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 Fall Instructional League Camp from October 2nd to 12th.
35 players have been invited to the fall camp, including Evan Grills (Whitby, ON) who was a member of the Junior National Team for the 2008 World Junior Championship in Edmonton, Alberta last August.
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, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. Also included in the schedule is a matchup with Seminole Community College.
“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 Fall Instructional League camp is the first step toward establishing a club for the 2010 World Junior Championship which will take place in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
13 players included on the fall roster are from Ontario, while 11 hail from British Columbia. Four team members reside in Québec with three hailing from Alberta and two from Saskatchewan. Manitoba 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.