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USA Baseball Announces 2018 14U NTDP Roster

2018 14U NTDP will take place July 23-27 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex
July 9, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - The 2018 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster was announced by USA Baseball on Monday. The final 40-man roster has been named following the conclusion of the 2018 14U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. The 14U NTDP will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, July 23-27.

The National Team Development Program offers identified 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 and intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games to assist in the development of the athletes as people and players.

"USA Baseball is excited to welcome these forty athletes to our National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, for the 14U National Team Development Program," said Senior Director of Baseball Operations Ashley Bratcher. "All of these young men impressed our staff and task force at our National Team Identification Series and the National Team Championships with their talent and character, and we are eager to get to know each of them better and provide them with a comprehensive development opportunity they cannot get anywhere else."

Of the 40 players on the roster, 15 are alumni of the 2016 USA Baseball 12U National Team, including Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and Owen Egan (Yucaipa, Calif.) who also played together on the 2017 12U Team that won a gold medal at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan. In addition to being an alumnus of the 12U National Team, Tyler Avery joins the 14U NTDP for the second consecutive year after participating in last year's program.

Former USA Baseball 15U National Team assistant coach Troy Cameron will oversee the program as the field coordinator in 2018.

For the second year in a row, 18 athletes from the 14U NTDP will be selected to the 2018 15U National Team Trials. Phase 1 of 15U Trials will feature 72 athletes and begin on July 29 at the National Training Complex. Phase 2 will begin on August 1 and will feature 34 athletes vying for a spot on the final 20-man national team roster. The 15U National Team will compete in the 2018 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in David, Panama.

In 2017, Davis Diaz and Josh Hartle both won a gold medal with the 15U National Team at the COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Cartagena, Colombia, after earning a spot at the 15U National Team Trials following their performance at the 14U NTDP.

Players are selected for the National Team Development Program based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball events. Recommendations from professional scouts, USA Baseball task force members and collegiate, high school and youth coaches at USA Baseball events play a role in the selection process for the National Team Development Program.

The USA Baseball 13U National Team Identification Series (NTIS) and the 14U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida served as the primary identification event for the 14U National Team Development Program. In total, 25 athletes at the 2018 14U NTDP are new to USA Baseball following their participation in sanctioned identification events.

For more information on the National Team Development Program please visit USABaseball.com or follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter.

The roster for the 14U National Team Development program is as follows:

2018 14U National Team Development Program Roster
(Name; Position; Hometown)

*Nathan Aguilar; IF/RHP; Torrance, Calif.
Jaden Anderson; OF/IF; Duluth, Ga.
*^Tyler Avery; RHP/IF; Las Vegas, Nev.
*Brandon Barriera; LHP/IF; Coconut Creek, Fla.
Casey Borba; IF/C; Corona, Calif.
*Karson Bowen; C/RHP; Anaheim Hills, Calif.
*Joseph Brown; C/IF; Petaluma, Calif.
Ryan Cainzos; OF; Miami, Fla.
*Kai Caranto; IF/RHP; Santa Clarita, Calif.
Abel Castrejon; C/OF; Santa Ana, Calif.
*Cutter Coffey; IF/RHP; Bakersfield, Calif.
Justin Crawford; OF; Torrance, Calif.
Kyle Crow; RHP/IF; Linden, Mich.
Dylan Cupp; IF/RHP; Cedartown, Ga.
Demitri Diamant; IF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Evan Dobias; RHP/OF; Sunrise, Fla.
*Owen Egan; OF/RHP; Yucaipa, Calif.
Duke Ekstrom; RHP/IF; San Diego, Calif.
Jamie Felix; OF/IF; Kingsland, Ga.
Termarr Johnson; IF; Atlanta, Ga.
Dylan Lina; RHP/IF; Carson, Calif.
Kaden Martin; OF/LHP; Redondo Beach, Calif.
Anthony Martinez; C/IF; Fairfield, Calif.
Jackson McKenzie; LHP/IF; Fairhope, Ala.
*Steven Milam; IF/RHP; Las Cruces, N.M.
*Aidan Miller; RHP/IF; Trinity, Fla.
Derrick Mitchell; OF/RHP; Tempe, Ariz.
*Mason Neville; OF/LHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Christopher Paciolla; IF/OF; Temecula, Calif.
Alvaro Partida Lora; LHP/OF; San Diego, Calif.
Jacob Randolph; C/IF; Vero Beach, Fla.
Michael Rocha; IF/RHP; Chula Vista, Calif.
*Louis Rodriguez; RHP/IF; Long Beach, Calif.
*Mikey Romero; IF; Menifee, Calif.
*Marcos Rosales; IF/OF; West Covina, Calif.
Logan Saloman; IF/RHP; Chandler, Ariz.
*Christopher Scinta; LHP/IF; Tamarac, Fla.
Andrew Villalobos; C/RHP; Globe, Ariz.
Ethan Watson; C/IF; Newport Beach, Calif.
Abraham Zapata; C/RHP; Fontana, Calif.

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

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Eighteen USA Baseball Alumni Selected in First Round of 2018 Major League Baseball Draft

June 5, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - Eighteen USA Baseball alumni were drafted in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday night, including number one overall pick, Casey Mize. USA Baseball has had 495 total alumni drafted in the first round since 1978, and 2018 marks the 16th time in the last 18 years that the first overall pick played for Team USA.

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

In total, USA Baseball alumni have been selected with the number one overall pick 31 times since 1971.

