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Team USA Claims Fourth Consecutive WBSC Baseball World Cup Title

The U.S. joins Cuba (1984-1987) as the only countries to win four in a row
September 10, 2017
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Win: M. Liberatore Loss: Y. Kim Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | World Cup Stats
 

THUNDER BAY, Canada - The USA Baseball 18U National Team completed a dominant stay at the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup with an equally dominant performance, rolling past Korea, 8-0, at Port Arthur Stadium on Sunday.

Team USA finishes the competition with a perfect 9-0 record, joining the 1989 squad (7-0) as the only two USA Baseball 18U National Teams to go undefeated in World Cup play.

The United States has now won four consecutive 18U world championships, including the 2012 and 2013 IBAF 'AAA' World Cups in Seoul, South Korea and Taichung, Taiwan, respectively, and the 2015 edition in Osaka, Japan. The only other country to have previously accomplished that feat is Cuba which did so from 1984-87 when the tournament was held annually.

The U.S. 18U squad also won the 2011, 2014 and 2016 COPABE Pan American Championships in Cartagena, Colombia, La Paz, Mexico, and Monterrey, Mexico, respectively, giving it international tournament titles in seven consecutive years.

This year's championship avenges the last time the USA Baseball 18U National Team was held off the podium in an international competition as it did not medal at the 2010 WBSC World Cup, which was also held in Thunder Bay.

The World Cup title is the ninth overall for Team USA which also brought back gold medals in 1982, 1988, 1989, 1995, 1999, 2012, 2013, and 2015.

Sunday's victory marked the 16th consecutive win for Team USA in WBSC U-18 World Cup action, including the final seven contests of the 2015 version of the event, held in Osaka, Japan.

As it did the entire tournament, the U.S. pitching staff set the tone, starting with Matthew Liberatore (Peoria, Ariz.). The 6-5 righthander pitched six sparkling innings, holding Korea to just four hits while walking two and striking out one to earn the win.

Cole Wilcox (Chickamauga, Ga.), Mason Denaburg (Merritt Island, Fla.), and JT Ginn (Brandon, Miss.) added one scoreless inning each out of the bullpen to complete Team USA's sixth shutout of the tournament.

In nine World Cup games, the U.S. pitching staff yielded only five runs - four earned - for a team ERA of 0.47. In 77.0 innings of play, 10 pitchers combined to strike out 101 batters and held opposing hitters to a .135 batting average.

After two scoreless innings to open Sunday's contest, the Team USA offense exploded for three runs in the third, four in the fourth, and one more in the fifth.

Tournament MVP Triston Casas (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) had the big blow with a mammoth two-out, two-run home run. He also had an RBI double as he notched three RBIs in the contest, giving him a team-high 13 for the tournament.

In addition to Casas' award, five fellow team members also earned honors from the WBSC. Brandon Dieter (Covina, Calif.) took home the award for the best ERA in the competition (0.00), while Ethan Hankins (Cumming, Ga.), Brice Turang (Corona, Calif.), Mike Siani (Glenside, Pa.), and Alek Thomas (Chicago, Ill.) were tabbed to the All-World Team.

Continue to follow @USABaseball18U on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 18U National Team.

QUOTES

USA Baseball 18U National Team Director Matt Blood

(On winning the World Cup)

"The whole process has been very fulfilling. This is a great group of guys, players, coaches, and staff. Everything from the beginning to the end went very well. We could not be happier with the way we played and the way we handed ourselves. I'm very proud of this group."

(On the dominance of this year's team)

"It would be hard to find a team better than this one, at least statistically. Especially on the mound with what these pitchers did. They pounded the strike zone, they barely gave up any hits, and when they did they were singles. They took it personally that they were not going to give in at all. In doing so, it gave our team and our offense some breathing room and a chance to get comfortable knowing that our pitchers were going to keep us in the game. We didn't have to press offensively. It was a lot of fun to watch this group. To go undefeated through training and the tournament is something that is really hard to do."

(On USA Baseball sweeping the international competitions)

"It has been a good year for USA Baseball. It started with the World Baseball Classic and continued with our other programs, 12U, 15U, and now 18U. We are trying to get USA Baseball back to the No. 1 ranked organization in the world. Hopefully we are getting closer to that."

(On how to improve after this)

"We can continue to look at our processes and how we identify and develop players and try to continue to improve the continuity amongst our players and our coaches. We can help them improve and improve the game of baseball, in general. That is one of our goals, as well. We want to win gold medals but we also want to help develop our elite talent so that the game of baseball continues to thrive all the way up to the Major League level. That is what we will continue to do. We always want to get better."

USA Baseball 18U National Team Manager Andy Stankiewicz

(On winning the World Cup)

"It is never easy. We played like maybe it was, but it is not. Think about all of the time and effort that it has taken to put this team together. Think about what (18U National Team Director) Matt Blood has done, the whole USA organization, to bring these 20 young men together, for them to come together as a team, and to stay on course. I am so proud of all of them and the coaching staff. Coach Mosiello was unbelievable running our offense. Coach Ritchie getting hitters locked in. Ricky Meinhold did an unbelievable job with our hitters. And Coach Carter, our first base coach, with his enthusiasm and passion for these young men. We just came together and it is fun to see the fruits of labor come together like it did this week to win a gold medal."

(On the team playing its most complete game in the final)

"No doubt that was our most complete game. We pitched well from the very beginning and we knew this pitching staff was going to be nails, and they were. It was fun to watch our offense progressively get better and better, day-by-day, and then put together the performance we saw today in the gold-medal game against a good team. Korea is, obviously, a good team or they wouldn't have been in the final. I enjoyed watching our offense stay the course, get better, and save the best performance for last."

(On tournament MVP Triston Casas)

"He is so steady. He is unflappable. His personality is great for a baseball player because he doesn't get too high, he doesn't get too low. He just goes to the plate with intent and focus every time. It was great to see what he did today with that big homer and putting great at-bats together to just get us moving. Then he is a great defender. People see how big he is and I don't think they realize how good he is. When you spend time with him and watch him, he can really play defense. He deserved to win the MVP and we are all excited for him."

(On the team's defense)

"Our defense was unbelievable. We pitched so well that we knew if we didn't give any freebies we would be in a pretty good spot. Brice Turang made some incredible plays on defense. He is so athletic and moves so well to the ball. (Mike) Siani made some great diving plays and then our catchers (Anthony) Seigler and (Will) Banfield were dynamite. They did a great job of calling games and getting strikes on borderline pitches. Our defense was terrific."

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How to Become a USA Baseball Coach - Part Two: The Scorekeeper

August 7, 2020

You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.

That's the common path for a player.

But what about the coaches for the USA Baseball national teams? A coach cannot go 8-for-19 with three home runs over the course of a weekend tournament. So, what do they do? What is their path? How do you become a coach for USA Baseball?

It is a question we get asked a lot.

The answer: Honestly, there is no "path" for the best coaches in the country to carefully weave through, marking off accomplishments from a cultivated list in order to get closer to their coaching dreams. The answer is more complex than that. There are any number of ways someone with the right heart, attitude and abilities can end up wearing U-S-A across their chest and, hopefully, a gold medal around their neck.

For proof of this, look no further than the 2018 15U World Cup champion coaching staff. Four men with wildly different paths to our coaching ranks found themselves all sharing a medal stand in Panama.

The Scorekeeper: Assistant Coach Troy Gerlach

Troy Gerlach is the head baseball coach at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Before that, he held the same position at Arcadia High School in Phoenix. Being around the game his entire life, Troy was drawn to USA Baseball and what it represented as the leading youth baseball federation in the country and the world. He needed to be a part of it, and he'd be honored to help in any way possible. Literally.

In 2012, USA Baseball needed a scorekeeper at the National Team Championships in Arizona. For Troy, living and coaching close by, it seemed like an easy fit.

Troy was an astute scorekeeper, keeping track of players that impressed him and putting down hand written notes on a separate sheet of paper. He wanted to have information at the ready in case any scouts came by asking for his input. So he wrote down pop times and velocity numbers that stood out among all these players fighting for the opportunity to play for a national team.

