GSA Spotlight: Davis Martin

April 12, 2018

Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock saw this type of career coming from righthander Davis Martin.

Sure, it's hard for anyone to predict that a freshman would be an All-American and they'd have a career ERA well under three going through their draft year. But Tadlock had a hunch. He knew Martin, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, had all the tools and ingredients to be a premier arm and a game-changer for the Red Raiders. Martin has been exactly as advertised in his three years on the South Plains, and his role in this program has never been more important than it is now after junior lefthander Steve Gingery went down with a season-ending injury earlier this season.

With Gingery going down, more pressure and potential workload was placed on Martin's shoulders. Some pitchers might succumb to the pressures of trying to keep a top-five team's head above water. But not Martin. He's thriving more than ever, putting up career numbers as the Red Raiders try to get back to the College World Series after falling just short last season.

Rising to the occasion is just part of Martin's DNA, and it's precisely why he's one of the best and most feared arms in the game.

"Well, what's the saying, pressure is a choice. He wants the ball every time we play and he'd take it from you if you gave it to him," Tadlock said. "He's an absolute guy and he's got what you need to win. He's been that way ever since he stepped on campus.

"There's a reason we were in line to get him out of high school," he continued. "We were very fortunate that he and his family trusted us enough to get him. It's been a lot of fun to watch, that's for sure." While Martin is having a season to remember as a junior and is ranked the No. 36 college prospect, up from 51 in the preseason, he established his consistency and brand on the national stage a long time ago. He made his presence felt two seasons ago, tallying a 10-1 record and a 2.52 ERA in 89.1 innings, along with 61 strikeouts and 27 walks. Incredibly, that was as a freshman, as the San Angelo, Texas, native helped the Red Raiders reach the CWS for the second time in three seasons, this after the program had never made a trip to Omaha before 2014.

His sophomore campaign was good, but it had some serious road blocks. Martin was diagnosed with tendinitis and discomfort in his arm, and was sidelined from the middle of March until the Big 12 tournament in late May. Even with the setback, Martin still managed to tally a solid 3.07 ERA and a 4-2 record, while also throwing 44 innings, striking out 37 and walking just 10 and holding teams to a .259 average, which was an improvement over the .271 OBA his outstanding freshman season.

In his first start back from the injury last season, a date with Oklahoma State in the conference tournament, he sat 90-91 in the first inning and settled in at 87-89 - a slight change from the velocity he showed in the Shriners College Classic and against Mississippi State earlier that season - 93-94 early and 89-92 for six innings. Still, getting him back on the mound was good news for the Red Raiders, and helped set the tone for what has been a fruitful 2018 campaign thus far.

"I think he's gotten better each week for us. He's been really, really steady. He's been as advertised," Tadlock said. "His breaking ball and changeup have been fine, and his fastball has been above average. But he still has that great makeup.

"His makeup is just off the charts. His mound presence - it's off the charts," he continued. "He's one of those that guys who as a hitter when you step into the batter's box, you know you better jump in there ready to hit. He's just got it, and that's the biggest thing about Davis. And he's going to continue getting better."

He's put together strong results for the Red Raiders so far this season, and quite frankly, he's had to. We talked about the loss of Gingery for the season, but Tech is also without Erikson Lanning for the rest of the season, while Jake McDonald, who was supposed to be a premium arm who would log some significant innings, also is out the rest of the spring with a shoulder impingement. In essence, Tech's bullpen depth has been depleted a great deal, and that means guys like Martin need to put together consistent starts. That hasn't been a problem despite dealing with chilly conditions in Kentucky earlier this season and at Kansas this last weekend.

After dealing with tendinitis and discomfort last season, Martin sticks to a rather simple workout regiment - he makes sure he has a ball in his hand each day. He obviously doesn't throw bullpens every day, but Tadlock said if there's a ball around, even the day after he pitches, he's out there playing catch with someone. Tadlock said that simple change has helped his prized righty alleviate soreness - at least so far this season.

"He's throwing every day right now, and I think that has really helped him. It's certainly an old school way of doing things, especially when you have some guys who take the entire next day or two off after they pitch," he said. "He's very diligent about making sure he has a ball in his hand the next day." For the season, Martin continues to tally All-American type of numbers. He has a 5-2 record with a 2.63 ERA in 41 innings, along with 49 strikeouts and 16 walks. Most striking is the difference in opponent batting average from his first two seasons to now. Teams hit .271 against him as a freshman, .259 last year, but this year? Teams are hitting the West Texas native at a low .182 clip.

