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Fifty-Six USA Baseball Alumni on MLB Postseason Rosters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Shane Baz; 2016 18U, 2021 Olympic
  • JP Feyereisen; 2019 Pro
  • Austin Meadows; 2011 16U
  • David Robertson; 2017 WBC, 2021 Olympic
  • Michael Wacha; 2011 Collegiate
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MLB, USA Baseball Announce Prospect Development Pipeline League Rosters

The PDP League will take place June 29-July 6 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina
June 27, 2022
2022 PDP League Roster CARY, N.C. – Major League Baseball and USA Baseball jointly announced today the 100 players participating in the 2022 PDP League that will take place June 29–July 6 at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. Part of the broader MLB and USA Baseball Prospect

2022 PDP League Roster

CARY, N.C. – Major League Baseball and USA Baseball jointly announced today the 100 players participating in the 2022 PDP League that will take place June 29–July 6 at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. Part of the broader MLB and USA Baseball Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP), the event features the country’s best 18-and-under players and serves as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team. Many players in the PDP League also will compete in the MLB-USA Baseball High School All-American Game held at Dodger Stadium during MLB All-Star Week.

The PDP League is an invitation-based development and assessment opportunity for high school players eligible for the following year’s MLB Draft. Since its inception in 2019, it provides athletes with an extraordinary amateur experience, including competitive gameplay, player development sessions, educational seminars, and other programming to prepare players for a professional baseball career.

‘We are excited to welcome so many talented players to the National Training Complex this summer to kickstart the 18U National Team identification process,” said USA Baseball 18U National Team General Manager Ashley Bratcher. “We are looking forward to a great week of competitive play and identifying the forty young men who will be named to our 18U National Team Trials roster and compete for the chance to represent our country at the U-18 Baseball World Cup in Florida in September.”

The 100 participants will be split into four teams of 25 and go head-to-head in a series of intrasquad games. The rosters include 10 USA Baseball national team alumni and 25 past National Team Development Program (NTDP) participants and feature athletes from 28 different states, as well as Puerto Rico. California leads the way with 19 players, Florida boasts 17 to have the second-most players on the roster, Texas claims nine, Georgia has seven, and Illinois has six.

Drew Burress (Perry, Ga.), Duke Ekstrom (San Diego, Calif.), Ethan McElvain (Thompsons Station, Tenn.), Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.), and Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.) will all reunite at the PDP League after playing together on the 2019 15U National Team that won gold at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier.

Several other players have prior national team or NTDP experience, as George Wolkow (Downers Grove, Ill.) was a member of the 2021 15U National Team while Colt Emerson (Cambridge, Ohio), Gavin Grahovac (Orange, Calif.), Milam, and Miller have all played on medal-winning 12U National Teams in 2016 and 2017. Additionally, Walker Jenkins (Oak Island, N.C.) and Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) will look to make an 18U National Team roster for the second consecutive year after donning the red, white, and blue last summer.

PDP League participants also include more than a dozen alumni of premier, diversity-focused development programs led by MLB and USA Baseball, including the Breakthrough Series (BTS) and DREAM Series (DS). The list, which also includes alumni of the Hank Aaron Invitational (HAI: co-hosted by MLB, the MLBPA and USA Baseball), is as follows:

  • Antonio Anderson – 2021 Hank Aaron Invitational (HAI), 2021 Breakthrough Series (BTS) Tournament Team, 2022 BTS
  • Justin Best – 2018 – 2019 EDI/HAI, 2020 DREAM Series (DS), 2022 BTS
  • Boston Flannery – 2022 BTS
  • Kendall George – 2021 – 2022 BTS, 2021 HAI
  • RJ Hamilton – 2022 BTS
  • Dillon Head – 2018, 2019, 2021 HAI, 2021 – 2022 BTS, 2020 DS, 2019 & 2021 BTS Tournament Teams
  • Cameron Johnson – 2021 HAI
  • George Lombard Jr. – Will participate in the 2022 HAI
  • Tim Pompey Jr. – 2021 HAI
  • Zion Rose – 2019 HAI, 2020 DS
  • Nikolas Sanders – 2021 - 2022 BTS, 2021 HAI
  • Nazzan Zanetello – 2022 BTS

After the PDP League, 40 players will be invited to the 18U National Team Trials from August 29-September 2 in Fort Myers, Florida, before the 20-man 18U National Team roster is named. The 18U team will continue to train in Fort Myers from September 4-8 before competing at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup from September 9-18 in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. The United States will host the event for the first time since 1995 when Team USA finished the tournament with an 8-1 record and claimed the gold medal with a 10-0 victory over Chinese Taipei in the championship game at Fenway Park in Boston.

For more information on the PDP League, follow @BaseballPDP on Twitter and Instagram or visit the PDP League website.

The 2022 PDP League participants are below. To view the four team rosters, click here.

(Name; Position; High School; Hometown)

