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17U NTDP

Stripes Claim Series with Victory in Game 4

July 27, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stars 2 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 6 6 0
Stripes 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 3 0 9 13 0
Win: M. Winn Loss: A. Mabe Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

MILWAUKEE- Thanks to a late-inning surge, the Stripes were able to outlast the Stars, 9-6, in the fourth and final game of the 2018 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program at Miller Park on Thursday.

Pete Crow-Armstrong tripled in the eighth inning, scoring two runs and breaking a 6-6 tie. Crow-Armstrong also doubled and scored twice in the win.

The scoring started in the top of the first when Nolan McLean singled to score Enrique Bradfield from second after he walked to lead off the game. Nate Clow would follow Bradfield with another walk and would come around to score when Alex Greene grounded out to third.

The Stripes would get themselves on the board in the first. It looked as though an early rally was building, but Brandon Fields was thrown out at home by Greene in right after a Dylan Crews single. Yohandy Morales was able to drive in a run on a single to right later in the inning to make the score 2-1.

Carson Tucker would extend the Stars lead to two in the third on an RBI single, driving in Greene following a walk.

Two more runs would come across in the fourth, when a bases-loaded walk to Kellum Clark would force in one. Mac Horvath grounded out in the next at bat to bring home the second and build the Stars lead to four.

Jack O'Dowd would help the Stripes get them back with a two-RBI single to right, scoring Carter Young and Jack Bulger.

The scoring would settle until the seventh, when Drew Bowser lined a double that scored Gavin Casas, but Bowser was thrown out on a great relay by Crow-Armstrong and Young trying to stretch the hit into a triple.

That play seemed to shift the momentum, as the Stripes would come back in the bottom of the seventh with three runs to tie the game. O'Dowd would score on a wild pitch before Aaron Nixon would line a single over the drawn-in infield to bring home Crow-Armstrong. Colten Keith would plate the tying run, Nixon, later in the inning on a ground ball to Casas at first.

The eighth inning would see Crow-Armstrong drive in the game winning runs, and Nixon would add another RBI single to score him, putting the score at 9-6.

Masyn Winn would walk two batters in the ninth, but would get a pair of ground balls to end the game. Winn earned the victory, tossing 1.2 innings in relief. He allowed no runs, no hits and just two walks, striking out two Stars.

Mick Abel pitched well in the start for the Stars, going 5.0 innings and allowing just three earned runs on six hits. Abel struck out two and walked four.

"It was fun working with this talented group," Stripes Manager David Pierce said. "To watch their development and their desire to get better was exciting. It was great that we could win the series, but it was much more about their development and how they progressed as they move forward."

The win clinches the 3-1 series victory for the Stripes.

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17U NTDP

Stripes Win Game Four to End 17U NTDP Series in Tie

July 24, 2019
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STRP 2 1 1 0 0 3 0 1 0 8 10 2
STAR 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 5 2
 

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - The 2019 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) concluded on Thursday with the Stripes getting a win at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to end the series versus the Stars in a 2-2 tie.

Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.) and Austin Stracener (New Braunfels, Texas) teamed up to lead the offense for the Stripes. Riggio went 3-for-4 with one run, two RBIs and three stolen bases while Stracener hit 2-for-3, tallied two runs, one RBI and two stolen bases. Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) helped out the Stars behind the plate with a two-RBI double. 

Both teams had five pitchers spend time on the mound in the contest. Maddux Bruns (Saraland, Ala.) and Michael Davinni (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) led the pitching corps for the Stripes with four and three strikeouts, respectively. All five pitchers for the Stripes struck out at least two batters during their times on the bump.

Key Moments
• The Stripes were swinging early, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning when Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Riggio both scored on a Stars error to take a 2-0 lead. 
• A run in the second inning increased the Stripes' lead to 3-0 when Mike Bello (Oak Ridge, N.J.) scored off a Nick Bitsko (Doylestown, Pa.) single to right field. 
• Noah Smith (Chicago, Ill.) hit a single to bring Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.) home in the top of the third inning and give the Stripes a 4-0 lead. 
• Stracener and Riggio hit a single and triple, respectively, to jointly bring home three runners in the sixth inning, extending the Stripes' lead to 7-0. 
• The Stars got on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning when Charlie Saum (Ventura, Calif.) scored on a Stripes error to make the score 7-1. 
• The Stripes responded in the same fashion, adding one run in the top of the eighth when Stracener scored off a Crow-Armstrong double and reclaimed a seven-run lead at 8-1r. 
• Two more runs came in for the Stars in the bottom of the eighth inning when Clifford hit a double to score Marcelo Mayer (Chula Vista, Calif.) and Michael Braswell (Mableton, Ga.). 
• Ryan Spikes (Covington, Ga.) threw a three up, three down bottom of the ninth inning to secure an 8-3 win for the Stripes. 