And those scouts did come by, asking Troy if any players caught his eye throughout the day that started at 7:00 a.m. and featured 110-degree heat beating down from the Arizona sun.

"I had this stuff all written down. Guys would look at it and I think just having that info down and knowing that I was putting in that effort, when I told them 'Hey there is this guy over here, he looks pretty good,' I think they trusted that I did know what I was talking about and they would go check him out."

The scouting bug had caught Troy, and he wanted to help in an even more direct way. One day, atop the field tower, Senior Director of Baseball Operations Ashley Bratcher was talking to Troy about what he had seen that week. During the conversation, Troy told Ashley he was honored to do anything USA Baseball wanted him to do, but if there was ever an opportunity to do more, to scout one of the tournaments, he would love a shot.

"Troy expressed to me that he would like to help out with scouting or be on a task force if there was ever an opportunity. So, the last week of the tournament, something happened with one of the guys who was supposed to scout that week and so we had an opening. I asked Troy if he wanted to do it," Bratcher remembered.

For one tournament, Troy had graduated from scorekeeper to scout. A tournament of 14-year-old ball players working to be seen by the right scout, to get invited to that next step, to have a chance to put on a jersey that read U-S-A across the front. And as one of those scouts, Troy had a similar opportunity.

"I think I wrote every single thing down that week. I was in panic mode. I didn't want to screw this up," said Troy.

At these tournaments, each scout on the USA Baseball task force handles one field per day. Watching four games each day, scouting all eight teams at once. At the end of the day, the four members of the task force get together with national team coaches and USA Baseball personnel to discuss their day's worth of findings.

"The other guys said he did a great job and that he was fully committed, so the next year, instead of hiring him as a scorekeeper, we hired him back as a scout," said Bratcher.

A week of scouting turned into a year of scouting, which turned into years of scouting. From National Team Championships to National Team Identification Series (NTIS) to National Team Development Programs (NTDP) to National Team Trials, Troy kept up with the grind and never lost passion for the gig, the players, and the ultimate goal of winning a World Cup.

And then in 2017, Troy was asked to be on the staff for the 14U NTDP. Also working the NTDP that year, Jason Maxwell, who would go on to be named the manager of the 2018 15U National Team.

"The relationships we built in that 14U National Team Development Program year, those relationships played a huge role in winning the World Cup," Maxwell said of the two-year process. And those relationships went from coach to player, player to player, and coach to coach. "When Ashley had asked me to be the manager for the World Cup team, she asked who I wanted to be the coaches, and the three coaches we took came from that National Team Development Program."

Passion. Hard work. Selflessness. Relationships. These things are invaluable to a coach on a journey to becoming a representative of USA Baseball, and all are attainable for anyone that has that dream. Doesn't matter if you are a former big leaguer, or a former scorekeeper.

Troy Gerlach's story is the second of a four-part series on "How to Become a USA Baseball Coach." The remaining two stories of the series will be released on USABaseball.com and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instgram and Twitter.

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How to Become a USA Baseball Coach - Part One: The Handshake

July 31, 2020

You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.

That's the common path for a player.

But what about the coaches for the USA Baseball national teams? A coach cannot go 8-for-19 with three home runs over the course of a weekend tournament. So, what do they do? What is their path? How do you become a coach for USA Baseball?

It is a question we get asked a lot.

The answer: Honestly, there is no "path" for the best coaches in the country to carefully weave through, marking off accomplishments from a cultivated list in order to get closer to their coaching dreams. The answer is more complex than that. There are any number of ways someone with the right heart, attitude and abilities can end up wearing U-S-A across their chest and, hopefully, a gold medal around their neck.

For proof of this, look no further than the 2018 15U World Cup champion coaching staff. Four men with wildly different paths to our coaching ranks found themselves all sharing a medal stand in Panama.

The Handshake: Manager Jason Maxwell

Jason Maxwell played professional baseball for 12 years, started a high school program from scratch in Tennessee, and went on to lead Team USA to their first-ever U-15 Baseball World Cup title. But how did Maxwell get his start with USA Baseball? From the way he tells it: A handshake.

"You never know what a handshake will mean down the road." This is a philosophy Jason lives by and instills in his two sons. And it is a philosophy that set Jason on a path to what he calls his 'number one without a doubt' personal achievement in the game of baseball.

The handshake in this instance was with Jan Weisberg. Jan is the head coach of a college program that was recruiting one of Jason's high school players back in 2013. That college program was Birmingham-Southern, which was also the alma mater of Brooks Webb, former Senior Director of Baseball Operations at USA Baseball.

One day, Brooks called his former college manager asking if he knew of any coaches that showed the heart and ability to join the newest crop of USA Baseball coaches.

Jan sent him to Jason Maxwell.

Jason started his USA Baseball coaching career where most coaches do, working as a member of the task force at the National Team Championships and the National Team Identification Series. Hundreds of kids packed into ballparks across the country, all with the same goal as each other, all with the same goal as Jason Maxwell: A chance to represent the United States of America.

His passion for the game and his drive to help these young athletes reach their potential was obvious to everyone around him. Jason was suddenly at any event USA Baseball needed an extra hand.

After three short years, he was named to his first national team staff, and traveled to Japan as an assistant coach with the 2016 15U National Team. The team placed third in the tournament. But Jason left wanting more.

In 2017 Jason was named the field manager for the 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP). A group of young players stacked with talent. Enough to have a chance at history, to be the first team in U.S. history to bring home the U-15 World Cup championship the following year.

Over the next two summers, Jason led that group of young athletes, helped them develop and earned their trust. And in 2018, history was made.

"When you are standing in another country with a gold medal around your neck, and the national anthem starts to play," Jason remembered. "There is nothing like it."

From a handshake, to a phone call, to a gold medal.

Now if this sounds like fate, and something impossible for an everyday coach, that is not the case. Yes, Jason played big league baseball, but Jason was the head coach of a team coming off a 13-16 record when he received that phone call. A moment in which his first instinct was 'Just let it ring. We aren't going to be in the National High School Invitational' when he saw that his caller ID read "USA Baseball." 

But the call was for him. Because his passion, drive and ability were obvious to anyone around him. Obvious to Jan Weisberg, then obvious to Brooks Webb and eventually obvious to new Senior Director of Baseball Operations at USA Baseball, Ashley Bratcher, who served as the program director for the world championship 15U National Team in 2018.

"Jason epitomizes the character, leadership and personal qualities we look for to be a USA Baseball national team coach," said Bratcher. "In every facet of his life, both personal and professional, he does everything the right way and is a perfect representation of our game, our organization and our country.

"Without a doubt, he was truly an obvious and deserving choice to lead a USA Baseball national team and it was an honor to witness his direct impact on our athletes and his fellow coaches on the 2018 squad. It surprised nobody whom has ever had the privilege of working with him that he led our 15U National Team to unprecedented heights, winning its first-ever world championship title."

Every coach makes connections every day. And you never know what a handshake will mean down the road. And you'll never know when the right impression on the right person might lead to glory.

Jason Maxwell's story is the first of a four-part series on "How to Become a USA Baseball Coach." The remaining three stories of the series will be released on USABaseball.com and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instgram and Twitter.

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One Hundred and Sixty-Five USA Baseball Alumni on 2020 Opening Day Rosters

Twenty-nine of the 30 MLB Clubs boast at least one alum on their roster
July 24, 2020

CARY, N.C. - One hundred and sixty-five USA Baseball alumni appear on 2020 Major League Baseball Opening Day rosters, the organization announced on Friday.

Twenty-nine of the 30 MLB Clubs claimed at least one past member of Team USA on their rosters to start the season, with 26 teams featuring four or more. The Cincinnati Reds led the way with 10 alums, followed closely by the Texas Rangers with nine and the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays with eight each.

Of the 165 alumni, 44 have suited up for the red, white and blue multiple times, led by the Chicago Cubs' Albert Almora who has played for Team USA seven times in his baseball career. Additionally, there are 19 members of the championship-winning 2017 World Baseball Classic Team, as well as Jake Arrieta, Dexter Fowler and Stephen Strasburg, who helped lead the U.S. to a bronze medal as part of the 2008 Olympic Team.

