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Eighty-Five USA Baseball Alumni in 2017 MLB Postseason

October 3, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - Eighty-five Team USA alumni have made the Major League Baseball Postseason with their respective clubs in 2017, USA Baseball announced on Tuesday.

All ten teams that have made the 2017 postseason have at least five alumni on their rosters; seven boast eight or more and four have at least 10 players that have represented the red, white and blue.

The Washington Nationals lead the way with 14 alumni, while the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros rosters all feature 10 alums. The Dodgers are close behind with nine and the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks both have eight.

Of the 85 alumni, 46 are gold medalists, 22 took home silver and eight secured bronze for the stars and stripes, including 12 that won gold at the 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC) and three from the bronze medal-winning 2008 Olympic team.

In addition, 20 of the players have represented the U.S. on multiple teams with seven-time alum Albert Almora and five-time alum Alex Bregman having competed on the most USA Baseball squads.

The postseason starts Tuesday, October 3, with the American League Wild Card game between the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees at 8 p.m. ET.

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni, by Major League Club, who appear on 2017 MLB Postseason rosters is as follows:

Arizona Diamondbacks (8):
Jake Barrett - 2008 18U National Team, 2015 Professional National Team
Daniel Descalso - 2009 Professional National Team
Paul Goldschmidt - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
David Hernandez - 2013 World Baseball Classic Team
Chris Iannetta - 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Jeff Mathis - 2005 Professional National Team
A.J. Pollock - 2011 Professional National Team
Robbie Ray - 2009 18U National Team

Boston Red Sox (10):
Matt Barnes - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Jackie Bradley Jr. - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Joe Kelly - 2007 Collegiate National Team
Craig Kimbrel - 2013 World Baseball Classic Team
Deven Marrero - 2011 Collegiate National Team
Dustin Pedroia - 2002 & 2003 Collegiate National Teams, 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Drew Pomeranz - 2009 Collegiate National Team
David Price - 2005 & 2006 Collegiate National Teams
Blake Swihart - 2010 18U National Team
Sam Travis - 2013 Collegiate National Team

Chicago Cubs (10):
Albert Almora - 2007 & 2008 14U National Teams, 2009 & 2010 16U National Teams, 2010 & 2011 18U National Teams, 2015 Professional National Team
Jake Arrieta - 2006 Collegiate National Team, 2008 Olympic Team
Kris Bryant - 2012 Collegiate National Team
Brian Duensing - 2007 Professional National Team, 2008 Olympic Team
Jon Jay - 2005 Collegiate National Team
Dillon Maples - 2010 18U National Team
Mike Montgomery - 2010 Professional National Team
Addison Russell - 2011 Collegiate National Team
Kyle Schwarber - 2013 Collegiate National Team
Ben Zobrist - 2005 Professional Team, 2013 World Baseball Classic Team

Cleveland Indians (6):
Trevor Bauer - 2009 Collegiate National Team
Francisco Lindor - 2009 16U National Team, 2010 18U National Team
Austin Jackson - 2002 16U National Team
Andrew Miller - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Tyler Naquin - 2011 Collegiate National Team
Bradley Zimmer - 2013 Collegiate National Team

Colorado Rockies (8):
Tyler Anderson - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Nolan Arenado - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Chad Bettis - 2009 Collegiate National Team
Jonathan Lucroy - 2013 & 2017 World Baseball Classic Teams
Jake McGee - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Pat Neshek - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Mark Reynolds - 2006 Professional National Team
Tony Wolters - 2008 16U National Team, 2009 & 2010 18U National Teams

Houston Astros (10):
Alex Bregman - 2010 16U National Team, 2011 18U National Team, 2013 & 2014 Collegiate National Teams, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Tyler Clippard - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Evan Gattis - 2002 16U National Team
Luke Gregerson - 2013 & 2017 World Baseball Classic Teams
Brian McCann - 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Lance McCullers Jr. - 2010 18U National Team
George Springer - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Max Stassi - 2006 & 2007 16U National Teams, 2008 18U National Team
Justin Verlander - 2003 Collegiate National Team

