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Revisit Team USA's No. 1 Overall Picks

May 31, 2019

Revisit USA Baseball and its history with number one overall picks in the MLB draft dating back to 1972. Over the past 47 years, there have been a total of 33 USA Baseball alums that were selected as the number one overall pick in the MLB Draft. This is a list of those athletes and their achievements in both their amatuer and professional careers.

2018 - Casey Mize

Casey Mize (pictured) played on the 2017 Collegiate National Team. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2018 and recently threw a no-hitter for the Tigers AA affiliate, the Erie SeaWolves.

2017 - Royce Lewis

Royce Lewis played on the 2014 15U National Team and 2016 18U National Team. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2017 and is currently playing for the Twins A affiliate, the Fort Myers Miracle.

2016 - Mickey Moniak

Mickey Moniak played for the 2013 15U National Team and 2015 18U National Team. He was drafted in 2016 by the Philadelphia Phillies and is currently playing for the Phillies AA affiliate, the Reading Fightin Phils.

2015 - Dansby Swanson

Dansby Swanson played for the 2014 Collegiate National Team. Swanson made his MLB debut in 2016 and is now the starting shortstop for the Atlanta Braves.

2014 - Brady Aiken

Brady Aiken played for the 2010 14U National Team and the 2013 18U National Team. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in 2014 and is currently playing for the Cleveland Indians single A affiliate, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

2013 - Mark Appel

Mark Appel was on the 2011 Collegiate National Team. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in 2013. He last played for the Philidelphia Phillies AAA affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs

2011 - Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole played for the 2009 and 2010 Collegiate National Teams. Cole was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011. He made his MLB debut in 2013 and was traded to the Houston Astros in 2018. Cole and is a two-time All-Star.

2010 - Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper was on the 2008 16U National Team and 2009 18U National Team. Harper was drafted by the Washington Nationals and has had an impactful career in the MLB thus far, earning the NL Rookie of the Year (2012), NL MVP (2015), Silver Slugger winner (2015) and is a six-time All-Star. He is currently playing for the Philadelphia Phillies.


2000-2009

2009 - Stephen Strasburg

Stephen Strasburg played for the 2008 Collegiate National Team and 2008 Olympic Team. Strasburg was drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2009. He is a three-time All-Star, NL Strikeout Leader (2014) and is in the 10th season of his career and is still pitching for the Nationals.

2007 - David Price

David Price played for the 2005 and 2006 Collegiate National Teams. Price was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2007. He is a six-time All-Star, AL Cy Young Award winner (2012), MLB Strikeout leader (2014) and World Series Champion (2018). He is currently in the 12th season of his career and plays for the Boston Red Sox.

2006 - Luke Hochevar

Luke Hochevar was a part of the 2004 Collegiate National Team. He led the team in innings pitched (33.0), was second in strikeouts (38) and had a 2.73 ERA. Hochevar was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 2006. He played his entire career with the Royals and helped them win a World Series in 2015.

2005 - Justin Upton

Justin Upton was a member of the 2004 18U National Team. He led the 18U Team in home runs (10) and was second in batting average (.417). Upton was drafted by the 2005 Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005, is a four-time All-Star, three-time Silver Slugger Award winner and is in the 12th season of his career with the Los Angeles Angels.

2004 - Matt Bush

Matt Bush played for the 2002 16U National Team and 2003 18U National Team. Bush was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2004 and was in the MLB for 3 seasons.

2003 - Delmon Young

Delmon Young played for the 2000 16U National Team and 2002 18U National Team. Young was drafted in 2003 by the Tampa Bay Rays, spent 9 seasons in the MLB and won the ALCS MVP in 2012.

2002 - Bryan Bullington

Bryan Bullington was a member of the 2001 Collegiate National Team. He was drafted in 2002 by the Pittsburgh Pirates and spent five seasons in the MLB before heading over to Japan to play in the Nippon Professional Baseball League.

2001 - Joe Mauer

Joe Mauer (pictured) was a part of the 1999 and 2000 18U National Team. He also played for the 2003 and 2013 Professional National Team. Mauer was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2001. He is a six-time All-Star, AL MVP (2009) and the only catcher in MLB history to win three batting titles.


1990-1999

1998 - Pat Burrell

Pat Burrell was a member of the 1997 Collegiate National Team and led the team in home runs (12) and RBIs (42). He was drafted in 1998 by the Philadelphia Phillies and spent 11 years in the majors, winning two World Series, one with the Phillies (2008) and the other with the San Francisco Giants (2010). 

1997 - Matt Anderson

Matt Anderson was a member of the 1995 Collegiate National Team that won a gold medal at the National Baseball Conference World Series. Anderson was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 1997 and spent seven seasons in the majors. 

1996 - Kris Benson

Kris Benson played for the 1996 Collegiate National Team and the 1996 Olympic Team. Benson was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates the same year. He played in the MLB for 11 seasons and for five different organizations.

1994 - Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson played for the 1993 Collegiate National Team and was drafted by the New York Mets in 1994. The RHP had a seven-season career in the MLB with the New York Mets, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Cincinnati Reds.

1993 - Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez (pictured) was a member of the 1992 18U National Team and the 2006 Professional National Team. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1993. Rodriguez spent a total of 22 seasons in the MLB and is a 14-time All-Star, three-time AL MVP and World Series Champion (2009).

1992 - Phil Nevin

Paul Nevin was a three-time member of the Collegiate National Team, playing in 1990, 1991 and 1992. Nevin won the Golden Spikes Award in 1992 and was drafted by the Houston Astros the same year. He played in the MLB for 12 seasons and was an All-Star in 2001.

