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USA Baseball Modifies On-Field Programming Schedule

All events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement
May 18, 2020
CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today a modified schedule of events for its 2020 summer season due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Created in adherence to the regulations set forth by the appropriate federal, state and local governments, the updated schedule is tentatively set to begin with
CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today a modified schedule of events for its 2020 summer season due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Created in adherence to the regulations set forth by the appropriate federal, state and local governments, the updated schedule is tentatively set to begin with the 14U Cup from July 24-26 at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
All of these events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement based on the future state of the evolving coronavirus situation. The organization will monitor the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), as well as consult its Medical/Safety Advisory Committee in order to evaluate the status of its upcoming tournaments.
All further decisions will be made in as timely a manner as possible with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans. If these tournaments run as scheduled, teams and fans will be required to follow a series of return to play guidelines developed by USA Baseball. These guidelines will be shared with all participants within an appropriate timeframe leading up to the event.
"As the national governing body for baseball in the United States, we feel it is in the best interest of the thousands of baseball athletes in our country to postpone our return to the field due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. "We share in the longing for baseball's return, but we believe it is prudent to continue assessing the situation and finalizing a course of action that prioritizes the overall health and safety of our participants and their families in light of the continued transmission of this disease.
"This schedule was structured in an effort to secure as many opportunities as possible for athletes who hope to one day play for Team USA. We will remain steadfast in our commitment to this charge; however, we will continue to evaluate the situation on a daily basis and monitor the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the USOPC in case additional modifications need to be made."
The following events have been tentatively rescheduled on the 2020 calendar:
• 17U National Team Championships North Carolina (July 27-30)
• 14U and 15U National Team Championships Arizona (July 27-30)
• 16U and 17U National Team Championships Arizona (July 31-August 3)
• 15U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 4-9)
• 10U Futures Invitational (August 6-9)
• 16U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 11-16)
• 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U NTIS Champions Cup (August 19-23)
• 15U and 16U NTIS Champions Cup (August 26-30)
The following events and national team programming have been cancelled:
• 11U Futures Invitational
• 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP)
• 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP)
• National Team Championships Florida
The 14U Cup (July 24-26) and 11U/13U Futures Series Irvine (August 28-30) are set to take place as originally scheduled.
Additionally, USA Baseball continues to work closely with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) with respect to the international baseball calendar. To date, the WBSC has postponed the Americas Baseball Olympic Qualifier, U-15 Baseball World Cup and the Women's Baseball World Cup until further notice. The U-12 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier has also been postponed but will not take place this year.
"USA Baseball fully supports the WBSC and its decision to indefinitely postpone the events on the baseball calendar in an effort to protect our national team athletes at this time," continued Seiler. "When the time comes for Team USA to return to the field, we will be ready to continue our longstanding tradition of excellence on the international stage."
Corresponding to the status of the international baseball calendar, USA Baseball has cancelled all 12U National Team programming events for 2020, meanwhile any future events planned for the 15U National Team, 18U National Team, Collegiate National Team and Women's National Team this year will be announced as necessary.
The Medical/Safety Advisory Committee has published a free Athlete Preparation Plan that provides a series of at-home exercises aimed to prepare young athletes for their return to the diamond following a prolonged disruption from on-field activity. To access this plan and to read its recommendations for baseball players during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.
Further information on USA Baseball updates relating to COVID-19 can be found here. For up-to-the-minute updates on the organization and its events, follow @USABaseball on social media.
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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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USA Baseball Names Final 18U National Team Trials Roster

Six athletes selected from 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program round out 46-man trials roster
August 11, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named the final 46-man 18U National Team Trials roster, following the selection of six athletes from the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP). The 2021 18U National Team Trials will be held August 27-31 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida, before the final 18U

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named the final 46-man 18U National Team Trials roster, following the selection of six athletes from the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP). The 2021 18U National Team Trials will be held August 27-31 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida, before the final 18U National Team competes against Canada in a seven-game friendship series from September 3-9.

The final six invitees participated in the 2021 16U/17U NTDP from August 6-9 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The program included a Stars vs. Stripes intrasquad series, as well as skill development sessions, off-field educational seminars, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters, and USA Baseball staff and national team coaches.

“We are very excited to have our final 18U National Team Trials roster with the addition of these six well-deserving athletes,” said Ashley Bratcher, USA Baseball 18U National Team General Manager. “This is an incredibly talented class with depth across the board, and all of these players have impressed our staff throughout the summer with not only their skill, but also their character. Now, we are looking forward to getting on field in Florida later this month to start the process of naming our final Team USA.”

Two of the six athletes invited to 18U Trials from the 2021 16U/17U NTDP had previously participated in USA Baseball programming. Eric Bitonti (Hesperia, Calif.) was a member of the 2019 14U NTDP, while Dylan Cupp (Cedartown, Ga.) took part in the 14U NTDP one year earlier.

The 16U/17U NTDP and the 2021 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League serve as the primary identification events for the 18U National Team in 2021. The PDP League, which took place in Cary, North Carolina, from July 24-31, 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 aimed to prepare players for a professional baseball career.

All six of the athletes invited from the 16U/17U NTDP represent different states, including California, Indiana, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, and Texas. Together, the 46-man 18U Trials roster features players from 20 states across the country.

The 18U National Team will be led in 2021 by Manager Jason Maxwell, who is serving as a national team manager for the second time after guiding the 15U National Team to its first world championship in 2018. He will be joined on staff by assistant coaches Michael Cuddyer and Jack Wilson, as well as the pitching coach, Adam Moseley.

Team USA’s seven-game friendship series against Canada will take place in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. The event was added to the international schedule following the postponement of the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2021 to next year.

For the most up-to-date information on the 18U National Team, visit USABaseball.com or follow @USABaseball and @USABaseball18U on Twitter.

    • 2021 16U/17U NTDP Selections
    • (Name; Position; Hometown; School)
    • Eric Bitonti; SS/3B; Hesperia, Calif.; Aquinas
    • Maxwell Clark; OF/LHP; Franklin, Ind.; Franklin Community
    • Dylan Cupp; SS/3B; Cedartown, Ga.; Cedartown
    • Walter Ford; 3B/RHP; McCalla, Ala.; McAdory
    • Walker Jenkins; OF/SS; Oak Island, N.C.; South Brunswick
    • Blake Mitchell; C/3B; Sinton, Texas; Sinton

 

    • 2021 18U National Team Trials Roster
    • (Name; Position; Hometown; School)
    • Joe Allen; RHP; Hampton Falls, N.H.; Winnacunnet
    • RJ Austin; UTIL; Atlanta, Ga.; Pace Academy
    • *^Brandon Barriera; LHP; Coconut Creek, Fla.; American Heritage
    • ^Eric Bitonti; SS/3B; Hesperia, Calif.; Aquinas
    • Tucker Biven; UTIL; New Albany, Ind.; New Albany Senior
    • *^Karson Bowen; C; Anaheim Hills, Calif.; Orange Lutheran
    • ^Maxwell Clark; OF/LHP; Franklin, Ind.; Franklin Community
    • *^Ryan Clifford; OF/1B; Raleigh, N.C.; Pro5 Academy
    • Cam Collier; 3B/RHP; Austell, Ga.; Mt. Paran Christian
    • Jackson Cox; RHP; Toutle, Ore.; Toutle Lake
    • ^Dylan Cupp; SS/3B; Cedartown, Ga.; Cedartown
    • Korbyn Dickerson; OF; Jeffersonville, Ind.; Trinity
    • Brady Disbro; RHP; Dana Point, Calif.; Capistrano Valley
    • Andrew Dutkanych; RHP; Indianapolis, Ind.; Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory
    • Jackson Ferris; LHP; Mount Airy, N.C.; IMG Academy
    • Cade Fisher; LHP; Dalton, Ga.; Northwest Whitfield County
    • ^Walter Ford; 3B/RHP; McCalla, Ala.; McAdory
    • Elijah Green; OF; Windermere, Fla.; IMG Academy
    • ^Blaise Grove; LHP; Summit Point, W.Va.; Homeschooled
    • Gavin Guidry; UTIL; Lake Charles, La.; Alfred M. Barbe
    • Adonys Guzman; C; Valley Cottage, N.Y.; Brunswick
    • Jackson Holliday; MIF; Stillwater, Okla.; Stillwater
    • Jayden Hylton; 1B; Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Palm Beach Gardens
    • ^Walker Jenkins; OF/SS; Oak Island, N.C.; South Brunswick
    • *^Termarr Johnson; MIF; Atlanta, Ga.; Mays
    • Jayson Jones; MIF; Savannah, Texas; Braswell
    • Druw Jones; OF; Suwanee, Ga.; Wesleyan
    • Gavin Kilen; MIF; Milton, Wisc.; Milton
    • Paxton Kling; OF; Roaring Spring, Pa.; Central
    • Karson Milbrandt; RHP; Kansas City, Mo.; Liberty
    • ^Blake Mitchell; C/3B; Sinton, Texas; Sinton
    • ^Malcolm Moore; C; Sacremento, Calif.; C.K. McClatchy
    • Owen Murphy; RHP; Riverside, Ill.; Riverside Brookfield
    • Jack O'Connor; RHP; Arlington, Va.; Bishop O’Connell
    • Cole Phillips; RHP; Boerne, Texas; Boerne
    • Ian Ritchie, Jr.; RHP; Bainbridge Island, Wash.; Bainbridge
    • *^Louis Rodriguez; RHP; Long Beach, Calif.; Orange Lutheran
    • *^Michael Romero; MIF; Menifee, Calif.; Orange Lutheran
    • Oliver Santos; LHP; Newport Coast, Calif.; Orange Lutheran
    • Noah Schultz; LHP; Aurora, Ill.; Oswego East
    • Tristan Smith; LHP; Chesnee, S.C.; Boiling Springs
    • Chris Stanfield; OF; Tallahassee, Fla.; Lawton Chiles
    • ^Riley Stanford; OF/RHP; Gainesville, Ga.; Buford
    • ^Sal Stewart; 3B; Miami, Fla.; Westminster Christian
    • Tucker Toman; MIF; Columbia, S.C.; Hammond
    • Cole Young; MIF; Wexford, Pa.; North Allegheny
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    • *Denotes USA Baseball National Team alum
    • ^Denotes past NTDP participant
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Stars Win 2021 NTDP Series Finale On Monday Afternoon

August 9, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Team Stars 0 6 2 0 0 4 0 12 8 0 Team Stripes 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 6 6 1 Win: Ryan Speshyock |  Loss: Chance Mako  |  Save: N/A Box Score | Play-by-Play   CARY, N.C. - The Stars won their
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Team Stars 0 6 2 0 0 4 0 12 8 0
Team Stripes 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 6 6 1
Win: Ryan Speshyock |  Loss: Chance Mako  |  Save: N/A
Box Score | Play-by-Play

 

CARY, N.C. - The Stars won their first game of the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program in the Stars vs. Stripes series finale on Monday afternoon at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina. After only scoring a combined four runs in the first two games of the series, the Stars offense put 12 runs on the board in Monday's contest, holding off a Stripes comeback to win 12-6.