"USA Baseball is extremely proud of our eighteen alumni who were selected in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft," said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. "The success of our athletes following their time within our national team programs is a testament to their hard work and dedication to our beloved sport, and we cannot wait to watch them as they continue their baseball careers at the next level."

Four-time USA Baseball alumnus Nick Madrigal (No. 4, Chicago White Sox), Travis Swaggerty (No. 10, Pittsburgh Pirates), two-time Collegiate National Team alum Seth Beer (No. 28, Houston Astros), Cadyn Grenier (No. 37, Baltimore Orioles) and Jake McCarthy (No. 39, Arizona Diamondbacks) join Mize as members of the 2017 Collegiate National Team that were selected in the first round. This team won all three of its international friendship series last summer against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan.

Following a season in which the 18U National Team earned its fourth consecutive World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 Baseball World Cup title, ten members of the 20-man roster were selected in the first round in 2018. Jarred Kelenic (No. 6, New York Mets) was the first member of the team selected, followed by Ryan Weathers (No. 7, San Diego Padres), Matt Liberatore (No. 16, Tampa Bay Rays), Nolan Gorman (No. 19, St. Louis Cardinals), three-time alum Brice Turang (No. 21, Milwaukee Brewers), Anthony Seigler (No. 23, New York Yankees), three-time alum 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).

"To have half of last year's roster selected in the first round is a real honor to everyone involved in the USA Baseball National Team process," said Matt Blood, USA Baseball 18U National Team Director. "These players have put in a lot of hard work and have also taken great pride in representing the United States in International competition."

Four national team programs were represented in the 2018 draft, including seven players from the Collegiate National Team, 15 from the 18U National Team, four from the 15U National Team and two that played for the former 14U National Team. In total, the 18 alumni selected in the first round have won a cumulative eighteen international gold medals and one silver medal.

USA Baseball had its most successful year in 2017, sweeping through its international competition with gold medals at the World Baseball Classic, WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, COPABE Pan Am U-15 Championships and the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup; in addition to the Collegiate National Team winning all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan. It is the first time in international baseball history a federation has won all of its international competitions in a calendar year.

The draft continues Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 6. Stay tuned to @USABaseball on Twitter for updates.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni selected in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft is as follows:

Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s)

1-1; Casey Mize; Detroit Tigers; 2017 Collegiate
1-4; Nick Madrigal; Chicago White Sox; 2011 14U, 2012 15U, 2014 18U, 2017 Collegiate
1-6; Jarred Kelenic; New York Mets; 2016-17 18U
1-7; Ryan Weathers; San Diego Padres; 2017 18U
1-10; Travis Swaggerty; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2017 Collegiate
1-16; Matthew Liberatore; Tampa Bay Rays; 2017 18U
1-19; Nolan Gorman; St. Louis Cardinals; 2017 18U
1-21; Brice Turang; Milwaukee Brewers; 2014 15U, 2016-17 18U
1-22; Ryan Rolison; Colorado Rockies; 2015 18U
1-23; Anthony Seigler; New York Yankees; 2017 18U
1-24; Nico Hoerner; Chicago Cubs; 2011 14U, 2012 15U
1-26; Triston Casas; Boston Red Sox; 2015 15U, 2016-17 18U
1-27; Mason Denaburg; Washington Nationals; 2017 18U
1-28; Seth Beer; Houston Astros; 2016-17 Collegiate
1-30; JT Ginn; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2017 18U
1-35; Ethan Hankins; Cleveland Indians; 2017 18U
1-37; Cadyn Grenier; Baltimore Orioles; 2017 Collegiate
1-39; Jake McCarthy; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2017 Collegiate

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2018 14U National Team Development Program Staff Announced

St. Thomas Aquinas Head Coach Troy Cameron named field coordinator
May 31, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the coaching staff and evaluators for the 2018 14U National Team Development Program on Thursday. Current St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) head coach and former 15U National Team assistant coach, Troy Cameron, was selected as the 14U NTDP field coordinator.

The National Team Development Program (NTDP) offers athletes with 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 both a player and a person.

Cameron is no stranger to USA Baseball, having served as a coach at the 2016 15U National Team Trials, as well as helping lead the 15U National Team to a gold medal at the 2017 COPABE Pan American "AA" Championships as an assistant coach. He has also assisted in identifying players for USA Baseball national teams at the National Team Championships and National Team Identification Series (NTIS). In addition, Cameron's St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders were invited to participate in the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) in 2015.

Scott Grove, the head coach at The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.), will join Cameron on the staff and will serve as the event's pitching coordinator. Grove was named the Sunbelt Classic National Coach of the Year in 2010 and led the Royals to the 2014 NHSI title.

In addition to Cameron and Grove, eight coaches will join the staff and run the Stars and Stripes teams. Current St. Mary's College head coach, Eric Valenzuela, and current Indiana University head coach, Chris Lemonis, will manage the Stars and Stripes teams, respectively.

Joining Valenzuela on the Stars staff will be Austin Preparatory School (Reading, Mass.) Athletic Director, Jonathan Pollard, Eastern Tennessee State University Assistant Coach James "Xan" Barksdale and Tulane University Assistant Coach Eddie Smith. Pollard will lead the team's pitching staff, while Barksdale and Smith will serve as assistant coaches.

Former University of Florida pitcher and 2009 18U National Team alumnus Karsten Whitson will join Lemonis' staff as the Stripes pitching coach. Harvard-Westlake High School (Studio City, Calif.) Head Coach Jared Halpert and Kent State University Assistant Coach Derek Simmons will serve as assistant coaches for the Stripes.