1990 - Chipper Jones

Chipper Jones is one of two players to play for USA Baseball after being drafted. He played for the 2006 and 2009 Professional National Team. Jones was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1990 and is an 8-time All-Star, World Series Champion (1995), NL MVP (1999) and inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame (2018).


1980-1989

1989 - Ben McDonald

Ben McDonald played for the 1988 Collegiate National Team and the 1988 Professional National Team that won an Olympic gold medal. McDonald won the Golden Spikes Award in 1989 and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles the same year. He enjoyed a 8-year career in the MLB.

1988 - Andy Benes

Andy Benes also played for the 1988 Collegiate National Team and the 1988 Professional National Team that won an Olympic gold medal. Benes was drafted by the San Diego Padres in '88, had a 13-year career in the majors and threw out the first ever pitch for the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

1987 - Ken Griffey Jr. 

Ken Griffey Jr. (pictured) is one of two players to play for USA Baseball after being drafted. Griffey Jr. was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1987 and was a member of the 2006 Professional National Team that competed in the World Baseball Classic that year. He is a 13-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove Award winner and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame (2016).

1986 - Jeff King

Jeff King played for the 1985 Collegiate National Team and led the team with a .378 batting average and 53 hits over 33 games. King was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986, played in the majors for 10 seasons and is one of five players to hit two home runs in one inning.

1985 - BJ Surhoff

BJ Surhoff played for the 1983 and 1984 Collegiate National Teams, as well as the 1984 Olympic Team that won a silver medal. Surhoff went on to be drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1985. He played every position but pitcher during his 18-year career. 

1983 - Tim Belcher

Tim Belcher played for the 1983 Collegiate National Team and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins the same year. Belcher enjoyed a 14-year career in the MLB and was The Sporting News Rookie Pitcher of the Year in 1988.

1981 - Mike Moore

Mike Moore was a member of the 1980 Collegiate National Team that went 5-1 over a six-game stretch against Japan. Moore was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1981 but eventually pitched for the Oakland Athletics, who went on to win the 1989 World Series in a four-game sweep over the San Francisco Giants.


1970-1979

1978 - Bob Horner

Bob Horner (pictured) played for the 1976 Collegiate National Team and won the Golden Spikes Award in 1978. He went on to be drafted by the Atlanta Braves that same year. Horner had a 10-season career in the majors and was a rare talent that never spent a day in the minor leagues.

1976 - Floyd Bannister

Floyd Bannister played for the 1975 Collegiate National Team and was the second alum to be selected number one overall. Bannister was selected by the Houston Astros and ended up playing for six major league teams over a 15-season career.

1972 - Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts was a member of the 1970 Collegiate National Team and was the first ever USA Baseball alum to be picked number one overall in 1972. Roberts played in the MLB for 10 seasons.

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18U

U.S. Claims Second Exhibition Game

Hunter Haas went 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored for Team USA
August 21, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brewers SoCal Scout Team 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 7 2
USA 1 1 2 2 0 3 2 0 X 11 13 2
Win: M. Rajcic Loss: M. Paralles Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play | Cumulative Stats

FULLERTON, Calif. - Hunter Haas (Phoenix, Ariz.) collected three hits, one RBI and two runs scored as the 18U National Team finished its time in the United States with an 11-3 defeat of the Brewers SoCal Scout Team in its second training game on Wednesday at Fullerton Junior College in Fullerton, Calif.

Team USA recorded thirteen hits in the win and four players finished with multi-hit games, including Haas, Jack Bulger (Bowie, Md.), Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.). Hassell and Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas) led the game in RBIs with two each.

Nolan McLean (Willow Spring, N.C.) got the start for the U.S. and gave up one hit, one run and one walk in his inning of work. Max Rajcic (Fullerton, Calif.) was credited with the win after allowing just two hits and one run in two innings of relief, while striking out a team-high five batters.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • After the Brewers SoCal Scout Team plated a run in the top of the first inning, Team USA tied it up at 1-1 in the bottom half when Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) drew a walk and took advantage of three wild pitches to advance to third and score.
  • The stars and stripes took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second on a Haas RBI-single that scored Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.).
  • The Brewers SoCal Scout Team tied the game once again with a solo home run in the top of the third.
  • Romo broke the tie in the bottom of the third with a triple down the right field line that plated two and made it 4-2 in Team USA's favor.
  • The U.S. added two runs in the bottom of the fourth when Haas knocked a leadoff triple to center and Tolentino brought him home with a single before an Austin Hendrick (Oakdale, Pa.) sac-fly brought the Team USA lead to 6-2.
  • The Brewers SoCal Scout Team got one back in the top of the fifth with an RBI-double.
  • Team USA added three runs in the bottom of the sixth on four hits, including a Tolentino leadoff double and RBI-singles from Hassell and AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) to extend the lead to 9-3.
  • A Crow-Armstrong single that plated Haas, who led off the inning with a single of his own, and a ground-rule RBI-double from Hassell scored the final two runs of the game to secure the 11-3 victory for Team USA.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Team USA improves to 2-0 in 18U National Team Training with the victory.
  • Rajcic earned the win in the contest as he struck out five batters in two innings of relief, while allowing just two hits and one run.