Dylan Cupp went 2-for-3 for the Stars and scored a run while a three-run home run off the bat of Daniel Cuvet highlighted the team's offense. Gavin Grahovac came in later in the game and picked up a hit, two RBIs, and scored a run to spark the Stripes push.

Walter Ford had a solid outing on the mound for the Stars, allowing just one hit and no runs and striking out four batters through the game's first three innings. Ryan Speyshock got the win, pitching after Ford while Chance Mako suffered the loss on the mound for the Stripes.

Key Moments

  • Cupp jumpstarted the Stars offense in the second inning, hitting a leadoff single before stealing second and coming around to score on a Ryder Helfrick RBI double, putting the Stars on top 1-0.
  • After Helfrick stole third and Bryce Rainer drew a walk, Cuvet sent a three-run blast over the left field wall to stretch the lead to 4-0. The Stars would add two more runs in the inning to go up 6-0 early in the game.
  • An inning later, the Stars took advantage of some walks and tough slow rollers to add two more runs and make it an 8-0 lead.
  • The Sripes offense got going in the fourth after Blake Balsz and Matthew Clark hit back-to-back leadoff singles. Balsz would come across to score on a wild pitch to put the Stripes on the board and make it 8-1.
  • In the bottom of the fifth, the Stripes continued their push for a comeback, scoring five runs, started by a Zach Anderson double that brought in Steven Milam who had drawn a walk to start the inning. Anderson came in on an RBI single into right from Derek Curiel to make it an 8-3 game.
  • Dean Curley, who reached on a hit-by-pitch and moved into scoring position on Curiel's single, advanced to third thanks to a fielder's choice off the bat of Matthew Clark. Clark and Curley then both come in to score on a Gavin Grahovac single up the middle to make it 8-5.
  • The Stripes brought one more across in the inning to cut the deficit to two, 8-6, heading into the sixth.
  • The Stars responded, using several walks and a timely hit from Sebastian David to add four insurance runs in the sixth to reach the final score of 12-6.

 

Notable Information

  • The Stars finished the series 1-2 while the Stripes walked away with the series win, having won the first two contests on Friday and Sunday.
  • Cupp (5-for-8) finished with a team-high batting average of .625 for the Stars while Helfrick stole a team-best three bases in the series.
  • Clark (4-for-8) led the Stripes offense with a .500 batting average while Grahovac (3-for-7) had a team-high three RBIs.

 

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Stripes Hang on to Clinch NTDP Series with 6-4 Win

August 8, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Team Stars 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 4 4 2 Team Stripes 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 6 8 0 Win: Wes Mendes |  Loss: Liam Peterson   |  Save: Landon Stump Box Score | Play-by-Play   CARY, N.C. - The Stripes clinched the
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Team Stars 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 4 4 2
Team Stripes 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 6 8 0
Win: Wes Mendes |  Loss: Liam Peterson   |  Save: Landon Stump
Box Score | Play-by-Play

 

CARY, N.C. - The Stripes clinched the 2021 National Team Development Program (NTDP) Stars vs. Stripes series with a 6-4 win in game two on Sunday afternoon at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. Wasting no time, the Stripes got on the board with a three-run first inning to jump out to a 3-0 advantage. They added to their lead in the third and fourth innings to take a 6-0 lead. The Stars started a rally late in the game, scoring runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, but were not able to finish it.

Aidan Miller led the Stripes offense, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and scoring a run. Eric Bitonti (1-for-1) had a hit and scored two of the Stars' four runs.

James Hays got the start on the mound for the Stripes and allowed no hits in his 2.2 innings of work while striking out two. Wes Mendes got the win on the mound, coming into relieve Hays and pitching two innings, allowing two runs on two hits. Liam Peterson suffered the loss for the Stars, allowing three runs in 1.2 innings pitched.

Key Moments

  • A Miller triple brought in two runs in the first and put the Stripes up 2-0 after Matthew Clark hit a leadoff single and Dean Curley drew a walk to put runners on first and second.
  • The Stripes added another run in the third when Steven Milam hit an infield single and used aggressive base running on a fielder's choice and an error to come across and make it 4-0.
  • In the fourth, Colt Emerson brought in Derek Curiel with a single through the right side to make it 5-0 before one more run came across to give the Stripes a 6-0 lead.
  • The Stars first hit of the game came in the top of the fifth when Bitonti reached on an infield single.
  • Dylan Cupp followed up the infield single with a ground-rule double that brought in Walker Jenkins, who had walked to start the inning, making it a 6-1 game.
  • Theodore Gillen then brought in Bitonti on an RBI groundout to second to cut the Stripes lead to 6-2 in the top of the fifth.
  • In the sixth, TayShaun Walton was hit by a pitch, stole second, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on a wild pitch for the Stars to make it a 6-3 game.
  • Making their final push, the Stripes scored one run in the seventh when Travis Sykora hit a pinch-hit RBI single to bring in Bitonti but couldn't get anything else, making it a 6-4 final.

 

Notable Information

  • The Stripes clinched the series with today's win and have scored nine runs through the first two games while allowing four. 
  • The Stars will look to win their first game of the weekend in tomorrow's series finale at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
  • Maxwell Clark leads the Stripes with three hits in the series while Cupp has three hits for the Stars.

 

On Deck

  • Monday, August 9: Stars vs. Stripes (1:30 p.m. ET; Durham, N.C.; Durham Bulls Athletic Park)

 

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Stripes Take Game One of NTDP Series

August 6, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E Team Stripes 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 4 2 Team Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 Win: Christian Rodriguez |  Loss: Owen Egan  |  Save: Blake Mitchell Box Score | Play-by-Play   CARY, N.C. - Team Stripes came out on top,
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Team Stripes 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 4 2
Team Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Win: Christian Rodriguez |  Loss: Owen Egan  |  Save: Blake Mitchell
Box Score | Play-by-Play

 

CARY, N.C. - Team Stripes came out on top, 3-0, in the first of three intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games to begin the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program. After neither team was able to bring anything across in the first three innings, the Stripes usea a two-run fourth inning to take the lead before adding one insurance run in the sixth to pick up the win.

Gavin Grahovac led the Stripes offense, going 2-for-3 and collecting an RBI while Dylan Cupp (1-for-3), Walker Jenkins (1-for-2), Bryce Eldridge (1-for-2), TayShaun Walton (1-for-2), and Eric Bitoni (1-for-2) all had hits for the Stars.

Kade Anderson had a strong start on the mound for the Stripes, throwing three scoreless innings while collecting three strikeouts. Christian Rodriguez (1-0) got the win, pitching a scoreless fourth and fifth while also striking out three. Blake Mitchell (1) got the save, striking out two of the four batters he faced in the sixth. Owen Egan (0-1) suffered the loss on the mound for the Stars.

Key Moments

  • Grahovac got the offense going for the Stripes, sending a ground-rule double over the wall in right center in the top of the second.
  • He sent a single through the left side to bring in Steven Milam in the top of the fourth to put the Stripes on top 1-0.
  • After stealing second and third, Grahovac came across on an error to give the Stripes a 2-0 advantage. 
  • The Stripes added to their lead in the sixth after Maxwell Clark singled, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout, then scored on a wild pitch to complete the 3-0 victory.

 

Notable Information

  • The Stripes were aggressive on the base paths, stealing three bases in the six inning game.
  • Each pitcher for both teams recorded at least two strikeouts in the game, totaling 15 between both teams.

 

On Deck

  • Sunday, August 8: Stars vs. Stripes (12:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Monday, August 9: Stars vs. Stripes (1:30 p.m. ET; Durham, N.C.; Durham Bulls Athletic Park)

 

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GAMEDAY: NTDP Stars vs. Stripes Series Wraps Up On Monday Afternoon At DBAP

August 6, 2021
GAME Stars vs. Stripes TIME 1:30 p.m. ET LOCATION Durham, N.C. (Durham Bulls Athletic Park)  CARY, N.C. - The Stripes are looking to complete the sweep in the 2021 National Team Development Program (NTDP) Stars vs. Stripes series on Monday afternoon after winning games one and two. After playing the first
GAME Stars vs. Stripes
TIME 1:30 p.m. ET
LOCATION Durham, N.C. (Durham Bulls Athletic Park) 

CARY, N.C. - The Stripes are looking to complete the sweep in the 2021 National Team Development Program (NTDP) Stars vs. Stripes series on Monday afternoon after winning games one and two. After playing the first two games in Cary, North Carolina at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, the series shifts to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home of the Durham Bulls, AAA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, for the series finale.

