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18U

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

Team USA Uses Big First Inning To Best Canada

November 18, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Team USA  3 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 1 8 8 3
Canada 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 1
Win: V. Mederos Loss: C. Sparks 
Box Score | Play-by-play

MIAMI, Fla. - The 18U National Team jumped out to an early lead that it would not relinquish as it bested Canada, 8-3, in the fourth game of National Team Training on Saturday, November 17, at the Ballpark of Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida.

For the second straight game, Team USA's offense got off to a fast start scoring three runs in the first inning to set the tone. Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) led the game off by getting hit by a pitch before eventually crossing the plate on a wild pitch for the team's first run of the game. Yohandy Morales (Miami, Fla.) then singled through the left side as Riley Greene (Oviedo, Fla.) crossed the plate to put the U.S. ahead 2-0. Tyler Callihan (Mobile, Ala.) scored Team USA's third and final run of the inning after touching home as Ethan Hearn (Neptune Beach, Fla.) grounded out to second base.

After a scoreless second inning from Team USA, Canada responded by scoring two runs after loading the bases with no outs to cut the lead to just one. With the score at 3-2 in favor of the U.S., both teams failed to bring home a run in the third.

Hearn sparked the stars and stripes in the fourth inning with a leadoff walk, before advancing to second on a wild pitch. After a groundout that advanced him to third, Hearn scored on a triple by Austin Hendrick (Oakdale, Pa.) that hit off the wall in right field. Hendrick scored on a sacrifice fly by Carter Young (Selah, Wash) to make the score 5-2.

Canada would score its final run of the game in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 5-3. That score didn't last long however, as Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) singled to center field in the bottom of the sixth and after advancing to second, stole third base. He would then score on an error for the lone run to push the lead to three runs.

In the eighth, Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas) scored on the squad's second sacrifice fly of the game. Greene finished the scoring for Team USA with his first home run of training, a deep shot over the wall in right field. The dinger marked the team's second home run of the week.

Greene led the squad with two hits and two runs scored on the day as six different players recorded an RBI. Victor Mederos (Miami, Fla.) earned the win after pitching four innings, while only allowing one hit and punching out three batters.

Up next, the team will take on the University of Florida at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida, on Sunday, November 18. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m. ET.

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

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18U

Nine Hits Lead Team USA Past STU

November 17, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Team USA  1 0 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 8 12 3
Nova Southeastern 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 5 1
Win: R. Hawks Loss: M. Ornelas 
Box Score | Play-by-play

MIAMI, Fla. - The 18U National Team used nine hits, including the team's first home run of training, to score seven runs and best St. Thomas University 7-4. The win marked the squad's third of training on Friday, November 16, at Paul Demie Mainieri Field in Miami Gardens, Florida.

The stars and stripes wasted no time jumping out to an early lead as Dylan Crews (Longwood, Fla.) walked before Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville, Texas) blasted a home run that hit off of the scoreboard in left-center field.

Not to be outdone, the Bobcats hit a two-run shot of their own to tie the game in the bottom of the first inning. Once again, the teams traded a pair of runs in the second inning after Corbin Carroll (Seattle, Wash.) scored on a wild pitch before STU scored on a single up the middle to even the score at three all.

After a scoreless third for both teams, the U.S. took a lead that they would not relinquish in the fourth when Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) scored on a sacrifice fly to right field to give Team USA the 4-3 lead.

In the fifth, Witt Jr. and Tyler Callihan (Neptune Beach, Fla.) began the inning with singles. With one out in the inning, Crow-Armstrong added another RBI to his resume when he punched a single into right field to score Witt Jr. Yohandy Morales (Miami, Fla.) scored on a wild pitch in the seventh to add to the lead.

STU scored in the eighth to cut the score to 6-4 before Logan Tanner (Lucedale, Miss.) scored in the ninth on a bases-loaded double play. With the game at 7-4, the team relied on Callihan to close the game and he did just that, collecting a 1-2-3 inning to earn the save.

Four players led the way for the U.S. with two hits apiece. Four players also notched an RBI to lead the team. Relief pitcher Sammy Faltine (Richmond, Texas) earned the win while punching out five batters in three innings.

Up next, the team will take on Canada at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Saturday, November 17. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. ET.

