Dearing, Coutney added to Jrs for extended spring trip

April 14th, 2017

Baseball Canada announces Junior National Team Extended Spring Training roster

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

OTTAWA - Baseball Canada announced today the names of 30 players invited to the Junior National Team’s annual Extended Spring Training camp at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Florida from April 20-29.

The team will hold daily practices at the complex and play an eight-game exhibition schedule against minor league prospects squads from the Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays organizations.

All games will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports, the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves, with the exception of the April 25th contest against the Toronto Blue Jays. That contest is scheduled to take place at the Bobby Mattick Complex in Dunedin.

The Extended Spring Training Camp comes follows the annual Spring Training Camp that took place in St. Petersburg, Florida in March. Both camps are integral components of the Junior National Team program and aid in the selection process of Canada’s roster for the upcoming WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Ontario from Sept. 1-10, 2017.

“We’re at the point in our program where we can get a sense of what our roster will look like in Thunder Bay,” said Head Coach and Director of National Teams, Greg Hamilton. “The Extended Spring Training Camp will offer our coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate players in a competitive environment, and at the same time, expose players to a level of competition that they will face at the next levels of the game.”

Hamilton leads the coaching staff that includes coaches Shawn Bowman, Hyung Cho and Mike Johnson. Guest coaches include former national team players and big leaguers Jeff Francis, Chris Robinson and Adam Stern.

Roster highlights:
- RHP Tate Dearing (White Rock, BC) of the White Rock Tritons and 3B/1B Matthew Coutney (Wetaskiwin, Alta.) of the St. Francis Xavier Academy will make their Junior National Team debuts at Extended Spring Training.

- The other 29 players named to the roster all participated in the recent Spring Training Camp in St. Petersburg, Florida in March.

- Two players named to the roster were selected last June during the MLB First-Year Player Draft: OF Clayton Keyes (17th round, Blue Jays) and RHP William Sierra (28th round, Mets). Neither player signed and are therefore eligible for the 2017 draft.

- Two players (Cooper Davis and Adam Hall) named to the roster represented Canada at the 2015 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Osaka, Japan where the team finished in sixth.


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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.