  • Antonio Anderson; INF/RHP; Tri-Cities; Atlanta, Ga.
  • Ariel Antigua; INF/C; Trinity Christian Academy; Lake Worth, Fla.
  • ^Blake Balsz; C; Santa Margarita Catholic; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
  • Garrett Baumann; RHP; Hagerty; Oviedo, Fla.
  • Justin Best; OF; Combine Academy; Cornelius, N.C.
  • ^Eric Bitonti; INF; Aquinas; Hesperia, Calif.
  • Mason Bixby; RHP; Johnson; San Antonio, Texas
  • ^Casey Borba; INF; Orange Lutheran; Santa Ana, Calif.
  • Jake Brown; LHP; Sulphur; Sulphur, La.
  • *Drew Burress; OF; Houston County; Perry, Ga.
  • Francesco Capocci; RHP/INF; Denmark; Cumming, Ga.
  • ^Maxwell Clark; OF; Franklin Community; Franklin, Ind.
  • Alex Clemmey; LHP; Bishop Hendricken; Middletown, R.I.
  • ^Dylan Cupp; INF; Cedartown; Cedartown, Ga.
  • ^Dean Curley; INF/OF; Northview; La Verne, Calif.
  • ^Daniel Cuvet; INF; St. Thomas Aquinas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Matthew Dallas; LHP; Briarcrest Christian; Arlington, Tenn.
  • Parker Detmers; RHP; Glenwood; Glenwood, Ill.
  • Blake Dickerson; LHP; Ocean Lakes; Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Hunter Dietz; LHP; Calvary Christian; Trinity, Fla.
  • Cole Eaton; OF; Elkhorn South; Elkhorn, Neb.
  • *^Duke Ekstrom; RHP; Point Loma; San Diego, Calif.
  • ^Bryce Eldridge; RHP/INF; James Madison; Vienna, Va.
  • *^Colt Emerson; INF; John Glenn; Cambridge, Ohio
  • Jonny Farmelo; OF; Westfield; Centreville, Va.
  • Seth Farni; OF; St. Stanislaus; Long Beach, Miss.
  • Chance Fitzgerald; RHP; Lake Howell; Sanford, Fla.
  • Boston Flannery; RHP; New City, N.Y.; Brunswick
  • Gabe Gaeckle; RHP; Aptos; Aptos, Calif.
  • Will Gasparino; OF; Harvard Westlake; Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Kendall George; OF; Atascocita; Humble, Texas
  • Ryan Geraghty; RHP; Mundelein; Mundelein, Ill.
  • John Glasscock; RHP; Fluvanna County; Scottsville, Va.
  • *^Gavin Grahovac; INF/OF; Villa Park; Orange, Calif.
  • Miller Green; LHP; Lipscomb Academy; Nashville, Tenn.
  • Evan Haeger; OF; Detroit Catholic Central; New Hudson, Mich.
  • RJ Hamilton; INF; Hoover; Hoover, Ala.
  • Colton Hartman; LHP; Lebanon; Lebanon, Ohio
  • ^James Hays; RHP; The Westfield Schools; Hawkinsville, Ga.
  • Dillon Head; OF; Homewood Flossmoor; Glenwood, Ill.
  • ^Ryder Helfrick; C; Clayton Valley; Discovery Bay, Calif.
  • ^Braden Holcomb; INF/OF; Foundation Academy; Ocoee, Fla.
  • Riley Jackson; C; Eau Gallie; Melbourne, Fla.
  • *^Walker Jenkins; OF; South Brunswick; Oak Island, N.C.
  • Cameron Johnson; LHP; Bishop McNamara; Upper Marlboro, Md.
  • Aidan Keenan; RHP; Live Oak; Morgan Hill, Calif.
  • Barrett Kent; RHP; Pottsboro, Texas; Pottsboro
  • Cameron Kim; INF/OF; Norco; Jurupa Valley, Calif.
  • Josh Knoth; RHP; Patchogue-Medford; Medford, N.Y.
  • Camden Kozeal; INF; Millard South; Omaha, Neb.
  • Andrew Lamb; C/OF; JSerra; Coto de Caza, Calif.
  • Justin Leguernic; LHP; Half Hollow Hills West; Dix Hills, N.Y.
  • Wil Libbert; LHP; Blair Oaks; Meta, Mo.
  • Christian Lim; LHP; Montgomery Bell Academy; Nashville, Tenn.
  • George Lombard Jr.; INF; Gulliver Prep; Pinecrest, Fla.
  • Landen Maroudis; RHP/INF; Calvary Christian; Largo, Fla.
  • Roman Martin; INF; Servite; Whittier, Calif.
  • *Ethan McElvain; LHP; Nolensville; Thompsons Station, Tenn.
  • Kevin McGonigle; INF; Monsignor Bonner; Glenolden, Pa.
  • Yahil Melendez; INF; B-You Prospect Academy; Caguas, P.R.
  • Frank Menendez; LHP; Doral Academy; Miami, Fla.
  • Noble Meyer; RHP; Jesuit; West Linn, Ore.
  • *^Steven Milam; INF; Centennial; Las Cruces, N.M.
  • *^Aidan Miller; IF/OF; JW Mitchell; Trinity, Fla.
  • *^Blake Mitchell; C/RHP; Sinton; Sinton, Texas
  • Coleman Mizell; OF; Hartselle; Hartselle, Ala.
  • Zander Mueth; RHP; Belleville East; Swansea, Ill.
  • Arjun Nimmala; INF; Strawberry Crest; Valrico, Fla.
  • Tai Peete; INF/RHP; Trinity Christian; Tyrone, Ga.
  • ^Liam Peterson; RHP; Calvary Christian; Palm Harbor, Fla.
  • Edward Phelps III; INF; Georgia Premier Academy; Kennesaw, Ga.
  • TJ Pompey; INF/OF; Coppell; Coppell, Texas
  • Jarren Purify; INF; University Liggett; Detroit, Mich.
  • Dylan Questad; RHP; Waterford; Waterford, Wis.
  • Cal Randall; RHP; De La Salle; Discovery Bay, Calif.
  • ^Christian Rodriguez; RHP/OF; Marjory Stoneman Douglass; Coral Springs, Fla.
  • Tommy Roldan; LHP/OF; Georgetown Preparatory; Poolesville, Md.
  • Zion Rose; C/OF; Brother Rice; Chicago, Ill.
  • Stone Russell; INF; IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
  • Nik Sanders; C/OF; La Vega; Waco, Texas
  • Adrian Santana; INF; Doral Academy; Miami, Fla.
  • Derek Schaefer; RHP; Cactus Shadows; Phoenix, Ariz.
  • ^Cole Schoenwetter; RHP; San Marcos; Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • MJ Seo; INF/RHP; ; Plano, Texas
  • Brayden Sharp; LHP/OF; The Woodlands; The Woodlands, Texas
  • Brody Shawn; RHP; West Potomac; Alexandria, Va.
  • Campbell Smithwick; C; Oxford; Oxford, Miss.
  • Charlee Soto; RHP; Reborn Christian Academy; Kissimmee, Fla.
  • ^Nolan Stevens; OF/LHP; Franklin; Elk Grove, Calif.
  • ^Landon Stump; RHP; Live Oak; Morgan Hill, Calif.
  • ^Travis Sykora; RHP/INF; Round Rock; Round Rock, Texas
  • Cameron Tilly; RHP; Castle; Newburgh, Ind.
  • Zachary Wadas; OF/INF; Hamilton; Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Dean West; OF; Notre Dame; Woodland Hills, Calif.
  • Thomas White; LHP; Phillips Academy; Rowley, Mass.
  • Andrew Wiggins; OF; Heritage Christian; Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Paul Wilson; LHP; Lakeridge; Lake Oswego, Ore.
  • Brandon Winokur; INF/OF; Edison; Huntington Beach, Calif.
  • *George Wolkow; INF/OF; Downers Grove North; Downers Grove, Ill.
  • Nazzan Zanetello; INF/OF; Christian Brothers; Florissant, Mo.