In addition to the 165 alumni playing on Opening Day rosters, there are also six USA Baseball alumni managing around the league, including Aaron Boone (New York Yankees), Terry Francona (Cleveland Indians), Joe Girardi (Philadelphia Phillies), Dave Roberts (Los Angeles Dodgers), David Ross (Chicago Cubs) and Scott Servais (Seattle Mariners).

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni in the Major Leagues is updated daily throughout the season and can be found here.

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni, by Major League club, who appeared on 2020 Opening Day rosters is as follows:

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (4)
Jon Jay - 2005 Collegiate
Carson Kelly - 2010 16U; 2011 18U
Robbie Ray - 2009 18U
Luke Weaver - 2013 Collegiate

ATLANTA BRAVES (7)
Travis D'Arnaud - 2011 Professional
Freddie Freeman - 2005 16U; 2006 18U
Mark Melancon - 2005 Collegiate; 2017 Professional (WBC)
A.J. Minter - 2014 Collegiate
Dansby Swanson - 2014 Collegiate
Touki Toussaint - 2011 16U
Kyle Wright - 2016 Collegiate

BALTIMORE ORIOLES (4)
Mychal Givens - 2006 16U; 2007 18U; 2017 Professional (WBC)
Rio Ruiz - 2007, 2008 14U
D.J. Stewart - 2014 Collegiate
Asher Wojciechowski - 2009 Collegiate

BOSTON RED SOX (4)
Matt Barnes - 2010 Collegiate
Jackie Bradley, Jr. - 2010 Collegiate
Jonathan Lucroy - 2013, 2017 Professional (WBC)
Alex Verdugo - 2010 14U

CHICAGO CUBS (7)
Albert Almora - 2007, 2008 14U; 2009, 2010 16U; 2010, 2011 18U; 2015 Professional
Kris Bryant - 2012 Collegiate
Nico Hoerner - 2011 14U; 2012 15U
Craig Kimbrel - 2013 Professional (WBC)
Dillon Maples - 2010 18U
Kyle Ryan - 2009 18U
Kyle Schwarber - 2013 Collegiate

CHICAGO WHITE SOX (8)
Steve Cishek - 2013 Professional (WBC)
Zack Collins - 2011 16U; 2014 Collegiate
Nicky Delmonico - 2008 16U; 2013, 2014 18U
Ross Detwiler - 2006 Collegiate; 2013 Professional (WBC)
Gio Gonzalez - 2013 Professional (WBC)
Yasmani Grandal - 2009 Collegiate
James McCann - 2011 Professional
Carlos Rodon - 2012, 2013 Collegiate

CINCINNATI REDS (10)
Trevor Bauer - 2009 Collegiate
Nick Castellanos - 2009 18U
Kyle Farmer - 2012 Collegiate
Sonny Gray - 2009, 2010 Collegiate
Travis Jankowski - 2015 Professional
Nate Jones - 2017 Professional (WBC)
Michael Lorenzen - 2008 16U; 2010 18U; 2011, 2012 Collegiate
Mike Moustakas - 2006 18U; 2010 Professional
Lucas Sims - 2010 16U
Jesse Winker - 2011 18U

CLEVELAND INDIANS (5)
Christian Arroyo - 2012 18U
Francisco Lindor - 2009 16U; 2010 18U
Tyler Naquin - 2011 Collegiate
Adam Plutko - 2012 Collegiate
Bradley Zimmer - 2013 Collegiate

COLORADO ROCKIES (6)
Nolan Arenado - 2017 Professional (WBC)
Daniel Bard - 2003 18U; 2004 Collegiate
David Dahl - 2011 18U
Garrett Hampson - 2015 Collegiate
Daniel Murphy - 2017 Professional (WBC)
Tony Wolters - 2008 16U; 2009, 2010 18U

DETROIT TIGERS (4)
Kyle Funkhouser - 2014 Collegiate
Grayson Greiner - 2013 Collegiate
Jordy Mercer - 2007 Collegiate; 2011 Professional
Christin Stewart - 2014 Collegiate

HOUSTON ASTROS (5)
Alex Bregman - 2010 16U; 2011 18U; 2013, 2014 Collegiate; 2017 Professional (WBC)
Lance McCullers - 2010 18U
George Springer - 2010 Collegiate
Kyle Tucker - 2012 15U
Justin Verlander - 2003 Collegiate

KANSAS CITY ROYALS (5)
Danny Duffy - 2010 Professional; 2017 Professional (WBC)
Alex Gordon - 2004 Collegiate
Ian Kennedy - 2002 18U; 2004, 2005 Collegiate
Mike Montgomery - 2010 Professional
Brett Phillips - 2015 Professional

LOS ANGELES ANGELS (8)
Jason Castro - 2009 Professional
Max Stassi - 2006, 2007 16U; 2008 18U
Noe Ramirez - 2010 Collegiate
Anthony Rendon - 2010 Collegiate
Matt Thaiss - 2015 Collegiate
Mike Trout - 2010 Professional
Justin Upton - 2004 18U
Taylor Ward - 2014 Collegiate

LOS ANGELES DODGERS (5)
Walker Buehler - 2014 Collegiate
Joe Kelly - 2007 Collegiate
Jake McGee - 2017 Professional (WBC)
AJ Pollock - 2011 Professional
Corey Seager - 2010 16U

MIAMI MARLINS (1)
Ryne Stanek - 2011, 2012 Collegiate

MILWAUKEE BREWERS (8)
Ryan Braun - 2009, 2013 Professional (WBC)
J.P. Feyereisen - 2019 Professional
Josh Hader - 2015 Professional
Keston Hiura - 2016 Collegiate
Corey Knebel - 2011 Collegiate
Justin Smoak - 2007 Collegiate; 2009 Professional
Bobby Wahl - 2012 Collegiate
Christian Yelich - 2017 Professional (WBC)

MINNESOTA TWINS (2)
Homer Bailey - 2002 16U
Tyler Clippard - 2017 Professional (WBC)

NEW YORK METS (4)
Dellin Betances - 2005 18U
Michael Conforto - 2012, 2013 Collegiate
Paul Sewald - 2015 Professional
Michael Wacha - 2011 Collegiate

NEW YORK YANKEES (3)
Gerrit Cole - 2009, 2010 Collegiate
Chris Iannetta - 2009 Professional (WBC)
Giancarlo Stanton - 2013, 2017 Professional (WBC)

OAKLAND ATHLETICS (5)
Matt Chapman - 2013 Collegiate
Robbie Grossman - 2007 18U
Daniel Mengden - 2013 Collegiate
Matt Olson - 2010 16U
JB Wendelken - 2015 Professional

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (8)
Jake Arrieta - 2006 Collegiate; 2008 Professional (Olympic)
Zach Eflin - 2015 Professional
Bryce Harper - 2008 16U; 2009 18U
Adam Haseley - 2010 14U; 2013 18U
Tommy Hunter - 2006 Collegiate
Cole Irvin - 2011 18U
Andrew McCutchen - 2004 18U; 2017 Professional (WBC)
Neil Walker - 2003 18U

PITTSBURGH PIRATES (5)
Adam Frazier - 2012 Collegiate; 2015 Professional
Derek Holland - 2013 Professional (WBC)
Bryan Reynolds - 2014 Collegiate
Cole Tucker - 2013 18U
Trevor Williams - 2012 Collegiate

SAN DIEGO PADRES (6)
Jake Cronenworth - 2019 Professional
Zach Davies - 2007 14U
Trent Grisham - 2014 18U
Eric Hosmer - 2007 18U; 2010 Professional; 2013, 2017 Professional (WBC)
Manny Machado - 2009 18U
Drew Pomeranz - 2009 Collegiate

