12U Open

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 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
Google Map

  • 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
Google Maps

Children's Hospital Los Angeles - Valencia Care Center
23838 Valencia Blvd. #140
Valencia, CA 91355
Phone: (661) 362-1240
Google Maps


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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