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2017 USA Baseball Award Winners Announced

December 12, 2017

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.

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Team USA Opens 12U National Team Training With Victory

Five pitchers combine to hold opposition to five hits
August 21, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
USA 2 0 1 3 1 0 0 2 9 9 1
Premier 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 1
Win: R. Felder Loss: J. Macias Save: None
Boxscore | Play by Play
 

 

TOMBALL, Texas - Team USA, behind the arms of five different pitchers, held Premier Baseball of Texas to five hits and they opened their series of 12U National Team training games with a 9-2 win Monday at Premier Baseball of Texas Complex.

Brady Strohm (Winchester, Calif.), Tristan Bristow (San Antonio, Texas) and Ross Felder (Springdale, Ark.) each pitched two innings, while, Christian Hamilton (Lauderhill, Fla.) and Kibru Pam (Pasadena, Calif.) each went an inning to help USA hold Premier to two runs off five hits in eight innings. Team USA did not allow a hit to the final 15 batters faced (covering the game's final five inning). Strohm opened the game on the hill and faced the minimum in his two innings of work. He surrendered two hits in the first inning, but catcher Masato Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas) was able to nab each on the bases attempting to steal. The five USA pitchers combined for nine strikeouts and faced five batters over the minimum.

USA's offense was also off to a quick start in the game. Kameron Davis (Albany, Ga.) led off the game hitting an infield-single (one of five hit in the game by USA), and he eventually scored the first run off a throwing error committed during a single put in play by Hamilton. USA led 2-0 in the first inning after Kailand Halstead (Aberdeen, Wash.) grounded out to plate Hamilton. The stars and stripes took advantage of pitching miscues to extend their lead, as a pair of walks in the third inning led to Chilcutt scoring and three runs scored in the fourth inning off wild pitches. The trio of runs pushed the USA lead to 6-0 despite one hit in the combined third and fourth innings.

Braelon Richardson and Luke Rives each had a pair of hits for Premier, with Rives' triple in the fourth inning leading to a pair of runs in the inning for their only runs of the game. Bristow shook off the rally with a strikeout and double-play to move the game to the fifth inning with USA leading 6-2. Brock Thompson (Bakersfield, Calif.) added an RBI in the fifth inning and Team USA capped their scoring with a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning, highlighted by a single through a drawn-in infield by Halstead.

Davis, one of seven USA members to have a hit in the game, led the squad with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate. Halstead led all players with a pair of runs-batted-in. Premier was held to one hit with runners in scoring position (off eight opportunities), while USA had 23 at-bats with runners in scoring position. USA was 6-for-8 getting the leadoff batter aboard.

Team USA concludes their series of training games against Premier Tuesday with a 2:30 p.m. (CT) first pitch at Premier Baseball of Texas Sports Complex. For more information on the 12U National Team, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter, at @USABaseball12U.

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USA Baseball Names 2018 12U National Team Roster

Squad seeks USA's first gold at COPABE Pan-Am "A" Championships
July 29, 2018

CASTAIC, Calif. - USA Baseball announced the 2018 12U National Team roster Saturday following the completion of 12U National Team Trials in Castaic, California. The 18-man roster will look to secure its first-ever gold medal at the COPABE Pan Am "A" Championships, beginning August 25 in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

All 18 players on the roster will wear the USA uniform for the first time in international competition. Athletes were invited to the 12U National Team Trials by participating in the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series, 12U Open Development Program and the 11U Futures Invitational.

"It has been an unbelievably lengthy process," said 12U National Team Manager, Todd Fine. "We have seen thousands and thousands of kids over the past nine months from coast to coast. From the depths of it (the process), we ran 40 Open Development Camps all over the country, not to mention the best youth country in the tournament, with the Futures Invitational, and it all culminated with the 12U National Open. Our coaching staff is now excited and ready to move forward with these 18 players."

Fine, a four-time national team assistant coach, is leading the U.S. in 2018, as they seek their first-ever gold medal at the COPABE Pan Am "A" Championships. USA claimed silver at the event in 2016 in Puebla, Mexico. Pitching coach Jason Sekany and assistant coaches RJ Farrell and Marc Wiese complete the coaching staff for the stars and stripes. Fine and Farrell were assistant coaches with the 2017 12U National Team, which claimed gold at the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup in Taiwan.