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (5)
Tyler Anderson - 2010 Collegiate
Brandon Crawford - 2006 Collegiate; 2017 Professional (WBC)
Alex Dickerson - 2010 Collegiate
Kevin Gausman - 2009 18U; 2011 Collegiate
Drew Smyly - 2011 Professional, 2017 Professional (WBC)

SEATTLE MARINERS (5)
J.P. Crawford - 2009 14U
Marco Gonzales - 2012 Collegiate
Tim Lopes - 2010 16U
Justus Sheffield - 2013 18U
Evan White - 2016 Collegiate

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (7)
Jack Flaherty - 2013 18U
Dexter Fowler - 2008 Professional (Olympic)
Paul Goldschmidt - 2017 Professional (WBC)
Andrew Miller - 2017 Professional (WBC)
Lane Thomas - 2013 Collegiate
Matt Wieters - 2005 Collegiate
Kolten Wong - 2009 Collegiate

TEXAS RANGERS (9)
Kolby Allard - 2014 18U
Todd Frazier - 2006 Collegiate; 2010 Professional
Joey Gallo - 2011 18U
Kyle Gibson - 2008 Collegiate
Lance Lynn - 2007 Collegiate
Jeff Mathis - 2005 Professional
Mike Minor - 2007, 2008 Collegiate
Rob Refsnyder - 2007 16U
Jose Trevino - 2012 Collegiate

TORONTO BLUE JAYS (8)
Anthony Alford - 2008 14U
Cavan Biggio - 2012 18U
A.J. Cole - 2007 16U
Randal Grichuk - 2007 16U
Anthony Kay - 2015 Collegiate
Reese McGuire - 2012 18U
Tanner Roark - 2017 Professional (WBC)
Matt Shoemaker - 2011 Professional

WASHINGTON NATIONALS (7)
Sean Doolittle - 2005, 2006 Collegiate
Erick Fedde - 2013 Collegiate
Howie Kendrick - 2005 Professional
Max Scherzer - 2005 Collegiate
Stephen Strasburg - 2008 Collegiate; 2008 Professional (Olympic)
Kurt Suzuki - 2006 Professional
Trea Turner - 2012, 2013 Collegiate

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Forty-One USA Baseball Alumni Selected in the 2020 MLB Draft

Twenty of the 37 athletes taken in the first round played for Team USA
June 12, 2020

CARY, N.C. - Forty-one USA Baseball alumni were selected through all five rounds of the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday and Thursday night, including 20 of the 37 athletes selected in the first round and 21 more alums taken in the second, third, fourth and fifth rounds, collectively. Twenty selections is the third highest number of alumni drafted in the first round in USA Baseball history (23 in 2007, 21 in 2012).

Two-time Collegiate National Team member Spencer Torkelson became the eighth-consecutive Team USA alum to be taken first overall when the Detroit Tigers selected him with the No. 1 pick. Torkelson was then followed by four of his 2019 Collegiate National Team teammates: Heston Kjerstad (No. 2, Baltimore Orioles), Max Meyer (No. 3, Miami Marlins), Asa Lacy (No. 4, Kansas City Royals) and Austin Martin (No. 5, Toronto Blue Jays), marking the third time in USA Baseball history that alumni have been selected with the first five consecutive picks of the draft (2007, 2010).

The 41 alums that were selected in all five rounds of the 2020 MLB Draft represented four national team programs. Twenty-three players from the Collegiate National Team heard their names called, including eight more members of the 2019 squad, along with 16 athletes from the 18U National Team, seven from the 15U National Team and five from the 12U National Team.

Four-time Team USA alum Pete Crow-Armstrong (No. 19, New York Mets), two-time alum Drew Romo (No. 35, Colorado Rockies) and 2018 alum Jared Kelley (No. 47, Chicago White Sox) were teammates on the 2018 18U National Team that won the program's eighth-consecutive gold medal in international competition at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships.

Crow-Armstrong was also on the 2014 12U National Team and the 2017 15U National Team with Jackson Miller (No. 65, Cincinnati Reds) and Masyn Winn (No. 54, St. Louis Cardinals), who were both selected in the second round. Petey Halpin (No. 95, Cleveland Indians) was a member of the 2017 15U National Team as well, while J.T. Ginn (No. 52, New York Mets) and Cole Wilcox (No. 80, San Diego Padres) were both part of the 2017 18U National Team that won the program's fourth-consecutive world championship at the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 Baseball World Cup.

In addition to national team alumni, 44 athletes that participated in the inaugural 2019 PDP League and the USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP) were also selected in the 2020 MLB Draft.

In total, 22 players that participated in the PDP League in 2019 were selected in the 2020 MLB Draft, including eight in the first round. 2019 USA Baseball Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner and 18U National Team alum, Robert Hassell III, was the first to be drafted when the San Diego Padres took him with the No. 8 overall pick. Rounding out the first round PDP League alumni selections were Austin Hendrick (No. 12, Cincinnati Reds), Mick Abel (No. 15, Philadelphia Phillies), Ed Howard IV (No. 16, Chicago Cubs), Jordan Walker (No. 21, St. Louis Cardinals), Carson Tucker (No. 23, Cleveland Indians), Tyler Soderstrom (No. 26, Oakland Athletics) and Romo.

The second round featured six more PDP League players, as well as three participants taken in the third round, three in the fourth round and two in the fifth.

Nine past NTDP participants were also selected in the first round of the 2020 Draft, with Hendrick, Abel, Nick Yorke (No. 17, Boston Red Sox) and Crow-Armstrong taken in the top 20 picks. Tucker, Nick Bitsko (No. 24, Tampa Bay Rays), Austin Wells (No. 28, New York Yankees), Romo and Tanner Burns (No. 36, Cleveland Indians) rounded out the NTDP members drafted in the first round.

Additionally, 13 past NTDP athletes were taken in Rounds 2-5 with six selected in the second, four in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth.

The full lists of USA Baseball alumni, PDP League participants and NTDP members selected in the 2020 MLB Draft are as follows:

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

1-1; Spencer Torkelson; Detroit Tigers; 2018-19 Collegiate National Teams
1-2; Heston Kjerstad; Baltimore Orioles; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-3; Max Meyer; Miami Marlins; 2018-19 Collegiate National Teams
1-4; Asa Lacy; Kansas City Royals; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-5; Austin Martin; Toronto Blue Jays; 2014 15U, 2019 Collegiate National Teams
1-8; Robert Hassell III; San Diego Padres; 2019 18U National Team
1-10; Reid Detmers; Los Angeles Angels; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-12; Austin Hendrick; Cincinnati Reds; 2019 18U National Team
1-13; Patrick Bailey; San Francisco Giants; 2016 18U, 2018-19 Collegiate National Teams
1-14; Justin Foscue; Texas Rangers; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-15; Mick Abel; Philadelphia Phillies; 2019 18U National Team
1-19; Pete Crow-Armstrong; New York Mets; 2014 12U, 2017 15U, 2018-19 18U National Teams
1-20; Garrett Mitchell; Milwaukee Brewers; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-22; Cade Cavalli; Washington Nationals; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-23; Carson Tucker; Cleveland Indians; 2013-14 12U National Teams
1-26; Tyler Soderstrom; Oakland Athletics; 2019 18U National Team
1-32; Nick Loftin; Kansas City Royals; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-35; Drew Romo; Colorado Rockies; 2018-19 18U National Teams
1-36; Tanner Burns; Cleveland Indians; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-37; Alika Williams; Tampa Bay Rays; 2019 Collegiate National Team
2-41; Ben Hernandez; Kansas City Royals; 2019 18U National Team
2-42; C.J. Van Eyk; Toronto Blue Jays; 2016 18U, 2018 Collegiate National Teams
2-44; Jared Jones; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2016 15U National Team
2-46; Chris McMahon; Colorado Rockies; 2019 Collegiate National Team
2-47; Jared Kelley; Chicago White Sox; 2018 18U National Team
2-51; Burl Carraway; Chicago Cubs; 2019 Collegiate National Team
2-52; J.T. Ginn; New York Mets; 2017 18U National Team
2-54; Masyn Winn; St. Louis Cardinals; 2014 12U, 2017 15U National Teams
2-56; Logan Allen; Cleveland Indians; 2016 18U, 2019 Collegiate National Teams
2-58; Jeff Criswell; Oakland Athletics; 2019 Collegiate National Team
2-62; Daniel Cabrera; Detroit Tigers; 2013 15U, 2018 Collegiate National Teams
2-65; Jackson Miller; Cincinnati Reds; 2014 12U, 2017 15U National Teams
2-70; Alec Burleson; St. Louis Cardinals; 2019 Collegiate National Team
3-80; Cole Wilcox; San Diego Padres; 2017 18U, 2019 Collegiate National Teams
3-85; Kyle Harrison; San Francisco Giants; 2019 18U National Team
3-95; Petey Halpin; Cleveland Indians; 2017 15U National Team
3-96; Hunter Barnhart; Tampa Bay Rays; 2014 12U National Team
3-101; Tyler Brown; Houston Astros; 2019 Collegiate National Team
4-106; Nick Frasso; Toronto Blue Jays; 2019 Collegiate National Team
4-119; A.J. Vukovich; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2019 18U National Team
4-124; Milan Tolentino; Cleveland Indians; 2019 18U National Team

