Aug 20,2014(ISN) – OTTAWA- Baseball Canada announced today 24 players that have been invited to the
Junior National Team’s (18U) final selection camp that will take place at the
University of Houston in Houston, Texas from August 27th-September 2nd.
At the conclusion of the selection camp, 20-players will be selected to represent
Canada at the COPABE 18U Pan American Championship from September 5th-14th in Los
Cabos/La Paz, Mexico. In Mexico, 13 competing nations will vie for four spots in the
2015 IBAF 18U World Cup slated for Koshien, Japan.
Players, coaches and staff will depart for Houston on August 26th before holding a
pair of workouts on August 27th and 28th. Canada will play San Jacinto Junior
College on August 29th Cougar Field on the campus of the University of Houston
before opening a four-game exhibition series against the United States 18U National
Team with games taking place at Cougar Field, the Major League Baseball Urban Youth
Academy in Houston and Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros.
“This camp will allow the coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate players before
making final roster decisions,” said Junior National Team Head Coach, Greg Hamilton.
“The Pan American Championship is the culmination of a year of hard work and
preparation for our Junior National Team program. Our coaches and players are
looking forward to this opportunity to represent Canada and intend on being a
competitive club in Mexico.”
The Junior National Team selection camp roster features:
-Five players that were members of 2013 Junior National Team that finished 7th at
the IBAF 18U World Cup in Taichung, Taiwan (Mitch Bigras, Gareth Morgan, Josh
Naylor, Demi Orimoloye, JP Stevenson)… Morgan and Naylor are holdovers from the
2012 JNT that won silver at the IBAF 18U World Cup in Seoul, South Korea
-Six players chosen in June’s MLB First Year Player Draft (Robert Byckowski-Reds,
Gareth Morgan-Mariners, Ben Onyshko-Brewers, Louis-Philippe Pelletier-Padres, Zach
Pop-Blue Jays, Mitch Robinson-Marlins)
-Morgan signed with the Mariners in June and has since began his professional career
in the Arizona Rookie League
-The coaching staff features Head Coach Greg Hamilton (Ottawa, ON) along with
Pitching Coach Chris Reitsma (Calgary, AB) and Coaches Shawn Bowman (Port Moody, BC)
and Mike Johnson (Sherwood Park, AB)
The Pan American Baseball Confederation (COPABE) has not yet released an official