April 15, 2009
OTTAWA - Baseball Canada announced the Junior National Team roster which will be making its way to Orlando, Florida at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex for the Spring Training Camp from April 16th to 26th.
32 players have been invited to the spring camp, including Jake Eliopoulos (Newmarket, ON) who is the highest ranked Canadian high school prospect for the upcoming MLB First Year Player Draft in June.
The junior team will hold daily practices while in Florida as well as play eight games against Major League Baseball affiliated teams. Included in their schedule are games against the Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals.
“This camp will allow our coaching staff the opportunity to evaluate all players in a highly competitive environment,” says Greg Hamilton, Baseball Canada’s Director of National Teams and manager of the Junior National Team. “The strides taken at this camp will better prepare our team for success internationally at future competitions.”
The Spring Training camp is part of a two year process toward establishing a club for the 2010 World Junior Championship which will take place in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
12 players included on the spring roster are from Ontario, while 10 hail from British Columbia. Québec and Alberta have each three team members representing their respective province while two players hail from Manitoba. Saskatchewan and New Brunswick each have one player attending the camp.
For the players, the training camp will not only offer them the chance to improve skills but will also provide plenty of exposure, as several college and professional scouts will use the training camp as an opportunity for talent evaluation.