Mascouche, Que.), INF TJ Schofield-Sam (Brampton, Ont.) and OF Cesar Valero (Calgary, Alta.) helped Canada win a bronze medal at the 2018 COPABE U-18 Pan Am Championships in Panama.

-Seven players named to the roster were selected in the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. They include Dasan Brown (3rd round/Blue Jays), TJ Schofield-Sam (12th round/Athletics), Antoine Jean (17th round/Twins), Raphaël Pelletier (25th round/Rangers), Eli Saul (29th round/Rangers), Owen Diodati (29th round/Blue Jays) and Ryan Leitch (29th round/Reds).

-Of the seven MLB Draft selections, Brown and Schofield-Sam have since signed professional contracts and have begun their pro careers with their respective organizations.

-Head Coach Greg Hamilton (Ottawa, Ont) leads the coaching staff that includes Chris Begg (Uxbridge, Ont.), Hyung Cho (Scarborough, Ont.) and Robert Fatal (Boucherville, Que).

Selection Camp Roster

Selection Camp Schedule