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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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Team USA's Comeback Victory Over Cuba Clinches Spot in Gold Medal Game

The red, white and blue will play for the gold medal at approximately 11 a.m. CT on Sunday
September 21, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CUBA 2 3 0 0 0 0 x 5 8 1
USA 0 0 0 0 5 1 x 6 9 1
Win: B. Olivera Loss: D. Molina Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - The 15U National Team secured its spot in the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier gold medal game with a 6-5 comeback victory over Cuba on Saturday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Team USA will play Panama for the gold medal on Sunday, September 22 at approximately 11 a.m. CT. 

Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.) finished 2-for-2 on the day, hitting the game-winning RBI-single in the sixth inning to lead Team USA's offense in its win over Cuba. Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) finished the day going 1-for-2 with three RBIs after he kickstarted the U.S. rally with a bases clearing triple in the fifth inning. Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) later picked up his lone RBI on the day with a single to score the tying run. Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.), Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.), Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.), Nolan Schubart (Durand, Mich.) and Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.) also collected hits on the day.  

Logan Saloman (Chandler, Ariz.) got the start for Team USA on the mound and allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits through 4.1 innings in a no decision. Brandon Olivera (Hialeah, Fla.) came on in relief and earned the win, pitching 1.2 strong innings of hitless baseball, striking out two. The loss was tagged to Cuba's Danell Molina.

Key Moments
• Cuba jumped out to an early lead in the contest after three singles made it 2-0 in the top of the first.
• he Cubans added to their lead when they scored three runs on three hits and an error in the top of the second to make it a 5-0 ballgame.
• After four scoreless innings, the bats got going for Team USA as a walk, a fielder's choice and two singles loaded the bases for Bowen, who then sent a three-RBI triple to centerfield to bring the score to 5-3.
• A Milam RBI-double pulled the U.S within one and Johnson's RBI-single tied the game at 5-5 the bottom of the fifth inning.
• Miller stepped to the plate in the bottom of the sixth with runners in scoring position and knocked an RBI-single into right field to score the game-winning run for the score of 6-5.
• The game was called after the sixth inning due to darkness.

Notable Information
• Team USA improved to 7-1 in the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier and finished Super Round play with a 4-1 record, earning a spot in the gold medal game on Sunday.
• The win clinched Team USA's berth to the 2020 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup.
• Karson Bowen led the stars and stripes offensively during Super Round action, batting .429 (6-for-14) with one double, one triple, one home run and eight RBIs.
• Brandon Olivera collected the win over Cuba after pitching 1.2 innings of hitless baseball and striking out two batters.

Up Next
The 15U National Team will face Panama in the gold medal game of the 2019 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Sunday, September 22 at approximately 11 a.m. CT on Field One at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

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Team USA Falls to Panama, 9-7

The red, white and blue will finish Super Round action on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT
September 20, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 7 8 4
PAN 2 1 1 1 4 0 x 9 10 0
Win: P. Munoz Loss: B. Barriera Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - Despite tallying seven runs, the 2019 15U National Team suffered its first loss of the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier to Panama, 9-7, in game two of Super Round action on Friday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) led Team USA with two hits while hitting his first home run of the tournament in the second inning and collecting two RBIs. Also, four addition members of the stars and stripes collected hits in the contest. Panama's offense recorded 10 hits and three walks to claim the victory. 

Brandon Barriera (Coconut Creek, Fla.) got the start for the U.S. and suffered the loss after giving up nine runs (six earned) on 10 hits with four punchouts in 4.1 innings of work. Panama's Pedro Munoz, who allowed one run on four hits and struck out two, was awarded the win. 

Key Moments
• Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.) doubled down the left field line and Joe Brown brought him home with an RBI-single to give the U.S. an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
• Panama took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first with an RBI-triple and a passed ball.
• Bowen hit his first home run of the tournament in the top of the second to tie the game at 2-2.
• Panama responded in the bottom frame and retook the lead, 3-2, on a Team USA error.
• The U.S. tied the game at three in the third thanks to a bases loaded walk by Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.).
• With the bases loaded, Schubart laced a bases-clearing double to right field to give the U.S. a 6-3 lead in the top of the third inning.
• Bowen's RBI-single extended the U.S. lead to four as Team USA led 7-3 after the top half of the third inning.
• Panama scored one run in the bottom of the third and fourth innings, took the lead with an RBI-single and triple in the bottom of the fifth and sealed the 9-7 victory in the same inning with a sac-bunt.