 

DUE UP

  • The team will travel to Taiwan on Thursday, August 22, and compete in three training games against Chinese Taipei August 24-26.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Follow @USABaseball18U on Twitter for the most up-to-date information on the 18U National Team and 18U National Team Trials.
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18U

Team USA Kicks of Training with 21-6 Win

Ed Howard homered and AJ Vukovich drove in four runs to lead Team USA's offensive onslaught
August 20, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brewers SoCal Scout Team 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 6 9 1
USA 2 0 0 7 0 0 2 6 4 21 14 2
Win: M. Abel Loss: N. Bautista Save: None
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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. - A four-RBI performance from AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) and a two-run home run from Ed Howard (Chicago, Ill.) highlighted a 21-6 win for over the Brewers SoCal Scout Team in the first game of 2019 18U National Team Training on Tuesday, August 20, at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, California.

The contest was close in the early innings with Team USA jumping out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first and the Brewers Scout Team evening things up at 2-2 in the top of the fourth. The U.S. broke the game wide open in the bottom half of the inning, though, scoring seven runs to take a dominant lead that it would not relinquish. The Brewers Scout Team plated runs in the seventh and ninth innings but Team USA did not let up, adding multiple runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to secure the 21-6 victory.

Five members of Team USA recorded multi-hit games in the contest, led by Vukovich, who finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs and a run scored, as well as Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.), who recorded two hits, three RBIs and three runs scored. Additionally, Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Hunter Haas (Phoenix, Ariz.) both collected three RBIs each.

Ben Hernandez (Chicago, Ill.) got the start for Team USA on Tuesday and put up two scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out two. The win was attributed to Mick Abel (Portland, Ore.) who threw two innings of relief without allowing an earned run.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • The U.S. took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Hassell scored on a wild pitch after reaching base on a walk, advancing to second on a wild pitch and stealing third.
  • WVukovich gave Team USA a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when he doubled to score Jack Bulger (Bowie, Md.).
  • The Brewers SoCal Scout Team evened the score at 2-2 in the top of the fourth with a two-RBI single.
  • In the bottom half of the fourth, a leadoff walk to Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.) and a double by Ed Howard (Chicago, Ill.) put runners on second and third for Crow-Armstrong who crushed a triple to the left-center gap that plated both before he scored on an error to make it 5-2.
  • Two walks and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with two outs in the home half of the fourth to bring up Vukovich, who cleared them with a triple that gave the stars and stripes an 8-2 lead.
  • Team USA capped off a seven-run fourth with a Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas) RBI single.
  • The Brewers SoCal Scout team got one back in the top of the seventh inning with an RBI double to make it a 9-3 game.
  • A Crow-Armstrong sac-fly and an RBI triple by Hassell brought the score to 11-3 in Team USA's favor in the bottom of the seventh.
  • The U.S. added six runs in the bottom of the eighth on three hits, including a two-RBI double by Halter and a three-RBI triple by Hassell.
  • Two doubles plated three runs for the Brewers SoCal Scout Team in the top of the ninth inning to cut Team USA's lead to 17-6.
  • A Bulger single loaded the bases for Team USA in the bottom of the ninth when Haas hit a three-RBI triple before scoring on a wild pitch to secure the final 21-6 victory for the U.S.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • With the win, Team USA improves to 1-0 in training.
  • Abel (1-0) earned the win in the contest after tossing two innings of relief without allowing an earned run and striking out two.

 

DUE UP

  • Team USA will play its second training game against the Brewers SoCal Scout Team on Wednesday, August 21, at Fullerton Junior College at 4 p.m. PT.
  • The team will then travel to Taiwan on August 22 and compete in three training games against Chinese Taipei August 24-26.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Follow @USABaseball18U on Twitter for the most up-to-date information on the 18U National Team and 18U National Team Trials.
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18U

USA Baseball Announces 2019 18U National Team Roster

Twenty-man roster will compete in WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup August 30-September 8
August 18, 2019

FULLERTON, Calif. - USA Baseball announced the 2019 18U National Team on Saturday, following the conclusion of the 2019 18U National Team Trials. The final 20-man roster will compete in the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea, August 30-September 8.

The 18U National Team will be playing for a record-fifth consecutive WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup gold medal after winning the last four events in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017. The program has won eight straight international tournament titles dating back to 2011.

"We are really excited about the twenty players that we have just chosen for this year's 18U National Team," said 2019 18U National Team Manager Jack Leggett. "It's been a great trial period with a great group of kids that has worked extremely hard. The decisions were really tough, but we feel like the twenty that we have now show us a lot of versatility, a lot of talent and a lot of really good attitudes, so we are really looking forward to competing for a world championship."

Five members of the 2019 18U National Team have suited up for the red, white and blue previously, including Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) who has been named to his fourth national team. Crow-Armstrong, Max Rajcic (Fullerton, Calif.) and Drew Romo (Spring, Texas) return to the 18U National Team for the second consecutive year after winning a gold medal with the program at the 2018 COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships.

Additionally, Crow-Armstrong, Lucas Gordon (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Alejandro Rosario (Miami, Fla.) were teammates on the 2017 15U National Team that won a gold medal at the COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Cartegena, Colombia.

The 20-man roster also features 10 athletes that have participated in the National Team Development Program (NTDP), including seven members of the 2018 17U NTDP.

Eleven members of this year's 18U National Team are new to USA Baseball national team programming in 2019 and were identified by participating in the inaugural 2019 Prospect Development Pipeline League (PDP) League, which serves as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team. In total, 18 members of the final roster participated in the PDP League this summer at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer Jack Leggett, who guided the 18U National Team to the program's eighth consecutive gold medal in 2018, returns to lead Team USA in 2019. He is joined on staff by the pitching coach, Scott Bankhead, and assistant coaches Gerald Laird and Gregg Ritchie.

The 2019 18U National Team will begin training in Fullerton, California, from August 18-21 before traveling to Taichung, Taiwan, to continue training with three friendlies against Chinese Taipei from August 24-27. Team USA will then open play in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup against South Africa on Friday, August 30, at 6 a.m. ET in Gijang, South Korea.

