18U National Team member Triston Casas named Richard W. "Dick" Case Award Winner
DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the recipients of its annual organizational awards on Tuesday, recognizing the top athletes, coaches and performances from the 2017 USA Baseball national teams. 18U National Team member Triston Casas was named the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner, given annually to USA Baseball's top player in honor of the organization's founding Executive Director and CEO. Casas is the third 18U National Team member to earn athlete of the year honors.
USA Baseball honored the World Baseball Classic Team with three awards in 2017, including the Team of the Year award after winning its first-ever gold medal in the event. Manager Jim Leyland was named the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year and World Baseball Classic MVP Marcus Stroman earned the International Performance of the Year award following his outstanding performance in the championship game in March.
Stroman shares the International Performance of the Year award with 12U National Team member Josh Atomancyzyk, whose performance against Japan in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup kept Team USA in medal contention en route to its third consecutive Baseball World Cup title. This is the first time in USA Baseball's history two individual performances were recognized with this award.
"We are delighted to recognize these outstanding performances that led USA Baseball to new heights in 2017," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director/CEO. "Our on-field performances are certainly paramount to our organization's success but in addition to that, each one of these athletes represented the United States in an exceptional manner as a global ambassador for the game of baseball and our country on the international stage. We are truly proud to recognize these individuals and teams with our annual awards."
In partnership with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Baseball also named David Sharp (12U National Team) and Bill Burniston (Collegiate National Team) the Developmental and Volunteer Coach of the Year award recipients, respectively.
USA Baseball had its most successful year in 2017 after sweeping through its international competition with gold medals at the World Baseball Classic, WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, COPABE Pan Am U-15 Championships and the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup; in addition to the Collegiate National Team winning all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan. It is the first time in international baseball history a federation has won all of its international competitions in a calendar year.
Three-time USA Baseball alumnus Triston Casas (American Heritage High School, Pembroke Pines, Fla.) was awarded the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award following his performance with the 18U National Team at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Canada. Casas was named the tournament MVP after leading Team USA to its fourth consecutive world championship title. A stalwart at first base, his bat did the most damage, collecting tournament-highs with 13 RBIs and three home runs, including a two-run shot in the gold medal game. The WBSC also named Casas its Baseball Player of the Year at its annual congress in Gaborone, Batswana in October.
Casas has now won three gold medals in his young career with Team USA. In addition to winning the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in 2017, he also won a gold medal with the 2015 15U National Team and the 2016 18U National Team in the COPABE Pan Am Championships. He was also a member of the 2016 17U National Team Development Program.
The World Baseball Classic Team was named USA Baseball's Team of the Year after winning its first-ever title when it defeated Puerto Rico, 8-0, in the gold medal game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Pitcher Marcus Stroman (Toronto Blue Jays) was named the MVP of the tournament and Eric Hosmer (Kansas City Royals) and Christian Yelich (Miami Marlins) joined him on the All-Tournament Team. The team finished the tournament with a 7-2 overall record and its success led to earning the USOC Team of the Month award for March, as well as its manager, Jim Leyland, being named the USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year.
"The managerial expertise Jim brought to our World Baseball Classic team was impressive to watch," said Seiler. "Our nation has such high expectations for success in our sport, and Jim led an incredible group of players and staff to our first gold medal in this event. We're incredibly proud to call him an alumnus of USA Baseball and honor him with this award."
Leyland will be honored at the Golden Spikes Award and Rod Dedeaux Foundation Award Dinner, which will be held June 28 at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles.
USA Baseball honored two athletes with the International Performance of the Year award: World Baseball Classic MVP Marcus Stroman and 12U National Team member Josh Atomancyzyk (Franklin, Texas). Stroman earned his MVP award with a shutdown performance over previously unbeaten Puerto Rico in the gold medal game of the 2017 WBC. In the final, Stroman pitched 6.1 innings of one-hit baseball and struck out three, silencing a Puerto Rican offense that was averaging nearly eight runs a game. His outstanding performance paved the way for a dominant 8-0 victory and the 2017 World Baseball Classic title. He was later named the Male Athlete of the Month for March by the USOC.