2019 PDP League Participants
Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team
1-8; Robert Hassell III; San Diego Padres
1-12; Austin Hendrick; Cincinnati Reds
1-15; Mick Abel; Philadelphia Phillies
1-16; Ed Howard IV; Chicago Cubs
1-21; Jordan Walker; St. Louis Cardinals
1-23; Carson Tucker; Cleveland Indians
1-26; Tyler Soderstrom; Oakland Athletics
1-35; Drew Romo; Colorado Rockies
2-40; Dax Fulton; Miami Marlins
2-41; Ben Hernandez; Kansas City Royals
2-44; Jared Jones; Pittsburgh Pirates
2-54; Masyn Winn; St. Louis Cardinals
2-65; Jackson Miller; Cincinnati Reds
2-72; Alex Santos; Houston Astros
3-85; Kyle Harrison; San Francisco Giants
3-90; Liam Norris; Arizona Diamondbacks
3-95; Petey Halpin; Cleveland Indians
4-111; Werner Blakely; Los Angeles Angels
4-119; A.J. Vukovich; Arizona Diamondbacks
4-124; Milan Tolentino; Cleveland Indians
5-132; Colt Keith; Detroit Tigers
5-147; Koen Moreno; Chicago Cubs

National Team Development Program Members
Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team; NTDP Team(s)
1-12; Austin Hendrick; Cincinnati Reds; 2018 17U NTDP
1-15; Mick Abel; Philadelphia Phillies; 2018 17U NTDP
1-17; Nick Yorke; Boston Red Sox; 2016 14U NTDP
1-19; Pete Crow-Armstrong; New York Mets; 2016 14U, 2018-19 17U NTDPs
1-23; Carson Tucker; Cleveland Indians; 2018 17U NTDP
1-24; Nick Bitsko; Tampa Bay Rays; 2016 14U, 2018 16U, 2019 17U NTDPs
1-28; Austin Wells; New York Yankees; 2016 17U NTDP
1-35; Drew Romo; Colorado Rockies; 2018 17U NTDP
1-36; Tanner Burns; Cleveland Indians; 2015 17U NTDP
2-40; Dax Fulton; Miami Marlins; 2018 17U NTDP
2-44; Jared Jones; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2015 14U, 2018 17U NTDPs
2-47; Jared Kelley; Chicago White Sox; 2018 17U NTDP
2-54; Masyn Winn; St. Louis Cardinals; 2016 14U, 2018 17U NTDPs
2-55; Cole Henry; Washington Nationals; 2016 17U NTDP
2-65; Jackson Miller; Cincinnati Reds; 2016 14U NTDP
3-90; Liam Norris; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2018 17U NTDP
3-94; Holden Powell; Washington Nationals; 2016 17U NTDP
3-95; Petey Halpin; Cleveland Indians; 2018 16U NTDP
3-96; Hunter Barnhart; Tampa Bay Rays; 2018 16U NTDP
4-102; Gage Workman; Detroit Tigers; 2016 17U NTDP
5-132; Colt Keith; Detroit Tigers; 2018 17U NTDP
5-134; Kyle Hurt; Miami Marlins; 2015 17U NTDP

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Twenty USA Baseball Alumni Taken in First Round of 2020 MLB Draft

Collegiate National Team alum Spencer Torkelson selected No. 1 overall by Detroit
June 11, 2020

CARY, N.C. -- Twenty USA Baseball alumni were selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday night, including number one overall pick Spencer Torkelson. USA Baseball has had 524 total athletes drafted in the first round since 1972, and 2020 marks the 18th time in the last 20 years that the first overall pick played for Team USA.

Torkelson (No. 1, Detroit Tigers) became the eighth consecutive USA Baseball alum to be selected number one overall following Adley Rutschman (2019), Casey Mize (2018), Royce Lewis (2017), Mickey Moniak (2016), Dansby Swanson (2015), Brady Aiken (2014) and Mark Appel (2013). The Tigers have selected a member of Team USA with the first overall pick for the second time in three years after also drafting Mize in 2018.

In total, 33 alumni have been selected with the number one overall pick since 1972.

Five consecutive USA Baseball players were taken to begin the Draft for the third time in the organization's history (2007, 2010) with Torkelson, followed by Heston Kjerstad (No. 2, Baltimore Orioles), Max Meyer (No. 3, Miami Marlins), Asa Lacy (No. 4, Kansas City Royals) and Austin Martin (No. 5, Toronto Blue Jays), respectively. All five were teammates on the 2019 Collegiate National Team.

Additionally, 11 of the first 15 selections in the 2020 Draft have donned the red, white and blue in their career. 2019 USA Baseball Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner and 18U National Team alum, Robert Hassell III, was taken with the eighth overall pick by the San Diego Padres and was followed by Reid Detmers (No. 10, Los Angeles Angels), Austin Hendrick (No. 12, Cincinnati Reds), Patrick Bailey (No. 13, San Francisco Giants), Justin Foscue (No. 14, Texas Rangers) and Mick Abel (No. 15, Philadelphia Phillies).

Four-time national team alum Pete Crow-Armstrong was the next USA Baseball player taken with the 19th pick by the New York Mets and the first round ended with eight more Team USA members being selected: Garrett Mitchell (No. 20, Milwaukee Brewers), Cade Cavalli (No. 22, Washington Nationals), Carson Tucker (No. 23, Cleveland Indians), Tyler Soderstrom (No. 26, Oakland Athletics), Nick Loftin (No. 32, Kansas City Royals), Drew Romo (No. 35, Colorado Rockies), Tanner Burns (No. 36, Cleveland Indians), and Alika Williams (No. 37, Tampa Bay Rays).

Four national team programs were represented in the 2020 Draft, including 13 players from the Collegiate National Team, seven from the 18U National Team, and two from both the 12U and 15U National Teams. In total, the 20 alumni selected in the opening round have won a cumulative five international gold medals and nine silver medals.

