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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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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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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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Stripes Sweep Wednesday Trials Doubleheader

The team hit three home runs en route to two wins and a 3-0 series lead
June 28, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Stars 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
Stripes 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 8 0
Win: H. Hall Loss: J. Kelley Save: None
Box Score
 
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Stripes 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 6 0
Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
Win: R. Cornelio Loss: M. Anglin Save: None
Box Score
 

CARY, N.C. - The Stripes swept Wednesday's doubleheader against the Stars on the third day of the 2018 18U National Team Trials on Wednesday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

In the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader, the Stripes team claimed its second win of the trials series with a 3-1 victory over the Stars.

A leadoff single by Kyren Paris (Oakley, Calif.) got things rolling for the Stripes in the bottom of the first. A stolen base and a wild pitch got Paris to third with CJ Abrams (Alpharetta, Ga.) up at the plate. Abrams then laced a single to right field that brought in the run and gave the Stripes an early 1-0 lead.

Two innings later, the Stars tied things up when Sammy Faltine (Richmond, Texas), who finished the day 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored, launched a dinger over the left field wall.

The tie would stand until the fifth when the Stripes took another lead, this time for good. Alex Milazzo's (Zachary, La.) leadoff double set the tone before Abrams came up big once again to break the tie with a RBI groundout. Corbin Carroll (Seattle, Wash.) added an insurance run with a RBI single one batter later for the final score of 3-1.

Cade Doughty (Denham Springs, La.), Milazzo and Paris all finished the game with two hits for the Stripes. Davis Rokose (Johns Creek, Ga.) got the start for the Stripes and the southpaw gave up just one run on four hits while striking out six in his four innings of work.

Jack Leiter (Summit, N.J.) shined on the bump for the Stars, also allowing just one run and striking out half a dozen batters in his five-inning start.

The Stripes kept all the momentum from the earlier game going into the second game of the day.

The squad once again struck first, taking an early 2-0 lead in the first frame of the game courtesy of a Tyler Callihan (Neptune Beach, Fla.) two-run homer.

Carroll got in on the fun in the top of the third, launching a no-doubter over the right field wall for the third home run of the day and the Stripes' second of the game. The solo shot also gave the Stripes a 3-0 lead.

Two more insurance runs would come across the plate on a wild pitch and a single for the final 5-0 score.

The 2018 18U National Team Trials will wrap up with the final game of the series on Thursday, June 28, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. ET.

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Trials Team Takes Down Collegiate National Team, 3-2

Masyn Winn drove in game-winning runs and recorded the save in the win
June 27, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
18U Trials 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 8 2
CNT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 9 1
Win: H. Barco Loss: L. Tanner Save: M. Winn
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CARY, N.C. - The 18U National Team Trials squad got a big 3-2 win over the 2018 Collegiate National Team on the second day of trials Tuesday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Avery Short (Indianapolis, Ind.) got the start for the 18U Trials team and was strong in his four innings. He did not give up a run and allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out three.

For the Collegiate National Team, Matt Canterino (Carroll, Texas) was on the bump to kick things off. The right-hander struck out four in two innings of work while giving up just two hits and one walk.

The pitching dominated the game early on, but the 18U Trials team eventually broke through first in the top of the fourth, courtesy of an Ethan Hearn (Mobile, Ala.) sacrifice fly.

A leadoff walk to Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville, Texas) got the inning started before Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) singled and stole a base to put runners on second and third for Hearn. The catcher's flyout to right allowed Witt Jr. to score and gave the 18U squad a 1-0 lead.

The Collegiate National Team threatened in the bottom of the seventh, putting runners at second and third with just one out. Josh Jung (San Antonio, Texas) tagged up on a Zach Watson (Ruston, La.) fly ball but Hylan Hall (Ocoee, Fla.) caught it and tossed a laser to get the third out at home and keep the 18U team in the lead.

