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CPBL players dominate Ontario rosters for Tournament 12

The Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy announced the majority of players named to Tournament 12 rosters on Tuesday, gearing up for the event hosted by the major league organization at Rogers Centre from September 14 to 19, and the names released for both Ontario teams had a distinct Canadian Premier Baseball League feel.

Of the 21 players already named to the Ontario Black and Ontario Green rosters – with more to be announced after next week’s second tryout for local players taking place at the Ajax Sportsplex on Wednesday and Thursday – there are 19 young men hailing from across the seven programs who joined the CPBL in its inaugural season this year.

Adam Hall and Cooper Davis, currently the country’s top high school draft prospects, will look to lead the way at Tournament 12. Both are coming off of strong appearances at the Area Code Games in California, and are heading into the fourth year of the Blue Jays event having participated in each one. Hall, a shortstop with the Great Lake Canadians program, will suit up for Ontario Black this year, with Davis, an Ontario Blue Jays outfielder, playing for Ontario Green. Both players are also members of the Canadian Junior National Team.

Invitations for players called back to the second tryout in Ajax will be sent out this week by the Blue Jays Baseball Academy, and coaching staffs are set to be named next week.

The tournament, named for its commissioner and Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar, is an amateur event providing a showcase opportunity for 160 players from across the nation. It aims to centralize the best Canadian baseball players with the intention of exposing them to as many professional scouts and college recruiters as possible, and has found much success in its first three years.

Tournament 12 rosters can be found here.

CPBL All-Star Game rosters unveiled

The inaugural Canadian Premier Baseball League All-Star Game, powered by Rawlings, is set to get underway in less than a week, taking place at Arnold Anderson Stadium in Brantford on Wednesday, and the rosters have been finalized for the event, with selections from each program around the circuit.

Each team will host 23 players, with the highest number of participants coming from the Ontario Blue Jays program, at 15 selections. Team Red will house OBJ hurlers Jordan Balazovic and Jack Berczi, Toronto Mets pitchers Landon Leach and Niall Windeler, Great Lake Canadians arms Tyler Whalen, Jordan Marks and Jonathan Burkhart, and Ontario Nationals pitcher Jordan Bahnuk.

Behind the dish, the Red squad will feature Mets catcher Andrew Yerzy, OBJ backstop Noah Naylor, and Ryan Faragher from the GLC program. On the infield, Team Ontario is represented by Reilly Walters, the Nationals by Carson Burns, the Mets by Dondrae Bremner and CJ Yoannou, the OBJ program by Ryan Rijo and Cooper Lamb, and the Daniel Warkentin for the Canadians.

GLC outfielders Lucas Parente and Jake Wilson will also suit up for Team Red in Wednesday’s game, alongside Nick Howie from the Blue Jays and Ethan Hunt from the Mets.

Team Black will see GLC arms Austin Shields and Mike Mommersteeg on the mound, with OBJ hurlers RJ Freure, Noah Skirrow, Harley Gollert and Devin Green selected, along with Mets pitchers Matt Jones and Peter Joseph, Team Ontario pitcher Alexander MacKinnon and Nationals arm Daniel Weagle. Catchers Reese O’Farrell from the OBJ program, and Harris Voyatzis from the Fieldhouse Pirates will also play for the Black squad.

The infield for Team Black will house OBJ representatives Max Hewitt, Ryan Kula and Bryce O’Farrell, Great Lake selections Adam Hall and Ari Sechopoulos, Mets infielder Matt Turino, and David McCabe from Team Ontario. Outfielders Andy Leader and Rhys Cornell from the Nationals will suit up alongside Pirates’ outfielder Matthew Dessireault and Cooper Davis from the Blue Jays.

Before the game begins, seven players will participate in the CPBL Home Run Derby, set to start things off at six o’clock. One of Canada’s top high school prospects for Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft – set to begin with the first two rounds Thursday night – Andrew Yerzy, will represent the Mets in the derby after finishing tied for first at MLB’s Junior Home Run Derby last year during All-Star Game festivities at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

He will match up against OBJ derby participants Cooper Lamb, Ryan Rijo and Nick Howie, who is currently leading the CPBL with five home runs this season, Great Lake sluggers Adam Hall and Ari Sechopoulos, and Nationals hitter Andy Leader.

P Jordan Balazovic (OBJ) P Austin Shields (GLC)
P Landon Leach (Mets) P RJ Freure (OBJ)
P Tyler Whalen (GLC) P Noah Skirrow (OBJ)
P Jordan Marks (GLC) P Harley Gollert (OBJ)
P Nick Virdo (Mets) P Matt Jones (Mets)
P Jordan Bahnuk (Nationals) P Alexander MacKinnon (Team Ontario)
P Niall Windeler (Mets) P Mike Mommersteeg (GLC)
P Jack Berczi (OBJ) P Daniel Weagle (Nationals)
P Jonathan Burkhart (GLC) P Peter Joseph (Mets)
C Andrew Yerzy (Mets) P Devin Green (OBJ)
C Noah Naylor (OBJ) C Reese O’Farrell (OBJ)
C Ryan Faragher (GLC) C Harris Voyatzis (Pirates)
INF Ryan Rijo (OBJ) INF Max Hewitt (OBJ)
INF Reilly Walters (Team Ontario) INF Ryan Kula (OBJ)
INF Daniel Warkentin (GLC) INF Adam Hll (GLC)
INF Dondrae Bremner (Mets) INF Bryce O’Farrell (OBJ)
INF Carson Burns (Nationals) INF Matt Turino (Mets)
INF Cooper Lamb (OBJ) INF Ari Sechopoulos (GLC)
INF CJ Yoannou (Mets) INF David McCabe (Team Ontario)
OF Lucas Parente (GLC) OF Andy Leader (Nationals)
OF Jake Wilson (GLC) OF Matthew Dessireault (Pirates)
OF Nick Howie (OBJ) OF Cooper Davis (OBJ)
OF Ethan Hunt (Mets) OF Rhys Cornell (Nationals)