With a spot in the gold medal game of the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup on the line, Atomancyzyk took the mound for the red, white and blue against Japan and was masterful; tossing 5.1 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, while striking out a game-high seven batters in the victory. In addition to his pitching prowess, Atomancyzyk went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two home runs and five RBIs in the 6-1 victory.
12U National Team Manager David Sharp (Huntsville High School; Huntsville, Ala.) was named the Developmental Coach of the Year after leading the 12U team to its third consecutive WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup title. Sharp led his team to an 8-1 record, defeating host-country Chinese Taipei, 7-2, in the gold medal game in front of a sellout crowd of 11,000. Under his guidance, the team outscored its opponents 107-43 and finished the tournament hitting .423 with 40 extra-base hits.
Bill Burniston was named the USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year after serving as the performance specialist for the Collegiate National Team. Burniston provided unparalleled service to the athletes by offering creative and engaging training sessions that not only allowed the national team to prepare and excel on the field, but also promoted and protected their overall long-term health.
"Bill has been an invaluable addition to our Collegiate National Team family for years," said Seiler. "He is a world-class professional in his field and his engaging demeanor leads to positive and fulfilling relationships with the athletes that last long after their time with USA Baseball."
USA Baseball's Richard W. "Dick" Case Player of the Year and Team of the Year honorees serve as the organization's nominees in their respective categories with the USOC, who honors one Sportsman and Team of the Year annually based on nominations from its National Governing Bodies.
MIAMI, Fla. - After falling behind early, the 18U National Team used a five-run fourth inning to top Nova Southeastern University 8-3 as the squad continued training on Thursday, November 15, at NSU in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Both teams got off to fast starts with both teams pushing runners across in the first inning. Team USA jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead after Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville, Texas) singled through the left side of the infield, scoring C.J. Abrams (Alphretta, Ga.) scored from second.
However, NSU responded quickly as the Sharks used two USA errors to score two runs in the bottom half of the first. Facing a one-run deficit for the second game in a row, the stars and stripes responded to tie the game in the third inning. Corbin Carroll (Seattle, Wash.) singled through the right side to allow Abrams to score his second run and tie the game.
The squad kept the bats hot in the next inning, adding five runs on four hits. Riley Greene (Oviedo, Fla.) punched a ball through the right side of the infield as Abrams tallied his third run of the game. On the very next pitch, Dylan Crews (Longwood, Fla.) scored on a wild pitch to push the U.S. lead to 5-2. Two more singles by Witt Jr. and Carroll plated two more runs to push the lead to 7-2.
The Sharks added a run in the seventh but the stars and stripes responded once again as Yohandy Morales (Miami, Fla.) doubled down the left field line to score Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas).
Ryan Cornelio (Monument, Colo.) entered the game in the eighth inning to close it out, fanning five batters, including all three in the ninth inning to secure Team USA's 8-3 win.
Abrams led the way with three hits and three runs on the day, as Greene, Witt Jr., and Carroll added two RBI a piece in the game. Starting pitcher Brennan Malone (Matthews, N.C.) earned the win while punching out six batters in four innings.
Up next, the team will take on St. Thomas University on Friday, November 16, at Paul Demie Mainieri Field in Miami Gardens, Florida. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. ET.
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MIAMI, FLA. - The 18U National Team used a four-run seventh inning to top Miami Dade College 5-2 as the squad opened National Team Training on Wednesday, November 14, at Miami Dade College - Kendall in Miami, Florida.
After a scoreless first inning for both teams, the U.S. opened the scoring in the top of the second. Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) bunted down the third base line to score Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville, Texas), who came all the way from second to give the stars and stripes the 1-0 advantage.