*Denotes USA Baseball national team alum

^Denotes past USA Baseball NTDP participant

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MLB, USA BASEBALL INTRODUCE 2022 PROSPECT DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE LEAGUE STAFF

Twelve former major leaguers to serve on staff in 2022
June 23, 2022
CARY, N.C. – Major League Baseball and USA Baseball today jointly introduced the coaching staff for the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League, highlighted by the naming of 12 former Major Leaguers to the staff. Jim Koerner, USA Baseball’s Director of Player Development, will serve as field coordinator, while the

CARY, N.C. – Major League Baseball and USA Baseball today jointly introduced the coaching staff for the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League, highlighted by the naming of 12 former Major Leaguers to the staff. Jim Koerner, USA Baseball’s Director of Player Development, will serve as field coordinator, while the 2022 18U National Team coaching staff – manager Denny Hocking, pitching coach Adam Moseley, and assistant coaches Roberto Vaz and Jack Wilson – will be roving coordinators at the event.

The PDP League is scheduled to take place June 29-July 6 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina and will again serve as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team in 2022. The event invites 100 of the top 18-and-under aged prospects for a week of development and assessment opportunities for high school players eligible for the following year’s MLB Draft. The league offers an extraordinary amateur baseball experience, featuring competitive gameplay, individualized player development sessions, and evaluations using modern technologies tailoring individualized development curriculums for each player, as well as off-field leadership, skill-building, and educational seminars to assist players in preparing for a professional baseball career.

Many players in the PDP League also will compete in the MLB-USA Baseball High School All-American Game held at Dodger Stadium during MLB All-Star Week.

Three former Major Leaguers and one college coaching veteran comprise the four PDP League team managers in 2022. Six-time MLB All-Star Lance Berkman (Houston Baptist) will serve as a manager this summer and will be joined by seven-year major leaguer Adam Hyzdu, 25-year college coaching veteran Tom Griffin (Carson-Newman), and Olympic gold medalist and 12-year major leaguer Doug Mientkiewicz as this year’s PDP League team managers. In addition, a group consisting of eight former professional baseball players, two former national team coaches, and two current college coaches will serve as assistant and pitching coaches in 2022.

“We are very excited to welcome such an accomplished and experienced staff to this year’s PDP League,” said Ashley Bratcher, USA Baseball 18U National Team General Manager. “This year’s staff offers unparalleled knowledge of baseball across multiple levels of the game and will be both challenging and engaging voices for our athletes. We know this coaching staff will be eager to help develop and identify the nation’s best players as we continue our pursuit of a world championship.”

The full coaching staff for the 2022 PDP League is as follows (Coaches’ bios enclosed below):

COORDINATORS

  • Field Coordinator: Jim Koerner
  • Roving Coordinator: Denny Hocking
  • Roving Coordinator: Adam Moseley
  • Roving Coordinator: Roberto Vaz
  • Roving Coordinator: Jack Wilson

TEAM LIGHT BLUE

  • Manager: Adam Hyzdu
  • Pitching Coach: LaTroy Hawkins
  • Assistant Coach: Lunch McKenzie
  • Assistant Coach: Nick Punto
  • Certified Athletic Trainer: Sydney Neighbors

TEAM GRAY

  • Manager: Lance Berkman
  • Pitching Coach: Dave Wallace
  • Assistant Coach: Andre Butler
  • Assistant Coach: Mike Kinkade
  • Certified Athletic Trainer: Brandon Schaust

TEAM NAVY

  • Manager: Tom Griffin
  • Pitching Coach: Greg Swindell
  • Assistant Coach: Rucker Taylor
  • Assistant Coach: Dmitri Young
  • Certified Athletic Trainer: James Wood

TEAM RED

  • Manager: Doug Mientkiewicz
  • Pitching Coach: Kip Wells
  • Assistant Coach: Ro Coleman
  • Assistant Coach: Butch Chaffin
  • Certified Athletic Trainer: Adrian Ramon

The identification process for the 2022 18U National Team begins with the PDP League. The 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP), which is set to take place July 25-29 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, will also serve as an identification event for this year’s 18U National Team.

Following the conclusion of this year’s identification events, the 18U National Team Trials will take place August 29-September 2 in Florida. The final 20-man 18U National Team roster will be announced following Trials and the team will remain in Florida for training from September 3-8 before taking part in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup. The U-18 Baseball World Cup will be hosted by the U.S. for the first time since 1995 in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, from September 9-18.

For more information on the PDP League, follow @BaseballPDP on Twitter and Instagram and visit the PDP League website.

COACHES' BIOS

Six-time MLB All Star and Houston Baptist head coach Lance Berkman joins the 2022 PDP League as manager of Team Gray. Berkman played 15 seasons in the Major Leagues, including 12 with the Houston Astros, two with the St. Louis Cardinals, and one each with the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. A career .293 hitter, he finished with totals of 366 home runs, 422 doubles, 1,234 RBIs, and 1,146 runs scored. Berkman was named the 2011 National League Comeback Player of the Year after helping lead the Cardinals to the World Series title, and was inducted into the Astros Hall of Fame in 2020. Prior to his professional career, Berkman was a standout at the collegiate level at Rice where he was named the 1997 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Collegiate Player of the Year after hitting .431 with 41 home runs, 134 RBIs, and 109 runs to lead the Owls to their first College World Series appearance. He hit .385 for his collegiate career with 67 homers and 272 RBIs en route to claiming All-America honors twice, which later led to his induction into the Rice Hall of Fame in 2005 and the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015. Berkman was selected by the Astros with the 16th overall pick of the first round in the 1997 MLB Draft. After retiring from Major League Baseball in 2013, Berkman spent four seasons as the head coach at Second Baptist High School in Houston, guiding the Eagles to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) 4A state championship in 2016. He was named head coach at Houston Baptist in 2021.

Andre Butler returns for his second season at the PDP League as an assistant coach for Team Gray. The owner and operator of Graveyard Mentality in Pennsylvania, Butler is one of the best in the coaching profession at teaching outfield play. In addition to running his training organization, he also has extensive experience coaching at the collegiate level, most recently for two seasons as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Swarthmore College. With the Garnet, Butler served as the first-base coach while also implementing defensive strategies throughout games. It was Butler’s second stint at Swarthmore after spending the 2012-2013 school year as an assistant with the team and previously coaching for four seasons as an assistant at Penn State University, where he served in multiple roles, including hitting coach. His first season with the Nittany Lions was the program's best in recent history, as they earned their first winning record in four years and doubled their Big Ten-win total from the previous season. Prior to his time at Penn State, Butler also coached at the University of Pennsylvania and DeSales University. In addition to his coaching experience, Butler played collegiately for four seasons at Eastern University (St. Davids, Pa.), graduating in 2012 as one of the program's all-time best hitters. He also started his own tee ball league called the "Jackie Robinson West Philly League" in Philadelphia.

