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2018 18U National Team Alums Prep for 2019 MLB Draft

May 29, 2019

The countdown to the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft has turned from days to hours as the best amateur baseball players in the country will soon learn which of the 30 MLB organizations have called upon them to guide the team into the future.

Of the hundreds of young players that wait in anticipation to hear their name called this week, 13 members of the 2018 USA Baseball 18U National Team are draft-eligible in 2019 after guiding Team USA to its fifth consecutive at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships in Panama.

For the lucky 13, there is no doubt that being competing on the international stage with Team USA has given them confidence that they can compete against anyone in the world, but it also comes with a long history of great success in the draft.

Since Brad Brink was selected No. 7 overall in the first round of the 1986 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies, 174 18U alums have been selected in the first round of the draft. Dating back to 1976, a total of 743 alums have been drafted to play professionally for an MLB club. The 18U National Team also boasts nine No. 1 overall picks, after Royce Lewis heard his name called first in 2017.

Follow along with all the selections of the 2019 MLB Draft here.

Name

 Draft Projections 

Draft Preview

C.J. Abrams

- No. 4 MLB Pipeline
- No. 4 Baseball America 
- No. 4 Fan Graphs

Abrams enters the 2019 MLB Draft as the consensus fourth-best overall prospect in the 2019 class and second-best schooler behind 2018 18U National Team teammate Bobby Witt Jr. The 2019 Gatorade Georgia Baseball Player of the Year, Abrams' high grade is a result of his athleticism and ability to play multiple positions, a trait that he showed at the 2018 COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships in Panama, where he started all nine games in his secondary position, center field. Abrams helped Team USA to a gold medal in the tournament after hitting .297, including 11 hits and 14 runs scored. Major League clubs will likely keep Abrams at shortstop, but his versatility as an elite-defender make him a valuable asset.

Tyler Callihan

- No. 32 MLB Pipeline
- No. 36 Baseball America 
- No. 30 Fan Graphs

Callihan enters the 2019 MLB Draft as one of the best hitters in the prep class. He earned that ranking, in part, because of his work with Team USA at the 2018 COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships, where he led the team in RBIs (19) and tied the team leads in hits (19) and doubles (5) while hitting .528 at the plate. While some MLB scouts have predicted Callihan as a catcher at the next level, he saw the most time at first base and as a designated hitter on the 18U National Team. Callihan also appeared on the mound, earning five strikeouts in three innings.

Corbin Carroll

- No. 14 MLB Pipeline
- No. 6 Baseball America 
- No. 8 Fan Graphs

A true talent on both sides of the ball, Carroll is as solid defensively as he is with his top-rated bat. Baseball America named him the best defensive high school outfielder in the class, while also ranking him as the No. 2 prep hitter. Carroll finished an outstanding career at Lakeside High School in Seattle, Washington, in 2019 where he broke 14 school records. For his efforts with the Lions, he was named the 2019 Gatorade Washington Player of the Year. The UCLA-signee will not wait long to hear his name called on the first night of the draft, as he is predicted to go in the top-15. Carroll finished the 2018 COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships with a .500 batting average in eight games, while tying the team lead with three home runs.

Riley Cornelio

- No. 85 MLB Pipeline
- No. 71 Baseball America 

The 2019 Gatorade Colorado Baseball Player of the Year, Cornelio will bring natural athleticism and an armory of four good pitches to the team that selects him in the 2019 MLB Draft. Cornelio is a projected second-round pick that has plenty of upside due to his already developed pitches and his ability to frustrate opposing hitters. The TCU-commit was solid on the mound for Team USA at the 2018 COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships, earning a win in his lone start of the tournament, while posting a 1.29 ERA in seven innings of work.

Trey Faltine

- No. 93 Baseball America 
- No. 119 Fan Graphs

One of the most impressive two-way players in the prep class, Faltine has wowed MLB scouts with his versatility on the mound and at the plate. The Texas-signee showed his athleticism at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships in 2018 after hitting .333 at the plate, while also striking out six batters in five innings on the mound over the course of the tournament. His athleticism has been noticed as some draft experts have predicted Faltine will hear his name called early day two at the latest.