Notable Information
• The U.S. moves to 3-1 in the Super Round and 6-1 overall at the 2019 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier.
• The loss snapped the 15U National Team's six-game win streak in tournament action.
• Joe Brown (2-for-4, RBI), Nolan Schubart (2-for-4, 3 RBIs) and Karson Bowen (2-for-3, HR, 2 RBIs) accounted for six of Team USA's eight hits on the day.
• Brandon Barriera (1-1) was tagged with the loss when he surrendered nine runs (six earned) on 10 hits while striking out four batters in 4.1 innings of work.

Up Next
The 15U National Team completes Super Round action at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier against Cuba on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT on Field One at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. If Team USA wins on Saturday, it will earn a spot in the gold medal game on Sunday.

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Team USA Earns Comeback Victory Over Venezuela

The U.S. walked-off Venezuela to earn first super round win
September 19, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
VEN 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 6 7 1
USA 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 7 6 2
Win: E. McElvain Loss: D. Gold Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - The 15U National Team earned its first super round win at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier in walk-off fashion with a 7-6, seventh inning comeback victory over Venezuela on Thursday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Trailing 4-6 heading into the final frame, Team USA remained discipline at the plate and used a hit by pitch, a single, and a trio of walks to achieve the comeback. A bases-loaded walk to Bowen scored the winning run for the stars and stripes.

Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored to lead Team USA's offense in its win over Venezuela. Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.), Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.), Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.) also collected hits in the game. 

Duke Ekstrom (San Diego, Calif.) got the start for Team USA on the mound and allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits while tossing three strikeouts in three innings of work. Spencer Butt (Davie, Fla.) came on in relief in the fourth inning and gave up three runs (one earned) on four hits before Ethan McElvain (Thompson's Station, Tenn.) took over in the seventh inning to toss one punchout and earn the win. The loss was attributed to Daniel Gold after he allowed the winning run to score on a walk. 

Key Moments
• Venezuela jumped out to an early lead in the contest after a two-out RBI-double made it 1-0 in the top of the first inning.
• Team USA scored three runs in the bottom frame courtesy of a Venezuela error, a Lina RBI-single and a passed ball, giving the U.S. a 3-1 advantage.
• An RBI-double and single in the second and third innings, respectively, tied the game at 3-3 for Venezuela.
• In the bottom of the third, Miller sent an RBI-double to left that score Brown and the U.S. retook the lead, 4-3.
• Venezuela earned its first lead of the game in the fourth inning with a pair of fielder's choices and an RBI-ground out to put the team up 6-4.
• Trailing by two runs, the U.S. loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh and mounted a comeback as three bases-loaded walks allowed the red, white and blue to walk-off the game with a 7-6 victory.

Notable Information
• Team USA improved to 6-0 overall in the tournament and currently holds a 3-0 record in super round action.
• McElvain (1-0) earned the win in his second appearance at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier, striking out one in his lone inning of work.

Up Next
The USA Baseball 15U National Team will continue super round action as the No. 1 seed out of Group A at the 2019 COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships on Friday, September 20 against Group B No. 1-seed Panama at 2 p.m. CT on Field One at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

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Team USA Defeats Mexico to go Undefeated in Pool Play

The U.S. earned the Group A No. 1 seed for Super Round action
September 17, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 3 5 1
MEX 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 0
Win: M. Matthijs Loss: D. Castillo Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mex - The 15U National team scored three runs on five hits to defeat Mexico, 3-1, and finish pool play with a perfect 5-0 record at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Tuesday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 

Team USA will compete as the No. 1 seed out of Group A in the Super Round that begins on Thursday, September 19. 

The game was a defensive battle as Team USA stranded 12 Mexico base runners, including bases-loaded situations in the third, fourth and fifth innings. On the offensive side, five U.S. batters collected hits, including one RBI-double off the bat of Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.) that put Team USA on the board in the third inning. 

Matthew Matthijs (Greenville, N.C.) started for the red, white and blue on the bump and put together 3.1 scoreless innings of work, surrendering just three hits with one punchout to earn the win. Ethan McElvain (Thompson's Station, Tenn.) and Luis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) came on in relief, combining to give up one run and tossing four strikeouts in the contest. 