For more information on the 18U National Team, follow on Twitter at @USABaseball18U.

2019 18U National Team
(Name; Position; Hometown)

^Mick Abel; RHP; Portland, Ore.
^Jack Bulger; C/OF; Bowie, Md.
*^Pete Crow-Armstrong; OF; Sherman Oaks, Calif.
*^Lucas Gordon; LHP; Los Angeles, Calif.
^Hunter Haas; IF; Phoenix, Ariz.
Colby Halter; UTL; Jacksonville, Fla.
Kyle Harrison; LHP; Danville, Calif.
Robert Hassell; OF/LHP; Franklin, Tenn.
^Austin Hendrick; OF; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Ben Hernandez; RHP; Chicago, Ill.
Ed Howard; IF; Chicago, Ill.
^Nolan McLean; UTL/RHP; Willow Spring, N.C.
*^Max Rajcic; RHP; Fullerton, Calif.
*^Drew Romo; C; Spring, Texas
*^Alejandro Rosario; RHP; Miami, Fla.
Jason Savacool; RHP; Syracuse, N.Y.
Nate Savino; LHP; Sterling, Va.
Tyler Soderstrom; C; Turlock, Calif.
Milan Tolentino; IF; Mission Viejo, Calif.
AJ Vukovich; IF/OF; Mukwonago, Wis.

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

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18U

Stars Blank Stripes in 18U Trials Finale

Five Stars pitchers combine to allow just three hits in the win
August 15, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Stars 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 5 0
Stripes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5
Win: A. Santos Loss: C. Swilling Save: Keith
Box Score | Play-by-play | Cumulative Stats

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - In the final game of the 2019 18U National Team Trials, the Stars pitching staff allowed just three hits in eight scoreless innings to secure the 2-0 win over the Stripes. With the victory, the Stars improved to 4-1 in the trials series.

Robert Moore (Leadwood, Kan.) finished 1-for-3 with a walk and was responsible for both of the Stars' RBIs in the contest. Dylan Crews (Longwood, Fla.) and Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) both collected hits and scored runs for the Stars. Hunter Haas (Phoenix, Ariz.), who went 1-for-2 with a walk, and Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.), who collected two hits on the day, led the way offensively for the Stripes.

Alex Santos (New York, N.Y.) earned the win for the Stars after allowing just one hit and no runs, while striking out three. Carson Swilling (Smith Station, Ala.) suffered the loss after allowing two hits, two walks and two runs in his relief appearance.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • Hassell recorded the first hit of the game in the third, leading off with a ground-rule double for the Stars.
  • With the Stars threatening in the third with runners on first and second and one out, Kyle Harrison (Danville, Calif.) came through for the Stripes to escape the jam with a fielder's choice and a strikeout to keep it scoreless.
  • The first baserunners of the day for the Stripes came in the fourth inning when Haas drew a one-out walk and Soderstrom followed with a single, but a strikeout got the second out and Haas was caught stealing for the third to end the inning.
  • The Stars finally broke through for the first runs of the game when Hassell reached on an error to lead off the fifth before Crews and Moore followed with back-to-back doubles that made it 2-0 in the Stars' favor.
  • The Stripes tried to get a rally going in the seventh behind back-to-back one-out singles from Haas and Soderstrom but the Stars' Colby Halter got a flyout and a strikeout to end the threat and secure the 2-0 win.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • The Stars won the 18U National Team Trials series, 4-1.
  • The two pitching staffs combined to toss 24 strikeouts in the contest, with the Stars recording 14 and the Stripes collecting 10.
  • Santos (1-0) allowed just one hit and one walk and struck out three in two innings of work to earn the win.
  • The loss was attributed to Swilling (0-1) after he gave up two runs in his relief appearance.
  • Austin Hendrick (Pittsburgh, Pa.) recorded the highest average during the five-game series, hitting .571 with four hits, including one home run.
  • Rawley Hector (Van Alstyne, Texas) led all pitchers in the series with seven strikeouts in five innings of work throughout the week.

 

DUE UP

  • The 20-man 2019 18U National Team roster will be announced in the evening on Saturday, August 17.
  • 2019 18U National Team Training will start with the first practice for Team USA on Monday, August 19, and the first game on Tuesday, August 20, both at Fullerton Junior College.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Follow @USABaseball18U on Twitter for the most up-to-date information on the 18U National Team and 18U National Team Trials.
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18U

Stripes Claim Game Four of 18U Trials at Dodger Stadium

Cayden Wallace finished 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a home run for the Stripes
August 15, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Stripes 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 4 5 0
Stars 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
Win: T. Manning Loss: C. Brown Save: Walker
Box Score | Play-by-play | Cumulative Stats

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Propelled by Cayden Wallace's (Greenbrier, Ark.) two-run home run, the Stripes took down the Stars, 4-1, in the fourth game of the 18U National Team Trials series on Friday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Along with Wallace, Austin Hendrick (Pittsburgh, Pa.) helped lead the Stripes offense as he finished 1-for-2 with two RBIs of his own. Jordan Lawlar (Irving, Texas) also collected a hit and scored a run for the squad. Harold Coll (Hyde Park, Mass.) and Yohandy Morales (Miami, Fla.) each collected a hit to pace the Stars at the plate on Friday.

