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Casas' Five RBIs Lift U.S. Past Canada, 8-3

September 8, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
CAN 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 10 3
USA 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 3 X 8 6 1
Win: L. Marceaux Loss: C. Cerantola Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | World Cup Stats

THUNDER BAY, Canada - A five-RBI night from Triston Casas (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) paved the way for the USA Baseball 18U National Team as it opened the Super Round at the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup with an 8-3 win over Canada in front of a sell-out crowd of 3,107 at Port Arthur Stadium on Thursday.

The three-time defending World Cup champions, Team USA will have a quick turnaround as it is slated to take on the only other undefeated team in the tournament, Korea, at 9 a.m. on Friday. Casas finished 3-for-4 with a solo home run, a three-run double, an RBI infield single, and a walk.

The home run was his second of the competition, having also homered against Japan, while he pushed his RBI total to a team-leading nine.

The U.S. got the scoring started in the first after three walks by Canada starter Eric Cerantola loaded the bases and Casas brought a run in with a groundball back up the middle. Alek Thomas (Chicago, Ill.) then tacked on another tally with an RBI groundout to make it a two-run cushion.

Although Canada got one of the runs back in the second, two terrific defensive plays by Nolan Gorman (Glendale, Ariz.) and Thomas to cut runners down at the plate from third and left, respectively, kept the U.S. lead intact.

The 6-5 first baseman then came through for Team USA again in the third when he took a first-pitch fastball and deposited it over the wall in right-center to make it a 3-1 ball game.

That is where the score would remain until sixth when a pair of Canada errors allowed another U.S. runner to cross the plate to make it 4-1.

With the sellout crowd raucously cheering them on, Canada threatened in the top of the seventh, loading the bases with just one out but a well-turned 6-4-3 double play allowed the red, white, and blue to escape unscathed.

Team USA then responded with a run-scoring single off the bat of Thomas, his second RBI of the night, in the home half of the frame.

Canada was able to scratch across two in the eighth but Casas made that irrelevant in the bottom of the inning with a two-strike, two-out, three-run double that pushed the score to its final tally of 8-3.

On the mound, Kumar Rocker (Watkinsville, Ga.) started and struck out four while allowing one run on six hits over 3.2 innings. Landon Marceaux (Destrehan, La.) provided a strong effort out of the bullpen with six punchouts in 4.1 frames before Mason Denaburg (Merritt Island, Fla.) pitched a scoreless ninth to end the game.

Team USA is the three-time defending World Cup champion and is looking to become the second country to win four-straight gold medals in the tournament.

Continue to follow @USABaseball18U on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 18U National Team.

QUOTES

USA Baseball 18U National Team Manager Andy Stankiewicz

(On Triston Casas)

"Not only did he have five RBIs but he made two great picks at first base at crucial parts of the ball game. Obviously the bat was fantastic tonight as well. He drove the ball real well and used the middle of the diamond, that is his strength. It was just a matter of time, he is a big boy, and we knew he was going to get it going. Certainly we needed it tonight, so great performance by Triston."

(On Canada)

"They are good. They are competitive at the plate, they know how to handle the bat, and their young starter did a great job. He had some command issues but once he settled in he did a nice job of mixing his pitches and the guy who came in out of the bullpen did a great job as well. They are good up-and-down the lineup. They put the ball in play, they put pressure on you, and make you play defense. The difference tonight was the three double plays we turned. They are tough and a competitive ball club. We had to make plays and fortunately we made the plays we needed to."

(On the environment in the sellout stadium)

"We knew coming in that this is their home turf. Playing Canada in the nightcap, kind of the highlight game, we knew there was going to be a sellout crowd and there was. But that's exciting, that is what we want. We want to play in the big arena with a bunch of fans and emotions. I'm proud of how the guys reacted. They settled in and played a real good game."

First Baseman Triston Casas

(On his offensive effort)

"I'm very happy that my team came out with a 'W.' Throughout the tournament I've just been missing a couple of balls. I've been taking good at-bats and finally everything culminated with a good performance. I've been trying to keep a level head and I knew eventually a couple balls would click and tonight was the night. I'm very fortunate that I was able to contribute as much as I did and am looking forward to getting after it tomorrow morning."

(On his two picks at first base)

"My defense is something that I have taken a lot of pride in ever since I was young. Playing a lot of innings over there at first base has definitely helped me out. I'm just glad those two picks landed in my glove because as easily as they did, I could have missed them just as easily. I feel very fortunate."

(On the team's defense)

"Our defense is definitely one of our stronger points, which gives our pitchers a lot of confidence to go out there and throw strikes. We work on defense a lot and take a lot of pride in our defense."

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18U

Starting Pitching Rules on Day Four

June 21, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Free 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Brave 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 X 6 10 0
Win: H. Barco Loss: B. Walker Save: None
Box Score
 
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
United 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 0 2 8 12 0
Pride 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 7 2
Win: K. Davis Loss: R. Cornelio Save: None
Box Score
 

CARY, N.C. - Pitching was the name of the game on the fourth day of the 2018 Tournament of Stars at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

All four teams got strong starts on the mound but United's Kale Davis (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and Brave's Davis Rokose (Johns Creek, Ga.) ruled the day as they led their teams to victory.

Davis went five strong innings without allowing a run or walk to pace United's 8-2 win over Pride, allowing just two hits and striking out six. In Brave's 6-0 defeat of Free, Rokose gave up only three hits and one walk in four innings of work.

With wins on Thursday, both Brave and United have secured spots in the 2018 Tournament of Stars gold medal game on Saturday, June 23.

