Blue Jays invite Morris

Carter Morris is one of 160 Canadian baseball prospects listed by the Toronto Blue Jays Academy

Carter Morris

Carter Morris of Vernon is one of 160 Canadian baseball prospects listed by the Toronto Blue Jays Academy (aged 14 -19).

He will pitch for the Futures-Navy team in the Tournament 12 (T12), Sept. 14 -17 at the Rogers Centre.

The goal of the Tournament 12 is to provide a showcase opportunity for the best amateur players born in Canada, with college eligibility. T12 acts to centralize the best Canadian baseball players, with the intention of exposing them to as many pro and college scouts as possible.

“Being invtied to this event will be a huge opportunity to get noticed and will be a great chance to meet new people,” said Morris. “Also, to get the chance to play in the Rogers Centre will be a great experience.”

Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar will act as the tournament commissioner and will receive assistance from his father Sandy, along with Blue Jays alumni Paul Quantrill, Tanyon Sturtze, Devon White, Lloyd Moseby, and Duane Ward.

The tournament will consist of eight teams: (1) BC-Orange, (2) Alberta-Red, (3) Prairies-Purple, (4) Ontario-Black, (5) Ontario-Green, (6), Quebec-Blue, (7) Atlantic-Maroon, and (8) Futures-Navy. Each team has 20 players.

Morris, 15, is a right-hander who sparkled for Team B.C. at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. He pitched pitched a gem of a game at the Games as B.C. edged Saskatchewan 2-1. Morris was on the mound for 6 1/3 innings without giving up an earned run.

The Grade 11 Seaton student tosses a two-seam fastball that tops out at 87 miles an hour, while also having a slider and change-up in his repertoire. He compiled a 6-5 record with 49 strikeouts and a 2.65 earned run average for the Kelowna-based Okanagan Athletics in the Premier Baseball League.

Team Futures Navy takes on B.C. Orange Thursday, Sept. 14 with all teams working on skills for an hour in front of scouts.

More than 50 T12 alumni have been drafted by Major League organizations, and more than 165 alumni are committed or currently playing in NCAA Division I, II, III or Junior Colleges across the U.S.