Los Angeles Dodgers (9):
Walker Buehler - 2014 Collegiate National Team
Yasmani Grandal - 2009 Collegiate National Team
Curtis Granderson - 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Kyle Farmer - 2012 Collegiate National Team
Logan Forsythe - 2007 Collegiate National Team
Clayton Kershaw - 2005 18U National Team
Corey Seager - 2010 16U National Team
Chase Utley - 2006 World Baseball Classic Team
Alex Verdugo - 2010 14U National Team

Minnesota Twins (5):
Jason Castro - 2009 Professional National Team
Kyle Gibson - 2008 Collegiate National Team
Robbie Grossman - 2007 18U National Team
Joe Mauer - 2000 18U National Team, 2003 Professional National Team, 2013 World Baseball Classic Team
Glen Perkins - 2013 World Baseball Classic Team

New York Yankees (6):
Dellin Betances - 2005 18U National Team
Todd Frazier - 2006 Collegiate National Team, 2010 Professional National Team
Sonny Gray - 2009 & 2010 Collegiate National Teams
Matt Holliday - 1997 18U National Team, 2003 & 2006 Professional National Teams
Erik Kratz - 2010 Professional National Team
David Robertson - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team

Washington Nationals (14):
A.J. Cole - 2007 16U National Team
Sean Doolittle - 2005 & 2006 Collegiate National Team
Gio Gonzalez - 2013 World Baseball Classic Team
Bryce Harper - 2008 16U National Team, 2009 18U National Team
Howie Kendrick - 2005 Professional National Team
Ryan Madson - 2003 Professional National Team
Daniel Murphy - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Anthony Rendon - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Tanner Roark - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Max Scherzer - 2005 Collegiate National Team
Stephen Strasburg - 2008 Collegiate National Team, 2008 Olympic Team
Trea Turner - 2012 & 2013 Collegiate National Team
Matt Wieters - 2005 Collegiate National Team
Ryan Zimmerman - 2004 Collegiate National Team

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Tyler Thornton Earns Spot at USA Baseball National Team Camp

May 21, 2019

MORAGA, Calif. - Freshman Tyler Thornton made the record books on Monday: the right-hander is the first baseball player in Saint Mary's history to be selected to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team training camp roster.

After a record and accolade-laden regular season campaign, Thornton will head to the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina where he will compete for a spot on the 26-man roster. The camp will consist of four intrasquad exhibition contests and a game against the Coastal Plain League. The final roster will take on Cuba, Chinese Taipei, and Japan over the summer.

Thornton earned the prestigious invitation as he is one of the top freshmen pitchers in the nation. He has amassed a 9-2 record in 12 starts (70.1 innings pitched) and his 2.56 earned run average is the lowest of any starter on the team. He is ranked 11th in the country and first in the West Coast Conference in hits allowed per nine innings (5.37) and his nine wins are tied for the 12th-most in the nation (first in the WCC). Along with teammate Carlos Lomeli (also nine wins), he has collected the most wins by any Gael pitcher since Martin Agosta's nine favorable decision in 2012 (fourth-most since 1968).

Thornton's 10.88 strikeouts per nine are ranked third in the WCC and his WHIP of 0.97 is also third in the conference (28th in the nation). The San Diego native has twice been named the WCC Pitcher of the Week and both times were in a span of three weeks. Furthermore, he went on a streak earlier this season of three starts without allowing an earned run (22.1 innings in total), allowing just six hits during that time while striking out 26 batters.

Thornton and rest of his teammates will head to Stockton this week to compete as the No. 3 seed in the West Coast Conference Tournament.

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Lacy Earns USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Invitation

Lacy is 7-4 on the season with a 2.13 ERA, and 115 strikeouts
May 21, 2019

HOOVER, Alabama - Texas A&M sophomore pitcher Asa Lacy was selected to play for the USA Baseball 2019 Collegiate National Team, it was announced Monday.