Riley Greene

- No. 8 MLB Pipeline
- No. 5 Baseball America 
- No. 7 Fan Graphs

Rated as the best prep hitter in the 2019 class by Baseball America, Greene enters Monday's MLB draft as a projected top-10 pick. Greene hit .422 and recorded eight home runs for Hagerty High School (Oviedo, Fla.) while being named the 2019 Gatorade Florida Baseball Player of the Year after leading the Huskies to the second round of the Class 8A state tournament. Greene showed off his powerful bat at the 2018 COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships in Panama, where he tied for the team lead with three home runs while scoring 18 runs and hitting .424, to help Team USA to its fifth straight gold medal in the tournament. While Greene played primarily as a designated hitter and first baseman for the stars and stripes, he is projected to be a corner outfielder at the professional level.

Ryan Hawks

 

Hawks enters the 2019 MLB Draft ranked No. 11 among draft-eligible prospects in Kentucky. He posted a 1-0 record with Team USA at the 2018 COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships while striking out six in eight total innings. He has been admired by scouts for his command on the mound, earning the third-best command amongst prep pitchers' recognition by Baseball America in February. Hawks would join fellow 2018 18U National Team member Avery Short at the University of Louisville should the pair decide not to sign in 2019.

Jack Leiter

- No. 30 MLB Pipeline
- No. 27 Baseball America 
- No. 27 Fan Graphs

With an arsenal of above-average pitches and pinpoint command at his disposal, Jack Leiter promises to be a top-level prospect to the team lucky enough to draft him in the 2019 MLB Draft. The 2019 Gatorade New Jersey Baseball Player of the Year used these tools to his advantage during the 2018 COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships, where he led the tournament with 20 strikeouts in eight innings pitched while recording a perfect 0.00 ERA. Jack comes from a family of major leaguers, as his father, Jack, his uncle and cousin have all played in the MLB.

Brennan Malone

- No. 18 MLB Pipeline
- No. 13 Baseball America 
- No. 18 Fan Graphs

An already talented right-handed pitcher with even more projected upside, Brennan Malone hopes to take a commanding presence on the mound that he showed with Team USA in 2018 into the professional ranks. Malone is currently projected as a mid-first round selection and has the second-best fastball in the 2019 prep draft class according to Baseball America. Malone used that premier fastball to his advantage during the 2018 COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships, where he earned a 2-0 record on the mound while punching out nine in 8.1 total innings of work.

Jacob Meador

- No. 172 Baseball America 

The No. 172-rated product in the 2019 draft class by Baseball America, Meador has shown that he has the ability to perform in clutch situations on the mound. Normally a starting pitcher, Meador served as the designated closer in the gold medal game at the 2018 COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships against Panama, where he struck out a batter and led Team USA to a gold medal. Meador ranked second on Team USA with 15 strikeouts in eight innings, while earning a win and a save during the tournament. Meador will join fellow 2018 18U National Team pitcher Riley Cornelio at TCU in the fall if the two decide to attend college.

Avery Short

- No. 95 MLB Pipeline

Tabbed as "one of the most advanced pitchers in the 2019 high school class" by MLB Pipeline, Short looks to bring his already-polished arm to the professional ranks in 2019. Short shined on the international stage for Team USA at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships in 2018, earning a 2-0 record in two starts for the stars and stripes. The Louisville, commit is projected as a third-round pick by MLB Pipeline.

Anthony Volpe

- No. 68 MLB Pipeline
- No. 61 Baseball America 
- No. 29 Fan Graphs

One of the most technically sound prospects in the 2019 draft class, three-time national team alum Anthony Volpe, hopes to make an impact in the professional ranks. A projected late-first rounder by Baseball America, Volpe also ranks one of the best prep players defensively. The Watchung, New Jersey, product, helped the 18U National Team to a gold medal at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships after driving in 14 runs and scoring 17 of his own while hitting .459. Volpe has also earned gold with the 2013 USA Baseball 12U National Team and the 2016 USA Baseball 15U National Team.

Bobby Witt Jr.