The 2018 12U National Team will participate in training from August 18-23 at Woodlands Baseball Academy in Houston, Texas. Team USA will take on Texas based programs on Monday, August 20 at 2:45 p.m. (CT), Tuesday, August 21 at 2:15 p.m. (CT) and Wednesday, August 22 at 10 a.m. (CT).

Following training, Team USA will travel to Aguascalientes, Mexico for the COPABE Pan Am "A" Championships beginning August 25.

For more information on the 12U National Team and the selection process, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter, at @USABaseball12U.

 

2018 USA Baseball 12U National Team Roster:
(Name; Position; Hometown)

Tristan Bristow; RHP/IF; San Antonio, Texas

Masato Chilcutt; IF/C; San Antonio, Texas

Kameron Davis; SS/OF; Albany, Ga.

Paul Dominguez; IF/OF; Anaheim, Calif.

Ross Felder; SS/RHP; Springdale, Ark.

Travis Friend; OF/MIF; Whittier, Calif.

Talin Gardini; LHP/1B; San Diego, Calif.

Gavin Gargiulo; RHP/1B; Coral Springs, Fla.

Dylan Green; IF/RHP; Roseville, Calif.

Kailand Halstead; C/RHP; Aberdeen, Wash.

Christian Hamilton; OF/RHP; Lauderhill, Fla.

Dean Moss; RHP/IF; Hillsborough, Calif.

Josiah Palomino; C/OF; Riverside, Calif.

Kibru Pam; OF/RHP; Pasadena, Calif.

Julius Pfau; IF/OF; Tampa, Fla.

Brady Strohm; 3B/RHP; Winchester, Calif.

Brock Thompson; MIF/RHP; Bakersfield, Calif.

Michael Torres; OH/LHP; Miami, Fla.

 

 

 

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Red Walks Off With Series at 12U National Team Trials

Best-of-Three Series Decided on Wild Pitch in Seventh Inning
July 29, 2018

CASTAIC, Calif. - Kailand Halstead (Aberdeen, Wash.) scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning and the USA Baseball 12U National Team Trials Red Team defeated the Blue Team 8-7 to claim the best-of-three series (two games to one) Saturday at VTV Baseball Complex.

The Red Team produced 11 hits from 11 different players in the contest. None was bigger than Travis Friend's (Whittier, Calif.) three-run home run in the bottom of the second inning. Friend's blast over the left field fence followed an RBI-single from Brock Thompson (Bakersfield, Calif.) and capped a four-run inning and a string of six straight runs by the Red Team to take a 6-3 lead.

Blue took the initial lead with a three-run first inning, using a trio of hits and sacrifice fly by Elijah Selga (Chula Vista, Calif.) to jump out 3-0. Red responded in the bottom half of the first inning with three hits as well, with a leadoff double from Christian Hamilton (Lauderhill, Fla.) sparking a pair of runs in the inning.

Trailing 6-3, Blue rallied back and eventually took a 7-6 lead in the fifth inning. Following a Dylan Green (Roseville, Calif.) RBI-single in the fourth inning, the Blue added three more runs in the fifth inning for their second lead of the game. Blue produced four hits in the inning, including an RBI-single from Kayson Cunningham (San Antonio, Texas), and took advantage of an error to manufacture the trio of runs.

Paul Dominguez (Anaheim, Calif.) tied the game at 7-7 in the bottom of the fifth inning with a two-out single for the Red Team. With one out in the seventh inning, Halstead reached first base on an error, stole second base and moved to third base on a wild pitch. Another wild pitch allowed him to advance home as the winning run.

The Red Team, 6-for-10 in two-out at-bats, limited their strikeouts to two during their at-bats in the game. Pitcher Kibru Pam (Pasadena, Calif.) recorded the win on the mound, striking out three batters in one inning of work. In the loss, the Blue Team received multi-hit performances from Kameron Davis (Albany, Ga.) (2-for-3), Ethan Puig (Miami, Fla.) (2-for-4) and Green (2-for-2), who led the Blue with a pair of runs-batted-in. Blue was 5-of-8 getting their leadoff batter aboard, but stranded nine runners in the contest.

USA Baseball will announce the 12U National Team, which will compete in the COPABE Pan Am "A" Championships, Saturday evening.

For more information on the 12U National Team Trials, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter, at @USABaseball12U.