Follow @USABaseball18Uon Twitter and visit USABaseball.comfor the most up-to-date news about the 18U National Team.

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18U

Five Run Fourth Propels Team USA Over NSU

November 16, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Team USA  1 0 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 8 12 3
Nova Southeastern 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 5 1
Win: R. Hawks Loss: M. Ornelas 
Box Score | Play-by-play

MIAMI, Fla. - After falling behind early, the 18U National Team used a five-run fourth inning to top Nova Southeastern University 8-3 as the squad continued training on Thursday, November 15, at NSU in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Both teams got off to fast starts with both teams pushing runners across in the first inning. Team USA jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead after Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville, Texas) singled through the left side of the infield, scoring C.J. Abrams (Alphretta, Ga.) scored from second.

However, NSU responded quickly as the Sharks used two USA errors to score two runs in the bottom half of the first. Facing a one-run deficit for the second game in a row, the stars and stripes responded to tie the game in the third inning. Corbin Carroll (Seattle, Wash.) singled through the right side to allow Abrams to score his second run and tie the game.

The squad kept the bats hot in the next inning, adding five runs on four hits. Riley Greene (Oviedo, Fla.) punched a ball through the right side of the infield as Abrams tallied his third run of the game. On the very next pitch, Dylan Crews (Longwood, Fla.) scored on a wild pitch to push the U.S. lead to 5-2. Two more singles by Witt Jr. and Carroll plated two more runs to push the lead to 7-2.

The Sharks added a run in the seventh but the stars and stripes responded once again as Yohandy Morales (Miami, Fla.) doubled down the left field line to score Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas).

Ryan Cornelio (Monument, Colo.) entered the game in the eighth inning to close it out, fanning five batters, including all three in the ninth inning to secure Team USA's 8-3 win.

Abrams led the way with three hits and three runs on the day, as Greene, Witt Jr., and Carroll added two RBI a piece in the game. Starting pitcher Brennan Malone (Matthews, N.C.) earned the win while punching out six batters in four innings.

Up next, the team will take on St. Thomas University on Friday, November 16, at Paul Demie Mainieri Field in Miami Gardens, Florida. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. ET.

Follow @USABaseball18U on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 18U National Team.

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18U

Team USA Opens National Team Training With Win

November 15, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Team USA  0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 5 7 1
Miami Dade 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 6 0
Win: M. Abel Loss: B. Baker Save: T. Manning
Box Score | Play-by-play
 

MIAMI, FLA. - The 18U National Team used a four-run seventh inning to top Miami Dade College 5-2 as the squad opened National Team Training on Wednesday, November 14, at Miami Dade College - Kendall in Miami, Florida.

After a scoreless first inning for both teams, the U.S. opened the scoring in the top of the second. Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) bunted down the third base line to score Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville, Texas), who came all the way from second to give the stars and stripes the 1-0 advantage.

Team USA's starting pitcher, Avery Short (Indianapolis, Ind.), stayed solid for three shutout innings, striking out five, while only giving up three hits to the Sharks in the first four innings.

However, the Sharks added two runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a late 2-1 edge in the game. After a walk and a strikeout from pitcher Mick Abel (Portland, Ore.), the Sharks singled down the right field line, putting runners at the corners with one out. The tying run would cross the plate on a wild pitch, before a single down the left field line brought home the runner from second to give the Sharks the lead heading into the top of the seventh.

In the top half of the seventh, with the U.S. down one, CJ Abrams (Alpharetta, Ga.) singled up the middle before Dylan Crews (Longwood, Fla.) and Tyler Callihan (Neptune Beach, Fla.) drew walks to load the bases with just one out in the inning. Riley Greene (Oviedo, Fla.) then came up huge, driving a ball down the left field line to clear the bases and give Team USA the 5-2 lead.

After that, the squad never looked back, allowing just one hit for the remainder of the game. Greene led the stars and stripes with three hits and one RBI. Abel earned the win, pitching three innings and allowing three hits.

Up next, the team will take on Nova Southeastern University on Thursday, November 15, at the NSU Baseball Complex in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. ET.