USA Baseball will utilize a rolling invitation process for the 14U NTDP participants in 2018. The athletes were selected from the 2017 NTIS, the 2018 14U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida, and through recommendations from scouts, coaches and the amateur baseball community.

The 2018 14U NTDP will take place July 24-27 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The 14U NTDP will once again serve as an identification event for the 15U National Team Trials roster. For the second straight year, 18 athletes will be selected to the 15U Trials roster and immediately compete for a spot on the 2018 15U Team that will compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup in David, Panama. Additionally, four athletes from the event will earn an invitation to the 2019 15U National Team Trials.

The coaching staff and their bios are as follows:

Name, NTDP Position:
Xan Barksdale, Stars Assistant Coach
Scott Grove, Pitching Coordinator
Jared Halpert, Stripes Assistant Coach
Chris Lemonis, Stripes Manager
Jonathan Pollard, Stars Pitching Coach
Derek Simmons, Stripes Assistant Coach
Eddie Smith, Stars Assistant Coach
Eric Valenzuela, Stars Manager
Karsten Whitson, Stripes Pitching Coach

Xan Barksdale is currently in his fourth year as an assistant coach at Eastern Tennessee State University. Prior to joining the Buccaneers, he spent five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Louisville. During that time, the Cardinals won three consecutive Big East Championships (2008-2010) and advanced to the 2007 College World Series. This will be Barksdale's third consecutive year working with the 14U National Team Development Program following stints as the catching coordinator for the event in 2016 and 2017. Barksdale spent two years playing in the Atlanta Braves minor league system from 2004-2006.

Scott Grove is currently the coach at The First Academy in Orlando, Florida, where he notched his 400th career win last March. Under his leadership, the Royals participated in the 2014 and 2016 USA Baseball National High School Invitationals (NHSI), winning the title in 2014. Grove is familiar with the National Team Development Program, as he was a pitching coach in 2016 and an assistant coach in 2017 for the 14U NTDP. Grove was named Sunbelt Classic National Coach of the Year in 2010 and Metro's Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011. He was also recognized as the Florida Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011. Before beginning his coaching career, Grove was drafted in the 1987 MLB Amateur Draft and played in the Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto Blue Jays minor league systems.

Harvard-Westlake's Jared Halpert is currently in his third season as the Wolverine's head coach following four years as an assistant coach for the program. Halpert began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Fresno State, helping the Bulldogs reach the College World Series and win their first national championship in 2008. He has previous USA Baseball experience, working at both the USA Baseball National Team Championships and the National Team Identification Series.

Chris Lemonis is currently the head coach at the University of Indiana. Prior to assuming that role, Lemonis served as an assistant coach at The Citadel (1995-2006) and Louisville (2007-2014). He was named the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year in 2013. Lemonis played college baseball at The Citadel and was a member of the 1990 College World Series team.

Currently the athletic director at Austin Preparatory School, Jonathan Pollard has worked with USA Baseball since 2012. He first served as the pitching coach for the 2012 Women's National Team before taking the reins as manager in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Pollard boasts a 25-3 record as a manager for USA Baseball, including an undefeated run in 2015 to secure gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan-American Games. He also led Team USA to a silver medal in the 2014 World Baseball Softball Confederation Women's Baseball World Cup. He was named the USA Baseball Developmental Coach of the Year in 2014 and was also a coach for the 14U National Team Development Program in 2013. In addition, he founded the New England Stampede Baseball program, which began play in 2010.

Derek Simmons joined the Kent State University baseball staff last July as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He started his coaching career with a two-year period at Central Michigan University. Simmons also spent time as a member of the coaching staffs at the University of Alabama and Kennesaw State University. Additionally, he served as the Stars assistant coach in 2014 and as the PONY coach in the 2012 and 2013 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars. Prior to beginning his coaching career, Simmons played for the University of Montevallo, where he helped lead the team to the 2006 Division II College World Series before transferring to Georgia State University.

Former 17U NTDP assistant coach Eddie Smith is currently in his first year as the hitting and third base coach for Tulane University. Prior to his time with the Green Wave, Smith spent time as the head coach at Lower Columbia College, where he led the Red Devils to three straight West Region titles as well as two Athletic Conference Championships in 2015 and 2017. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Virginia, where the Cavaliers earned three ACC Championships and two College World Series appearances in his five years with the program. Smith spent a year on the Santa Clara coaching staff before returning to his alma mater, Notre Dame, as an assistant coach in 2013. In two years with the Fighting Irish, Smith was a part of a team who compiled two Big East Conference Championship titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances. He was inducted into the Centralia College Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

Eric Valenzuela is currently in his fifth season at the helm for the Saint Mary's Gaels. The Gaels won their first-ever West Coast Conference season title, their first WCC Tournament title and secured their first trip to an NCAA Regional in just his third year. The 2016 season was further capped off with Valenzuela being named the WCC Coach of the Year. Prior to his time at Saint Mary's, Valenzuela spent four seasons at San Diego State as a pitching coach, where in 2013 the staff led the Aztecs to their first Mountain West title since 2000, as well as their first NCAA appearance in four years. He also spent six years at San Diego, where he helped the Toreros reach the NCAA Tournament three times as well as capture two West Coast Conference regular season titles. He played collegiately at Arizona State, where he was a part of the 1998 team that made a College World Series appearance. He ultimately transferred to Pepperdine, where he was a team captain in the Waves' 2001 West Coast Conference title winning season.

