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Richmond catcher invited to prospects tourney in Toronto

Noah Or among 160 players from across the country that will be showcased at the Rogers Centre in Blue Jays Tournament 12
Noah Or was a standout for Team B.C. at the recent Western Canada Games

A busy summer of baseball will conclude for Noah Or at the prestigious Tournament 12 in Toronto.

The 15-year-old Richmond catcher is one of 160 players from across the country selected to the five-day tournament that is designed to showcase the best eligible Canadian born players to both professional scouts and college recruiters. 

The event is hosted by the Blue Jays Baseball Academy and Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar. 

It will take place at Rogers Centre — Sept. 14-18.  Alomar will act as the Tournament Commissioner and will receive assistance from his father Sandy Alomar, along with Blue Jays alumni George Bell, Duane Ward, Lloyd Moseby, and Devon White.

Eight teams of 20 players will represent their regions of Canada and will play a minimum of four games with a tournament champion being crowned on Friday, Sept. 18. 

All players were selected by the Blue Jays Baseball Academy with assistance from the Blue Jays Scouting Department, Baseball Canada, and the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau.

Or is fresh off helping Team B.C. win gold at the Western Canada Games at Wood Buffalo, Alberta. 

B.C. reach the top of the podium with a 7-3 win over Saskatchewan in the gold medal game. B.C. won five of six games and avenged its only defeat with a 7-4 triumph over Alberta in the semi-finals. 

Or was a solid defensively and also a force at the plate throughout the tournament.

The Grade 11 student at McRoberts secondary played this past season with the North Delta Blue Jays of the B.C. Premier Baseball League.

Or came through Richmond City Baseball up until the U15 Bantam AAA where he skipped his second-year of eligibility and aged up to help the North Delta Blue Jays Junior team capture the provincial championship in 2014. 

He then moved on to the Premier team where he batted .286 and helped the Jays reach the post-season for the first time since 2010.

Teammates Tyler Hoefer and Alex Davis were among 25 B.C. players selected for Tournament 12. Or will be suiting up for the Futures team.