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MLB and USA Baseball Create "PDP League" to Bolster High School Baseball Pipeline Ahead of 2020 MLB Draft

Expansion of the Existing Prospect Development Pipeline/Will Serve As the Premier Development Experience for 80 Top High School Prospects
November 13, 2018

Durham, N.C. - Major League Baseball and USA Baseball today announced the new "Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League," a premier development and showcase experience for dozens of high school baseball prospects based in the United States. The PDP League, which will be held from mid-June through early-July at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., is an invitation-based development opportunity for approximately 80 of the top high school baseball players ahead of the 2020 MLB Draft. It will include competitive game play, practice & training sessions with MLB Club representatives serving as on-field coaches, and evaluation using modern technologies tailoring individualized development curriculums for each player. The PDP League will serve as a primary identification opportunity for the USA Baseball 18U National Team, slated to compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Busan, South Korea. Additionally, the League will serve as a feeder for a new All-Star Week showcase game for the best high school baseball players, designed in a similar style to the existing SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

 "We are thrilled to join USA Baseball in announcing the PDP League, which is the newest initiative in our ongoing commitment to improving the amateur levels of our game and connecting the next generation of stars to Major League Baseball," said Morgan Sword, MLB's Senior Vice President, League Economics & Operations. "The PDP League will provide these players, the majority of whom will be in consideration for the following year's MLB Draft, with the most dynamic, development-focused experience available to high school baseball athletes. Uniquely, the PDP League will also offer players the opportunity to prepare for life beyond baseball by prioritizing leadership and character development as well as personal health and well-being."

"The creation of the PDP League signifies a new, groundbreaking opportunity to cultivate excellence amongst athletes both on and off the field," said Rick Riccobono, USA Baseball's Chief Development Officer. "The development of the next generation of collegiate and professional stars has long been a core mission of USA Baseball, and we are proud to reinforce this commitment with the creation of this innovative program with the support of Major League Baseball and its Clubs. The PDP League will have an immediate and positive impact on the amateur landscape while fostering the continued success of Team USA on the international stage."

LEAGUE FORMAT & PIPELINE TO ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
The 80 participants of the 2019 PDP League, all of whom will be invited by Major League Baseball, MLB Clubs and USA Baseball, will be broken down into four teams of about 20 players. Most of the on-field activity, including competitive play and training, will take place at the IMG Academy. The teams also will have an opportunity to play at Tropicana Field, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays.

A percentage of the highest performing players from the PDP League will be considered for additional premier opportunities. These include events connected to MLB All-Star Week, such as the new high school showcase game as well as the High School Home Run Derby, an annual national home run hitting contest held at the All-Star host ballpark. Four of the eight participants in the 2017 All-Star High School Home Run Derby were selected in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft.

USA Baseball also will utilize the PDP League as the primary identification event for the USA Baseball 18U National Team. Approximately 40 players will be invited from the PDP League to attend the 2019 18U National Team Trials, which will be conducted in late August in Los Angeles. From there, the final 20-man national team roster will be selected for team training in Asia, followed by the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Busan, South Korea in early September. The 2019 18U Team will be managed by long time Clemson University head coach Jack Leggett.

PLAYER HEALTH, WELLNESS & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Providing all participating athletes with an environment that prioritizes their health and well-being is one of the founding principles on which the PDP League was created. The League will focus on monitoring overall workload, ensuring the necessary amount of down time and rest, prioritizing recovery management and support, establishing routines for development, and monitoring heat exposure and hydration.

Personal development will be a focus in classroom settings during the League through a variety of important educational seminars applicable to the participants' potential collegiate and professional baseball careers. Classroom lessons will be led by MLB Club, USA Baseball, and other pertinent guest speakers and will include leadership sessions, diversity & inclusion training, proper use and importance of social media, nutritional tips, and more. Content, curriculum and expertise will be borrowed from existing initiatives, including MLB's Rookie Development Program and USA Baseball's National Team Development Program.

Additionally, the participants will have the opportunity to undergo unique athletic assessments, consisting of performance vision screening, swing and ball flight analysis and precise physical testing. These voluntary assessments have already helped establish an official identification and player assessment pathway to Major League Baseball and all 30 MLB Clubs for elite high school age baseball players. In the last two MLB Drafts (2017 & 2018), 212 players who participated in 2017-2018 PDP events were selected.