Karsten Whitson is a former USA Baseball and University of Florida pitcher. As a member of the 2009 USA Baseball 18U National Team, he won a gold medal at the COPABE Pan Am "AAA" Championships in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. He was selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft by the San Deigo Padres but elected to go to college. Whitson was later selected in the 11th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Boston Red Sox. While at Florida, Whitson was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

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USA Baseball Ranked Number One In Latest WBSC Baseball World Rankings

USA Baseball sits atop the baseball world rankings for the first time since 2014
February 22, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball has reclaimed the top spot in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball World Rankings as announced today by the WBSC. Following a 2017 season in which Team USA swept its international competitions at the 12U, 15U, 18U, Collegiate and Professional levels, the U.S. is ranked number one for the first time since 2014.

"To be recognized by the WBSC as the preeminent baseball program in the world is a testament to all of the hard work that our athletes, coaches and USA Baseball staff have put in to our national team programs," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO of USA Baseball. "Our organization has celebrated unprecedented success in the past few years and we will continue to build on those achievements as we reach toward new heights."

The WBSC Baseball World Rankings weigh a country's National Team performance - from U-12 to Professional - in WBSC-sanctioned international competitions over a four-year period.

USA Baseball had its most successful year in 2017, setting a record for most annual Baseball World Ranking points amassed with 2,127. The U.S. swept through its international competition with gold medals at the World Baseball Classic, WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, COPABE Pan Am U-15 Championships and the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup; in addition to the Collegiate National Team winning all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan. It is the first time in international baseball history a federation has won all of its international competitions in a calendar year.

Since 2015, USA Baseball has won five world championships, including being the reigning World Baseball Classic Champion, as well as the reigning world champions at the 12U and 18U age levels. In total, the U.S. has medaled in all 11 international tournaments it has participated in since 2015, winning seven gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze.

Additionally, the Collegiate National Team has won six of eight international friendship series against Chinese Taipei (2-0-1), Cuba (3-0) and Japan (1-1) in that time frame, including winning the 5th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in Cuba - the first-ever series victory on Cuban soil in USA Baseball history.

The USA Baseball Women's National Team - currently ranked number three in the WBSC Women's Baseball World Rankings - has also won two gold medals since 2015, highlighted by an 11-3 victory over Canada in the finals of the 2015 Pan American Games.

To see the full WBSC Baseball World Rankings, visit www.WBSC.org.

World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball World Rankings (1-12):
1. USA
2. Japan
3. Korea
4. Cuba
5. Mexico
6. Chinese Taipei
7. Canada
8. Australia
9. Netherlands
10. Puerto Rico
11. Venezuela
12. Dominican Republic

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14U NTDP

Stars Clinch Final Victory Over Stripes in Game Three

July 28, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stars 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 0
Stripes 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Win: Daniel Corona Loss: Brady House Box Score

Cary, N.C. - The Stars secured a 7-2 victory in the final game of the 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) to claim a 3-0 series win over the Stripes at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. on Friday.

Blake Burke (Brentwood Calif.) started the scoring off for the Stars in the first inning when he scored on a line drive RBI single by Thomas Splaine (Los Gatos, Calif.). In the third inning, the Stars put three more runs on the board when Cody Schrier (Coto De Caza, Calif.) and Burke both scored on an error by the shortstop, before Joshua Hartle (King, N.C.) then scored on an RBI single to right field by Splaine to give the Stars a 4-0 lead.

Thomas DiLandri (Las Vegas, Nev.) scored the first run for the Stripes in the fifth inning after an error by the first baseman to cut the Stars' lead to 4-1. The Stripes added a second run in the seventh inning when Jacob Galloway (Camarillo, Calif.) scored on an RBI single by Logan Forsythe (Biloxi, Miss.).

But that offensive push would not be enough for the Stripes to catch the Stars who answered back with three runs in the eighth. Two RBI singles, courtesy of Joshiah Chavez (Santa Paul, Calif.) and Trey Duffield (Houston, Texas), brought in two for the Stars in the top frame and then Chavez took advantage of a Stripes error to bring the score to 7-2 in favor of the Stars.

Daniel Corona (Brooklyn N.Y.) put in a strong performance on the mound for the Stars, throwing a solid 3.0 shutout innings while surrendering just one hit. Hartle and Splaine led the offense for the Stars with two RBIs each.

Dilandri pitched 3.0 innings for the Stripes allowing only two hits, no runs and striking out 3. Logan Forsythe tallied an RBI for the team.

Following the completion of the 14U NTDP with today's intrasquad matchup, eighteen players from the program have been chosen to compete for a spot on the 2017 15U National Team at Phase 1 of the 15U National Team trials starting Sunday, July 31.

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The Stars Capture the Victory Over the Stripes in Game Two

July 26, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stripes 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 0 0
Stars 0 1 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 11 
Win: Nick Kurtz  Loss: Joshua Reis Box Score 

CARY, N.C. - The Stars defeated the Stripes 8-7 to claim the series after another competitive matchup in game two of the 14U National Team Development Program at the USA Baseball National Team Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

In the second inning, the Stripes put the first run on the board when Collin Reuter (Olive Branch, Miss.) scored on an RBI single by Cooper Kinney (Chattanooga, Tenn.) to make the score 1-0. But an error by the Stripes third baseman allowed Thomas Splaine (Los Gatos, Calif.) to tie the game back up 1-1 in the bottom half for the Stars.

