Great Lake Canadians Prepare For CPBL Charter Season

The Great Lake Canadians are preparing to compete in the fledgling Canadian Premier Baseball League’s charter season, opening with an April 22-24 tournament of exhibition games. The Canadians host the west teams – Fieldhouse and Nationals – at Dorchester, while the Blue Jays, Mets and Team Ontario will play the eastern section at  Scarborough.

glclogoThe 18U teams will compete June 15 at Arnold Anderson Stadium in Brantford at the CPBL All-Star Game, featuring a home run derby. Playoffs commence June 24-26. In late-July, the league hosts its CPBL Invitational tournament.

Here’s the CPBL’s 2015 announcement:

Five top amateur youth baseball organizations have joined forces to form the Canadian Premier Baseball League (CPBL).

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The Ontario Blue Jays, Great Lake Canadians, Toronto Mets, Team Ontario and the Ontario Nationals are considered by many in the baseball community to be the top programs in Ontario by any measure and have decided to form this new entity in an effort to raise the level of competition and to offer their players better opportunities. The CPBL will offer the highest level of baseball at the 16 & under and 18 & under age groups while also affording their members the opportunity to branch out and offer their programs to talented younger players. Other high calibre teams from across Ontario will be considered for acceptance into the CPBL for its inaugural season and beyond.

In addition to offering the top competition in Ontario, the CPBL will be hosting a National Championship beginning in 2016 with invitations being extended to top programs across the nation. This is an effort to unite the top teams in Canada regardless of their league or affiliations. As well, the CPBL fully expects to become a destination for American teams wishing to come north of the border for top competition as the league will sponsor the CPBL Can-Am Classic tournament in its inaugural year.

The members of the CPBL represent the premier programs in Ontario. The past two seasons these members have accounted for 11 out of the 12 high school players drafted in Ontario as well as 18 out of the 21 players selected overall from Ontario including alumni players in college.

In 2014 every single player drafted from Ontario in the Major League Baseball Draft played for one of the original CPBL member franchises. Notably the drafted players this year include 1B Josh Naylor (Mississauga, ON) from the Ontario Blue Jays who was chosen in the 1st Round this year by the Miami Marlins, OF Miles Gordon (Oakville, ON) from the Great Lake Canadians who was selected in the 4th Round by the Cincinnati Reds and OF Tristan Pompey (Milton, ON) of the Toronto Mets who was drafted by the Minnesota Twins and is the younger brother of OF Dalton Pompey, who is considered one of the top prospects in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. 2014 saw OF Gareth Morgan (Toronto, ON) from the Ontario Blue Jays selected in the 2nd Round by the Seattle Mariners as the top high school player from Canada while the nation’s top college player selected was RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (Goderich, ON) who was a graduate of the Ontario Nationals.

In addition to the success of the players in the Major League Baseball Draft, the CPBL member teams have had extraordinary success placing players in college and watching their alumni succeed at that level. Notably this year Toronto Mets graduate Connor Panas (Toronto, ON) was MAAC Championship MVP and an ABCA/Rawlings All-American while at Canisius College. As well, Ontario Blue Jays graduate SS Daniel Pinero (Toronto, ON) led the University of Virginia Cavaliers to their 2nd straight College World Series where he has started every game in Omaha for them the last two seasons as a freshman and sophomore.

The CPBL members are also very well represented when it comes to Team Canada. This season 19 of the 22 players from Ontario to appear on the Junior National Team have come from member organizations while during the 2014 season, 21 out 24 Ontario players belonged to the original CPBL member teams.

For more information on the CPBL or the member teams please visit www.cpbl.ca.

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