The 2020 MLB Draft will continue on Thursday, June 11, at 5 p.m. ET.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni selected in the first round of the 2020 MLB Draft is as follows:

Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s)
1-1; Spencer Torkelson; Detroit Tigers; 2018-19 Collegiate National Teams
1-2; Heston Kjerstad; Baltimore Orioles; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-3; Max Meyer; Miami Marlins; 2018-19 Collegiate National Teams
1-4; Asa Lacy; Kansas City Royals; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-5; Austin Martin; Toronto Blue Jays; 2014 15U, 2019 Collegiate National Teams
1-8; Robert Hassell III; San Diego Padres, 2019 18U National Team
1-10; Reid Detmers; Los Angeles Angels; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-12; Austin Hendrick; Cincinnati Reds; 2019 18U National Team
1-13; Patrick Bailey; San Francisco Giants; 2016 18U, 2018-19 Collegiate National Teams
1-14; Justin Foscue; Texas Rangers; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-15; Mick Abel; Philadelphia Phillies; 2019 18U National Team
1-19; Pete Crow-Armstrong; New York Mets; 2014 12U, 2017 15U, 2018-19 18U National Teams
1-20; Garrett Mitchell; Milwaukee Brewers; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-22; Cade Cavalli; Washington Nationals; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-23; Carson Tucker; Cleveland Indians; 2013-14 12U National Teams
1-26; Tyler Soderstrom; Oakland Athletics; 2019 18U National Team
1-32; Nick Loftin; Kansas City Royals; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-35; Drew Romo; Colorado Rockies; 2018-19 18U National Teams
1-36; Tanner Burns; Cleveland Indians; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-37; Alika Williams; Tampa Bay Rays; 2019 Collegiate National Team

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USA Baseball Modifies On-Field Programming Schedule

All events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement
May 18, 2020

CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today a modified schedule of events for its 2020 summer season due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Created in adherence to the regulations set forth by the appropriate federal, state and local governments, the updated schedule is tentatively set to begin with the 14U Cup from July 24-26 at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

All of these events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement based on the future state of the evolving coronavirus situation. The organization will monitor the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), as well as consult its Medical/Safety Advisory Committee in order to evaluate the status of its upcoming tournaments.

All further decisions will be made in as timely a manner as possible with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans. If these tournaments run as scheduled, teams and fans will be required to follow a series of return to play guidelines developed by USA Baseball. These guidelines will be shared with all participants within an appropriate timeframe leading up to the event.

"As the national governing body for baseball in the United States, we feel it is in the best interest of the thousands of baseball athletes in our country to postpone our return to the field due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. "We share in the longing for baseball's return, but we believe it is prudent to continue assessing the situation and finalizing a course of action that prioritizes the overall health and safety of our participants and their families in light of the continued transmission of this disease.

"This schedule was structured in an effort to secure as many opportunities as possible for athletes who hope to one day play for Team USA. We will remain steadfast in our commitment to this charge; however, we will continue to evaluate the situation on a daily basis and monitor the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the USOPC in case additional modifications need to be made."

The following events have been tentatively rescheduled on the 2020 calendar:

• 17U National Team Championships North Carolina (July 27-30)
• 14U and 15U National Team Championships Arizona (July 27-30)
• 16U and 17U National Team Championships Arizona (July 31-August 3)
• 15U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 4-9)
• 10U Futures Invitational (August 6-9)
• 16U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 11-16)
• 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U NTIS Champions Cup (August 19-23)
• 15U and 16U NTIS Champions Cup (August 26-30)

The following events and national team programming have been cancelled:

• 11U Futures Invitational
• 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP)
• 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP)
• National Team Championships Florida

The 14U Cup (July 24-26) and 11U/13U Futures Series Irvine (August 28-30) are set to take place as originally scheduled.

Additionally, USA Baseball continues to work closely with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) with respect to the international baseball calendar. To date, the WBSC has postponed the Americas Baseball Olympic Qualifier, U-15 Baseball World Cup and the Women's Baseball World Cup until further notice. The U-12 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier has also been postponed but will not take place this year.

"USA Baseball fully supports the WBSC and its decision to indefinitely postpone the events on the baseball calendar in an effort to protect our national team athletes at this time," continued Seiler. "When the time comes for Team USA to return to the field, we will be ready to continue our longstanding tradition of excellence on the international stage."

Corresponding to the status of the international baseball calendar, USA Baseball has cancelled all 12U National Team programming events for 2020, meanwhile any future events planned for the 15U National Team, 18U National Team, Collegiate National Team and Women's National Team this year will be announced as necessary.

The Medical/Safety Advisory Committee has published a free Athlete Preparation Plan that provides a series of at-home exercises aimed to prepare young athletes for their return to the diamond following a prolonged disruption from on-field activity. To access this plan and to read its recommendations for baseball players during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

Further information on USA Baseball updates relating to COVID-19 can be found here. For up-to-the-minute updates on the organization and its events, follow @USABaseball on social media.

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3 Up, 3 Down with Pete Crow-Armstrong

USA Baseball caught up with the four-time alum on Instagram Live to talk about how he got started in baseball, his new hobbies and more.
May 5, 2020

Pete Crow-Armstrong is a four-time USA Baseball alum and one of a select few athletes who have participated on all of the organization's youth national teams, including 2018 18U National Team teammate Anthony Volpe and Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora.

Crow-Armstrong has won two gold medals with Team USA as a member of the 2017 15U National Team that won gold at the COPABE "AA" Pan American Championships and the 2018 18U National Team that claimed the title at the COPABE "AAA" Pan American Championships. As a member of the 2019 18U National Team, he was named the All-World Center Fielder at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup, where the U.S. earned a silver medal. He has a .365 lifetime batting average with Team USA.

Additionally, he participated in the 2019 USA Baseball National High School Invitational with Harvard-Westlake, which advanced to the championship game for the third time in the school's history.


USA Baseball (USAB): What got you into baseball?
Pete Crow-Armstrong (PCA): It was just running around the backyard, probably playing every sport I possibly could and then years after that, I just happened to stick with baseball. We had a good-sized backyard that I was lucky enough to get to tear up and just a bunch of wiffle ball with my buddies and my dad and playing until we couldn't see the ball anymore. So, I think that that probably kind of sparked my love for the game and ultimately when I was probably we, I just stuck with baseball.

USAB: What do you love most about the game of baseball?
PCA: [I love that] it doesn't matter how old you are, what level you play, you can kind of just run around and be free. I play the outfield so I love being able to roam that area of the field and control that and be myself. It's another place I can be a little different than who I am off the field and it's a really great outlet. It's a great escape sometimes and I think it's this really strategic game, but it's competitive and crazy at moments too. So, I think there's a ton to just absolutely love about the sport.

USAB: You mentioned starting out playing baseball at a very young age but at what age do you think you started to come around confidence-wise and figured out, not only do I love this game, but I might be pretty good at it?
PCA: I would say probably 11 or 12 [years old]. I play Little League all my life, I never really played much club ball or anything like that, so hearing about all these club teams was kind of crazy at that age and [hearing about] all these really good players at that age. But once I hit 11 or 12, I started playing with guys a little bit older than me - some of whom are my best friends now - and then I was lucky enough to make the 12U National Team. I think that was probably the moment where I was like, 'okay, I can hang with the rest of the people in the country.'

USAB: You are one of a very small number of athletes to play on all of the USA Baseball youth national teams - along with players like Albert Almora and Anthony Volpe. What has USA Baseball meant to you throughout your playing career so far?
PCA: I think I can speak on behalf of pretty much everybody that's played for a program like this: you get to experience things that you probably never imagine that you'd be able to experience at 12, 15, 18 [years old] and even some in college. I think that being introduced to new ways of life in different countries and new styles of play and a bunch of new guys from around the country that - like I said earlier, some of whom are my best friends now - I think that there's a lot to be thankful for. Just being able to play with them a handful of times, I've met so many great players, so many great people, and I've gotten to experience so many crazy things that I never imagined I would when I was younger just only being a high schooler.

And obviously, being able to say that I played for each level and being able to say that Albert Almora and [Anthony Volpe] did it too is an honor. Those are two great players. I was lucky enough to play with Anthony a couple summers ago and he's one of the best people to be around; he's a great guy. So yeah, USA Baseball means a lot and, heck, if I get to find myself playing with them again someday, that's be the best.

USAB: If I asked you to pick a favorite memory from each Team USA experience, do you think you could do that? You were on the 12U National Team in 2014, the 15U National Team in 2017 and the 18U National Team each of the past two years. Do you have a favorite memory from each?
PCA: I think 12U would probably have to be trials; it was a whole new kind of format, and I'd never experienced anything like that before. I ended up rooming with Carson Tucker, who's one of my best friends now, so I think actually 12U as a whole, I'd say. Just the people I met, I still keep in touch with probably more than half that team and that was six years ago at this point, so I'd say the whole thing and meeting new people [was my favorite part] from 12U.