Notable Information

  • The 2021 16U/17U NTDP roster features 44 players that were selected from this year’s National Team Championships in Arizona and North Carolina as well as through recommendations from scouts, coaches, and the amateur baseball community. 
  • Nine of the athletes previously participated in the National Team Development Program while five are USA Baseball national team alums.
  • Owen Egan (Yucaipa, Calif.), Colt Emerson (Cambridge, Ohio), Gavin Grahovac (Orange, Calif.), and Bryce Rainer (Simi Valley, Calif.) were all teammates on the 2017 12U National Team that won gold at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan.
  • The Stripes won game one of the series 3-0 on Friday afternoon as Gavin Grahovac went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the victory and took game two 6-4 on Sunday, led by a two-RBI performance from Aidan Miller
  • Maxwell Clark leads the Stripes with three hits in the series while Dylan Cupp has three hits for the Stars.

 

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USA Baseball Announces 16U/17U National Team Development Program Staff

The 2021 NTDP is set to take place August 6-9 at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina
August 3, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) coaching staff, led by USA Baseball Director of Player Development Jim Koerner who will serve as the Field Coordinator. The 2021 16U/17U NTDP will feature 44 of the country’s top athletes and is scheduled to

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) coaching staff, led by USA Baseball Director of Player Development Jim Koerner who will serve as the Field Coordinator. The 2021 16U/17U NTDP will feature 44 of the country’s top athletes and is scheduled to take place August 6-9 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

The 16U/17U NTDP will feature a Stars and Stripes intrasquad series, and Koerner, along with additional coaches and evaluators, will assess the 44 athletes throughout the event for possible future participation in USA Baseball national team programming. The NTDP will also include skill development sessions, off-field educational seminars, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters, and USA Baseball staff and national team coaches.

Joining Koerner on the staff are Georgetown Head Coach Edwin Thompson and Craig Cozart, who will manage the Stars and Stripes, respectively. Thompson and Cozart will be joined by a collection of experienced coaches from across all levels of baseball including Ray Burris, who will serve as the pitching coordinator for the development program after serving in the same role for the Appalachian League this season.

“We could not be more excited about Jim and the staff that has been put together to lead this year’s National Team Development Program,” said Brett Curll, USA Baseball Director of Baseball Operations. “The vast experience and skillset this group of coaches will bring to our forty-four athletes is going to provide a truly extraordinary experience for everyone involved.”

In his role as Director of Player Development, Koerner is responsible for developing on-field programming for USA Baseball’s six national teams and three national team development programs. He also produces curriculums related to player development for USABDevelops.com, the organization’s free online educational resource center. Additionally, he assists with player and staff identification for all 10 clubs in the Appalachian League and serves as a roving instructor during the season.

After most recently being the Appalachian League’s pitching coordinator, Burris brings decades worth of experience to this year’s NTDP. In addition to a lengthy 15-year big league playing career, Burris has also spent the better part of the last three decades coaching in both the major and minor leagues. He has worked in the Philadelphia Phillies organization since 2013, most recently serving as the club’s rehabilitation pitching coach.

Thompson will manage the Stars squad after finishing his first year as the head coach at Georgetown in 2021. Prior to leading the Hoyas, Thompson spent five years as the head coach at Eastern Kentucky and brings 15 years of collegiate coaching experience to the staff. Thompson is familiar with the NTDP, having previously coached for the 17U NTDP and evaluated talent for the 18U National Team in 2015. He also managed the Stripes team in the 2016 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars.

Thompson will be joined on the Stars staff by pitching coach Aaron Heilman and assistant coaches Steve Dintaman (Northern Kentucky) and Paul Rozelle (Catawba Valley CC).

Cozart will manage the Stripes team after most recently serving as the head coach at High Point University. Cozart has over two decades of collegiate coaching experience and is the all-time winningest coach in High Point’s Division I history.

Cozart will be joined on the Stripes staff by pitching coach Justin Parker (South Carolina) and assistant coaches Scott Hemond (Scott Hemond Baseball) and Sammy Serrano.

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

The 2021 16U/17U NTDP staff and their full bios are as follows:

      • Name; NTDP Position
      • Ray Burris; Pitching Coordinator
      • Craig Cozart; Stripes Manager
      • Steve Dintaman; Stars Assistant Coach
      • Aaron Heilman; Stars Pitching Coach
      • Scott Hemond; Stripes Assistant Coach
      • Jim Koerner; Field Coordinator
      • Justin Parker; Stripes Pitching Coach
      • Paul Rozelle; Stars Assistant Coach
      • Sammy Serrano; Stripes Assistant Coach
      • Edwin Thompson; Stars Manager

 

Ray Burris joins the NTDP staff as pitching coordinator with decades of experience in the game of baseball. His coaching career began with a two-year stint as the bullpen coach for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1990-91, followed by a year in the same role with the Texas Rangers in 1992. Burris later worked in the minor league systems for the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers. As a player, the righty took the mound 480 times in his career, pitching 2,188.2 innings for seven teams from 1973-87. He recorded 47 career complete games and won 10 or more games in four different seasons. Burris was drafted in the 17th round of the 1972 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs for whom he would play the next seven years. He also saw action with the New York Yankees (1979), New York Mets (1979-80), Montreal Expos (1981-83), Oakland Athletics (1984), Brewers (1985, 1987), and Cardinals (1986).

Craig Cozart will serve as the Stripes manager at the 2021 NTDP with over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, most recently serving as the head coach at High Point University for 13 years. Prior to that, Cozart spent 12 years at the University of Central Florida, working his way up from a student assistant to associate head coach. Under his guidance, Cozart has had 32 pitchers selected in the MLB Draft. Cozart is the all-time winningest coach in High Point Division I history and had 12 players taken in the MLB Draft during his time with the Panthers, including current Houston Astros pitcher Andre Scrubb.

Steve Dintaman joins the 2021 NTDP staff after recently being named assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Northern Kentucky University. Previously, Dintaman was the head coach at Sinclair Community College (Dayton, Ohio) for 13 years, taking over the program in 2007. In his time leading the Tartan’s, the team went 510-168 while winning nine conference championships and making 11 NCJAA regional appearances. In 2016 and 2018, Sinclair won regional championships and earned runners-up honors three additional times. Dintaman was named OCCAC Conference Coach of the Year 10 times in his career, while winning the NJCAA North District & Region Coach of the Year twice.

Scott Hemond brings both collegiate and professional playing experience to the 2021 NTDP staff, having played at the University of South Florida before spending seven seasons in the MLB. Drafted No. 12 overall in the first round of the 1986 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics, Hemond spent time in the A’s, Chicago White Sox, and St. Louis Cardinals organizations. A USA Baseball alum himself, Hemond was a member of the 1985 Collegiate National Team. Since retirement, Hemond started Scott Hemond Baseball, Inc. in Destin, Florida, with the goal of training the next generation of youth baseball talent.

Aaron Heilman, who will serve as the Stars pitching coach for the 2021 NTDP, is no stranger to USA Baseball, having played on the 1999 Collegiate National Team. Drafted No. 18 overall by the New York Mets in 2001 after playing collegiately at Notre Dame, Heilman had a nine-year career in the big leagues, spending time with the Mets, Chicago Cubs, and Arizona Diamondbacks. The right-hander appeared on the mound in 477 MLB games, throwing 630.0 innings and collecting 548 career strikeouts. Earlier this summer, Heilman helped coach in the inaugural MLB Draft Combine hosted by USA Baseball and Major League Baseball at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. 

2021 16U/17U NTDP Field Coordinator, Jim Koerner, was the head coach at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) from 2011-2021 before joining the USA Baseball staff. As just the second head coach in the program’s modern-day history, Koerner took NCCU baseball to new heights in his 10 years at the helm. Under his guidance, the Eagles set the school record for wins twice, in 2013 (27) and again in 2018 (28). He also coached two MLB Draft picks with NCCU, including Corey Joyce, who became the highest selection in program history when he was taken in the 12th round by the Detroit Tigers in 2019. Before his time at NCCU, Koerner was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Buffalo from 2007-2011, helping the Bulls reach their best offensive performances in program history in 2009 and 2010. The team recorded an all-time high in wins since 1999 during the 2009 season and set the records for team batting average (.312), home runs (46), and stolen bases (71) in 2010. In those two seasons combined, the Bulls broke over 25 season, career, team, and individual records. He began his coaching career in 2001 as the head coach at Medaille College, where he helped found the program and was named the 2003 North Eastern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. He broke into the Division I ranks as an assistant at Monmouth University before a stint at Marshall University.

Justin Parker, who was announced as the pitching coach for South Carolina in July, will serve as the pitching coach for the Stripes on the NTDP staff. Prior to joining the Gamecocks, Parker spent three season at Indiana University, including two as associate head coach of the program. Parker oversaw the Hoosiers pitchers that had a 3.17 ERA in 2021 en route to finishing fourth in the Big Ten regular season. In 2019, Parker helped lead Indiana to the Big Ten regular season title and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. He guided Andrew Saalfrank to Big Ten Pitcher of the Year honors. Before coaching at Indiana, Parker was the pitching coach at University of Central Florida for two seasons after serving as an assistant coach at Wright State for six years.

