Release: February 25, 2009
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Former Binghamton baseball pitcher Scott Diamond has been selected to Canada's final roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Diamond was one of 13 pitchers chosen for the Canadian team.
Canada will open pool play against the United States on March 7 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The WBC runs from March 5-23 in seven venues in four countries or territories, with the finals scheduled for March 23 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The Rogers Centre is hosting Round 1 games from March 7-11.
Canada plays in a pool with the U.S., Italy and Venezuela
The Canadian roster features MLB stars Justin Morneau, Jason Bay and Matt Stairs.
Diamond completed a successful summer with the Atlanta Braves organization in 2008. He was selected as Pitcher of the Year for their Class A-Advanced Myrtle Beach team. The 6-foot-4 lefthander was among the Braves' minor league award winners who were honored before Atlanta's game against the New York Mets on September 20 at Turner Field.
He began the season with Class A Rome (Ga.) before earning a promotion in May. Up with Myrtle Beach, he went 12-2, helping the Pelicans advance to the Carolina League finals. He led the league in wins and win percentage and held down a 2.79 earned run average. Diamond pitched 100 innings in 15 starts, striking out 85 and walking 28. Opponents hit just .245 off him.
Diamond signed with the Atlanta organization in August 2007.
In three seasons at Binghamton (2005-07), he totalled 14 wins and started 37 games - the most starts of any BU pitcher in that span.
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