Timmy Manning (Pompano Beach, Fla.) earned the win for the Stripes on the mound, giving up just one run in his two innings of relief, while the loss was attributed to Cam Brown (HOMETOWN) after he surrendered two runs in his inning of work.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • Morales got the Stars offense started in the bottom of the third, singling and advancing to second on a Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.) groundout to bring up Coll, who recorded an RBI-double to give the Stars the early 1-0 lead.
  • In the top of the fourth, Jordan Walker (Stone Mountain, Ga.) drew a one-out walk and Wallace launched a two-run bomb two batters later that gave the Stripes a 2-1 lead.
  • The Stripes added a couple insurance runs in the top of the eighth when Hunter Haas (Phoenix, Ariz.) doubled, Lawlar singled and stole a base and Hendrick drove them both in with a two-RBI single that gave the Stripes the 4-1 win.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Following the Stripes' win on Friday, the Stars lead the series 3-1.
  • Manning (1-1) got the win for the Stripes in the contest after his strong relief appearance in which he gave up just one run on two hits, while striking out one.
  • Brown (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing two runs in the third inning.
  • Both starting pitchers were strong in the game with the Stars' Rawley Hector (Van Alstyne, Texas) allowing just one hit and striking out four in his three innings of work and Ben Hernandez (Chicago, Ill.) tossing two hitless frames for the Stripes.

 

DUE UP

  • The final game of the series is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. PT on Saturday, August 17, at Dodger Stadium.
  • The 20-man 2019 18U National Team roster will be announced on August 17, following the trials finale.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Follow @USABaseball18U on Twitter for the most up-to-date information on the 18U National Team and 18U National Team Trials.
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18U

Stars Clinch 18U Trials Series with 3-2 Win Over Stripes

Pete Crow-Armstrong and Yohandy Morales both finished 1-for-1 with two RBIs
August 15, 2019
  1 2 3 R H E
Stars 2 1 0 3 4 0
Stripes 2 0 0 2 2 0
Win: M. Abel Loss: N. Savino Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play | Cumulative Stats

FULLERTON, Calif. - Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Yohandy Morales (Miami, Fla.) each went 1-for-1 with two RBIs for the Stripes and Stars, respectively, as the Stars claimed a 3-2 victory in the third game of the 2019 18U National Team Trials on Thursday at Fullerton Junior College in Fullerton, California. The Stars improved to 3-0 and clinched the series with the win.

Jack Bulger (Bowie, Md.), Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and Kevin Parada (Pasadena, Calif.) added hits for the Stars in the win, while Drew Bowser (Woodland Hills, Calif.) went 1-for-1 with a run scored for the Stripes.

Mick Abel (Portland, Ore.) got the start for the Stars and earned the win, giving up two runs on two hits while striking out four in his three innings of work. For the Stripes, Nate Savino (Sterling, Va.) started on the mound and allowed three runs on four hits to get tagged with the loss.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • The Stars jumped out to an early lead in the contest when Ed Howard (Chicago, Ill.) drew a walk and Bulger singled to bring up Morales who roped a two-RBI double to left-center, giving the Stars a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
  • In the bottom half of the first, the Stripes' Crow-Armstrong collected a two-RBI single after Hunter Haas (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Bowser led off the inning with a walk and a double, respectively, to tie the game at 2-2.
  • The final run of the game was scored in the top of the second by Parada, who hit a leadoff triple and crossed the plate on a wild pitch to give the Stars a 3-2 lead and the win.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • The Stars improved to 3-0 with the win and clinched the 2019 18U National Team Trials series.
  • Abel (1-0) recorded four strikeouts in three innings on the mound and earned the win.
  • Savino (1-0) suffered the loss after giving up three runs in his 1.1 innings of work.

 

DUE UP

  • The teams will travel to Dodger Stadium for game four of the series on Friday, August 16. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m. PT.
  • The final game of the series is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. PT on Saturday, August 17, at Dodger Stadium.

 

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18U

Stars Defeat Stripes, 3-2, for Second Win of 18U Trials

Game two of the five-game series will be played at 4 p.m. PT at Fullerton Junior College
August 14, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Stars 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 6 3
Stripes 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 7 1
Win: A. Rosario Loss: M. Carlson Save: Witt
Box Score | Play-by-play | Cumulative Stats

FULLERTON, Calif. - Seven players collected hits as the Stars came from behind for the second night in a row to defeat the Stripes, 3-2, in game two of the 2019 18U National Team Trials on Wednesday, August 14, at Fullerton Junior College in Fullerton, California.

On the offensive side for the Stars, Robert Moore (Leawood, Kan.) finished 1-for-1 with a run scored and a game-high two walks. Jackson Miller (New Port Richey, Fla.) led the Stripes offense on Wednesday evening, collecting a game-high two hits, while Austin Hendrick (Pittsburgh, Pa.) hit the third home run of 18U Trials.

Alejandro Rosario (Miami, Fla.) tossed two innings in relief for the Stars without giving up an earned run and collected the win. For the Stripes, Max Carlson (Savage, Minn.) suffered the loss after giving up two runs in his 2.2 innings of work.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • Hendrick got the scoring started in the contest when he crushed a ball over the right field wall to lead off the second inning and give the Stripes an early 1-0 lead.
  • A one-out single from Moore and a walk to Enrique Bradfield Jr. (Hialeah, Fla.) got the Stars offense started in the bottom of the third inning before Parada singled to bring in Moore and tie the game at one run apiece.
  • The Stripes took back the lead in the top of the sixth courtesy of a Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.) RBI single that scored Colt Keith (Biloxi, Miss.) and gave the team a 2-1 advantage.
  • Following Soderstrom's RBI single, Cayden Wallace (Greenbrier, Ark.) drew a walk and Miller singled to load the bases with just one out for the Stripes, but Stars pitcher Rosario escaped the jam with a strikeout and a fly out to end the inning and keep the Stars within one.
  • Drew Romo (Spring, Texas) led off the bottom of the sixth with a triple to put the tying run 90 feet away for Alex Urban (Lexington, S.C.) who laced a single to left-center to tie the game again, 2-2.
  • Urban stole second and third before scoring on a throwing error to give the Stars their first lead of the game and a 3-2 victory.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • With the win, the Stars improved to 2-0 in the five-game 18U National Team Trials series.
  • The Stars have come from behind in both of its wins.
  • The win was attributed to Rosario (1-0) after he tossed two innings of relief and gave up three hits and no earned runs, while striking out one.
  • Carlson (0-1) gave up two runs on two hits in his 2.2 innings of work in relief and was tagged with the loss.