- No. 2 MLB Pipeline
- No. 3 Baseball America 
- No. 3 Fan Graphs

A potential No. 1-overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, Witt Jr. has distanced himself as the top high school player in the country in recent months with a strong 2019 season at Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville, Texas that earned him 2019 Gatorade Texas Baseball Player of the Year honors. His rise to stardom is no surprise to those that saw him play for Team USA at the 2018 COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships, where he earned the tournament MVP award after leading the tournament with a .576 batting average. He led Team USA in batting average, slugging percentage (1.121), home runs (3) and triples (3). While he was great throughout the tournament, Witt Jr. had his best game against Panama in the gold medal contest, where he hit for the cycle to lead Team USA to its fifth consecutive gold medal at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships. Witt Jr.'s defense is just as good as his bat as he was named the best defensive infielder in the class by Baseball America. 2019 Texas Baseball Player of the Year honors
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WBSC Names Hassell and Schrier International Players of the Year

The awards were announced at the III World Baseball Softball Confederation Congress
December 3, 2019

SAKAI CITY, Japan - USA Baseball alumni Robert Hassell (2019) and Cody Schrier (2018) were named the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) International Baseball Players of the Year at the III WBSC Congress on November 22 in Sakai City, Japan.

The award recognizes the top baseball performer from all WBSC-sanctioned events in a given calendar year. The WBSC presents its individual awards every two years at its biennial Congress.

"It is a tremendous honor to have two of our national team athletes recognized by the World Baseball Softball Confederation for their individual performances while with USA Baseball," said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. "To earn the title of international baseball player of the year is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement and it speaks volumes to the hard work and dedication they have committed to the game of baseball in their young careers. We congratulate them on this extraordinary accomplishment and are proud to call them alumni of our organization."

Hassell was named to the All-World Team following the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in South Korea and earned the award for most RBIs during the event. He led the 18U National Team in 10 offensive categories in 2019, including batting average (.514), hits (18), doubles (5), home runs (2), RBIs (14), total bases (31), slugging percentage (.886) and on-base percentage (.548), among others. Hassell was a mainstay in the U.S. lineup, starting all nine games of the World Cup in the outfield, and helped lead the red, white and blue to a silver medal.

Schrier was named the MVP of the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in 2018 after leading Team USA to its first U-15 baseball world championship in program history. He finished the tournament earning two additional individual awards on top of his MVP honors, including the batting title and the award for most runs scored in the tournament. Schrier started all nine games at shortstop for the stars and stripes and finished with a .476 batting average and 17 runs scored. He also led the team with two home runs and four stolen bases.

Members of Team USA have now been awarded the last three International Baseball Player of the Year awards with Triston Casas (2017), Schrier and Hassell.

For more information on USA Baseball and its national team programs, visit USABaseball.com or follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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U.S. Earns Silver at WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup

Team USA finishes the tournament with a 7-2 record
September 7, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 5 1
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 1
Win: C. Yu Loss: L. Gordon Save: P. Chen
Box Score | Play-by-play | World Cup Stats

GIJANG CITY, South Korea - The 2019 18U National Team finished the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup with a silver medal after falling to Chinese Taipei, 2-1, in the championship game on Sunday, September 8, at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park in Gijang City, South Korea.

Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.) led the U.S. offense in the game as both finished 2-for-4. Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.) also tallied a hit in the contest while Hassell scored Team USA's lone run.

Lucas Gordon (Los Angeles, Calif.) started the game for the stars and stripes and suffered the loss after pitching 5.2 innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out two. Chinese Taipei's Chien Yu recorded seven strikeouts while surrendering just three hits to earn the win.

