Manitoba Junior Baseball 


Growth, both in teams and on field product is the headline of the 2017 season.  For the third year in a row the MJBL will add another franchise as the Interlake Blue Jays will be the next member of the now 9 team league with rumors already surfacing about a 10th team application for next season.

Exciting news off the field with the announcement of a partnership between the MJBL and the Manitoba Sports Network.  MBSN will have a 4-camera web broadcast of select games on a weekly basis throughout the season as well as the MJBL All Star Game July 8th at Shaw Park.  With a heavy presence in the rural areas for the MBSN, the MJBL product looks to continue its growth and popularity in baseball passionate regions.   
After a successful 2017 as regular season champions, the Brandon Marlins will be the host of the Western Canadian Baseball Championships August 11-13.  The MJBL selects coached by 2016 champion Ed Kulyk (Elmwood Giants) head to Ottawa August 17-21.
Alumni Update: Former Winnipeg South Chief Chris Shaw is currently playing for The Delmarva Shorebirds (Advanced High A) in the Baltimore Orioles organization. The MJBL is one of the premier stops for high caliber collegiate level baseball in Western Canada.

The Elmwood Giants begin the season in familiar territory as defending champions of the MJBL.  Sometimes the reward for good work is more work and Head Coach Ed Kulyk has plenty on his plate to begin.  The Giants success has led to turnover as 6 players have graduated and 3 have moved on to other collegiate leagues across the country.  Seniors Adam Nocita, Austin Smith, and Brady Kulyk with UW players Aiden Brook, Brendyn Perron and Jackson Dartnell have enough experience to carry the Giants back to the postseason and hopefully beyond.
The St. Boniface Legionaires will have that new feeling to begin the season.  Whittier Park has received some outstanding upgrades to the complex in time for the Canada Games and they have a brand new coaching staff of MJBL alumni.  Head Coach Tyler Wiwchar has completed his degree at Jamestown in North Dakota and will rely on veterans Garrett Virtue, Liam Grier, and Braeden McKay to shoulder the load while the team gels for another run.

After making it into the second round of the playoffs last season with a very young roster, the Carillon Sultans look to build on that success in 2017. Wesmen players, 2017 Midget MVP Cody Bartel and Nik Kauenhofen will be asked to step up and provide leadership and veteran play both on the mound and at the plate.  Returning players Nick Grenier and Jared Esau along with first year player Liam Lenton will help solidify an exciting young roster.

The Pembina Valley Orioles are looking forward to the 2017 Season. 2016 was a challenging year for the team but the spark has been re lit with a new coaching staff of MB Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Wiwchar, Josh Ginter and Jayden Wolfe.   The O’s will return 6 graduating players and the town of Morden is hoping for a long run into the playoffs. With a few additions to the pitching staff the optimism is high in the orange and black camp.

After back-to-back 2nd place finishes in the MJBL finals, the Winnipeg South Chiefs reload for the crown in 2017.  The key returning players are 2015 MJBL MVP Drake Pilat a first baseman who wields a potent bat, Pitcher/outfielder Curtis de Pena, who lead the MJBL in Runs Batted In, All-star catcher Riley Poole, and Pitcher/Outfielder Cole Paquin. The team will be bolstered by some first-year players from the 2016 Western Canada 18U champion Winnipeg South Chiefs.  Four members of the team also play for the University of Winnipeg Wesmen Baseball team. 

Watch out for the St James A’s, they are building something.  Last season they finished a game from entering the top of the league standings and made some early noise in the playoffs before bowing out.  Returning players Cole Armstrong, Wyatt Kemball (U of W Wesmen) and team MVP Denton Boyd look forward to taking the next step towards a playoff run.

Altona Bisons graduate only two players off their 2016 roster.  The Bisons will start the 2017 season with a new coach.  Doug Rempel will be at the controls bringing with him years of experience including last years AAA South Central Bantam Championship.   The Bisons are excited to see south paw Nathen Smith back for the 2017 season, as well as Liam Giesbrecht.   They will play their home games at new Access Field in Altona.  Access has seen some more upgrades this spring.  Including a new set of bleachers utilizing the old Winnipeg Blue Bomber seats.

Building on the A&W Brandon Junior Marlins’ success in their inaugural season (MJBL Regular Season Pennant and Western Canadian Championship), the team is optimistic about the upcoming MJBL season.   The Marlins’ feature Seniors Clark Whelpton, Dylan Haney and Kyle Johnston as well as All-Stars Skylar Canada (Designated Hitter) and Marshal Burgess (Rookie of the Year).  The team will rely on the experience of their 4 college players – Mitchel Lyall - University of Sioux Falls, Aaron Pugh, Marshal Burgess - University of Jamestown and Jay Pringle - Dakota College.  The Marlins host the WCBA championships in August and hope to defend their crown as MJBL champions instead of as the host.
The latest team to join the MJBL is no stranger to the league.  The Interlake Blue Jays are back from a seven-year hiatus and eager to compete right away.  Fines Field will be the home for a young Jays squad led by head coach Adam Kirk.  Kirk has said they are looking to be competitive and playing good baseball at the right time for playoffs as you never know what can happen.

For further information, please contact MJBL President Jamie Bettens 204.299.9267 or