 

DUE UP

  • The third game of the series will once again be played at Fullerton Junior College in Fullerton, Calif., with first pitch at 4 p.m. PT on Wednesday, August 15.
  • The teams will travel to Dodger Stadium for games four and five of the series on August 16 and 17, respectively. Game four will be played at 3:30 p.m. PT, while game five will be at 10:30 a.m. PT.

 

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Stars Open Trials With 5-4 Comeback Win

A three-run seventh inning secured the win for the Stars in game one
August 13, 2019
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Stars 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 5 7 2
Stripes 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 6 1
Win: L. Gordon Loss: T. Manning Save: Savacool
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IRVINE, Calif. - The Stars scored three runs in the final inning to come from behind and claim a 5-4 victory over the Stripes in game one of the 2019 18U National Team Trials on Tuesday at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wis.) collected three of the Stars' seven hits on the night to lead the team's offense, finishing 3-for-3 with a run scored, while Tanner Witt (Houston, Texas) collected two RBIs and a run scored. Austin Hendrick (Pittsburgh, Pa.) paced the Stripes at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Lucas Gordon (Los Angeles, Calif.) started for the Stars and got the win in the contest after two strong innings of work in which he struck out a game-high four batters. For the Stripes, Timmy Manning was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on three hits in his two innings on the mound.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • The Stars opened the scoring in the contest when Vukovich led off the bottom of the second inning with a double before Jason Savacool (Syracuse, N.Y.) followed with a double of his own to bring Vukovich home for a 1-0 Stars lead.
  • An RBI-groundout by Dylan Crews (Longwood, Fla.) scored Savacool to give the Stars an early 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second.
  • Hendrick reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the second for the Stripes and bring Jordan Walker (Stone Mountain, Ga.) to the plate, who launched a two-run home run over the left field fence to tie the game 2-2.
  • Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.) drew a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a groundout before scoring on a Jackson Miller (New Port Richey, Fla.) RBI-single that gave the Stripes a 3-2 lead.
  • The Stripes added to their lead in the sixth inning when Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) knocked a leadoff double to right field, stole third and scored on an error for a 4-2 Stripes advantage.
  • Down to their final three outs, the Stars got things started when Crews drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a wild pitch and a Yohandy Morales (Miami, Fla.) groundout before scoring on another wild pitch to make it a 4-3 game.
  • With the Stars down by one, Jack Bulger (Bowie, Md.) got on base with a single to bring Witt to the plate who knocked a ball over the center field wall for a two-run dinger that gave the Stars a 5-4 lead.
  • Savacool took the ball on the mound in the bottom of the seventh to close out the 5-4 win for the Stars, giving up just one hit while striking out two and earning the save.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Gordon (1-0) led all the pitchers in the game with four strikeouts in two innings and earned the win after allowing just one run and two hits.
  • The loss was attributed to Manning (0-1) after he gave up three runs and two walks in the final two innings of the game.

 

DUE UP

  • Game two of the five-game 18U National Team Trials Stars vs. Stripes series will be played on Wednesday, August 14, at 4:00 p.m. PT at Fullerton Junior College in Fullerton, Calif.
  • The third game of the series will be played on Wednesday, August 15. The time and location of that contest will be announced at a later date.
  • The teams will travel to Dodger Stadium for games four and five of the series on August 16 and 17, respectively. Game four will be played at 3:30 p.m. PT, while game five will be at 10:30 a.m. PT.

 

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Breaking Down the 2019 18U National Team Schedule

The schedule includes games in five different cities on two continents over three and a half weeks of trials, training and tournament play.
August 12, 2019

From Los Angeles to Taiwan to South Korea, the 2019 18U National Team has a busy schedule in 2019. On August 12, 48 of the best athletes in the country - selected from the inaugural Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League, the 2018 National Team Identification Series, and the 2019 17U National Team Development Program - will convene in California for the 18U National Team Trials to compete for a spot on the 20-man Team USA roster.

At the conclusion of trials, the final 18U National Team will be named and will then train in both Los Angeles and Taiwan before traveling to Gijang City, South Korea, for the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup. The U.S. is the four-time defending champions of the event and will look to become the first team ever to claim five World Cup gold medals in a row at the tournament.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2019 18U National Team's path to gold:

 

THE SCHEDULE

  • The 2019 18U National Team Trials will include five intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games in five days at two different locations in the greater Los Angeles area.
  • Immediately following the announcement of the final 20-man 18U National Team roster on August 17, 18U National Team Training will commence and run from August 18-26.
  • The 2019 18U National Team will train both domestically and internationally, playing two games in California and at least three games in Taiwan before traveling to South Korea for the World Cup.
  • The 18U National Team's schedule at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will start with a practice day on August 29 before the team plays its first game on August 30 against South Africa.
  • Team USA will play five games in the Opening Round of the World Cup - one against each team in Group B - starting with a matchup against South Africa. 2019 marks the first time in program history that the 18U National Team has opened World Cup play against South Africa.
  • Following the Opening Round, the top three teams from both Group A and Group B will advance to the Super Round. Each team will then play one game against each of the five other Super Round teams, with the top two advancing to the gold medal game and the third and fourth seeds playing for bronze.
  • Three of Team USA's World Cup Opening Round opponents are ranked in the top 15 in the world, including No. 4 Chinese Taipei and No. 1 Japan.
  • Between August 18 and September 8, Team USA will play at least 17 games against at least nine different opponents.
  • The 2019 18U National Team program will compete in five different cities in three countries on two separate continents over three and a half weeks of trials, training and tournament play.
  • Team USA will travel a total of 13,737 miles together this summer.

