Romak named Pacific Coast League Player of the Month

Jamie Romak, who won the triple-A Pacific Coast League POM, signs with SK Wyverns in Korea. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

Jamie Romak, who won the triple-A Pacific Coast League POM, signs with SK Wyverns in Korea. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- With one of the most productive Aprils in all of professional baseball, London, Ont., native Jamie Romak has been named the Pacific Coast League (PCL) Player of the Month.

Romak, who represented Canada at the World Baseball Classic in March, played in 22 April games with triple-A El Paso where he hit .372 (32-for-86) with 11 home runs to lead all of Minor League Baseball. His video-game like .860 slugging percentage and 1.274 OPS were also tops amongst minor leaguers, while his 23 runs scored and 25 RBI led all players at the triple-A level.

No stranger to the PCL, the San Diego Padres farmhand slugged 27 home runs and drove in 100 runs with Reno in 2015 and was a starter in the PCL All-Star Game. He also had seasons of 24 and 22 home runs in the PCL in 2014 and 2013, respectively.

Internationally, Romak wore the Maple Leaf with the Junior National Team program in 2002 and 2003 before joining the Senior National Team program for the IBAF World Cup events in 2007 and 2011. Following the 2011 World Cup, he helped Canada win a gold medal at the Pan Am Games in Mexico.

Originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves out of high school in 2003, the 31-year-old made his big league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014 before getting back to the bigs with the Diamondbacks in 2015.

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.