Notable Information
• The Stars and Stripes series ended in a 2-2 tie. 
• The two teams combined for 23 total strikeouts, with the Stripes totaling 12 and the Stripes adding 11. 
• The Stripes out-hit the Stars 10-5 in the game. 

Social
• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 17U National Team Development Program. 

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17U NTDP

Stars Take a Series Lead with an 11-4 Win at 17U NTDP

July 22, 2019
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STAR 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 11 10 4
STRP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 7 5
 

EVANSTON, Ill. - A three-run first inning kick-started a strong showing for the Stars in their 11-4 win over the Stripes on Wednesday afternoon at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois at the 2019 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).

Braylon Bishop (Texarcana, Ark.), Brady House (Winder, Ga.) and Charlie Saum (Ventura, Calif.) led the Stars behind the plate, tallying two hits each in the contest. Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) and House all tallied two RBIs, combining for six of 11 for the Stars. Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.) led the Stripes offense, going 2-for-4, scoring one run and earning one of the team's three RBIs. 

The Stars had five pitchers throw throughout the game and six spent time on the mound for the Stripes. All five athletes threw at least one strikeout for the Stars, with Grant Taylor (Florence, Ala.) leading the pack with three of his own in two innings

Key Moments
• The Stars scored first, bringing three runners home in the top of the first inning led by a double from Clifford to take an early 3-0 lead. 
• The Stars increased their lead to 5-0 in the sixth inning when a walk and pair of Stripes errors loaded the bases and Jordan Lawlar (Irving, Texas) and Bishop scored on a sacrifice fly and single, respectively. 
• Adding two more runs in the top of the seventh, the Stars led 7-0 after Saum and Kurtis Reid (Hamilton, Ohio) both scored on ground outs. 
• Schrier scored on a bases-loaded ground out and House followed, scoring on a single from Saum to give the Stars a 9-0 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. 
• The Stars' final two runs came home in the top of the ninth when Michael Braswell (Mabelton, Ga.) scored on a fielder's choice and Lawlar scored on a sacrifice fly to take an 11-0 lead. 
• The Stripes got on the board in the bottom of the ninth inning, scoring off a Leto single, a Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.) ground out, a single from Mike Bello (Oak Ridge, N.J.) and a Stars error. 

Notable Information
• The Stars take a 2-1 series lead with the win. 
• The two teams combined for 14 total strikeouts, with the Stars tallying nine and the Stripes getting five. 
• The Stripes out-hit the Stars 10-7 in the game. 

On Deck
• The final game in the Stars and Stripes series will take place on Thursday, July 25, at 3:30 p.m. CT at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Social
• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 17U National Team Development Program. 

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17U NTDP

Stripes Lock in a Win to Even the Series at 17U NTDP

July 22, 2019
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STRP 0 0 0 2 0 3 3 1 X 9 12 2
STAR 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 X 5 5 1
 

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Stripes rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Stars 9-5 on Monday at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, to even the series in the second game of the 2019 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).

Izaac Pacheco (Friendswood, Texas) led the Stripes in scoring, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and one single. Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.) tallied three of the Stripes' nine RBIs with Max Muncy (Carmarilla, Calif.) and Joseph Mack (Williamsville, N.Y.) following with two each. On the other side of the contest, Braylon Bishop (Texarcana, Ark.) led the Stars hitting corps, going 3-for-3 while Marcelo Mayer (Chula Vista, Calif.) and Mark Black (Pittsburg, Pa.) earned two RBIs each. 

Five pitchers for the Stripes made an appearance on the bump while four for the Stars had throwing time. All but two pitchers threw for two or more strikeouts during their short appearances.