ABOUT IMG ACADEMY
IMG Academy is one of the world's largest and most advanced multi-sport training and educational institutions. IMG Academy helps countless youth, adult, collegiate and professional athletes reach their full potential in and out of sport by providing world-class teaching and coaching, tailored programs and professional facilities. Based in Bradenton, Florida, IMG Academy also serves as a training and competition venue for amateur and professional teams, a host site for a variety of events, and a hub for sports performance research and innovation. Its nearly 600-acre campus includes a state-of-the-art baseball stadium, five development fields, indoor & outdoor batting cages and 16 practice mounds. It also houses the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, three dormitories, two 10,000 square foot weight rooms and a fieldhouse with professional locker rooms.

ADDITIONAL USAB & MLB PROGRAMMING

MLB and USA Baseball partner on a variety of different initiatives, including the PLAY BALL initiative (www.PlayBall.org), diversity-focused amateur development camps (Breakthrough Series, DREAM Series & Hank Aaron Invitational), Fun At Bat program (www.FunAtBat.org), girls baseball initiatives (Trailblazer Series, Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series), Pitch Smart (www.PitchSmart.org), Hit and Run Baseball (www.HitandRunBaseball.com), and many more. 

In August, MLB and USA Baseball announced "States Play," a new, annual high school baseball tournament to showcase some of the best rising seniors from states that historically produce a high volume of collegiate and professional players. 

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18U

2018 18U National Team Training Begins Wednesday, Nov. 14

November 12, 2018

USA Baseball invites the local and national media to the 2018 USA Baseball 18U National Team Training.

The 18U National Team will compete in six exhibition games from November 14-20 in Florida to prepare for the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships. The 18U National Team Training roster is made up of 27 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 Tuesday, November 20, the 20-man 18U National Team roster will be announced.

  • WHAT: USA Baseball 18U National Team Training
  • WHEN: November 14-20, 2018
  • WHERE: Miami, Fla., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Miami Gardens, Fla., West Palm Beach, Fla., Port Charlotte, Fla.


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 Team has been a perennial power on the international baseball scene. The team competes in two major events in bi-yearly cycles - the COPABE U-18 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 dating back to 2011. The program has also won five straight COPABE U-18 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.

18U Participants in the MLB Draft

Following a season in which the 18U National Team earned its fourth consecutive WBSC 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 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 18U National Team to the Major Leagues

Forty-six players representing 27 different teams in the Major Leagues have suited up for the red, white and blue as members of the 18U National Team. Notables include Albert Almora Jr. (2010-11), Alex Bregman (2011), Bryce Harper (2009), Clayton Kershaw (2005), Francisco Lindor (2010), Manny Machado (2009), Joe Mauer (1999-2000), Andrew McCutchen (2004), Buster Posey (2004) and 2018 World Series Champion Blake Swihart (2010). For a full list of 18U alums in the majors click here.

USA Baseball Coverage

Live stats: StatCrew
Social Media: @USABaseball18U (Twitter) and @USABaseball (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat)
Streaming/TV: None

Participating Players and Schedule

Twenty-seven 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. For the full National Team Training roster, click here.

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USA Baseball Announces 2018 National Team Identification Series Selections

A total of 68 athletes were selected for 2019 national team programming from the 2018 NTIS
September 10, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Wednesday the 68 athletes that were selected from the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) to participate in 2019 national team programming. The tenth-annual NTIS was held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from August 8-26 and for the tenth year in a row, the selection announcement was made through an online show.

Twenty-seven states and 16 regions from across the U.S. are represented by the 68 athletes chosen and fourteen states boast more than one selection.

Under the direction of USA Baseball task force, the 2018 NTIS featured over 1,200 of the nation's best players competing in 172 games, as well as skill testing and on-field evaluations. Twelve athletes were invited to compete at each of the 2019 12U National Team Trials, the 2019 14U, 16U and 17U National Team Development Programs (NTDP) and the 15U National Team Trials. In addition, eight players from the 17U NTIS were chosen to participate in the 2019 18U National Team selection process.

"Our task force had a difficult job selecting just 68 athletes out of the incredible pool of talent from across the U.S. that participated in this year's NTIS," Senior Director of Baseball Operations, Ashley Bratcher, said. "We are excited about the players chosen from the 2018 event and what they will bring to our 2019 national team programming."