The Stars then jumped ahead with 3 runs in the fourth inning when Blake Burke (Brentwood, Calif.) and Daniel Corona (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored on an RBI double by Joshua Hartle (King, N.C.) who then crossed the plate himself on an RBI single by Charles Duffield (Houston, TX).<9> The Stars continued to pile on in the fifth when Davis Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) scored on a two-base error by the left fielder and Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.) came home on a wild pitch. Cody Schrier (Coto De Caza, Calif.) put one more tally on the board to give the Stars a 7-1 lead when he scored on an RBI double by Burke to left-center field.

The Stripes got two runs back in the sixth inning when Eddie King (Chicago, IL) and Preston Herce (Key West, Fla.) scored on a single by Brady House (Winder, GA) (7-2). But the Stars answered with one of their own in the bottom half when Gavin Zurn (Stillwater, Minn.) scored on an RBI triple by Eldridge Armstrong (Pasadena, Calif.).

The Stripes rallied in the seventh inning with four runs when Tyler Fullman (Homewood, IL) scored on an RBI single by King and a bases-clearing double play by Trevor Haskins (San Jose, Calif.) brought Joseph Collier (Surprise, Ariz.), King and Diego Prieto (Miami, Fla.) home. But the late comeback would not be enough for the Stripes as the Stars took their second win of the week, 8-7.

Nick Kurtz (Lancaster, Penn.) earned the win for the Stars, pitching three innings, while striking out four and giving up just one earned run. Joshua Hartle (King, N.C.) and Burke led the Stars at the plate as Hartle went 2-for-2 with two RBI doubles and Burke added his own RBI double while going 2-for-3.

Haskins led the Stripes offense with three RBIs and House had two. The Stars and Stripes will compete in the final game of the 14U National Team Development Program on Friday, July, 28 at 10:15 a.m. at the USA Baseball National Team Training Complex.

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Stars Tops Stripes in Extra Innings in Game One

July 26, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Stars 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 4 9 9 2
Stripes 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 11 4
Win: Franco, Marcus  Loss: Bejarano, Mario  
Box Score

CARY, N.C. - The Stars defeated the Stripes, 9-5, in extra innings in the first 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) intrasquad matchup on Tuesday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

The Stars got on the board in the first inning when Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.) scored on an RBI-single from Josiah Chavez (Santa Paula, Calif). They added another run in the second when Gavin Zurn (Stillwater, Minn.) scored on an error by the shortstop, giving the Stars a 2-0 lead.

The Stripes answered back in the fourth inning when Tyler Collins (McKinney, Texas) scored on an RBI-double by Eddie King (Chicago, Ill.), who then tallied a run of his own after an RBI-double by Collin Reuter (Olive Branch, Tenn.). Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.) then scored on a sacrifice fly and Reuter scored on an error by the outfielder giving the Stripes a 4-2 lead.

In the fifth inning Trevor Haskins (San Jose, Calif.) added one more run to the board for the Stripes when he scored on an RBI-single by Joseph Collier (Surprise, Ariz.).

The Stars responded in the sixth, scoring twice when Thomas Splaine (Los Gatos, Calif.) crossed the plate on an RBI-single from Blake Burke (Brentwood, Calif) and Burke then scored on an RBI-fielder's choice by Daniel Corona (Brooklyn, N.Y.) cutting their deficit to one run.

Cody Schrier (Coto De Caza, Calif.) tied the game for the Stars in the eighth inning after he picked up a walk, stole second base and then made it home after two wild pitches.

The ninth inning resulted in a stalemate and the teams played the tenth inning under the international tiebreak rules.

The Stars took the lead once again with four runs after Zachary Torres (Vista, Calif.) scored on a walk, Schrier scored on an RBI-single by Zurn, Burke scored on an error by the pitcher and Eldridge Armstrong (Pasadena, Calif.) scored on a double steal; securing a 9-5 lead that the Stripes could not overcome.

Burke led the offense for the Stars with two hits and an RBI. Chavez and Alger also had timely hitting as they both went 1-for-2 with an RBI apiece. Reuter and Haskins both had a strong offensive performance with a pair of hits each for the Stripes.

Zurn started on the mound for the Stars and threw three shutout innings, striking out one batter. Marcus Franco (Miramar, Fla.) picked up the win as he closed out the final 2.2 innings with three strikeouts.

Logan Forsythe (Biloxi, Miss.) threw a solid 3.2 innings for the Stripes, striking out four and allowing one run. Mario Bejarano (Tucson, Ariz.) was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs (two earned) in the tenth.

The Stars and Stripes will face off again on Wednesday, July 26 at 10:35 a.m., for game two of the 14U NTDP at the USA Baseball National Team Training Complex. Follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter for all of the latest news and game action from the USA Baseball National Team Development program.

 

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USA Baseball Announces 2017 14U National Team Development Program Roster

July 10, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - The 2017 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster was unveiled by USA Baseball on Monday. The final 40-man roster has been named following the conclusion of the 2017 14U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. The 14U NTDP will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, July 24-29.

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 people and players.

Of the 40 players on the roster, 13 are alumni of the USA Baseball 12U National Team and 12 played together on the 2015 team that won a gold medal in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan. In addition to being an alumnus of the 12U National Team, Davis Diaz joins the 14U NTDP for the second consecutive year after participating in last year's program.

Former USA Baseball 15U National Team assistant coach Jason Maxwell will oversee the program as the field coordinator in 2017. Air Force Academy Head Coach, Mike Kazlausky, and East Carolina Head Coach, Cliff Godwin, will serve as managers for the program's Stars and Stripes teams.