Paul Rozelle completed his seventh year as the head coach/assistant athletic director at Catawba Valley Community College, where he has led the Red Hawks to a 231-124 overall record. In a record-setting 2021 season with a regular season title, the Red Hawks set numerous program records including winning percentage (.759), runs scored (551), RBIs (476), home runs (68), and doubles (140). Aside from the COVID-shortened 2020 season, Rozelle has led Catawba Valley to 30-win seasons every year in his tenure, including a program-record 42 wins in 2018. He led CVCC to a Region X Championship, a Southeast District Championship, and a third-place finish at National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series in his first season at the helm. Rozelle earned the NJCAA Southeast District Coach of the Year Award and the Diamond/American Baseball Coaches Association Southeast Coach of the Year honors for his efforts in 2015. Prior to his promotion to head coach, Rozelle served as an assistant coach for the Red Hawks in 2014, working as the catching instructor and recruiting coordinator. He returns to USA Baseball after serving as an assistant coach at both the 2019 14U NTDP and the 2018 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series.

Sammy Serrano brings a plethora of playing and coaching experience at a variety of levels to the NTDP staff, where he will serve as an assistant coach for the Stripes. Serrano played baseball both collegiately and professionally, and has worked at both the high school and Division I-levels in his coaching career. He was drafted in the second round of the 1998 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants after a collegiate playing career at Stetson, where he was an All-American and was inducted into the Stetson Hall of Fame in 2004. Serrano spent four years in the Giants organization before starting his coaching career. He has served as a coach for various high school programs and from 2005-2007 was the recruiting coordinator for UNC Greensboro. Serrano is no stranger to USA Baseball programming, having worked with the organization numerous times during the 18U National Team Trials.

Edwin Thompson, who is coming off his first season as head coach at Georgetown, will serve as the 2021 16U/17U NTDP Star Manager. Before his time with the Hoyas, Thompson was the head coach at Eastern Kentucky for five years, leading the Colonels to a 122-123 record during his tenure. Under Thompson, EKU had back-to-back 30-win seasons in 2018 and 2019. Before becoming a head coach, Thompson was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Duke for two seasons, where he worked with two-time USA Baseball alum and MLB All-Star Marcus Stroman, before working at Georgia State from 2013-2015. During his collegiate playing career, Thompson spent time at Howard, Maryland, and Webber, where he helped the team win a record 37 games and its first-ever regional appearance. He has worked in various roles with USA Baseball over the years, including as a coach with the 17U NTDP. Additionally, he was a member of the Steering Committee for the Appalachian League’s inaugural season as a collegiate summer league in 2021.

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USA Baseball Announces 16U/17U National Team Development Program Roster

The 2021 NTDP is set to take place August 6-9 at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina
July 23, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 44-man 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster, following the completion of the 2021 National Team Championships in Arizona and North Carolina. The 2021 NTDP is scheduled to take place August 6-9 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary,

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 44-man 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster, following the completion of the 2021 National Team Championships in Arizona and North Carolina. The 2021 NTDP is scheduled to take place August 6-9 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

The 16U/17U NTDP will include a Stars and Stripes intrasquad series, during which coaches and evaluators at the event will assess the 44 participating athletes. The program will also include skill development sessions, off-field educational seminars, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters, and USA Baseball staff and national team coaches.

“We are excited to bring this incredibly talented group of players to North Carolina for this year’s National Team Development Program,” said Brett Curl, USA Baseball Director of Baseball Operations. “These young athletes impressed our staff and scouts with their skill and character throughout the summer and we are looking forward to providing them with an opportunity to continue to develop both on and off the field.”

The 2021 16U/17U NTDP roster features players that were selected from this year’s National Team Championships in Arizona and North Carolina as well as through recommendations from scouts, coaches, and the amateur baseball community. The program will be used to further connect identified athletes with the USA Baseball staff to better prepare and develop the athletes for future USA Baseball national team experiences. 

Of the 44 selected athletes, 16 competed at the National Team Championships Arizona while 21 participated in the National Team Championships North Carolina. Nine of the athletes previously participated in the National Team Development Program while five are USA Baseball national team alums.

Owen Egan (Yucaipa, Calif.), Colt Emerson (Cambridge, Ohio), Gavin Grahovac (Orange, Calif.), and Bryce Rainer (Simi Valley, Calif.) were all teammates on the 2017 12U National Team that won gold at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan. Egan also played on the 2016 12U National Team alongside Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.). In addition to the 12U National Team, Miller also played on the 15U National Team in 2019, helping Team USA win the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

The 2021 16U/17U NTDP staff will be announced at a later date.

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

The 2021 16U/17U NTDP roster is as follows:

  • 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program roster:
  • Name; Position; Hometown
  • Zach Anderson; C/OF; Temecula, Calif.
  • Kade Anderson; LHP/OF; Madisonville, La.
  • Blake Balsz; C/INF; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
  • ^Eric Bitoni; INF; Hesperia, Calif.
  • Matthew Champion; INF/RHP; Laguna Niguel, Calif.
  • Maxwell Clark; OF/LHP; Franklin, Ind.
  • Bryce Clavon; INF; Hampton, Ga.
  • Cam Collier; INF/RHP; Austell, Ga.
  • ^Dylan Cupp; INF; Cedartown, Ga.
  • ^Derek Curiel; OF; West Covina, Calif.
  • Dean Curley; INF/RHP; La Verne, Calif.
  • Daniel Cuvet; INF; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Sebastian David; INF/RHP; Medina, Wash.
  • *^Owen Egan; OF/RHP; Yucaipa, Calif.
  • Bryce Eldridge; RHP/INF; Vienna, Va.
  • *^Colt Emerson; INF; Cambridge, Ohio
  • Walter Ford; INF/RHP; McCalla, Ala.
  • Theodore Gillen; INF/RHP; Austin, Texas
  • *^Gavin Grahovac; INF/C; Orange, Calif.
  • Adam Hachman; LHP; Wentzville, Mo.
  • James Hays; RHP/INF; Hawkinsville, Ga.
  • ^Ryder Helfrick; C/INF; Discovery Bay, Calif.
  • Braden Holcomb; INF; Ocoee, Fla.
  • Walker Jenkins; OF/INF; Oak Island, N.C.
  • Justin Lee; RHP; Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Adrian Lopez; INF/RHP; Oak Hills, Calif.
  • Wes Mendes; LHP/OF; Tampa, Fla.
  • *^Aidan Miller; INF/RHP; Trinity, Fla.
  • Blake Mitchell; C/INF; Sinton, Texas
  • Bryson Moore; RHP/INF; Fairfax, Va.
  • Michael Mullinax; OF/RHP; Canton, Ga.
  • Liam Peterson; RHP/INF; Clearwater, Fla.
  • *^Bryce Rainer; INF; Simi Valley, Calif.
  • Christian Rodriguez; OF/RHP; Coral Springs, Fla.
  • Austen Roellig; INF; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
  • Nathan Rogalski; LHP/INF; Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Cole Schoenwetter; RHP/INF; Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Drew Sofield; LHP/OF; Young Harris, Ga.
  • Ryan Speshyock; RHP/INF; Goleta, Calif.
  • Cale Stricklin; C/INF; Watkinsville, Ga.
  • Landon Stump; RHP/UTL; Morgan Hill, Calif.
  • Travis Sykora; INF/RHP; Round Rock, Texas
  • TayShaun Walton; OF/RHP; Norfolk, Va.
  • Thomas White; LHP/INF; Rowley, Mass.

 

  • *Denotes USA Baseball National Team alum
  • ^Denotes past 14U NTDP participant
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Six USA Baseball Alumni Taken in First Night of 2021 Major League Baseball Draft

2018 18U National Team alum Jack Leiter selected by Rangers with second overall pick
July 12, 2021
CARY, N.C. – Six USA Baseball alumni were selected in the first round of the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft on Sunday night, including second overall pick Jack Leiter. USA Baseball has now had 529 total athletes drafted in the first round since 1972. Leiter (No. 2, Texas Rangers) was the

CARY, N.C. – Six USA Baseball alumni were selected in the first round of the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft on Sunday night, including second overall pick Jack Leiter. USA Baseball has now had 529 total athletes drafted in the first round since 1972.

Leiter (No. 2, Texas Rangers) was the first USA Baseball alum taken in the 2021 draft. The Rangers have now drafted a USA Baseball alumnus with their first-round pick in three consecutive drafts (Josh Jung, 2019; Justin Foscue, 2020). Leiter pitched for the 2018 18U National Team, striking out 20 and allowing zero earned runs to help the stars and stripes clinch gold at the 2018 COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships.

Two more alumni were selected in the Draft’s first 10 picks with 2019 Collegiate National Team outfielder Colton Cowser coming off the board next as the fifth overall pick by the Baltimore Orioles. Kumar Rocker, who won a world championship with the 2017 18U National Team, was selected 10th overall by the New York Mets.

Two-time national team alum Brady House immediately followed Rocker, going to the Washington Nationals with the 11th pick. House is an alum of both the world-champion 2015 12U and 2018 15U National Teams. He was joined on the board two picks later by 15U National Team teammate Andy Painter, who went 13th overall to the Philadelphia Phillies.

2015 12U National Team alum Cooper Kinney was selected 34th overall by the Tampa Bay Rays to round out the first round for USA Baseball.

Four national team programs were represented in the first round of the 2021 MLB Draft. In total, the six alumni selected in the opening round have won a total of six gold medals in international competition.

Nine athletes taken in the first round have participated in the National Team Development Program, including Marcelo Mayer (No. 4, Boston Red Sox), Jordan Lawlar (No. 6, Arizona Diamondbacks), Rocker, House, Painter, Max Muncy (No. 25, Oakland Athletics), Maddux Bruns (No. 29, Los Angeles Dodgers), Joe Mack (No. 31, Miami Marlins), and Kinney.

