Baseball Canada invited 33 players to the U-18 team Spring Training Camp, based in St. Petersburg (Florida). The Camp will include games against minor leaguers from various Major League Baseball (MLB) organizations.
Canada will participate in U-18 Pan American Games, that qualify for U-18 Baseball World Cup 2019. Powerhouses like Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and Venezuela are all stepping up their youth National Team programmes, which makes qualifying for the U-18 world championship as tough as ever.
Canada finished in fourth place the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2017 that they hosted in Thunder Bay.
Amongst the 33 Canadian Prospects, it is pretty easy to spot a name that is renowned in baseball. One of the invitees is Braden Halladay, the son of Roy Halladay, the former star pitcher who died in a plane crash last November.
Braden Halladay was born in Toronto (Canada) in 2000, when his father was pitching for the Blue Jays. He throws righthanded (like Roy) but is a switch hitter. His scouting report portrays him as follows: “Large, athletic frame with square shoulders and a long limbs…Attacks zone and locates to either side, sweeping breaking ball”.
On 9 December, 2017, Braden Halladay (then a Junior at Calvary Christian High in Clearwater (Florida, USA) had announced his commitment to Penn State University.
— Braden Halladay (@BradenHalladay) 9 december 2017
Roy Halladay and his wife Brandy Gates had met as kids in Denver, Colorado. Their younger son is named Ryan.