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Blue Evens Series at 12U National Team Trials

Saturday's Decisive Game 3 Moved to 1 p.m. (PT)
July 28, 2018

CASTAIC, Calif. - Dylan Green (Roseville, Calif.) struck out the final two batters with the bases loaded and the USA Baseball 12U National Team Trials Blue Team was able to escape with a 5-4 victory over the Red Team Friday at VTV Baseball Complex. The win evens the three-game series at 1-1.

The Red Team, trailing 5-4 in the top of the ninth inning, received singles from Ernie Echevarria (Miami, Fla.), Cole Bernstein (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Brock Thompson (Bakersfield, Calif.) with one out to load the bases. Green, who entered the game in the eighth inning, was able to recover and strike out the following two hitters to keep the tying run stranded at third base. The pair of strikeouts provided Green with the save and a game-high four strikeouts over his 2.0 innings of work.

The Blue Team was able to bounce back after falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning. Five of the first six Red Team batters reached base, with a Kailand Halstead (Aberdeen, Wash.) RBI-single and a bases-loaded-walk issued to Travis Friend (Whittier, Calif.) leading to the 2-0 lead. Pitcher Talin Gardini (San Diego, Calif.) was able to prevent any further damage by receiving an inning-ending double play.

Kayson Cunningham (San Antonio, Texas) opened the scoring for the Blue Team in the bottom of the second inning with a sacrifice bunt to score Ethan Puig (Miami, Fla.). Blue took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, with a double from Dean Moss (Hillsborough, Calif.) setting the stage for runs-batted-in by Ross Felder (Springdale, Ark.) and Puig for a 3-2 lead.

Following a sixth inning home run by Halstead, tying the game at 3-3, the Blue Team regained the lead in the seventh inning with an infield single by Moss resulting in a 5-3 advantage. Red began their comeback bid in the eighth inning with a bases-loaded bunt by Brady Strohm (Winchester, Calif.), cutting the Blue lead to 5-4. Strohm's bunt-single was the only bases-loaded hit for the Red Team, who had five bases-loaded at-bats in the contest. Green again escaped a bases-loaded jam by forcing a ground ball double play to hold the lead.

Moss led Blue with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate. Elija Selga (Chula Vista, Calif.) also had a multi-hit performance for Blue, going 2-for-3. Paul Dominguez (Anaheim, Calif.) and Homestead paced the Red with 2-for-3 outings at the plate. Homestead led Red with a pair of RBI.


Noah Libed, one of five pitchers used by Blue, was credited with the win on the hill. He allowed one run off two hits in 2.0 innings. The Blue Team pitching staff combined for 11 strikeouts.

The two teams close their 12U trials Saturday with a training session and their final game of the series at VTV Baseball Complex. The game has been moved to a 1 p.m. (PT) start time.

For more information on the 12U National Team Trials, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter, at @USABaseball12U.

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12U National Team Trials Opens With Red Defeating Blue

Team Red Opens Three-Game Series With 20-Hit Performance
July 27, 2018

CASTAIC, Calif. - The USA Baseball 12U National Team Trials Red Team opened a three-game series against the Blue Team with 20 hits en route to a 14-9 victory Thursday at VTV Baseball Complex.

The Red Team was paced by six multi-hit performances. Luis Ayden Almeyda (Hawthorne, N.J.) went 2-for-3 for the Red Team. Both of Almeyda's hits were produced with runners on base and led to three runs-batted-in.

The Blue Team opened the game's scoring with a three-run top of the first inning. The lead changed hands in the bottom of the second inning with a five-run outburst by the Red Team. Paul Dominguez (Anaheim, Calif.) and Travis Friend (Whittier, Calif.) each hit a double in the inning, as Red Team combined for six hits in the inning for a 7-3 lead. The Blue Team responded in the top of the third inning with a three-run inning. They completed the task with one hit, as a bases-loaded walk and a dropped third strike led to a pair of runs in the inning. The Blue Team, trailing 7-6 after the top of the third inning, were held off the scoreboard the next four innings of the nine-inning contest.

A run in the fifth inning, a three-run sixth inning and a solo run in the seventh inning provided Red Team with five straight runs for a 12-6 lead. Julius Pfau (Tampa, Fla.) hit a two-run double in the eighth inning for Blue Team, and they were able to get the tying run at the plate in the top of the ninth inning, but they were unable to erase the 12-9 deficit. The teams played out the ninth inning, and the scoring came to a close in the bottom of the inning with the Red Team scoring a pair of runs.  