The 2021 MLB Draft will continue on Monday, July 12, at 1 p.m. ET.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni selected in the first round of the 2021 MLB Draft is as follows:

    • Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s)
    • 1-2; Jack Leiter; Texas Rangers; 2018 18U National Team
    • 1-5; Colton Cowser; Baltimore Orioles, 2019 Collegiate National Team
    • 1-10; Kumar Rocker; New York Mets; 2017 18U National Team
    • 1-11; Brady House; Washington Nationals; 2015 12U National Team, 2018 15U National Team
    • 1-13; Andy Painter; Philadelphia Phillies; 2018 15U National Team
    • 1-34; Cooper Kinney; Tampa Bay Rays; 2015 12U National Team
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USA Baseball Names Chris Lionetti Director of Player Identification

Lionetti will identify athletes for the Collegiate and 18U National Teams, as well as for joint MLB and USA Baseball events
June 18, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the naming of Chris Lionetti as its Director of Player Identification. Following six years of scouting experience with the Atlanta Braves, Lionetti will be responsible for identifying candidates for the Collegiate National Team, 18U National Team, and 16U/17U National Team Development Program. He will also

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the naming of Chris Lionetti as its Director of Player Identification. Following six years of scouting experience with the Atlanta Braves, Lionetti will be responsible for identifying candidates for the Collegiate National Team, 18U National Team, and 16U/17U National Team Development Program. He will also identify candidates for joint MLB and USA Baseball events such as the Appalachian League, MLB Draft Combine, Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League, and PDP Premier events.

Lionetti will also be the organization’s liaison with the 30 MLB Clubs related to player identification and performance analysis, and assist all youth national team and development programs with player selection.

"We are extremely excited to welcome Chris Lionetti to the USA Baseball family as our first Director of Player Identification,” said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. “Chris brings invaluable experience scouting the amateur baseball landscape on behalf of a Major League Club. We look forward to following his lead in the creation of a player identification system at USA Baseball and enhancing the talent pool for our identification events and national team programs.”

“I am both excited and honored to be named USA Baseball’s first Director of Player Identification,” said Lionetti. “The scouting community helped raise me in baseball and I look forward to using those experiences to contribute to USA Baseball’s standard of excellence. I cannot thank my mentors enough for making this opportunity a reality and I am ready to hit the road in search of players to represent our country.”

Lionetti began his professional career as a scouting intern with the Braves in January 2015 before being promoted to a scouting assistant in October. While in that position, he helped create an in-house scouting system, oversaw recruiting of players for the Braves Scout Team, and scouted more than 100 athletes annually, including Ian Anderson, Austin Riley, and Kyle Wright.

In January of 2018, Lionetti was once again promoted within Atlanta’s organization, serving as a scouting coordinator until he was named the Area Supervisor for the State of Georgia in October 2019. In his past few years with the Braves, he recruited players for “The Prospect World Series,” served as a liaison between the front office and athletes during contract negotiations, filed scouting and character reports, and assisted in creating camp and showcase opportunities for underserved athletes.

Lionetti received his bachelor’s degree in science and sports management in 2014 from the University of Georgia.

For more information on USA Baseball, visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Ashley Bratcher Named General Manager of 18U National Team Program

She will manage all aspects of the national team program, including 16U and 17U NTDP and the PDP League
April 20, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named Ashley Bratcher General Manager of the 18U National Team program. She will manage all aspects of the 18U National Team program, including the 16U and 17U National Team Development Programs and the Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League. Additionally, she will continue to oversee the

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named Ashley Bratcher General Manager of the 18U National Team program. She will manage all aspects of the 18U National Team program, including the 16U and 17U National Team Development Programs and the Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League. Additionally, she will continue to oversee the Baseball Operations department.

The 18U National Team program is a stalwart on the international stage. Winners of eight world championships dating back to 1988, the 18U program has won 13 gold medals in its history, including eight consecutive from 2011-2018. Major League Baseball (MLB) MVPs Bryce Harper, Eric Hosmer, Clayton Kershaw, Freddie Freeman, Joe Mauer, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey, and Alex Rodriguez have all represented the U.S. in this program, and 71 alumni have been selected in the first round of the MLB Draft since 2010.

"It is an exciting time for USA Baseball and that stems from naming Ashley Bratcher as the General Manager for our 18U National Team,” said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. “Ashley is eminently qualified for this position. She is highly knowledgeable and very well respected within the game of baseball, and we are incredibly excited for her to take responsibility and ownership of this program. We know she will do a great job representing our 18U National Team and our nation on the international stage."

“I am extremely honored to be named the General Manager for the 18U National Team,” said Bratcher. “I have had a host of tremendous opportunities throughout my career at USA Baseball that have prepared me for this new role. I look forward to calling upon those experiences and the relationships I have cultivated over the past twelve years to sustain and build upon the successful history of the 18U program.”

The 2021 18U National Team will compete on its home soil for its ninth world championship this September. For the first time since 1995, the United States will host the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup. The event will take place September 10-19 in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida.

Bratcher joined USA Baseball in 2009 as an operations intern and was promoted to the Director of Operations later in the same year. In that role, she ran baseball camps, managed all operational needs at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, and oversaw the Women’s National Team program. Bratcher was elevated to Director of National Team Development Programs and Women’s National Team in 2012 and was named Senior Director of Baseball Operations in 2015. For the past six years she supervised the 12U, 15U, and Women’s National Team programs, the 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP), the National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the National Team Championships, and the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program.

As the program director for the 15U National Team, Bratcher led the team to three consecutive gold medals from 2017-2019, including its first world championship in program history at the 2018 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup and back-to-back gold medals at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Qualifier in 2017 and 2019. She also led the Women’s National Team to a gold medal in the inaugural women’s baseball tournament at the Pan American Games in 2015 and a gold medal at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships.

Additionally, she currently serves on the Steering Committee for the newly acquired Appalachian League as part of the PDP and has been integral in its daily operation as USA Baseball prepares for its inaugural season.

Bratcher graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in exercise and sports science. While at UNC, she worked with the 21-time NCAA National Champion women's soccer program as both a team manager and camp administrator. Bratcher also completed the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau’s scout development program in 2017.

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Jim Koerner Named USA Baseball Director of Player Development

He will develop on-field programming for national team and development programs after 20 years as a college coach
April 13, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball announced today the hiring of Jim Koerner as its Director of Player Development. Following 20 years of coaching at the collegiate level, Koerner will now be responsible for developing on-field programming for USA Baseball’s six national teams and three national team development programs. He will

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball announced today the hiring of Jim Koerner as its Director of Player Development. Following 20 years of coaching at the collegiate level, Koerner will now be responsible for developing on-field programming for USA Baseball’s six national teams and three national team development programs. He will also produce curriculums related to player development for USABDevelops.com, the organization’s free online educational resource center.

Koerner will also serve as the Field Coordinator at the Prospect Development Pipeline League, the premier development and showcase experience for high school draft prospects from Major League Baseball and USA Baseball, and the primary identification event for the 18U National Team. Additionally, he will assist with player and staff identification for all 10 clubs in the Appalachian League and serve as a roving instructor during the season. Koerner will start with USA Baseball following the 2021 college baseball season.

"We could not be more thrilled to have Jim joining USA Baseball as our Director of Player Development,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. “His passion for our game and for developing young athletes is inspiring, and the knowledge he has gained over two decades of coaching will be an invaluable asset to all of the players and coaches that come through our programs. From our national teams to the Prospect Development Pipeline League, the new MLB Draft Combine, and the Appalachian League, Jim will be integral in ensuring all of our athletes grow both on and off the field.”

“I am honored to accept this position with USA Baseball,” said Koerner. “This organization represents a standard of excellence that is unmatched in the amateur baseball world and one that I am excited to be a part of going forward. I want to thank everyone involved in the process that helped make this opportunity possible and I am excited to get started!”

Koerner has been the head coach at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) from 2011-2021. As just the second head coach in the program’s modern-day history, Koerner took NCCU baseball to new heights in his 10 years at the helm. Under his guidance, the Eagles set the school record for wins twice, in 2013 (27) and again in 2018 (28). He also coached two MLB Draft picks with NCCU, including Corey Joyce, who became the highest selection in program history when he was taken in the 12th round by the Detroit Tigers in 2019. Koerner helped lead NCCU’s transition to the NCAA Division I level in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference during the 2011-2012 season and has since coached 31 All-MEAC selections, including the 2017 and 2019 MEAC Rookies of the Year and the 2018 and 2019 MEAC Players of the Year.

Before his time at NCCU, Koerner was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Buffalo from 2007-2011, helping the Bulls reach their best offensive performances in program history in 2009 and 2010. The team recorded an all-time high in wins since 1999 during the 2009 season and set the records for team batting average (.312), home runs (46), and stolen bases (71) in 2010. In those two seasons combined, the Bulls broke over 25 season, career, team, and individual records.

He began his coaching career in 2001 as the head coach at Medaille College, where he helped found the program and was named the 2003 North Eastern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. In 2004, he moved to the Division I ranks as an assistant coach at Monmouth University before taking the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator role at Marshall University from 2005-2006. During that time, Marshall ranked highly among NCAA teams in most offensive categories and Koerner helped Adam Frederick break the program’s all-time hits record (250) while also recruiting and signing several of the Top 100 rated players in the Northeast.

Koerner received his bachelor’s degree in economics in 1997 from St. John Fisher College (N.Y.) and a master’s degree in athletic administration from Marshall University. 

For more information on USA Baseball, visit USABaseball.com and follow along on Twitter @USABaseball.

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USA Baseball Announces Development of Youth Baseball Manual

The manual aims to assist coaches in providing a safe, positive, development-based experience for athletes
April 9, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball announced today the development of its new Youth Baseball Manual presented by US Sports Club Insurance. The manual aims to support the thousands of youth baseball coaches around the country by providing a positive, development-based experience to their athletes. The manual provides coaches with a

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball announced today the development of its new Youth Baseball Manual presented by US Sports Club Insurance. The manual aims to support the thousands of youth baseball coaches around the country by providing a positive, development-based experience to their athletes.

