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Twenty-Two USA Baseball Alumni Selected to 2022 MLB All-Star Game

Seven former Team USA players selected to AL and NL starting lineups
July 19, 2022
CARY, N.C. – Twenty-two USA Baseball alumni were selected for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game, which will take place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles tonight, Tuesday, July 19, at 8:00 p.m. ET. The National League roster features 14 alums, and eight American League players also have experience with USA

CARY, N.C. – Twenty-two USA Baseball alumni were selected for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game, which will take place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles tonight, Tuesday, July 19, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

The National League roster features 14 alums, and eight American League players also have experience with USA Baseball.

Seven alumni were selected to the starting lineup, including five for the NL and two for the AL. Paul Goldschmidt (St. Louis Cardinals), Bryce Harper (Philadelphia Phillies), Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Manny Machado (San Diego Padres), and Trea Turner (Los Angeles Dodgers) were all named to the NL starting lineup for Tuesday night. Giancarlo Stanton (New York Yankees) and Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels) were voted into the starting lineup for the AL. Due to injury, however, Harper and Trout will not participate in the Mid-Summer Classic.

Seven 2022 All-Stars have won a gold medal with the U.S. The roster features representatives from five different gold medal-winning teams, including three members of the 2017 World Baseball Classic team that won the organization’s first-ever championship at the event. The stars and stripes will look to defend their title in 2023 after Trout announced he will play in the World Baseball Classic next year and be the captain for Team USA.

In total, nine players competed for the Collegiate National Team, four played for the Professional National Team, four suited up for the 18U National Team, three were members of the former 16U National Team, and one appeared on the 15U National Team.

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni named 2022 MLB All-Star Game rosters is as follows:

Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball National Team Program(s):

  • Tyler Anderson; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2010 Collegiate National Team
  • *Nolan Arenado; St. Louis Cardinals; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
  • Gerrit Cole; New York Yankees; 2009 & 2010 Collegiate National Teams
  • Jake Cronenworth; San Diego Padres; 2019 Professional National Team
  • Travis d’Arnaud; Atlanta Braves; 2011 Professional National Team
  • Freddie Freeman; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2005 16U & 2006 18U National Teams
  • Paul Goldschmidt; St. Louis Cardinals; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
  • *Josh Hader; Milwaukee Brewers; 2015 Professional National Team
  • *Bryce Harper; Philadelphia Phillies; 2008 16U & 2009 18U National Teams
  • Clayton Kershaw; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2005 18U National Team
  • Manny Machado; San Diego Padres; 2009 18U National Team
  • *Carlos Rodon; San Francisco Giants; 2012 & 2013 Collegiate National Teams
  • Kyle Schwarber; Philadelphia Phillies; 2013 Collegiate National Team
  • Corey Seager; Texas Rangers; 2010 16U National Team
  • *George Springer; Toronto Blue Jays; 2010 Collegiate National Team
  • Giancarlo Stanton; New York Yankees; 2013 & 2017 World Baseball Classic Teams
  • Dansby Swanson; Atlanta Braves; 2014 Collegiate National Team
  • Jose Trevino; New York Yankees; 2012 Collegiate National Team
  • *Mike Trout; Los Angeles Angels; 2010 Professional National Team
  • Kyle Tucker; Houston Astros; 2012 15U National Team
  • Trea Turner; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2012 & 2013 Collegiate National Teams
  • *Justin Verlander; Houston Astros; 2003 Collegiate National Team

*Denotes All-Stars who are inactive

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Groups, Schedule Announced for WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup

Play opens August 26 in Hermosillo, Mexico
July 26, 2022
The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today revealed the groups, schedule and tournament format of the V WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup, which will take place from August 26 to September 4 in Hermosillo, Mexico. Based on results from the qualifiers and allocation of wild cards, the world championship event

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today revealed the groups, schedule and tournament format of the V WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup, which will take place from August 26 to September 4 in Hermosillo, Mexico.

Based on results from the qualifiers and allocation of wild cards, the world championship event in Hermosillo will feature the world's best teams and players in the respective youth category:

  • Africa (1) No. 26 South Africa
  • Americas (7) No. 4 Mexico, No. 5 USA, No. 6 Venezuela, No. 9 Cuba, No. 11 Colombia, No. 13 Panama, No. 16 Puerto Rico,
  • Asia (2) No. 1 Japan, No. 2 Chinese Taipei
  • Europe (2) No. 13 Czech Republic, No. 22 France
  • Oceania (1) No. 38 Guam

The V U-15 Baseball World Cup this year will feature 13 teams. In addition to the host and the 11 teams qualified/confirmed via the Continental Associations, the WBSC, together with the LOC, invited the defending champions USA after the cancellation of the 2020 edition, in which the USA Baseball 15U National Team had already qualified.

The 13 teams will be split into three groups to open the tournament:

  • Group A: Mexico, Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Czech Republic
  • Group B: Panama, Japan, Colombia and France
  • Group C: USA, South Africa, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Guam

Opening Day is set for August 26, with the Opening Ceremony scheduled at 6.30 pm local time. Two games will officially open the U-15 Baseball World Cup at 10:30 a.m. local time, when South Africa squares off against USA and Puerto Rico takes on Venezuela.

The top two finishers of each group in the Opening Round will advance to the Super Round from August 31 to September 2.

First- and second-place finishers from the Super Round will compete for the U-15 Baseball World Title, while third- and fourth-place national teams will play for bronze. The Finals are scheduled on September 4.

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USA Baseball Announces 2022 15U National Team Training Camp Roster

Sixty-four athletes will compete for a spot on the final 20-man national team
July 25, 2022
CARY, N.C \- USA Baseball today announced its roster for the 2022 15U National Team Training Camp, following the conclusion of the 2022 National Team Championships in Arizona and North Carolina. The 64 athletes will compete for one of 20 spots on the final 15U National Team roster from August

CARY, N.C - USA Baseball today announced its roster for the 2022 15U National Team Training Camp, following the conclusion of the 2022 National Team Championships in Arizona and North Carolina. The 64 athletes will compete for one of 20 spots on the final 15U National Team roster from August 14-23 at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.

Selected athletes were invited to Training Camp based on their performance at one of four USA Baseball sanctioned events, including the 14U and 15U National Team Championships. Thirty of this year’s Training Camp selections participated in the event in North Carolina, while 15 competed in Arizona. Thirteen other athletes were chosen from the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) Champions Cup last August, and four earned invitations from last year’s 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP).

The 2022 13U/14U ADP will take place from August 1-4 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, where eight athletes will also earn invitations to the 15U National Team Training Camp.

“We are thrilled to announce the first sixty-four athletes for the 15U National Team Training Camp,” said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. “Our coaches and task force members have identified the best ballplayers in the country, and I am confident they will exemplify all the qualities we are looking for in future members of Team USA.”

Highlighting the Training Camp roster are Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.), Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif.), Jaiden Lo Re (Phoenix, Ariz.), and Jack McKernan (Missouri City, Texas), who were all members of both the 2019 12U National Team and participants at the 2021 13U/14U ADP. In total, the roster features seven USA Baseball national team alumni and 13 players from last year’s 13U/14U ADP.

The roster features players from 24 different states across the country. California leads the way with 17 selections, followed by Texas with 11.

Leading Team USA in 2022 is Manager Drew Briese, who will make his Team USA managerial debut. He began his national team coaching career in 2016 when he served as an assistant coach for the 15U National Team, where he helped lead the stars and stripes to a bronze medal at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup. Most recently, Briese served as the field coordinator at the 2021 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP) and has held numerous other roles as a pitching coach, assistant coach, and evaluator for Team USA since 2013. He finished his sixth season as the head coach at his alma mater Centre College (Danville, Ky.) in 2022.

Joining Briese on the 15U National Team coaching staff in 2022 will be assistant coaches Steve Butler and Jeff Sherman, as well as pitching coach Rob Shabansky.

Fans can follow along with the action by following @USABaseball15U on Twitter and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.

The 2022 15U National Team Training Camp Roster is as follows:

2022 15U National Team Training Camp Roster

(Name; Position; Hometown)

  • Bruin Agbayani; INF; Mililani, Hawaii
  • Aiden Arnett; OF; Stoughton, Wis.
  • Chase Bentley; RHP; Granite Bay, Calif.
  • David Bernstine; INF; Vallejo, Calif.
  • Carson Bolemon; LHP/INF; Greenville, S.C.
  • Nicholas Bradley; RHP; Clarks Summit, Pa.
  • Zane Burns; RHP; Chandler, Ariz.
  • Marcus Cantu; INF/OF; Friendswood, Texas
  • Deion Cole; OF; Acworth, Ga.
  • Andrew Costello; C; Fairview, Pa.
  • Justice De Jong; RHP/INF; New York, N.Y.
  • *John Dolan; C/INF; Kailua, Hawaii
  • Ethan Downum; LHP/OF; Frisco, Texas
  • ^Brady Ebel; INF/RHP; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
  • Hayden Elchlepp; OF; Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Magdiel Estevez; OF/LHP; Miami, Fla.
  • *^Gavin Fien; INF; Temecula, Calif.
  • Lucas Franco; INF; Katy, Texas
  • Cody Freitas; RHP; Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Hamilton Friedberg; OF; Lakewood, Calif.
  • Gian Gamelli; LHP/INF; Wenham, Mass.
  • ^Dean Hannah; C/INF; China Spring, Texas
  • Alex Harrington; INF; San Diego, Calif.
  • Hunter Harrington; OF; San Diego, Calif.
  • Brayden Harris; RHP; Orange Park, Fla.
  • Chandler Hart; LHP; Allen, Texas
  • ^Ryan Harwood; RHP/INF; Chandler, Ariz.
  • *^Rashad Hayes; OF; Oakland, Calif.
  • Ethan Holliday; INF; Stillwater, Okla.
  • Reid Jacobson; INF/RHP; Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Brayden Jaksa; C; Fremont, Calif.
  • ^Coy James; INF/RHP; Advance, N.C.
  • Finn Leach; INF; Seattle, Wash.
  • Lyndon Lee; INF/OF; Las Vegas, Nev.
  • *Brenden Lewis; INF/RHP; Santee, Calif.
  • *^Jaiden Lo Re; INF/RHP/C; Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Jacob Lombard; INF; Pinecrest, Fla.
  • Danny Machado; INF/RHP; Pembroke Pines, Fla.
  • *^Jack McKernan; LHP/OF; Missouri City, Texas
  • *Alexander Mercurius; RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Anthony Murphy; OF; Corona, Calif.
  • ^Brady Murrietta; C; Yorba Linda, Calif.
  • Sebastian Norman; OF/RHP; Springfield, Mo.
  • ^Luke Pappano; LHP/OF; Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dane Perry; C/RHP; Friendswood, Texas
  • Beau Peterson; RHP/INF; Shawnee, Kan.
  • Davidenko Rodriguez; INF/OF; Katy, Texas
  • Jack Ryan; RHP; Cincinnati, Ohio
  • ^Kruz Schoolcraft; LHP; Beaverton, Ore.
  • ^Miles Scott; OF; Anaheim Hills, Calif.
  • Sebastian Segura; INF; Spring, Texas
  • Omar Serna; C/RHP; Pearland, Texas
  • Rookie Shepard; C/INF; North Las Vegas, Nev.
  • John Short; INF/RHP/OF; Anaheim, Calif.
  • Miguel Sime Jr.; RHP; Queens Village, N.Y.
  • Jacob Smith; INF/RHP; Winston Salem, N.C.
  • Shawn Sullivan; RHP; Barberton, Ohio
  • ^Titan Targac; LHP; Flatonia, Texas
  • Tate Troxell; RHP; Noblesville, Ind.
  • Mason Tymick; RHP; Torrance, Calif.
  • Hunter Watson; RHP; Tuttle, Okla.
  • Ethan Wheeler; RHP; Middleburg, Fla.
  • John Austin Wood; C/INF; Tupelo, Miss.
  • Joshua Woodworth; INF/RHP; Ventura, Calif.