Why, you ask? Martin's stuff has gotten better. He has better feel for his entire arsenal, and his fastball command and velocity have improved. While he's dipped down to 89-92 at times this season, particularly when it's cold, Tadlock said his velocity has been more 91-93 and up to 94 at times, while also showing the ability to reach back and touch 95 and even 96 at times.

Martin has also made strides with his secondary stuff. The slider continues to be an effective pitch, though Tadlock doesn't notice much different about it so far this season. Meanwhile, he has shown better feel for the changeup, which has resulted in the Red Raiders calling it more this spring.

"I'd say the biggest difference with him is his fastball command. I would say maybe where in the past he was relying too much on his stuff, he's now commanding both sides of the plate much better," Tadlock said. "He's gotten better and better each week. I would say he's been up to 96, and it's been very good.

"I'm not sure there's much different about the slider, but I do think his secondary stuff has been a little crisper so far, " he continued. "The biggest thing with Davis is there are no worries week to week right now. He's 100 percent and he's ready to go and wants the ball every time out. He's always the kind of pitcher who wants more. He doesn't want to stay where he's at on a given day. He works really hard each day, and that type of attitude makes everyone around him that much better."

Davis Martin has already had a career that will long be remembered by Tadlock and Texas Tech fans alike, but there's plenty of time to add more scenes to this movie.

Given his past, perhaps we should be ready for a Martin trilogy. is your online home for college baseball scores, schedules, standings, statistics, analysis, features, podcasts and prospect coverage.
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Bonnie Rockets Walkoff, Take Home 16U Cup Bronze Medal

They won 4-3
July 15, 2018

Cary, N.C. - Bonnie Rockets claim the bronze medal at the 2018 USA Baseball 16U Cup after they defeated Wake White Sox 4-3 in walk-off fashion on Sunday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

The bronze medal game did not start off as a nail biter in the same way that it ended. In fact, the Bonnie Rockets were in charge for most of the game They got on the board early with an RBI single to center field by Michael Lewishall. By the fifth inning, they had a 3-0 lead over the White Sox. 

The White Sox would not go down without a fight. They began the sixth inning with a double and a single. After an error by Bonnie Rockets' Josuel Santos, the White Sox were right back in it. They were down only a run by the end of the inning. 

In the top of the seventh inning, the White Sox tied the game on a single to center fielder by Connor Sauls. That was all the offense they could muster in the inning and they would head into the bottom half of the inning tied at three.

But the Bonnie Rockets had their eyes set on a victory. Andy Alcantra doubled to drive in Josuel Santos and walked off the ballgame for the Bonnie Rockets. 

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In total, the Bonnie Rockets had six hits and three walks in the game. They took home bronze and finished the tournament 3-2.

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Blue Chips Capture 16U Cup Gold

Their offense came to play after they took down Carolina Rebels 8-3
July 15, 2018

Cary, N.C. - The Blue Chips captured gold at the 2018 USA Baseball 16U Cup on Sunday after defeating Carolina Rebels by a score of 8-3 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

Blue Chips displayed dominance throughout the entirety of the tournament, and the championship game was no exception. Their offense came out looking to be on a mission after they put up two runs in the bottom of the second inning courtesy of a Carolina Rebels error. 

The runs would not stop there.

In the third inning, the Blue Chips put up another four runs on three hits, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch in the inning. In total, the Blue Chips scored eight runs on seven hits and six walks. 

The Blue Chips pitching was also in top form for most of the ballgame. Blue Chips starting pitcher Bobby Duffy tossed 5.2 innings, allowing just one earned run while striking out three. He was relieved by Sean Kelly, who threw 1.1 innings of two-run ball (0 earned), striking out one and allowing two hits.

Offensive standouts for the Blue Chips were Matthew O'Neill and Sean Kelly. The pair combined to go 4-7 and were responsible for four of the eight Blue Chips runs scored in the game. 

The Blue Chips finished the 16U Cup with a perfect 5-0 record. 

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Carolina Rebels Advance to 16U Cup Gold Medal Game

Rebels Defeated White Sox 15-9 in Semifinal Game
July 15, 2018

CARY, N.C. - A start time of 8:00 a.m. didn't slow down either team in the Wake White Sox vs. Carolina Rebels matchup, as both teams came out swinging in Sunday's second semifinal.