BRAVE 6, FREE 0

In the day's first game, Brave clinched its place in the gold medal game by shutting out Free, 6-0, behind Davis' stellar outing.

Free's Jack Leiter (Summit, N.J.) also put together a strong start on the bump to hold off Brave's offense in the first half of the game. He allowed just three hits and no walks, while striking out four in the first four innings.

Brave finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth. With two on and two out, Corbin Carroll (Seattle, Wash.) came up with his first clutch hit of the day to drive in one and give Brave a 1-0 lead. But the team's big blow came in the sixth.

Andre Tarver (Ringgold, Ga.) got a leadoff double to get things started for the squad and it ran away with the momentum, piling on five runs to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Sammy Siani (Glenside, Pa.), Logan Tanner (Lucedale, Miss.), Carroll and Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) all collected hits in the inning, while Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas), Carter Young (Selah, Wash.), Carroll and Volpe tallied RBI.

From the mound, Hunter Barco (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Mac Horvath (Rochester, Minn.) backed up that strong offensive output to close it out and secure the win. Barco tossed four innings, giving up just four hits and one walk, while Horvath pitched a perfect ninth inning.

Nasim Nunez (Lawrenceville, Ga.), who racked up three hits in the game, carried the offense for Free in the game.

UNITED 8, PRIDE 2

United claimed a 8-2 win over Pride in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader with its own strong pitching and explosive late offense.

Davis's dominating performance on the mound set the pace for the game early on but United's offense couldn't break through against Pride starter Josh Hahn (Huntington Beach, Calif.), who tossed three strong innings of his own without giving up a run.

United found its groove in the fourth though. The squad put one run on the board in the top of the fourth before scoring in three of the next five innings to put the game out of reach.

The biggest dent came in the top of the seventh when United scored four runs to take a commanding 6-0 lead.

Dilan Rosario-Otero (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) led off the inning with a quick single up the middle before he came around to score from first on a Kurtis Bryne (Chesterfield, Mo.) double to right-center. Three more singles and a wild pitch did the rest of the damage in the inning.

Pride worked to put a rally together in the final three innings, scoring once in both the seventh and eighth on a Kyren Paris (Oakley, Calif.) single and a Michael Carpentier (Highland, Calif.) sacrifice fly, respectively. But that was all they would manage as United added two more runs in the ninth to put the game away.

Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) had a day at the plate for United in the win, finishing 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a double, while Paris led Pride's offense, going 2-for-4 with a RBI.

The 2018 Tournament of Stars continues on Friday with an evaluation day at the National Training Complex, followed on Saturday by the third-place game at 9:30 a.m. ET and the gold-medal game at 12:30 p.m. ET on Coleman Field.

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Day Three Features First Home Run of 2018 TOS

June 20, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
United 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 6 0
Brave 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 X 4 6 0
Win: B. Adams Loss: H. Mullins Save: None
Box Score
 
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pride 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 5 8 5
Free 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 4 0
Win: M. Thompson Loss: Q. Priester Save: None
Box Score
 

CARY, N.C. - Day three of the 2018 Tournament of Stars featured everything from a ninth inning rally that fell just short to a pitcher's duel and the first home run of this year's event.

Brave withstood a rally from United to start the day off with a 4-3 win and finish the first half of the tournament with a 1-1 record.

Pride remains the only unbeaten team at the halfway point of this year's TOS after the team came out on top of a pitcher's duel with a 5-1 defeat of Free. Pride's Jerrion Ealy (Carthage, Miss.) was the first player of the year to leave Coleman Field, smacking a dinger over the left field wall.

BRAVE 4, UNITED 3

An eighth and ninth inning rally wasn't enough for United as Brave held on to claim a 4-3 win in the first game of day three's TOS doubleheader.

After falling in its first game of the tournament on Tuesday, Brave took control of the contest immediately on Wednesday.

Corbin Carroll (Seattle, Wash.) got things started for the squad in the bottom of the first with a leadoff ground-rule double. A wild pitch brought him across before a Joe Naranjo (Chino, Calif.) RBI single made it 2-0 in Brave's favor.

The team strung together a double, triple and single to add two more in the bottom of the fifth and take a commanding 4-0 lead, which they held onto until the eighth.

Down to its last six outs, United finally broke through in the eighth inning, using two singles and a fielder's choice to score the team's first run of the day. And it kept that momentum going into the ninth.

A leadoff walk to Riley Greene (Oviedo, Fla.) came around to score and a Kurtis Bryne (Chesterfield, Mo.) RBI single plated one more to make it a one-run game. But that's all they would manage as Brave's Logan Tanner (Lucedale, Miss.) got two strikeouts to end the rally and seal Brave's victory.

PRIDE 5, FREE 1

The second game of the day started out as a pitcher's duel with both Pride and Free's starters going five strong innings. It also featured the first homerun of the 2018 Tournament of Stars.

In Avery Short's (Indianapolis, Ind.) five innings for Free, he gave up just one hit, no runs and no walks while racking up eight strikeouts. On the other side, Jacob Meador (Burleson, Texas) did not allow a single hit or run through his five innings.

The offense finally took over in the sixth though with Free breaking through for the first run of the game. But Pride turned in an immediate answer to tie things up in the seventh.

Pride then added two more in each of the next two innings to secure the 5-1 victory. One of those runs came courtesy of a solo shot from Ealy that went over the left field wall and marked the only homerun of the event so far.

CJ Abrams (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Coleman Brigman (San Jose, Calif.) led the offense for the Pride team on Wednesday. Both players tallied a RBI and a run scored and Abrams finished 2-for-5, while Brigman went 2-for-4.