Key Moments
• The Stars scored first, bringing home Kurtis Reid (Hamilton, Ohio) and Mayer in the bottom of the first inning off a Stripes error and bases-loaded walk, respectively, for a 2-0 lead. 
• Another bases-loaded walk from Mayer scored Rawley Hector (Van Alstyne, Texas) to increase the Stars lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the second. 
• The Stripes got two runs of their own to cut the Stars lead to 3-2 in the top of the fourth inning when Mack hit a single to score both Pacheco and Ryan Spikes (Covington, Ga.). 
• Pacheco and Leto both crossed home off a triple from Muncy, who went on to score off a Mike Bello (Oak Ridge, N.J.) single to give the Stripes a 5-3 lead in the top of the sixth. 
•Leto hit an inside-the-park homerun in the top of the seventh inning to bring Nick Bitsko (Doylestown, Pa.) and Noah Smith (Chicago, Ill.) in and increase the Stripes' lead to 8-3. 
•The Stars answered in the bottom of the seventh, scoring two runs to make it an 8-5 ballgame when Mayer drew a bases-loaded walk and Black was hit by a pitch. 
•The Stripes put the game out of reach with an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning when Hunter Teplansky (Flower Mound, Texas) scored off a sac fly from Josh Hartle (King, N.C.) to secure the 9-5 win. 

Notable Information
• The Stripes get one in their win column to even the series, 1-1. 
• The two teams combined for 14 total strikeouts, with the Stars tallying nine and the Stripes getting eight. 
• The Stripes out-hit the Stars 12-5 in the game. 

On Deck
• Game three will take place on Wednesday, July 24, at 11:30 a.m. CT at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. 

Social
• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 17U National Team Development Program. 

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14U NTDP
17U NTDP

2019 National Team Development Programs Underway

July 21, 2019

The USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP) offers athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experiences. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and national team staff and task force.

The 2019 NTDPs are underway in Chicago and North Carolina. Follow along on USABaseball.com.

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Sunday, July 21
14U: Stars vs. Stripes (Coleman Field)
17U: Stars vs. Stripes (Wrigley Field)

Monday, July 22
14U: Stripes vs. Stars (Coleman Field)
17U: Stripes vs. Stars (3:30 p.m. ET - Notre Dame)

Wednesday, July 24
14U: Stars vs. Stripes (2 p.m. ET - Coleman Field)
17U: Stars vs. Stripes (12:30 p.m. ET - Northwestern)

Thursday, July 25
17U: Stripes vs. Stars (4:30 p.m. ET - Miller Park)

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17U NTDP

Stars Start 17U NTDP with Win Over Stripes

July 21, 2019
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STAR 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 9 10 1
STRP 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 5 1
 

CHICAGO, Ill. - Early scoring secured a 9-3 win for the Stars over the Stripes on Sunday night at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, in the first game of the 2019 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).

Braylon Bishop (Texarcana, Ark.) led the Stars in scoring, going 2-for-4 with two singles and one walk. Bishop, Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) and Michael Braswell (Mableton, Ga.) all tallied two base knocks each, combining for six of the team's 10 total hits. On the other side of the ball, five different batters scattered the Stripes' five hits in the game. 

Five pitchers for each team got to spend some time on the mound. Philip Abner (Charlotte, N.C.) and Nick Bitsko (Doylestown, Pa.) both struck out five batters each for the Stars and Stripes, respectively.

Key Moments
• The Stars scored first in the contest, bringing Bishop home in the top of the first inning with a two-out single from Schrier to get on the board for a 1-0 lead. 
• A bases-loaded single from Joshua Pearson (West Monroe, La.) scored Jackson Baumeister (Jacksonville, Fla.) before Marcelo Mayer (Chula Vista, Calif.) scored on a dropped third strike to give the Stars a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. 
• Two more runs came for the Stars when Schrier and Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) crossed home in the top of the third to take a 5-0 lead. 
• All three runs for the Stripes came in the bottom of the fifth inning, with Michael Davinni (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Noah Smith (Chicago, Ill.) and Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.) all tallying runs. 
• The Stars scored three insurance runs in the top of the ninth, bringing home Mark Black (Pittsburgh, Penn.) on a bases-loaded walk, while Jordan Lawlar (Irving, Texas) and Bishop scored on the same single from Braswell to give the Stars a 9-3 victory. 

Notable Information
• The Stars advance to 1-0 to start the NTDP series. 
• The two teams combined for 26 total strikeouts, with the Stars tallying 12 and the Stripes getting 14. 
• The Stars out-hit the Stripes 10 to five in the game. 

On Deck
• Game two will take place on Monday, July 22, at 3:30 p.m. CT at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. 