The manual provides coaches with a fundamental framework to build an athlete-focused culture within their leagues and is suited for both youth leagues with longstanding traditions of on-field excellence, as well as for leagues and coaches that are building a program from the ground up. Importantly, the manual highlights health and safety resources to help ensure athletes are provided with a safe and secure environment for play.

The Youth Baseball Manual presented by US Sports Club Insurance is available to the public at no charge at www.USABDevelops.com or can be accessed directly at YouthBaseballManual.com.

“We are proud to provide free support to youth baseball programs and to thousands of volunteer coaches across the country with our new Youth Baseball Manual,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. “The importance of community-based baseball programs in the development of our game cannot be overstated, and USA Baseball is excited to help create a consistent framework for those programs so that athletes can continue to learn and grow in a safe, positive, and healthy environment.”

This initiative continues USA Baseball's reach into the amateur baseball landscape and specifically reinforces its commitment to the proliferation of community-based baseball in the United States. The manual boosts the youth baseball experience and allows for the consistent development for any athlete, regardless of their skill level.

Key concepts from the Youth Baseball Manual include:

  • The importance of emphasizing enjoyment of the game and the best interests of the athletes.
  • How to create appropriate practice and game plans based on the USA Baseball Long-Term Athlete Development Plan that enables maximum engagement, movement, and physical activity.
  • The benefits of supporting athletes’ participation in multiple sports.
  • How to manage relationships within a program, including conflict resolution techniques.
  • How to develop a positive team culture.
  • Best practices concerning health and safety.
  • How to keep the game fun.
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For more information on the Youth Baseball Manual, and other similar educational resources produced by USA Baseball, such as the Mobile Coach App, Long-Term Athlete Development Plan and others, visit USABDevelops.com. All resources produced by USA Baseball are provided free of charge to the public.

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Sixteen Alumni Earn 2020 MLB Awards

Four former Team USA players named to the All-MLB First Team in 2020
February 8, 2021
CARY, N.C. - Sixteen USA Baseball alumni were announced as Major League Baseball award winners following the 2020 season. Four former national team players were named to the All-MLB First Team, while four were named to the All-MLB Second Team. Freddie Freeman led the way with four honors last season, including being

CARY, N.C. - Sixteen USA Baseball alumni were announced as Major League Baseball award winners following the 2020 season. Four former national team players were named to the All-MLB First Team, while four were named to the All-MLB Second Team.

Freddie Freeman led the way with four honors last season, including being named the 2020 National League MVP after leading MLB in runs (51), finishing 2nd in MLB in OPS (1.102) and 2nd in the NL in average (.341), OBP (.462) and slugging (.640). He also picked up his second Silver Slugger Award, earned the 2020 Hank Aaron Award, and was named to the All-MLB First Team.

Freeman was joined on the All-MLB First Team by fellow Team USA alums Trevor Bauer, Manny Machado and Mike Trout. With the 2020 honor, Trout became only the second player in MLB history to earn a spot on the First Team for the second year in a row.

Additionally, Bauer earned his first Cy Young Award in 2020, while Nolan Arenado and Alex Gordon both earned the eighth Gold Glove Award of their careers. It was the eighth consecutive time Arenado has won the award and the fourth in a row for Gordon. Arenado also earned his fourth consecutive Platinum Glove Award last year, while Gordon picked up his second since 2014. Kolten Wong also earned a Gold Glove Award following the 2020 season, his second in as many years.

Corey Seager became just the eighth player in MLB history to win the World Series MVP after also earning the honor in the League Championship Series. Seager won the award unanimously after recording a .400/.556/.700 slash line with two home runs in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ six-game championship series win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni that earned 2020 MLB Awards is as follows:

  • All-MLB 1st Team
  • Trevor Bauer
  • Freddie Freeman
  • Manny Machado
  • Mike Trout
  • All-MLB 2nd Team
  • Gerrit Cole
  • Michael Conforto
  • Clayton Kershaw
  • Corey Seager
  • Cy Young
  • Trevor Bauer (NL)
  • Gold Glove
  • Nolan Arenado (NL)
  • J.P. Crawford (AL)
  • Joey Gallo (AL)
  • Alex Gordon (AL)
  • Trenton Grisham (NL)
  • Evan White (AL)
  • Kolten Wong (NL)
  • Hank Aaron Award
  • Freddie Freeman
  • MLB MVP
  • Freddie Freeman (NL)
  • Platinum Glove
  • Nolan Arenado (NL)
  • Alex Gordon (AL)
  • Silver Slugger
  • Freddie Freeman (NL)
  • Travis d’Arnaud (NL)
  • Manny Machado (NL)
  • World Series MVP
  • Corey Seager
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How to Become a USA Baseball Coach - Part Four: The Career Coach

August 21, 2020
You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team. That's the common path for a player. But what

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

That's the common path for a player.

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

It is a question we get asked a lot.

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

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

The Career Coach: Pitching Coach Adam Moseley

Adam Moseley is the head baseball coach at Hoover High School (Hoover, Ala.). As of 2020 he has been leading a big-time high school baseball program for thirteen years, spending the last six at Hoover. But his path to becoming a decorated head coach was set much earlier in life.

A pitcher by trade, Adam played baseball at Birmingham Southern College. But the on-field opportunity wasn't the main factor that drew him to the NAIA school; it was a coach.

"I knew I wanted to coach when I was in high school," Adam remembered. "It actually affected where I went to college. I wanted to play for someone who really taught the game."

That someone was Coach Brian Shoop. Shoop built a program at Birmingham Southern, turning the small school into an NAIA national champion and eventually an NCAA Division I conference champion and NCAA tournament threat.

Moseley studied under Shoop both as a player and ex-player, returning to camps to help out his mentor. He wanted to one day build his own program into a winner the same way Shoop had.

"We talked coaching all the time," Adam remembered of his time as a collegiate player. "He has been a constant source for me."

After graduating from Birmingham Southern in 1998, Adam started coaching high school baseball while taking graduate school classes. After grad school he began teaching and kept coaching before he eventually got a call from his hometown school, Grissom High School.

Adam would join Grissom as an assistant coach for three years before he took over the program. He led the Tigers for eight years and took the school to new heights, reaching the Alabama state quarterfinals four times in five years and an overall record of 224-153.

In 2014, Adam was hired to be the new head coach at Hoover High School. That same year, he was contacted by then USA Baseball Director of Baseball Operations Brooks Webb.

Why was Adam Moseley on USA Baseball's radar? He was an up-and-coming coach with drive and passion for the game, he already owned a track record of success in a major high school setting and was vouched for by a current USA Baseball coach, David Sharp. He checked all the boxes.

Moseley's insight to USA Baseball came from his relationship with David Sharp, the head coach of another big-time Alabama baseball program: Huntsville High School (Huntsville, Ala.). Sharp had helped with several USA Baseball identification events for the 12U National Team and shared his experiences with Moseley, and also recommended the career coach to USA Baseball.

"Brooks Webb called me and asked if I was interested [in working with USA Baseball]," Moseley remembered. "And I said yes, but I'd be a whole lot more comfortable if the pitchers were 60 feet, six inches away from the plate and the base paths were 90 feet apart."

Luckily, Webb was calling to fill a need at the National Team Championships in Florida, specifically with the 14U and 17U tournaments. Adam admits his first experience at a USA Baseball event was "a little overwhelming" due to the pressure of helping select a national team and the 14-hour days in hot and humid southern Florida. But, once he got settled in, it was "non-stop watching good baseball and learning."

Even though he wasn't coaching, Adam was determined to work as hard as he could at this new opportunity. His goal was to provide the best information possible, and let his dedication and drive show through his work.

He loved it, but it wasn't coaching. And Adam Moseley is a coach. He had known that since he was in high school.

The following year, even though it wasn't coaching, Adam once again returned to the National Team Championships event in Florida to give his time and expertise to USA Baseball and young players from across the country. And it was then that he was asked to lend his services to the 14U National Team Development Program.

"I thought the National Team Development Program was the coolest thing ever," said Moseley. At the National Team Development Program he was back where he felt most at home, back on the field coaching some of the most talented kids in the country. This is where he belonged.

Being back on the field and spending time with these players was something Adam took to heart. "I was there to coach pitchers, but I was there to coach them about life as well," he said.

Adam continued to coach USA Baseball players about pitching and life and "The USA Way" at any event he was asked to attend. And in 2017 he was named head pitching coordinator for the 14U National Team Development Program.

"You look around at these players and you think, well they are going to win a world championship next year," Moseley said. He didn't know it at the time, but he would be right there with them when they did. It was the plan all along.

"It was clear during the 14U National Team Development Program that Adam was meticulous and organized when it came to pitchers," said Ashley Bratcher, USA Baseball Senior Director of Baseball Operations and the 15U National Team program director. "He knew every detail about each player on the field and he created a thorough and development plan for all of them.

"Making him the pitching coach on the 15U National Team in 2018 was one of our easier decisions. He displayed an appreciation to the game, to his craft as a pitcher and to developing the athletes that told us he was the right guy to for the job. It is not an easy task to lead a pitching staff at a World Cup, especially when you were still searching for your first world title, and his experience and dedication to competing that helped lead our program to new heights."

The pitching staff he led in the 2018 U-15 Baseball World Cup posted a combined 1.24 ERA in the nine-game tournament. They outscored their opponents 88-13 on their way to winning the first U-15 Baseball World Cup in USA Baseball history. Adam Moseley returned home from the first international trip of his life with a gold medal.

That gold medal came just one year after he led the Buccaneers to an Alabama State Championship in 2017. It's safe to say the high school player looking at colleges knew exactly what he was meant to do with his life. He chose the right path and USA Baseball is thankful for it.

Adam Moseley's story is the fourth and final story of a four-part series on "How to Become a USA Baseball Coach." The remaining three stories of the series can be found on USABaseball.com.