For the first time ever, 18 athletes from the 14U NTDP will be selected to the 2017 15U National Team Trials. Phase 1 of 15U Trials will feature 72 athletes and begin on July 30 at the National Training Complex. Phase 2 will begin on August 2 and will feature 34 athletes vying for a spot on the final 20-man national team roster.

The 15U National Team will compete in the 2017 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Cartagena, Colombia. Team USA is the two-time defending champion in the event and will look to qualify for a berth in the WBSC U-15 World Cup in 2018.

Players are selected for the National Team Development Program based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball events. Recommendations from professional scouts, USA Baseball task force members and collegiate, high school and youth coaches at USA Baseball events play a role in the selection process for the National Team Development Program.

The USA Baseball 13U National Team Identification Series (NTIS) and the 14U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida served as the primary identification event for the 14U National Team Development Program.

For more information on the National Team Development Program please visit USABaseball.com.

The roster for the 14U National Team Development program is as follows:

Name; Position; Hometown
Joshua Alger; RHP/IF; Roseville, Calif.
Eldridge Armstrong III; OF; Pasadena, Calif.
*Tyler Avery; RHP; Las Vegas , Nev.
Mario Bejarano; LHP/IF; Tuscon, Ariz.
Ryan Bertran; IF; Miami, Fla.
Blake Burke; IF; Brentwood, Calif.
Ray Cebulski; IF/OF; Chula Vista, Calif.
Josiah Chavez; C/OF; Santa Paula, Calif.
*Ryan Clifford; UTL; Raleigh, N.C.
Joseph Collier; LHP/IF; Surprise, Ariz.
Tyler Collins ; OF; McKinney, Texas
*Daniel Corona; RHP/IF; Brooklyn, N.Y.
Nick Demarco; RHP/IF; Chicago, Ill.
*^Davis Diaz; UTL/RHP; Pittsburg, Calif.
*Thomas Dilandri; RHP/OF; Las Vegas, Nev.
Trey Duffield; RHP/C; Houston, Texas
Logan Forsythe; RHP/OF; Biloxi, Miss.
*Marcus Franco; RHP/IF; Miami, Fla.
Tyler Fullman; RHP; Homewood, Ill.
Jacob Galloway; UTL/C; Camarillo, Calif.
Josh Hartle; LHP/IF; King, N.C.
Trevor Haskins; IF; San Jose, Calif.
Preston Herce; IF; Key West , Fla.
Easton Hood; IF/OF; Tupelo, Miss.
*Brady House; UTL/RHP; Winder, Ga.
Eddie King Jr.; OF; Chicago, Ill.
*Cooper Kinney; C/IF; Hixson, Tenn.
*Nick Kurtz; LHP/IF; Lancaster, Pa.
Luke Leto; UTL/RHP; Portage, Texas
Will Overton; RHP/IF; Selmer, Tenn.
Diego Prieto; C; Miami, Fla.
Tyree Reed; OF; Vallejo, Calif.
*Joshua Reis; UTL/LHP; Waniawa, Hawaii
*Collin Reuter; C/IF; Olive Branch, Miss.
Jakob Schardt; OF; Camarillo, Calif.
*Cody Schrier; IF/OF; Coto de Caza, Calif.
Thomas Splaine; C/IF; Los Gatos , Calif.
*Zachary Torres; OF/RHP; Vista, Calif.
Deston Worthy; RHP/OF; Chester, S.C.
Gavin Zurn; UTL/RHP; Stillwater, Minn.

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


The alternates for the 14U National Team Development program are as follows:

Name; Hometown
Mario Andres-Hernandez; Miami, FL
Kyle Ayers; Sherman Oaks , CA
Derek Bender; Latham, NY
Kyle Bender; Vacaville, CA
Brett Berry; Park Ridge, IL
Christopher Campanella; Congero, NY
Joseph Cerda; Miami, FL
Seth Christmas; Huntersville, NC
Austin Fawley; Boynton Beach, FL
Kevin Fernandez; Miami, FL
Noah Foster; Tupelo, MS
Marco Fuentos; Miami Springs, FL
Josh Goldstein; Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Elijah Guilliams; Valdosta, GA
Andrew Gutierrez; Miami, FL
Mark Henning; Houston, TX
Jordan Kang; Los Angeles , CA
Don McKnight III; Homestead, FL
Mason Neville; Las Vegas, NV
Matthew Porchas; Ladeva Ranch , CA
Logan Ray; Garnet Valley, PA
Sebastian Riguerio; Miami, FL
David Shackleford; La Habra, CA
Luke Smith; Calallen, TX
Christian Thompson; Buena Park, CA
Drew Tucker; Laurel, MS
Tyler White; Glendora, CA

 

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USA Baseball Announces 2017 14U National Team Development Program Staff

June 6, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the coaching staff for the 2017 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) on Tuesday. Former USA Baseball 15U National Team assistant coach Jason Maxwell will oversee the program as the field coordinator.

Maxwell will be joined on staff by Air Force Academy Head Coach, Mike Kazlausky, and East Carolina Head Coach, Cliff Godwin, who will serve as managers for the NTDP's Stars and Stripes teams.

The National Team Development Program offers athletes with 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 both a player and a person.

This year, the 14U NTDP also offers players the opportunity to compete for a roster spot on the 2017 15U National Team. Forty athletes will be invited to participate in the NTDP and 18 will then be selected to the 2017 15U National Team Trials roster.