Social
• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 17U National Team Development Program. 

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17U NTDP

USA Baseball Announces 2019 17U National Team Development Program Staff

Eric Kibler returns for his sixth stint as 17U NTDP field coordinator in 2019
July 1, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the coaching staff and evaluators for the 2019 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) on Monday. Three-time USA Baseball national team assistant coach and nine-time NTDP field coordinator, Eric Kibler, will once again take the reins as the field coordinator in 2019.

The NTDP offers 40 athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experiences. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field educational seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and the 18U National Team staff and task force.

Wake Forest University Associate Head Coach Bill Cilento and Clemson University Head Coach Monte Lee will join Kibler on the NTDP staff, serving as the managers for the Stars and Stripes teams, respectively.

"We are bringing in a phenomenal staff that features some of the best coaches in the country," 17U NTDP Program Director Frank Jagoda said "Our players are going to have an opportunity to work with some of the most innovative teachers that our game has to offer. We are really looking forward to spending the week working with the players and watching them grow, because that's what the National Team Development Program is all about."

Kibler returns as an NTDP field coordinator in 2019 for a fourth consecutive year and ninth-time overall. After serving as the first-ever USA Baseball NTDP field coordinator in 2012 for the inaugural 14U and 17U programs, he once again launched an NTDP program in 2018 with the inception of the 16U age group. Kibler has worked with the 14U program three times (2012-2014), the 16U program once (2018) and the 17U program five times (2012-2014, 2016-2017) in the seven-year history of the NTDP.

His USA Baseball experience also includes three seasons as a national team assistant coach. Kibler helped lead the 16U National Team to gold medals in 2009 and 2010 at the International Baseball Federation World Youth Championships and the COPABE Pan American "AA" Youth Championships, respectively, as well as helping the 2015 18U National Team to a gold medal at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup.

An Arizona High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Famer, Kibler is the most decorated coach in Arizona High School baseball history as he led Horizon High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) to six state titles, 17 regional titles and three runner-up finishes in the state baseball tournament in his 38-year career.

The field coordinator, with the assistance of additional coaches and evaluators, will assess 40 athletes during the NTDP week and are made up of former professional players, respected collegiate and high school coaches, and professional scouts.

The Stars team will be managed by Bill Cilento in the four-game intrasquad series and he will be joined by Indiana University Pitching Coach Justin Parker and Cleveland Indians Infield Coordinator Kai Correa, who will serve as the team's pitching coach and assistant coach, respectively.

Monte Lee will manage the Stripes squad and his staff will include University of Notre Dame Assistant Coach Chuck Ristano and New York Mets Area Scout Cesar Aranguen. Ristano will serve as the pitching coach for the Stripes while Aranguen will serve as the team's assistant coach.

Steve Smith, Edgar Varela and Jack Wilson will also join Kibler on the staff and serve as additional evaluators for the event. Smith is the pitching coach at Auburn University and returns to USA Baseball as the pitching coordinator after serving as the Collegiate National Team Manager in 2005 and its pitching coach in 1998. Varela is in his second season as the Minor League field coordinator for the Minnesota Twins and will serve as the hitting and catching coordinator. A former MLB All-Star, Wilson is currently the head coach at Thousand Oaks High School (Thousand Oaks, California) and he will serve as the roving hitting coach in 2019.

The 2019 17U NTDP will take place July 21-25 in the Chicago metropolitan area and will feature intrasquad scrimmages at Wrigley Field, Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame and Miller Park.

USA Baseball will utilize a rolling invitation process for the 17U NTDP participants in 2019. The athletes will be selected from the 2018 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the 2019 17U National Team Championships in Arizona and through recommendations from scouts, coaches and the amateur baseball community.

For more information on the USA Baseball National Team Development Program, visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter.

The full NTDP staff and their bios are as follows:

Name; NTDP Position; Current Position
Cesar Aranguen; Stripes Assistant Coach; New York Mets Area Scout
Bill Cilento; Stars Manager; Wake Forest University Associate Head Coach
Kai Correa; Stars Assistant Coach; Cleveland Indians Infield Coordinator
Eric Kibler; Field Coordinator
Monte Lee; Stripes Manager; Clemson University Head Coach
Justin Parker; Stars Pitching Coach; Indiana University Pitching Coach
Chuck Ristano; Stripes Pitching Coach; Notre Dame University Assistant Coach
Steve Smith; Pitching Coordinator; Auburn University Pitching Coach
Edgar Varela; Hitting/Catching Coordinator; Minnesota Twins Minor League Field Coordinator
Jack Wilson; Roving Hitting Coach; Thousand Oaks High School Head Coach

Cesar Aranguen is in his eighth season as an Area Supervisor for the New York Mets. Prior to his time with the Mets, he served as the Assistant Director of Latin America Operations with the Milwaukee Brewers for two years. Aranguen began his coaching career at Barry University, where he was an assistant coach for five seasons. He was also a four-year starter for the Buccaneers.