Team USA's starting pitcher, Avery Short (Indianapolis, Ind.), stayed solid for three shutout innings, striking out five, while only giving up three hits to the Sharks in the first four innings.
However, the Sharks added two runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a late 2-1 edge in the game. After a walk and a strikeout from pitcher Mick Abel (Portland, Ore.), the Sharks singled down the right field line, putting runners at the corners with one out. The tying run would cross the plate on a wild pitch, before a single down the left field line brought home the runner from second to give the Sharks the lead heading into the top of the seventh.
In the top half of the seventh, with the U.S. down one, CJ Abrams (Alpharetta, Ga.) singled up the middle before Dylan Crews (Longwood, Fla.) and Tyler Callihan (Neptune Beach, Fla.) drew walks to load the bases with just one out in the inning. Riley Greene (Oviedo, Fla.) then came up huge, driving a ball down the left field line to clear the bases and give Team USA the 5-2 lead.
After that, the squad never looked back, allowing just one hit for the remainder of the game. Greene led the stars and stripes with three hits and one RBI. Abel earned the win, pitching three innings and allowing three hits.
Up next, the team will take on Nova Southeastern University on Thursday, November 15, at the NSU Baseball Complex in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. ET.
MLB and USA Baseball Create "PDP League" to Bolster High School Baseball Pipeline Ahead of 2020 MLB Draft
Expansion of the Existing Prospect Development Pipeline/Will Serve As the Premier Development Experience for 80 Top High School Prospects
November 13, 2018
Durham, N.C. - Major League Baseball and USA Baseball today announced the new "Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League," a premier development and showcase experience for dozens of high school baseball prospects based in the United States. The PDP League, which will be held from mid-June through early-July at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., is an invitation-based development opportunity for approximately 80 of the top high school baseball players ahead of the 2020 MLB Draft. It will include competitive game play, practice & training sessions with MLB Club representatives serving as on-field coaches, and evaluation using modern technologies tailoring individualized development curriculums for each player. The PDP League will serve as a primary identification opportunity for the USA Baseball 18U National Team, slated to compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Busan, South Korea. Additionally, the League will serve as a feeder for a new All-Star Week showcase game for the best high school baseball players, designed in a similar style to the existing SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
"We are thrilled to join USA Baseball in announcing the PDP League, which is the newest initiative in our ongoing commitment to improving the amateur levels of our game and connecting the next generation of stars to Major League Baseball," said Morgan Sword, MLB's Senior Vice President, League Economics & Operations. "The PDP League will provide these players, the majority of whom will be in consideration for the following year's MLB Draft, with the most dynamic, development-focused experience available to high school baseball athletes. Uniquely, the PDP League will also offer players the opportunity to prepare for life beyond baseball by prioritizing leadership and character development as well as personal health and well-being."
"The creation of the PDP League signifies a new, groundbreaking opportunity to cultivate excellence amongst athletes both on and off the field," said Rick Riccobono, USA Baseball's Chief Development Officer. "The development of the next generation of collegiate and professional stars has long been a core mission of USA Baseball, and we are proud to reinforce this commitment with the creation of this innovative program with the support of Major League Baseball and its Clubs. The PDP League will have an immediate and positive impact on the amateur landscape while fostering the continued success of Team USA on the international stage."
LEAGUE FORMAT & PIPELINE TO ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
The 80 participants of the 2019 PDP League, all of whom will be invited by Major League Baseball, MLB Clubs and USA Baseball, will be broken down into four teams of about 20 players. Most of the on-field activity, including competitive play and training, will take place at the IMG Academy. The teams also will have an opportunity to play at Tropicana Field, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays.
A percentage of the highest performing players from the PDP League will be considered for additional premier opportunities. These include events connected to MLB All-Star Week, such as the new high school showcase game as well as the High School Home Run Derby, an annual national home run hitting contest held at the All-Star host ballpark. Four of the eight participants in the 2017 All-Star High School Home Run Derby were selected in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft.