Sammy Faltine (Richmond, Texas) had a day at the plate for Free, racking up two hits and a RBI.

The 2018 Tournament of Stars continues on Thursday with another doubleheader on Coleman Field at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The first game of the day will feature Brave and Free at 10 a.m. ET, followed by Pride vs. United at 2 p.m. ET.

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A Tale of Two Games on the First Day of TOS

June 19, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brave 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 4 8 2
Pride 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 X 5 6 1
Win: H. Gargus Loss: B. Malone Save: None
Box Score
 
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Free 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 6 1
United 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 X 7 7 2
Win: W. Rigney Loss: J. Charles Save: None
Box Score
 

CARY, N.C. - The second day of the 2018 Tournament of Stars (TOS) kicked off on Tuesday with two games at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

In the first game of the day, Pride came out on top 5-4 in a back and forth contest with Brave to open up the 2018 event.

Brave and Pride traded leads through the first four innings before Brave claimed its second lead of the game in the sixth courtesy of a Corbin Carroll (Seattle, Wash.) RBI knock. Carroll had a strong showing for the Brave, finishing the game 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored.

Brave added one more to the lead in the top of the seventh but Pride came storming back in the bottom half.

The squad had the bases loaded with two outs when an error allowed one run to score and brought up Michael Doolin (Schererville, Ind.). Doolin laced a single to center that played two runs and gave Pride a 5-4 lead that it wouldn't relinquish.

Tyler Callihan (Neptune Beach, Fla.) led the way offensively for Pride, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Jared Kelley (Refugio, Texas) went three strong innings for Pride after getting the start on the mound, allowing just one run on one hit and striking out three.

The second game of the day was a much more one-sided affair, as United dominated Free through much of the contest to claim a 7-2 victory.

Will Rigney (Waco, Texas), who started on the bump for United, and Victor Mederos (Miami, Fla.) combined to shut out Free in the first seven innings. Together, they allowed just three hits and no runs while striking out five.

On the offensive end, United took the lead in the second inning and never looked back, plating runs in all but three innings of the contest.

That showing was highlighted by Riley Greene (Oviedo, Fla.), who finished 2-for-2 with a run scored and three walks, and Matt McCormick (Orland Park, Ill.), who had two RBI and a run scored in the game.

The Tournament of Stars will continue with another doubleheader on Wednesday with Brave and United set to square off at 10:15 a.m. ET and a Free-Pride matchup scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Coleman Field.

The USA Baseball Tournament of Stars (TOS) is the primary identification event for the 2018 USA Baseball 18U National Team that will compete in the COPABE "AAA" Pan American Championships from November 23-December 2 in Panama.

The TOS is made up of 80 of the nation's best ballplayers that are international age-eligible for 18U National Team consideration (born in 2000 or later). Following the conclusion of the event on Saturday, June 23, the 40-man 18U National Team Trials roster will be announced.

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USA Baseball Tournament of Stars Begins Monday, June 18

June 18, 2018

USA Baseball invites the local and national media to the 2018 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars.

The USA Baseball Tournament of Stars (TOS) is the primary identification event for the 2018 USA Baseball 18U National Team that will compete in the COPABE "AAA" Pan American Championships from November 23-December 2 in Panama. The TOS is made up of 80 of the nation's best ballplayers that are international age-eligible for 18U National Team consideration (born in 2000 or later). Following the conclusion of the event on Saturday, June 23, the 40-man 18U National Team Trials roster will be announced.

  • WHAT: USA Baseball Tournament of Stars
  • WHEN: June 18 - 23, 2018
  • WHERE: USA Baseball National Training Complex 200 Brooks Park Lane Cary, N.C., 27519


The 18U National Team program started in 1987 as the USA Baseball Junior National Team competing in the World Youth Baseball Championships. Since then the 18U National Team has been a perennial power on the international baseball scene. The team competes in two major events in bi-yearly cycles - the COPABE "AAA" Pan American Championships and the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup. In 2017, Team USA went undefeated to claim its fourth WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup title in a row and give the program its seventh consecutive gold medal in international competition. The program has also won five straight COPABE "AAA" Pan American Championships titles and will look to add a sixth in 2018.

Credential Application

Members of the media can apply for a credential by visiting the USA Baseball Media Services page on the official website here.

TOS Participants in the Draft

Following a season in which the 18U National Team earned its fourth consecutive World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 Baseball World Cup title, ten members of the 20-man roster were selected in the first round in 2018. All ten of those players participated in the 2017 Tournament of Stars.

Jarred Kelenic (No. 6, New York Mets) was the first selected, followed by Ryan Weathers (No. 7, St. Louis Cardinals), Matt Liberatore (No. 16, Tampa Bay Rays), Brice Turang (No. 21, Milwaukee Brewers), Anthony Seigler (No. 23, New York Yankees), Triston Casas (No. 26, Boston Red Sox), Mason Denaburg (No. 27, Washington Nationals), JT Ginn (No. 30, Los Angeles Dodgers) and Ethan Hankins (No. 35, Cleveland Indians).

From the Tournament of Stars to the Major Leagues

There are currently 33 players in the Major Leagues that have suited up for the red, white and blue as members of the 18U National Team, with the majority of those having participated in the Tournament of Stars en route to Team USA. Current Major Leaguers Joey Gallo, Bryce Harper, Francisco Lindor, Manny Machado and Blake Swihart all played in the Tournament of Stars before wearing the USA jersey as 18U players.