Two-time national team coach Butch Chaffin will serve as an assistant coach for Team Red at the 2022 PDP League. Chaffin is currently the head coach at Cookeville High School (Cookeville, Tenn.) where he has been named District 7-AAA Coach of the Year five times and the Region Coach of the Year three times. For USA Baseball, he has twice served as an assistant coach, first for the 2010 18U National Team and again with the 2017 12U National Team which won its third-consecutive WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup. Prior to coaching at Cookeville High School, he was an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech for four years and a professional scout for the Kansas City Royals.

Former Vanderbilt standout Ro Coleman joins the 2022 PDP League as an assistant coach for Team Red. A key component of the Commodores’ 2014 NCAA National Championship and 2015 runner-up finish, Coleman is currently the CEO of the Nashville Stars Youth Foundation, a non-profit organization and baseball development program in Nashville designed to provide more opportunities and exposure for underserved demographics. He also coaches both the 13U and 17U Stars club teams. The Chicago, Illinois, product played in 224 games during his Vanderbilt career, finishing on a high note as he was named to the 2017 NCAA Clemson Regional All-Tournament Team. He was selected in the 34th round of the MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers later that year and played one season for the Connecticut Tigers. Coleman is no stranger to USA Baseball either, having competed at the 2012 Tournament of Stars and 18U National Team Trials. Coleman recently served as a coach at the MLB-USA Baseball Breakthrough Series earlier in June.

Returning for his second year at the PDP League is Tom Griffin, who is set to manage Team Navy after managing the Light Blue team last summer. He recently completed his 17th season as head coach at Carson-Newman University, where he owns a 476-361 record. Over his 24-year career as a collegiate head coach, Griffin has won 660 total games and has coached five Major League Baseball Draft picks and 22 total professional players, including USA Baseball alum Steve Cishek. Griffin led the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament twice in his first three seasons at the helm, posting a 43-18 record in his third season. The skipper is currently in his third stint with Carson-Newman after twice serving as an assistant coach in the early 2000s. Griffin came to Jefferson City after spending eight seasons as the head coach at nearby Tusculum College, where he won 184 games and led the Pioneers to four consecutive trips to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) District 24 Tournament. He also served as the head coach at Morristown East High School (Morristown, Tenn.) in 2002, where he led the Hurricanes to a district championship in his only season.

LaTroy Hawkins will bring 21 years of MLB experience to the 2022 PDP League as the pitching coach for Team Light Blue. The Gary, Indiana, native ranks 10th on baseball's all-time list in games, appearing in 1,042, is one of 13 relievers in baseball history to record at least one save against all 30 teams, and appeared in 60-plus games in 10 different seasons. Hawkins will also be able to share first-hand knowledge of suiting up for Team USA, having played in the 2009 World Baseball Classic where he appeared in four contests. A seventh-round pick out of high school by the Minnesota Twins in 1991, he made his Major League debut in 1995 to kick off his lengthy career which saw him play for 11 different teams until his retirement after the 2015 campaign. Hawkins currently works as a special assistant in the baseball operations department for the Twins where he contributes to the amateur scouting process and development of organizational pitching philosophies. Hawkins has been a long-time coach for multiple diversity-focused, amateur development events hosted by MLB and USA Baseball, including the Breakthrough Series, DREAM Series, and the Hank Aaron Invitational (also led by the MLBPA).

Before taking the reins as the 2022 18U National Team manager, Denny Hocking will serve as a roving instructor at the 2022 PDP League, bringing 13 years of major-league playing experience to the dugout. Hocking was a 52nd round draft pick in the 1989 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, where he spent 11 of his 13 professional seasons. Hocking made his big-league debut in 1993 and played in 84 games over his first four seasons with the Twins before getting his first extended playing time in 1997, appearing in 115 games and batting .257. He was a staple with the Twins for the following six seasons, with the best one coming in 2000 when he batted .298 with four home runs and a career-high 47 RBIs. He then spent time with the Colorado Rockies before playing his final professional season with the Kansas City Royals in 2005. Throughout his career, Hocking served as a utility player, playing every position besides catcher and pitcher. Following his playing career, Hocking spent time as an analyst and reporter for MLB.com and Fox Sports Radio before becoming a coach. He began his coaching career as the hitting coach for the Single-A Frederick Keys in 2010 before he joined the Double-A Bowie Baysox in 2012. Hocking made his managerial debut the following season, managing the Los Angeles Angels' minor-league affiliate Inland Empires. He has been a minor league field coordinator and had three more stints as a minor league manager over the course of his career, most recently with the Single-A Modesto Nuts.

An 18-year veteran of professional baseball, Adam Hyzdu is slated to be the manager of Team Light Blue at the 2022 PDP League. Drafted 15th overall in the first round of the 1990 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants, Hyzdu waited 10 years before making his Major League debut in 2000 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He went on to spend parts of seven total seasons in the big leagues, finishing as a career .229 hitter with 19 home runs and 61 RBIs in 221 games. Hyzdu then played one season with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League in 2006, where he batted .272 with seven home runs in 47 games. By the time he retired later that year, he had played 1,971 career games combining his time at all levels of professional baseball.

Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medalist Mike Kinkade brings a plethora of baseball experience to the 2022 PDP League as an assistant coach for Team Gray. Kinkade was a crucial member of the 2000 Olympic Team on its run to the gold medal, recording a .207 average with six hits, three RBIs, and four runs scored in the tournament. He made his second appearance in the red, white, and blue with the 2006 Olympic Qualifying Team where he hit .333 with a team-leading 11 RBIs. Kinkade was selected in the 19th round of the 1994 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers and made his big-league debut with the New York Mets in 1998. In his six-year Major League playing career, the Livonia, Michigan, native played in 222 games and collected a .256 batting average, 56 runs scored, 13 home runs, and 48 RBIs. Following his playing career, Kinkade served as a member of the Seattle Mariners’ minor league coaching staff from 2011-14, including managing the Peoria Mariners in 2012. He then coached the Whitman County American Legion Program from 2016-2019 and was the head coach for Pullman High School (Pullman, Wash.) from 2018-2019 before serving as an assistant coach at Cal State University Bakersfield during the 2020 season. Kinkade was also a member of the coaching staffs at the inaugural MLB Draft Combine, the Women’s NTDP, and the first-ever Girls Camp in 2021.

