Jesen Therrien called up by Phillies

 Right-hander Jesen Therrien (Montreal, Que.) signed by scout Alex Agostino (Montreal, Que.) was called up by the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

Right-hander Jesen Therrien (Montreal, Que.) signed by scout Alex Agostino (Montreal, Que.) was called up by the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA - Montréal native Jesen Therrien was recalled by the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, putting the 24-year-old in line to become the eighth Canadian to play in the big leagues this season.

Therrien, a right-handed relief pitcher, has had a remarkable 2017 season between double-A Reading and triple-A Lehigh Valley where he’s combined for a 1.41 ERA over 57 1/3 innings pitched. After posting a 1.26 ERA with seven saves in 21 relief appearances (28 2/3 innings pitched) with Reading, he’s been equally as impressive since a promotion to Lehigh Valley where he’s appeared in 18 games with a 1.57 ERA.

Therrien represented Canada as an amateur at the 2010 IBAF World Junior Baseball Championships in Thunder Bay and in 2011 at the COPABE 18U Pan American Championships in Cartagena, Colombia. Last March, he was a member of Canada’s entry in the World Baseball Classic.

Drafted by the Phillies in the 17th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Therrien was signed by Canadian scout Alex Agostino and has been with the organization ever since.

He will join Victoria, B.C., native Nick Pivetta on the Phillies, a former teammate on the Junior National Team and the World Baseball Classic squad.

Therrien is set to become the 261st Canadian to play in the big leagues.

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.