DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball revealed the 41-man 2019 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster on Friday, following the conclusion of the 17U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. The weeklong 17U NTDP will once again be held in Chicago, Illinois, for the fourth consecutive year from July
- USA Baseball revealed the 41-man 2019 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster on Friday, following the conclusion of the 17U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. The weeklong 17U NTDP will once again be held in Chicago, Illinois, for the fourth consecutive year from July 20-25.
The National Team Development Program offers identified athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars and intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games to assist in the development of the athletes as a person and a player.
"We are really excited about the announcement of this year's 17U NTDP roster," said 18U National Team Program Director Frank Jagoda. "This is an incredible developmental opportunity for these young men, and we look forward to a great week of showing them the USA Baseball way and continuing to move these kids forward in our programming, which could culminate with an opportunity to compete for this year's 18U National Team."
The roster is made up of 41 athletes who were identified and selected based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball sanctioned events, including the National Team Championships and the National Team Identification Series (NTIS), among others. In total, 21 athletes have played on a USA Baseball national team, while 22 past NTDP participants are on the roster.
Seventeen of the invited players are new to USA Baseball national team programming in 2019, including 10 athletes that represented their respective region at the 2018 16U NTIS Champions Cup in Cary, North Carolina, and seven that were selected from the 2019 National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida.
Nine members of this year's 17U NTDP are alumni of the 2018 15U National Team that won the program's first-ever World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup gold medal. In addition, the roster boasts six athletes that helped the 2017 15U National Team win its third-consecutive gold medal at the COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships.
Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), Brady House (Winder, Ga.) and Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) will reunite for the fourth time after being teammates on the 2018 15U National Team and the 12U National Team that won a gold medal at the 2015 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup; the three also participated together at the 2017 14U NTDP.
Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), who was a member of the 2018 18U National Team that won the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships gold medal, is returning to the 17U NTDP for the second year in a row in 2019. Crow-Armstrong will reunite with fellow 2014 12U National Team alumnus Izaac Pacheco (Friendswood, Texas) at this year's 17U NTDP.
Additionally, Rawley Hector (Van Alstyne, Texas) and Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.), whose paths have both included stops with the 2016 14U NTDP, the 2017 15U National Team and the 2018 16U NTDP, will add another summer with USA Baseball to their resumés in 2019. In total, ten members of the 2018 16U NTDP have been chosen to compete at the 17U NTDP, while 11 past 14U NTDP participants have made this year's roster.
USA Baseball will unveil the staff of the 2019 17U NTDP in the coming days. Stay tuned to USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseballNTDP
on Twitter for all information on the National Team Development Program.
2019 17U National Team Development Program
Name; Position; Hometown
Phillip Abner; LHP; Charlotte, N.C.
Jackson Baumeister; C/RHP; Jacksonville, Fla.
Mike Bello; OF; Oak Ridge, N.J.
^Braylon Bishop; OF; Texarcana, Ark.
^Nick Bitsko; RHP; Doylestown, Penn.
Mark Black; C/OF; Pittsburgh, Penn.
Michael Braswell; INF/RHP; Mableton, Ga.
Maddux Bruns; RHP; Saraland, Ala.
^Irving Carter; RHP; Boynton Beach, Fla.
*^Ryan Clifford; OF; Raleigh, N.C.
*^Pete Crow-Armstrong; OF; Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Michael Davinni; IF/RHP; Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Kade Grundy; RHP/OF; Somerset, Ky.
*^Joshua Hartle; LHP/1B; King, N.C.
*^Rawley Hector; RHP/INF; Van Alstyne, Texas
*^Brady House; INF/RHP; Winder, Ga.
^Samuel Hunt; C/IF; Minneapolis, Minn.
^Jordan Lawlar; MIF; Irving, Texas
*^Luke Leto; INF/RHP; Portage, Mich.
*Christian Little; RHP; St. Louis, Mo.
Joseph Mack; C/IF; Williamsville, N.Y.
^Marcelo Mayer; SS/OF; Chula Vista, Calif.
Michael Morales; RHP/IF; Enola, Penn.
Maxwell Muncy; IF; Carmarillo, Calif.
*^Izaac Pacheco; INF; Friendswood, Texas
*Andrew Painter; RHP; Pompano Beach, Fla.
Joshua Pearson; OF/IF; West Monroe, La.
Joseph Quick; RHP/IF; Lake Jackson, Texas
Kurtis Reid; IF/RHP; Hamilton, Ohio
*^Roc Riggio; OF; Simi Valley, Calif.
*Alejandro Rosario; RHP; Miami, Fla.
*Charlie Saum; C; Ventura, Calif.
Nate Savino; LHP/OF; Sterling, Va.
*^Cody Schrier; INF; San Clemente, Calif.
Brock Selvidge; LHP/OF; Chandler, Ariz.
^Austin Stracener; SS/RHP; New Braunfels, Texas
*Ryan Spikes; UTL; Covington, Ga.
*^Grant Taylor; RHP; Florence, Ala.
^Hunter Teplansky; INF/RHP; Flower Mound, Texas
Jack Walker; RHP; Lake Charles, La.
Tyler Wiederstein; RHP/IF; Greensburg, Penn.
*Denotes National Team alum
^Denotes National Team Development Program Participant