USA Baseball Coverage

Live stats: StatCrew/SideArm Sports
Social Media: @USABaseball18U (Twitter) and @USABaseball (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat)
Streaming/TV: The gold and bronze medal games on Saturday, June 23, will be broadcast live on USABaseball.com, MLB.com, and Facebook Live

Participating Players and Schedule

Eighty of the nation's best ballplayers that are international age-eligible for 18U National Team consideration (born in 2000 or later) are participating in the 2018 event.

For the full schedule, please visit the 18U National Team page on USABaseball.com.

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Eighteen USA Baseball Alumni Selected in First Round of 2018 Major League Baseball Draft

June 5, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - Eighteen USA Baseball alumni were drafted in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday night, including number one overall pick, Casey Mize. USA Baseball has had 495 total alumni drafted in the first round since 1978, and 2018 marks the 16th time in the last 18 years that the first overall pick played for Team USA.

The Detroit Tigers started the 2018 draft by selecting 2017 Collegiate National Team alumnus Casey Mize with the first pick of the draft. He is the sixth consecutive USA Baseball alum to be selected number one overall following Royce Lewis (2017), Mickey Moniak (2016), Dansby Swanson (2015), Brady Aiken (2014) and Mark Appel (2013).

In total, USA Baseball alumni have been selected with the number one overall pick 31 times since 1971.

"USA Baseball is extremely proud of our eighteen alumni who were selected in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft," said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. "The success of our athletes following their time within our national team programs is a testament to their hard work and dedication to our beloved sport, and we cannot wait to watch them as they continue their baseball careers at the next level."

Four-time USA Baseball alumnus Nick Madrigal (No. 4, Chicago White Sox), Travis Swaggerty (No. 10, Pittsburgh Pirates), two-time Collegiate National Team alum Seth Beer (No. 28, Houston Astros), Cadyn Grenier (No. 37, Baltimore Orioles) and Jake McCarthy (No. 39, Arizona Diamondbacks) join Mize as members of the 2017 Collegiate National Team that were selected in the first round. This team won all three of its international friendship series last summer against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan.

Following a season in which the 18U National Team earned its fourth consecutive World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 Baseball World Cup title, ten members of the 20-man roster were selected in the first round in 2018. Jarred Kelenic (No. 6, New York Mets) was the first member of the team selected, followed by Ryan Weathers (No. 7, San Diego Padres), Matt Liberatore (No. 16, Tampa Bay Rays), Nolan Gorman (No. 19, St. Louis Cardinals), three-time alum Brice Turang (No. 21, Milwaukee Brewers), Anthony Seigler (No. 23, New York Yankees), three-time alum Triston Casas (No. 26, Boston Red Sox), Mason Denaburg (No. 27, Washington Nationals), JT Ginn (No. 30, Los Angeles Dodgers) and Ethan Hankins (No. 35, Cleveland Indians).

"To have half of last year's roster selected in the first round is a real honor to everyone involved in the USA Baseball National Team process," said Matt Blood, USA Baseball 18U National Team Director. "These players have put in a lot of hard work and have also taken great pride in representing the United States in International competition."

Four national team programs were represented in the 2018 draft, including seven players from the Collegiate National Team, 15 from the 18U National Team, four from the 15U National Team and two that played for the former 14U National Team. In total, the 18 alumni selected in the first round have won a cumulative eighteen international gold medals and one silver medal.

USA Baseball had its most successful year in 2017, sweeping through its international competition with gold medals at the World Baseball Classic, WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, COPABE Pan Am U-15 Championships and the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup; in addition to the Collegiate National Team winning all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan. It is the first time in international baseball history a federation has won all of its international competitions in a calendar year.

The draft continues Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 6. Stay tuned to @USABaseball on Twitter for updates.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni selected in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft is as follows:

Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s)

1-1; Casey Mize; Detroit Tigers; 2017 Collegiate
1-4; Nick Madrigal; Chicago White Sox; 2011 14U, 2012 15U, 2014 18U, 2017 Collegiate
1-6; Jarred Kelenic; New York Mets; 2016-17 18U
1-7; Ryan Weathers; San Diego Padres; 2017 18U
1-10; Travis Swaggerty; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2017 Collegiate
1-16; Matthew Liberatore; Tampa Bay Rays; 2017 18U
1-19; Nolan Gorman; St. Louis Cardinals; 2017 18U
1-21; Brice Turang; Milwaukee Brewers; 2014 15U, 2016-17 18U
1-22; Ryan Rolison; Colorado Rockies; 2015 18U
1-23; Anthony Seigler; New York Yankees; 2017 18U
1-24; Nico Hoerner; Chicago Cubs; 2011 14U, 2012 15U
1-26; Triston Casas; Boston Red Sox; 2015 15U, 2016-17 18U
1-27; Mason Denaburg; Washington Nationals; 2017 18U
1-28; Seth Beer; Houston Astros; 2016-17 Collegiate
1-30; JT Ginn; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2017 18U
1-35; Ethan Hankins; Cleveland Indians; 2017 18U
1-37; Cadyn Grenier; Baltimore Orioles; 2017 Collegiate
1-39; Jake McCarthy; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2017 Collegiate

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USA Baseball Announces 2018 Tournament of Stars Staff

April 25, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the coaching staff and task force that will lead 80 of the nation's best 18-and-under players in the 2018 Tournament of Stars presented by Major League Baseball on Wednesday. The staff, which is made up of former professional players, respected collegiate and high school coaches, as well as Major League scouts, will guide and evaluate this year's athlete in the event at the USA Baseball National Training Complex June 18-23 in Cary, North Carolina.

The coaching staff and task force will assist the 18U National Team staff in identifying athletes to be invited to the USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials. The 2018 Trials will be held immediately following the Tournament of Stars June 25-28.