KEY MOMENTS

  • Chinese Taipei scored the first run of the game in the top of the fifth with a one-out triple followed by an RBI-single to take a 1-0 lead.
  • In the top of the eighth, Chinese Taipei added an insurance run courtesy of two singles and a walk for a 2-0 advantage.
  • Hassell got a rally going in the bottom of the ninth with a leadoff single before moving to second on a single from Halter and scoring on an error to pull Team USA within one.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Team USA finished the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup with a 7-2 record.
  • Four Team USA players were named to the 2019 WBSC All-World Team, as Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) earned All-World Centerfielder, Hassell was named All-World Rightfielder, Alejandro Rosario (Miami, Fla.) earned All-World Relief Pitcher and Soderstrom was the All-World Designated Hitter.
  • Rosario, who won Most Wins after finishing with three, and Hassell, who won Most RBIs with 14, earned extra awards for their performances in the tournament, along with Kyle Harrison (Danville, Calif.), who won the award for Best ERA after not allowing a run in his three appearances.
  • Hassell and Halter led Team USA in hits during the event with 17 and 13, respectively, while both recorded four doubles in nine games.
  • Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas) drew six walks in the tournament to lead the U.S., while Hassell and Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.) were close behind with five apiece.
  • Hassell scored 14 runs in the tournament and Crow-Armstrong scored nine to top the 2019 squad.
  • Harrison did not allow a run in ten innings of work over the course of the tournament, while striking out a team-high 12 batters.
  • Max Rajcic (Fullerton, Calif.) led the team in innings pitched with 13.1, while allowing just two runs on eight hits and recording ten punch outs.
  • Gordon (0-1) was tagged with the loss in the contest after giving up one run on three hits in 5.2 innings of work, while walking two and tallying two strikeouts.

 

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Comeback Victory Over Korea Clinches U.S. Spot in Gold Medal Game

Team USA will play for a fifth consecutive world championship at 5 a.m. ET on Sunday
September 6, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 1 8 13 1
Korea 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 11 1
Win: A. Rosario Loss: W. Oh Save: McLean
Box Score | Play-by-play | World Cup Stats

GIJANG CITY, South Korea - The 18U National Team secured its spot in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup for the fifth consecutive year with an 8-5 comeback victory over Korea on Saturday at Gijang-Hyundai Park in Gijang City, South Korea. Team USA will play Chinese Taipei for the world championship on Sunday, September 8, at 6 p.m. local time (5 a.m. ET).

Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.) finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI to lead Team USA's offense in its win over Korea. He was followed close behind by Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.), Nolan McLean (Willow Spring, N.C.) and Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.), who all collected two hits on the day. Saturday's contest marked the sixth time Hassell has recorded multiple hits through eight games in the tournament.

Mick Abel (Portland, Ore.) got the start for Team USA on the mound, allowing two runs on three hits in the first inning before Alejandro Rosario (Miami, Fla.) came in in relief and earned the win with 7.2 strong innings. Rosario gave up seven hits in his outing and did not allow an earned run, while striking out six batters. The loss was attributed to Korea's Wonseok Oh after he gave up four hits, as well as the tying and go-ahead runs.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • Korea jumped out to an early lead in the contest after a one-out triple and two RBI-singles made it 2-0 in the bottom of the first.
  • The host country added to its lead with a bases-loaded two-RBI single followed by another single that brought in one more and put the U.S. down 5-0 after two innings.
  • Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) drew a one-out walk and Hassell crushed a ball over the right field fence for his second two-run homer of the tournament to start Team USA's comeback in the top of the third inning.
  • The U.S. scored two more runs in the top of the fourth inning to pull within one when McLean knocked an RBI-single to left that scored Halter, who had led off the inning with a single, and Jack Bulger (Bowie, Md.) came up clutch with a pinch-hit RBI-single to make it a 5-4 game.
  • Team USA's offense once again got rolling in the top of the fifth inning when AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) reached second on an error before back-to-back groundouts brought him home to tie the game, 5-5.
  • With the game tied, McLean and Tolentino led off the sixth inning with a double and a single, respectively, to bring up Drew Bowser (Woodland Hills, Calif.), who dropped an RBI-single into left field that gave the U.S. its first lead of the game.
  • A sacrifice fly by Hassell brought Tolentino home to add an insurance run and make it 7-5 in Team USA's favor in the top of the sixth.
  • Halter hit a one-out double in the ninth and then scored from second on a wild pitch to give the stars and stripes an 8-5 lead and finish off the scoring.
  • McLean came in on the mound in the bottom of the ninth and, after giving up a leadoff single to start the inning, recorded a strikeout and two fly outs to secure Team USA's victory.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Team USA improves to 7-1 in the 2019 WBSC U-18 World Cup and finishes Super Round play 4-1 with the victory.
  • Hassell continues to lead the World Cup in runs scored (13) and RBIs (14) after adding one run and three RBIs against Korea.
  • Rosario (3-0) earned his second win of the World Cup with his stellar 7.2 innings of work in which he tallied six punch outs while surrendering just seven hits without allowing an earned run.
  • Rosario leads all pitchers in the tournament in wins with three after earning the win in Team USA's games against Spain, Australia and Korea.