* denotes national team alumna

^ denotes National Team Development Program participant

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Twenty Alumni Taken in First Round of 2022 MLB Draft

18U National Team alum Jackson Holliday selected first overall
July 18, 2022
CARY, N.C. – Twenty USA Baseball alumni were selected in the first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Sunday night, beginning with the number one overall pick Jackson Holliday. USA Baseball has now had 550 total athletes drafted in the first round since 1972, and 2022 marks the

CARY, N.C. – Twenty USA Baseball alumni were selected in the first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Sunday night, beginning with the number one overall pick Jackson Holliday. USA Baseball has now had 550 total athletes drafted in the first round since 1972, and 2022 marks the 19th time in the last 22 years that the first overall pick played for Team USA.

Holliday (No. 1, Baltimore Orioles) became the 36th USA Baseball national team alum to be taken with the first overall pick, following Spencer Torkelson (2020), Adley Rutschman (2019), Casey Mize (2018), Royce Lewis (2017), Mickey Moniak (2016), Dansby Swanson (2015), Brady Aiken (2014), Mark Appel (2013), Gerrit Cole (2011), and Bryce Harper (2010). The Orioles have now selected a USA Baseball alum all three times it has had the first overall pick in the Draft (Holliday [2022], Rutschman [2019], and Ben McDonald [1989]) and have taken a USA Baseball alumnus in the first round in the last four consecutive years (Holliday [2022], Dylan Beavers [2022], Colton Cowser [2021], Heston Kjerstad [2020], and Rutschman [2019]).

Six consecutive alums were picked to begin the Draft for the second time in the organization’s history after a record nine-straight were taken to kick off the MLB Draft in 2007. Following Holliday at number one were Druw Jones (No. 2, Arizona Diamondbacks), Kumar Rocker (No. 3, Texas Rangers), Termarr Johnson (No. 4, Pittsburgh Pirates), Elijah Green (No. 5, Washington Nationals), and Jacob Berry (No. 6, Miami Marlins).

Additionally, 11 of the first 12 selections in the 2022 Draft have donned the red, white, and blue in their career. Brooks Lee was taken with the eighth overall pick by the Minnesota Twins, followed by Gavin Cross (No. 9, Kansas City Royals), Gabriel Hughes (No. 10, Colorado Rockies), Kevin Parada (No. 11, New York Mets), and Jace Jung (No. 12, Detroit Tigers).

Collegiate National Team alum Daniel Susac was the next USA Baseball player taken with the 19th pick by the Oakland A’s and the opening round ended with eight more Team USA members selected: Owen Murphy (No. 20, Atlanta Braves), Brandon Barriera (No. 23, Toronto Blue Jays), Mikey Romero (No. 24, Boston Red Sox), Drew Gilbert (No. 28, Houston Astros), Reggie Crawford (No. 30, San Francisco Giants), Dylan Beavers (No. 33, Baltimore Orioles), Landon Sims (No. 34, Arizona Diamondbacks), and Justin Campbell (No. 37, Cleveland Guardians).

Four national team programs were represented in the 2022 Draft, including 12 players from the Collegiate National Team, six from the 18U National Team, five from the 15U National Team, and three from the 12U National Team.

In total, 27 of the players taken in the first round have participated in USA Baseball national team and national team development programs, including 13 athletes from the 2019 Prospect Development Pipeline League and 9 from the USA Baseball National Team Development Program.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni selected in the first round of the 2022 MLB Draft is as follows:

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

  • 1-1; Jackson Holliday; Baltimore Orioles; 2021 18U
  • 1-2; Druw Jones; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2021 18U
  • 1-3; Kumar Rocker; Texas Rangers; 2017 18U
  • 1-4; Termarr Johnson; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2019 15U, 2021 18U
  • 1-5; Elijah Green; Washington Nationals; 2021 18U
  • 1-6; Jacob Berry; Miami Marlins; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-8; Brooks Lee; Minnesota Twins; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-9; Gavin Cross; Kansas City Royals; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-10; Gabriel Hughes; Colorado Rockies; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-11; Kevin Parada; New York Mets; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-12; Jace Jung; Detroit Tigers; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-19; Daniel Susac; Oakland A’s; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-20; Owen Murphy; Atlanta Braves; 2021 18U
  • 1-23; Brandon Barriera; Toronto Blue Jays; 2016 12U, 2019 15U
  • 1-24; Mikey Romero; Boston Red Sox; 2016 12U, 2019 15U
  • 1-28; Drew Gilbert; Houston Astros; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-30; Reggie Crawford; San Francisco Giants; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-33; Dylan Beavers; Baltimore Orioles; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-34; Landon Sims; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2016 15U, 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-37; Justin Campbell; Cleveland Guardians; 2013 12U, 2016 15U, 2021 Collegiate
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Paul Seiler Reelected to WBSC Executive Board

Seiler’s third consecutive term to last through 2025
July 6, 2022
TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan –The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced Monday that USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler was reelected to its Executive Board for a third term through 2025. His reappointment came during the IV WBSC Congress in Taipei City, Taiwan. Seiler was first elected as a member-at-large in

TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced Monday that USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler was reelected to its Executive Board for a third term through 2025. His reappointment came during the IV WBSC Congress in Taipei City, Taiwan. Seiler was first elected as a member-at-large in 2017.

The WBSC is the world governing body for the sports of baseball, softball, and Baseball5. It was established in 2013 by the merger of the International Baseball Federation and International Softball Federation.

"My congratulations to Paul for his reelection on the WBSC Executive Board,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “He has been an instrumental part of the WBSC's development and the growth of baseball around the world. He is a dear friend and colleague ever since we first started working together at IBAF and I'm pleased to have Paul continue on the WBSC Executive Board with many exciting projects ahead of us, including the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games." 

“We are delighted that USA Baseball, and in particular Paul Seiler, will continue to serve as members of the WBSC leadership team,” said USA Baseball President Mike Gaski. “His reelection to a third term is a testament to the respect and admiration he and USA Baseball hold among the global leaders of our game. We look forward to witnessing the growth of baseball globally under his continued leadership.”

“I am both honored and humbled to continue serving on the WBSC Executive Board,” said Seiler. “I cannot overstate the importance of leading by example and USA Baseball continues to be one of the foremost ambassadors for baseball globally thanks to a tremendous team of people dedicated to the care and proliferation of our game in the United States. It continues to be my privilege to represent them among the leaders for baseball with the WBSC as we collectively aim to develop, strengthen, and grow our beloved game domestically and internationally.”

A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Seiler joined USA Baseball in 1988 and was later named Executive Director/CEO in October 2000 after serving as the organization’s Director of National Team Operations from 1997–1999. During his tenure, USA Baseball has forged a long-term partnership with Major League Baseball, achieved record success by its national teams, and experienced unprecedented internal growth.

In 2000, Seiler worked closely with Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association, and the United States Olympic Paralympic Committee (USOPC) to help lead Team USA to its first Olympic gold medal at the Sydney Games. In addition to being elected to the Executive Committee of the WBSC in 2017, he also served as the Second Vice Chairman for the WBSC’s Baseball Division. Seiler was also one of two technical delegates for baseball in the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Most recently, he led the Professional National Team program to a silver medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after helping baseball return to the Olympic Programme for the first time since 2008.

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Student-Athletes From Around The Nation Invited To Play In The High School All-American Game At Dodger Stadium On Friday, July 15th

July 1, 2022
Major League Baseball and USA Baseball today announced the roster for the third edition of the “High School All-American Game,” scheduled at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 15th as part of 2022 MLB All- Star Week in Los Angeles. This premier All-Star showcase game will feature a roster of nearly

Major League Baseball and USA Baseball today announced the roster for the third edition of the “High School All-American Game,” scheduled at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 15th as part of 2022 MLB All- Star Week in Los Angeles. This premier All-Star showcase game will feature a roster of nearly 40 participants who are some of the top U.S.-based high school baseball prospects for next year’s MLB Draft (2023). The livestream of the High School All-American Game on MLB.com, starting at approximately 6:00 p.m. ET, will be produced by MLB Network with Scott Braun, Harold Reynolds and Jonathan Mayo on the call, with AJ Andrews serving as a sideline reporter. The game will re-air on MLB Network at Noon ET on Saturday, July 16th.

Players represent 16 States from around the Nation, notably three players from Southern California (Los Angeles and Orange Counties). Several players featured in the High School All-American Game have previously participated in diversity-focused development initiatives led by MLB & USA Baseball, which include the Breakthrough SeriesDREAM Series and Hank Aaron Invitational (also supported jointly by the MLB- MLBPA Youth Development Foundation). These players include: Antonio Anderson (Hank Aaron Invitational, Breakthrough Series), Justin Best (Hank Aaron Invitational, Breakthrough Series, DREAM Series), Dillon Head (Hank Aaron Invitational, Breakthrough Series, DREAM Series), Zion Rose (Hank Aaron Invitational, DREAM Series) and Nazzan Zanetello (Breakthrough Series).

Additional USA Baseball roster notes:

  • 37 of the 40 High School All-American Game players are currently at the Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP)
  • League, being held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., featuring the country’s best 18-and-under players and serving as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team.
  • Four of these student-athletes are USA Baseball national team alumni:
  • Gavin Grahovac: 2017 12U National Team (*World Championship Team*)
  • Walker Jenkins: 2021 18U National Team
  • Blake Mitchell: 2021 18U National Team
  • George Wolkow: 2021 15U National Team
  • 15 players have participated in a USA Baseball National Team Development Program.

Following is the roster for the High School All-American Game (subject to change):

(Name; Position; School; Hometown)

  • Daniel Cholowsky; 3B/SS; Hamilton High School; Chandler, Ariz.
  • Ryder Helfrick; C; Clayton Valley Charter; Discovery Bay, Calif
  • Nolan Stevens; 1B/OF; Franklin High School; Elk Grove, Calif.
  • Eric Bitonti; SS; Aquinas High School; Hesperia, Calif.
  • Aidan Keenan; RHP; Live Oak High School; Morgan Hill, Calif.
  • Gavin Grahovac; OF; Villa Park High School; Orange, Calif.
  • Roman Martin; SS; Servite High School; Whittier, Calif.
  • Dean West; OF; Notre Dame High School; Woodland Hills, Calif.
  • Christian Rodriguez; RHP; Marjory Stonemason Douglas; Coral Springs, Fla.
  • Charles Soto; RHP; Reborn Christian Academy; Largo, Fla.
  • Braden Holcomb; SS; Foundation Academy; Ocoee, Fla.
  • Landen Maroudis; RHP; Calvary Christian High School; Largo, Fla.
  • Garrett Baumann; RHP; Hagerty High School; Oviedo, Fla.
  • Liam Peterson; RHP; Calvary Christian High School; Palm Harbor, Fla.
  • Wes Mendes; LHP; Jesuit High School; Tampa, Fla.
  • Aidan Miller; SS; JW Mitchell High School; Trinity, Fla.
  • Arjun Nimmala; SS; Strawberry Crest High School; Valrico, Fla.
  • Antonio Anderson; SS; North Atlanta High School; Atlanta, Ga.
  • Dylan Cupp; 3B/SS; Cedartown High School; Cedartown, Ga.
  • James Hays; RHP; Westfield School; Hawkinsville, Ga.
  • Zion Rose; C; Brother Rice High School; Chicago, Ill.
  • George Wolkow; 3B/OF; Downers Grove North; Downers Grove, Ill.
  • Dillon Head; OF; Homewood Flossmoor Community HS; Glenwood, Ill.
  • Zander Mueth; RHP; Belleville East High School; Swansea, Ill.
  • Maxwell Clark; OF; Frank Community High School; Franklin, Ind.
  • Cameron Johnson; LHP; Bishop McNamara High School; Upper Marlboro, Md.
  • Nazzan Zanetello; SS/OF; Christian Brothers College High School; Florissant, Mo.
  • Campbell Smithwick; C; Oxford High School; Oxford, Miss.
  • Justin Best; OF; Combine Academy; Cornelius, N.C.
  • Walker Jenkins; OF; South Brunswick High School; Oak Island, N.C.
  • Chance Mako; RHP; East Rowan High School; Salisbury, N.C.
  • Josh Knoth; RHP; Patchogue Medford High School; Medford, N.Y.
  • Paul Wilson; RHP; Lakeridge High School; West Linn, Ore.
  • Kevin McGonigle; SS; Monsignor Bonner High School; Aldan, Pa.
  • Travis Skyora; RHP; Round Rock High School; Round Rock, Texas
  • Blake Mitchell; C/RHP; Sinton High School; Sinton, Texas
  • Bryce Eldridge; RHP; James Madison High School; Vienna, Va.
  • Dylan Questad; RHP; Waterford High School; Waterford, Wis.