 

THE OPPONENTS

 

BREWERS SOCAL SCOUT TEAM

  • For the first time since 2015, the 18U National Team will open its training schedule against the Brewers SoCal Scout Team.
  • The last time the two programs met, Team USA came away with a 6-4 victory at Cal State Fullerton on August 17, 2015.

 

CHINESE TAIPEI

  • In 2019, Team USA will train against Chinese Taipei prior to the World Cup, and will also match up against the team in the opening round of the tournament.
  • The U.S. owns a 23-9-1 overall record against Chinese Taipei, including wins in the first and most recent meetings between the two teams.
  • The 18U National Team last matched up against Chinese Taipei on September 6, 2013, in the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) "AAA" World Cup. Team USA claimed a 7-5 victory in that contest and went on to win a gold medal in the event.

 

SOUTH AFRICA

  • The U.S. and South Africa have met just twice in the history of the 18U National Team program.
  • The first contest between the two squads was August 9, 2000, when the U.S. came away with a 27-1 win in the IBAF World Junior Championships.
  • The second meeting also resulted in a Team USA victory with the red, white and blue taking down South Africa 5-0 at the 2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup - one of the 18U National Team's six shutouts in the tournament.

 

JAPAN

  • The U.S. and Japan have met eight times in international play, with Team USA owning a 6-2 overall record.
  • Japan's last victory in the series came on August 29, 2015, when the Japanese defeated Team USA 3-0 in the opening round of the 2015 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Osaka, Japan. The U.S. avenged the loss eight days later though when the two teams met in the gold medal game. The stars and stripes claimed a 2-1 victory in the contest and another World Cup title.
  • 2019 will mark the third consecutive time that the U.S. and Japan have met in the opening round of the World Cup. Most recently, Team USA came out on top, shutting out Japan 4-0 on September 2, 2017, in the second game of the 2017 World Cup.

 

PANAMA

  • Team USA has a long and successful history against Panama in international competition, having met 23 times in international competition. The U.S. holds the advantage in the matchup with a 21-2 overall record against Panama in that time.
  • In the most recent meeting between the two countries, Team USA took down the home country 17-2 in the gold medal game of the 2017 COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships. The victory marked the 18U National Team program's fifth-consecutive Pan-American Championships title.
  • The U.S. is 5-1 all-time against Panama in World Cup play.

 

SPAIN

  • The U.S. will close out the opening round of the 2019 World Cup against Spain. This will be just the third time the two teams have met, with both previous matchups occurring in World Cup play.
  • The red, white and blue has emerged victorious in both past meetings, claiming a 13-3 win in 2002 and another 10-run triumph in 2006 with an 11-1 victory.

 

THE LOCATIONS

 

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA

  • Three of the five 18U trials intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games will be played in Irvine, California, at Orange County Great Park for the first time in 18U National Team program history.

 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

  • 2019 marks the first time since August 19, 2013, that the 18U National Team program has played in Dodger Stadium, but Team USA has a long history of competition at the baseball landmark.
  • Most recently, the U.S. claimed its first-ever World Baseball Classic championship at the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a dominant 8-0 defeat of Puerto Rico on March 22, 2017.

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIFORNIA

  • This will be the first time the 18U National Team has played at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, California.

 

TAICHUNG, TAIWAN

  • This is the 18U National Team program's fifth trip to Taiwan and its third visit to Taichung.
  • The 2012 18U National Team trained in the city with two international friendlies against Chinese Taipei and a matchup with the Taichung City All-Stars before heading to Seoul, South Korea, for the IBAF "AAA" World Cup.
  • In 2013, the IBAF "AAA" World Cup was held in Taichung and Team USA once again trained in the city - this time with three international friendlies against Chinese Taipei - before the start of the tournament. The U.S. then stayed in Taiwan for the world championship, where it finished 8-1 with a gold medal.
  • In total, the 18U National Team has played 24 games in Taiwan throughout the program's history, including 14 games in Taichung, nine in Taipei City and one in Dou Liou.
  • The 2019 18U National Team will train in Taichung Stadium for the third time in its history, having played seven games there in 2012 and 2013.

 

GIJANG CITY, SOUTH KOREA

  • This is the second time in the history of the 18U National Team program that Team USA has competed at a World Cup in South Korea.
  • The 2012 IBAF "AAA" World Cup was held in Seoul, South Korea, with the U.S. finishing 7-2 and coming away as world champions after defeating Canada 6-2 in the gold medal game. • The 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will be played at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Ballpark. The multi-field facility was recently built in time to host the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup in 2016 and is the largest youth baseball facility in Korea, with a seating capacity of 1,295.
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18U National Team Trials and Training Begins Tuesday, August 13

Trials and Training games to be held at three locations in the greater Los Angeles area
August 7, 2019

USA Baseball invites the local and national media to the 2019 USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials and Training.