 

DUE UP

  • Gold Medal Game: USA vs. Chinese Taipei (September 8, 6 p.m. local time [5 a.m. ET]; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park; Gijang City, South Korea)

 

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Hernandez Tosses Gem to Lead U.S. Past Canada

Ben Hernandez struck out eight in a seven-inning complete game shutout
September 5, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 5 0 0 3 0 2 0 10 11 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3
Win: B. Hernandez Loss: J. Thorsteinson Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play | World Cup Stats

GIJANG CITY, South Korea - Ben Hernandez (Chicago, Ill.) went the distance to lead Team USA to its second win of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round on Friday at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park in Gijang City, South Korea. The righty gave up just five hits and no walks in seven scoreless innings of work while striking out eight as the U.S. beat Canada, 10-0.

Eight different hitters combined to collect eleven hits in the contest for Team USA, led by multi-hit games from Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.). Hassell also tallied three RBIs and Hunter Haas (Phoenix, Ariz.) added two of his own in the victory.

Hernandez earned the win with his effort on the mound, while Canada's Justin Thorsteinson was tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs on nine hits in four innings on the mound.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • In the top of the first inning, Crow-Armstrong got things going for Team USA with a leadoff triple and Hassell drove him in with a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.
  • After Hassell brought in the first run of the game, the U.S. took a 5-0 lead with four more runs in the top of first courtesy of RBI-singles from Haas, Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Nolan McLean (Willow Spring, N.C.).
  • Crow-Armstrong hit his second triple of the game in the top of the fourth inning and Hassell once again brought him in, this time with a single to give Team USA a 6-0 advantage.
  • The U.S. added two more in the fourth on an RBI-single from Soderstrom and a fielder's choice to make it an 8-0 game.
  • Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.) singled to start the sixth and scored on a Hassell RBI-triple to make it 9-0 in Team USA's favor.
  • After his RBI-triple, Hassell came home on a sacrifice fly from AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) in the top of the sixth inning before Ben Hernandez came in with two final scoreless innings to close out the 10-0 victory for Team USA.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • With the win, Team USA improves to 6-1 in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup and 3-1 in Super Round play.
  • The game was Hassell's fifth in the World Cup with at least two hits, while it was the fourth multi-hit game in the tournament for Crow-Armstrong.
  • Hassell leads all batters in the World Cup with fourteen hits so far and Crow-Armstrong (11) is tied for second with Korea's Jichan Kim and Australia's Jaylin Rae.
  • Hassell also leads the World Cup field in RBIs (11) and runs scored (12).
  • Hernandez (1-1) earned the win with his complete game effort, allowing just five hits and punching out eight in seven scoreless innings.
  • With Friday's outing, Hernandez became one of just four pitchers in the tournament to throw a complete game, and one of just two to toss a shutout along with Korea's Minho Lee.

 

DUE UP

  • September 7: USA vs. Korea (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/6]; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park; Gijang City, South Korea)

 

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Romo Walks Off Australia in Super Round Opener

Drew Romo goes 2-for-4 with a walkoff single to lead Team USA to 2-1 win
September 4, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 8 0
Win: A. Rosario Loss: B. Cavill Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play | World Cup Stats

GIJANG CITY, South Korea - Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas) hit a walkoff single with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth to secure Team USA's 2-1 win over Australia in its first game of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round in dramatic fashion on Thursday at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park in Gijang City, South Korea.

Max Rajcic (Fullerton Calif.), who started the game for Team USA, and Australia's Liam McCallum were both strong on the mound to kick off the contest with neither giving up more than one hit in an inning through the fifth and holding both offenses scoreless until the bottom of the sixth.

After the U.S. finally broke the scoring drought with an RBI-single in the sixth and Australia tied the game in the eighth, Team USA loaded the bases with back-to-back hit-by-pitches and a bunt single in the top of the ninth to bring Romo to the plate, who came through with a single to give the stars and stripes the 2-1 victory.