USA Baseball also will utilize the PDP League as the primary identification event for the USA Baseball 18U National Team. Approximately 40 players will be invited from the PDP League to attend the 2019 18U National Team Trials, which will be conducted in late August in Los Angeles. From there, the final 20-man national team roster will be selected for team training in Asia, followed by the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Busan, South Korea in early September. The 2019 18U Team will be managed by long time Clemson University head coach Jack Leggett.
PLAYER HEALTH, WELLNESS & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Providing all participating athletes with an environment that prioritizes their health and well-being is one of the founding principles on which the PDP League was created. The League will focus on monitoring overall workload, ensuring the necessary amount of down time and rest, prioritizing recovery management and support, establishing routines for development, and monitoring heat exposure and hydration.
Personal development will be a focus in classroom settings during the League through a variety of important educational seminars applicable to the participants' potential collegiate and professional baseball careers. Classroom lessons will be led by MLB Club, USA Baseball, and other pertinent guest speakers and will include leadership sessions, diversity & inclusion training, proper use and importance of social media, nutritional tips, and more. Content, curriculum and expertise will be borrowed from existing initiatives, including MLB's Rookie Development Program and USA Baseball's National Team Development Program.
Additionally, the participants will have the opportunity to undergo unique athletic assessments, consisting of performance vision screening, swing and ball flight analysis and precise physical testing. These voluntary assessments have already helped establish an official identification and player assessment pathway to Major League Baseball and all 30 MLB Clubs for elite high school age baseball players. In the last two MLB Drafts (2017 & 2018), 212 players who participated in 2017-2018 PDP events were selected.
ABOUT IMG ACADEMY
IMG Academy is one of the world's largest and most advanced multi-sport training and educational institutions. IMG Academy helps countless youth, adult, collegiate and professional athletes reach their full potential in and out of sport by providing world-class teaching and coaching, tailored programs and professional facilities. Based in Bradenton, Florida, IMG Academy also serves as a training and competition venue for amateur and professional teams, a host site for a variety of events, and a hub for sports performance research and innovation. Its nearly 600-acre campus includes a state-of-the-art baseball stadium, five development fields, indoor & outdoor batting cages and 16 practice mounds. It also houses the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, three dormitories, two 10,000 square foot weight rooms and a fieldhouse with professional locker rooms.
ADDITIONAL USAB & MLB PROGRAMMING
MLB and USA Baseball partner on a variety of different initiatives, including the PLAY BALL initiative (www.PlayBall.org), diversity-focused amateur development camps (Breakthrough Series, DREAM Series & Hank Aaron Invitational), Fun At Bat program (www.FunAtBat.org), girls baseball initiatives (Trailblazer Series, Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series), Pitch Smart (www.PitchSmart.org), Hit and Run Baseball (www.HitandRunBaseball.com), and many more.
In August, MLB and USA Baseball announced "States Play," a new, annual high school baseball tournament to showcase some of the best rising seniors from states that historically produce a high volume of collegiate and professional players.
2018 18U National Team Training Begins Wednesday, Nov. 14
November 12, 2018
USA Baseball invites the local and national media to the 2018 USA Baseball 18U National Team Training.
The 18U National Team will compete in six exhibition games from November 14-20 in Florida to prepare for the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships. The 18U National Team Training roster is made up of 27 of the nation's best ballplayers that are international age-eligible for 18U National Team consideration (born in 2000 or later). Following the conclusion of the event on Tuesday, November 20, the 20-man 18U National Team roster will be announced.
WHAT: USA Baseball 18U National Team Training
WHEN: November 14-20, 2018
WHERE: Miami, Fla., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Miami Gardens, Fla., West Palm Beach, Fla., Port Charlotte, Fla.
The 18U National Team program started in 1987 as the USA Baseball Junior National Team competing in the World Youth Baseball Championships. Since then the 18U Team has been a perennial power on the international baseball scene. The team competes in two major events in bi-yearly cycles - the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships and the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup. In 2017, Team USA went undefeated to claim its fourth WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup title in a row and give the program its seventh consecutive gold medal in international competition dating back to 2011. The program has also won five straight COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships titles and will look to add a sixth in 2018.