The High School All-American Game will be helmed by an All-Star cast of coaches, including Managers Andre Ethier (former All-Star OF for the Dodgers) and David Eckstein (2002 World Series Champion with the Angels; 2015 18U National Team assistant coach), who will be supported by Reggie Smith (former All-Star OF for the Dodgers; 1981 World Series Champion with the Dodgers; 2000 Sydney Olympic Games assistant coach), Brad Penny (former All-Star SP for the Dodgers; 2021 18U National Team pitching coach), Jack Wilson (former All-Star SS; greater Los Angeles native; 2021 18U National Team assistant coach), Reggie Williams (former Dodgers and Angels OF), Don Cooper (former Major League pitcher and pitching coach), John Sarna (Chicago Scouts Association) and Derek Gittus (Head Baseball Coach, Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island).

This year at the High School All-American Game, Chevrolet will award the “MLB Develops MVP Award presented by Chevrolet” to the player who exhibits quality on-field performance, defensively or offensively, as voted on by MLB Development staff at the conclusion of the game. Winners will be featured on MLBN, MLB.com and @MLBDevelops social accounts. All MLB Develops MVPs will be invited to Game 2 of the World Series to celebrate their accomplishment.

Eight of the All-American players will compete in the annual “High School Home Run Derby,” scheduled for Saturday, July 16th at Dodger Stadium. MLB.com will livestream this round, with commentary by BraunJim Callis and Sande Charles. The players will vie for a chance to compete in the Finals during breaks of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday, July 18th.

“The High School All-American Game continues to be one of the must-see events on the amateur scouting calendar. We are extremely excited about the collection of talent that has been assembled to participate in this year’s event,” said Chuck Fox, Director of Baseball & Softball Development, MLB.

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USA Baseball Reveals 2022 15U National Team Coaching Staff

Drew Briese to make his managerial debut, lead Team USA in 2022
June 10, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today revealed the coaching staff for the 2022 15U National Team, highlighted by the naming of Drew Briese as manager. Briese, who will make his Team USA managerial debut in 2022, will be joined by pitching coach Rob Shabansky and assistant coaches Steve Butler and

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today revealed the coaching staff for the 2022 15U National Team, highlighted by the naming of Drew Briese as manager. Briese, who will make his Team USA managerial debut in 2022, will be joined by pitching coach Rob Shabansky and assistant coaches Steve Butler and Jeff Sherman, each of whom are returning to the program after serving in the same roles in 2021.

“We are excited to have Drew at the helm of this year’s 15U National Team,” said USA Baseball 15U National Team Program Director Charles Lane. “His commitment to USA Baseball over the years has been substantial and he brings a wealth of knowledge that makes him a great leader for these young athletes. We are confident that Drew and the rest of this veteran coaching staff will lead our team to great success this summer.”

"I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to represent the United States as manager,” said Briese. “USA Baseball has an incredibly high standard for excellence and that excites me as a coach. I am certain that our staff will assemble a team that is capable and confident. Our team will be incredibly talented, but, more importantly, they will be united in our mission to represent the stars and stripes in a positive manner.”

Briese brings an abundance of experience to his first-ever Team USA managerial role. He began his national team coaching career in 2016 when he served as an assistant coach for the 15U National Team, where he helped lead the stars and stripes to a bronze medal at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup. Briese was also a coach at the 2015 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) before returning to the staff as pitching coach in 2019. Most recently, Briese served as the field coordinator at the 2021 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP) and has held numerous other roles as a pitching coach, assistant coach, and evaluator for Team USA since 2013.

Just recently finishing his sixth season as the head coach at Centre College (Danville, Ky.), Briese led the Colonels to a program-best 24 wins in 2019 and a fourth-place finish in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) in 2021, the program’s highest finish since the conference’s inception in 2013. He recently picked up his 100th career victory as head coach on April 2, 2022, reaching the mark faster than any other coach in program history. Before his time at Centre, Briese spent 10 seasons as part of the coaching staff at Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, Ala.) and helped lead the Panthers to 10 regular season and conference tournament titles, and four straight Division III Regional appearances. In Briese’s final season with the program, Birmingham-Southern led the country in hits (516) and ranked seventh in the nation in doubles (99).

In his seventh appearance on a national team coaching staff, Shabansky brings a wealth of international experience. After making his national team coaching debut as an assistant coach with the 2011 16U National Team, Shabansky served as the pitching coach for the 2015 and 2016 15U National Teams before being elevated to manager in 2017. In that role, he led the U.S. to a 7-1 overall record and a COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships gold medal. He has guided four national teams he has worked with to gold medals and, under his direction, the 2015 and 2016 15U pitching staffs recorded collective ERAs of 3.36 and 2.57, respectively. Additionally, he served as a pitching coach for the 2016 14U NTDP and the pitching coordinator at the 2019 14U NTDP. Most recently, Shabansky served as the pitching coach for the 2021 15U National Team.

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Shabansky was a standout pitcher for the Wildcats baseball program. As a sophomore, he led the Wildcats in wins (8) and ERA (3.86). He was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1998 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft and played four seasons of professional baseball. Shabansky just wrapped up his 15th season at the helm at GateWay Community College (Phoenix, Ariz.), where he led the Geckos to the NJCAA Division II Baseball World Series Championship Game in 2016.

Butler returns to the staff as an assistant coach in 2022 after earning his first national team assignment last summer. Currently the head coach at Eagan High School (Eagan, Minn.), Butler is a veteran of USA Baseball events having coached at the 14U NTDP in 2015 and 2017 and 15U National Team Trials in 2016, 2018, and 2019. Prior to coaching at Eagan, Butler was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Concordia University, St. Paul, from 2009-2017, where he worked with hitters and defense. During his collegiate career, he was a team captain who started in 101 games for the Golden Bears, hitting .313 and helping lead the team to the school’s first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championship in 2003. Butler played professional baseball from 2005-2010, recording 244 hits and 86 RBIs in 347 games.

Sherman also returns in 2022 for his second stint as a national team assistant coach after making his debut a summer ago. He brings a bevy of experience after serving on the task force at multiple USA Baseball events throughout his career, including the National Team Championships and National Team Identification Series (NTIS). Sherman recently finished his 10th year as the head coach at Marcus High School (Flower Mound, Texas) and holds an overall record of 258-76 in that time. In his first season at the helm, the program was ranked third in Texas and as high as 24th nationally as Sherman led the Marauders to a 32-8 record and a 2013 regional semifinals appearance. He also set the program record for most wins in a single season (32) in 2013 and guided his team to the regional finals in 2014. Following the 2014 run, Sherman was named the District 6-6A Coach of the Year for the first time before earning the honor again in 2019 and, most recently, in 2021. Additionally, six of his former players have gone on to be selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Prior to his time at Marcus High School, he served as an assistant coach at Centennial High School (Frisco, Texas) from 2007-2012. In his playing days, Sherman was a two-time NAIA All-American at Missouri Baptist University in 2002 and 2003.

The 2022 National Team Championships in Arizona and North Carolina along with the 2022 13U/14U ADP will serve as two of the four primary identification events for the 2022 15U National Team. Fifty-five athletes will be identified from the events, joining 13 players who were previously identified from last year’s 14U NTIS Champions Cup and four players from last year’s 13U/14U ADP. Those 72 players will then compete at the 2022 15U National Team Trials for a spot on the final 20-man 15U National Team roster.

The final 2022 15U National Team schedule will be announced at a later date.

For the most up-to-date information on the 15U National Team, be sure to follow @USABaseball15U and @USABaseball on Twitter.

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Twenty USA Baseball Alumni and Development Program Participants Named Gatorade State Baseball Players of the Year

Ten national team alumni earned Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year honors
June 3, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced that 10 USA Baseball national team alumni and 20 total development program participants were awarded 2022 Gatorade Player of the Year awards for baseball in their respective states. The award is given to the nation’s most outstanding high school talents for their athletic

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced that 10 USA Baseball national team alumni and 20 total development program participants were awarded 2022 Gatorade Player of the Year awards for baseball in their respective states. The award is given to the nation’s most outstanding high school talents for their athletic development, academic excellence, and exemplary character.

“We are extremely proud of our twenty alumni and development program participants for earning Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year honors to cap off their high school baseball careers,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball’s Executive Director and CEO. “Our goal as the national governing body for baseball is to identify premier athletes and contribute to their growth through our events, programs, and national teams. Witnessing these young athletes being honored with an award like this reinforces that we are succeeding in our goals and positively influencing their ongoing development.”

Highlighting the national team alumni on the list is gold medalist Logan Saloman. Saloman was named Arizona’s Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year three years after winning the World Baseball Softball (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier in 2019. En route to gold, he struck out 16 batters in his 12 innings of work and finished with a 1-0 record after making three appearances on the mound for the stars and stripes.

Of the 10 alumni, nine were members of the 2021 18U National Team that went 5-1-1 in an international friendship series against Canada: Joe Allen (New Hampshire), Gavin Guidry (Louisiana), Jackson Holliday (Oklahoma), Walker Jenkins (North Carolina), Druw Jones (Georgia), Mike Kennedy (New York), Paxton Kling (Pennsylvania), Blake Mitchell (Texas), and Owen Murphy (Illinois). The U.S. outscored Canada 60-11 last summer, tallying 23 extra-base hits and holding a minuscule 1.53 team ERA in the seven-game series in Florida.

In addition to their national team experiences, all 10 national team alums have also participated in a USA Baseball development program event. Jenkins, Mitchell, and Saloman were members of a National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster in their careers and are joined by fellow NTDP participants Maxwell Clark (Indiana) and Malcolm Moore (California) on the list of Gatorade State Baseball Players of the Year. The USA Baseball NTDP offers 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 both a player and a person.

Allen, Guidry, Holliday, Jones, Kennedy, Kling, Moore, and Murphy all participated in the 2021 PDP League last year as part of the broader Major League Baseball and USA Baseball Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP). The event is an invitation-based development and assessment opportunity for high school players eligible for the following year’s MLB Draft. It provides athletes with an unprecedented amateur experience, including competitive gameplay, player development sessions, educational seminars, and additional programming to prepare players for a professional baseball career. Their fellow teammates Caden Dana (New Jersey), Cooper Dossett (Arkansas), Karson Milbrandt (Missouri), Drew Nelson (Alabama), Brock Porter (Michigan), JR Ritchie (Washington), Matt Scott (Connecticut), and Tristan Smith (South Carolina) also earned Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year honors after participating the in 2021 PDP League.

Additionally, 26 of the Gatorade State Baseball Players of the Year have competed in a USA Baseball identification event or the National High School Invitational (NHSI). The 2022 NHSI featured five eventual winners, including champion Roman Anthony (Marjory Stoneman Douglas; Florida), Dana (Don Bosco Prep; New Jersey), Seth Keller (Hanover; Virginia), Dallas Macias (Regis Jesuit; Colorado), and Saloman (Hamilton; Arizona).

Twenty of the award recipients have played in a USA Baseball National Team Championship (seven in Arizona and 15 in North Carolina) while nine were selected to their region team and played in the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series Champions Cup.