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in three international friendship series in 2019, beginning with the eighth USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series that will take place July 2-6 in Cary, Charlotte, Durham and Hickory, North Carolina. The U.S. travels to Taiwan and Japan to compete in the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series from July 9-12 and the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 16-21.

The southpaw is 7-4 on the season with a 2.13 ERA, .162 opponent batting average and 115 strikeouts over 76.0 innings in his 13 starts. He is the first Aggie sophomore to record 100 strikeouts in a season since Michael Wacha in 2011. Lacy was named to the Perfect Game Midseason All-America Second Team and was tabbed a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist.

Lacy ranks second in the SEC in strikeouts per nine innings (13.62), third in strikeouts, fourth in hits allowed per nine innings (4.97) and opponent batting average and fifth in ERA. Nationally, he ranks seventh in hits allowed per nine innings, eighth in strikeouts per nine innings and 12 in strikeouts.

The list of recent Aggies to play for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team include John Doxakis (2018), Braden Shewmake (2017 & '18), Ryan Hendrix (2015), Nick Banks (2014 & 2015), A.J. Minter (2014), Daniel Mengden (2013), Tyler Naquin (2011) and Michael Wacha (2011).

For more information on USA Baseball and the Collegiate National Team, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; and @USABaseballCNT on Twitter.

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Mitchell Invited to USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

May 15, 2019

LOS ANGELES - UCLA sophomore outfielder Garrett Mitchell has been invited to play with the United States Collegiate National Team this summer, it was announced on Wednesday by USA Baseball.

Mitchell, who was in the midst of a breakout sophomore season, joins a rich history of Bruins to have suited up for the Collegiate National Team. He is set to become the 18th UCLA player to don the red, white, and blue, following in the footsteps of established MLB stars such as Gerrit Cole, Trevor Bauer, Brandon Crawford, and Troy Glaus.

The Orange, Calif. native is poised to be UCLA's first position player on the Collegiate National Team since Steve Rodriguez in 2010. Current Bruin second baseman Chase Strumpf was selected to the team in the summer of 2018, but did not participate due to injury.

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in series of four intrasquad exhibition games and a game against the Coastal Plain League Select before announcing a 26-man roster prior to the 8th USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series that will take place July 2-6 in Cary, Charlotte, Durham and Hickory, North Carolina.

Team USA's 26-man roster will then travel to Taiwan for the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series after which USA Baseball will announce a final 24-man roster to compete in the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 16-21 in Japan.

As of May 15, Mitchell is slashing .353/.425/.544 for the Bruins with 24 extra-base hits and 29 RBIs. UCLA's leadoff hitter, he's stolen a team-high 15 bases in 19 tries. He ranks in the top-10 in the Pac-12 in a bevy of statistics, including batting average (eighth), runs (46, 10th), hits (72, fourth), doubles (14, seventh), triples (five, second), stolen bases (fourth), and total bases (111, ninth). Mitchell has also been a lock-down defender in right field - his primary position - and center field, earning a national ABCA Gold Glove nomination.

Keep up-to-date on all things UCLA Baseball by following the team Twitter account at @UCLABaseball. Fans can follow the Collegiate National Team on Twitter at @USCBaseballCNT.

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Spencer Torkelson Named to USA Baseball Collegiate National Team for Second Time

Torkelson is the first player from Arizona State to be named to the Collegiate National Team twice
May 14, 2019

PHOENIX - For the second consecutive season, Sun Devil Baseball's Spencer Torkelson will shed the Maroon and Gold this summer in favor of the Red, White and Blue as the sophomore infielder has been selected to represent the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and will join the 2019 edition of Team USA in three international friendly series this summer.  

Torkelson is the first Sun Devil to become a two-time selection for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team since Ryan Burr was selected in 2013 and 2014. Torkelson, Burr and Dustin Pedroia represent the only Sun Devils in program history to represent their country on more than one occasion.  