Carolina tallied the first run of the day in the bottom of the first. Landen Harris hit an RBI single to right, and an Isaac Gonzales followed with an RBI double to left. A two-out RBI single from Justin Honeycutt extended the Rebels' lead to 3-0 heading into the second inning.

A four-run second inning furthered the Rebels' advantage to 7-0. RBI singles from Noah Lee, Joshua Rivera, and Gonzales helped give the team a cushion early in the contest.

Not going down without a fight, Wake White Sox's Joshua White hit an RBI single in the top of the third to cut the deficit to six. Following a three up, three down bottom half-inning for the Rebels, the White Sox were able to tally four more runs on the board in the fourth. Zachary Miller grounded out to score two, Connor Sauls followed with an RBI single and the Rebels' lead was cut to just two.

The Carolina Rebels struck back following a leadoff walk and two singles. Andrew Roberts stole home, and at the following at-bat, Lee was also able to steal home. A two-out Gonzales double made it a 10-5 ball game to close out the frame.

Wake responded yet again in the top of the fifth, scoring back-to-back runs courtesy of a Marcus Ouvry RBI single and a bases-loaded walk. A two RBI single grounder from Zach Miller cut Carolina's lead to just one.

The Rebels weren't done yet. Five back to back runs in the bottom of the fifth were just what the Rebels needed to put the game away. Two singles from Roberts and Brendan Cuthrell, a bases-loaded walk, an error and a Harris sac fly gave the Rebels the 15-9 lead heading into the sixth.

The Wake White Sox were able to score two more on an error, but a strikeout ended the threat.

The Carolina Rebels will face the Blue Chips at 11:00 a.m. on Coleman Field in the gold medal game. The Wake White Sox will battle the Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets for bronze at the same time on Field 2 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

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Blue Chips Eliminate Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets in 6-1 Win, Move on to Championship Game

They were backed up by an incredible pitching performance by Tyler Schimming
July 15, 2018

Cary, N.C. - The Blue Chips move on to the 2018 USA Baseball 16U Cup championship game on Sunday after defeating the Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets by a score of 6-1 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Tyler Schimming was dominant for the Blue Chips. He turned in an impressive seven innings of one-run ball, while allowing just four hits and striking out eight. He needed 96 pitches to throw the complete game.

The two teams battled back and forth, with neither gaining much ground for much of the first half of the game. The Blue Chips were first on the board with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the second inning, but the Rockets quickly answered back with a run of their own in the fourth inning.

It wasn't until the bottom of the fourth inning that the Blue Chips started to pull away. Joe Radek hit a two-run inside-the-park home run to break the tie, and the Blue Chips didn't look back. Schimming did not allow a run for the rest of the game and Sean Kelly gave the Blue Chips some much needed insurance runs with a bases clearing double in the sixth inning.

Joe Radek and Sean Kelly went a combined 4-5 in the game and were responsible for five of the six Blue Chips runs.

The Blue Chips will square off against the Carolina Rebels in the championship game at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday afternoon.

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12U Open

12U National Open Fan Guide

July 14, 2018

The USA Baseball 12U National Open will host a collection of youth talent from around the country taking the next step in their quest to play for the USA Baseball 12U National Team. These aspiring athletes will have the unique opportunity to showcase their talents on a national stage in front of USA Baseball national team coaches and staff. The Open will include four games along with skill testing and athletic evaluations as part of the official selection process for the 2018 12U National Team. In addition to games and evaluations, players will receive an exclusive opportunity to interact and receive instruction from USA Baseball national team coaches. At the conclusion of the National Open, a minimum of 15 players will be selected to participate in the 2018 12U National Team Trials.

12U National Team Program Selection:
Players will be competing for the opportunity to be named to the 12U National Team Trials. The selections to the 12U National Team Trials will be announced following the last game on July 25th.


Event Schedule:
Please click here to view the event schedule: 12U National Open!

Schedule Updates:
Schedules will be updated daily on the USA Baseball Futures Invitational information page. Also, follow @USABaseball12U and @USABaseball on Twitter for updates.


General Ticket Info: There will be no tickets for the National Open. All games and trainings will be open to spectators.

Gates will open one hour prior to the first scheduled game time on any given day.