PDP League Field Coordinator and USA Baseball Director of Player Development *Jim Koerner *was 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. 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.

As Director of Player Development, Koerner is responsible for developing on-field programming for the six USA Baseball national teams, three national team development programs, and the PDP League. He also produces curriculums related to player development for USABDevelops.com, the organization’s free online educational resource center. 

With over five decades of baseball coaching experience, Mark “Lunch” McKenzie will have a wealth of knowledge to share as an assistant coach for Team Light Blue at the 2022 PDP League. The head coach at Concordia University, St. Paul for 20 years, McKenzie has also served in various capacities for USA Baseball since 1997, including three separate national teams. He has twice served on gold-medal winning 16U coaching staffs, first as an assistant in 1997 and again in 1998 as the team’s manager, both of which won the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) World Youth Championships. McKenzie was also an assistant coach for the 2008 18U squad which claimed silver at the IBAF “AAA” Junior World Championships. In addition to his coaching duties at Concordia, he was also the school’s athletic director from 2016-19. In his 20 years at the helm for the Golden Bears, McKenzie put together an overall record of 456-361-1, including conference championships in 2003 and 2008. His efforts on the diamond have also earned him several awards, including the 1998 USOC Developmental Coach of the Year and Baseball Canada’s 2010 Cito Gaston Humanitarian Award.

Olympic gold medalist and 12-year MLB veteran Doug Mientkiewicz joins the 2022 PDP League as manager of Team Red. A two-time USA Baseball alum, he played for the 1994 Collegiate National Team before winning gold at the 2000 Olympics where he hit a game-winning home run against South Korea in the semifinals. Mientkiewicz is one of just five players to win both a gold medal and a World Series championship, which he accomplished as a member of the 2004 Boston Red Sox. After a standout collegiate career at Florida State he was selected in the fifth round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, with whom he spent 12 of his 18 professional seasons. Mientkiewicz’s best year came in 2001 when he played in 151 games and hit .306 with 15 home runs, all career highs, in addition to claiming the American League Gold Glove award as the top defensive first baseman. After over six seasons with the Twins, he would later go on to play for the Red Sox (2004), New York Mets (2005), Kansas City Royals (2006), New York Yankees (2007), Pittsburgh Pirates (2008), and Los Angeles Dodgers (2009). Mientkiewicz finished his MLB career as a .271 hitter with 66 home runs and 405 RBIs. Following his playing career, he joined the coaching ranks as the hitting coach for the rookie league Ogden Raptors in 2012. He returned to the Twins organization the next season where he would serve as manager of the Single-A Fort Myers Miracle (2014-2015, 2017) and Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts (2015-16). Most recently, Mientkiewicz was the manager of the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens from 2018-19.

Adam Moseley, who is set to serve as the pitching coach for this year's 18U National Team, will join the 2022 PDP League staff as a roving instructor. Moseley previously served as pitching coach for the World Cup-champion 15U National Team in 2018, and the Alabama native's USA Baseball coaching experience also includes stints at the 2017 14U NTDP and 15U Trials. Additionally, he was named to the 2020 15U National Team staff before the 2020 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup was postponed. Moseley is currently the head coach at Hoover High School (Hoover, Ala.), where he led the Buccaneers to an Alabama State Baseball Championship in 2017. Before taking the head coaching position at Hoover following the 2014 season, Moseley led his former high school, Grissom High School (Huntsville, Ala.), to the state quarterfinals in four of his final five seasons. Moseley has coached high school baseball for 16 seasons and has compiled an overall record of 457-260.

Barry University athletic trainer Sydney Neighbors is set to serve as the ATC for Team Light Blue at the 2022 PDP League. Coming off of her third season with the Buccaneers baseball team, Neighbors worked with USA Baseball last year as well, providing medical coverage for the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program. She has also previously worked with a variety of national teams at the Lake Placid Training Center in 2016-2017, including USA Bobsled, Skeleton, Luge, Arial Ski, and Biathlon. Prior to arriving at Barry in 2020, Neighbors spent time at both Radford and UNCG.

Nick Punto, a 14-year MLB veteran, returns to the PDP League this summer as an assistant coach for Team Light Blue. Punto was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 21st round of the 1998 MLB Draft and spent five professional seasons with the organization before making his Major League debut in 2001, when he played in four games for the Phillies. He got his first extended time in the big leagues in 2003, playing in 64 games for the Phillies and batting .217. Prior to the 2004 season, Punto joined the Minnesota Twins where he would spend the bulk of his career. In 2006, Punto batted .290 with a career-high 45 RBIs while stealing 17 bases. After seven seasons with the Twins, Punto signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and went on to have a career-best .388 OBP in his one season with the club, winning a World Series in 2011. He then played for the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Oakland Athletics before officially retiring in 2016. Punto is a Saddleback College Athletics Hall of Famer.

Adrian Ramon is slated to serve as the athletic trainer for Team Red at the 2022 PDP League. Currently the head trainer for the Ohio State baseball program, Ramon has over a decade of experience working at both the collegiate and professional levels. He has spent time at Rice, Florida Gulf Coast University, and Bradley University as well as various levels of Minor League Baseball with the Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, and Milwaukee Brewers organizations. Ramon is a graduate of the University of North Texas where he earned a degree in Kinesiology. He received his master’s degree in Athletic Training from Weber State University where he worked with Real Salt Lake and the Winter Dew Tour.

Brandon Schaust joins the 2022 PDP League as the athletic trainer for Team Gray. The University of Nebraska at Omaha graduate served in the same position for the 2021 18U National Team which defeated Canada in a Friendship series last year in Florida.