Torkelson joins an illustrious list of Sun Devils to represent their country over the years, including Floyd Bannister (1975), Bob Horner (1976), Kevin Romine (1981), Oddibe McDowell (1984), Dustin Pedroia (2002 and 2003) and current MLB players Mike Leake (2008), Deven Marrero (2011) and Trevor Williams (2012).  

In total, 36 Sun Devils have been selected a total 40 times to represent the United States with Torkelson's addition this summer. Only USC (70) and Stanford (51) have more all-time selections than ASU among all teams in the NCAA.  

After an All-American caliber freshman season, Torkelson has followed that with an equally impressive sophomore campaign for the Sun Devils. Torkelson has 19 home runs this season, second in the Pac-12 and ninth in the country. He has at least one home run in each of the last nine weekend series that the Sun Devils have played - including every single series of Pac-12 play.  

After posting 25 homers as a freshman, Torkelson now has 44 in his career at ASU - tied for sixth in program history despite only being a sophomore and just 12 shy of the Sun Devil school record of 56 held by Bob Horner. He is one home run away from joining Horner as the only other player in ASU history to have 20 or more home runs in consecutive seasons.  

With another big fly, Torkelson would also join former Missouri State First-Round Draft Pick Jake Burger as the only player in the BBCOR era of batting standards to log multiple seasons with 20 or more home runs.  

Torkelson enters this weekend ranked in the Top-10 in nearly every major offensive category, including average (10th/.351), slugging percentage (4th/.688), RBIs (3rd/57), runs (4th/58), doubles (10th/13), total bases (2nd/143), walks (8th/36) and hits (3rd/73) in addition to his spot among the home run leaders. He sits in the Top-30 nationally in home runs, run, RBIs, slugging and total bases.  

Defensively, Torkelson has made huge strides and helped turn 12 more double plays than any other player in the Pac-12 (51). He has just two errors on the year despite being in the Pac-12 in defensive chances (404) and one of those came while he was playing out of position in right field for one inning in a game earlier this season. Among Pac-12 players with 350 or more chances, Torkelson's two errors are third behind Stanford's Andrew Daschbach and Oregon's Gabe Matthews (1).  

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The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in three international friendship series in 2019, beginning with the 8th USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series that will take place July 2-6 in Cary, Charlotte, Durham and Hickory, North Carolina. The U.S. will then travel to Taiwan and Japan to compete in the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series from July 9-12 and the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 16-21. For more information on USA Baseball and the Collegiate National Team, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; and @USABaseballCNT on Twitter.

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Patrick Bailey Named to USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

Bailey returns to Team USA for second consecutive summer
May 9, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - NC State's Patrick Bailey been named to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (CNT) roster, announced on Thursday by the organization.

"It's an honor to represent the United States," said Bailey. "I'm excited for the valuable experience I'm going to gain, as well as the opportunity to play with the best players in the country and compete against the best players in the world."

This is Bailey's second selection, as the sophomore from Greensboro, N.C., earned an invitation last year to the USA Baseball CNT training camp. 2019 marks the third consecutive year that an NC State player has been named to the team.

"I'm excited for Patrick to have the honor to represent the United States. He joins a great list of NC State players that have had the privilege to wear the red, white and blue," said Wolfpack baseball head coach Elliott Avent.

"It's a great opportunity for him to improve as a player, challenge himself as an individual, and help USA Baseball grow our game on a worldwide scale."

Avent was a member of the Collegiate National Team coaching staff in 2004 and won a gold medal at the World University Games in Chinese Taipei. He additionally was a part of Team USA in 2015.

Below is the full list of NC State players to make Team USA since 1984:
2019: Patrick Bailey
2018: Patrick Bailey, Will Wilson
2017: Will Wilson
2013: Trea Turner, Carlos Rodon
2012: Trea Turner, Carlos Rodon
2007: Eric Surkamp
2006: Andrew Brackman
2004: Joey Devine
1997: Tom Sergio
1993: Andy Barkett, Pat Clougherty, Terry Harvey

Bailey, who was recently named to USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List, has started in 48 games this year behind the plate. He currently owns a .309 clip with 58 hits, a team-leading 16 doubles and nine homers.

