Naylor to participate in 2017 Under Armour All-America Game

By: Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- Junior National Team catcher Noah Naylor (Mississauga, ON) was among nine names announced today by Baseball Factory as participants in the 10th annual Under Armour® All-America Baseball Game that will take place on Saturday, July 29th at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The game will be broadcast on MLB Network.

The Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, annually brings together the top 40 high school players in the United States and Canada to play at iconic Wrigley Field in an American vs National game.

Naylor is set to become the 11th Canadian to participate in the game as he’ll join his brother, Josh (2014), along with the late Jake Eliopoulos (2008), Kellin Deglan (2009), Evan Rutckyj (2009), Skylar Janisse (2010), Ryan Kellogg (2011), Gareth Morgan (2011), Demi Orimoloye (2014), Andy Yerzy (2015) and Adam Hall (2016). All of the aforementioned played with Baseball Canada’s Junior National Team program at one time.

“It’s certainly an honour to be selected to the Under Armour All-America Game and to be mentioned with all the great Canadian players to play in the past,” said Naylor. “I know the experience in Chicago will be first-class so (the game) is definitely something I’m looking forward to in 2017.”

The Under Armour All-America game is part of the four-day event, providing players with a once-in-a-lifetime baseball experience. During the week, athletes will participate in a formal workout in front of Major League Baseball scouts, and participate in a home run derby.

Since the game’s inception in 2008, 247 of the 286 draft eligible players from the Under Armour All-America Game have been selected in the MLB Amateur Draft including 71 first round picks that include Canadians Kellin Deglan (Texas, 2010) and Josh Naylor (Miami, 2015).

Naylor joined the Junior National Team program in October 2015 for the annual Fall Instructional League Camp and has participated in five training camps with the program since.

He is eligible for the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and is verbally committed to Texas A&M University for the 2019 season.

For more information on he 2017 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, please visit baseballfactory.com/AllAmerica.

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.