American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer and former Clemson head coach Jack Leggett has been tapped to lead the 2018 18U National Team as it looks for its fifth consecutive gold medal at the COPABE Pan American "AAA" Championships.

Joining Leggett on the 2018 staff will be Scott Bankhead (North Carolina Baseball Academy), Joe Almaraz (St. Louis Cardinals) and Gregg Ritchie (George Washington).

This year's Tournament of Stars participants will be divided into four teams of 20 players (Brave, Free, Pride, and United), and each team staff will be comprised of a manager, assistant coach and pitching coach.

Atlanta Braves' Special Assistant to Baseball Operations, and 19-year MLB veteran, Fred McGriff, will manage the Free team. Trip Couch will join McGriff as the team's assistant coach, while Robert Woodard will serve as pitching coach.

Royce Clayton, who played on the 18U National Team in 1987 and is currently the head coach at Oaks Christian School (Westlake, Calif.), will take the helm of the Pride team. Mark Ross and Steve Stone will join Clayton on staff.

Former East Carolina University head coach and current New York Yankees scout, Billy Godwin, has been named the manager of the Brave team. Eric DuBose and Chris Carter will serve on the Brave staff as the pitching and assistant coaches, respectively.

Finally, Marc Rardin, who is currently the head coach at Iowa Western Community College (Council Bluffs, Iowa), will guide the United team as the manager. He will be joined by Tyler Kincaid as the pitching coach and former MLB All-Star Tony Womack will round out the staff as the assistant coach.

A four-person task force and two rovers will also assist the national team and Tournament of Stars coaching staffs in overseeing the event. Detroit Tigers scout Taylor Black will lead the task force, with Travis Coleman, Ryan Goll and Matt Williams assisting him. John Hendricks will serve as the pitching rover for the event, while Jeff Kunkel will be the 2018 position rover, assisting the task force and staff with evaluating and identifying players for consideration.

The Tournament of Stars is made up of 80 of the best baseball players in the country that are international age-eligible (Born January 1, 2000 or 2001) for 18U National Team consideration. The event serves as the primary pool of talent from which USA Baseball will select its team to compete in the 2018 COPABE Pan American "AAA" Championships in Panama City, Panama, November 23-December 2. Team USA is the four-time defending champions in the event.

For the most up-to-date information on the 18U National Team, follow @USABaseball18U and @USABaseball on Twitter.

The complete list of Tournament of Stars staff and task force, as well as their bios, is as follows:

Name, Coaching Position:
Taylor Black, Task Force
Chris Carter, Brave Assistant Coach
Royce Clayton, Pride Manager
Travis Coleman, Task Force
Trip Couch, Free Assistant Coach
Eric DuBose, Brave Pitching Coach
Billy Godwin, Brave Manager
Ryan Goll, Task Force
John Hendricks, Pitching Rover
Tyler Kincaid, United Pitching Coach
Jeff Kunkel, Position Rover
Fred McGriff, Free Manager
Scott Meaney, Cross Checker
Marc Rardin, United Manager
Mark Ross, Pride Pitching Coach
Steve Stone, Pride Assistant Coach
Matt Williams, Task Force
Tony Womack, United Assistant Coach
Robert Woodard, Free Pitching Coach

Taylor Black is currently a scout for the Detroit Tigers. Prior to that role, he served as an assistant coach at North Carolina State University. He is returning to the Tournament of Stars task force in 2018 after serving in this role for the 2017 and 2016 tournaments. Before he started coaching, Black played collegiately at the University of Kentucky and professionally in the minor leagues until 2013.

This is Chris Carter's third year as a coach at the Tournament of Stars, as he served in the same role in both 2017 and 2016. He was also a member of the coaching staff for the 2017 18U National Team that won the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup gold medal. In addition, he was an assistant coach for the 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) in 2016 and 2017. Carter is the athletic director at Woodmont High School in Piedmont, South Carolina, and held the same position at nearby Easley High School from 2009-2013. Carter was a catcher at Clemson University in the 1990s and formerly served as the head baseball coach at Easley and Byrnes high schools from 1998-2008, prior to transitioning into an administrative role.

Royce Clayton will coach at the Tournament of Stars for the second year in a row in 2018 but his first experience with USA Baseball came in 1987 when he played for the 18U National Team. He played for 17 years in the Major Leagues from 1991-2007 after being selected in the first round of the MLB draft by the San Francisco Giants in 1988. He currently serves as the head coach at Oaks Christian School (Westlake, Calif.).

Travis Coleman is currently a scout for the reigning World Series champion Houston Astros. He played collegiate baseball for Auburn University before starting his scouting career in 2014 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau. Coleman is also the owner of the Pro Elite Academy, a baseball and athlete development company.

Trip Couch returns to the USA Baseball coaching ranks after previously serving as a coach at the Tournament of Stars. He also held an administrion role with the 1999 Collegiate National Team as he was the team's Delegation Head/Business Manager. Currently the director of baseball player development at the University of South Carolina, Couch has spent time coaching at University of Lousiana-Lafayette, University of Houston and University of Texas, as well as serving as a scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Most recently, he was an assistant coach at Houston where he helped lead the Cougars to four straight American Athletic Conference championship games and the tournament title in 2017.

Eric DuBose is no stranger to USA Baseball, having played for the 1994 18U National Team and the 1995 and 1996 Collegiate National Teams. DuBose was an All-American at Mississippi State University before being selected with the 21st overall pick in the 1997 MLB draft. He made his Major League debut in 2002 for the Baltimore Orioles and was with the organization until his retirement in 2007. He is currently a pitching coach for the East Coast Sox organization.