2019 marks Bill Cilento's 10th season at Wake Forest University and his first as Associate Head Coach. He has coached 56 student-athletes that have gone on to play professional baseball in that time. Prior to his coaching the Demon Deacons, Cilento spent three seasons as the hitting and infield coach at Brown University, where he helped the Bears to their first-ever Ivy League Championship and NCAA regional berth. He also had coaching stints with the University of New Orleans and Siena. Cilento was a four-year starter and a member of two MAAC regular season championship teams at Siena.

Kai Correa will make his USA Baseball coaching debut with the 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) in 2019. Correa is currently the short-season defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Indians organization after serving as the Infield Coach for the Arizona League Indians in 2018. Prior to his time with the Indians, Correa spent three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Northern Colorado, leading the Bears to their first-ever WAC tournament appearance in 2015. Correa played at the University of Puget Sound and was named captain as a senior before joining the coaching staff as the head assistant coach following his graduation in 2011.

2019 marks the ninth-time overall and fourth consecutive season that Kibler has served as the field coordinator for an NTDP. After serving as the first-ever USA Baseball NTDP field coordinator in 2012 for the inaugural 14U and 17U programs, he once again helped launch an NTDP program in 2018 as the field coordinator for the inaugural 16U NTDP. In addition to his time with the 16U event in 2018, Kibler has worked with the 14U event three times (2012-2014) and the 17U event four times (2012-2013, 2016-2017) in the seven-year history of the National Team Development Program. He has also served as an assistant coach on three national team staffs during his time with USA Baseball, helping lead the 16U National Team to consecutive gold medals at the 2009 International Baseball Federation World Youth and the 2010 COPABE Pan American "AA" Youth Championships. He was also a member of the staff that led the 18U National Team to a gold medal at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in 2015. Kibler started the baseball program at Horizon High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) in 1980 and served as its head coach until 2018. An Arizona High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Famer, Kibler is the most decorated coach in Arizona High School baseball history as he collected a state-record 808 wins and led the Huskies to six state titles, 17 regionals and three runner-up finishes in the state tournament during his 38 years with the program. Thirty-four of the athletes that played for him were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and 151 went on to play college baseball.

Monte Lee will make his debut with the USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP) in 2019, but he is no stranger to leading programs as he brings 16 years of head coach experience to the event. He is currently in his third season as the head coach of Clemson University, where he has led the Tigers to the NCAA Regionals in all three years. Prior to his time at Clemson, Lee led the College of Charleston for seven seasons, recording a .656 winning percentage while appearing in the NCAA Regionals four times. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Spartanburg Methodist College in 2001, before serving in the same capacity at the University of South Carolina for six seasons. Before starting his coaching career, Lee was a standout on the diamond for the College of Charleston, finishing his playing career in the top-10 in school history in career doubles, total bases and RBIs. In addition, he became the first-ever position player drafted from Charleston when he was selected in the 39th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Justin Parker will make his USA Baseball coaching debut in 2019. The Indiana University assistant coach is in his first season with the Hoosiers and is responsible for the team's pitching staff. Parker previously served as the pitching coach at the University of Central Florida (UCF), where he sent nine pitchers to the professional ranks in his two seasons with the Golden Knights. He began his coaching career in 2011 at Wright State and spent six seasons with the Raiders, highlighted by a Horizon League Championship in 2016. Parker was drafted in the 6th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and spent three years playing professionally in the Arizona Diamondbacks system.

Chuck Ristano is currently in his ninth season at the University of Notre Dame, where he serves as an assistant coach and co-recruiting coordinator. Ristano heads a Notre Dame pitching staff that has produced 12 MLB Draft picks since his arrival on campus, and he guided Notre Dame pitchers to three consecutive seasons with a walks-per-nine-innings rate lower than 3.00 for the first time in program history. Prior to his time in South Bend, Ristano spent four seasons as the pitching coach at Monmouth University, helping the Hawks to NCAA regional bids and Northeast Conference titles in 2007 and 2009. He has also served as a pitching coach at Temple and Sacred Heart. He was a two-time captain and four-year letterwinner at Sacred Heart from 2001-04.