Romo collected two hits, including his walkoff knock, to help lead the U.S. offense along with Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.), who also finished 2-for-4 in the victory.

Rajcic was dominant on the mound for the U.S., allowing just one run on four hits while striking out eight over 7.2 innings of work. Alejandro Rosario (Miami, Fla.) earned his second win of the tournament after throwing 1.1 innings of relief in which he surrendered just two hits. Australia's Blake Cavill was tagged with the loss after giving up two hits and the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • Team USA finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth when Hassell drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a groundout and a flyout before McLean laced a single up the middle to bring him home and give the U.S. a 1-0 lead.
  • After a two-out hit-by-pitch, Australia used an RBI-double off the center field wall to tie the game 1-1 in the top of the eighth.
  • Back-to-back hit-by-pitches to Soderstrom and Hendrick and a bunt single by Halter loaded the bases in the top of the ninth for Drew Romo, who drove a single up the middle to secure the 2-1 walkoff victory for Team USA.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Team USA improves to 5-1 in the WBSC U-18 World Cup and 2-1 in Super Round play with the win.
  • Rajcic was stellar on the mound for Team USA, throwing 7.2 innings and allowing just one run on four hits while striking out eight in his start.
  • The win was awarded to Rosario (2-0) after he tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless relief in which he gave up just two hits.

 

DUE UP

  • September 6: USA vs. Canada (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/5]; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park; Gijang City, South Korea)
  • September 7: USA vs. Korea (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/6]; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park; Gijang City, South Korea)

 

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Power Shows Up as U.S. Clinches Second Seed in Super Round

Robert Hassell and Nolan McLean hit Team USA's first home runs of World Cup in pool play finale
September 3, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Panama 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 9 2
USA 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 X 5 12 1
Win: N. McLean Loss: J. Garcia Save: C. Halter
Box Score | Play-by-play | World Cup Stats

GIJANG CITY, South Korea - Two-run home runs from Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and Nolan McLean (Willow Spring, N.C.) powered the 18U National Team to a 5-3 defeat of Panama in the final game of 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup pool play on Wednesday at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park in Gijang City, South Korea. With the win, the U.S. will advance to the Super Round as the second seed out of Group B.

Along with Hassell and McLean, Team USA's offense was led by Colby Halter who went 4-for-4 with two runs scored. Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Hassell and AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) each finished with two hits in the game.

Kyle Harrison (Danville, Calif.) started for the red, white and blue on the bump and put together four scoreless innings of work, surrendering just five hits with three punchouts. In addition to their efforts at the plate, McLean and Halter also excelled on the mound as McLean earned the win, giving up just one hit and striking out two in two innings while Halter recorded the save after tossing a perfect ninth inning.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • For the second consecutive game, Crow-Armstrong and Hassell led off the game with back-to-back hits to get the scoring started, as Crow-Armstrong singled and Hassell recorded Team USA's first home run of the tournament with a two-run shot over the right field wall.
  • In the bottom of the second inning, Halter collected his first hit of the game with a leadoff double before coming all the way around to score on an error on the same play to bring the U.S. lead to 3-0.
  • After Halter hit his second leadoff single of the game, McLean launched a 1-1 pitch over the fence to give Team USA a 5-0 advantage in the bottom of the fourth.
  • Panama pulled within two in the top of the sixth courtesy of a walk and three singles that plated three and cut the U.S.'s lead to 5-3.
  • Halter and McLean shut Panama down after the sixth, combining to allow just one hit and no runs while striking out three over the final three innings to secure the 5-3 win for the stars and stripes.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Team USA finishes pool play with a 4-1 record and clinches a No. 2 seed in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round with the victory.
  • Halter finished the game 4-for-4 with three singles and a double while also earning the save after tossing a perfect ninth to close out the 5-3 win.
  • McLean was awarded the win in the contest after he threw two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and punching out two.