The 2018 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by Team USA. With tryouts in every region of the country, players now have greater access to USA Baseball National Team opportunities than ever before. The program includes six separate age groups - 11U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 15U and 17U.

The 2018 National Team Identification Series selections are as follows:

Name; Position; Hometown

2019 12U National Team Trials Invitees:
(from 11U NTIS)
Anthony Del Angel; OF/IF; Rio Rancho, N.M.
Parker Friend; C/RHP; Germantown, Md.
Gavin Hottle; IF/RHP; Irvine, Calif.
Bryant James; IF/RHP; Herndon, Va.
Elijah McNeal; Dublin, Calif.
Luis Mejia; IF/OF; Phoenix, Ariz.
Owen Robinson; LHP/IF; Greensboro, N.C.
C.J. Sampson; RHP/IF; Magnolia, Texas
Kruz Schoolcraft; IF/LHP; Aloha, Ore.
Jayden Stroman; IF/RHP; Medford, N.Y.
Eli Willits; IF/RHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Miles Young; IF; Cypress, Texas

2019 14U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 13U NTIS)
Kai Caranto; IF/RHP; Castaic, Calif.
Angel Cepeda; OF/IF; Union City, N.J.
Carson Dean; OF/IF; Frisco, Texas
Ian Duarte; OF/RHP; Santa Clarita, Calif.
Terry Dunsford; IF/RHP; Grand Bay, Ala.
Keondre Fields; OF/RHP; Nesbit, Miss.
Gavin Grahovac; C/IF; Orange, Calif.
Houston Hirschkorn; IF/RHP; Kingsburg, Calif.
Andre Modugno; IF/Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Brandon Olivera; RHP; Hialeah, Fla.
Kellon Parnell; OF/IF; Pascagoula, Miss.
Brooks Wright; UT/RHP; Knoxville, Tenn.

2019 15U National Team Trials invitees:
(from 14U NTIS)
Mason Balsis; C; Bristow, Va.
Maxwell Clark; OF; Franklin, Ind.
Tyson Dewall; RHP; Folsom, Calif.
Demitri Diamant; OF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Termarr Johnson; IF; Atlanta, Ga.
Steven Milam; IF; Las Cruces, N.M.
Louis Rodriguez; RHP; Long Beach, Calif.
Logan Saloman; RHP/IF; Chandler, Ariz.
Christopher Scinta; LHP; Tamarac, Fla.
Tyrus Williams; OF; Oxford, Miss.
Jaxon Willits; IF; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Colton Wombles; C; Salem, Ala.

2019 16U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 15U NTIS)
Jesse Bullard; IF/RHP; Riverside, Calif.
Korbyn Dickerson; OF/RHP; Jeffersonville, Ind.
Jake Geis; RHP; San Jose, Calif.
Rafael Gross; OF/IF; Pearland, Texas
Trevor Haskins; IF; San Jose, Calif.
David Horn; IF/RHP; Murrieta, Calif.
Kyndon Lovell; LHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Jaron Nevarez; LHP/IF; San Ramon, Calif.
Xavier Perez; RHP/OF; Corpus Christi, Texas
William Rogers; C/IF; Shoreview, Minn.
Chase Spencer; IF/RHP; Plano, Texas
Austin Young; RHP; Saint Peters, Mo.

2019 17U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 16U NTIS)
Jackson Baumeister; C/RHP; Jacksonville, Fla.
Mark Black; C/OF; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Michael Davinni; IF/RHP; Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Kade Grundy; RHP/OF; Somerset, Ky.
Samuel Hunt; C/IF; Minneapolis, Minn.
Joseph Mack; C/IF; Williamsville, N.Y.
Michael Morales; RHP/IF; Enola, Pa.
Joshua Pearson; OF/IF; West Monroe, La.
Joseph Quick; RHP/IF; Lake Jackson, Texas
Kurtis Reid; IF/RHP; Hamilton, Ohio
Nate Savino; LHP/OF; Sterling, Va.
Tyler Wiederstein; RHP/IF; Greensburg, Pa.