A team photo and action shots will be taken throughout the event. All photos taken by USA Baseball will be available on following the conclusion of the event.


Social Media:
Keep up to date on USA Baseball via social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The official Twitter handle for the Futures Invitational will be the 12U National Team account, @USABaseball12U.

Cameras & Video Equipment:
USA Baseball has adopted the following policy regarding camera lenses (including telephoto and zoom lenses) for any of the organization's events. Spectators are not permitted to bring telephoto or zoom camera lenses into the facility. Cameras may be brought in to the facility so long as they are not accompanied by these types of lenses. Only USA Baseball personnel and credentialed members of the media are permitted to have possession of telephoto and zoom lenses. This policy is in place to ensure that all of our players, coaches and fans have a positive experience at our events.

Facility Information

VTV Baseball
27946 Henry Mayo Dr.
Valencia, CA 90221
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  • This facility is located at the back of an RV park. There will be signage all along the park directing you to the facility. The speed limit is 5 mph when driving through the RV residential area.
  • There is noise ordinance in affect at the RV park until 8 a.m.

Free parking is available in the gravel lot right next to the fields as well as behind the outfield fence. However, park in designated areas only. Non-designated areas will be coned off to signify that they cannot be used. Strictly no parking on the top area adjacent to the batting cages.

Prohibited Actions & Items at VTV Baseball:
The following are prohibited in the facility:

- Acoholic beverages
- Chewing gum
- Metal spikes
- Sunflower seeds with shells

Smoking Policy at the National Training Complex:
VTV Baseball is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is permitted in the parking lot outside of the VTV Baseball gates.

Outside Food and Beverage:
No outside food and beverages will be allowed into the park throughout the 12U National Open. There will be a Snack Shack open throughout the event in order for players to eat.

Foul Balls:
Please be aware of foul balls at all times while at VTV Baseball.

Concessions will be open for the duration of the event at VTV Baseball. 

USA Baseball will have a team store that will be open at VTV Baseball during the entire event. All major credit cards are accepted: Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover Card. To shop the complete selection of Team USA merchandise please check out the official online shop.

A certified athletic trainer will be on-site through the entire event. In case of emergency, the closest hospitals are Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital
23845 McBean Park Way
Valencia, CA 91355
Phone: (661) 200-2000
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Children's Hospital Los Angeles - Valencia Care Center
23838 Valencia Blvd. #140
Valencia, CA 91355
Phone: (661) 362-1240
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Athletes will have access to Gatorade Thirst Quencher in the dugouts of each game during the 12U National Open to help keep them hydrated. Gatorade Thirst Quencher has fluids to rehydrate, electrolytes to replenish, and carbs to refuel. To learn more about the science behind Gatorade, visit


Pitch Smart:
Major League Baseball and USA Baseball have teamed up to help young players reduce arm injuries through Pitch Smart, a comprehensive resource for safe pitching practices. Pitch Smart offers a series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help players, parents and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers. The guidelines were developed throughout the 2014 regular season, as MLB and USA Baseball collaboratively sought to pool the recommendations of many leading medical authorities in the sport in conjunction with baseball officials. The program was formally launched in late 2014. serves as the program's online home and is accessible via and The site offers pitch count and rest recommendations, statistics on Tommy John surgery, risk factors, awareness tips, published research and videos from experts, including Dr. James Andrews and USA Baseball's medical safety committee chairman, Dr. Glenn Fleisig. USA Baseball, the national governing body for amateur baseball, is fully compliant with the Pitch Smart program and will use as a major resource to educate the amateur baseball community on pitcher safety. For more information about the Pitch Smart program, take the free introduction to Pitch Smart online course hosted by Hall of Fame Major League pitcher, John Smoltz, at USABaseball.Education.

USA Baseball Online Education Center:
As the national governing body for baseball in the United States, USA Baseball provides educational resources to all constituents within the game. All of USA Baseball's educational resources are free to all users and can be found on the Online Education Center at USABaseball.Education. The USA Baseball Online Education Center emphasizes a culture of development, safety and fun within the sport through online training courses and programs focused for players, parents, coaches, and umpires. Content is offered in both English and Spanish. Some of the resources that can be found on the Online Education Center include:

- 26 free online courses hosted by some of the most esteemed professionals within the game
- USA Baseball Sport Development Blog Connectivity to all
- USA Baseball educational resources

For more information, visit USABaseball.Education.

