By Adam Morissette
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