2019 18U National Team selection process invitees:
(from 17U NTIS)
Jag Burden; OF/IF; Huntington Beach, Calif.
Colten Keith; IF/RHP; Biloxi, Miss.
Harold Coll; IF; Hyde Park, Mass.
Mac Guscette; C/IF; Nokomis, Fla.
Cayden Wallace; IF; Greenbrier, Ark.
Jonathan Vaughns; IF/RHP; Glendora, Calif.
Alex Urban; OF; Lexington, S.C.
Cameron Brown; RHP/IF; Flower Mound, Texas

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USA Baseball Reveals 2018 18U National Team Training Roster

The final 20-man 18U National Team roster will be announced on November 20
August 28, 2018

CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball revealed the 2018 18U National Team Training roster on Tuesday. Beginning on November 14, the 26-man training roster will compete in a series of workouts and seven exhibition games in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, before the final 20-man 18U National Team roster will be announced on November 20.

Team USA will then travel to Panama City, Panama, to compete in the COPABE U-18 Pan American Championships from November 23 - December 2.

The 18U team will be looking for its fifth-consecutive Pan American Championships gold medal in 2018. The program 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.

The 26-man roster features six USA Baseball alumni, including Carter Young (Selah, Wash.), who returns to the 18U program after winning a gold medal at the 2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup. Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Dylan Crews (Longwood, Fla.) and Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas) are also on the 26-man roster. The trio won a gold medal with the 15U National Team at the 2017 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Cartagena, Colombia last summer. 2013 12U National Team gold medalists Yohandy Morales (Miami, Fla.) and Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) are the final athletes on the roster that have previously played for Team USA.

Twenty athletes are competing for the opportunity to wear the red, white and blue for the first time.

In total, 15 members of the roster have participated in the USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP). The NTDP offers identified athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experience.

American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer Jack Leggett will lead the 18U National Team in 2018. He is joined on staff by pitching coach Scott Bankhead and assistant coaches Mervyl Melendez and Gregg Ritchie.

For more information on the 18U National Team and the selection process, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter, at @USABaseball18U.

The 2018 18U National Team Trials roster:
Name; Position; Hometown
^CJ Abrams; IF; Alpharetta, Ga.
^Mick Abel; RHP; Portland, Ore.
Tyler Callihan; IF; Neptune Beach, Fla.
Corbin Carroll; OF; Seattle, Wash.
Riley Cornelio; RHP; Monument, Colo.
*^Dylan Crews; OF; Longwood, Fla.
*^Pete Crow-Armstrong; OF; Sherman Oaks, Calif.
^Riley Greene; OF; Oviedo, Fla.
Ryan Hawks; RHP; Bowling Green, Ky.
^Ethan Hearn; C; Mobile, Ala.
^Austin Hendrick; OF; Oakdale, Pa.
^Jared Kelley; RHP; Refugio, Texas
Jack Leiter; RHP; Summit, N.J.
Brennan Malone; RHP; Matthews, N.C.
Timmy Manning; LHP; Pompano Beach, Fla.
Jacob Meador; RHP; Burleson, Texas
^Victor Mederos; RHP; Miami, Fla.
*^Yohandy Morales; IF; Miami, Fla.
^Max Rajcic; RHP/IF; Fullerton, Calif.
Davis Rokose; LHP; Johns Creek, Ga.
Avery Short; LHP; Indianapolis, Ind.
Logan Tanner; C/RHP; Lucedale, Miss.
*^Anthony Volpe; IF; Watchung, N.J.
*^Masyn Winn; RHP/IF; Kingwood, Texas
^Bobby Witt Jr; IF; Colleyville, Texas
*^Carter Young; IF; Selah, Wash.

*Denotes National Team alum
^Denotes National Team Development Program participant

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Nineteen USA Baseball Alumni in 2018 MLB All-Star Game

Eleven past members of Collegiate National Team appear on rosters
July 13, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - Nineteen USA Baseball alumni have been named to the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game rosters, the organization announced on Friday. Ten members of the National Team (NL) roster have suited up for the red, white and blue, while nine of the American League (AL) All-Stars played for Team USA.

Four alumni will start the game in the field for the NL, including Nolan Arenado, Brandon Crawford, Freddie Freeman and Bryce Harper. In addition, alums Manny Machado and Mike Trout are among the AL's nine starting position players.