Members of the media can apply for a credential by visiting the USA Baseball Media Services page on the official website here.
18U Participants in the MLB Draft
Following a season in which the 18U National Team earned its fourth consecutive WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup title, ten members of the 20-man roster were selected in the first round in 2018. Jarred Kelenic (No. 6, New York Mets) was the first selected, followed by Ryan Weathers (No. 7, St. Louis Cardinals), Matt Liberatore (No. 16, Tampa Bay Rays), Brice Turang (No. 21, Milwaukee Brewers), Anthony Seigler (No. 23, New York Yankees), Triston Casas (No. 26, Boston Red Sox), Mason Denaburg (No. 27, Washington Nationals), JT Ginn (No. 30, Los Angeles Dodgers) and Ethan Hankins (No. 35, Cleveland Indians).
From the 18U National Team to the Major Leagues
Forty-six players representing 27 different teams in the Major Leagues have suited up for the red, white and blue as members of the 18U National Team. Notables include Albert Almora Jr. (2010-11), Alex Bregman (2011), Bryce Harper (2009), Clayton Kershaw (2005), Francisco Lindor (2010), Manny Machado (2009), Joe Mauer (1999-2000), Andrew McCutchen (2004), Buster Posey (2004) and 2018 World Series Champion Blake Swihart (2010). For a full list of 18U alums in the majors click here.
USA Baseball Coverage
Live stats: StatCrew Social Media:@USABaseball18U (Twitter) and @USABaseball (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat) Streaming/TV: None
Participating Players and Schedule
Twenty-seven of the nation's best ballplayers that are international age-eligible for 18U National Team consideration (born in 2000 or later) are participating in the 2018 event. For the full schedule, please visit the 18U National Team page on USABaseball.com. For the full National Team Training roster, click here.
USA Baseball Announces 2018 National Team Identification Series Selections
A total of 68 athletes were selected for 2019 national team programming from the 2018 NTIS
September 10, 2018
DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Wednesday the 68 athletes that were selected from the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) to participate in 2019 national team programming. The tenth-annual NTIS was held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from August 8-26 and for the tenth year in a row, the selection announcement was made through an online show.
Twenty-seven states and 16 regions from across the U.S. are represented by the 68 athletes chosen and fourteen states boast more than one selection.
Under the direction of USA Baseball task force, the 2018 NTIS featured over 1,200 of the nation's best players competing in 172 games, as well as skill testing and on-field evaluations. Twelve athletes were invited to compete at each of the 2019 12U National Team Trials, the 2019 14U, 16U and 17U National Team Development Programs (NTDP) and the 15U National Team Trials. In addition, eight players from the 17U NTIS were chosen to participate in the 2019 18U National Team selection process.
"Our task force had a difficult job selecting just 68 athletes out of the incredible pool of talent from across the U.S. that participated in this year's NTIS," Senior Director of Baseball Operations, Ashley Bratcher, said. "We are excited about the players chosen from the 2018 event and what they will bring to our 2019 national team programming."
The 2018 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by Team USA. With tryouts in every region of the country, players now have greater access to USA Baseball National Team opportunities than ever before. The program includes six separate age groups - 11U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 15U and 17U.
The 2018 National Team Identification Series selections are as follows:
Name; Position; Hometown
2019 12U National Team Trials Invitees: (from 11U NTIS)
Anthony Del Angel; OF/IF; Rio Rancho, N.M.
Parker Friend; C/RHP; Germantown, Md.
Gavin Hottle; IF/RHP; Irvine, Calif.
Bryant James; IF/RHP; Herndon, Va.
Elijah McNeal; Dublin, Calif.
Luis Mejia; IF/OF; Phoenix, Ariz.