NCAA coaching legend Steve Smith returns to USA Baseball in 2019 after serving as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team manager in 2005 and an assistant coach in 1998. Smith is currently a volunteer coach at Auburn University working with the pitching staff. Before his time at Auburn, Smith spent 21 seasons as the head coach at Baylor University, where he became the winningest coach in program history after recording 744 victories with the Bears. Smith led Baylor to 13 NCAA regionals appearances, four Super Regionals and a College World Series appearance in 1978, while also claiming three Big 12 Conference Championships. The five-time Big 12 Coach of the Year was also inducted in to the Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.

Edgar Varela is in his second season as the minor league field coordinator for the Minnesota Twins. Prior to that, he spent 10 years working in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Varela was a manager for the Bristol Pirates in 2014-15 and the GCL Pirates in 2016, and served as a hitting coach throughout the Pirates system for six years. He was also the Latin America hitting coordinator for one year, overseeing the hitting program from the Dominican League to Advanced-A levels. Varela played five seasons of professional baseball after being drafted in the 31st round by the Chicago White Sox in the 1998 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Jack Wilson is a 12-year MLB veteran who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, and Atlanta Braves after being drafted in the ninth round of the 1998 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The 2004 MLB All-Star recorded 1,294 hits, 426 RBIs and scored 565 runs during his career. Wilson also earned the National League Silver Slugger award in 2004 after ranking first in the National League in triples (12), third in hits (201) and seventh in singles (137). He is currently in his third season as the head coach at Thousand Oaks High School (Thousand Oaks, California), where he led the Lancers to the Marmonte League Championship in 2019 for the first time since 2007. 

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17U NTDP

USA Baseball Reveals 2019 17U National Team Development Program Roster

The 2019 17U NTDP will once again be held in Chicago, Ill., July 20-25
June 28, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball revealed the 41-man 2019 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster on Friday, following the conclusion of the 17U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. The weeklong 17U NTDP will once again be held in Chicago, Illinois, for the fourth consecutive year from July 20-25.

The National Team Development Program offers identified athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars and intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games to assist in the development of the athletes as a person and a player.

"We are really excited about the announcement of this year's 17U NTDP roster," said 18U National Team Program Director Frank Jagoda. "This is an incredible developmental opportunity for these young men, and we look forward to a great week of showing them the USA Baseball way and continuing to move these kids forward in our programming, which could culminate with an opportunity to compete for this year's 18U National Team."

The roster is made up of 41 athletes who were identified and selected based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball sanctioned events, including the National Team Championships and the National Team Identification Series (NTIS), among others. In total, 21 athletes have played on a USA Baseball national team, while 22 past NTDP participants are on the roster.

Seventeen of the invited players are new to USA Baseball national team programming in 2019, including 10 athletes that represented their respective region at the 2018 16U NTIS Champions Cup in Cary, North Carolina, and seven that were selected from the 2019 National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida.

Nine members of this year's 17U NTDP are alumni of the 2018 15U National Team that won the program's first-ever World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup gold medal. In addition, the roster boasts six athletes that helped the 2017 15U National Team win its third-consecutive gold medal at the COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships.

Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), Brady House (Winder, Ga.) and Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) will reunite for the fourth time after being teammates on the 2018 15U National Team and the 12U National Team that won a gold medal at the 2015 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup; the three also participated together at the 2017 14U NTDP.

Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), who was a member of the 2018 18U National Team that won the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships gold medal, is returning to the 17U NTDP for the second year in a row in 2019. Crow-Armstrong will reunite with fellow 2014 12U National Team alumnus Izaac Pacheco (Friendswood, Texas) at this year's 17U NTDP.

Additionally, Rawley Hector (Van Alstyne, Texas) and Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.), whose paths have both included stops with the 2016 14U NTDP, the 2017 15U National Team and the 2018 16U NTDP, will add another summer with USA Baseball to their resumés in 2019. In total, ten members of the 2018 16U NTDP have been chosen to compete at the 17U NTDP, while 11 past 14U NTDP participants have made this year's roster.