Seventeen of the award recipients have played in the USA Baseball National Team Championships in North Carolina.

For more information on the Gatorade Player of the Year award, visit the official website at Gatorade.com/POY.

The complete list of USA Baseball national team alumni, development program, and event participants who were named 2022 Gatorade State Baseball Players of the Year is as follows:

GATORADE STATE BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR x NATIONAL TEAM ALUMNI AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS

(State: Name; USA Baseball national team/development program)

  • Alabama: Drew Nelson; 2021 PDP League
  • Arizona: Logan Saloman*; 2018 14U NTDP, 2019 15U National Team
  • Arkansas: Cooper Dossett; 2021 PDP League
  • California: Malcolm Moore; 2019 16U NTDP, 2021 PDP League
  • Connecticut: Matt Scott; 2021 PDP League
  • Georgia: Druw Jones*; 2021 PDP League, 2021 18U National Team
  • Illinois: Owen Murphy*; 2021 PDP League, 2021 18U National Team
  • Indiana: Maxwell Clark; 2021 16U/17U NTDP
  • Louisiana: Gavin Guidry*; 2021 PDP League, 2021 18U National Team
  • Michigan: Brock Porter; 2021 PDP League
  • Missouri: Karson Milbrandt; 2021 PDP League
  • New Hampshire: Joe Allen*; 2021 PDP League, 2021 18U National Team
  • New Jersey: Caden Dana; 2021 PDP League
  • New York: Mike Kennedy*; 2021 PDP League, 2021 18U National Team
  • North Carolina: Walker Jenkins*; 2021 16U/17U NTDP, 2021 18U National Team
  • Oklahoma: Jackson Holliday*; 2021 PDP League, 2021 18U National Team
  • Pennsylvania: Paxton Kling*; 2021 PDP League, 2021 18U National Team
  • South Carolina: Tristan Smith; 2021 PDP League
  • Texas: Blake Mitchell*; 2021 16U/17U NTDP, 2021 18U National Team
  • Washington: JR Ritchie; 2021 PDP League

*denotes USA Baseball National Team alumni

GATORADE STATE BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR x USA BASEBALL EVENTS PARTICIPANTS

(State: Name; USA Baseball event)

  • Alabama; Drew Nelson; Champs North Carolina
  • Arizona; Logan Saloman; Champs Arizona, NHSI, NTIS
  • Arkansas; Cooper Dossett; Champs Arizona, NTIS
  • California; Malcolm Moore; Champs Arizona
  • Colorado; Dallas Macias; Champs North Carolina, NHSI, NTIS
  • Florida; Roman Anthony; Champs North Carolina, NHSI
  • Hawaii; Nu'u Contrades; Champs Arizona
  • Illinois; Owen Murphy; Champs North Carolina
  • Maryland; Chris Hacopian; Champs North Carolina
  • Michigan; Brock Porter; Champs North Carolina
  • Mississippi; Dakota Jordan; Champs North Carolina
  • Nevada; Robby Snelling; Champs Arizona, Champs North Carolina
  • New York; Mike Kennedy; Champs North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania; Paxton Kling; Champs North Carolina
  • South Carolina; Tristan Smith; Champs North Carolina
  • Tennessee; Dylan Loy; Champs North Carolina
  • Texas; Blake Mitchell; Champs North Carolina, NTIS
  • Utah; Luke Anderson; Champs Arizona
  • Washington; JR Ritchie; Champs Arizona, Champs North Carolina
  • Wisconsin; Mitch Voit; Champs North Carolina
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USA Baseball Boasts 160 Alumni on Opening Day Rosters

All 30 Clubs feature at least one former member of a national team
April 8, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball announced today that 160 alumni kicked off the 2022 Major League Baseball season on Opening Day rosters. All 30 Major League Clubs feature at least one former USA Baseball national team member to begin the season for the first time since 2019. The Arizona Diamondbacks,

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball announced today that 160 alumni kicked off the 2022 Major League Baseball season on Opening Day rosters. All 30 Major League Clubs feature at least one former USA Baseball national team member to begin the season for the first time since 2019.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, and Seattle Mariners each boast 10 former Team USA members on their rosters to lead all Clubs. The Oakland Athletics have eight on their roster, and seven alums are with the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels, and Los Angeles Dodgers.

In total, 20 of the 30 Clubs feature five or more players who suited up for the red, white, and blue in international competition.

Nine USA Baseball alums debuted on an MLB roster to begin the 2022 season: CJ Abrams (San Diego Padres), Hunter Greene (Cincinnati Reds), Zach Jackson (Oakland Athletics), Jacob Lemoine (Oakland Athletics), Andre Pallante (St. Louis Cardinals), Konnor Pilkington (Cleveland Guardians), Bryson Stott (Philadelphia Phillies), Spencer Torkelson (Detroit Tigers), and Bobby Witt Jr. (Kansas City Royals).

Four alums were named as the Opening Day starting pitchers for the respective clubs: Walker Buehler (Los Angeles Dodgers), Gerrit Cole (New York Yankees), Robbie Ray (Seattle Mariners), and Joe Ryan (Minnesota Twins). Ryan most recently won a silver medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with Team USA, where he went 1-0 in two appearances with 8 strikeouts in 10.1 innings. He will face-off against fellow alum Ray when the Mariners and Twins open their season this afternoon.

Reigning NL MVP and three-time alum Bryce Harper begins his 11th season in the bigs and is one of six Golden Spikes Award winners who earned an Opening Day roster spot. Joining Harper are Andrew Benintendi (Kansas City Royals), Kris Bryant (Colorado Rockies), David Price (Los Angeles Dodgers), Andrew Vaughn (Chicago White Sox), and Mike Zunino (Tampa Bay Rays).

Additionally, eight alumni are managing around the league, including Aaron Boone (New York Yankees), Terry Francona (Cleveland Indians), Joe Girardi (Philadelphia Phillies), AJ Hinch (Detroit Tigers), Mark Kotsay (Oakland Athletics), Dave Roberts (Los Angeles Dodgers), David Ross (Chicago Cubs), and Scott Servais (Seattle Mariners). Francona is the only alum managing an MLB team that has played and coached for a USA Baseball national team.

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni by Major League Club on 2022 Opening Day rosters is as follows:

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Seth Beer: 2016 & 2017 Collegiate
  • Zach Davies: 2007 14U
  • Carson Kelly: 2010 16U; 2011 18U
  • Ian Kennedy: 2002 18U; 2004 & 2005 Collegiate
  • Jake McCarthy: 2017 Collegiate
  • Mark Melancon: 2005 Collegiate; 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Noe Ramirez: 2010 Collegiate
  • Daulton Varsho: 2019 Professional
  • Luke Weaver: 2013 Collegiate
  • J.B. Wendelken: 2015 Professional

Atlanta Braves

  • Ian Anderson: 2015 18U
  • Travis d'Arnaud: 2011 Professional
  • Alex Dickerson: 2010 Collegiate
  • AJ Minter: 2014 Collegiate
  • Matt Olson: 2010 16U
  • Dansby Swanson: 2014 Collegiate
  • Kyle Wright: 2016 Collegiate

Baltimore Orioles

  • DJ Stewart: 2014 Collegiate
  • Dillon Tate: 2014 Collegiate

Boston Red Sox

  • Christian Arroyo: 2012 18U
  • Matt Barnes: 2010 Collegiate
  • Jackie Bradley Jr.: 2010 Collegiate
  • Bobby Dalbec: 2015 Collegiate; 2019 Professional
  • Tanner Houck: 2015 & 2016 Collegiate; 2019 Professional
  • Alex Verdugo: 2010 16U
  • Michael Wacha: 2011 Collegiate

Chicago Cubs

  • Mychal Givens: 2006 16U; 2007 18U; 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Nico Hoerner: 2011 14U; 2012 15U
  • Nick Madrigal: 2011 14U; 2012 15U; 2014 18U; 2017 Collegiate
  • David Robertson: 2017 World Baseball Classic; 2021 Olympic
  • Drew Smyly: 2011 Professional; 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Marcus Stroman: 2011 Collegiate; 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Keegan Thompson: 2011 16U; 2012 18U

Chicago White Sox

  • Jake Burger: 2016 Collegiate
  • Yasmani Grandal: 2009 Collegiate
  • Josh Harrison: 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • A.J. Pollock: 2011 Professional
  • Andrew Vaughn: 2013 15U; 2017 & 2018 Collegiate; 2019 Professional

Cincinnati Reds

  • Kyle Farmer: 2012 Collegiate
  • Hunter Greene: 2014 15U; 2015 & 2016 18U
  • Ryan Hendrix: 2015 Collegiate
  • Mike Moustakas: 2006 18U; 2010 Professional
  • Tyler Naquin: 2011 Collegiate

Cleveland Guardians

  • Logan Allen: 2016 18U; 2019 Collegiate
  • Anthony Gose: 2021 Olympic
  • Konnor Pilkington: 2017 Collegiate
  • Bradley Zimmer: 2013 Collegiate

Colorado Rockies

  • Daniel Bard: 2003 18U; 2004 Collegiate
  • Kris Bryant: 2012 Collegiate
  • Garrett Hampson: 2015 Collegiate
  • Sam Hilliard: 2007 16U
  • Dom Nunez: 2011 16U; 2012 18U
  • Jordan Sheffield: 2011 16U

Detroit Tigers

  • Robbie Grossman: 2007 18U
  • Alex Lange: 2016 Collegiate
  • Austin Meadows: 2011 16U
  • Casey Mize: 2017 Collegiate
  • Spencer Torkelson: 2018 & 2019 Collegiate

Houston Astros

  • Alex Bregman: 2010 16U; 2011 18U; 2013 & 2014 Collegiate; 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Jason Castro: 2009 Professional
  • Ryne Stanek: 2011 & 2012 Collegiate
  • Kyle Tucker: 2012 15U
  • Justin Verlander: 2003 Collegiate

Kansas City Royals

  • Cam Gallagher: 2015 Professional
  • Bobby Witt Jr.: 2018 18U

Los Angeles Angels

  • Jo Adell: 2019 Professional
  • Reid Detmers: 2019 Collegiate
  • Michael Lorenzen: 2008 16U; 2010 18U; 2011 & 2012 Collegiate
  • Anthony Rendon: 2010 Collegiate
  • Max Stassi: 2006 & 2007 16U; 2008 18U
  • Kurt Suzuki: 2006 Professional
  • Mike Trout: 2010 Professional

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Tyler Anderson: 2010 Collegiate
  • Walker Buehler: 2014 Collegiate
  • Freddie Freeman: 2005 16U; 2006 18U
  • Clayton Kershaw: 2005 18U
  • Craig Kimbrel: 2013 World Baseball Classic
  • David Price: 2005 & 2006 Collegiate
  • Trea Turner: 2012 & 2013 Collegiate

Miami Marlins

  • Cody Poteet: 2008 14U

Milwaukee Brewers

  • Keston Hiura: 2016 Collegiate
  • Josh Hader: 2015 Professional
  • Andrew McCutchen: 2004 18U; 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Hoby Milner: 2011 Collegiate
  • Kolten Wong: 2009 Collegiate
  • Christian Yelich: 2017 World Baseball Classic

Minnesota Twins

  • Chris Archer: 2010 Professional; 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Sonny Gray: 2009 & 2010 Collegiate
  • Bailey Ober: 2014 Collegiate
  • Joe Ryan: 2021 Olympic
  • Caleb Thielbar: 2019 Professional

New York Mets

  • Travis Jankowski: 2015 Professional
  • Francisco Lindor: 2009 16U; 2010 18U
  • Max Scherzer: 2005 Collegiate

New York Yankees

  • Gerrit Cole: 2009 & 2010 Collegiate
  • Joey Gallo: 2011 18U
  • Giancarlo Stanton: 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Jameson Taillon: 2009 18U
  • Jose Trevino: 2012 Collegiate