Last season he was tabbed ACC Freshman of the Year with Second Team All-ACC and ACC All-Freshman Team honors, as well as a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American.

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in three international friendship series in 2019, beginning with the 8th USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series that will take place July 2-6 in Cary, Charlotte, Durham and Hickory, North Carolina. The U.S. will then travel to Taiwan and Japan to compete in the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series from July 9-12 and the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 16-21.

For more information on USA Baseball and the Collegiate National Team, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; and @USABaseballCNT on Twitter.

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Six Things to Know About Marcus Stroman

In honor of No. 6's birthday, here are six fun facts about the high-energy pitcher.
May 1, 2019

1. He is a two-time USA Baseball alum.

Stroman started with Team USA as a member of the 2011 Collegiate National Team. That summer, he recorded a 0.00 ERA in seven appearances, giving up zero hits, zero earned runs and one walk while striking out 17. Later, he was a member of the 2017 World Baseball Classic team that won gold. The team secured its first-ever World Baseball Classic title behind his dominant performance in the championship game where he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against then-defending champion Puerto Rico. He was also named MVP of the event.

 

2. He was drafted by the Blue Jays with the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft out of Duke University.

The selection made Stroman the first-ever Duke player to be selected in the first round of the MLB Draft. He still holds the Blue Devil record for career strikeouts (290 in 222 innings pitched.

3. His jersey number carries special meaning.

Stroman wears No. 6 on his jersey to honor his grandmother, whose birthday falls on March 6.

4. He's a successful entrepreneur.

He owns his own clothing line called HDMH Apparel, which stands for "Height Doesn't Measure Heart." The mantra has inspired the 5'9" pitcher since early on in his career. But that's not all, Stroman is not only the owner and founder of HDMH Apparel, but he also designs a lot of the clothing line's gear - including the uniform for his brother's baseball team.

 

5. He's a proud dad.

Dog dad, that is. On February 11, 2019, Stroman brought home the newest addition to his family: an adorable Boxer puppy named Shugo.

 

6. He's not the only one in his family with an affinity for America's pastime.

Stroman's younger brother, Jayden, has also shown off his baseball chops in recent years, including participating in the 2018 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series. Jayden was one of 12 participants invited to the 2019 12U National Team Trials and Stroman is one proud big brother.

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2018 USA Baseball Award Winners Announced

Collegiate National Team member Adley Rutschman named Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner
January 11, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the recipients of its annual organizational awards on Friday, recognizing the top athletes, coaches and performances from the 2018 USA Baseball national teams. Collegiate National Team member Adley Rutschman (Sherwood, Ore.) was named the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner, becoming the 12th Collegiate National Team member to earn athlete of the year honors. The award is given annually to USA Baseball's top player in honor of the organization's founding Executive Director and CEO.

Collegiate National Team manager Paul Mainieri earned the program's second award of the year when he was named the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year. USA Baseball also recognized the 15U National Team with two awards in 2018, including Team of the Year and naming Manager Jason Maxwell the Developmental Coach of the Year after the team won its first-ever world championship at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup.

18U National Team member Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville, Texas) was honored with the International Performance of the Year Award for his strong showing in the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships gold medal game, while Women's National Team member Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) took home the Sportswoman of the Year Award following an exceptional performance in the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup.

Lastly, Karsten Whitson was named the Volunteer Coach of the Year after serving as a pitching coach at the 2018 14U National Team Development Program.

"We are excited to celebrate the people and performances that made 2018 another outstanding year for USA Baseball," USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler said. "It is an honor to be represented by coaches, athletes and staff that are such exceptional global ambassadors for our country and the game of baseball on the international stage. We are extremely proud to recognize their 2018 accomplishments with these awards."