Billy Godwin is a former college head coach who led Louisburg College from 1999-2005 and East Carolina University from 2006-2014. He was named Coach of the Year by the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association in 2002 and 2007, and guided East Carolina to a Conference USA title and NCAA Super Regional appearance in 2009. Godwin played collegiately at Atlantic Christian College, now Barton College, and is currently an area scout for the New York Yankees. 2018 marks Godwin's second time coaching at the Tournament of Stars, having also appeared on the staff in 2016.

Ryan Goll will serve as a member of the 2018 Tournament of Stars Task Force and will be the bullpen catcher at the event. In 2017, he also served on the task force and as a bullpen catcher for the 18U National Team Trials. Goll is currently a student manager at the University of Minnesota.

John Hendricks previously coached in the Tournament of Stars in 2015 and 2016. He is currently a scout for the New York Mets. The Winston-Salem, North Carolina, native, played collegiately at Wake Forest University and was drafted by the New York Mets in the 14th round of the 1999 MLB Draft. Hendricks, who pitched in the Mets organization for two years, is the Demon Deacons' program leader in career innings pitched, career strikeouts and career victories.

Currently in his third year as the pitching coach at Kansas State University, Tyler Kincaid started his coaching career 17 years ago. In that time, he has worked at the high school and collegiate levels. In his first year with the Wildcats, the pitching staff finished the season third in program history for total strikeouts in a single season with 440. He served as an assistant coach at University of San Diego prior to his time with Kansas State and 21 of his pitchers were selected in the MLB draft during his six seasons.

Jeff Kunkel is currently an area scout for the Detroit Tigers, covering the upper Midwest. Prior to his scouting role, Kunkel served as a bullpen catcher for the team and played six seasons (2006-11) in the organization's minor league system. He also played collegiately at the University of Michigan where he earned All-Big Ten Conference honors in 2006 as a senior. That year he hit .335 with 38 runs scored, 15 doubles and 28 RBI, while leading the team to Big Ten regular season and tournament championships. He also served as a coach at the 2017 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).

For the second year in a row, five-time All-Star Fred McGriff will coach at the Tournament of Stars. McGriff played 19 seasons in MLB from 1986-2004. He spent five of those seasons with the Atlanta Braves, where he helped the team to a World Series Championship in 1995. He also won three Silver Slugger Awards throughout his time in the big leagues and finished his career with 493 home runs. Following his playing career, he returned to Atlanta where the Braves hired him as a Special Assistant to Baseball Operations in 2015.

Scott Meaney will serve as the cross-checking scout at the 2018 Tournament of Stars. Meaney spent four years on the baseball team at the University of Massachusetts before graduating and joining the staff as the team's pitching coach. He is currently serving as a scout for the Cleveland Indians.

Rardin is in his 14th season as the head coach at Iowa Western Community College (Council Bluffs, Iowa). During his tenure, the IWCC Reivers won two Junior College World Series titles in three years (2010 and 2012). They have tallied 18 post-season titles in 11 seasons under Rardin, which is better than any other Division I junior college program in the U.S. over the last 10 years. Rardin re-joins the Tournament of Stars coaching staff after working at the event in 2014 and 2015.

Currently a scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Mark Ross will coach at the Tournament of Stars for the second consecutive year. Ross played in the Major Leagues for six years with the Astros, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Toronto Blue Jays. He finished his professional career with a 3.83 ERA. Prior to his time in MLB, Ross played at Texas A&M and was a member of the 1978 USA Baseball National Team that won a silver medal at the XXIV Baseball World Cup.

Steve Stone returns to the Tournament of Stars coaching ranks in 2018 after coaching in the event in 2017 and 2016. He is in his 19th year as the head baseball coach at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas. In total, Stone has 23 years of coaching experience, previously spending time at Rider and Euless Trinity high schools. He is a former standout catcher at Texas Christian University, where he was named team MVP in 1988.

Matt Williams is a scout for the Minnesota Twins. He spent seven years in the minor leagues, playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels and Philadelphia Phillies organizations. He played collegiately at Liberty University before being drafted in the 15th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Cardinals.

Tony Womack spent 13 seasons in the Major Leagues after being selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 7th round of the 1991 MLB Draft. In that time, he played for the Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds. He was a member of the Diamondbacks team that won the World Series in 2001 and was an All-Star for the Pirates in 1997. Womack also led the league in stolen bases from 1997-1999 and was the MLB leader in triples in 2000. He finished his career with a .273 average and 363 stolen bases.

Robert Woodard is in his second year as the pitching coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) after serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Virginia Tech. Prior to joining the Hokies staff in 2013, Woodard coached at UNC, his alma mater, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Woodard is the Tar Heels' all-time winningest pitcher with a record of 34-5 and spent three years in the San Diego Padres' farm system after being selected in the 20th round of the 2007 MLB Draft. The Charlotte, North Carolina, native has also coached for the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod League. In 2016, Woodard made his Tournament of Stars debut as a pitching rover at the event and returned to the event in 2017 as a coach. He also served as a coach at the 2016 17U NTDP.

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USA Baseball Announces 2018 18U National Team Staff

March 22, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the 18U National Team coaching staff on Thursday, highlighted by naming American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer Jack Leggett as manager. Scott Bankhead (North Carolina Baseball Academy) will serve as the team's pitching coach in 2018, while Joe Almaraz (St. Louis Cardinals) and Gregg Ritchie (George Washington) join the staff as assistant coaches.