Owen Robinson; LHP/IF; Greensboro, N.C.
C.J. Sampson; RHP/IF; Magnolia, Texas
Kruz Schoolcraft; IF/LHP; Aloha, Ore.
Jayden Stroman; IF/RHP; Medford, N.Y.
Eli Willits; IF/RHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Miles Young; IF; Cypress, Texas
2019 14U National Team Development Program invitees: (from 13U NTIS)
Kai Caranto; IF/RHP; Castaic, Calif.
Angel Cepeda; OF/IF; Union City, N.J.
Carson Dean; OF/IF; Frisco, Texas
Ian Duarte; OF/RHP; Santa Clarita, Calif.
Terry Dunsford; IF/RHP; Grand Bay, Ala.
Keondre Fields; OF/RHP; Nesbit, Miss.
Gavin Grahovac; C/IF; Orange, Calif.
Houston Hirschkorn; IF/RHP; Kingsburg, Calif.
Andre Modugno; IF/Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Brandon Olivera; RHP; Hialeah, Fla.
Kellon Parnell; OF/IF; Pascagoula, Miss.
Brooks Wright; UT/RHP; Knoxville, Tenn.
2019 15U National Team Trials invitees: (from 14U NTIS)
Mason Balsis; C; Bristow, Va.
Maxwell Clark; OF; Franklin, Ind.
Tyson Dewall; RHP; Folsom, Calif.
Demitri Diamant; OF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Termarr Johnson; IF; Atlanta, Ga.
Steven Milam; IF; Las Cruces, N.M.
Louis Rodriguez; RHP; Long Beach, Calif.
Logan Saloman; RHP/IF; Chandler, Ariz.
Christopher Scinta; LHP; Tamarac, Fla.
Tyrus Williams; OF; Oxford, Miss.
Jaxon Willits; IF; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Colton Wombles; C; Salem, Ala.
2019 16U National Team Development Program invitees: (from 15U NTIS)
Jesse Bullard; IF/RHP; Riverside, Calif.
Korbyn Dickerson; OF/RHP; Jeffersonville, Ind.
Jake Geis; RHP; San Jose, Calif.
Rafael Gross; OF/IF; Pearland, Texas
Trevor Haskins; IF; San Jose, Calif.
David Horn; IF/RHP; Murrieta, Calif.
Kyndon Lovell; LHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Jaron Nevarez; LHP/IF; San Ramon, Calif.
Xavier Perez; RHP/OF; Corpus Christi, Texas
William Rogers; C/IF; Shoreview, Minn.
Chase Spencer; IF/RHP; Plano, Texas
Austin Young; RHP; Saint Peters, Mo.
2019 17U National Team Development Program invitees: (from 16U NTIS)
Jackson Baumeister; C/RHP; Jacksonville, Fla.
Mark Black; C/OF; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Michael Davinni; IF/RHP; Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Kade Grundy; RHP/OF; Somerset, Ky.
Samuel Hunt; C/IF; Minneapolis, Minn.
Joseph Mack; C/IF; Williamsville, N.Y.
Michael Morales; RHP/IF; Enola, Pa.
Joshua Pearson; OF/IF; West Monroe, La.
Joseph Quick; RHP/IF; Lake Jackson, Texas
Kurtis Reid; IF/RHP; Hamilton, Ohio
Nate Savino; LHP/OF; Sterling, Va.
Tyler Wiederstein; RHP/IF; Greensburg, Pa.
2019 18U National Team selection process invitees: (from 17U NTIS)
Jag Burden; OF/IF; Huntington Beach, Calif.
Colten Keith; IF/RHP; Biloxi, Miss.
Harold Coll; IF; Hyde Park, Mass.
Mac Guscette; C/IF; Nokomis, Fla.
Cayden Wallace; IF; Greenbrier, Ark.
Jonathan Vaughns; IF/RHP; Glendora, Calif.
Alex Urban; OF; Lexington, S.C.