From 15U, I think it was honestly the gold medal game. We didn't come out on top necessarily - we got named co-champions - and that was humbling because you kind of go in there expecting to win every time. You're surrounded by absolutely amazing baseball players on your team and you kind of expect to go in there and kick butt so I think that was humbling. That was good for me to experience something like that - it wasn't defeat because we still played our tails off but it wasn't success either.

Then 18U, [in 2018] we won gold in Panama so that's my favorite experience of them all. That was a great team and I was super lucky to play with guys older than me and I got to learn from them. And then, similar to 15U, I think that this past year's 18U team we battled from the start, before we even got to playing, flying in Rawley Hector and Drew Bowser a little late. Those guys came and they brought it and we couldn't have asked for better teammates and performances from them too. But I think the adversity that we faced this past fall - again, similar to 15U - it was humbling and it really kind of makes you well-versed in how to handle obstacles like that. So I would say that as a whole too.

USAB: With Team USA, having gone through it so many times, you've gotten to do a lot of traveling - there was Panama, Taiwan, Korea, Colombia. What have those different experiences been like for you?
PCA: Country to country, each one was different. I went to each place not really knowing what to expect. One thing you kind of know is that you have to be prepared to have everybody rooting against you. So, there's going to be that and there are going to be different obstacles you have to jump over, whether that's different kind of weather than you're used to, different playing conditions, whatever it may be, so you have to go in there prepared that you're not going to be really rooted for. But each place that I went to was beautiful. We have some downtime so we get to see different parts of the country and Colombia was especially cool. We got to go see some old towns they had there that were kind of transformed into touristy attractions. In Korea, again it was beautiful, the backdrops behind the fields were great and I think the fans were especially cool to play in front of there and also in Panama. Being able to play against the host country, everybody comes out and it's a crazy atmosphere. So, I think that each country I went to was different but a lot of the challenges you face and the things you experience are kind of the same from place to place.

USAB: Was there one place that stood out as far as just a travel destination? Baseball aside, can you pick a favorite?
PCA: If we're talking travel destination, I would say Korea or Colombia. In Korea, there's a lot I'd love to explore there if I wasn't going for a baseball trip and Colombia, we only got to see a little glimpse of what else the country was about besides baseball. So, I'd like to go deeper there and explore the country there too. Either of those, I'd be perfectly happy traveling to.

USAB: What are you doing right now to stay sharp and stay in shape as best you can while we're all holed in right now?
PCA: My routine hasn't really changed, I think I just have a little more time on my hands. I'm working out every day, hitting every day; I'm lucky enough to be able to go to a family friend's backyard and sneak in there and use their cage, they've been nice enough to let [me and my dad] do that. It's nice because I haven't done anything baseball-related with [my dad] since I was probably nine or ten so it's cool to get that little chance. And then, I have Zoom classes for school, we're kind of winding down and we've got finals coming up, but yeah, I think the only difference is I just have a little more time on my hands when school gets out and when I finish working out and doing my baseball stuff.

USAB: So, nothing new to the regimen that's been added because of the circumstances that you like and might keep doing going forward?
PCA: No, I think right now it just kind of prepares you for a time when, years down the road, if you're in the big leagues where you may have a ton of downtime before a game. It's cool to see how you can kind of conserve energy and be prepared for the nine innings that night or that afternoon or whatever. Also, this is a good time for everybody to pick up a new hobby or something that they can take with them, so I started trying to play the guitar. I read a lot, so I've been reading a little more than usual and then [watching] a bunch of movies. But I just think as tough as it is right now, it could come out as a blessing in disguise for a lot of us.

USAB: How is learning the guitar going?
PCA: It's good, I'm starting to get some calluses on these parts of my fingers. There are still a couple of chords I can't get down but if you kind of have the C, B, G chords, you can kind of just fiddle around.

USAB: Who are your top five favorite baseball players of all time?
PCA: So, when I looked at this question, I had a hard time trying to rank them, but my number one if kind of a runaway. Griffey is my number one. The fun that he had on the field and just the sheer athleticism that he played with when was in his prime and even younger is special and once in a lifetime - so him for sure. I'm also a huge Javy Baez fan. We're a Cubs household so when he got brought up I thought he was awesome. He just plays with so much energy, so that's one thing that I really liked about him. I like a lot of young guys right now but I was always a Ricky Henderson fan, the way he ran and also, just absolutely powerful. I like Juan Soto a lot right now - a new face for MLB who can bring that flare that we see a lot of young guys having right now. And then, he's probably going to make fun of me but Cole Tucker and Jack Flaherty. I think there are just a lot of young guys who are going to make this game even better than it already is and [Tucker and Flaherty] are just great people on and off the field and I look up to them a lot. So, I'd say those are my top five right now. It changes a lot with new guys coming around or I learn about an older player that I like but I think for me it's a more than just baseball, so those five right now would be guys I like to talk about.

USAB: I get the younger guys, the current players, but how did you learn about guys like Ken Griffey Jr. and Ricky Henderson? What first exposed you to those guys?
PCA: My dad and then YouTube and me just liking baseball and wanting to dive deeper when I was younger and coming up. I mean, I don't think you have to be a baseball player to know who Griffey is, he's kind of the iconic swing man, or whatever you want to call him. So, I immediately gravitated towards his aura and how he played. I think it's pretty infectious and I think I try to take some stuff from his game for sure. But Ricky Henderson, I think just watching TV, being on YouTube, you kind of stumble upon these people and I've liked those two for a while now.

USAB: How much are you looking forward to the MLB draft in June? What would it mean to you to hear your named called relatively early on in that?
PCA: It would be great. It would definitely be a dream come true but I think once anybody gets drafted, it's kind of just a checkpoint. So, I'm really looking forward to that if the opportunity presents itself and I'm taking it day by day. I also am committed to Vanderbilt, so I have a great home in them. Coach Corbin, Coach Baxter, Coach Brown and Coach Macias, they're all absolutely amazing people and great families and I love Vanderbilt for more than just baseball. So, I'm super fortunate to be in the position I am and I think that there is really no stream going into this, it's just a 'whatever happens, happens' mentality for me and I'm going to be happy either way.

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2019 Organizational Award Winners Announced

18U National Team member Robert Hassell named Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner
December 17, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the recipients of its annual organizational awards on Tuesday, recognizing the top athletes, coaches and performances from its 2019 USA Baseball national teams. 18U National Team member Robert Hassell was named the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner, becoming the fourth 18U team alumnus to earn athlete of the year honors. The award is given annually to USA Baseball's top player in honor of the organization's founding Executive Director and CEO.

Women's National Team Manager Veronica Alvarez was named the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year, becoming the first woman to earn the award in USA Baseball's history. The organization also recognized the Women's National Team as its Team of the Year and infielder Alex Hugo was named the Sportswoman of the Year after she earned MVP honors at the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships.

Alec Burleson's late-game heroics against Japan in Game 2 of the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series garnered the International Performance of the Year honors, meanwhile Collegiate National Team Bullpen Coach Xan Barksdale was named the organization's first-ever Service Provider of the Year.

Rounding out the USA Baseball 2019 award winners is 15U National Team Manager Troy Cameron, who was named the Developmental Coach of the Year, as well as Volunteer Coach of the Year Andy Pettitte and the inaugural Coach Educator of the Year Darren Fenster.

"USA Baseball is pleased to recognize these outstanding individuals and their successes from our 2019 national teams," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director/CEO. "Not only did each and every award winner excel in the field of play or as a coach, they all served as outstanding ambassadors on behalf of the United States. It was an honor to have them represent our organization and the game of baseball with class on the international stage."

USA Baseball finished the year winning gold medals at the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships and the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier. The Collegiate National Team also won two of its three international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan in 2019.