Oakland Athletics

  • Skye Bolt: 2013 Collegiate
  • Cole Irvin: 2011 18U
  • Zach Jackson: 2015 Collegiate
  • Daulton Jefferies: 2015 Collegiate
  • Jacob Lemoine: 2014 Collegiate
  • Jed Lowrie: 2004 Collegiate
  • Sheldon Neuse: 2010 16U
  • AJ Puk: 2015 Collegiate

Philadelphia Phillies

  • Alec Bohm: 2019 Professional
  • Nick Castellanos: 2009 18U
  • Zach Eflin: 2015 Professional
  • Bailey Falter: 2011 14U; 2012 15U
  • Kyle Gibson: 2008 Collegiate
  • Bryce Harper: 2008 16U; 2009 18U
  • Corey Knebel: 2011 Collegiate
  • Mickey Moniak: 2013 15U; 2015 18U
  • Kyle Schwarber: 2013 Collegiate
  • Bryson Stott: 2018 Collegiate

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Ke'Bryan Hayes: 2014 18U
  • Bryan Reynolds: 2014 Collegiate
  • Cole Tucker: 2013 18U

San Diego Padres

  • C.J. Abrams: 2018 18U
  • Jake Cronenworth: 2019 Professional
  • Trent Grisham: 2014 18U
  • Eric Hosmer: 2007 18U
  • Manny Machado: 2009 18U
  • Nick Martinez: 2021 Olympic

San Francisco Giants

  • Tyler Beede: 2013 Collegiate
  • Brandon Crawford: 2006 Collegiate; 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Jake McGee: 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Carlos Rodon: 2012 & 2013 Collegiate
  • Luke Williams: 2021 Professional

Seattle Mariners

  • J.P. Crawford: 2009 14U
  • Adam Frazier: 2012 Collegiate; 2015 Professional
  • Marco Gonzales: 2012 Collegiate
  • Jarred Kelenic: 2016 & 2017 18U
  • Tom Murphy: 2011 Collegiate; 2015 Professional
  • Robbie Ray: 2009 18U
  • Paul Sewald: 2015 Professional
  • Justus Sheffield: 2013 18U
  • Evan White: 2016 Collegiate
  • Jesse Winker: 2011 18U

St. Louis Cardinals

  • Nolan Arenado: 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Paul Goldschmidt: 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Andre Pallante: 2018 Collegiate

Tampa Bay Rays

  • JP Feyereisen: 2019 Professional
  • Brett Phillips: 2015 Professional
  • Taylor Walls: 2016 Collegiate

Texas Rangers

  • Kolby Allard: 2014 18U
  • Matt Bush: 2002 16U; 2003 18U
  • Brad Miller: 2009 & 2010 Collegiate
  • Corey Seager: 2010 16U

Toronto Blue Jays

  • Cavan Biggio: 2012 18U
  • Matt Chapman: 2013 Collegiate
  • Zack Collins: 2011 16U; 2014 Collegiate
  • Kevin Gausman: 2009 18U; 2011 Collegiate
  • George Springer: 2010 Collegiate

Washington Nationals

  • Steve Cishek: 2013 World Baseball Classic
  • Sean Doolittle: 2005 & 2006 Collegiate
  • Erick Fedde: 2013 Collegiate
  • Mason Thompson: 2013 15U
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V WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Scheduled for August 26 to September 4 in Hermosillo, Mexico

The United States are the reigning U-15 World Champions after defeating hosts Panama in the final of the 2018 edition
March 23, 2022
PULLY, Switzerland \-\- The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is pleased to announce that Hermosillo, Mexico, has been awarded the hosting rights of the V WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup, which is scheduled to take place from 26 August to 4 September later this year. One of the two Hermosillo

PULLY, Switzerland -- The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is pleased to announce that Hermosillo, Mexico, has been awarded the hosting rights of the V WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup, which is scheduled to take place from 26 August to 4 September later this year.

One of the two Hermosillo stadiums for the event is Estadio Sonora, the same venue which saw the Venezuela Baseball National team beat Mexico in the final of the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup in October last year and also the home of the Mexican Pacific League club Naranjeros de Hermosillo. The second stadium for the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup is still to be confirmed.

"After last year's successful WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup in Hermosillo and Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, fans can look forward to welcoming more world class international baseball," WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari said. "I would like to extend my appreciation to Mexican President and WBSC Global Ambassador Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Director General of the National Commission for Physical Culture and Sport (CONADE) Ana Guevara for making this possible."

With the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup taking place across August/September, it will be the start of a trifecta of three not-to-be-missed WBSC Baseball World Cups, with the U-18 and U-23 Baseball World Cups following in September and October.

The United States are the reigning U-15 World Champions after defeating hosts Panama in the final of the 2018 edition.

World No. 14 Czech Republic and No. 22 France have qualified for the 2022 edition so far. Teams from the Americas (5), Asia (2), Africa (1), Oceania (1), and a wild card are still to be determined.

The V U-15 Baseball World Cup was originally scheduled in 2020 but was not able to take place due to the COVID pandemic.

The WBSC (the International Baseball Federation [IBAF] at the time) previously held a U-16 (‘AA’) Baseball World Cup from 1989 to 2011.

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Seven USA Baseball Alums Become World Series Champs

Team USA alums made up over a quarter of Atlanta Braves' World Series-winning roster
November 3, 2021
CARY, N.C. – With the Atlanta Braves 7-0 win in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night, seven USA Baseball alumni became World Series Champions, as announced by the organization on Wednesday. Ian Anderson, Travis d’Arnaud, Freddie Freeman, AJ Minter, Drew Smyly, Dansby Swanson, and Kyle Wright were

CARY, N.C. – With the Atlanta Braves 7-0 win in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night, seven USA Baseball alumni became World Series Champions, as announced by the organization on Wednesday.

Ian Anderson, Travis d’Arnaud, Freddie Freeman, AJ Minter, Drew Smyly, Dansby Swanson, and Kyle Wright were all crowned champions after the Atlanta Braves’ series-clinching victory over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

Anderson tossed 5.0 hitless innings in Game 3 of the World Series, earning a win in his only appearance of the series. It was the second longest no-hit bid by a rookie in the World Series. The 2015 18U National Team alum made four starts throughout the postseason, going 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA. He earned a win in Game 3 of the National League Division Series (NLDS), pitching five scoreless innings against the Milwaukee Brewers. Anderson made a pair of starts in the National League Championship Series (NLCS), posting a 3.86 ERA against the defending-champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The right-hander, who is now 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA in his postseason career, won a gold medal with Team USA at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in 2015.

d’Arnaud, a 2011 Professional Team alum, caught all 16 of the Braves postseason games. He hit two homers in the World Series, going yard in back-to-back games in Games 2 and 3. d’Arnaud hit .216 and drove in three runs throughout the postseason, and served as the catcher for a pitching staff that had a 3.06 ERA in the World Series. d’Arnaud caught four games for Team USA at the 2011 Baseball World Cup.

Freeman batted .318 in the World Series, hitting a pair of homers and driving in five runs. Playing first base in every inning of the postseason, the two-time alum accumulated a .304 batting average with five home runs in the postseason. Freeman had a .420 OBP in the playoffs while anchoring the Braves infield defense. He now owns a .290 career postseason average to go along with nine homers and 20 RBI. Freeman played for Team USA in back-to-back years, suiting up for the 2005 16U National Team before playing for the 2006 18U National Team.

Minter, a 2014 Collegiate National Team alum, dominated in the NLCS before appearing in three games in the World Series. Minter made four appearances in the NLCS against the Dodgers, allowing no runs and striking out eight batters in 6.0 innings. He allowed just one two hits in the series. Minter threw 4.2 innings in the World Series and struck out seven while allowing four runs. The southpaw earned the win in Game 1 of the World Series, throwing 2.2 innings in a 6-2 win. Minter won a gold medal with the Collegiate National Team at the XXVIII Haarlem Baseball Week in Haarlem, Netherlands.

Smyly went 1-0 in three games in the postseason. The two-time Team USA alum earned a win in his first appearance of the playoffs, throwing 3.1 innings in a 9-2 NLCS Game 4 win over the Dodgers. He pitched twice in the World Series, striking out six batters in four innings. The left-hander is now 2-0 in his playoff career, which has spanned three different seasons. After pitching at the 2011 Baseball World Cup, Smyly was part of the gold-medal winning team at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Swanson hit two homers in the World Series and played all 16 games of the postseason at shortstop. He hit a game-tying homer in Game 4 of the World Series and hit another home run in Game 6. The 2014 Collegiate National Team alum batted .224 with two home runs and four RBI in the playoffs, picking up at least one hit in 12 of the team’s 16 games. He now owns a .264 career postseason batting average with five homers. Swanson was a teammate of Minter’s in 2014, when they won gold at XXVIII Haarlem Baseball Week.

Wright, a 2016 Collegiate National Team alum, made two appearances in the World Series. The right-hander struck out the side in his World Series debut in Game 2, before throwing 4.2 innings and allowing one run on five hits in Game 4. Wright was added to the Braves postseason roster for the World Series after making his postseason debut in 2020. He had a 2.20 ERA in five appearances with the Collegiate National Team in 2016.

The American League-champion Astros had three USA Baseball alumni participate in the World Series. Five-time alum Alex Bregman, two-time alum Ryne Stanek, and 2015 15U National Team alum Kyle Tucker all represented Team USA in the Fall Classic.

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Fifty-Six USA Baseball Alumni on MLB Postseason Rosters

Dodgers lead all clubs with eight alums on 26-man roster
October 8, 2021
CARY, N.C. – Fifty-six Team USA alumni have been named to Major League Baseball postseason rosters, USA Baseball announced on Friday. There are at least three USA Baseball alumni on all 10 postseason rosters. The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the way with eight alumni, while the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and

CARY, N.C. – Fifty-six Team USA alumni have been named to Major League Baseball postseason rosters, USA Baseball announced on Friday.

There are at least three USA Baseball alumni on all 10 postseason rosters. The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the way with eight alumni, while the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and San Francisco Giants each boast seven players who previously donned the stars and stripes on their roster.

The list features 30 gold medalists, including 10 members of the 2017 World Baseball Classic gold medal-winning team.

Twenty alumni were on rosters for the American League and National League Wild Card games, which took place on October 5 and 6. The Divisional Series began on Thursday and continues on Friday, with all four divisional round games set to take place.