USA Baseball will unveil the staff of the 2019 17U NTDP in the coming days. Stay tuned to USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter for all information on the National Team Development Program.

2019 17U National Team Development Program
Name; Position; Hometown

Phillip Abner; LHP; Charlotte, N.C.
Jackson Baumeister; C/RHP; Jacksonville, Fla.
Mike Bello; OF; Oak Ridge, N.J.
^Braylon Bishop; OF; Texarcana, Ark.
^Nick Bitsko; RHP; Doylestown, Penn.
Mark Black; C/OF; Pittsburgh, Penn.
Michael Braswell; INF/RHP; Mableton, Ga.
Maddux Bruns; RHP; Saraland, Ala.
^Irving Carter; RHP; Boynton Beach, Fla.
*^Ryan Clifford; OF; Raleigh, N.C.
*^Pete Crow-Armstrong; OF; Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Michael Davinni; IF/RHP; Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Kade Grundy; RHP/OF; Somerset, Ky.
*^Joshua Hartle; LHP/1B; King, N.C.
*^Rawley Hector; RHP/INF; Van Alstyne, Texas
*^Brady House; INF/RHP; Winder, Ga.
^Samuel Hunt; C/IF; Minneapolis, Minn.
^Jordan Lawlar; MIF; Irving, Texas
*^Luke Leto; INF/RHP; Portage, Mich.
*Christian Little; RHP; St. Louis, Mo.
Joseph Mack; C/IF; Williamsville, N.Y.
^Marcelo Mayer; SS/OF; Chula Vista, Calif.
Michael Morales; RHP/IF; Enola, Penn.
Maxwell Muncy; IF; Carmarillo, Calif.
*^Izaac Pacheco; INF; Friendswood, Texas
*Andrew Painter; RHP; Pompano Beach, Fla.
Joshua Pearson; OF/IF; West Monroe, La.
Joseph Quick; RHP/IF; Lake Jackson, Texas
Kurtis Reid; IF/RHP; Hamilton, Ohio
*^Roc Riggio; OF; Simi Valley, Calif.
*Alejandro Rosario; RHP; Miami, Fla.
*Charlie Saum; C; Ventura, Calif.
Nate Savino; LHP/OF; Sterling, Va.
*^Cody Schrier; INF; San Clemente, Calif.
Brock Selvidge; LHP/OF; Chandler, Ariz.
^Austin Stracener; SS/RHP; New Braunfels, Texas
*Ryan Spikes; UTL; Covington, Ga.
*^Grant Taylor; RHP; Florence, Ala.
^Hunter Teplansky; INF/RHP; Flower Mound, Texas
Jack Walker; RHP; Lake Charles, La.
Tyler Wiederstein; RHP/IF; Greensburg, Penn.

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

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Fifteen Alumni Taken in the First Round of 2019 MLB Draft

June 4, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. -- Fifteen USA Baseball alumni were drafted in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday night, including number one overall pick, Adley Rutschman. USA Baseball has had 504 total alumni drafted in the first round since 1972, and 2019 marks the 17th time in the last 19 years that the first overall pick played for Team USA.

The Baltimore Orioles started the 2019 Draft by selecting 2018 Collegiate National Team alumnus Adley Rutschman with the first pick of the draft. He is the seventh consecutive USA Baseball alum to be selected number one overall following Casey Mize (2018), Royce Lewis (2017), Mickey Moniak (2016), Dansby Swanson (2015), Brady Aiken (2014) and Mark Appel (2013).

In total, 32 USA Baseball alumni have been selected with the number one overall pick since 1972.

USA Baseball alumni had a historical evening on Monday, beginning when Bobby Witt Jr. was selected with the second overall pick by the Royals and assisted in becoming one half of the highest father-son duo to be ever selected in the Major League Draft. He joined his father, Bobby Witt, who was drafted with the third overall pick by the Texas Rangers in 1985 after playing for the red, white and blue for the 1984 Collegiate National Team and in the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.

Zack Thompson then became the 500th USA Baseball alumnus to be drafted in the first round of the MLB Draft since 1972 when the St. Louis Cardinals picked him with the 19th pick. Eleven picks later, three-time alumnus Anthony Volpe became the first-ever 12U National Team alum selected in the MLB Draft when he was selected by the New York Yankees with the 30th overall pick.