Joining the Team Navy coaching staff as its pitching coach at the 2022 PDP League is 17-year Major League veteran, All-Star, World Series champion, and USA Baseball alum Greg Swindell. The former University of Texas standout was drafted second overall in the first round of the 1986 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians. After just three minor league appearances, Swindell made his big-league debut in August of that same year. That kicked off what would be a 17-year Major League career that saw him play for six different clubs with an overall record of 123-122 and 3.86 ERA in 664 career games. He also struck out 1,542 batters in 2,233.1 total innings pitched. Swindell was named to the 1989 All-Star Game as a member of the Indians and earned a World Series ring when he helped the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks defeat the New York Yankees. One of the most decorated players in Longhorn history, Swindell’s collegiate career saw him post a 43-8 record in 77 games with a 1.92 ERA in his three seasons in Austin. He made 50 starts, pitching 32 complete games and notching school records for shutouts (14) and strikeouts (501) while leading Texas to three consecutive Southwest Conference titles and back-to-back College World Series appearances in 1984 and 1985. Swindell was named the 1985 Baseball America National Player of the Year and was a three-time finalist for the Golden Spikes Award. He was also a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team which competed in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where baseball was classified as a demonstration sport. After retiring as a player in 2002, he began his coaching career in 2004 at Texas State before returning to his alma mater the following season where he helped the Longhorns win their sixth NCAA National Championship. Swindell was inducted into the UT Hall of Honor in 1996, the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008, and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. He has served as a TV analyst on the Longhorn Network since 2016.

The 2022 Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year, Davidson head coach Rucker Taylor is set to serve as an assistant coach for Team Navy at the 2022 PDP League. Taylor led the Wildcats to an impressive 43-13 record this season, winning the program’s first outright regular-season league title in the process. The first coach in school history to win conference coach of the year honors, he has amassed a 112-62 record in his four seasons at the helm at Davidson after spending four years as a Wildcat assistant. Taylor previously worked as an assistant at Samford for six seasons following a four-year playing career at Vanderbilt where he was a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member. Rucker also coached at the inaugural USA Baseball 13U/14U Athlete Development Program in 2019.

Former Golden Spikes Award finalist Roberto Vaz, who will make his USA Baseball national team coaching debut with the 18U National Team this summer, will assist as a roving instructor for the 2022 PDP League. Vaz is currently in his eighth season as an assistant at LSU Eunice after re-joining the staff in 2017. The Brooklyn, New York, native oversees base running, hitters, and outfielders, and helped guide the team to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championships in 2012, 2018, and 2021. During their run to the title in 2012, Vaz helped guide the Bengals to a then-school record 57 wins. He entered the coaching ranks in 2006 as an assistant coach at Grissom High School (Huntsville, Ala.) before earning his first head coaching gig with the North Alabama Expos in 2009. Vaz's other coaching stops included three years as head coach of the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs, as well as two assistant roles at McNeese State and Buckhorn High School (Hunstville, Ala.). He played collegiately at Northeast Texas Community College, winning the 1996 NJCAA National Championship before spending a season at Alabama. There, Vaz finished as a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, also earning spots on the All-American First Team as well as All-SEC First Team. Vaz was drafted in the seventh round by the Oakland Athletics in the 1997 MLB Draft, playing seven years of professional baseball.

A year after making his USA Baseball debut as the pitching coach for the Professional National Team at the Tokyo Olympics, Dave Wallace will serve in the same role for Team Gray at the 2022 PDP League. Wallace has spent 48 years in professional baseball, spanning nine professional franchises in various positions among the minor and major league levels. After a Hall of Fame career at the University of New Haven, he spent nine years as a pitcher in the professional ranks, playing for both the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays until 1978. Wallace began his coaching career in 1981 with the Vero Beach Dodgers and spent the next 14 years coaching in the minor leagues before being named the pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1995. Wallace went on to be the pitching coach for the New York Mets (1999-2000), Boston Red Sox (2003-2006), Houston Astros (2007), and the Baltimore Orioles (2014-2016), working with pitchers such as Pedro Martinez and Hideo Nomo, among others. He also held numerous executive positions within professional baseball throughout his career with the Atlanta Braves, Dodgers, Mets, and Seattle Mariners. Wallace most recently spent four years with the Braves as a special assistant to pitching (2016) and the director of pitching for Atlanta’s farm system (2017-20).

Adding even more experience to the bench for Team Red at the 2022 PDP League will be pitching coach Kip Wells, who pitched 12 seasons in the Major Leagues. Drafted as the 16th overall selection in the first round of the 1998 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox after a standout career at Baylor, Wells quickly made his way to the big leagues, making his debut in August of the following season. He would go on to play for nine MLB organizations over 12 seasons, amassing 963 strikeouts over 1,338.1 innings in 296 career games, 219 of which were starts. He recorded double-digit win totals in three consecutive seasons from 2001-03 with the White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates. At the collegiate level, Wells played three seasons at Baylor where he posted a career record of 21-14 with 288 strikeouts and earned all-conference and second team All-America honors in 1998. After retiring as a player, he began his coaching career in 2016 as the pitching coach for the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and now runs the KW32 training center in Houston.

Before taking on his responsibilities with the USA Baseball 18U National Team, Jack Wilson will first serve as a roving instructor at the 2022 PDP League. Wilson will then move over to the 18U squad where he will be an assistant coach for the second consecutive year after helping defeat Canada in a friendship series, 5-1-1, last summer in Florida. He was also the head coach at Thousand Oaks High School (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) from 2017-2021, where he collected a 98-30-1 overall record and led the Lancers to two Marmonte League Championships (2019, 2021) and a CIF-SS Division 2 title in 2021. Under his guidance, the program went 24-6, including 10-2 in league play, in 2019 and finished the 2021 season with a 27-1 record. He also managed the squad to an 8-0 start to the 2020 season and a No. 1 CIF-SS Division 2 ranking before the pause in play caused by COVID-19. Prior to his coaching career, Wilson played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, and Atlanta Braves for over 12 years in the big leagues. He led the National League with 12 triples in 2004, earning a spot on the National League All-Star Team and a Silver Slugger Award for his efforts. In 1,370 MLB games, Wilson recorded a .265/.306/.366 career slash line with 61 home runs and 426 RBIs.

James Woods will serve as the athletic trainer for Team Navy at the 2022 PDP League. Woods recently completed his second year as the resident athletic trainer with the Virginia Tech football team. He was a four-year collegiate baseball player at Concord University in Athens, West Virginia, where he earned a degree in Athletic Training. He later received a master’s in Kinesiology from Lamar University. During his time in Beaumont, Texas, Woods spent two summers interning with the Houston Texas, in addition to working with the LU football and men’s golf teams.