The complete list of the 2019 USA Baseball organizational award winners is as follows:

Richard W. "Dick" Case Award: Robert Hassell, 18U National Team
Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year: Veronica Alvarez, Women's National Team
Team of the Year: Women's National Team
Sportswoman of the Year: Alex Hugo, Women's National Team
International Performance of the Year: Alec Burleson, Collegiate National Team
Service Provider of the Year: Xan Barksdale, Collegiate National Team
Developmental Coach of the Year: Troy Cameron, 15U National Team
Volunteer Coach of the Year: Andy Pettitte, Prospect Development Pipeline League
Coach Educator of the Year: Darren Fenster, Sport Development Blog

Hassell was awarded the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award following a summer where he was named to the All-World Team at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in South Korea. He led the 18U National Team in 10 offensive categories in 2019, including batting average (.514), hits (18), doubles (5), home runs (2), RBIs (14), total bases (31), slugging percentage (.886) and on-base percentage (.548), among others. Hassell was a mainstay in the U.S. lineup, starting all nine games of the World Cup in the outfield, and helped lead the red, white and blue to a silver medal. He was also recognized by the WBSC as its International Baseball Player of the Year.

Just the second female manager in USA Baseball history, Alvarez became the first woman to be named the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year. Under her leadership, the Women's National Team finished the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships with a perfect 7-0 record and a gold medal. The U.S. outscored its opponents 124-20 in the tournament, held a cumulative .500 batting average and hit a record 11 home runs. Their dominating performance also earned the Women's National Team the USA Baseball Team of the Year award.

Two-time Women's National Team alum Hugo was named the 2019 Sportswoman of the Year. She earned tournament MVP honors at the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships after leading Team USA in six offensive categories en route to a gold medal. In the tournament, she hit .652 (15-for-23) with five doubles and four home runs, tallied 18 RBIs, scored 20 runs, stole six bases, and amassed an astounding 1.391 slugging percentage in seven games.

ECU's Burleson earned the 2019 International Performance of the Year award after hitting his first-career walk-off home run in the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series. With the score tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 2 in Imabari City, Japan, Burleson lifted a 2-0 fastball over the right field fence to give the visiting U.S. a 3-2 walk-off win. His home run was the first one hit of the series and the victory tied the best-of-five-game series at one apiece for the red, white and blue.

The Collegiate National Team's Barksdale was a vital part of the team in 2019 after serving as a bullpen catcher and coach for the national team, and his efforts were rewarded with the first-ever USA Baseball Service Provider of the Year award. Barksdale provided unparalleled service to the athletes by offering creative and engaging training, bullpen and catching sessions that not only allowed the national team to prepare and excel on the field, but also promoted and protected their overall long-term athletic development.

Cameron earned the Developmental Coach of the Year award in 2019 after he led Team USA to its fourth consecutive U-15 Baseball World Cup Qualifier gold medal for the red, white and blue (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019), and the third straight international title for the 15U National Team. The U.S. finished the tournament with an 8-1 record and outscored its opponents 66-33 under his leadership.

Five-time World Series champion and three-time MLB All-Star Pettitte was named the 2019 Volunteer Coach of the Year by USA Baseball after working on the coaching staff for the inaugural joint MLB and USA Baseball Prospect Development Pipeline League. Every day, he used his experience to help players create comprehensive processes for their pitching routines and schedules, and assisted in developing pitch philosophies while fine-tuning pitcher deliveries and mechanics. Pettitte also incorporated advanced, progressive methods to the participants that resulted in significant developmental growth in an abbreviated timeframe.

Lastly, Fenster was named the first Coach Educator of the Year in USA Baseball history due to his continued contribution to the USA Baseball Sport Development department. While simultaneously serving as the Minor League Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator for the Boston Red Sox, Fenster draws upon his professional baseball career as a player and coach to provide unique and insightful educational content for the for the Sport Development Blog. Titled FUNdamental Skills Friday, his contributions assist coaches, parents and leagues in developing young players and improving their experience within the game of baseball.

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

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WBSC Names Hassell and Schrier International Players of the Year

The awards were announced at the III World Baseball Softball Confederation Congress
December 3, 2019

SAKAI CITY, Japan - USA Baseball alumni Robert Hassell (2019) and Cody Schrier (2018) were named the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) International Baseball Players of the Year at the III WBSC Congress on November 22 in Sakai City, Japan.

The award recognizes the top baseball performer from all WBSC-sanctioned events in a given calendar year. The WBSC presents its individual awards every two years at its biennial Congress.

"It is a tremendous honor to have two of our national team athletes recognized by the World Baseball Softball Confederation for their individual performances while with USA Baseball," said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. "To earn the title of international baseball player of the year is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement and it speaks volumes to the hard work and dedication they have committed to the game of baseball in their young careers. We congratulate them on this extraordinary accomplishment and are proud to call them alumni of our organization."

Hassell was named to the All-World Team following the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in South Korea and earned the award for most RBIs during the event. He led the 18U National Team in 10 offensive categories in 2019, including batting average (.514), hits (18), doubles (5), home runs (2), RBIs (14), total bases (31), slugging percentage (.886) and on-base percentage (.548), among others. Hassell was a mainstay in the U.S. lineup, starting all nine games of the World Cup in the outfield, and helped lead the red, white and blue to a silver medal.

Schrier was named the MVP of the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in 2018 after leading Team USA to its first U-15 baseball world championship in program history. He finished the tournament earning two additional individual awards on top of his MVP honors, including the batting title and the award for most runs scored in the tournament. Schrier started all nine games at shortstop for the stars and stripes and finished with a .476 batting average and 17 runs scored. He also led the team with two home runs and four stolen bases.

Members of Team USA have now been awarded the last three International Baseball Player of the Year awards with Triston Casas (2017), Schrier and Hassell.

For more information on USA Baseball and its national team programs, visit USABaseball.com or follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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U.S. Earns Silver at WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup

Team USA finishes the tournament with a 7-2 record
September 7, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 5 1
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 1
Win: C. Yu Loss: L. Gordon Save: P. Chen
Box Score | Play-by-play | World Cup Stats

GIJANG CITY, South Korea - The 2019 18U National Team finished the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup with a silver medal after falling to Chinese Taipei, 2-1, in the championship game on Sunday, September 8, at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park in Gijang City, South Korea.

Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.) led the U.S. offense in the game as both finished 2-for-4. Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.) also tallied a hit in the contest while Hassell scored Team USA's lone run.

Lucas Gordon (Los Angeles, Calif.) started the game for the stars and stripes and suffered the loss after pitching 5.2 innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out two. Chinese Taipei's Chien Yu recorded seven strikeouts while surrendering just three hits to earn the win.

KEY MOMENTS

  • Chinese Taipei scored the first run of the game in the top of the fifth with a one-out triple followed by an RBI-single to take a 1-0 lead.
  • In the top of the eighth, Chinese Taipei added an insurance run courtesy of two singles and a walk for a 2-0 advantage.
  • Hassell got a rally going in the bottom of the ninth with a leadoff single before moving to second on a single from Halter and scoring on an error to pull Team USA within one.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Team USA finished the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup with a 7-2 record.
  • Four Team USA players were named to the 2019 WBSC All-World Team, as Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) earned All-World Centerfielder, Hassell was named All-World Rightfielder, Alejandro Rosario (Miami, Fla.) earned All-World Relief Pitcher and Soderstrom was the All-World Designated Hitter.
  • Rosario, who won Most Wins after finishing with three, and Hassell, who won Most RBIs with 14, earned extra awards for their performances in the tournament, along with Kyle Harrison (Danville, Calif.), who won the award for Best ERA after not allowing a run in his three appearances.
  • Hassell and Halter led Team USA in hits during the event with 17 and 13, respectively, while both recorded four doubles in nine games.
  • Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas) drew six walks in the tournament to lead the U.S., while Hassell and Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.) were close behind with five apiece.
  • Hassell scored 14 runs in the tournament and Crow-Armstrong scored nine to top the 2019 squad.
  • Harrison did not allow a run in ten innings of work over the course of the tournament, while striking out a team-high 12 batters.
  • Max Rajcic (Fullerton, Calif.) led the team in innings pitched with 13.1, while allowing just two runs on eight hits and recording ten punch outs.
  • Gordon (0-1) was tagged with the loss in the contest after giving up one run on three hits in 5.2 innings of work, while walking two and tallying two strikeouts.

 

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