The 2018 18U National Team will travel to Panama City, Panama looking for its fifth consecutive gold medal at the COPABE Pan American "AAA" Championships. The 18U team has won seven straight international tournament titles dating back to 2011, including winning the last four World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cups in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

"Jack brings a wealth of baseball experience to this team and coaching staff, and we are happy to have his passion, history of success and proven ability to motivate and mentor athletes leading the 18U program this year," USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO, Paul Seiler, said. "This entire coaching staff brings together an immensely talented group of coaches and we are confident they can continue to build on the success USA Baseball has had at this age level."

This will mark Leggett's first year as a National Team coach and his second straight year working with USA Baseball after he served as a coach for the 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) in 2017. Leggett was the head baseball coach at Clemson University from 1994-2015, where he led the Tigers to 955 victories, 21 NCAA Tournament appearances and six College World Series berths. Every single one of his teams compiled winning overall records in his 22 seasons at Clemson and 34 of his players were All-Americans, 31 were First-Team All-ACC players and 11 were selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Leggett guided the Tigers to their second and third No. 1 rankings in school history and Clemson was the seventh-winningest program in the nation during his time as head coach. He was a three-time ACC Coach of the Year recipient and was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame in 2014. Leggett also served as a head coach for 14 years at Vermont and Western Carolina before moving to Clemson. In total, he has 1,332 career wins and following the conclusion of the 2015 season, he was the fifth-winningest active Division 1 head coach in the country.

"Coaching for Team USA is something I have always wanted to do and I am excited to begin working with an exceptional group of athletes who are ready to learn and represent the United States," said Leggett. "I am tremendously proud to head to the Pan American Championships with this team to showcase our brand of baseball to the world."

Scott Bankhead will join Leggett on staff as the 2018 squad's pitching coach. Currently the owner of the North Carolina Baseball Academy, Bankhead is making his national team coaching debut in 2018 but he is no stranger to suiting up for Team USA. He served as an 18U National Team Trials coach in 2016 and 2017, and was a member of the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Team. He was the 16th overall pick in the 1984 MLB Draft out of the University of North Carolina and he spent ten seasons in the Major Leagues, pitching for the Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. He finished his professional career with a 4.18 ERA over 901 innings.

Currently a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, Almaraz will make his USA Baseball coaching debut as an assistant in 2018. Prior to his time scouting for the Cardinals, Almaraz coached at the high school, college and professional levels, and ran a baseball academy for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was a high school baseball coach for 12 years and then spent time as a junior college coach before moving to the minor leagues where he coached in the Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles and Cardinals systems. In addition, Almaraz has been a scout for the Cardinals since 2005 and has scouted or helped sign players like Michael Wacha, Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong. During his time with the organization, the Cardinals have won two World Series titles.

Ritchie will reprise his role as 18U National Team hitting coach for the second consecutive year in 2018. In 2017, he helped lead Team USA to an undefeated record and a fourth consecutive WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup title. Under his direction, the team hit .273 and had a .418 slugging percentage, with 16 doubles, five triples and six home runs over nine games. He also served as a coach at the 2016 17U NTDP and 18U trials. Ritchie is in his sixth season at the helm for George Washington University, where he was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2013. That year, he led the Colonials to their first postseason berth since 2006 and then followed that with back-to-back postseason appearances in 2015 and 2016. He began his coaching career in the Chicago White Sox organization, where he worked at various levels for 10 years, before serving as the hitting coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011 and 2012.

The USA Baseball Tournament of Stars will once again mark the beginning of the 18U National Team schedule in 2018. The event serves as the primary identification event for the team and is made up of 80 of the best baseball players in the country that are international age-eligible (born January 1, 2000 or 2001). The 2018 Tournament of Stars will be held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, June 18-23.

More information about the 2018 18U National Team Trials and Training, as well as the COPABE Pan Am Championships, will be announced at a later date.

For the most up-to-date information on the 18U National Team, follow @USABaseball18U and @USABaseball on Twitter.

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USA Baseball Ranked Number One In Latest WBSC Baseball World Rankings

February 22, 2018

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

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

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

USA Baseball had its most successful year in 2017, setting a record for most annual Baseball World Ranking points amassed with 2,127. The U.S. swept through its international competition with gold medals at the World Baseball Classic, WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, COPABE Pan Am U-15 Championships and the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup; in addition to the Collegiate National Team winning all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan. It is the first time in international baseball history a federation has won all of its international competitions in a calendar year.

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

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

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

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

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

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2017 USA Baseball Award Winners Announced

December 12, 2017

18U National Team member Triston Casas named Richard W. "Dick" Case Award Winner

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the recipients of its annual organizational awards on Tuesday, recognizing the top athletes, coaches and performances from the 2017 USA Baseball national teams. 18U National Team member Triston Casas was named the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner, given annually to USA Baseball's top player in honor of the organization's founding Executive Director and CEO. Casas is the third 18U National Team member to earn athlete of the year honors.

USA Baseball honored the World Baseball Classic Team with three awards in 2017, including the Team of the Year award after winning its first-ever gold medal in the event. Manager Jim Leyland was named the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year and World Baseball Classic MVP Marcus Stroman earned the International Performance of the Year award following his outstanding performance in the championship game in March.

Stroman shares the International Performance of the Year award with 12U National Team member Josh Atomancyzyk, whose performance against Japan in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup kept Team USA in medal contention en route to its third consecutive Baseball World Cup title. This is the first time in USA Baseball's history two individual performances were recognized with this award.

"We are delighted to recognize these outstanding performances that led USA Baseball to new heights in 2017," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director/CEO. "Our on-field performances are certainly paramount to our organization's success but in addition to that, each one of these athletes represented the United States in an exceptional manner as a global ambassador for the game of baseball and our country on the international stage. We are truly proud to recognize these individuals and teams with our annual awards."