Completing the experienced Team Navy coaching staff at the 2022 PDP League will be 13-year big league veteran and two-time All Star Dmitri Young. The fourth overall selection in the 1991 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, Young hit at a career .292 clip with 171 home runs and 683 RBIs in 1,364 games for four different teams. He made his Major League debut with the Cardinals in 1996 before suiting up for the Cincinnati Reds (1998-2001), Detroit Tigers (2002-2006), and Washington Nationals (2007-2008). Young recorded double-digit home runs in eight of those 13 seasons, including a career-high 29 in 2003 when he made his first All-Star Game appearance. His second came four years later in 2007 as a member of the Nationals, when he hit a personal-best .320 for the season with 13 home runs and 74 RBIs en route to being named the National League Comeback Player of the Year. Young has spent the past two years as the head coach at Camarillo High School (Camarillo, Calif.) after being selected to lead the program in August 2020. Young also has been a long-time coach for the Breakthrough Series, DREAM Series, and the Hank Aaron Invitational.

About USA Baseball

USA Baseball is the national governing body for baseball in the United States and is committed to serving, protecting, and supporting the game of baseball and its 15.6 million participants. Founded in 1978, USA Baseball fields six national teams annually and is a member of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC). On the diamond, USA Baseball is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the reigning World Baseball Classic champion, and its national teams have won 62 gold medals in international competition. Off the field, the organization is dedicated to the proliferation and health of the sport through the creation and management of numerous development initiatives including BASE (Baseball Athlete Safety Education), Fun At Bat, Pitch Smart, PLAY BALL and the Prospect Development Pipeline. For more information on the organization, its national teams, and development-driven initiatives, visit the official website USABaseball.com or USABDevelops.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

In addition to their national team experiences, all 10 national team alums have also participated in a USA Baseball development program event. Jenkins, Mitchell, and Saloman were members of a National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster in their careers and are joined by fellow NTDP participants Maxwell Clark (Indiana) and Malcolm Moore (California) on the list of Gatorade State Baseball Players of the Year. The USA Baseball NTDP offers athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars, and intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games to assist in the development of the athletes as both a player and a person.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*denotes USA Baseball National Team alumni

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

(State: Name; USA Baseball event)

  • Alabama; Drew Nelson; Champs North Carolina
  • Arizona; Logan Saloman; Champs Arizona, NHSI, NTIS
  • Arkansas; Cooper Dossett; Champs Arizona, NTIS
  • California; Malcolm Moore; Champs Arizona
  • Colorado; Dallas Macias; Champs North Carolina, NHSI, NTIS
  • Florida; Roman Anthony; Champs North Carolina, NHSI
  • Hawaii; Nu'u Contrades; Champs Arizona
  • Illinois; Owen Murphy; Champs North Carolina
  • Maryland; Chris Hacopian; Champs North Carolina
  • Michigan; Brock Porter; Champs North Carolina
  • Mississippi; Dakota Jordan; Champs North Carolina
  • Nevada; Robby Snelling; Champs Arizona, Champs North Carolina
  • New York; Mike Kennedy; Champs North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania; Paxton Kling; Champs North Carolina
  • South Carolina; Tristan Smith; Champs North Carolina
  • Tennessee; Dylan Loy; Champs North Carolina
  • Texas; Blake Mitchell; Champs North Carolina, NTIS
  • Utah; Luke Anderson; Champs Arizona
  • Washington; JR Ritchie; Champs Arizona, Champs North Carolina
  • Wisconsin; Mitch Voit; Champs North Carolina
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Michael Cuddyer Shows Love to Chesapeake, Virginia, With Homegrown Clinic 

The Homegrown Clinic was hosted at Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake
May 25, 2022
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CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Two-time USA Baseball national team alum, 2021 18U National Team assistant coach, and former MLB All-Star Michael Cuddyer hosted a USA Baseball Homegrown Clinic in his hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia, on Sunday, May 15.

Hosted at his alma mater, Great Bridge High School, with the support of the Southern Chesapeake Athletic Association, over 100 kids from the greater Chesapeake area gathered for an opportunity to have fun learning and playing the game of baseball. The chance to create memories with one of their hometown's best was an experience they will never forget.

Homegrown - Michael Cuddyer

During the event, participants went through various stations including baserunning, catching/throwing, fielding, and hitting. Additionally, they played in a modified scrimmage with Cuddyer serving as the designated pitcher. Cuddyer had the opportunity to connect with kids one-on-one giving autographs and taking pictures.

"This was very informative for our relatively young player," said one parent. "The connection that Mr. Cuddyer made to his hometown roots put perspective to these young boys that their dreams are attainable if you put in the hard work necessary on a daily basis."

For Cuddyer, hosting the clinic where his love for baseball started meant the world to him. There was no better place than Chesapeake.

“For me, the name of the clinic, Homegrown, really speaks to me because I never left Chesapeake,” said Cuddyer. “It was really important for me to be able to come back and do this clinic in this city, at this high school. It really means a lot to me for USA Baseball to accommodate that and allow me to come and do this clinic.”

“We want to grow the game. We want to grow the sport. Do we want to create big leaguers? Sure. Do we want to create the future Team USA? Of course we do. The reality is we’ve got to create the passion before any of that can happen and I think that’s what we wanted to accomplish today.”

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USA Baseball Boasts 160 Alumni on Opening Day Rosters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arizona Diamondbacks

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

Atlanta Braves

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

Baltimore Orioles

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

Boston Red Sox

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

Chicago Cubs

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

Chicago White Sox

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

Cincinnati Reds

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

Cleveland Guardians

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

Colorado Rockies

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

Detroit Tigers

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

Houston Astros

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

Kansas City Royals

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

Los Angeles Angels

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

Los Angeles Dodgers

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

Miami Marlins

  • Cody Poteet: 2008 14U

Milwaukee Brewers

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

Minnesota Twins

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

New York Mets

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

New York Yankees

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

Oakland Athletics

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

Philadelphia Phillies

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

Pittsburgh Pirates

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

San Diego Padres

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

San Francisco Giants

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

Seattle Mariners

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

St. Louis Cardinals

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

Tampa Bay Rays

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

Texas Rangers

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

Toronto Blue Jays

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

Washington Nationals

  • Steve Cishek: 2013 World Baseball Classic
  • Sean Doolittle: 2005 & 2006 Collegiate
  • Erick Fedde: 2013 Collegiate
  • Mason Thompson: 2013 15U
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USA Baseball Reveals 2022 18U National Team Staff

Adam Moseley, Roberto Vaz, and Jack Wilson will join manager Denny Hocking this summer
March 15, 2022
CARY, N.C. -- USA Baseball today revealed the 2022 18U National Team coaching staff that will assist manager Denny Hocking at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup from September 9-18 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. Adam Moseley (Hoover High School) joins the staff as the team’s

CARY, N.C. -- USA Baseball today revealed the 2022 18U National Team coaching staff that will assist manager Denny Hocking at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup from September 9-18 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. Adam Moseley (Hoover High School) joins the staff as the team’s pitching coach, while Roberto Vaz (LSU Eunice) and Jack Wilson (Thousand Oaks High School) will serve as assistant coaches.