Just one inning later though, the Collegiate National Team did manage to tie things up when Andrew Vaughn (Santa Rosa, Calif.), who reached base on a fielder's choice and advanced to third on an error, came home on a wild pitch to make it a 1-1 game.

But the tie didn't last long. Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas) came up clutch for the 18U squad in the top of the ninth for the immediate answer.

Against fellow 18U National Team Trials player Logan Tanner (Lucedale, Miss.), Austin Hendrick (Oakdale, Pa.) and Hall went back-to-back with a single and a double to put runners on the corners and start the rally. Winn followed that up with a big bloop hit to right that brought in both runners and gave the 18U team a 3-1 lead.

After giving his team the lead in the top half, Winn came in to close things out in the bottom of the ninth. With runners on first and second and one out, the righty got a swinging strikeout and a fly ball to secure the victory for the 18U Trials team.

Carter Young (Selah, Wash.) and Hendrick both tallied multi-hit games in the win.

The 2018 18U National Team Trials will continue on Wednesday with an intrasquad doubleheader between the Stars and Stripes at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. First pitch of game one will be at 4:30 p.m. ET on Field 2, while game two will take place on Coleman Field at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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Stripes Claim First Game of Trials in Extras

Tyler Callihan finishes 3-for-5 with five RBI in the win
June 26, 2018
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Stripes 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 4 7 8 1
Stars 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 1
Win: M. Rajcic Loss: S. Faltine Save: None
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CARY, N.C. - In the first game of the 2018 18U National Team Trials, the Stripes secured a 7-3 win in extra innings against the Stars at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

After a quick three innings to start the game, both teams finally broke through in the fourth. A leadoff walk came around to score, courtesy of a Tyler Callihan (Neptune Beach, Fla.) RBI knock to give the Stripes the first run of the game and a 1-0 lead.

But the lead didn't last long as the Stars had an immediate answer in the bottom half. The team collected two walks to start the inning before scoring on a Hylan Hall (Ococee, Fla.) double and a passed ball to take a 2-1 lead.

The Stripes had their own answer in the very next frame, tying things up again 2-2 on a RBI groundout from CJ Abrams (Alpharetta, Ga.). That tie lasted just one inning before the Stars claimed the lead once again.

Hall came through in the clutch again to give the Stars a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, courtesy of a sacrifice fly to left.

The Stripes weren't done yet though as an RBI groundout pushed one across to even the score once again in the top of the eighth.

A couple stellar defensive plays followed, including a laser from Riley Greene (Oviedo, Fla.) that mowed down a runner at the plate in the eighth inning, to keep the score tied and force the game to extras.

Once in the tenth, the Stripes took control. With international tie-breaker rules in effect, the Stripes started the inning with runners at first and second for Greene, who got a single to load the bases. A walk to Jonathan French forced in a run to make it 4-3 before Callihan broke things wide open.

A bases-clearing triple from the first baseman, who finished the night 3-for-5 with five RBI, gave the Stripes a commanding 7-3 lead before Max Rajcic (Fullerton, Calif.) came in to shut down the Stars in the bottom of the inning and secure the victory.

Will Rigney (Waco, Texas) tossed four strong relief innings for the Stripes in the win, allowing just one run on one hit and no walks while striking out five.

The 18U National Team Trials continues on Tuesday with a doubleheader against the 2018 Collegiate National Team. The 18U Stripes will take on the Collegiate National Team Stars at 3:30 p.m. ET and the 18U Stars and Collegiate National Team Stripes will face off at 7 p.m. ET, both at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

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USA Baseball Reveals 2018 18U National Team Trials Roster

18U National Team Trials to begin June 24, in Cary, North Carolina
June 23, 2018

CARY, N.C. - Following the conclusion of the 2018 Tournament of Stars (TOS), USA Baseball revealed the 2018 18U National Team Trials roster. Forty-three players selected to this year's trials roster from TOS hail from 17 states across the country.