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni in the 2021 postseason is as follows:

  • Atlanta Braves
  • (Name; National Team)
  • Ian Anderson; 2015 18U
  • Travis d'Arnaud; 2011 Pro
  • Freddie Freeman; 2005 16U, 2006 18U
  • AJ Minter; 2014 Collegiate
  • Drew Smyly; 2011 Pro, 2017 WBC
  • Dansby Swanson; 2014 Collegiate
  • Kyle Wright; 2016 Collegiate

 

  • Boston Red Sox
  • Christian Arroyo; 2012 18U
  • Matt Barnes; 2010 Collegiate
  • Bobby Dalbec; 2015 Collegiate; 2019 Pro
  • Jarren Duran; 2021 Pro
  • Tanner Houck; 2015, 2016 Collegiate, 2019 Pro
  • Kyle Schwarber; 2013 Collegiate
  • Alex Verdugo; 2010 14U

 

  • Chicago White Sox
  • Zack Collins; 2011 16U; 2014 Collegiate
  • Yasmani Grandal; 2009 Collegiate
  • Craig Kimbrel; 2013 WBC
  • Lance Lynn; 2007 Collegiate
  • Carlos Rodon; 2012, 2013 Collegiate
  • Andrew Vaughn; 2013 15U, 2017, 2018 Collegiate, 2019 Pro

 

  • Houston Astros
  • Alex Bregman; 2010 16U, 2011 18U, 2013, 2014 Collegiate, 2017 WBC
  • Jason Castro; 2009 Pro
  • Lance McCullers; 2010 18U
  • Ryne Stanek; 2011, 2012 Collegiate
  • Kyle Tucker; 2012 15U

 

  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Walker Buehler; 2014 Collegiate
  • Joe Kelly; 2007 Collegiate
  • Corey Knebel; 2011 Collegiate
  • AJ Pollock; 2011 Pro
  • David Price; 2005, 2006 Collegiate
  • Max Scherzer; 2005 Collegiate
  • Corey Seager; 2010 16U
  • Trea Turner; 2012, 2013 Collegiate

 

  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • Jackie Bradley Jr.; 2010 Collegiate
  • Josh Hader; 2015 Pro
  • Kolten Wong; 2009 Collegiate
  • Christian Yelich; 2017 WBC

 

  • New York Yankees
  • Gerrit Cole; 2009, 2010 Collegiate
  • Joey Gallo; 2011 18U
  • Giancarlo Stanton; 2013, 2017 WBC

 

  • San Francisco Giants
  • Kris Bryant; 2012 Collegiate
  • Brandon Crawford; 2006 Collegiate, 2017 WBC
  • Alex Dickerson; 2010 Collegiate
  • Kevin Gausman; 2009 18U, 2011 Collegiate
  • Evan Longoria; 2007 Pro, 2009 WBC
  • Jake McGee; 2017 WBC
  • Buster Posey; 2004 18U, 2017 WBC

 

  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Nolan Arenado; 2017 WBC
  • Jack Flaherty; 2013 18U
  • Paul Goldschmidt; 2017 WBC
  • Andrew Miller; 2017 WBC

 

  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Shane Baz; 2016 18U, 2021 Olympic
  • JP Feyereisen; 2019 Pro
  • Austin Meadows; 2011 16U
  • David Robertson; 2017 WBC, 2021 Olympic
  • Michael Wacha; 2011 Collegiate
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USA Baseball Announces 2021 National Team Identification Series Selections

A total of 72 athletes were selected for 2022 national team programming from the 2021 NTIS Champions Cup
September 16, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 72 athletes selected from the 2021 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) for its 2022 national team programming, following the completion of the NTIS Champions Cup that was held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from August 11-29. The announcement

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 72 athletes selected from the 2021 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) for its 2022 national team programming, following the completion of the NTIS Champions Cup that was held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from August 11-29. The announcement was first made on the USA Baseball NTIS Selection Show, which can be found on USABaseball.com and the organization’s YouTube channel, USABaseballTV

The NTIS is USA Baseball’s most comprehensive player identification program and includes six age groups ranging from 11U-16U. Under the direction of USA Baseball Regional Directors, tryouts are held in every region of the country to be identified and selected for their regional teams, and invited to the NTIS Champions Cup in Cary, North Carolina.

 

 

The 2021 NTIS Champions Cup featured over 1,200 of the nation’s best players competing in 144 games, as well as skill testing and on-field evaluations run by USA Baseball Task Force and national team coaches.

“After an incredible month of competition, we are excited to announce the seventy-two athletes who have been selected out of our National Team Identification Series for next year’s national team programming,” said USA Baseball Assistant Director of Baseball Operations Ann Claire Roberson. “The outstanding talent at this year’s Champions Cup in Cary made for a very difficult selection process for our task force members and national team program directors, but we are looking forward to watching these players continue to grow in the coming year and seeing their impact on our 2022 programming.” 

Twelve athletes from each age group were invited to compete in the following year’s age-appropriate national team programming events, including the 2022 12U National Team Trials, the 2022 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP), the 2022 15U National Team Trials, and the 2022 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).

In total, the 72 athletes selected are from twenty-three different states and all six regions from across the U.S.

The 2021 National Team Identification Series selections are as follows:

Name; Position; Hometown; Region

 

  • 2022 12U National Team Trials invitees:
  • (from 11U NTIS)
  • Trenton Finley; C; Lebanon, Tenn.; Southeast
  • Anthony Frausto; INF/LHP; New Braunfels, Texas; South
  • Mason Harris; INF/RHP; Rocklin, Calif.; Northwest
  • Landon King; INF/RHP; San Mateo, Calif.; Northwest
  • Grady Klovstad; OF; Orange, Calif.; Southwest
  • Cristian Matos; C/RHP; Belleville, N.J.; Northeast
  • Braiden Miller; INF/RHP; Waterford, Va.; Northeast
  • Ethan Orozco; C/RHP; Chula Vista, Calif.; Southwest
  • James Stout; C; Artesia, Calif.; Southwest
  • Elliot Su; INF/RHP; Rochester, Minn.; Midwest
  • Maximus Villalva; INF; El Cajon, Calif.; Southwest
  • Ellis White; INF/1B; Concord, N.C.; Southeast

 

  • 2022 13U/14U Athlete Development Program invitees:
  • (from 12U NTIS)
  • Caleb Alexander; IF/RHP; Houston, Texas; South
  • Brady Bickham; IF/RHP; Claremont, Calif.; Southwest
  • Caden Borcherding; C/IF; McDonough, Ga.; Southeast
  • Chase Cotton; IF/RHP; Lincoln, Calif.; Northwest
  • Zachary Estrada; OF/RHP; Covina, Calif.; Southwest
  • Aaron Garcia; IF/C; Pico Rivera, Calif.; Southwest
  • Jacob Gray; MIF; Benicia, Calif.; Northwest
  • Kekahupono Kong; RHP/C; Mililani, Hawaii; Southwest
  • Jackson Maddix; OF/LHP; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Northeast
  • Logan Pascarella; LHP/IF; Corona, Calif.; Southwest
  • Blake Ragsdale; IF/RHP; Burr Ridge, Ill.; Midwest
  • Jacob Seamon; OF/RHP; Rolling Meadows, Ill.; Midwest

 

  • 2022 13U/14U Athlete Development Program invitees:
  • (from 13U NTIS)
  • Blake Bowen; OF/IF; Riverside, Calif.; Southwest
  • Lincoln Boyle; RHP/IF; Overland Park, Kan.; South
  • Judson Dowell; IF/RHP; Houston, Texas; South
  • Andruw Giles; OF/IF; Henderson, Nev.; Southwest
  • Aaron Hernandez; LHP/OF; Miami, Fla.; Southeast
  • Archer Horn; IF/RHP; San Mateo, Calif.; Northwest
  • Josiah Morris; C/IF; Oakley, Calif.; Northwest
  • Joshua Priest; IF/OF; San Diego, Calif.; Southwest
  • Taytum Reeves; C/IF; Menifee, Calif.; Southwest
  • Logan Schmidt; LHP/IF; Villa Park, Calif.; Southwest
  • Dylan Seward; IF/RHP; Eastvale, Calif.; Southwest
  • Julian Suarez; C/IF; Sinton, Texas; South

 

  • 2022 15U National Team Trials invitees:
  • (from 14U NTIS)
  • Marcus Cantu; IF/RHP; Friendswood, Texas; South
  • John Dolan; C/IF; Huffman, Texas; Southm
  • Ethan Downum; OF/LHP; Frisco, Texas; South
  • Magdiel Estevez; OF/LHP; Miami, Fla.; Southeastk
  • Gian Gamelli; LHP/IF; Wenham, Mass.; Northeast
  • Reid Jacobson; IF/RHP; Albuquerque, N.M.; Southwest
  • Lyndon Lee; IF/IF; Las Vegas, Nev.; Southwest
  • Carlos Machado; IF/RHP; Pembroke Pines, Fla.; Southeast
  • Brady Murrietta; C/IF; Yorba Linda, Calif.; Southwest
  • Davidenko Rodriguez; IF/OF; Katy, Texas; South
  • Sebastian Segura; IF; Spring, Texas; South
  • John Austin Wood; C/IF; Tupelo, Miss.; Southeast

 

  • 2022 16U/17U National Team Development Program invitees:
  • (from 15U NTIS)
  • Alec Blair; OF/LHP; Lafayette, Calif.; Northwest
  • Cash Campbell; IF/RHP; Downers Grove, Ill.; Midwest
  • Kayson Cunningham; IF/OF; San Antonio, Texas; South
  • Jonathan Dobis; OF/RHP; Eagan, Minn.; Midwest
  • Conor Essenburg; IF/LHP; Manhattan, Ill.; Midwest
  • Jake Evans; IF/OF; Long Beach, Calif.; Southwest
  • Ross Felder; RHP/IF; Springdale, Ark.; Southwest
  • Aidan Hall; IF/RHP; Galt, Calif.; Northwest
  • Jake Haruki; C/OF; Irvine, Calif.; Southwest
  • Cooper Moss; RHP/IF; Panama City Beach, Fla.; Southeast
  • Jacob Smith; IF/RHP; Winston Salem, N.C.; Southeast
  • Quindon Wright; OF/RHP; Albany, Ga.; Southeast

 

  • 2022 16U/17U National Team Development Program invitees:
  • (from 16U NTIS)
  • Danny Arambula; IF/OF; Redlands, Calif.; Southwest
  • Andrew (AJ) Garcia; OF/LHP; Chicago, Ill.; Midwest
  • Holden Harris; RHP/IF; Leander, Texas; South
  • Leighton Harris; LHP/IF; Lexington, Ky.; Midwest
  • Joshua Knoth; RHP/OF; Medford, N.Y.; Northeast
  • Joe McGee; OF; Danville, Calif.; Northwest
  • Joseph McMannis; RHP/IF; Emmitsburg, Md.; Northeast
  • Bryce Navarre; LHP/IF; Lake Charles, La.; Southwest
  • Landon O'Donnell; IF; Valrico, Fla.; Southeast
  • Owen Paino; IF/OF; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Northeast
  • Gabriel Tirado; C/IF; Newington, Conn.; Northeast
  • Joey Tonnotti; RHP/OF; Southington, Conn.; Northeast
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2021 15U National Team Roster Announced

The North Carolina National Guard will present the 15U National Team with their Team USA jerseys on Thursday night
September 2, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 2021 15U National Team roster, following the completion of 15U National Team Trials held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The 20-man roster was selected after a week of trials that featured five games, daily on-field workouts,

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 2021 15U National Team roster, following the completion of 15U National Team Trials held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

The 20-man roster was selected after a week of trials that featured five games, daily on-field workouts, and Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) Performance Evaluations.

Major General M. Todd Hunt and the North Carolina National Guard will hold a special ceremony for the 15U National Team on Thursday night, presenting the athletes with their national team jerseys.

“Selecting a final roster is always an exciting yet challenging process,” said 2021 15U National Team Manager Jared Halpert. “We saw some very talented players and high-character people throughout the trials process, and the future of baseball in our country is very bright. When it came time to select a roster, we feel that we’ve selected the best twenty players to represent USA Baseball.”

The roster features three athletes who have previously played on a USA Baseball national team. Tristan Bristow (Helotes, Texas), Masa Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas), and Michael Torres (Miami, Fla.) will reunite after playing together on the 2018 12U National Team that won gold at the 2018 COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Bristow, Chilcutt, and Torres also all participated in the 2019 13U Athlete Development Program (ADP), a highly developed four-day on-and off-field national team-level instruction and education program.

Of the 20 players selected to the 15U National Team, 19 participated in the 2021 National Team Championships, which are elite championship events that serve as the primary identification event for the 15U National Team program. Ten of those athletes competed in the event in Arizona, while the other nine were identified from the event in North Carolina.

Halpert, who recently finished his sixth season as head coach at Harvard-Westlake High School (Studio City, Calif.), was named the national team manager for the first time in his career. He made his national team coaching debut as an assistant coach with the 2019 15U National Team that won gold at the World Baseball Softball Confederation U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier. Halpert is joined on the staff by pitching coach Rob Shabansky and assistant coaches Steve Butler and Jeff Sherman.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 15U National Team will not participate in international competition in 2021.

For the most up-to-date information on the 15U National Team, visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseball and @USABaseball15U on Twitter.