 

DUE UP

  • September 5: USA vs. Australia (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/4]; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park; Gijang City, South Korea)
  • September 6: USA vs. Canada (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/5]; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park; Gijang City, South Korea)
  • September 7: USA vs. Korea (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/6]; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park; Gijang City, South Korea)

 

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18U

Clutch Hitting Leads Team USA Past Spain

The U.S. scored four runs with two outs in the seventh inning to secure the victory
September 3, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 8 10 1
Spain 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 8 2
Win: A. Rosario Loss: E. Dominguez Save: None
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GIJANG CITY, South Korea - The 2019 18U National Team scored six runs in the seventh inning, including four with two outs, to defeat Spain 8-3 for its third win of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup on Tuesday, September 3, at Gijang-Hyundai Park in Gijang City, South Korea.

The stars and stripes were led at the plate by Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.), who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Additionally, Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) all had multiple hits in the win, and Hassell, Tolentino and Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.) tallied two RBIs apiece for the U.S.

Mick Abel (Portlant, Ore.) started on the mound for Team USA and threw four innings, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out four. Alejandro Rosario (Miami, Fla.) came into the game in relief and earned the win after four innings of work in which he gave up one run on three hits and struck out three. Spain's Eduardo Dominguez, who gave up five runs and three hits in 2/3 of an inning, was tagged with the loss.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • Back-to-back doubles to lead off the game from Crow-Armstrong and Hassell scored Team USA's first run before Hassell crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly from Soderstrom to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
  • A double followed by an RBI-single for Spain tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning.
  • Spain used a leadoff double and a groundout to get a runner on third with one out in the bottom of the sixth before a sacrifice fly gave the team a 3-2 advantage in the bottom of the sixth.
  • Tolentino got the offense going in the top of the seventh with a leadoff walk before Crow-Armstrong and Hassell once again put together back-to-back knocks to tie the game, 3-3.
  • Soderstrom gave the U.S. back the lead in the top of the seventh when he dropped an RBI-single to left field that scored Hassell.
  • Team USA added five more runs in the top of the seventh, including four with two outs, on bases-loaded walks to Jack Bulger (Bowie, Md.) and Hunter Haas (Phoenix, Ariz.) and a two-RBI single from Tolentino.
  • Hassell came into the game on the mound for the U.S. to close it out in the ninth with a fly out and two strikeouts to secure the 8-3 win.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • With the win, Team USA is now 3-1 in pool play at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup.
  • Rosario was awarded the win after giving up just three hits, no walks and one run while striking out three batters in four innings of relief.

 

DUE UP

  • September 4: USA vs. Panama (2 a.m. ET [3 p.m. local time]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)

 

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18U

Game Four of World Cup Postponed Due to Weather

Team USA's game against Panama tentatively rescheduled for Wednesday, September 4
September 1, 2019

GIJANG CITY, South Korea - Due to heavy rains, the 2019 18U National Team's fourth game of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup against Panama has been postponed. Tentatively, the contest will be played on Wednesday, September 4, which was originally a scheduled off day.

Team USA's next game will be on Tuesday, September 3, at 12 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET on Monday) against Spain at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park in Gijang City, South Korea.

Notable Information

  • The U.S. is currently tied with Chinese Taipei in the Group B standings with a 2-1 record after defeating South Africa and Chinese Taipei to open tournament play before falling to Japan in its third game.
  • This is the second time in the history of the 18U National Team program that Team USA has competed at a World Cup in South Korea.
  • The 2012 IBAF "AAA" World Cup was held in Seoul, South Korea, with the U.S. finishing 7-2 and coming away as world champions after defeating Canada 6-2 in the gold medal game.
  • The 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will be played at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Ballpark. The multi-field facility was recently built in time to host the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup in 2016 and is the largest youth baseball facility in Korea, with a seating capacity of 1,295.
  • Team USA will play five games in the Opening Round of the World Cup - one against each team in Group B.
  • Following the Opening Round, the top three teams from both Group A and Group B will advance to the Super Round. Each team will then play one game against each of the five other Super Round teams, with the top two advancing to the gold medal game and the third and fourth seeds playing for bronze.
  • Three of Team USA's World Cup Opening Round opponents are ranked in the top 15 in the world, including No. 4 Chinese Taipei and No. 1 Japan.
  • The U.S. is the four-time defending champion of the event, having claimed gold medals in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

 

On Deck

  • September 3: USA vs. Spain (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/2]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)
  • September 4: USA vs. Panama (Time TBD; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)

 

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18U

The U.S. Drops World Cup Game Three to Japan

The two teams will square off at 5 a.m. ET on Sunday, September 1
September 1, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 1 0 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 7 7 2
Japan 1 0 5 5 0 0 1 4 X 16 12 2
Win: J. Nishi Loss: B. Hernandez Save: None
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GIJANG CITY, South Korea - Despite a six-run rally over the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, the 2019 18U National Team its first loss of the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup to Japan, 16-7, on Sunday at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park in Gijang City, South Korea.

