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Tryout Camp Was Attended By All Can-Am Teams As Well As Scouts Fom The Diamondbacks, Rays, Frontier League, and Japan’s Shikoku Island League.

April 10, Dayton, OH –

Today the Can-Am League announces the successful conclusion of the 2019 open tryout camp. Over the two-day event (April-2-3) held at Sanford Memorial Stadium in Sanford, Florida, 138 players tried out and six players were drafted. Scouts from the Diamondbacks and Rays as well as the Frontier League and Japan’s Shikoku Island Team attended the event.

“The Can-Am League’s open tryout camp had a fantastic turnout. It’s always gratifying to have our teams and events scouted and with that said, we appreciate all the organizations that attended,” Can-Am League Executive Director Kevin Winn said. “Everyone’s participation affirms the Can-Am League’s reputation of attracting quality talent. It will be exciting to see how the drafted players will do for their teams this season.”

The draft results are as follows:

  • Ottawa Champions- Ricky Reece (pitcher)
  • New Jersey Jackals- Chris Motta (pitcher)
  • Trois-Rivieres Aigles- Derek Martin (pitcher)
  • Rockland Boulders- Wascar Deleon (infielder)
  • Quebec Capitales- Brandon Brosher (catcher)
  • Sussex County Miners- Justin Kortessis (pitcher)

Kortessis may be familiar to Miners fans, as he pitched out of the bullpen for the Salina Stockade during their Can-Am League tour last season. Justin appeared twice for Salina against the Miners, allowing 1 hit while facing 7 batters (a .143 opponent’s average) and struck out 3 Miners in his 2 innings of work. Overall, Kortessis had a deceptive ERA of 7.94 during the tour, but that number was due in large part to surrendering 4 runs without recording an out in his final outing of the tour at Ottawa. Take that outing away, and Justin had a 1.59 ERA in 5 2/3 innings over his other 6 relief appearances.

Entering its 15th season, the Can-Am League will begin the 2019 season on May 16th. The league’s six teams will play a 95-game schedule that includes series against the Cuban National Team and Japan’s Shikoku Island Team.