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San Diego Padres farmhand and former Amsterdam Mohawks infielder Chris Bisson (2008) has been selected by Baseball Canada to play for Team Canada in the 2011 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) World Cup and the 2011 Pan Am Games. The Baseball World Cup will take place in Panama City, Panama from Oct. 2 through Oct. 15 and the Pan Am Games will be held in Guadalajara/Lagos de Moreno, Mexico between Oct. 19 and Oct. 26.
Bisson is one of 24 players on the Canadian Senior National team roster. He is one of nine Canadians that will be playing with Team Canada's senior national team for the first time.
Read the official release from Baseball Canada here
The Orleans, Ont., native spent this past season in the Single-A Midwest League with the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Bisson appeared in 123 games and batted .261 with two home runs and 43 RBI. The Canadian second baseman scored 66 runs, stole 21 bases and walked 51 times. He was part of a Fort Wayne side that made the Midwest League playoffs and advanced to the league semifinals against Lansing. Bisson topped the TinCaps in walks and he finished third in walks.
Bisson's professional career started in 2010 after three seasons at the University of Kentucky. Chris was a fourth-round draft pick (124th overall) of the San Diego Padres. He went on to play for the Northwest League's Eugene Emeralds and he spent some time with the Padres' affiliate in the rookie-level Arizona League.
The former University of Kentucky standout was a member of the 2008 Amsterdam Mohawks. Bisson was part of a club that finished the regular season with a 26-14 mark in the New York Collegiate Baseball League's Eastern Division. He batted .301 with three home runs and 18 RBI. Bisson led the Mohawks with 25 walks and a .417 on-base percentage. His 17 stolen bases were the third-most in the entire league. The following season, Chris led the Cotuit Kettleers and the Cape Cod Baseball League with 36 stolen bases.
Chris Bisson is the second former Amsterdam Mohawk to play baseball at the international level over the last two years. Current Cleveland Indians infielder and 2006 Mohawk Cord Phelps was a member of Team USA last fall when the Red, White and Blue qualified for the 2011 Pan-Am Games in Puerto Rico.
Team Canada begins play in the 2011 Baseball World Cup on Oct. 2 against Puerto Rico. Fans can track Chris Bisson and Team Canada through IBAF.org.