The contest was a good series opener for the USA Baseball 12 National Team coaching staff to see a myriad of players compete. Each team used all 18 of their players and the teams combined for 21 players with at least a hit in the game. The Red Team featured 14 players with at least one hit. The two squads combined to use 11 pitchers in the game, and all 11 pitched two or less innings. Kibru Pam (Pasadena, California) was credited with the win, pitching two innings and striking out a pair of batters. Ethan Puig (Miami, Florida) led the Blue Team in strikeouts with two.

The two teams continue their 12U trials Friday with training, leading up to the second game of the series Friday afternoon at VTV Baseball Complex. The 12U trails concludes Saturday, July 28.

For more information on the 12U National Team Trials, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter, at @USABaseball12U.

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USA Baseball Announces 2018 12U National Team Trials Roster

12U National Team Trials will begin July 26 in Castaic, California
July 26, 2018

CASTAIC, Calif. - USA Baseball announced the 2018 12U National Team Trials roster following the completion of the 2018 12U National Open on Wednesday. Thirty-six (36) athletes will compete for a spot on the final 18-man roster that will compete at the COPABE Pan Am "A" Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

The 12U trials begins Thursday, July 26, at VTV Baseball in Castaic, California, and the final roster will be announced Saturday, July 28. All 36 athletes are competing for the chance to make their international debut for Team USA.

"This was one of the most competitive selection processes," said Will Schworer, Director of the 12U National Team Program at USA Baseball. "The skill level and competition of our pool of athletes placed our coaching staff with several hard choices to make. Our coaching staff is excited to begin the team trials."

Fifteen (15) athletes earned a spot on the 12U National Team Trials roster based on their performance at the 2018 USA Baseball 12U National Open in Castaic, California, from July 23-25. The 12U National Open is a three-day identification event comprised of 111 athletes selected from 12U Open Development Camps held across the entire country.

Twenty-one (21) additional athletes previously earned invitations to join the 12U trials from the 2017 11U National Team Identification Series (NTIS) and the 2018 USA Baseball Futures Invitational.

Following the final roster announcement on July 28, the 2018 12U National Team will participate in training from August 19-22 in Houston, Texas, before traveling to Aguascalientes, Mexico, for the COPABE Pan Am "A" Championships, which gets underway August 25.

Manager Todd Fine, a four-time national team assistant coach, is leading the U.S. in 2018, as they seek their first-ever gold medal at the COPABE Pan Am "A" Championships. Pitching coach Jason Sekany and assistant coaches RJ Farrell and Marc Wiese complete the coaching staff for the stars and stripes.

For more information on the 12U National Team and the selection process, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter, at @USABaseball12U.

2018 USA Baseball 12U National Team Trials Roster:
(Name; Position; Hometown)

Luis Ayden Almeyda; IF/OF; Hawthorne, N.J.
Cole Bernstein; IF/RHP; Santa Monica, Calif.
Tristan Bristow; RHP/IF; San Antonio, Texas
Brayden Charness; LHP/IF; Calabasas, Calif.
Masato Chilcutt; IF/C; San Antonio, Texas
J.D. Crisp; OF/LHP; Cypress, Calif.
Kayson Cunningham; IF; San Antonio, Texas
Kameron Davis; SS/OF; Albany, Ga.
Paul Dominguez; IF/OF; Anaheim, Calif.
Ernie Echevarria; C/IF; Miami, Fla.
Ross Felder; SS/RHP; Springdale, Ark.
Gavin Fien; MIF/RHP; Temecula, Wash.
Travis   Friend; OF/MIF; Whittier, Calif.
Linkin   Garcia; IF/RHP; Fullerton, Calif.
Talin Gardini; LHP/1B; San Diego, Calif.
Gavin Gargiulo; RHP/1B; Coral Springs, Fla.
Dylan Green; IF/RHP; Roseville, Calif.
Adam Haight; IF/RHP; Snohomish, Wash.
Kailand Halstead; C/RHP; Aberdeen, Wash.
Christian Hamilton; OF/RHP; Lauderhill, Fla.
Seth Hernandez; IF/RHP; Ontario, Calif.
Noah Libed; 1B/LHP; Chula Vista, Calif.
Dean Moss; RHP/IF; Hillsborough, Calif.
Josiah Palomino; C/OF; Riverside, Calif.
Kibru Pam; OF/RHP; Pasadena, Calif.
Jacob Parker; OF/IF; Purvis, Miss.
Julius Pfau; IF/OF; Tampa, Fla.
Ethan Porter; RHP/1B; Costa Mesa, Calif.
Ethan Puig; IF/RHP; Miami, Fla.
Cade Segura; IF/LHP; Pleasanton, Texas
Elijah Selga; C/IF; Chulsa Vista, Calif.
Brady Strohm; 3B/RHP; Winchester, Calif.
Brock Thompson; MIF/RHP; Bakersfield, Calif.
Ford Thompson; OF/LHP; Snellville, Ga.
Michael Torres; OH/LHP; Miami, Fla.
Braeden Weckman; OF/RHP; Winter Springs, Fla.