Of the 19 alumni, twelve have won gold medals with Team USA and eight have represented the stars and stripes on multiple USA Baseball national teams. Alex Bregman leads the way in both categories with appearances on five separate national teams and four gold medals.

In total, 11 alumni competed with the Collegiate National Team, seven played for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), six suited up for the 18U National Team, four participated with the 16U National Team and two represented the U.S. on the Professional National Team.

The 2018 MLB All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 17, at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni that appear on 2018 All-Star Game rosters is as follows:

Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s):
Nolan Arenado; Colorado Rockies; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Trevor Bauer; Cleveland Indians; 2009 Collegiate National Team
Alex Bregman; Houston Astros; 2010 16U National Team, 2011 18U National Team, 2013 & 2014 Collegiate National Teams, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Gerrit Cole; Houston Astros; 2009 & 2010 Collegiate National Teams
Brandon Crawford; San Francisco Giants; 2006 Collegiate National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Sean Doolittle; Washington Nationals; 2005 & 2006 Collegiate National Teams
Freddie Freeman; Atlanta Braves; 2005 16U National Team, 2006 18 National Team
Paul Goldschmidt; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Josh Hader; Milwaukee Brewers; 2015 Professional National Team
Bryce Harper; Washington Nationals; 2008 16U National Team, 2009 18U National Team
Craig Kimbrel; Boston Red Sox; 2013 World Baseball Classic Team
Francisco Lindor; Cleveland Indians; 2009 16U National Team, 2010 18U National Team
Manny Machado; Baltimore Orioles; 2009 18U National Team
Buster Posey; San Francisco Giants; 2004 18U National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Max Scherzer; Washington Nationals; 2005 Collegiate National Team
George Springer; Houston Astros; 2010 Collegiate National Team
Mike Trout; Los Angeles Angels; 2010 Professional National Team
Justin Verlander; Houston Astros; 2003 Collegiate National Team
Christian Yelich; Milwaukee Brewers; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team

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Stars Claim Final Trials Game with 9-1 Win

Kendall Williams gives up just four hits and no earned runs in start
June 28, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Stars 0 5 1 0 1 3 9 10 1
Stripes 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 0
Win: K. Williams Loss: M. Allan Save: None
Box Score | Stars Cumulative | Stripes Cumulative
 

CARY, N.C. - The Stars team wrapped up the 2018 18U National Team Trials on a strong note with a six-inning 9-1 victory over the Stripes in the final game of the series on Thursday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Kendall Williams (Olive Branch, Miss.) tossed a dominant game for the Stars, giving up just four hits and no earned runs while walking just one in his 4.1-inning start.

Behind that start, the Stars offense finally got things going in game four. A five-run second inning got the Stars on the board and in firm control of the contest early on.

The inning got started with a leadoff single from Joe Naranjo (Chino, Calif.), but all five runs came with two outs. After a fly out and a pop up, Ethan Hearn (Mobile, Ala.), Gunnar Henderson (Selma, Ala.) and Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) all collected RBI with a single, double and triple, respectively, to give the Stars a 5-0 lead.

That score would stand until the fifth inning, when the Stars widened the gap courtesy of a Sammy Faltine (Richmond, Texas) sac fly that plated Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.).

The Stripes finally broke through with an answer in the bottom half. An error allowed one run to cross to make it a 6-1 game.

In the very next frame though, the Stars posted another big inning to put the game out of reach for good. The squad pushed three more across for the final score of 9-1.

Nine different players collected hits for the Stars in the game, including Hearn, who finished 1-for-1 with two walks, two RBI and a run scored. On the other side of the diamond, Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas) scored the Stripes' lone run and finished 1-for-2 on the day.

Thursday's contest wrapped up a four-game series between the two teams and a five game trials process that also included a game between the 18U Trials squad and the 2018 Collegiate National Team. The Stars claimed the victory on the day but the Stripes won the series 3-1.

Following the completion of the 2018 18U National Team Trials, the final 20-man 18U National Team roster will be announced later in the fall. Team USA will then come together in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for training before competing in the COPABE "AAA" Pan American Championships from November 23-December 2 in Panama City, Panama.

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

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