Guerrero, Naylor, Quantrill, Soroka named to Futures Game

Josh Naylor (left), Cal Quantrill (centre) and Mike Soroka (right) have been named to the World roster for the annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Josh Naylor (left), Cal Quantrill (centre) and Mike Soroka (right) have been named to the World roster for the annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- Canadians Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.), Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) and Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.), all Junior National Team alums, have been named to the “World Roster” for the annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played on Sunday, July 9 (4 p.m. ET) at Marlins Park in Miami as part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star weekend.

MLB Network will exclusively televise and MLB.com will live stream the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

Also in the same World dugout will be Montreal-born Vladimir Guerrerro, the Blue Jays top prospects, who is currently at class-A Lansing.

Naylor, Soroka and Quantrill were among 25 players named to the World Roster that will take on the U.S. squad with both rosters featuring the next crop of MLB stars. Both rosters were revealed on MLB Network’s “MLB Central Live” earlier today.

Three Canadians set to participate in the contest is the highest total since 2009 when Tyson Gillies, Brett Lawrie, Rene Tosoni and Nick Weglarz represented Canada.

Naylor, 20, was a 2015 first-round draft selection (12th overall) of the Miami Marlins before being dealt to the San Diego Padres in July 2016. The first baseman is hitting .298/.365/.447 with 7 home runs and 41 RBI with Lake Elsinore in the Advanced-A California League. Earlier this month, he participated in the California League All-Star Game where he went 1-for-4 as the designated hitter. Naylor joined the Junior National Team program in 2012 as a 15-year-old and represented Canada at three different WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cups (2012, 2013 and 2015) where he helped Canada win a silver medal in 2012. At the 2015 World Cup in Japan, he led the tournament with three home runs and was named to the tournament’s All-Star team. He is the No. 13 prospect in the Padres’ system according to MLB.com.

Quantrill, 22, was a 2016 first-round draft selection (8th overall) of the San Diego Padres out of Stanford University. He’s currently a teammate of Naylor’s with Lake Elsinore in the A-Advanced California League where he owns a 5-5 record with a 3.59 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings pitched. He was also named a California League All-Star. Quantrill spent three years (2011-2013) with the Junior National Team program where he helped Canada to back-to-back silver medals, first in 2011 at the U-18 Pan Am Championships in Cartagena, Colombia that was followed by a second-place performance at the IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup in Seoul, Korea. Quantrill is the No. 2 prospect in the Padres’ system according to MLB.com.

Soroka, 19, was a 2015 first-round draft selection (28th overall) of the Atlanta Braves and is currently a member of double-A Mississippi in the Southern League. The right-handed starter leads the league with a 9-3 record while his 2.18 ERA and 0.99 WHIP stand as third-best among eligible hurlers. Soroka was a Southern League All-Star earlier this month and was ranked 65th on MLB.com’s Top 100 preseason prospects list. The Calgary native was a member of the Junior National Team program in 2014 and 2015 and helped Canada to a bronze medal at the 2014 U-18 Pan Am Championships in La Paz, Mexico.

With Naylor being named to the Futures Game a second time, Soroka and Quantrill are set to become the 31st and 32nd Canadians to participate in the annual contest that began in 1999.

SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game rosters can be found here.

All-time Canadian Futures Game participants:

Futures Game Participants (1999-2017)

Phillippe Aumont, 2008, Mariners

Erik Bedard, 2001-02, Orioles

Jeff Francis, 2004, Rockies

Tyson Gillies, 2009, Mariners

Vladimir Guerrero, 2017, Blue Jays

 

Rich Harden, 2003, A's

Shawn Hill, 2003, Expos

George Kottaras, 2006, Padres

Pierre-Luc LaForest, 1999, Devil Rays

Brett Lawrie, 2009-10, Brewers

 

Jordan Lennerton,  2013, Tigers

Kyle Lotzkar, 2012, Reds

Adam Loewen, 2005, Orioles

Trystan Magnuson, 2010, Blue Jays

Scott Mathieson, 2005, Phillies

 

Russell, Martin, 2005, Dodgers

Chris Mears, 1999, Mariners

Justin Morneau, 2002, 2004, Twins

Aaron Myette, 1999-00, White Sox

Josh Naylor, 2016-17, Marlins, Padres

 

Ntema Ndungidi, 2000, Orioles

Tyler O'Neill, 2016, Mariners

James Paxton, 2011, Mariners

Dalton Pompey, 2014, Blue Jays

Cal Quantrill, 2017, Padres

 

Michael Saunders, 2007, Mariners

Mike Soroka, 2017, Braves

Scott Thorman, 2003, Braves

Rene Tosoni, 2009, Twins

Phillippe Valiquette, 2010, Reds

 

Jimmy Van Ostrand, 2007, Astros

Joey Votto, 2006-07, Reds

Nick Weglarz, 2009, Indians

*2015 - no represenative  

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.