Key Moments

• Team USA broke through in the top of the third inning when a Dylan Lina two-RBI double to center-field put the team up 2-0.
• A passed balled allowed Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) to score after he singled to get on base earlier in the fifth inning, extending the U.S. lead to 3-0.
• Mexico used a walk, an error and a passed ball to move a runner around and score in the bottom of the fifth inning, for the final score of 3-1.

Notable Information

• Team USA finished pool play undefeated and will compete in the Super Round as the No. 1 seed from Group A.
• Matthew Matthijs earned the win after he tossed 3.1 scoreless innings to start the game.
• Termarr Johnson led the team through pool play action, hitting .500 (5-for-10) with a double, a triple and five stolen bases.

Up Next
The 15U National team will begin Super Round action as the No. 1 seed from Group A on Thursday, September 19 at 1 p.m. CT. Team USA's opponents will be determined on Tuesday evening after pool play has been completed.

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Team USA Comes From Behind to Defeat Dominican Republic

The U.S. scored 12 runs on nine hits to secure the victory
September 16, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 1 3 0 2 2 3 1 12 9 2
DR 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 8 3
Win: L. Saloman Loss: X. Peralta Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - The 2019 15U National Team scored 12 runs on nine hits, including four with two outs, to come from behind and defeat the Dominican Republic 12-6 for its fourth win of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Monday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 

The stars and stripes were led at the plate by Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.), who went 3-for-3 with four runs scored. Additionally, Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) had a solid day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Four other members of Team USA collected hits, including Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.), Aidan Miller (Trinity, Ga.), Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) and Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.).

Brandon Olivera (Hialeah, Fla.) started on the mound for Team USA and threw 1.1 innings, allowing four hits and six runs (one earned) while striking out three. Logan Saloman (Chandler, Ariz.) came into the game in relief and earned the win after 5.2 innings of work in which he scattered four hits and struck out eight. The Dominican's Xavier Peralta, who allowed four runs on five hits in 2.1 innings, was tagged with the loss. 

Key Moments
• Team USA jumped out to an early lead in the contest after Johnson scored on a Romero groundout to make it 1-0 in the top of the first inning.
• Milam and Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) scored on a pair of errors and Johnson crossed the plate on a wild pitch in the top of the third to give Team USA a 4-0 lead.
• The Dominican Republic used back-to-back-back RBI-singles in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 4-4.
• The Dominican Republic took the lead in the bottom of the second when a passed ball and a groundout allowed two runs to score, making it 6-4.
• A Johnson RBI-single and Romero sac-fly tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the third inning.
• Bowen sent a two-RBI double through the left side to take back the lead for the U.S. in the top of the fifth inning, 8-6.
• Romero knocked a single through right side to extend the red, white and blue's lead to 9-6 in the top of the fifth inning.
• Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.) grounded into a fielder's choice that allowed two runs to score and extended Team USA's lead to 11-6 in the top of the sixth inning.
• Bowen scored the final run for Team USA on a passed ball in the top of the seventh and Saloman collected all three outs from the mound in the bottom frame to give the U.S. a 12-6 win.

Notable Information
• Team USA improves to 4-0 in pool play at the 2019 WBSC U-15 Americas World Cup Qualifier.
• Termarr Johnson leads the offense through four games, batting .667 (4-for-6) with six runs, a double and a triple.
• Mikey Romero leads the team in RBIs in the tournament with seven.
• Logan Saloman (1-0) earned his first win of the qualifying event with his stellar 5.2 innings of work in which he tallied eight strikeouts white scattering four hits without allowing a run.
• Logan Saloman leads the Team USA pitching staff in the tournament with 11 strikeouts through 7.2 innings pitched.

Up Next
The 15U National Team finishes pool play at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Tuesday, September 17 against Mexico at 10:30 a.m. CT on Field One Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Both teams are currently undefeated in pool play action.

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Team USA Takes Down Colombia 11-4

Team USA clinches a spot in the Super Round with the win
September 15, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 0 1 3 4 2 0 1 11 10 5
COL 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 4 6 4
Win: B. Barriera Loss: C. Babilonia Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - Ten hits by six batters powered the 15U National Team to an 11-4 defeat of Colombia in its third game of the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Sunday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The win clinches Team USA a spot in the Super Round that begins on Thursday, September 19.

Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) led the offense, going 3-for-3, scoring one run and collecting two RBIs, while Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.) tallied three RBIs on an inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning. Along with Brown and Lina, four other U.S. batters collected hits in the game, including Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.), Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.), Nolan Schubart (Durand, Mich.) and Ben Reiland (Irvine, Calif.) 

Brandon Barriera (Coconut Creek, Fla.) started on the bump for the red, white and blue, and got the win, surrendering just two runs on four hits with six punchouts through five innings of work. Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) took over in the sixth and gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and struck out two batters. Lina closed the game with a perfect seventh inning, striking out all three batters he faced. 

Key Moments

• Milam singled through the ride side to score Brown, who reached base on a single of his own, and gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning.
• A Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) sac-fly and a two RBI-single up the middle by Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) gave Team USA a 4-0 advantage in the top of the third inning.
• Milam scored on a throwing error in the top of the fourth inning to give the red, white and blue a 5-0 lead.
• Lina cleared the bases with a three-run inside-the-park home run in the top of the fourth inning to extend the U.S. lead to 8-0.
• An RBI-single and triple put Colombia on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning to make the score 8-2.
• Drew Burress (Perry, Ga.) crossed the plate on a Colombia error, giving the U.S. a 9-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning.
• Romero's RBI-single through the left side in the top of the fifth inning made it a 10-2 game.
• Colombia cut the lead to 10-4 in the top of the sixth inning with a two RBI-triple to center field.
• Schubart scored on an error by the left fielder in the top of the seventh inning and Lina sat all three Colombian batters down in the bottom frame to solidify Team USA's 11-4 win.

Notable Information

• With the win, Team USA is now 3-0 in pool play action at the 2019 WBSC Americas Qualifier and clinched a spot in the Super Round that begins on Thursday, September 19.
• Barriera (1-0) earned the win after giving up just two runs on four hits and striking out six batters in his first start of the tournament.
• Seven U.S. batters collected hits in the game, including Steven Milam (2-for-4, RBI), Mikey Romero (1-for-3, RBI), Nolan Schubart (2-for-3), Ben Reiland (1-for-2), Dylan Lina (1-for-4, three RBIs), and Joe Brown (3-for-3, two RBIs).

Up Next
The 15U National Team continues action at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Monday, September 16 against Dominican Republic at 1 p.m. CT on Field One at Unidad Deprotivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 

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Team USA Pitchers Throw Combined No-Hitter in 12-0 Win Over Honduras

The U.S. pitching staff struck out six batters in the game
September 14, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
HON 0 0 0 0 x x x 0 0 5
USA 8 0 4 x x x x 12 7 1
Win: S. Butt Loss: J. Padilla Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - Spencer Butt (Davie, Fla.) and Ethan McElvain (Thompson's Station, Tenn.) combined to throw a no-hitter in a 12-0 win over Honduras in the USA Baseball 15U National Team's second game of pool play at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Saturday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Butt (1-0) tossed three solid innings of baseball, starting on the mound and striking out four batters in his winning performance. McElvain stepped on the rubber in the fourth inning, struck out two batters and secured the no-no with a 1-3 putout to Nolan Schubart (Durand, Mich.).

Five U.S. batters collected hits in the game, including Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.), Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.), Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.), Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.) and Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.). Caranto led the team offensively, going 2-for-2, scoring two runs and knocking in two RBIs. 

Key Moments
• Romero sent an RBI-single through the right side to score Drew Burress (Perry, Ga.), who came in to pinch run for Johnson after he hit a lead-off double, giving the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
• A pair of walks then loaded the bases for Team USA before an error and a passed ball made the score 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning.
• Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) gave the U.S. a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a sac-fly to right.
• Caranto's first hit of the day came in the form of a two RBI-double to left center, giving the red, white and blue a 6-0 advantage in the bottom of the first inning.
• An error allowed Caranto to cross the plate in the bottom of the first inning, making the score 7-0 in favor of the U.S.
• The first inning ended with Team USA leading 8-0 courtesy of a Burress sac-fly.
• Caranto scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the third inning to give the red, white and blue a 9-0 lead.
• Sac-flies by Ben Reiland (Irvine, Calif.) and Schubart gave the U.S. an 11-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning.
• Miller sent a single through the left side to score Lina in the bottom of the third and gave Team USA a 12-0 win.