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How to Become a USA Baseball Coach - Part Three: Unfinished Business

August 14, 2020
You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.That's the common path for a player.But what about the
You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.
That's the common path for a player.
But what about the coaches for the USA Baseball national teams? A coach cannot go 8-for-19 with three home runs over the course of a weekend tournament. So, what do they do? What is their path? How do you become a coach for USA Baseball?
It is a question we get asked a lot.
The answer: Honestly, there is no "path" for the best coaches in the country to carefully weave through, marking off accomplishments from a cultivated list in order to get closer to their coaching dreams. The answer is more complex than that. There are any number of ways someone with the right heart, attitude and abilities can end up wearing U-S-A across their chest and, hopefully, a gold medal around their neck.
For proof of this, look no further than the 2018 15U World Cup champion coaching staff. Four men with wildly different paths to our coaching ranks found themselves all sharing a medal stand in Panama.
The Alum With Unfinished Business: Assistant Coach Manny Crespo
In 1984, USA Baseball won silver at the Los Angeles Olympic Games and that team was led by a southern California native, Mark McGwire. In 1984, Manny Crespo was five years old. He still remembers the baseball card of a young Mark McGwire sporting a USA-branded hat and jersey that put USA Baseball into the consciousness of young Manny and many others.
Nine years later, a then 14-year-old Manny was invited to try out for Team USA, just like the athletes he watched on the field during the Olympics in L.A., but fate would not favor Manny during his first tryout.
"A couple days into Trials, I caught a line drive off my leg, and that pretty much eliminated me for that year," Manny remembered. "But I got another shot. And in 1997 I made the team."
He was drafted in the 12th round of the 1997 MLB Draft after his senior season at Westminster Christian, but elected to forego his immediate professional opportunity to instead attend the University of Miami.
In the Fall of 1997, Manny was selected to the 18U National Team. He played in five of the six games at the Junior World Championships, where he batted .365 and hit a pair of home runs. But, the team had to settle for a bronze medal.
The following school year, Manny headed to campus to play for the University of Miami where he enjoyed a decorated career where he was Freshman of the Year and a two-time All-American. And in 1999, he achieved another career milestone as the Hurricanes won the College World Series. Manny was named to the All-Tournament Team.
But the College World Series celebration was short-lived, because the next morning Manny was on a plane to join his new teammates on the 1999 Collegiate National Team.
Another year, a new team, similar results for Manny. He batted .320 with a pair of homers over 17 games with Team USA. But with no World Cup that season, a gold medal still eluded him.
1999 would be Manny's last season representing USA Baseball on the field as a player, but, according to Manny, "Once you're a USA guy, you're always a USA guy."
Over the next ten years, life happened to Manny Crespo. After a few minor league seasons, he left the game of baseball and became a teacher. Baseball was no longer a part of his professional life, until 2009 when another Hurricanes baseball alum asked Manny to help out coaching baseball at Gulliver Prep.
That Gulliver Prep head coach was Javy Rodriguez, and Manny joined his staff as an assistant. But Javy had a side gig as well. He had been working on the task force at the USA Baseball National Team Championships for a few years.
By 2014, Manny had been coaching alongside Javy for five years, all the while hearing stories of the talent he had seen while coaching at USA Baseball events. Already familiar with the organization, Manny decided he wanted an opportunity to return USA Baseball, and give back some of the lessons he learned, so he joined Javy to help out at the National Team Championships in 2014.
"I never won gold as a player, so in the back of my mind I think it was always there. I always wanted to come back. And I was happy to give back to an organization that provided so much for me," said Manny.
Back in the fold with USA Baseball, Manny was hooked again.
After helping out at the National Team Championships, Manny made it clear he wanted to help with any event or team that his help was needed. Over the next couple of years, he returned to the National Team Championships and also helped out at the National Team Identification Series (NTIS).
His next step up the ladder came in 2016 when USA Baseball Senior Director of Baseball Operations Ashley Bratcher needed an extra coach at the Women's National Team Trials, preferably one with catching experience.
Manny was the fit.
"Having been a player himself, Manny knew what it took to play for Team USA and the honor associated with getting to wear the uniform," recalled Bratcher "He is as passionate about the experience as anyone. He wanted to help players not just realize their dream of playing for Team USA, but to see them win for their country.
"He didn't care if they were women, 15-year-olds or professional athletes."
"That experience…" Manny said. "I would recommend it to anybody."
Getting on the field and coaching this group of women as they worked to get selected to the USA Baseball Women's National Team put Manny in an even smaller tier of coaches aiming to be a USA Baseball coach. He was on the short list of possible national team coaches and his willingness to coach any age group and any team only increased his odds to put that USA jersey on again and go for the gold medal he just missed out on as a player.
In preparation for the 2017 USA Baseball season, the baseball operations staff was putting together collections of coaches that made sense for each age group. The 14U National Team Development Program prospects looked to be immensely talented, good enough to challenge for a first World Cup title for the 15U National Team the following year.
So, who would be given the reigns to help groom these boys at age 14 towards a possible World Cup showing the following year? Manny Crespo was one of those coaches selected to coach at the 14U NTDP that season.
"Manny is a player's coach, it is as simple as that. He brings an successful baseball background to the field that athletes of any age can relate to. His selection to that coaching staff was a no-brainer," said Bratcher.
Throughout that 2017 14U NTDP, relationships were built with his fellow coaches, trust was established and players' talents flourished. And heading into the 2018 season and the U-15 Baseball World Cup, Manny was ultimately one of four coaches selected to lead the 15U National Team and go to Panama, once again putting him in the grasp of winning a gold medal.
"I was in Panama, the birthplace of my mother, playing against Panama for the World Championship," Manny remembered. "That's when it got surreal."
The 15U National Team in 2018 had a motto: Leave no doubt. And the team did just that. The team outscored their opponents 88-13 over nine games, bringing the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup championship to the United States for the first time in history.
It was the gold medal-dream finally realized for Manny Crespo. A gold medal-dream that he was able to share with his fellow coaches and with a group of kids still beginning their baseball careers.
Manny Crespo's story is the third of a four-part series on "How to Become a USA Baseball Coach." The final story of the series will be released on USABaseball.com and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instgram and Twitter.
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How to Become a USA Baseball Coach - Part Two: The Scorekeeper

August 7, 2020
You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.That's the common path for a player.But what about the
You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.
That's the common path for a player.
But what about the coaches for the USA Baseball national teams? A coach cannot go 8-for-19 with three home runs over the course of a weekend tournament. So, what do they do? What is their path? How do you become a coach for USA Baseball?
It is a question we get asked a lot.
The answer: Honestly, there is no "path" for the best coaches in the country to carefully weave through, marking off accomplishments from a cultivated list in order to get closer to their coaching dreams. The answer is more complex than that. There are any number of ways someone with the right heart, attitude and abilities can end up wearing U-S-A across their chest and, hopefully, a gold medal around their neck.
For proof of this, look no further than the 2018 15U World Cup champion coaching staff. Four men with wildly different paths to our coaching ranks found themselves all sharing a medal stand in Panama.
The Scorekeeper: Assistant Coach Troy Gerlach
Troy Gerlach is the head baseball coach at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Before that, he held the same position at Arcadia High School in Phoenix. Being around the game his entire life, Troy was drawn to USA Baseball and what it represented as the leading youth baseball federation in the country and the world. He needed to be a part of it, and he'd be honored to help in any way possible. Literally.
In 2012, USA Baseball needed a scorekeeper at the National Team Championships in Arizona. For Troy, living and coaching close by, it seemed like an easy fit.
Troy was an astute scorekeeper, keeping track of players that impressed him and putting down hand written notes on a separate sheet of paper. He wanted to have information at the ready in case any scouts came by asking for his input. So he wrote down pop times and velocity numbers that stood out among all these players fighting for the opportunity to play for a national team.
And those scouts did come by, asking Troy if any players caught his eye throughout the day that started at 7:00 a.m. and featured 110-degree heat beating down from the Arizona sun.
"I had this stuff all written down. Guys would look at it and I think just having that info down and knowing that I was putting in that effort, when I told them 'Hey there is this guy over here, he looks pretty good,' I think they trusted that I did know what I was talking about and they would go check him out."
The scouting bug had caught Troy, and he wanted to help in an even more direct way. One day, atop the field tower, Senior Director of Baseball Operations Ashley Bratcher was talking to Troy about what he had seen that week. During the conversation, Troy told Ashley he was honored to do anything USA Baseball wanted him to do, but if there was ever an opportunity to do more, to scout one of the tournaments, he would love a shot.
"Troy expressed to me that he would like to help out with scouting or be on a task force if there was ever an opportunity. So, the last week of the tournament, something happened with one of the guys who was supposed to scout that week and so we had an opening. I asked Troy if he wanted to do it," Bratcher remembered.
For one tournament, Troy had graduated from scorekeeper to scout. A tournament of 14-year-old ball players working to be seen by the right scout, to get invited to that next step, to have a chance to put on a jersey that read U-S-A across the front. And as one of those scouts, Troy had a similar opportunity.
"I think I wrote every single thing down that week. I was in panic mode. I didn't want to screw this up," said Troy.
At these tournaments, each scout on the USA Baseball task force handles one field per day. Watching four games each day, scouting all eight teams at once. At the end of the day, the four members of the task force get together with national team coaches and USA Baseball personnel to discuss their day's worth of findings.
"The other guys said he did a great job and that he was fully committed, so the next year, instead of hiring him as a scorekeeper, we hired him back as a scout," said Bratcher.
A week of scouting turned into a year of scouting, which turned into years of scouting. From National Team Championships to National Team Identification Series (NTIS) to National Team Development Programs (NTDP) to National Team Trials, Troy kept up with the grind and never lost passion for the gig, the players, and the ultimate goal of winning a World Cup.
And then in 2017, Troy was asked to be on the staff for the 14U NTDP. Also working the NTDP that year, Jason Maxwell, who would go on to be named the manager of the 2018 15U National Team.
"The relationships we built in that 14U National Team Development Program year, those relationships played a huge role in winning the World Cup," Maxwell said of the two-year process. And those relationships went from coach to player, player to player, and coach to coach. "When Ashley had asked me to be the manager for the World Cup team, she asked who I wanted to be the coaches, and the three coaches we took came from that National Team Development Program."
Passion. Hard work. Selflessness. Relationships. These things are invaluable to a coach on a journey to becoming a representative of USA Baseball, and all are attainable for anyone that has that dream. Doesn't matter if you are a former big leaguer, or a former scorekeeper.
Troy Gerlach's story is the second of a four-part series on "How to Become a USA Baseball Coach." The remaining two stories of the series will be released on USABaseball.com and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instgram and Twitter.
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How to Become a USA Baseball Coach - Part One: The Handshake