 

  • 2021 15U National Team Roster
  • (Name; Position; Hometown; School)
  • Henry Allen; INF; Auburn, Ala.; Team Elite
  • *^Tristan Bristow; RHP; Helotes, Texas; Banditos Scout Team
  • Slade Caldwell; OF; Jonesboro, Ark.; BPA Black
  • *^Masa Chilcutt; INF/C; San Antonio, Texas; Canes West Black
  • Jase DeSantis; INF; Las Vegas, Nev.; GBG Vegas
  • Konnor Griffin; OF/RHP; Florence, Miss.; Knights Knation
  • Ryan McPherson; RHP; Hollywood, Fla.; Scorpions Marucci
  • Carson Messina; RHP; Summerville, S.C.; Canes National
  • Cal Miller; INF; Centerville, Utah; MBA Green
  • Austin Nye; RHP; Roseville, Calif.; Alpha Prime
  • Carson Page; INF; Hahira, Ga.; Team Elite
  • Henry Phifer; RHP/IF; Concord, Calif., Alpha Prime
  • Ethan Puig; INF; Miami, Fla.; Elite Squad
  • Mason Russell; LHP; Santan Valley, Ariz.; Canyon Thunder
  • Ethan Schiefelbein; LHP; Corona, Calif.; Easton Prime Red
  • Joshua Springer; C; Corona, Calif.; Easton Prime Red
  • Zach Strickland; RHP; Arcadia, Calif.; PFA Matadors
  • *^Michael Torres; LHP/OF; Miami, Fla.; Elite Squad
  • Nolan Traeger; C; Spring, Texas; Texas Twelve
  • George Wolkow; OF/INF; Downers Grove, Ill.; Canes National
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  • *Denotes USA Baseball National Team alum
  • ^Denotes past ADP participant
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Stripes Wrap Up 15U Trials with 16-6 Win Over Stars

September 2, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Stripes 2 3 1 0 2 2 5 0 1 16 13 0 Stars 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 6 8 3 Win: A. Nye Loss: J. Lash Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats  
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stripes 2 3 1 0 2 2 5 0 1 16 13 0
Stars 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 6 8 3
Win: A. Nye Loss: J. Lash Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

CARY, N.C. – The Stripes capped a strong week at the 2021 15U National Team Trials, topping the Stars, 16-6, in the final game of the series at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

Scoring in all but two innings, the Stripes tallied 13 hits to take down the Stars and earn their fourth win of the series. Henry Allen (Auburn, Ala.), Ethan Puig (Miami, Fla.), and Josh Springer (Corona, Calif.) combined for nine of the team’s 12 RBIs in the win.

Braeden Weckman (Winter Springs, Fla.) went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Stripes, adding an RBI and scoring twice. Allen, Carson Page (Hahira, Ga.), and Springer contributed multi-hit games for the Stripes.

Everett Johnson (Youngsville, N.C.) had the only multi-hit game for the Stars, also driving in a run. Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) and Kailand Halstead (Puyallup, Wash.) added RBIs for the Stars.

With two innings of scoreless relief, Austin Nye (Roseville, Calif) earned the win for the Stripes. John Lash (Charlotte, N.C.) suffered the loss for the Stars.

Following the conclusion of 15U Trials, the 2021 15U National Team will be announced later this evening at 6:00 p.m. ET. Stay tuned to USABaseball.com and @USABaseball15U for more information.

Key Moments

  • After Michael Torres (Miami, Fla.) reached on an error to open the game, Allen drove him in with an RBI-single to right-center field and then scored on a wild pitch to put the Stripes in front, 2-0.
  • The Stripes loaded the bases in the second on a single by Weckman and walks to Torres and Page. Allen walked to drive in one run before Puig's two-run single to right field made it 5-0, Stripes.
  • Nolan Traeger (Spring, Texas) singled and Johnson drove him in with a base hit to left field to trim the Stars’ deficit to 5-1 in the second inning.
  • With Jase DeSantis (Las Vegas, Nev.) on third with two outs in the top of the third, Weckman singled off the pitcher’s glove to bring in a run and extend the Stripes’ lead to five.
  • Konnor Griffin (Florence, Miss.) doubled to left field to lead off the bottom of the third for the Stars and later scored on Halstead’s RBI-groundout to make it 6-2, Stripes.
  • Page doubled to lead off the Stripes’ half of the fifth inning and scored on Allen’s base-hit up the middle before Puig added an RBI-groundout to increase the lead to 8-2.
  • In the top of the sixth, Josh Springer (Corona, Calif.) drove in Weckman with an RBI-single and eventually scored on a wild pitch as the Stripes took a 10-2 advantage.
  • After DeSantis scored on a bases-loaded walk for the Stripes in the seventh, Springer cranked a two-run double to left field to add a couple more runs. Springer and Xavier Neyens (Mount Vernon, Wash.) also scored later in the inning to stretch the Stripes’ lead to 15-2.
  • Fien started the scoring in the Stars’ four-run eighth with an RBI infield single, before Cal Miller (Centerville, Utah) drew a bases-loaded walk to plate a run. George Wolkow (Downers Grove, Ill.) and Fien would later score as the Stripes’ lead shrank to 15-6, which would eventually be the final score.

 

Notable Information

  • The Stripes finish the series with a 4-1 record, while the Stars end trials at 1-4.
  • With his two hits in the win, Carson Page finishes the series with a .647 (11-for-15) average.
  • The Stripes had six different players score two runs in the win.
  • All but one of the Stripes’ pitchers struck out at least one batter.
  • Johnson and Miller both stole bases for the Stars in the contest.

 

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Early Offense Carries Stripes to Series-Clinching Win

Stripes score four runs in each of game's first three innings
September 1, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 4 Stripes 4 4 4 0 0 6 0 18 18 1 Win: R. McPherson Loss: D. Franco Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   DURHAM, N.C. – The Stripes’ bats got
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 4
Stripes 4 4 4 0 0 6 0 18 18 1
Win: R. McPherson Loss: D. Franco Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

DURHAM, N.C. – The Stripes’ bats got off to a hot start and never slowed down as they topped the Stars, 18-2, in a series-clinching win at the 2021 15U National Team Trials at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Ethan Puig (Miami, Fla.) hit a bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the first to jump-start the Stripes’ offense – one of three triples hit in the first two innings. Following Puig’s big hit, the Stripes scored four runs in each of the game’s first three innings to jump out to a commanding lead early.

Dean Hannah (Waco, Texas) had three hits to lead the Stripes' offense on the day, driving in two runs. Xavier Neyens (Mount Vernon, Wash.), Puig, and Michael Torres (Miami, Fla.) each had two-hit games, combining to drive in seven runs.

Masa Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas) led the Stars offense on the day, finishing 2-for-2 and adding an RBI. Brady Ebel (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), JD Crisp (Houston, Texas), and Cal Miller (Centerville, Utah) also contributed hits for the Stars.

Ryan McPherson was credited with the win, tossing two scoreless innings in relief for the Stripes. Stars starter Dylan Franco suffered the loss.

Key Moments

  • After three straight walks to open the first inning, Puig roped a bases-clearing triple to left-center field and later scored to give the Stripes an early 4-0 advantage.
  • Torres tripled to lead off the bottom of the second inning and scored on an error to put the Stripes ahead, 5-0.
  • The Stripes’ hot hitting continued in the second, rattling off three consecutive hits: Josh Springer (Corona, Calif.) singled to left field and scored when Dillon Adkins (Leonardtown, Md.) tripled to right-center, and Hannah followed with a base hit up the middle to plate Adkins and later scored himself to make it 8-0 for the Stripes.
  • The Stripes started once again loaded the bases with no outs courtesy of three consecutive singles by Puig, Neyens, and Jase DeSantis (Las Vegas, Nev.) in the bottom of the third inning. Torres followed with a two-run single before Hannah and Slade Caldwell (Jonseboro, Ark.) both drove in runs to extend the lead to 12.
  • The Stars’ first scoring chance came in the top of the fifth. Crisp and Chilcutt got on base thanks to a single and double, respectively, but McPherson got out of the jam, stranding two runners in scoring position to keep the Stars off the board.
  • Neyens added a two-run single in the sixth for the Stripes and scored on Braeden Weckman’s (Winter Springs, Fla.) two-RBI single to make it 16-0. Coy Allman (Marietta, Ga.) then drove in a run with a single to left field and eventually scored to add to the Stripes’ lead.
  • The Stars scored twice to make it 18-2 in the seventh. Aiden Harris (Midlothian, Va.) hit a sacrifice fly to get the Stars on the board, and Chilcutt picked up his second hit of the game, an RBI-single back up the middle, to drive in Nolan Traeger (Spring, Texas).

 

Notable Information

  • The Stripes clinched the series victory, holding a 3-1 lead with one game to go. The Stripes fell to 1-3 with the loss.
  • With 18 hits in the win, the Stripes had double-digit hits for the third time in the series after tallying 16 hits in both of the first two games.
  • Carson Messina (Summerville, S.C.) made the start for the Stripes, tossing three innings of one-hit ball in a no-decision.
  • Chilcutt reached base in all four of his plate appearances, adding two walks to his two-hit day
  • Stripes catcher Dean Hannah's three-hit performance raised his series-average to .750 (6-for-8).
  • Page is now batting .692 (9-for-13) for the Stripes after going 1-for-3 in the win.

On Deck

  • Thursday, September 2: Stars vs. Stripes (11:30 a.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)

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GAMEDAY: 15U Trials Finale Set for Thursday

Stripes clinched series with win on Wednesday
September 1, 2021
GAME Stars vs. Stripes TIME 11:30 a.m. ET LOCATION Cary, N.C. (National Training Complex) DURHAM, N.C. - The 2021 15U National Team Trials Stars vs. Stripes Series is set for its fifth and final game on Thursday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. First pitch is
GAME Stars vs. Stripes
TIME 11:30 a.m. ET
LOCATION Cary, N.C. (National Training Complex)

DURHAM, N.C. - The 2021 15U National Team Trials Stars vs. Stripes Series is set for its fifth and final game on Thursday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. First pitch is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET.

The Stripes scored four runs in each of the game's first four innings on Wednesday, clinching the series with an 18-2 victory over the Stripes. Dean Hannah (Waco, Texas) led the Stripes' offense with three hits, while the trio of Xavier Neyens (Mount Vernon, Wash.), Ethan Puig (Miami, Fla.), and Michael Torres (Miami, Fla.) each had two-hit games, combining to drive in seven runs.

The Stripes are 3-1 entering the final game of the series, while the Stripes sit at 1-3.

Notable Information

  • With his three-hit perfomance for the Stripes on Wednesday, Hannah raised his series-best average to .750 (6-for-8).
  • After starting the series 8-for-8, Stripes' infielder Carson Page (Hahira, Ga.) has stayed hot and is batting .692 (9-for-13) in the series.
  • The Stripes tallied a series-high 18 hits on Wednesday, and have now totaled a double-digit output in three of their four games.
  • Masa Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas) got on base in all four of his plate appearances for the Stars on Wednesday, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks.
  • The roster comprises 44 of the best 15-and-under players from across the entire country, selected by the USA Baseball Task Force throughout several different identification events.
  • Eight USA Baseball national team alumni are on the roster, including five gold-medal winners (Tristan Bristow, Chilcutt, Kailand Halstead, Dean Moss, and Torres).
  • The roster features athletes from 17 different states, with Texas leading the way with seven selections. California and Florida both have six players on the roster.
  • Halpert is making his USA Baseball managerial debut after serving as an assistant coach on the gold-medal winning 2019 15U National Team, which won gold at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier. He is currently in his sixth season at the helm of Harvard-Westlake School (Studio City, Calif.).
  • The Stripes are led by manager Steve Butler, while the Stars are managed by Jeff Sherman. Both managers are assistant coaches for the 15U National Team.
  • The 2021 15U National Team roster will be announced on September 2, at the conclusion of trials.