In partnership with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Baseball also named David Sharp (12U National Team) and Bill Burniston (Collegiate National Team) the Developmental and Volunteer Coach of the Year award recipients, respectively.

USA Baseball had its most successful year in 2017 after sweeping through its international competition with gold medals at the World Baseball Classic, WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, COPABE Pan Am U-15 Championships and the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup; in addition to the Collegiate National Team winning all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan. It is the first time in international baseball history a federation has won all of its international competitions in a calendar year.

Three-time USA Baseball alumnus Triston Casas (American Heritage High School, Pembroke Pines, Fla.) was awarded the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award following his performance with the 18U National Team at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Canada. Casas was named the tournament MVP after leading Team USA to its fourth consecutive world championship title. A stalwart at first base, his bat did the most damage, collecting tournament-highs with 13 RBIs and three home runs, including a two-run shot in the gold medal game. The WBSC also named Casas its Baseball Player of the Year at its annual congress in Gaborone, Batswana in October.

Casas has now won three gold medals in his young career with Team USA. In addition to winning the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in 2017, he also won a gold medal with the 2015 15U National Team and the 2016 18U National Team in the COPABE Pan Am Championships. He was also a member of the 2016 17U National Team Development Program.

The World Baseball Classic Team was named USA Baseball's Team of the Year after winning its first-ever title when it defeated Puerto Rico, 8-0, in the gold medal game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Pitcher Marcus Stroman (Toronto Blue Jays) was named the MVP of the tournament and Eric Hosmer (Kansas City Royals) and Christian Yelich (Miami Marlins) joined him on the All-Tournament Team. The team finished the tournament with a 7-2 overall record and its success led to earning the USOC Team of the Month award for March, as well as its manager, Jim Leyland, being named the USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year.

"The managerial expertise Jim brought to our World Baseball Classic team was impressive to watch," said Seiler. "Our nation has such high expectations for success in our sport, and Jim led an incredible group of players and staff to our first gold medal in this event. We're incredibly proud to call him an alumnus of USA Baseball and honor him with this award."

Leyland will be honored at the Golden Spikes Award and Rod Dedeaux Foundation Award Dinner, which will be held June 28 at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles.

USA Baseball honored two athletes with the International Performance of the Year award: World Baseball Classic MVP Marcus Stroman and 12U National Team member Josh Atomancyzyk (Franklin, Texas). Stroman earned his MVP award with a shutdown performance over previously unbeaten Puerto Rico in the gold medal game of the 2017 WBC. In the final, Stroman pitched 6.1 innings of one-hit baseball and struck out three, silencing a Puerto Rican offense that was averaging nearly eight runs a game. His outstanding performance paved the way for a dominant 8-0 victory and the 2017 World Baseball Classic title. He was later named the Male Athlete of the Month for March by the USOC.

With a spot in the gold medal game of the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup on the line, Atomancyzyk took the mound for the red, white and blue against Japan and was masterful; tossing 5.1 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, while striking out a game-high seven batters in the victory. In addition to his pitching prowess, Atomancyzyk went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two home runs and five RBIs in the 6-1 victory.

12U National Team Manager David Sharp (Huntsville High School; Huntsville, Ala.) was named the Developmental Coach of the Year after leading the 12U team to its third consecutive WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup title. Sharp led his team to an 8-1 record, defeating host-country Chinese Taipei, 7-2, in the gold medal game in front of a sellout crowd of 11,000. Under his guidance, the team outscored its opponents 107-43 and finished the tournament hitting .423 with 40 extra-base hits.

Bill Burniston was named the USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year after serving as the performance specialist for the Collegiate National Team. Burniston provided unparalleled service to the athletes by offering creative and engaging training sessions that not only allowed the national team to prepare and excel on the field, but also promoted and protected their overall long-term health.

"Bill has been an invaluable addition to our Collegiate National Team family for years," said Seiler. "He is a world-class professional in his field and his engaging demeanor leads to positive and fulfilling relationships with the athletes that last long after their time with USA Baseball."

USA Baseball's Richard W. "Dick" Case Player of the Year and Team of the Year honorees serve as the organization's nominees in their respective categories with the USOC, who honors one Sportsman and Team of the Year annually based on nominations from its National Governing Bodies.

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USA Baseball Reveals 2018 Tournament of Stars Dates

November 3, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - The 2018 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars will take place from June 18-23, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, the organization revealed on Thursday.

Players will arrive on Sunday, June 17 and participate in a newly added team practice on Monday, June 18. The teams will then play games June 19-21, take part in an evaluation day on Friday, June 22, followed by the gold and bronze medal games on Saturday, June 23. All the athletes will depart on Sunday, June 24.

The bronze and gold games will once again be streamed live on MLB.com and USABaseball.com.

The Tournament of Stars is made up of 80 of the best baseball players in the country that are international age-eligible (Born January 1, 2000 or 2001) for 18U National Team consideration. The event serves as the primary pool of talent from which USA Baseball will select its team to compete in the 2018 COPABE Pan Am 'AAA' Championships.

Team USA is the four-time defending Pan Am champion and will look to add a fifth consecutive gold medal in 2018. The program's last gold came at the 2016 event, as Team USA claimed the title with a 6-1 victory over Cuba in the gold medal game.

The 2016 squad featured four players that were selected in the first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including Royce Lewis, who was selected first overall by the Minnesota Twins, and Hunter Greene, who was taken second overall by the Cincinnati Reds.

More information on the international event schedule for the 2018 18U National Team will be released at a later date on USABaseball.com.

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