Notable Information
• Spencer Butt (1-0) started on the mound and struck out four batters in his winning performance.
• Ethan McElvain came in as relief in the fourth inning and strike out two batters to complete the no-hitter for the Team USA pitching staff.
• Five U.S. batters collected hits in the game, including Termarr Johnson (1-for-1), Mikey Romero (2-for-2, RBI), Dylan Lina (1-for-2), Aidan Miller (1-for-3, RBI) and Kai Caranto (2-for-2, two RBIs).
• Mikey Romero and Kai Caranto are leading Team USA offensively through two games, going 3-for-6 and 2-for-4, respectively. Romero has one double and three RBIs while Caranto has two doubles and two RBIs.

Up Next
The USA Baseball 15U National Team will continue action at the 2019 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Sunday, September 15 against Columbia at 1 p.m. CT on Field One at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. A win in game three will automatically qualify Team USA for the Super Round beginning on Thursday, September 19.

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Team USA Opens Tournament With 5-1 Win Over Brazil

September 13, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
BRA 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 3
USA 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 2
Win: D. Ekstrom Loss: G. Macena Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - Strong performances on the mound by Duke Ekstrom (San Diego, Calif.) and Logan Saloman (Chandler, Ariz.) led the USA Baseball 15U National Team to a 5-1 victory over Brazil in its first game at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Friday at Unidad Deportiva Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 

Ekstrom started on the bump for Team USA, giving up one run (unearned) on just three hits while striking out five batters in his five-inning, winning performance. Saloman (Chandler, Ariz.) came on in relief, tallying three strikeouts and allowing one hit in his two innings of work. 

Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif) led the team offensively, going 1-for-4 with a two-RBI double in the second inning.

Key Moments
• Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) walked to lead off the bottom of the first inning and scored on a sac-fly by Shubart to put the U.S. up 1-0.
• With the bases loaded, Mikey Romero sent a two-RBI double to left field to give Team USA a 3-0 advantage in the bottom of the second inning.
• A Brazilian error allowed two U.S. runs to score in the bottom of the second inning, extending the U.S. lead to 5-0.
• Brazil used a Team USA error to load the bases in the top of the third inning and a single to left field scored a run, making the score 5-1.
• Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.) made the final out with a catch in right field in the top of the seventh inning to solidify the 5-1 win for Team USA.

Notable Information
• Duke Ekstrom (1-0) struck out five batters in his winning performance over Brazil.
• Mikey Romero led the team offensively, going 1-for-4, with a two-RBI double.
• The U.S. stole six bases in the game, led by Termarr Johnson and Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) with two stolen bases each.

Up Next

The USA Baseball 15U National Team will continue action at the 2019 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Saturday, September 14 against Honduras at 8 a.m. CT on Field Two at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

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USA Baseball Announces 2019 NTIS Selections

A total of 72 athletes were selected for 2020 national team programming from the 2019 NTIS
September 10, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the 72 athletes selected from the 2019 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) for its 2020 national team programming on Tuesday, following the completion of the NTIS Champions Cup that was held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from August 7-25. The announcement was first made on the annual USA Baseball NTIS Selection Show, which can be found on USABaseball.com and the organization's YouTube channel, USABaseballTV.

The NTIS is USA Baseball's most comprehensive player identification program and includes six age groups ranging from 11U-16U. Under the direction of USA Baseball Regional Directors, tryouts are held in every region of the country for athletes to be identified and selected for their region teams, and invited to the NTIS Champions Cup in Cary, North Carolina.

The 2019 NTIS Champions Cup featured over 1,200 of the nation's best players competing in 144 games, as well as skill testing and on-field evaluations run by USA Baseball Task Force and national team coaches.

"We are thrilled to announce the seventy-two athletes who have been selected out of our National Team Identification Series for next year's national team programs," said USA Baseball Assistant Director of Baseball Operations and NTIS Champions Cup Tournament Director Ann Claire Roberson. "The talent level on display during the Champions Cup in Cary this year was exceptional and it made the selection process very difficult for our task force members and our national team program directors."

Twelve athletes from each age group were invited to compete in the following year's age-appropriate national team programming events, including the 2020 12U National Team Trials, the 2020 13U Athlete Development Program, the 2020 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP), the 2020 15U National Team Trials, the 2020 16U NTDP and the 2020 17U NTDP.