July 31, 2020
You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.That's the common path for a player.But what about the
You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.
That's the common path for a player.
But what about the coaches for the USA Baseball national teams? A coach cannot go 8-for-19 with three home runs over the course of a weekend tournament. So, what do they do? What is their path? How do you become a coach for USA Baseball?
It is a question we get asked a lot.
The answer: Honestly, there is no "path" for the best coaches in the country to carefully weave through, marking off accomplishments from a cultivated list in order to get closer to their coaching dreams. The answer is more complex than that. There are any number of ways someone with the right heart, attitude and abilities can end up wearing U-S-A across their chest and, hopefully, a gold medal around their neck.
For proof of this, look no further than the 2018 15U World Cup champion coaching staff. Four men with wildly different paths to our coaching ranks found themselves all sharing a medal stand in Panama.
The Handshake: Manager Jason Maxwell
Jason Maxwell played professional baseball for 12 years, started a high school program from scratch in Tennessee, and went on to lead Team USA to their first-ever U-15 Baseball World Cup title. But how did Maxwell get his start with USA Baseball? From the way he tells it: A handshake.
"You never know what a handshake will mean down the road." This is a philosophy Jason lives by and instills in his two sons. And it is a philosophy that set Jason on a path to what he calls his 'number one without a doubt' personal achievement in the game of baseball.
The handshake in this instance was with Jan Weisberg. Jan is the head coach of a college program that was recruiting one of Jason's high school players back in 2013. That college program was Birmingham-Southern, which was also the alma mater of Brooks Webb, former Senior Director of Baseball Operations at USA Baseball.
One day, Brooks called his former college manager asking if he knew of any coaches that showed the heart and ability to join the newest crop of USA Baseball coaches.
Jan sent him to Jason Maxwell.
Jason started his USA Baseball coaching career where most coaches do, working as a member of the task force at the National Team Championships and the National Team Identification Series. Hundreds of kids packed into ballparks across the country, all with the same goal as each other, all with the same goal as Jason Maxwell: A chance to represent the United States of America.
His passion for the game and his drive to help these young athletes reach their potential was obvious to everyone around him. Jason was suddenly at any event USA Baseball needed an extra hand.
After three short years, he was named to his first national team staff, and traveled to Japan as an assistant coach with the 2016 15U National Team. The team placed third in the tournament. But Jason left wanting more.
In 2017 Jason was named the field manager for the 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP). A group of young players stacked with talent. Enough to have a chance at history, to be the first team in U.S. history to bring home the U-15 World Cup championship the following year.
Over the next two summers, Jason led that group of young athletes, helped them develop and earned their trust. And in 2018, history was made.
"When you are standing in another country with a gold medal around your neck, and the national anthem starts to play," Jason remembered. "There is nothing like it."
From a handshake, to a phone call, to a gold medal.
Now if this sounds like fate, and something impossible for an everyday coach, that is not the case. Yes, Jason played big league baseball, but Jason was the head coach of a team coming off a 13-16 record when he received that phone call. A moment in which his first instinct was 'Just let it ring. We aren't going to be in the National High School Invitational' when he saw that his caller ID read "USA Baseball." 
But the call was for him. Because his passion, drive and ability were obvious to anyone around him. Obvious to Jan Weisberg, then obvious to Brooks Webb and eventually obvious to new Senior Director of Baseball Operations at USA Baseball, Ashley Bratcher, who served as the program director for the world championship 15U National Team in 2018.
"Jason epitomizes the character, leadership and personal qualities we look for to be a USA Baseball national team coach," said Bratcher. "In every facet of his life, both personal and professional, he does everything the right way and is a perfect representation of our game, our organization and our country.
"Without a doubt, he was truly an obvious and deserving choice to lead a USA Baseball national team and it was an honor to witness his direct impact on our athletes and his fellow coaches on the 2018 squad. It surprised nobody whom has ever had the privilege of working with him that he led our 15U National Team to unprecedented heights, winning its first-ever world championship title."
Every coach makes connections every day. And you never know what a handshake will mean down the road. And you'll never know when the right impression on the right person might lead to glory.
Jason Maxwell's story is the first of a four-part series on "How to Become a USA Baseball Coach." The remaining three stories of the series will be released on USABaseball.com and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instgram and Twitter.
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16U NTDP Concludes on Monday

August 4, 2019
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Stars 1 0 4 1 1 0 1 1 x 9 9 0 Stripes 0 2 1 1 3 0 2 x x 9 9 0 Box Score | Play-by-Play     CARY, N.C. - Game three

 

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Stars 1 0 4 1 1 0 1 1 x 9 9 0
Stripes 0 2 1 1 3 0 2 x x 9 9 0
 
 
CARY, N.C. - Game three of the 2019 16U NTDP Stars vs. Stripes series ended in a stalemate, as both teams scored nine runs on Monday at Coleman Field in Cary, North Carolina.
Offensively, both teams were effective at the plate, with both teams combining for nine runs and nine hits. The Stripes were led by Devin Obee (Nashville, Tenn.), who went 1-for-4 with three RBI's, and Lorenzo Carrier (Bear, Del.), who went 1-for-3 with two RBI's. The Stars logged nine runs on just four RBI's. Three different players had two or more hits, while four players registered one RBI. 
Both teams struggled from the mound on Monday morning, with a combined total of 18 hits given up in the contest, nine from each team, along with 14 total walks.
Key Moments:
• In the bottom of the first and after stealing third base, the Stars' Chase Spencer (Plano, Texas) scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch from Gavin Ochoa (Rohnert Park, Calif.).
• The Stripes' Ochoa beat Sal Stewart (Miami, Fl.) in an 11-pitch at bat in the bottom of the first with a runner on third to end the inning.
• The Stars added two more runs in the top of the third after Michael Saumell (Spring, Texas) and Spencer both reached home on wild pitches in consecutive at bats to put the Stars up 4-2.
• In the bottom of the fourth, the Stripes' Carrier hit an RBI-single to left, bringing Boyd home and cutting the deficit to two and bringing the score to 6-4.
• Down by three in the bottom of the fifth, Obee doubled on a liner to right that drove in two runs, bringing the Stripes within one run at 7-6.
• The Stripes tied the game up once again in the bottom of the seventh when Obee hit a sacrifice-fly to deep right-field, allowing Clifford to score safely and tie the game up at eight runs apiece.
• The Stars were able to respond in the top of the eighth and tie the game at nine runs apiece thanks to Spencer crossing the plate on a wild pitch. The game would end in a tie due to time constraints. 
Notable Information:
• There were a combined 18 hits and 18 runs in game three, nine from each side.
• No pitcher threw more than two innings in the contest.
• Game three was the first game played in a double header scheduled for Monday, August 5.
• There were a combined 18 hits and 18 runs in game three, nine from each side.
 
 

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Stars 2 3 2 0 0 x x x x 7 5 0
Stripes 0 0 0 0 1 x x x x 1 4 0
 
 
DURHAM, N.C. - The Stars defeated the Stripes, 7-1, in the final game of the 2019 16U NTDP Stars vs. Stripes series on Monday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina. 
The Stripes offense was led by Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.), who went 1-for-3 with three RBI's, and Cooper Kinney (Chattanooga, Tenn.), who went 1-for-2 with two RBI's.
The Stars pitching staff was led by Jaron Nevarez (San Ramon, Calif.), who allowed just one hit in two innings pitched along with two punchouts, and Tyler Gough (Perris, Calif.), who registered three strikeouts on and zero runs allowed in two innings pitched.
Key Moments:
• In the top of the first and with a runner on first, the Stars' Nick Kurtz hit an RBI-triple to the right-field corner that scored the game's first run.
• Continuing in the first, Josh Hartle brought Kurtz home with an RBI-groundout to second and made the game 2-1 in favor of the Stars.
• In the top of the second with the bases loaded, Tyree Reed hit a bases-clearing double that put Stars on top 5-2.
• In the top of the third, Cooper Kinney hit a two-run RBI-single to increase the Stars lead to 7-0. 
• The Stripes were able to get on the board off of an RBI-triple hit by Lorenzo Carrier (Bear, Del.), bringing the game to 7-1.
Notable Information:
• The Stripes were held to just four hits against the Stars pitching staff.
• Cooper Kinney finished the 16U NTDP with a series-high six hits.
• Devin Obee led the series with six RBI's over the four-game span.
• Tyler Gough led both teams' pitcher staffs with seven strikeouts over the four-game series.
• No pitcher threw more than two innings in the contest.
• The Stripes finished the 2019 16U NTDP Stars vs. Stripes series 2-1-1.
• The Stars finished the 2019 16U NTDP Stars vs. Stripes series 1-2-1.
• Game Four of the Stars vs. Stripes series was cut short due to inclement weather. 
Social Media:
• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 16U National Team Development Program.  
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