Social

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Wolkow's Walk-off Double Gives Stars First Win of Series

Stars score two in the seventh to secure win
August 31, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Stripes 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 7 1 Stars 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 6 0 Win: Z. Strickland Loss: S. Cozart Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   DURHAM, N.C. – George Wolkow (Downers Grove,
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Stripes 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 7 1
Stars 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 6 0
Win: Z. Strickland Loss: S. Cozart Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

DURHAM, N.C. – George Wolkow (Downers Grove, Ill.) hit a walk-off double as the Stars rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat the Stripes, 4-3, at the 2021 15U National Team Trials Stars vs. Stripes Series at Durham Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina. 

Trailing 3-2 in the final inning, the Stars tied it on an RBI-single by Kailand Halstead (Puyallup, Wash.) before Wolkow roped a walk-off double to right field to drive in Coy James (Advance, N.C.) and secure the victory. It was the first win of the series for the Stars, who had only two hits before tallying four in the seventh.

Masa Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas), Halstead, and Wolkow all contributed a hit and an RBI for the Stars in the win. Riley Brown (Cottonwood Heights, Utah), Cal Miller (Centerville, Utah), and Nolan Traeger (Spring, Texas) also had hits for the Stars.

Jase DeSantis (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Cameron Uzzillia (Tampa, Fla.) each drove in runs for the Stripes. The middle three hitters in the order – Henry Allen (Auburn, Ala.), Ethan Puig (Tampa, Fla.), and Josh Springer (Corona, Calif.) – all scored in the loss. 

Brady Ebel (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) earned the win, allowing just three hits in his outing. Xavier Neyens (Mount Vernon, Wash.) suffered the loss for the Stripes.

 

Key Moments

  • The Stripes threatened to open the scoring immediately in the first inning, when Carson Page (Hahira, Ga.) singled for his eighth consecutive hit of 15U National Team Trials as the Stripes loaded the bases, but Brady Ebel (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) induced an inning-ending fly out to escape the jam.
  • The bats woke up in the fourth for the Stripes, who put up three runs to open the scoring. The inning started with a walk and a pair of singles by Puig and Springer to load the bases, before Allen was plated on a wild pitch.
  • Leading 1-0, DeSantis drove in another run with an RBI-bunt ground out, and Uzzillia added an RBI-single to put the Stripes in front, 3-0.
  • The Stars’ offense rallied in the sixth to get on the scoreboard. With runners on second and third and two outs, Wolkow scored on an error to make it 3-1, and Masa Chilcutt hit an RBI-single to trim to deficit to one.
  • The Stripes' JD Crisp (Houston, Texas) led off the seventh with a walk before Traeger singled to put the winning run on base. Brown followed with a single to center field, but the tying run was thrown out at the plate to keep the Stripes in the lead.
  • Halstead immediately followed with an RBI-single up the middle for the Stripes to tie the game.
  • Wolkow followed Halstead by sending a walk-off, RBI-double to the right field to complete the comeback and secure the win.

 

Notable Information

  • The Stars move to 1-2 with the win, while the Stripes drop to 2-1.
  • The series has seen walk-offs on two consecutive nights, as the Stripes won Sunday’s game with a walk-off single by Springer.
  • Stripes’ starter Michael Torres (Miami, Fla.) struck out six batters in his four innings of work, allowing just one hit.
  • The Stripes’ offense totaled seven hits, all from different players in the win.
  • Page went 1-for-3, putting his series-best average at .800 (8-for-10).

 

On Deck

  • Wednesday, September 1: Stars vs. Stripes (9:00 a.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Thursday, September 2: Stars vs. Stripes (11:30 a.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)

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Springer's Walk-off Leads Stripes Past Stars at 15U Trials

Stripes score game's final five runs in comeback win
August 29, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E Stars 2 2 1 2 2 0 0 0 9 9 3 Stripes 0 0 3 2 3 1 0 1 10 16 0 Win: Z. Strickland Loss: S. Cozart Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   DURHAM, N.C. –
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Stars 2 2 1 2 2 0 0 0 9 9 3
Stripes 0 0 3 2 3 1 0 1 10 16 0
Win: Z. Strickland Loss: S. Cozart Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

DURHAM, N.C. – Josh Springer hit a walk-off single to lift the Stripes past the Stars, 10-9, in the second game of the 2021 15U National Team Trials series on Sunday afternoon at Durham Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.

The walk-off capped a come-from-behind win for the Stripes, who have now won the first two games of the series. They were trailing by as many as four runs throughout the game on Sunday, but scored the game’s final five runs to win.

Springer’s walk-off knock came with runners on the corners and one out, scoring Jase DeSantis (Las Vegas, Nev.), who had reached on an error. The Stripes had 16 hits in the win.

Carson Page (Hahira, Ga.) led the Stripes’ offense for the second straight game, going 4-for-4 in the win. Henry Allen (Auburn, Ala.), Ethan Puig (Miami, Fla.), and Braeden Weckman (Winter Springs, Fla.) all had two hits. Konnor Griffin (Florence, Miss.) and Coy James (Advance, N.C.) both had multi-hit games for the Stars. George Wolkow (Downers Grove, Ill.) added a team-best two RBIs.

Zach Strickland (Arcadia, Calif.), who tossed three innings for the Stripes, earned the win. Samuel Cozart (High Point, N.C) got the loss for the Stars.

Key Moments

  • Everett Johnson (Youngsville, N.C.) walked and Cal Miller (Centerville, Utah) singled to put two runners on base to open the game. After a wild pitch put Johnson and Miller in scoring position, Wolkow singled up the middle to plate two runs and give the Stars a quick 2-0 lead.
  • The Stars’ bats kept hitting in the second, starting with a leadoff single and stolen base by Aiden Harris (Midlothian, Va.). Harris later scored on a wild pitch before Griffin hit an RBI-single to extend the lead to four.
  • After Nolan Traeger (Spring, Texas) and Wolkow walked to lead off the third, the Stars added another run on the base paths, when Wolkow was thrown out trying to steal second but Traeger scored on the throw to make it 5-0.
  • Page drove in the Stripes’ first run of the game in the third, hitting a ground-rule double to right-center to score Weckman. Coy Allman (Marietta, Pa.) added another run, scoring on a wild pitch before a third run in the frame made it 5-3.
  • The Stars answered in the top of the fourth, as Harris led off with a walk and scored on a wild pitch. Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) added an RBI-groundout as the Stars’ lead grew to 7-3.
  • The first four batters reached base for the Stripes in the bottom of the fourth as they added two more runs. Dean Moss (Atherton, Calif.) drove in the first run with an RBI-single, and Dean Hannah (Waco, Texas) added a sacrifice fly to make it 7-5 in the Stars’ favor.
  • Griffin and Miller both reached base in the top of the fifth and came around to score to extend the Stars’ lead to 9-5.
  • A three-run fifth helped the Stripes get back into the game. Xavier Neyens (Mount Vernon, Wash.) singled up the middle to drive in a run before Allen added an RBI-single of his own and Puig drove in another run with a single to give the Stars a 9-8 lead.
  • Mikey Torres (Miami, Fla.) tied the game in the bottom of the sixth with a two-out, RBI-single.
  • After an error and a single put runners on the corners for the Stripes in the game’s final inning, Springer sent an RBI-single to right field to score DeSantis and win the game, 10-9.

Notable Information

  • The Stripes are now 2-0 in the series, while the Stars drop to 0-2.
  • Page is batting 1.000 (7-for-7) through the first two games of the series. He has two doubles and a walk, along with three stolen bases.
  • The Stripes had seven RBIs in the game, all coming from seven different players.
  • After also tallying 16 hits in game one, the Stripes now have 32 hits through two games.
  • The Stars drew 10 walks in the loss. Johnson and Wolkow both reached twice via the base-on-balls.

On Deck

  • Monday, August 30: Stars vs. Stripes (7:00 p.m. ET; Durham, N.C.; Durham Athletic Park)
  • Wednesday, September 1: Stars vs. Stripes (3:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Thursday, September 2: Stars vs. Stripes (11:30 a.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)

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Offensive Outburst Propels Stripes Past Stars in Series Opener

Seven-run fourth inning leads Stripes to 13-4 victory
August 29, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Stripes 0 0 0 7 4 0 2 0 0 13 16 1 Stars 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 4 3 2 Win: R. McPherson Loss: D. Franco Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats  
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stripes 0 0 0 7 4 0 2 0 0 13 16 1
Stars 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 4 3 2
Win: R. McPherson Loss: D. Franco Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

DURHAM, N.C. – The Stripes used a seven-run fourth inning along with strong pitching to top the Stars, 13-4, in the series opener of the 2021 15U National Team Trials on Saturday night at the Durham Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.

After an opening three innings dominated by starting pitchers Ethan Schiefelbein (Corona, Calif.) and Tristan Bristow (Helotes, Texas), Michael Torres (Miami, Fla.) started the scoring in the fourth with a two-run double. The offensive outburst was capped by an RBI-single by Jase DeSantis (Las Vegas, Nev.) to give the Stripes a 7-0 lead that they would not relinquish.

Torres’ two RBIs, along with a three-hit performance by Carson Page (Hahira, Ga.), led the offense for the Stripes. Henry Allen (Auburn, Ala.), DeSantis, Torres, and Cameron Uzzillia (Tampa, Fla.) added multi-hit games.

Two of the three hits for the Stars came from Cal Miller (Centervile, Utah), who also drove in a run. Aidan Harris (Midlothian, Va.) added the Stars’ only other RBI.

Ryan McPherson (Hollywood, Fla.) earned the win for the Stripes after tossing two innings and allowing a run. Dylan Franco (Las Vegas, Nev.) suffered the loss in the contest.

Key Moments

  • After a quiet start to the game, an offensive explosion in the fourth inning put the Stripes in front. Xavier Neyens (Mount Vernon, Wash.) led off the inning with a single and then scored on Torres’ two-run double. Uzzillia then followed with an RBI single, before Page drove in the inning’s fifth run with a single of his own.
  • The Stripes did not let up, adding another run in the fourth inning on an RBI-single by DeSantis before two more runs came across to give the Stripes a 7-0 lead.
  • Konnor Griffin (Florence, Miss.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning and get the Stars offense rolling. He advanced to second on a stolen base and Harris drove him home with a single to left field that made it a 7-1 game.
  • The Stripes’ offense stayed hot in the top of the fifth, adding a run on an opposite field, solo home run by Allen. Page drove in another run with an RBI-single and the Stripes plated four runs in the frame, taking an 11-1 lead.
  • The Stars’ best offensive inning came in the sixth as led off with a walk and eventually advanced to third base. After two consecutive strikeouts nearly ended the inning, walked before Miller singled to right field to plate Riley Brown (Midvale, Utah), who had led off the inning with a walk.
  • Kailand Halstead (Puyallup, Wash.) also drew a walk earlier in the inning and scored on a wild pitch before another run was added for the Stripes to give them an 11-4 advantage.
  • Allen led off the top of the seventh with a double and scored on a wild pitch to make it 12-4, and Coy Allman (Marietta, Pa.) singled and scored on a groundout to give the Stripes a nine-run lead.
  • Austin Nye (Roseville, Calif.) pitched the final two innings for the Stripes to secure the 13-4 win

 

Notable Information

  • With the victory, the Stripes start the five-game trials series with a 1-0 edge.
  • 10 different players on the Stripes recorded at least one hit, with the team totaling 16 hits in the win.
  • The Stripes' pitching staff of Bristow, McPherson, Carson Messina (Summerville, S.C.), and Nye combined for 18 strikeouts in the victory.

 

On Deck

  • Sunday, August 29: Stars vs. Stripes (3:00 p.m. ET; Durham, N.C.; Durham Athletic Park)
  • Monday, August 30: Stars vs. Stripes (7:00 p.m. ET; Durham, N.C.; Durham Athletic Park)
  • Wednesday, September 1: Stars vs. Stripes (3:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Thursday, September 2: Stars vs. Stripes (11:30 a.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)

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