The 18U National Team Trials will begin on Sunday, June 24, and will consist of, workouts, three intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games and a double header against the 2018 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team on Tuesday, June 26. All five games will be streamed live on USABaseball.com and Facebook.com/USABaseball, and select games will be available on MLB.com and YouTube.

The final 20-man 18U National Team will be named later in the fall before competing in the 2018 COPABE Pan American "AAA" Championships in Panama City, Panama, from November 23-December 2.

The 18U team will be looking for its fifth consecutive Pan Am 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.

"We had a great week [at the Tournament of Stars]. Everybody that was here was here for a reason, everybody had skill sets that could help this team win," 18U National Team Director, Matt Blood, said. "But at the end of the day, we're only allowed a certain number of players and decisions had to be made. It was hard to make those decisions, but we took the guys we felt would give us the best chance for success in the future and we're excited about the guys that we have."

The trials roster features 10 USA Baseball alumni, including five athletes who have suited up for the red, white and blue on multiple occasions. Carter Young (Selah, Wash.) returns to the 18U program after winning a gold medal in 2017.

Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas) are also looking to represent Team USA for the second year in a row, after winning COPABE Pan American "AA" Championships gold with the 2017 15U National Team. Crow-Armstrong and Winn are two of nine 15U National Team alumni looking to represent the U.S. again in 2018.

In addition to national team alumni, the roster also includes 16 players that 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.

The athletes selected for the 18U National Team Trials are chosen from the previous year's 17U NTDP, the USA Baseball 17U National Team Identification Series (NTIS) and the Tournament of Stars.

American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer Jack Leggett will lead the 18U National Team in 2018. He will be joined on staff by Pitching Coach Scott Bankhead and Assistant Coaches Joe Almaraz 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.
Blake Adams; RHP; Springdale, Ark.
*^Matthew Allan; RHP; Sanford, Fla.
Mack Anglin; RHP; Marengo, Ohio
Hunter Barco; LHP; Jacksonville, Fla.
Tyler Callihan; IF; Neptune Beach, Fla.
Corbin Carroll; OF; Seattle, Wash.
*^Joseph Charles; RHP; Celebration, Fla.
Riley Cornelio; RHP; Monument , Colo
*^Pete Crow-Armstrong; OF; Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Kale Davis; RHP; Oklahoma City, Okla.
*^Cade Doughty; IF/OF; Denham Springs, La.
*Sammy Faltine; RHP; Richmond, Texas
Jonathan French; C; Lilburn, Ga.
^Riley Greene; OF; Oviedo, Fla.
Hylan Hall; RHP/OF; Ocoee, Fla.
Ryan Hawks; RHP; Bowling Green, Ky.
^Ethan Hearn; C; Mobile, Ala.
Austin Hendrick; OF; Oakdale, Pa.
Gunnar Henderson; IF; Selma, Ala.
^Rece Hinds; 3B; Niceville, Fla.
*^Jared Jones; RHP/OF; Whittier, Calif.
Jared Kelley; RHP; Refugio , Texas
Jack Leiter; RHP; Summit , N.J.
Brennan Malone; RHP; Matthews, N.C.
Jacob Meador; RHP; Burleson, Texas
^Victor Mederos; RHP; Miami, Fla.
Alex Milazzo; C; Zachary, La.
*^Joe Naranjo; 1B; Chino, Calif.
Liam Norris; LHP; Cary, N.C.
Nasim Nunez; IF; Lawrenceville, Ga.
Kyren Paris; IF; Oakley, Calif.
Max Rajcic; RHP/IF; Fullerton, Calif.
Will Rigney; RHP; Waco, Texas
Davis Rokose; LHP; Johns Creek, Ga.
Avery Short; LHP; Indianapolis, Ind.
Logan Tanner; C/RHP; Lucedale, Miss.
^Matthew Thompson; RHP; Cypress, Texas
*^Anthony Volpe; IF; Watchung, N.J.
Kendall Williams; RHP; Olive Branch, Miss.
*^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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