About USA Baseball
USA Baseball is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation. The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, Premier12 and Pan Am teams (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women's National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year. The organization is responsible for the continued proliferation and health of the sport, and leads a number of amateur initiatives including PLAYBALL and Pitch Smart. USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. For more information, please visit the organization's official websites: USABaseball.com, PLAYBALL.org, PitchSmart.org, GoldenSpikesAward.com and USABaseballShop.com.

 

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2018 12U National Open Participants Announced

July 20, 2018

Durham, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Saturday 111 players selected for the fifth-annual 12U National Open. The National Open will take place from July 23-25 at the VTV Baseball Complex in Castaic, California, followed immediately by the 12U National Team Trials from July 26-28, where 36 athletes will be vying for their chance to make the final 18-man 12U National Team roster. 

The 111 players selected for the 12U National Open were chosen from USA Baseball's Open Development Camps and will represent twenty-three different states in total. The Open Development Camps were established to provide athletes across the country with the opportunity to become involved with Team USA in a setting that provides instruction, evaluation, and fun. 

From the National Open, USA Baseball will invite 15 players to the 2018 12U National Team Trials. Those players will join 21 athletes previously identified for trials, including nine from the 2018 11U Futures Invitational and 12 from the 2017 11U National Team Identification Series (NTIS). 

The 12U National Team roster will be finalized on July 28 with 12U National Team Training following from August 19-22. Team USA will then play in the COPABE Pan American "A" Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico from August 25-September 2. 

 

The 12U National Team Trials Invitees from 11U Futures and NTIS are as follows:
(Name; Hometown; Identification Event)

Luis Ayden Almeyda; Hawthorne, N.J.; 2017 11U NTIS
Cole Bernstein; El Segundo, Calif.; 2017 11U NTIS
Tristan Bristow; San Antonio, Texas; 2018 11U Futures Invitational
Brayden Charness; Calabasas, Calif.; 2017 11U NTIS
Masato Chilcutt; San Antonio, Texas; 2017 11U NTIS
J.D. Crisp; Cypress, Texas; 2018 11U Futures Invitational
Kayson Cunningham; San Antonio, Texas; 2017 11U NTIS
Paul Dominguez; Anahiem, Calif.; 2018 11U Futures Invitational
Dylan Green; Roseville, Calif.; 2018 11U Futures Invitational
Ernie Echevarria; Miami, Fla.; 2017 11U NTIS
Linkin Garcia; Fullerton, Calif.; 2017 11U NTIS
Adam Haight; Snohomish, Wash.; 2017 11U NTIS
Seth Hernandez; Ontario, Calif.; 2017 11U NTIS
Dean Moss; Hillsborough, Calif.; 2017 11U NTIS
Kibru Pam; Pasadena, Calif.; 2018 11U Futures Invitational
Jacob Parker; Purvis, Miss.; 2018 11U Futures Invitational
Julius Pfau; Tampa, Fla.; 2018 11U Futures Invitational
Ethan Puig; Miami, Fla.; 2017 11U NTIS
Cade Segura; Pleasanton, Texas; 2018 11U Futures Invitational
Elijah Selga; San Diego, Calif.; 2018 11U Futures Invitational
Michael Torres; Miami, Fla.; 2017 NTIS

 

The complete list of players participating in the 2018 12U National Open is as follows: 
(Name; Hometown)
 