Play Sun Smart:
Play Sun Smart is a joint skin cancer initiative by Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and the American Academy of Dermatology, and is supported by USA Baseball. The program aims to raise awareness of skin cancer and offer prevention and detection tips to the baseball community. Since 1999, the American Academy of Dermatology has conducted nearly 39,000 screenings through the Play Sun Smart program. More than 1,300 suspicious spots have been detected, including 168 melanomas through these screenings.

The USA Baseball Online Education Center also provides a free course on the Play Sun Smart program, hosted by team dermatologist for the New York Yankees, Dr. Darrell Rigel. The course can be found at USABaseball.Education.

Additional Coach Education Resources:
The USA Baseball Mobile Coach application, which is free to all users, features the ability for baseball coaches at all levels to plan practices using drills supplied in the application through the practice planning function. The application is available through the Apple and Android application stores, as well as online at USABaseball.Education.

USA Baseball, with support from Major League Baseball (MLB), has generated a Long-Term Athlete Development Plan (LTAD) to provide a multi-stage developmental pathway for an individual's life-long experience within the sport of baseball in the United States. The LTAD can be found at USABaseball.Education.

Baseball ACE is an educational program for any and all individuals who are currently coaching baseball or aspire to coach at any level of the game. The program, offered in partnership by USA Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) aims to create a higher standard of coaching education and enhance the ability of coaches to better serve their athletes, their team and the communities. Baseball ACE is for all members of the baseball coaching community, regardless of age, level, or experience and can be accessed at USABaseball.Education.

In partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), USA Baseball developed "Coaching Baseball" as another educational resource for baseball coaches. The course is available online through the NFHS platform at and is a great resource for coaches to improve their skills. In addition to "Coaching Baseball," USA Baseball would also like to recommend several other NFHS resources for coaches and fans. "Heat Illness Prevention", "Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment", "Positive Sports Parenting" and "Sportsmanship" are courses that can assist in creating a positive environment for your team at USA Baseball events and beyond. All of these courses can be found at

In 2010, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) convened the Working Group for Safe Training Environments and charged it with the task of developing a set of recommendations concerning misconduct in sport. The diverse group included individuals from the Olympic family as well as outside experts. The SafeSport program is the culmination of the sustained work on the part of these passionate individuals, addressing misconduct in sport by providing information, training, and resources, while focusing on four primary objectives:

- Addressing sexual and physical misconduct in sport
- Reviewing the guidelines across sports and other related organizations for responding to these issues
- Assessing the needs of athletes, coaches, staff, National Governing Bodies (NGBs), clubs and other sport organizations
- Developing a set of recommendations to promote athlete well-being

The resources of the USOC have been made available to our sport, and as such USA Baseball is committed to providing a safe environment for its members, participants, coaches, officials and volunteers. Sexual, physical or emotional abuse and harassment in any form by a USA Baseball member, participant, coach, official, or volunteer is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. When any member, participant, coach, official, staff or volunteer is subjected to sexual, physical or emotional abuse or harassment in any form, it undermines the mission and values of USA Baseball. USA Baseball advocates the building of strong self-images among the athlete participants, strives to promote good sportsmanship throughout the organization and encourages qualities of mutual respect, courtesy and tolerance.

For more information, visit USABaseball.Education.

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U.S. Drops Series Finale in Cuba

Team USA finishes the summer with a 12-3 record and three series wins
July 14, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
CUBA 2 0 4 2 0 0 4 1 2 15 17 1
USA 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 X 4 11 2
Win: V. Banos Loss: J. Doxakis Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | U.S. Cumulative | Cuba Cumulative

HAVANA - Zach Watson (LSU) hit a home run and Adley Rutschman (Oregon State) drove in two runs but it wasn't enough as four different players for Cuba recorded three RBIs each to defeat the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in the final game of its summer tour, 15-4, at Estadio Latinoamericano on Saturday.


Team USA finishes the summer with a final record of 12-3, including series wins over Chinese Taipei, Japan, and Cuba. It has now won its last seven series dating back to the 2016 campaign.


Against Cuba, the U.S. has now claimed the past four series, including a pair of series in both Cuba (2016, 2018) and the United States (2015, 2017).


Watson finished Saturday's contest 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and a solo home run in the seventh inning.


Rutschman and Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State) also had a pair of hits with Rutschman notching a pair of RBIs on a run-scoring single in the first and a sacrifice fly in the third.


