Canada Reshuffles Junior National Team

With an exciting summer coming to a subsequent end, Baseball Canada is set to undergo dramatic changes to its Junior National Team program.

After an incredible fourth place finish to the U18 World Cup in Thunder Bay, Ontario, the national team bids farewell to many of its most esteemed and longest tenured players. Both Adam Hall and Landon Leach will now begin their first full season as MLB players as part of the Baltimore Orioles and Minnesota Twins organization respectively. Former Cincinnati Reds draft pick Dondrae Bremner will head to the University of Cincinnati, while Toronto Blue Jays selection Cooper Davis will begin his college career at the highly regarded Vanderbilt University.

Quebec’s Archer Brookman and Julien Edouard, Manitoba’s Victor Cerny, Alberta’s Clayton Keyes, British Columbia’s Michael Stovman, Wesley Moore, and Jason Willow, along with many other big names will all leave the Junior National Team behind and commence their college-ball careers.

With catcher Noah Naylor, outfielder Denzel Clarke, and pitcher Eric Cerantola headlining only eight returning Junior National Team members, Baseball Canada has named 24 players to their Fall Instructional League Camp for their sizeable changeover.

Dramatic JNT Changes Coming
Credit: Baseball Canada

Some of the more notable newcomers include the smooth-fielding Oregon State commit Cesar Valero from Alberta and an array of Ontario youngsters such as Jaden and Dasan Brown, Tyrell Schofield-Sam, Blake Buckle, and Caden Griffin.

A young standout out of British Columbia who just competed at his first Tournament 12, Justin Thorsteinson will vie for a spot on Team Canada’s roster. As far as new 2018 classman go, Ontario Royals’ first baseman Ryan Magdic, Toronto Mets’ shortstop Daniel Carinci, and Saskatchewan-native pitcher Connor Sparks will be some of the bigger names competing for spots.

Oshawa-native Zachary McQuiad is another name to monitor through the fall. The Uncommitted right-hander underwent a tragic car accident just over a year ago and has miraculously worked his way back onto the mound, recently performing for Team Ontario in the Canada Cup.

The camp itself will include a seven-game schedule against Fall Instructional League Clubs from the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Toronto Blue Jays organizations. The Junior National Team will play all their games, with the exception of one, and hold all of their practices at ESPN Wide World of Sports, the spring training facility of the Atlanta Braves.

With the 32-man roster now set, it will be up to head coach Greg Hamilton and his team to build the next instalment of talent to represent Canada.

Richard Birfer

Regional Supervisor of the Canadian and Midwest regions. Kinesiology graduate student, Biomechaincs and Neuroscience specialization, at Brock University.

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