Nehemiah Anderson; Houston, Texas
Rock Arnold; Saunderson, R.I.
Tyler Arnold; San Diego, Calif.
Ian Bailey; Durham, NC
Kaden Barmer; Edgewood, Md.
Keaton Basso; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Elijah Bechtel; Upland, Calif.
Brett Benecke; Jackson, N.J.
Brevin Bezick; Red Bank, N.J.
Sawyer Black; Oak Ridge, N.C.
Nicholas Bowron; Rochester, Minn.
Thomas Bridges; Los Angeles, Calif.
Dalton Chi; Cerritos, Calif.
Cole Clark; Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Caleb Danzeisen; Laveen, Ariz.
Kameron Davis; Albany, Ga.
Anthony Del Angel; Rio Rancho, N.M.
James Dellamico; Los Angeles, Calif.
Derek DeSanto; Rensselaer, N.Y.
Nicolas Diehl; West Chester, Penn.
Gavin Egan; Yucaipa, Calif.
Joey Erace; Mullica Hill, N.J.
Ross Felder; Springdale, Ariz.
Thomas Ferland; Bogart, Ga.
Joel Fernandez; Yakima, Wash.
Gavin Fien; Temecula, Calif.
Cooper Flemming; Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Gavin Flores; Corona, Calif.
Troy Ford; Fayetteville, Ga.
Noah Franco; Downey, Calif.
Gabriel Fraser; Westminster, Calif.
Travis Friend; Whittier, Calif.
Brendan Fulcher; Midland, N.C.
Zachary Fuscaldo; Phoenixville, Penn.
Vincent Gallaher; Oregon, Ohio
Austin Gamel; Corona, Calif.
Talin Gardini; San Diego, Calif.
Gavin Gargiulo; Coral Springs, Fla.
Trevor Goldenetz; Corona, Calif.
Jordan Goldstein; Rye Brook, N.Y. 
Calvin Gregory; Lake Oswego, Ore.
Trent Grindlinger; Huntington Beach, Calif.
Colin Guerra; Olathe, Kan.
Kailand Halstead; Aberdeen, Wash.
Christian Hamilton; Lauderhill, Fla. 
Wyatt Hanoian; Costa Mesa, Calif.
Joshua Hanson; San Bruno, Calif.
Josiah Hartshron; Anaheim, Calif.
Zachary Hopper; Orlando, Fla.
Gabriel Howard; West Linn, Ore.
Logan Howard; Puyallup, Wash.
Cru Huenfeld; Overland Park, Kan.
Austin Jacobs; Geneva, Fla.
Ty Kaunas; Orwigsburg, Penn.
Jack Kehoe; Staten Island, N.Y. 
Nathan Kindland; Johns Creek, Ga.
Cole Lanclos; Montgomery, Texas
Tanner Langley; Douglasville, Ga.
Christopher Levy; Southwest Ranches, Fla.
Noah Libed; Chula Vista, Calif.
Ty Mainolfi; Staten Island, N.Y.
Mateo Marino; Brooklyn, N.Y.
Maximo Martinez; Hawthorne, Calif.
Harrison Maull; Springfield, Penn.
Mason McCarroll; East Haven, Conn.
Matthew McKnight; Charlotte, N.C.
Ryan McPherson; Hollywood, Fla.
Jonathan David Medina; Miami, Fla.
Cameron Medina; Tampa, Fla.
Cane Mehling; Carolina Beach, N.C.
Luis Mejia; Phoenix, Ariz.
Dhane Meyers; Chandler, Ariz.
Tanner Millspaugh; McKenna, Wash.
Bryce Nixon; Huffman, Texas
Austin Nye; Roseville, Calif.
Jakob Ortega; Buena Park, Calif.
Josiah Palomino; Riverside, Calif.
Jacob Pettit; Fort Mill, S.C.
Mason Pike; Puyallup, Wash.
Cole Pippenger; Hillsboro, Tenn.
Michael Podstreleny; San Diego, Calif.
Ethan Porter; Costa Mesa, Calif.
Ethan Pribramsky; Cutler Bay, Fla.
Dylan Prince; Doral, Fla.
Christopher Ramirez; Corona, Calif.
Kuanu Rivera; Carlsbad, Calif.
Hector Roca; Homestead, Fla.
CJ Sampson; Madisonville, Texas
Christian Santigo; Castaic, Calif.
Kruz Schoolcraft; Aloha, Ore.
Aiden Simeon; Gilroy, Calif.
Ryan Sloan; Elmhurst, Ill. 
Noah Solano; Chula Vista, Calif.
Cal Stephens; Durham, Calif.
Landon Stewart; Ladera Ranch, Calif.
Nolan Stoll; Newhall, Calif.
Brady Strohm; Winchester, Calif.
Ford Thompson; Snellville, Ga.
Gage Thompson; Puyallup, Wash.
Brock Thompson; Bakersfield, Calif.
Nolan Traeger; Spring, Texas
Gavin Triezeberg; Palos Heights, Ill. 
Seth Van Dyk; Ripon, Calif.
Johnathan Vasquez; Miami Lakes, Fla. 
Adonys Velez; Orlando, Fla.
Braeden Weckman; Winter Springs, Fla.
Preston Yaucher; Verona, WI
Jordan Ynoa; North Bellmore, N.Y.
David Yorke; Brick, N.J.
Matthew Zebrauskas; Chicago, Ill. 
Zeus Zimmerman; Puyallup, Wash.