The 14U NTDP will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from July 24-29, and the 15U National Team Trials will begin July 30.

Catching 101 founder, James "Xan" Barksdale, will join Concordia University Assistant Coach Steve Butler and Hoover High School (Hoover, Ala.) Head Coach, Adam Moseley, as catching, hitting and pitching coordinators for Maxwell, respectively.

Kazlausky will lead the program's Stripes team during the week. Scott Grove, the head coach of The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.), will serve as his assistant coach and Harvard-Westlake School (Los Angeles, Calif.) Head Coach, Jared Halpert, will lead the team's pitching staff.

Godwin will lead the Stars team in 2017, and David Houseton, Covenant Day School's (Matthews, N.C.) head coach, joins the staff as an assistant coach. Justin Bishop, an assistant coach at Parkview High School (Lilburn, Ga.) will be the team's pitching coach.

Players are identified and selected for the 14U National Team Development Program based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball sanctioned events including the USA Baseball National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida and the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS).

Recommendations from professional scouts, USA Baseball scouts and collegiate, high school and youth coaches at USA Baseball events also play a role in the selection process for the National Team Development Program.

The full list of 2017 coaches and their bios is as follows:

Name, NTDP Position, Current Position
James "Xan" Barksdale, Catching Coordinator, Catching 101 Founder
Justin Bishop, Stars Pitching Coach, Parkview High School Assistant Coach
Steve Butler, Hitting Coordinator, Concordia University Assistant Coach
Cliff Godwin, Stars Manager, East Carolina University Head Coach
Scott Grove, Stripes Assistant Coach, The First Academy Head Coach
Jared Halpert, Stripes Pitching Coach, Harvard-Westlake Head Coach
David Houseton, Stars Assistant Coach, Covenant Day School Head Coach
Mike Kazlausky, Stars Manager, Air Force Academy Head Coach
Jason Maxwell, Field Coordinator, Ensworth High School Head Coach
Adam Moseley, Pitching Coordinator, Hoover High School Head Coach

James "Xan" Barksdale is the founder of Catching 101, a premier online source of information and resources for catchers. This is his second consecutive year serving as the catching coordinator for the 14U NTDP. In addition, he worked as the catching coach at the 2016 15U National Team Trials. He spent three years in the Atlanta Braves minor league system before starting his coaching career at University of Louisville where he coached until 2011. During his time there, the Cardinals won the Big East Championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and they went to the College World Series in 2007.

Justin Bishop is currently in his eighth season as an assistant coach at Parkview High School (Lilburn, Ga.), where he leads the team's pitching staff. Prior to his time with the Tigers, Bishop was the head coach at Berkmar High School (Lilburn, Ga.), Lithonia High School (Lithonia, Ga.) and Clarkston High School (Clarkston, Ga.) from 2001-2009. He started his coaching career as the pitching coach at LaGrange College in 2000. During his eight seasons at Parkview, the Tigers have won two national championships, three Georgia AAAAA State Championships and six consecutive Region 8-AAAAA Championships from 2010-2015. The team has also made two appearances in the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) in 2012 and 2014.

Steve Butler joined the staff at Concordia University as an assistant coach in 2009, while continuing his professional playing career. He played six years of professional baseball before transitioning to coaching full time. Butler comes into the NTDP coaching position with three years of experience with USA Baseball, as he assisted at the 2012 and 2013 National Team Identification Series (NTIS), as well as serving as an assistant coach at the 2015 14U NTDP. In 2013, he also helped to evaluate players for the 15U and 18U National Teams, both of which went on to win gold medals at the COPABE 'AA' 15U Pan American Championships and the IBAF 'AAA'/18U World Cup, respectively.

Cliff Godwin completed his third year as the head coach at East Carolina University. During his three years leading the Pirates, Godwin has guided them to two NCAA Regional berths, one Super Regional appearance, an American Athletic Conference (AAC) Tournament title and a 110-73-1 record. Godwin was named the AAC Coach-of-the-Year after becoming the first coach in ECU history to win 40 games in his first season and guiding his team to a conference tournament title and an NCAA Regional appearance. In addition to his time at ECU, Godwin has served at six other Division I colleges, including as an assistant coach at Mississippi University, Louisiana State University, Notre Dame University and UNC Wilmington, and an associate head coach at University of Central Florida and Director of Baseball Operations at Vanderbilt University.

This year marks Scott Grove's fourth season as head coach at The First Academy and his 20th overall. In March 2017, Grove recorded his 400th career victory as a head coach. Before he started coaching, Grove spent six years playing professionally in the Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto Blue Jays organizations. Grove was recognized as the 2010 National Coach of the Year, the 2000 and 2010 Florida Coach of the Year, and the 2010 and 2011 Metro Coach of the Year. Grove also led the Royals to the 2014 USA Baseball National High School Invitational title.

Jared Halpert was named the head coach at Harvard-Westlake School (Los Angeles, Calif.) in 2015, after serving on the staff since 2011. In his time coaching the team, he has helped guide the Wolverines to their first CIF-SS Division 1 Championship in 2013. In that year, the team was also named the 2013 National Champions and California State Team of the Year by Baseball America. Halpert also helped lead the program to back-to-back-to-back Mission League titles and national rankings in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Following that success, the team was invited to participate in the USA Baseball National High School Invitational in 2012 and 2013.