USA Baseball continued its incredible success against international competition in 2018, finishing the year with gold medals at the COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships, WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup and the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships. After winning the WBSC U-15 World Cup, Team USA is now the defending world champions for all three youth age levels. The Collegiate National Team also built on its 2017 success when it once again won all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Japan and Cuba in 2018

Rutschman was awarded the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award following a strong summer showing for the Collegiate National Team. He joined Team USA after winning the 2018 NCAA College World Series with Oregon State and was immediately a leader both on and off the field. He paced the team in batting average (.355), slugging percentage (.516) and on-base percentage (.432), and also finished the summer leading the squad in doubles with five in nine games.

In addition, Rutschman personified the off-field qualities that the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award honors. The catcher was the quintessential teammate and an undisputed leader in the clubhouse while also exemplifying sportsmanship and love of the game throughout the summer.

Mainieri was named the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year after leading the Collegiate National Team to series wins over Chinese Taipei, Japan and Cuba for the second year in a row. Under his guidance, Team USA started its summer undefeated against international competition with a five-game sweep of Chinese Taipei and finished with a 11-3 record. The series win against Cuba marked its fourth in a row in the annual series and was just the second time in Collegiate National Team history that Team USA has claimed a series win on Cuban soil.

USA Baseball's Team of the Year award was given to the 15U National Team after it won its first-ever world championship with a 7-1 gold medal-game victory over Panama at the 2018 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup. The team finished the tournament with an 8-1 record, a .323 batting average, 69 RBI, 17 doubles, five triples and three home runs while outscoring opponents 88-13 en route to the gold medal. In addition, the pitching staff tallied a collective team ERA of 1.24 over 58.0 innings and four players were named to the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup All-World Team. Maxwell's tutelage, leadership and guidance of the squad as this year's manager led to him being named the 2018 Developmental Coach of the Year.

"Jason Maxwell has been an asset to USA Baseball for many years and he brought an impressive amount of leadership and expertise to the 2018 15U National Team," Seiler said. "His ability to develop and guide these young players to new heights was evident and the team's journey to the program's first world championship was impressive to watch. We couldn't be happier to honor him and this year's team with these awards."

Witt Jr. earned the 2018 International Performance of the Year Award after hitting for a natural cycle in the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships gold medal game. The Colleyville, Texas, native hit a single in the second, an RBI-double in the third, a lead-off triple in the fourth and completed the cycle with a two-run home run in the fifth to lead the red, white and blue's offense in the 17-2 defeat of Panama. Following the game, Witt Jr. was named the tournament MVP and also picked up the best slugger and highest batting average awards after hitting .576 with three doubles, three triples, three home runs and 18 RBI in nine games.

Two-time Women's National Team alum Baltzell was named Sportswoman of the Year after hitting a team-high .500 in the 2018 WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup and leading the tournament in home runs with two. The lefty now owns the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup home run record after hitting one in the 2016 World Cup and two in 2018. In addition to being named to the All-World Team following the event's conclusion, Baltzell also won two individual awards for her stellar 2018 performance, taking home the hardware for most home runs (2) and most RBI (10).

Lastly, Karsten Whitson, who won a gold medal as a player on the 2009 18U National Team, was named the 2018 Volunteer Coach of the Year after serving as a pitching coach for the 14U National Team Development Program's Stars team. The pitching staff thrived under Whitson, combining for 16 strikeouts in the three-game series. Six of those pitchers were invited to the 15U National Team Trials and one - Karson Bowen - was named to the 2018 15U National Team.

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) annually honors one Sportsman, Sportswoman and Team of the Year based on nominations from its National Governing Bodies, as well as Developmental and Volunteer Coach of the Year awards. USA Baseball's award winners serve as the organization's nominees in their respective categories with the USOC.

