St. Pete International Series to feature Rays prospects

Tampa Bay Minor Leaguers will play Canadian Junior National Team in one of 11 games

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- A team of Rays Minor League prospects will host the Canadian Junior National Team at Tropicana Field on Sunday, March 22, at 1:05 p.m. ET.

The game will be a part of the fifth annual St. Petersburg International Baseball Series.

Priced at $10, tickets will go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. at, the Tropicana Field box office and Ticketmaster outlets. Parking will be $5, and Tropicana Field gates will open at noon.

The Canadian roster includes four of the top seven Canadian prospects for Major League Baseball's 2015 First-Year Player Draft: outfielder-first baseman Josh Naylor from Mississauga, Ontario; outfielder Demi Orimoloye from Orleans, Ontario; right-handed pitcher Mike Soroka from Calgary, Alberta; and outfielder Miles Gordon from Oakville, Ontario.

This game is one of 11 on the St. Petersburg International Baseball Series schedule, which also includes teams from Puerto Rico and Clearwater Christian College, the Major League Blue Jays and Minor League teams from the Tigers, Yankees, Orioles, Phillies, Pirates and Braves.

An introductory news conference will be held on March 11 at noon at the Walter Fuller Baseball Complex in St. Petersburg (7901 30th Avenue N). In attendance will be St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, representatives from the Canadian and Puerto Rican teams and Rays president Brian Auld.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.