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12U
11U/12U Futures

Nine Athletes Invited to 12U Trials from 11U Futures Invitational

June 26, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced nine athletes that received invitations to the 2018 12U National Team Trials. The nine athletes all participated in the 11U Futures Invitational at Thomas Brooks Park from June 21-24. 5 Star MVP took home the gold medal in the event, defeating the defending champions Top Tier Americans, 9-5, in the gold-medal game.

San Diego Show finished third at the event after defeating Elite Squad, 5-2, in the third place game.

The 12U National Team Trials will take place July 26-28 at VTV Baseball in Castaic, California. These nine athletes will join twelve additional athletes who were selected to the Trials roster from the 2017 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS). The final 15 roster spots will be selected from the 12U National Open that will take place July 23-25.

For more information on the 12U National Team Trials and the 12U National Team, follow @USABaseball12U on Twitter.

Futures Invitationals 2018 12U National Team Trials Invitations
(Name, Position, Hometown, Team)

Tristan Bristow; RHP/OF; San Antonio, Texas; Alamo Drillers
J.D. Crisp; OF/1B/LHP; Cypress, Texas; Alamo Drillers
Paul Dominguez; IF/OF/RHP; Anahiem, Calif; 5 Star MVP
Dylan Green; SS/RHP; Roseville, Calif.; 5 Star MVP
Kibru Pam; OF/RHP; Pasadena, Calif; 5 Star MVP
Jacob Parker; RHP/OF; Purvis, Miss.; Louisiana Knights
Julius Pfau; SS/2B/RHP; Tampa, Fla.; Top Tier
Cade Segura; LHP/1B/OF; Pleasanton, Texas; Alamo Drillers
Elijah Selga; C/3B/RHP; San Diego, Calif; San Diego Show

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USA Baseball Announces 2018 12U National Team Staff

Four-time national team assistant coach Todd Fine will lead the 2018 12U National Team
May 8, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball announced the 2018 12U National Team staff on Tuesday, highlighted by the naming of four-time national team assistant coach Todd Fine as the manager. Fine was the pitching coach for the 2015 and 2017 12U National Teams that won a gold medal at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup.

Coming off winning its third consecutive WBSC world championship, the 2018 12U team will head to Aguascalientes, Mexico, looking for its first-ever gold medal at the COPABE Pan Am "A" Championships.

"Todd has been a mainstay within our 12U National Team program staffs for years and we are honored to have him take the reins of the team in 2018," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director at USA Baseball. "He has a plethora of coaching experience within multiple USA Baseball national team programs and we are confident in his ability to lead our 12U National Team in a positive and influential way."

Joining Fine on the 2018 12U team staff is pitching coach Jason Sekany and assistant coaches RJ Farrell and Marc Wiese.

Fine's résumé is laden with USA Baseball experience, highlighted by four stints as the pitching coach for the 12U National Team from 2014-2017. He has also coached at the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars and the 18U National Team Trials. Fine is the founder and CEO of Top Tier Baseball based out of Chicago, Illinois, where under his guidance he has coached over 500 college baseball players, 63 Major League Baseball draft selections and eight MLB alums.

As the pitching coach for the 12U National Team from 2014-2017, the teams won two world championships and two silver medals. His pitching staffs have held a cumulative ERA of 3.21 and has an overall record of 30-5.

"I am extremely humbled and excited to be named manager of this team," said Fine. "Me and the rest of our staff are looking forward to putting together a team made up of athletes with both high level talent and character. Our sights are set on bringing home a Pan American Championships gold medal for the first time in 12U National Team history."