After scoring just one run in the first three games combined, the Cuban lineup exploded for 17 hits on Saturday. The first four hitters alone accounted for 11 hits, nine runs, and nine RBIs.


Two-time Olympic medalist Frederich Cepeda finished the game 2-for-4 with a double and a three-run home run, while Yordan Mandulay was 4-for-5 with a walk, three runs scored, and three RBIs.


Yurisbel Gracial and Guillermo Aviles also drove in three runs each in the victory.


Continue to follow @USABaseballCNT on Twitter and visit for the most up-to-date news about the Collegiate National Team.



USA Baseball CNT Manager Paul Mainieri

(On the experience of coaching Team USA)

"This whole experience this summer has been one of the greatest experiences of my life, personally and professionally. That is mostly because of the coaching staff with some of my best friends in the world. We got to spend three weeks together, competing together, working with the players, and it just meant more to me then I can ever express. Second, to put this jersey on that says U-S-A and represent our country is just a very emotional thing. Any time you can do something where you feel like you are contributing to your country in a positive way is so rewarding and you feel so privileged. Third, the experience of meeting 26 new young men who gave everything they had for three weeks, for 15 ball games. I admire them all so much. They all have great talent, but they are also wonderful young men. They are really a credit to their schools, the baseball programs they represent back at their universities, and to our country. They have done nothing except carry themselves in a first-class way. They played great, they were very coachable, and it all just made for an awesome experience for all of us, an experience that we will never forget."


(On being a part of USA Baseball once again)

"I just can't say enough about the job that (USA Baseball General Manager, National Teams) Eric Campbell has done. I had the experience three years ago as an assistant coach and to be able to serve as the head coach has been such a privilege. When Eric and I first started talking about it a couple of years ago, I visualized what it would be like to put a staff together and get to pick the team. I can't tell you how perfect everything played out exactly how I dreamed it would. Obviously, we wish we would have won all of our games, but we won all of our series and it was great to see the kids play as well as they did, and in many cases improve I think. I'm sure that this has been an experience most of them will never forget as well. It will mean an awful lot to them. When Eric and I talked about this a few years ago, he and I collectively put the dream together and I can't thank him enough for giving me this opportunity. He is one of my dearest friends in the world. We worked together for six years in college and the opportunity to spend three weeks with him will be something I will always treasure."

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Carolina Rebels Continue 16U Cup Dominance With 10-4 Win

The offense came to play after they defeated Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets to move on to the semi-final game
July 14, 2018

Cary, N.C. - Carolina Rebels' offense showed out as they defeated Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets by a score of 10-4 on Saturday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets were the first to get on the board after they scored a run in the top of the first inning courtesy of an RBI triple by Andy Alcantra. After their first two games at the 16U Cup, it looked like the Rockets were lined up to have yet another dominant game, but that couldn't have been further from the truth.

The Carolina Rebels battled right back in the bottom half of the inning with a run of their own and after holding the Rockets to nothing in the second inning, they began to pile on the runs. 

The Carolina Rebels scored three runs in the bottom of the second on two hits, two walks, and a sacrifice fly. Their offense would not slow down after that. They went on to record five hits, ten walks, and ten runs in total in the game. 

Meanwhile, Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets struggled to muster up much offense of their own until the final inning, when they scored two runs in an effort to make a comeback. They would fall to the Carolina Rebels by a final score of 10-4. 

The offensive standout for the Carolina Rebels was Joshua Rivera. Rivera was a big factor in the swing of momentum in the ballgame after he doubled to widen the gap and give the Rebels a three-run lead in the second inning. The ball left his bat at 89 mph and traveled 319 feet. In total, Rivera was 1-3 at the plate with 3 RBI and a run scored.

On the defensive side of the ball, reliver Lance Lockamy tossed six impressive innings allowing just one run to score until the final inning, when Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets would score two more before the final out. Lockamy allowed two earned runs in total while walking three and striking out seven in the ballgame.

The Carolina Rebels will play for a chance to make it to the gold medal game when they square off against the Wake White Sox tomorrow at 8 a.m. ET in one of the two semi-final games. Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets also will play in a semi-final game as they face off against the Blue Chips at 8 a.m. ET. 

Follow along on GameChanger and on Twitter, @USABEvents, for more information and live updates about the 2018 USA Baseball 16U Cup. 