In total, the 72 athletes selected are from twenty-three different states and all six regions from across the U.S.

The 2019 National Team Identification Series selections are as follows:

Name; Position; Hometown; Region

2020 12U National Team Trials Invitees:
(from 11U NTIS)
Lincoln Boyle; RHP/IF; Overland Park, Kan.; Midwest
Cole Dennis; C/IF; Acworth, Ga.; Southeast
Grady Emerson; IF/RHP; Trophy Club, Texas; South
Andruw Giles; OF/LHP; Henderson, Nev.; Southwest
Archer Horn; RHP/IF; San Manteo, Calif.; Northwest
Dylan Kemp; OF/IF; Tustin, Calif.; Southwest
Dylan Minnatee; IF/LHP; Elk Grove, Calif.; Northwest
Josiah Morris; C/IF; Oakley, Calif.; Northwest
Kevin Roberts Jr.; IF/RHP; Bailey, Miss.; South
Logan Schmidt; LHP/OF; Villa Park, Calif.; Southwest
Dylan Seward; IF/OF; Eastvale, Calif.; Southwest
Tavis Honeycutt; IF/RHP; Newberry, Fla.; Southwest

2020 13U Athlete Development Program invitees:
(from 12U NTIS)
Chase Bentley; RHP/IF; Granite Bay, Calif.; Northwest
Cade Colombara; OF/RHP; Woodland, Calif.; Northwest
Jesse Del Toro; RHP/IF; Modesto, Calif.; Northwest
Cesar Gonzalez; IF/RHP; Hillsboro, Ore.; Northwest
Dane Perry; RHP/OF; Friendswood, Texas; South
James Rice; OF/RHP; New York, N.Y.; Northeast
Nick Richardson; OF/LHP; Bremen, Ga.; Southeast
Isaac Rojas; RHP/IF; Riverside, Calif.; Southwest
Brandon Santiso; C/RHP; Miami Gardens, Fla.; Southeast
Rookie Shepard; IF/C; North Las Vegas, Nev.; Southwest
John Short; RHP/C; Anaheim, Calif.; Southwest
Nikko Taylor; IF/RHP; El Sobrante, Calif.; Northwest

2020 14U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 13U NTIS)
Conner Barth; IF/C; Antelope, Calif.; Northwest
Tristan Bristow; RHP/OF; Helotes, Texas; South
Samuel Cozart; RHP/IF; High Point, N.C.; Southeast
Konnor Griffin; OF/IF; Florence, Miss.; Southeast
Aidan Hall; IF/RHP; Galt, Calif.; Northwest
Kailand Halstead; C/IF; Aberdeen, Wash.; Northwest
Kaohu Kawelu; IF; Hilo, Hawaii; Southwest
Boston Kellner; RHP/OF; Woodbury, Minn.; Midwest
Maximo Martinez; IF/OF; Hawthorne, Calif.; Southwest
Dean Moss; IF/RHP; Atherton, Calif.; Northwest
Brady Strohm; IF/RHP; Winchester, Calif.; Southwest
Jeremiah Vargas; OF/IF; Lemon Grove, Calif.; Southwest

2020 15U National Team Trials invitees:
(from 14U NTIS)
Danny Arambula; IF/OF; Redlands, Calif.; Southwest
Matthew Champion; IF/RHP; Fontana, Calif.; Southwest
Cooper Cohn; C/IF; McHenry, Ill.; Midwest
Sebastian David; IF/RHP; Medina, Wash.; Northwest
Hayden Federico; IF/C; West Monroe, Texas; South
Theodore Gillen; IF/RHP; Austin, Texas; South
Brandon Luu; IF/LHP; Irvine, Calif.; Southwest
Ethan Martinez; IF/LHP; Fort Worth, Texas; South
Andre Modugno; IF/OF; Upper Saddle River, N.J.; Northeast
Chris Newstrom; C/IF; Anthem, Ariz.; Southwest
Brett Renfrow; OF/RHP; Manassas, Va.; Northeast
Christian Rodriguez; OF/RHP; Coral Springs, Fla.; Southeast