Sekany returns to the 12U National Team coaching staff in 2018 where he will serve as the team's pitching coach. He was an assistant coach for the inaugural 2013 and 2015 12U National Teams that won a gold medal at the IBAF U-12 Baseball World Cups and has served on the task force at the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) and Tournament of Stars. A second-round selection by the Boston Red Sox in the 1996 MLB Amateur Draft, Sekany is the founder and lead pitching instructor at The Pitching Center in Pleasanton, California, and a varsity coach at Granada High School (Livermore, Calif.). In addition to his responsibilities at The Pitching Center and Granada High School, he is also the 15U, 16U and 17U NTIS regional director for Northern California.

Serving as an assistant coach for the 12U National Team coaching staff for the second consecutive year is RJ Farrell. Farrell is in his fifth year as the head coach at Rancho Cucamonga High School (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) where five of his players have gone on to play collegiate baseball. Prior to coaching at Rancho Cucamonga High School, he was an associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Patten University (Oakland, Calif.) from 2006-2008. He has worked with USA Baseball at the 11U NTIS, 12U National Open and the USA Baseball Futures Invitational, and also served as a 12U National Team Trials coach in 2016.

Wiese is making his national team coaching debut in 2018 after serving on coaching staffs at the 2016 and 2017 12U National Team Trials, and the 2015 17U National Team Development Program. He is the current head coach at Puyallup High School (Puyallup, Wash.) and has led the Vikings to 11 straight South Puget Sound League titles and two state championships (2014, 2017). Wiese, who was drafted in the 1987 MLB First Year Player Draft by the New York Mets, also led Puyallup High School to the 2015 USA Baseball National High School Invitational, finishing with a 3-1 record and outscoring its opponents 20-6.

The coaching staff will be joined by Bill Krejci, who will travel as the 12U National Team's business manager. Krejci has been involved with USA Baseball for the last 23 years.

The 12U athlete identification process began with the 2017 11U NTIS and will continue with the 11U Futures Invitational at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from June 21 - June 24; followed by the 12U National Open in Castaic, California from July 23 - 25.

The 2018 USA Baseball 12U National Team will hold its Trials from July 26-28 at VTV Baseball Complex immediately following the 12U National Open. The team will reconvene for training from August 19-22 before traveling to Aguascalientes, Mexico, for the 2018 COPABE Pan Am "A" Championships from August 25-September 2.

For more information on the 12U National Team, follow along on Twitter @USABaseball and @USABaseball12U.

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USA Baseball Ranked Number One In Latest WBSC Baseball World Rankings

USA Baseball sits atop the baseball world rankings for the first time since 2014
February 22, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball has reclaimed the top spot in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball World Rankings as announced today by the WBSC. Following a 2017 season in which Team USA swept its international competitions at the 12U, 15U, 18U, Collegiate and Professional levels, the U.S. is ranked number one for the first time since 2014.

"To be recognized by the WBSC as the preeminent baseball program in the world is a testament to all of the hard work that our athletes, coaches and USA Baseball staff have put in to our national team programs," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO of USA Baseball. "Our organization has celebrated unprecedented success in the past few years and we will continue to build on those achievements as we reach toward new heights."

The WBSC Baseball World Rankings weigh a country's National Team performance - from U-12 to Professional - in WBSC-sanctioned international competitions over a four-year period.

USA Baseball had its most successful year in 2017, setting a record for most annual Baseball World Ranking points amassed with 2,127. The U.S. swept 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.

Since 2015, USA Baseball has won five world championships, including being the reigning World Baseball Classic Champion, as well as the reigning world champions at the 12U and 18U age levels. In total, the U.S. has medaled in all 11 international tournaments it has participated in since 2015, winning seven gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze.

Additionally, the Collegiate National Team has won six of eight international friendship series against Chinese Taipei (2-0-1), Cuba (3-0) and Japan (1-1) in that time frame, including winning the 5th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in Cuba - the first-ever series victory on Cuban soil in USA Baseball history.

The USA Baseball Women's National Team - currently ranked number three in the WBSC Women's Baseball World Rankings - has also won two gold medals since 2015, highlighted by an 11-3 victory over Canada in the finals of the 2015 Pan American Games.

To see the full WBSC Baseball World Rankings, visit www.WBSC.org.

World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball World Rankings (1-12):
1. USA
2. Japan
3. Korea
4. Cuba
5. Mexico
6. Chinese Taipei
7. Canada
8. Australia
9. Netherlands
10. Puerto Rico
11. Venezuela
12. Dominican Republic

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