David Houseton is currently in his ninth season as the head coach at Covenant Day School (Matthews, N.C.). In his time with the Lions, he has led them to the NCISAA 3A state playoffs six times and has been named Coach of the Year by Matthews Mint Hill Weekly twice. Houseton also served as an assistant coach at Charlotte Christian High School for eight years where he helped lead the team to multiple state championships. In addition, he has experience with USA Baseball as part of the 13U NTIS Task Force.

2017 marks Mike Kazlausky's seventh year as the head coach at The Air Force Academy. In his first season with the program, he led the Falcons to 19 wins, which were the most wins by the program since 2002, as well as the second-most against Division I opponents and the most Division I wins by a first-year head coach in school history. In the years that followed, Kazlausky's teams have continued to improve and set records under his guidance. These include the lowest (2011) and second-lowest (2012) team ERAs in 30 years, a new school record .960 fielding percentage in 2011, the winningest conference season in over ten years in 2013, the best season in over a decade in 2014 and a school record for most Division I game wins in 2015 and 2016.

Jason Maxwell made his international coaching debut with USA Baseball in 2016 as an assistant coach for the 15U National Team. Prior to his time with the team, he served as a 15U National Team Trials coach in 2014 and 2015. Maxwell was named the first head coach in school history at Ensworth School (Nashville, Tenn.) and has led the program to eight straight playoff appearances and two Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) quarterfinal appearances. Maxwell was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft and played 12 years of professional baseball. He made his Major League debut with the Cubs in 1998.

Adam Moseley is the head coach at Hoover High School (Hoover, Ala.). Moseley led Hoover to an area championship in 2016 and finished the season with an overall record of 30-18. He then followed that up by guiding Hoover to the 7A Alabama State Championship in 2017. Before taking over at Hoover in 2014, Moseley led Grissom High School (Huntsville, Ala.) to the state quarterfinals in four of his final five seasons. Moseley has coached high school baseball for 11 seasons and has compiled an overall record of 325-195.

 

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17U NTDP

USA Baseball Unveils National Team Development Program Dates, 14U Program Enhancement

March 13, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball unveiled the dates for the 2017 14U and 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) on Tuesday, as well as an enhancement to the 14U NTDP to 15U National Team athlete pipeline.

The 14U NTDP will continue to invite 40 athletes to participate in skill development sessions, which include guest speakers/instructors and Stars vs. Stripes intrasquad games, but now will select 18 athletes to compete for a national team roster spot in the 2017 15U National Team Trials.

The USA Baseball 15U National Team will compete in the 2017 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Colombia. The U.S. is the two-time defending champion in the event and will look to qualify for a berth into the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 World Cup in 2018.

"The national team development program is designed to provide a national team-like experience for athletes and we are excited to provide an immediate opportunity for those at the 14-and-under age level to compete for a national team roster spot," said Ashley Bratcher, Senior Director of Baseball Operations. "The talent in this age group has proven it can compete with the 15U age level through the USA Baseball Junior Prospect Classic and we look forward to building the best roster possible to compete in the COPABE Pan American Championships."

The 14U NTDP will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from July 24-29, and will be under the direction of Field Coordinator Jason Maxwell. Maxwell, the Head Coach at Ensworth High School (Nashville, Tenn.), made his international coaching debut with the U.S. as an assistant coach for the 2016 15U National Team, and has been an evaluator at national team trials for two years. 15U National Team Trials will begin July 29.

The National Team Development Program was created in 2012 and offers 14U and 17U athletes an unparalleled national team-level baseball experience to better prepare them for potential future international competition. It also serves to help young players accelerate their maturation and readiness for the next step in their respective baseball careers.

Since the program's inception in 2012, 48 national team development program attendees have earned spots on national team rosters at the 15U, 18U and Collegiate national team levels, including 2013 17U NTDP participant and 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Finalist Seth Beer. Additionally, in the four years that NTDP participants have been draft eligible, 12 players have been drafted in the first five rounds of the MLB First Year Player Draft.

The 2017 17U NTDP will take place July 22-28 in Chicago and will feature intrasquad scrimmages at Northwestern University and Wrigley Field. The 40 players will be broken up into a Stars and Stripes squad, engage in training exercises, and receive exposure to professional scouts and college recruiters, as well as being evaluated by the 2017 18U National Team staff and USA Baseball scouts and task force.

"I can't say enough about the National Team Development Program," said 2017 18U National Team Manager Andy Stankiewicz, who served as a staff member during the 2016 17U NTDP. "Each player gets personalized instruction to help them get to the next level and gain exposure on the national stage; and the competition is second-to-none.

"The program is designed for player development but also forecasting for future national teams. It's an invaluable opportunity for athletes to play in front of future national team staffs, as well as college and professional scouts."

Eric Kibler will serve as the 17U Field Coordinator for the second consecutive year. Kibler is the head coach at Horizon High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and won the USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Award in 2010 after leading the 16U National Team to a gold medal in the Pan American Games in Mexico. He also served as the Field Coordinator at both the 14U and 17U levels from 2012-2014 and was an assistant coach on the 2015 18U National Team that won a gold medal at the WBSC U-15 World Cup.

The USA Baseball National Team Championships continues to be the primary selection vehicle for the NTDP program. The annual event is hosted in Glendale, Goodyear and Phoenix, Arizona, as well as Palm Beach County, Florida. Limited spots are available at the National Team Championships. Teams are encouraged to register today at USABaseball.com/Championships. For more information on the NTDP and National Team Championships, follow along on Twitter at @USABaseballNTDP, @USABChamps_East and @USABChamps_West.

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