Three-time USA Baseball alum and 2018 Golden Spikes Award winner Andrew Vaughn (No. 3, Chicago White Sox), Josh Jung (No. 8, Texas Rangers), Shea Langeliers (No. 9, Atlanta Braves), Bryson Stott (No. 14, Philadelphia Phillies), Will Wilson (No. 15, Los Angeles Angels), Thompson (No. 19, St. Louis Cardinals), Braden Shewmake (No. 21, Atlanta Braves) and Matt Wallner (No. 39, Minnesota Twins) joined Rutschman as members of the 2018 Collegiate National Team that were selected in the first round. The 2018 team won all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Japan and Cuba.

Following a season in which the 18U National Team earned its fifth consecutive COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championship title, six members of the 20-man roster were selected in the first round in 2019. Witt Jr. (No. 2, Kansas City Royals) was the first member of the team selected, followed by 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).

Four national team programs were represented in the 2019 Draft, including nine players from the Collegiate National Team, six from the 18U National Team, two from the 15U National Team and one from the 12U National Team. In total, the 15 alumni selected in the first round have won a cumulative eight international gold medals and one bronze medal.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni selected in the first round of the 2019 MLB Draft is as follows:

Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s)
1-1; Adley Rutschman; Baltimore Orioles; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-2; Bobby Witt Jr.; Kansas City Royals; 2018 18U National Team
1-3; Andrew Vaughn; Chicago White Sox; 2013 15U, 2017-18 Collegiate National Teams
1-5; Riley Greene; Detroit Tigers; 2018 18U National Team
1-6; CJ Abrams; San Diego Padres; 2018 18U National Team
1-8; Josh Jung; Texas Rangers; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-9; Shea Langeliers; Atlanta Braves; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-14; Bryson Stott; Philadelphia Phillies; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-15; Will Wilson; Los Angeles Angels; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-16; Corbin Carroll; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2018 18U National Team
1-19; Zack Thompson; St. Louis Cardinals; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-21; Braden Shewmake; Atlanta Braves; 2017-18 Collegiate National Team
1-30; Anthony Volpe; New York Yankees; 2018 18U, 2016 15U, 2013 12U National Teams
1-33; Brennan Malone; Arizona Diamondbacks, 2018 18U National Team
1-39; Matt Wallner; Minnesota Twins; 2018 Collegiate National Team

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Frank Jagoda Named 18U National Team Director

Jagoda will oversee day-to-day operations for the 18U National Team and two national team development programs
February 11, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball named Frank Jagoda the Director of the 18U National Team on Tuesday. In this role, Jagoda will oversee the day-to-day operations of the 18U National Team program, as well as the 16U and 17U National Team Development Programs, and will also work closely with the recently announced Prospect Development Pipeline League.

He returns to USA Baseball after serving as an assistant coach for the 2017 15U National Team that won a gold medal at the COPABE Pan-Am "AA" Championships, and as a task force member for numerous national teams and national team identification events over the last five years.

"We are thrilled to welcome Frank Jagoda to the organization in a full-time capacity as the 18U National Team Director," USA Baseball's Executive Director/CEO, Paul Seiler, said. "Frank has been a part of the USA Baseball family as a coach and task force member since 2014 and we are confident his experience and coaching philosophies will translate perfectly to this role as we continue to build upon the incredible achievements of our national teams, national team development programs and our athletes."

Jagoda brings over ten years of collegiate and professional baseball coaching experience to his new role with the 18U National Team. He most recently served as the Pitching Coach for Rehabilitation for the Minnesota Twins, where he oversaw all of the on-field rehabilitation for the club and served as the pitching coach for the Gulf Coast League Twins in Fort Meyers, Florida.

Prior to his tenure with the Twins, he was the head coach at Patrick Henry Community College (Martinsville, Va.) from 2016-2017, where he led the Patriots to a 79-38 overall record, guided the program to its first-ever regular season Region X championship and was named the 2016 Region X Coach of the Year. Jagoda was also a graduate assistant and assistant coach at Canisius College from 2012-2014 and helped lead the Golden Griffins to its first-ever NCAA Regional berth in 2013, before leading Wingate University to a spot in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championship as its pitching coach and recruiting coordinator in 2015.

Jagoda is immediately tasked with leading Team USA at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in South Korea. The U.S. is looking to win an unprecedented fifth consecutive world title after taking home gold in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017. The 18U National Team program has won eight consecutive gold medals on the international stage dating back to 2011.

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

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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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