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U.S. Drops Series Finale in Cuba

Team USA finishes the summer with a 12-3 record and three series wins
July 14, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
CUBA 2 0 4 2 0 0 4 1 2 15 17 1
USA 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 X 4 11 2
Win: V. Banos Loss: J. Doxakis Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | U.S. Cumulative | Cuba Cumulative
 

HAVANA - Zach Watson (LSU) hit a home run and Adley Rutschman (Oregon State) drove in two runs but it wasn't enough as four different players for Cuba recorded three RBIs each to defeat the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in the final game of its summer tour, 15-4, at Estadio Latinoamericano on Saturday.

 

Team USA finishes the summer with a final record of 12-3, including series wins over Chinese Taipei, Japan, and Cuba. It has now won its last seven series dating back to the 2016 campaign.

 

Against Cuba, the U.S. has now claimed the past four series, including a pair of series in both Cuba (2016, 2018) and the United States (2015, 2017).

 

Watson finished Saturday's contest 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and a solo home run in the seventh inning.

 

Rutschman and Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State) also had a pair of hits with Rutschman notching a pair of RBIs on a run-scoring single in the first and a sacrifice fly in the third.

 

After scoring just one run in the first three games combined, the Cuban lineup exploded for 17 hits on Saturday. The first four hitters alone accounted for 11 hits, nine runs, and nine RBIs.

 

Two-time Olympic medalist Frederich Cepeda finished the game 2-for-4 with a double and a three-run home run, while Yordan Mandulay was 4-for-5 with a walk, three runs scored, and three RBIs.

 

Yurisbel Gracial and Guillermo Aviles also drove in three runs each in the victory.

 

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

 

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USA Baseball CNT Manager Paul Mainieri

(On the experience of coaching Team USA)

"This whole experience this summer has been one of the greatest experiences of my life, personally and professionally. That is mostly because of the coaching staff with some of my best friends in the world. We got to spend three weeks together, competing together, working with the players, and it just meant more to me then I can ever express. Second, to put this jersey on that says U-S-A and represent our country is just a very emotional thing. Any time you can do something where you feel like you are contributing to your country in a positive way is so rewarding and you feel so privileged. Third, the experience of meeting 26 new young men who gave everything they had for three weeks, for 15 ball games. I admire them all so much. They all have great talent, but they are also wonderful young men. They are really a credit to their schools, the baseball programs they represent back at their universities, and to our country. They have done nothing except carry themselves in a first-class way. They played great, they were very coachable, and it all just made for an awesome experience for all of us, an experience that we will never forget."

 

(On being a part of USA Baseball once again)

"I just can't say enough about the job that (USA Baseball General Manager, National Teams) Eric Campbell has done. I had the experience three years ago as an assistant coach and to be able to serve as the head coach has been such a privilege. When Eric and I first started talking about it a couple of years ago, I visualized what it would be like to put a staff together and get to pick the team. I can't tell you how perfect everything played out exactly how I dreamed it would. Obviously, we wish we would have won all of our games, but we won all of our series and it was great to see the kids play as well as they did, and in many cases improve I think. I'm sure that this has been an experience most of them will never forget as well. It will mean an awful lot to them. When Eric and I talked about this a few years ago, he and I collectively put the dream together and I can't thank him enough for giving me this opportunity. He is one of my dearest friends in the world. We worked together for six years in college and the opportunity to spend three weeks with him will be something I will always treasure."

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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
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U.S. Clinches Series in Cuba with 2-0 Win

Team USA has now won its last seven series, dating back to 2016
July 13, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 5 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Win: Z. Thompson Loss: E. Casanova Save: M. Meyer
Box Score | Play-by-Play | U.S. Cumulative | Cuba Cumulative
 

HAVANA - Four pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout and Daniel Cabrera (LSU) and Andrew Vaughn (Cal) hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team clinched its fourth consecutive series victory over Cuba with a 2-0 win at Estadio Latinoamericano on Friday.

 

The win completes Team USA's sweep of its three series this summer after previously winning all five games against Chinese Taipei and taking three of five from Japan. It has now won its last seven series, dating back to the 2016 campaign.