Cameron Brown; RHP/IF; Flower Mound, Texas
USA Baseball Reveals 2018 18U National Team Training Roster
The final 20-man 18U National Team roster will be announced on November 20
August 28, 2018
CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball revealed the 2018 18U National Team Training roster on Tuesday. Beginning on November 14, the 26-man training roster will compete in a series of workouts and seven exhibition games in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, before the final 20-man 18U National Team roster will be announced on November 20.
Team USA will then travel to Panama City, Panama, to compete in the COPABE U-18 Pan American Championships from November 23 - December 2.
The 18U team will be looking for its fifth-consecutive Pan American Championships gold medal in 2018. The program has won seven straight international tournament titles dating back to 2011, including winning the last four World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cups in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.
The 26-man roster features six USA Baseball alumni, including Carter Young (Selah, Wash.), who returns to the 18U program after winning a gold medal at the 2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup. Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Dylan Crews (Longwood, Fla.) and Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas) are also on the 26-man roster. The trio won a gold medal with the 15U National Team at the 2017 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Cartagena, Colombia last summer. 2013 12U National Team gold medalists Yohandy Morales (Miami, Fla.) and Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) are the final athletes on the roster that have previously played for Team USA.
Twenty athletes are competing for the opportunity to wear the red, white and blue for the first time.
In total, 15 members of the roster have participated in the USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP). The NTDP offers identified athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experience.
American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer Jack Leggett will lead the 18U National Team in 2018. He is joined on staff by pitching coach Scott Bankhead and assistant coaches Mervyl Melendez and Gregg Ritchie.
For more information on the 18U National Team and the selection process, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter, at @USABaseball18U.
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
CARY, N.C. - The Stars team wrapped up the 2018 18U National Team Trials on a strong note with a six-inning 9-1 victory over the Stripes in the final game of the series on Thursday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
Kendall Williams (Olive Branch, Miss.) tossed a dominant game for the Stars, giving up just four hits and no earned runs while walking just one in his 4.1-inning start.
Behind that start, the Stars offense finally got things going in game four. A five-run second inning got the Stars on the board and in firm control of the contest early on.
The inning got started with a leadoff single from Joe Naranjo (Chino, Calif.), but all five runs came with two outs. After a fly out and a pop up, Ethan Hearn (Mobile, Ala.), Gunnar Henderson (Selma, Ala.) and Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) all collected RBI with a single, double and triple, respectively, to give the Stars a 5-0 lead.
That score would stand until the fifth inning, when the Stars widened the gap courtesy of a Sammy Faltine (Richmond, Texas) sac fly that plated Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.).
The Stripes finally broke through with an answer in the bottom half. An error allowed one run to cross to make it a 6-1 game.
In the very next frame though, the Stars posted another big inning to put the game out of reach for good. The squad pushed three more across for the final score of 9-1.
Nine different players collected hits for the Stars in the game, including Hearn, who finished 1-for-1 with two walks, two RBI and a run scored. On the other side of the diamond, Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas) scored the Stripes' lone run and finished 1-for-2 on the day.
Thursday's contest wrapped up a four-game series between the two teams and a five game trials process that also included a game between the 18U Trials squad and the 2018 Collegiate National Team. The Stars claimed the victory on the day but the Stripes won the series 3-1.
Following the completion of the 2018 18U National Team Trials, the final 20-man 18U National Team roster will be announced later in the fall. Team USA will then come together in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for training before competing in the COPABE "AAA" Pan American Championships from November 23-December 2 in Panama City, Panama.
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CARY, N.C. - The Stripes swept Wednesday's doubleheader against the Stars on the third day of the 2018 18U National Team Trials on Wednesday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
In the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader, the Stripes team claimed its second win of the trials series with a 3-1 victory over the Stars.
A leadoff single by Kyren Paris (Oakley, Calif.) got things rolling for the Stripes in the bottom of the first. A stolen base and a wild pitch got Paris to third with CJ Abrams (Alpharetta, Ga.) up at the plate. Abrams then laced a single to right field that brought in the run and gave the Stripes an early 1-0 lead.