2019 18U National Team Trials brings in the top high school players in the country to compete for a chance to play for Team USA. The 48 athletes selected to the 18U Trials roster were chosen through multiple selection vehicles, including the inaugural Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League, which serves as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team, as well as the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) and the 2019 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP), among others.

The final 20-man 18U National Team roster will be named on August 17, followed immediately by National Team Training. The U.S. will compete in two domestic training games in the greater Los Angeles area and three international friendlies against Chinese Taipei in Taiwan before traveling to South Korea for the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup. Team USA is the four-time defending champions of the event and will look to earn its fifth consecutive World Champions title, as well as the 18U National Team program's eighth straight gold medal in international competition in 2019.

 

What: USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials and Training
When: August 13-22, 2019
Where:

Orange County Great Park
8000 Great Park Ave.
Irvine, Calif., 92618

Fullerton Junior College
321 E. Chapman Ave
Fullerton, Calif., 92832

Dodger Stadium
1000 Vin Scully Ave
Los Angeles, Calif., 90012

JSerra Catholic High School
26351 Junipero Serra Rd.
San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 92675

 

The 18U National Team program started in 1987 as the USA Baseball Junior National Team competing in the World Youth Baseball Championships. Since then the 18U National Team has been a perennial power on the international baseball scene. The team competes in two major events in bi-yearly cycles - the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships and the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup. In 2017, Team USA went undefeated to claim its fourth WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup title in a row and give the program its seventh consecutive gold medal in international competition. The program followed that performance with another undefeated year in 2019, claiming its fifth straight COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships title without dropping a game. Its most recent gold medal marked the program's seventh straight international tournament title.

Credential Application
Members of the media can apply for a credential by visiting the USA Baseball Media Services page on the official website: http://www.usabaseball.com/about/media-services

Interview Requests
All interview requests should be made through mediarelations@usabaseball.com or through on-site Press Officer Emily Fedewa. Phone and satellite interviews can be accommodated upon request.

Trials and Training Locations
The 2019 18U National Team Trials will feature five games at two different locations. The locations for each game are as follows:

August 13-15: Orange County Great Park
August 16-17: Dodger Stadium

The final 18U National Team will then play its first two games of training in California against the Brewers SoCal Scout Team. The locations for those games are as follows:

August 20: JSerra Catholic High School
August 21: Orange County Great Park

All 18U National Team Trials and Training workouts except the one on August 20 will be held at Fullerton Junior College in Fullerton, Calif. The morning workout on August 20 will be at JSerra Catholic High School prior to Team USA's first training game at the same location.

Started at the PDP League
Starting in 2019, the PDP League serves as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team. The invitation-only event, which was held in Bradenton, Florida, is a premier development and showcase experience for high school baseball prospects based in the United States. The four-week 2019 PDP League included competitive game play, practice and training sessions, off-field educational seminars and evaluations using modern technologies tailoring individualized curriculums for each player.

Thirty-eight of the athletes attending 18U Trials were selected from the 2019 PDP League and also participated in the first-ever High School All-Star Game at Progressive Field on July 6, as part of 2019 MLB All-Star Week in Cleveland. The remaining ten invitees were selected from the 2018 NTIS and the 2019 17U NTDP.

An Undefeated Streak
The 18U National Team program has won 19 consecutive games in international competition dating back to a loss to Mexico on October 7, 2016, in the COPABE "AAA" Pan American Championships. Despite the defeat, Team USA went on to finish that tournament with a 7-1 record and a gold medal.

World Cup Record Within Reach
With the 2017 18U National Team's gold medal in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, the U.S. joined Cuba as the only two countries to claim four consecutive world championship titles at the junior level. Now, Team USA has the chance to make history with a record-fifth gold medal in a row at the 2019 tournament.

18U National Team Alums in the Draft
Following two seasons in which the 18U National Team earned its fourth consecutive WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup title and its fifth straight COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships gold medal, 16 members of the 2017 and 2018 18U National Teams were selected in the first round of the 2018 and 2019 MLB Drafts, respectively.

In the 2018 MLB Draft, Jarred Kelenic (No. 6, New York Mets) was the first 2017 18U National Team member 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).

One year later, Bobby Witt Jr. (No. 2, Kansas City Royals) was the first member of the 2018 team chosen in the 2019 MLB Draft. Riley Greene (No. 5, Detroit Tigers), CJ Abrams (No. 6, San Diego Padres), Corbin Carroll (No. 16, Arizona Diamondbacks), Anthony Volpe (No. 30, New York Yankees) and Brennan Malone (No. 33, Arizona Diamondbacks) followed.

From Team USA to the Major Leagues
There are currently 43 players in the Major Leagues that have suited up for the red, white and blue as members of the 18U National Team. Current Major Leaguers Albert Almora, Alex Bregman, Bryce Harper, Eric Hosmer, Clayton Kershaw, Francisco Lindor, Manny Machado, Andrew McCutchen and Buster Posey have played for the 18U National Team.

USA Baseball Coverage
Live Stats: Statcrew/Sidearm Sports
Social Media: @USABaseball18U (Twitter) and @USABaseball (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

Participating Players and Schedule
In total, 48 players representing 22 states are participating in trials. Following the conclusion of trials, 20 players will be named to the final 18U National Team roster and will participate in training and the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup.

Sixteen USA Baseball alumni are competing for the chance to represent Team USA once again at the 18U National Team Trials, including six members of the 2018 18U National Team that won gold at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships. Additionally, the 18U Trials roster features nine athletes from the 2017 15U National Team that was named co-champions of the COPABE "AA" Pan-American Championships.

For the full schedule, click here.

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