 

Against Cuba, the U.S. has now claimed the past four series, including a pair of five-game sets in both Cuba (2016, 2018) and the United States (2015, 2017).

 

The Collegiate National Team will have a chance to make history on Saturday when it goes for the four-game sweep of Cuba at 10 a.m. ET. Team USA has never won more than three games in a series held on the island. Thursday's contest which was rained out will not be rescheduled.

 

On Friday, the red, white, and blue received another outstanding effort on the mound as Mason Feole (UConn), Zack Thompson (Kentucky), Matt Cronin (Arkansas), and Max Meyer (Minnesota) combined on the team's second consecutive shutout.

 

The U.S. has allowed just one run in three games against Cuba and is working on a shutout streak of 18.1 innings going into the series finale. The shutout is the team's third of the summer, having also blanked Japan, 1-0, on July 4.

 

Feole and Cuba starting pitcher Freddy Asiel Alvarez matched each other pitch-for-pitch through the first four innings, posting zeroes in each frame before handing the ball off to their respective bullpens.

 

Thompson and Cronin got Team USA through the eighth unscathed before Meyer took over and pitched a perfect ninth to earn his seventh save of the summer and second of the series.

 

At the plate, Cabrera and Vaughn did all the damage with their back-to-back blasts in the top of the sixth off Cuban reliever Erly Casanova. Cabrera took a 1-1 changeup and deposited in the right-field seats before Vaugh finished off a seven-pitch at-bat with a towering shot just inside the left-field foul pole.

 

For the series, Cabrera is now hitting at a team-leading .545 clip with six hits and two runs scored.

 

Cuba had a number of prime scoring opportunities, but another stellar defensive effort and a pair of U.S. double plays helped strand eight runners in the contest.

 

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

 

QUOTES

USA Baseball CNT Manager Paul Mainieri

(On coaching Team USA to three series wins this summer)

"The whole summer has been like a dream for me. We have such a great group of kids, I have all my best friends surrounding me on the coaching staff, we have won all three series we have played, and we have a chance to sweep Cuba on Cuban soil which has never been done. Our guys are very motivated to come out tomorrow. We are celebrating that we have won all of our series this summer, but we still have unfinished business tomorrow. I told the players I am kind of sad because we only have one more game together. It makes me a little watery-eyed because you grow very fond of these kids and, obviously, these coaches are my best friends. It will be our last time to be together, so I would like to see us go out tomorrow, play our hearts out, and finish on a very positive result."

 

(On the success of the Team USA pitching staff this summer)

"You can't say enough about what Brian O'Connor has done. He is a great head coach at the University of Virginia, but before he was a head coach he was a phenomenal pitching coach and he has demonstrated that again during the period of time we have been together this summer. He is not reinventing the wheel, obviously these kids are very talented, but we are utilizing them correctly, he is calling the games, and he is handling them the right way. He has worked so hard. He didn't just put on the USA uniform and go through the motions. He worked hard in preparation for this summer, learning about all of the pitchers we were inviting, watching video of them, developing a relationship with them, and they have really responded to his leadership."

 

USA Baseball Outfielder Daniel Cabrera

(On his home run)

"He started me off with two fastballs, one up-and-away for a ball and one on the black for a strike in, and I was just sitting changeup because he had thrown a good amount of changeups the inning before. I just sat on it and got a hanging changeup."

 

(On playing in Cuba)

"This experience has been awesome. It is a different atmosphere here with all the Cuban people screaming and playing horns. It has been a blast."

 

(On the U.S. pitching staff)

"Our pitchers are just throwing up zeroes every inning. They are striking out people and our defense is making wonderful plays. It gives you so much confidence going up there as a hitter when your pitchers are doing that."

 

(On the LSU connections on Team USA this summer)

"There is no other feeling like representing your country. When you able to share that experience with your head coach and some of your best friends like Zach Watson and Zack Hess, it doesn't get much better than that."

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