Hunter Haas (Phoenix, Ariz.) led Team USA with two hits while drawing a walk and scoring a run. Also, five additional members of the stars and stripes collected one hit each in the contest. Japan's offense recorded 12 hits and six walks to claim the victory.

Ben Hernandez (Chicago, Ill.) got the start for the U.S. and suffered the loss after giving up six runs on five hits in two innings of work. Japan's Junya Nishi, who allowed two runs on two hits and struck out five, was awarded the win.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) doubled to lead off the game and Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.) brought him home with a sacrifice fly to give the U.S. an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
  • Japan tied the game in the bottom of the first with a leadoff triple and an RBI-double.
  • Five runs on four hits in the bottom of the third gave Japan a 6-1 lead and they added to that in the next inning with five more runs that put Team USA down 11-1 after four.
  • The red, white and blue got two back in the fifth after Haas led off the inning with a single and Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Crow-Armstrong followed with a walk and a hit-by-pitch, respectively, before Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) both recorded RBI-groundouts.
  • A leadoff double in the top of the seventh by Vukovich set up Romo, who hit an RBI-triple to make it an 11-7 game.
  • A solo home run in the seventh and four more runs in the eighth sealed the 16-7 victory for Japan.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Team USA moves to 2-1 in the 2019 WBSC U-18 World Cup with the loss.
  • The loss snapped the 18U National Team's 21-game win streak in international play after both the 2017 and 2018 teams went undefeated.
  • Hernandez (0-1) was tagged with the loss when he surrendered six runs on five hits while striking out two batters in two innings of work.

 

DUE UP

  • September 2: USA vs. Panama (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/1]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)
  • September 3: USA vs. Spain (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/2]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)

 

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18U

U.S. Powers Past Chinese Taipei for Second World Cup Win

Pete Crow-Armstrong finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored
August 30, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 3
USA 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 2 X 8 11 0
Win: M. Rajcic Loss: T. Lin Save: None
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GIJANG CITY, South Korea - Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) recorded three hits and two runs to pace the U.S. offense in an 8-1 defeat of Chinese Taipei at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup on Saturday, August 31, at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park in Gijang City, South Korea. Team USA improves to 2-0 in the tournament with the win.

Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.) added two hits apiece in the victory, while Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.) and Austin Hendrick (Oakdale, Pa.) combined for five RBIs.

Max Rajcic (Fullerton, Calif.) got the start for Team USA on Saturday and threw 5.2 strong innings to earn the win, allowing four hits, one walk and one run while striking out two.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • An RBI-groundout from Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.) and an error brought in two for Team USA in the bottom of the first after Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) led off the game for the U.S. with back-to-back-to-back singles.
  • Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.) added an insurance run when he led off the bottom of the fourth with a single and a stolen base before Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.) made it 3-0 with an RBI knock.
  • Chinese Taipei got one back in the top of the sixth with an RBI-single that made it 3-1.
  • Team USA added three runs in the seventh inning courtesy of an RBI-groundout from Hassell that scored Tolentino and a two-RBI knock from Hendrick that plated Crow-Armstrong and AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.).
  • Two more runs added some cushion to the U.S. lead in the bottom of the eighth when Soderstrom dropped a two-RBI double into left-center to make it an 8-1 game.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Team USA improved to 2-0 in tournament play with the victory.
  • Rajcic (1-0) earned the win after allowing just one run on four hits in 5.2 innings of work.

 

DUE UP

  • September 1: USA vs. Japan (6:00 p.m. local [5 a.m. ET]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)
  • September 2: USA vs. Panama (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/1]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)
  • September 3: USA vs. Spain (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/2]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)

 

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