2020 16U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 15U NTIS)
Nathan Aguilar; IF; Torrance, Calif.; Southeast
Mason Balsis; C/OF; Bristow, Va.; Southeast
Darryl Dilworth II; OF/IF; Fairfield, Calif.; Northwest
Max Eichenberger; C/RHP; Canton, Ga.; Southeast
Jacob Hudson; RHP/OF; Scotts Valley, Calif.; Northwest
Cameron Kim; IF/OF; Jurupa Valley, Calif.; Southwest
Jonathan Kim; OF; Brookfield, Wis.; Midwest
Xaige Lancaster; IF/OF; Hilo, Hawaii; Southwest
Cooper Milford; OF/RHP; Cumming, Ga.; Southeast
Cayden Munster; IF/OF; Fresno, Calif.; Northwest
Jackson Pace; RHP/IF; Hollister, Calif.; Northwest
Griffin Stieg; OF/RHP; McLean, Va.; Southeast

2020 17U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 16U NTIS)
Ivan Arias; IF; Boston, Mass.; Northeast
Kyle Ayers; OF/RHP; Sherman Oaks, Calif.; Southwest
Zachary Crotchfelt; LHP/OF; Jackson, N.J.; Northeast
Dallas Dale II; OF; Windermere, Fla.; Southeast
Korbyn Dickerson; OF/RHP; Jeffersonville, Ind.; Midwest
Aiden Fancher; OF/IF; Louisville, Miss.; Southeast
Braedon Karpathios; LHP/IF; Willow Street, Pa.; Northeast
Chase Petty; RHP/IF; Somers Point, N.J.; Northeast
Jack Reynolds; IF/RHP; Columbia, S.C.; Southeast
Brandon Rogers; OF/IF; Chicago, Ill.; Midwest
Justin West; LHP/IF; Paducah, Ky.; Midwest
Jett Williams; IF/RHP; Heath, Texas; South

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Team USA Defeats Spartans PGA 7-3

Kai Caranto hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning
September 9, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
USA 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 1 7 6 1
SPGA 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 3
Win: M. Matthjis Loss: J. Sullivan Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

HOUSTON, Texas - A two-run home run off the bat of Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) aided the USA Baseball 15U National Team in its 7-3 victory over Spartans PGA on Monday night at John Ray Harrison Field in Houston, Texas.

Caranto led the Team USA offense on the day, hitting the only home run of national team training in the sixth inning. Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga,), Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.), Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.), Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.) also collected hits in the contest.

Matthew Matthjis (Greenville, N.C.) started on the bump for the red, white and blue, tossing two innings of scoreless baseball before giving up two runs in the third. He struck out three batters in his winning performance. Matthjis was followed out of the bullpen by Duke Ekstrom (San Diego, Calif.), Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) and Logan Saloman (Chandler, Ariz.), who combined to pitch five innings while allowing one run (none earned) and four hits. Jake Sullivan took the loss for Spartans PGA.

Key Moments
• Johnson led off the first inning with a triple to left field and was sent home on a groundout by Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.) to give Team USA a 1-0 lead.
• Spartans PGA took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning with a pair of RBI-singles.
• Drew Burress (Perry, Ga.) sent Brown home on a sacrifice-fly to center in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game at 2-2.
• Team USA regained the lead, 3-2, in the top of the fifth inning when Milam crossed the plate on a Spartans PGA error.
• Caranto extended the U.S. lead to 5-2 in the top of the sixth inning when he sent a two-run home run over the left field wall, scoring Brown in the process.
• A bases-loaded walk allowed Ben Reiland (Irvine, Calif.) to score in the sixth inning, giving the red, white and blue a 6-2 advantage.
• Spartans PGA capitalized on a Team USA error to cut the deficit in half, 6-3, in the bottom of the sixth inning.
• Milam scored on a groundout by Johnson in the top of the eighth inning, giving Team USA a 7-3 victory.

Notable Information
• Kai Caranto hit Team USA's first home run of national team training in his only at-bat of the game.
• Six members of Team USA collected hits in the game: Termarr Johnson (1-for-3, RBI), Aidan Miller (1-for-2), Joe Brown (1-for-3), Karson Bowen (1-for-2), Kai Caranto (1-for-1, 2 RBIs) and Steven Milam (1-for-3).
• Matthew Matthjis (1-0) started on the bump for the U.S., striking out four batters to get the win.

Up Next
• The USA Baseball 15U National Team will begin action at the COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships on Friday, September 13 in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The tournament schedule will be announced later this week.

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