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Pro Team

Nineteen USA Baseball Alumni in 2018 MLB All-Star Game

Eleven past members of Collegiate National Team appear on rosters
July 13, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - Nineteen USA Baseball alumni have been named to the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game rosters, the organization announced on Friday. Ten members of the National Team (NL) roster have suited up for the red, white and blue, while nine of the American League (AL) All-Stars played for Team USA.

Four alumni will start the game in the field for the NL, including Nolan Arenado, Brandon Crawford, Freddie Freeman and Bryce Harper. In addition, alums Manny Machado and Mike Trout are among the AL's nine starting position players.

Of the 19 alumni, twelve have won gold medals with Team USA and eight have represented the stars and stripes on multiple USA Baseball national teams. Alex Bregman leads the way in both categories with appearances on five separate national teams and four gold medals.

In total, 11 alumni competed with the Collegiate National Team, seven played for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), six suited up for the 18U National Team, four participated with the 16U National Team and two represented the U.S. on the Professional National Team.

The 2018 MLB All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 17, at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni that appear on 2018 All-Star Game rosters is as follows:

Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s):
Nolan Arenado; Colorado Rockies; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Trevor Bauer; Cleveland Indians; 2009 Collegiate National Team
Alex Bregman; Houston Astros; 2010 16U National Team, 2011 18U National Team, 2013 & 2014 Collegiate National Teams, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Gerrit Cole; Houston Astros; 2009 & 2010 Collegiate National Teams
Brandon Crawford; San Francisco Giants; 2006 Collegiate National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Sean Doolittle; Washington Nationals; 2005 & 2006 Collegiate National Teams
Freddie Freeman; Atlanta Braves; 2005 16U National Team, 2006 18 National Team
Paul Goldschmidt; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Josh Hader; Milwaukee Brewers; 2015 Professional National Team
Bryce Harper; Washington Nationals; 2008 16U National Team, 2009 18U National Team
Craig Kimbrel; Boston Red Sox; 2013 World Baseball Classic Team
Francisco Lindor; Cleveland Indians; 2009 16U National Team, 2010 18U National Team
Manny Machado; Baltimore Orioles; 2009 18U National Team
Buster Posey; San Francisco Giants; 2004 18U National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Max Scherzer; Washington Nationals; 2005 Collegiate National Team
George Springer; Houston Astros; 2010 Collegiate National Team
Mike Trout; Los Angeles Angels; 2010 Professional National Team
Justin Verlander; Houston Astros; 2003 Collegiate National Team
Christian Yelich; Milwaukee Brewers; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team

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Superstitions: Just Another Part of the Game

The Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets have a unique pre-game ritual that means so much more
July 13, 2018

CARY, N.C. - Friday the 13th is synonymous with superstitions. In the game of baseball, superstitions and rituals are just part of everyday life.

For the Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets, this is especially true.

Before every matchup, you can see a cluster of gray jerseys huddled in a tight circle in the outfield - or you can hear them.

"We just talk through our game plan and what we want to do better than we did the game before," says Samuel Camela.

That may be an understatement, as cheering and clapping can clearly be heard from the stands as the Bonnies run through the game plan, the lineup, and the roles of each player on the team.

"We have like a rhythm to it," pitcher Randy Rincon says. "It usually gets pretty hype."

The team then breaks it down, where the bond they share becomes obvious.

"Coach makes sure everyone's head is in the game, and then we clap it up. He says, 'play hard' bring it in' - then he says '1, 2, 3' and the team responds 'Bonnies', and finally he says '4, 5, 6' and the team says 'family'," says assistant coach Joel Santos.

"They say family because this team has been together since they were seven years old. They're all like brothers, and they're part of a happy, dysfunctional family. The bond they have means a lot," he continued.

If you have an opportunity to hang around in the dugout for a while, you'd see the family bond that Santos describes. The aura of the dugout during games is an interesting mix of jokes and conversations mixed in with game reactions.

You'd also find that they make you a part of that happy family while you're there.

Whatever the meaning of the ritual is, it's working - the Bonnies are currently sitting 2-0 after the first day of games at the 16U Cup.