Two innings later, the Stars tied things up when Sammy Faltine (Richmond, Texas), who finished the day 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored, launched a dinger over the left field wall.
The tie would stand until the fifth when the Stripes took another lead, this time for good. Alex Milazzo's (Zachary, La.) leadoff double set the tone before Abrams came up big once again to break the tie with a RBI groundout. Corbin Carroll (Seattle, Wash.) added an insurance run with a RBI single one batter later for the final score of 3-1.
Cade Doughty (Denham Springs, La.), Milazzo and Paris all finished the game with two hits for the Stripes. Davis Rokose (Johns Creek, Ga.) got the start for the Stripes and the southpaw gave up just one run on four hits while striking out six in his four innings of work.
Jack Leiter (Summit, N.J.) shined on the bump for the Stars, also allowing just one run and striking out half a dozen batters in his five-inning start.
The Stripes kept all the momentum from the earlier game going into the second game of the day.
The squad once again struck first, taking an early 2-0 lead in the first frame of the game courtesy of a Tyler Callihan (Neptune Beach, Fla.) two-run homer.
Carroll got in on the fun in the top of the third, launching a no-doubter over the right field wall for the third home run of the day and the Stripes' second of the game. The solo shot also gave the Stripes a 3-0 lead.
Two more insurance runs would come across the plate on a wild pitch and a single for the final 5-0 score.
The 2018 18U National Team Trials will wrap up with the final game of the series on Thursday, June 28, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. ET.
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CARY, N.C. - The 18U National Team Trials squad got a big 3-2 win over the 2018 Collegiate National Team on the second day of trials Tuesday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
Avery Short (Indianapolis, Ind.) got the start for the 18U Trials team and was strong in his four innings. He did not give up a run and allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out three.
For the Collegiate National Team, Matt Canterino (Carroll, Texas) was on the bump to kick things off. The right-hander struck out four in two innings of work while giving up just two hits and one walk.
The pitching dominated the game early on, but the 18U Trials team eventually broke through first in the top of the fourth, courtesy of an Ethan Hearn (Mobile, Ala.) sacrifice fly.
A leadoff walk to Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville, Texas) got the inning started before Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) singled and stole a base to put runners on second and third for Hearn. The catcher's flyout to right allowed Witt Jr. to score and gave the 18U squad a 1-0 lead.
The Collegiate National Team threatened in the bottom of the seventh, putting runners at second and third with just one out. Josh Jung (San Antonio, Texas) tagged up on a Zach Watson (Ruston, La.) fly ball but Hylan Hall (Ocoee, Fla.) caught it and tossed a laser to get the third out at home and keep the 18U team in the lead.
Just one inning later though, the Collegiate National Team did manage to tie things up when Andrew Vaughn (Santa Rosa, Calif.), who reached base on a fielder's choice and advanced to third on an error, came home on a wild pitch to make it a 1-1 game.
But the tie didn't last long. Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas) came up clutch for the 18U squad in the top of the ninth for the immediate answer.
Against fellow 18U National Team Trials player Logan Tanner (Lucedale, Miss.), Austin Hendrick (Oakdale, Pa.) and Hall went back-to-back with a single and a double to put runners on the corners and start the rally. Winn followed that up with a big bloop hit to right that brought in both runners and gave the 18U team a 3-1 lead.
After giving his team the lead in the top half, Winn came in to close things out in the bottom of the ninth. With runners on first and second and one out, the righty got a swinging strikeout and a fly ball to secure the victory for the 18U Trials team.
Carter Young (Selah, Wash.) and Hendrick both tallied multi-hit games in the win.
The 2018 18U National Team Trials will continue on Wednesday with an intrasquad doubleheader between the Stars and Stripes at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. First pitch of game one will be at 4:30 p.m. ET on Field 2, while game two will take place on Coleman Field at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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