Baseball Canada Announces Junior National Team Alumni Week Roster

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(ISN) – OTTAWA- Baseball Canada announced today the names of 30 players that will take part in the Junior National Team’s Spring Training/ Alumni Week camp in St. Petersburg, Florida from March 12-22.

The team will play an 11-game exhibition schedule against spring training clubs from the Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays.

Two games are scheduled against a touring Puerto Rican squad featuring some of the top draft-eligible players the island has to offer, while one contest is scheduled against Clearwater Christian College.

The highlight of the week will come on March 15th when the team will travel to Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin to take on a split-squad version of the Toronto Blue Jays including players from the big-league roster. This is the fourth time in five years that the two sides have come together for an exhibition game.

“The relationship with the Toronto Blue Jays is tremendously important to Baseball Canada,” said Junior National Team Head Coach and Director of National Teams Greg Hamilton. “The Blue Jays have been great supporters of our National Teams program for a long time, so the chance for both organizations to play this game is truly something special.”

With the exception of the game in Dunedin on March 15th and the game against the Tampa Bay Rays on March 22nd, that will take place at Tropicana Field, all other games and practices will be held at the Walter Fuller Complex in St. Petersburg.

Greg Hamilton leads the coaching staff, while 2014 coaches Chris Reitsma and Shawn Bowman return to the staff. Three Junior National Team graduates join the staff as guest coaches in TJ Burton, John Picco and Chris Robinson. Finally, Baseball Hall of Famer and two-time World Series champion Roberto Alomar will be a guest coach for the second consecutive year.

“I am looking forward to working with some of Canada’s top 18 and under players in St. Petersburg,” said Alomar. “Through events like the Honda Super Camps and Tournament 12 I have been able to see the great talent that exists in Canada today which is exciting for the future of baseball in this country.”

Roster Highlights:

-Five players named to the roster (JF Garon, Josh Naylor, Demi Orimoloye, Darren Shred and Mike Soroka) were part of the 2014 Junior National Team that won a bronze medal at the 2014 COPABE 18U Pan American Championship in La Paz, Mexico

-28 of the 30 players named to the roster participated in the Fall Instructional League Camp held last October in Orlando.

-Two players named to the roster will be participating with the Junior National Team program for the first time – LHP Matthew Jones (Whitby, ON) and LHP Niall Windeler (Toronto, ON).

The Spring Training Camp in St. Petersburg is the first of four camps that will help select the final 20-player roster that will compete in the WBSC U18 World Cup at historic Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Japan from August 28 – September 6.

2015 Baseball Canada Junior National Team Alumni Week Roster

# First Name/ Last Name/ City/Ville Prov Birthdate/ Age HS Grad Date Bat Th Ht Wt Pos
Prénom Nom de famille Naissance Âge Date de grad Fr. La. Ta. Po.
8 Royce Ando Mississauga ON 1997-08-03 17 2015 R/D R/D 5’11” 190 SS/AC, 2B
28 Vincent Beauregard Laval QC 1997-07-26 17 2015 L/G L/G 6’2″ 190 LHP/LG
36 Michael Brettell Fonthill ON 1997-07-13 17 2015 R/D R/D 6’4″ 192 RHP/LD
21 Josh Burgmann Nanaimo BC/C-B 1998-01-27 17 2016 R/D R/D 6’0″ 205 RHP/LD
24 Mathieu Deneault-Gauthier Candiac QC 1998-03-03 17 2015 R/D R/D 6’1″ 160 RHP/LD
30 Isaac Deveaux Montréal QC 1998-10-23 16 2016 R/D R/D 6’1″ 190 OF/VOL
23 Richard (RJ) Freure Burlington ON 1997-07-06 17 2015 R/D R/D 6’1″ 205 RHP/LD
37 Jean Francois Garon Terrebonne QC 1997-01-03 18 2015 R/D R/D 6’3″ 195 OF/VOL
18 Miles Gordon Oakville ON 1997-12-03 17 2015 L/G R/D 6’1″ 180 OF/VOL
11 Adam Hall London ON 1999-06-22 15 2017 R/D R/D 5’10” 160 SS/AC, 2B
7 Peter Hutzal Calgary AB 1998-01-21 17 2016 L/G R/D 5’11” 175 SS/2B
4 Kobe Hyland Spruce Grove AB 1997-10-11 17 2016 L/G R/D 5’11” 182 SS/AC, 2B
47 Matthew Ianni Ottawa ON 1997-10-28 17 2015 L/G R/D 6’8″ 230 RHP/LD
25 Matthew Jones Whitby ON 1998-10-16 16 2016 R/D L/G 6’3″ 170 LHP/LG
44 Ben Komonosky Regina SK 1997-09-22 17 2015 R/D R/D 6’2″ 205 C/R
29 Cooper Lamb Burlington ON 1997-11-30 17 2015 R/D R/D 6’4″ 225 3B/1B
17 Will McAffer North Vancouver BC/C-B 1997-05-30 17 2015 R/D R/D 6’2″ 185 RHP/LD
31 BJ Moen Swift Current SK 1997-05-07 17 2015 R/D R/D 6’0″ 180 RHP/LD
35 Josh Naylor Mississauga ON 1997-06-22 17 2015 L/G L/G 6’1″ 225 1B/OF
45 Demi Orimoloye Orleans ON 1997-01-06 18 2015 R/D R/D 6’4″ 225 OF/VOL
26 Tristan Pompey Mississauga ON 1997-03-23 17 2015 S/A R/D 6’4″ 195 OF/VOL
38 Austin Shields Dundas ON 1997-11-23 17 2015 L/G R/D 6’5″ 230 RHP/LD
34 Darren Shred Brampton ON 1997-10-13 17 2015 R/D R/D 6’3″ 200 C/R
27 Mike Soroka Calgary AB 1997-08-04 17 2015 R/D R/D 6’4″ 195 RHP/LD
20 Kristjan Storrie Langley BC/C-B 1997-01-23 18 2015 R/D R/D 6’4″ 202 RHP/LD
40 Nicholas Virdo Brampton ON 1998-05-25 16 2016 L/G R/D 6’4″ 180 RHP/LD
48 Jackson Wark St. Albert AB 1997-05-23 17 2015 L/G R/D 6’6″ 207 RHP/LD
19 Tyler Whitbread Camlachie ON 1997-04-18 17 2015 R/D R/D 6’1″ 160 RHPLD
16 Niall Windeler Toronto ON 1998-11-04 16 2016 L/G L/G 6’4″ 195 LHP/LG
15 Andrew Yerzy Toronto ON 1998-07-05 16 2016 L/G R/D 6’3″ 203 C/R
Coaches & Staff/ Entraîneurs et personnel
17 Greg Hamilton Ottawa ON
46 Chris Reitsma Calgary AB
32 Shawn Bowman Port Moody BC/C-B
12 Roberto Alomar Toronto ON
30 Chris Robinson Dorchester ON
27 TJ Burton Ottawa ON
13 John Picco Windsor ON
Bernie Soulliere Windsor ON
Larry Pearson Guelph ON
Adam Morissette Ottawa ON
Adam Ellwood Windsor ON
Business Manager/Chef de Mission
Media Mgr./Gérant Médias
Head Coach/Entraîneur chef
Coach/Entraîneur
Athletic Therapist/Soigneur
Guest Coach/Entraîneur invité
Business Manager/Chef de Mission
Pitching Coach/Entraîneur des lanceurs
Guest Coach/Entraîneur invité
Guest Coach/Entraîneur invité
Guest Coach/Entraîneur invi

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