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U.S. Clinches Series in Cuba with 2-0 Win

Team USA has now won its last seven series, dating back to 2016
July 13, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 5 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Win: Z. Thompson Loss: E. Casanova Save: M. Meyer
Box Score | Play-by-Play | U.S. Cumulative | Cuba Cumulative

HAVANA - Four pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout and Daniel Cabrera (LSU) and Andrew Vaughn (Cal) hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team clinched its fourth consecutive series victory over Cuba with a 2-0 win at Estadio Latinoamericano on Friday.


The win completes Team USA's sweep of its three series this summer after previously winning all five games against Chinese Taipei and taking three of five from Japan. It has now won its last seven series, dating back to the 2016 campaign.


Against Cuba, the U.S. has now claimed the past four series, including a pair of five-game sets in both Cuba (2016, 2018) and the United States (2015, 2017).


The Collegiate National Team will have a chance to make history on Saturday when it goes for the four-game sweep of Cuba at 10 a.m. ET. Team USA has never won more than three games in a series held on the island. Thursday's contest which was rained out will not be rescheduled.


On Friday, the red, white, and blue received another outstanding effort on the mound as Mason Feole (UConn), Zack Thompson (Kentucky), Matt Cronin (Arkansas), and Max Meyer (Minnesota) combined on the team's second consecutive shutout.


The U.S. has allowed just one run in three games against Cuba and is working on a shutout streak of 18.1 innings going into the series finale. The shutout is the team's third of the summer, having also blanked Japan, 1-0, on July 4.


Feole and Cuba starting pitcher Freddy Asiel Alvarez matched each other pitch-for-pitch through the first four innings, posting zeroes in each frame before handing the ball off to their respective bullpens.


Thompson and Cronin got Team USA through the eighth unscathed before Meyer took over and pitched a perfect ninth to earn his seventh save of the summer and second of the series.


At the plate, Cabrera and Vaughn did all the damage with their back-to-back blasts in the top of the sixth off Cuban reliever Erly Casanova. Cabrera took a 1-1 changeup and deposited in the right-field seats before Vaugh finished off a seven-pitch at-bat with a towering shot just inside the left-field foul pole.


For the series, Cabrera is now hitting at a team-leading .545 clip with six hits and two runs scored.


Cuba had a number of prime scoring opportunities, but another stellar defensive effort and a pair of U.S. double plays helped strand eight runners in the contest.


Continue to follow @USABaseballCNT on Twitter and visit for the most up-to-date news about the Collegiate National Team.



USA Baseball CNT Manager Paul Mainieri

(On coaching Team USA to three series wins this summer)

"The whole summer has been like a dream for me. We have such a great group of kids, I have all my best friends surrounding me on the coaching staff, we have won all three series we have played, and we have a chance to sweep Cuba on Cuban soil which has never been done. Our guys are very motivated to come out tomorrow. We are celebrating that we have won all of our series this summer, but we still have unfinished business tomorrow. I told the players I am kind of sad because we only have one more game together. It makes me a little watery-eyed because you grow very fond of these kids and, obviously, these coaches are my best friends. It will be our last time to be together, so I would like to see us go out tomorrow, play our hearts out, and finish on a very positive result."


(On the success of the Team USA pitching staff this summer)

"You can't say enough about what Brian O'Connor has done. He is a great head coach at the University of Virginia, but before he was a head coach he was a phenomenal pitching coach and he has demonstrated that again during the period of time we have been together this summer. He is not reinventing the wheel, obviously these kids are very talented, but we are utilizing them correctly, he is calling the games, and he is handling them the right way. He has worked so hard. He didn't just put on the USA uniform and go through the motions. He worked hard in preparation for this summer, learning about all of the pitchers we were inviting, watching video of them, developing a relationship with them, and they have really responded to his leadership."


USA Baseball Outfielder Daniel Cabrera

(On his home run)

"He started me off with two fastballs, one up-and-away for a ball and one on the black for a strike in, and I was just sitting changeup because he had thrown a good amount of changeups the inning before. I just sat on it and got a hanging changeup."


(On playing in Cuba)

"This experience has been awesome. It is a different atmosphere here with all the Cuban people screaming and playing horns. It has been a blast."


(On the U.S. pitching staff)

"Our pitchers are just throwing up zeroes every inning. They are striking out people and our defense is making wonderful plays. It gives you so much confidence going up there as a hitter when your pitchers are doing that."


(On the LSU connections on Team USA this summer)

"There is no other feeling like representing your country. When you able to share that experience with your head coach and some of your best friends like Zach Watson and Zack Hess, it doesn't get much better than that."

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