 “We are thrilled to have such a strong staff joining Denny to help lead the 18U National Team this summer as we work toward our goal of another world championship,” 18U National Team General Manager Ashley Bratcher said. “Each of these coaches brings an incredible depth of knowledge and experience that will be invaluable to these young athletes as they strive to reach the top of the world stage and earn gold on our home soil.”

Moseley, who served as the pitching coach for the world champion 15U National Team in 2018, will return in the same position for the 2022 18U National Team. His USA Baseball coaching experience also includes stints at the 2017 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) and 15U National Team Trials, and he was also named to the 2020 15U National Team staff before the 2020 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup was postponed. Moseley is currently the head coach at Hoover High School (Hoover, Ala.), where he led the Buccaneers to an Alabama State Baseball Championship in 2017. Before taking the head coaching position at Hoover following the 2014 season, Moseley led his former high school, Grissom High School (Huntsville, Ala.), to the state quarterfinals in four of his final five seasons. Moseley has coached high school baseball for 15 seasons and has compiled an overall record of 441-227.

Former Golden Spikes Award finalist Roberto Vaz will make his USA Baseball national team coaching debut with the 18U National Team in 2022. Vaz is currently in his eighth season as an assistant at LSU Eunice after re-joining the staff in 2017. The Brooklyn, New York, native oversees base running, hitters, and outfielders, and helped guide the team to NJCAA National Championships in 2012, 2018, and 2021. During their run to the title in 2012, Vaz helped guide the Bengals to a then-school record 57 wins. He entered the coaching ranks in 2006 as an assistant coach at Grissom High School (Huntsville, Ala.) before earning his first head coaching gig with the North Alabama Expos in 2009. Vaz's other coaching stops included three years as head coach of the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs, as well as two assistant roles at McNeese State and Buckhorn High School (Hunstville, Ala.). He played collegiately at Northeast Texas Community College, winning the 1996 NJCAA National Championship before spending a season at Alabama. There, Vaz finished as a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, also earning spots on the All-American First Team as well as All-SEC First Team. Vaz was drafted in the seventh round by the Oakland Athletics in the 1997 MLB Draft, playing seven years of professional baseball.

Rounding out the staff is Wilson who returns to the 18U National Team as an assistant coach for the second year in a row. Most recently, Wilson served as the head coach at Thousand Oaks High School (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) from 2017-2021, where he collected a 98-30-1 overall record and led the Lancers to two Marmonte League championships (2019, 2021) and a CIF-SS Division 2 title in 2021. Under his guidance, the program went 24-6, including 10-2 in league play, in 2019 and finished the 2021 season with a 27-1 record. He also managed the squad to an 8-0 start to the 2020 season and a No. 1 CIF-SS Division 2 ranking before the pause in play caused by COVID-19. Prior to his coaching career, Wilson played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, and Atlanta Braves for over 12 years in the big leagues. He led the National League with 12 triples in 2004, earning a spot on the National League All-Star team and a Silver Slugger award for his efforts. In 1,370 MLB games, Wilson recorded a .265/.306/.366 career slash line with 61 home runs and 426 RBIs.

USA Baseball announced in February that Team USA will be led in the U-18 Baseball World Cup by Hocking, who is making his USA Baseball managerial debut. He brings 13 years of major league playing experience to the role, including 11 seasons with the Minnesota Twins and a season each with the Colorado Rockies and the Kansas City Royals.

18U National Team Trials will take place August 29-September 2 in Florida. The final 20-man 18U National Team roster will be announced following Trials and the team will remain in Florida for training from September 3-8 before taking part in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup. The U-18 Baseball World Cup will be hosted by the U.S. for the first time since 1995 in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, from September 9-18.

From 2011-2018, the 18U National Team program won eight consecutive international tournament titles, including winning four straight WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cups in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017. Currently the U.S. and Cuba are the only two countries to win four consecutive world championship titles at the U-18 level. In total, the program has won eight world championships. Most recently, the stars and stripes earned the silver medal at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea before the 2021 squad went 5-1-1 in a seven-game friendship series against Canada.

The full 18U National Team schedule for 2022 will be announced at a later date.

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

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Denny Hocking Named 2022 18U National Team Manager

Hocking will lead Team USA at this summer’s WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida
January 19, 2022
CARY, N.C. -- USA Baseball today named Denny Hocking the manager of the 2022 18U National Team. Hocking will lead Team USA as it competes for the program’s fifth world championship since 2012 at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup 2021 in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida.

CARY, N.C. -- USA Baseball today named Denny Hocking the manager of the 2022 18U National Team. Hocking will lead Team USA as it competes for the program’s fifth world championship since 2012 at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup 2021 in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. The U-18 World Cup is scheduled for September 9-18 after being postponed in 2021 due to the pandemic.

Hocking will join MLB Network’s Hot Stove program co-hosted by Matt Vasgersian and Harold Reynolds this Friday, January 21, at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss the 18U National Team program, its identification process, the World Cup, and more.

“We could not be more excited to have Denny Hocking leading the 18U National Team as we strive to win a world championship on our home soil this year,” 18U National Team General Manager Ashley Bratcher said. “Denny brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from all levels of the game that will prove invaluable to the program and its athletes. We are confident that his passion, character, and leadership will guide Team USA to incredible success in 2022, and we look forward to getting started.”

“I am extremely honored and blessed to have such an incredible opportunity to manage this year’s 18U National Team,” said Hocking. “Being trusted with the responsibility to lead these young men on American soil as we compete for a gold medal is something I cherish and value as an opportunity of a lifetime. I was overwhelmed by the talent level on the field in 2021 and we think this year has the potential to exceed that, so I am excited to get started as we prepare to bring home another world championship.”

Hocking will make his Team USA managerial debut in 2022 with the 18U National Team, bringing 13 years of major league playing experience to the role. He was a 52nd round draft pick in the 1989 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, where he spent 11 of his 13 professional seasons. Hocking made his big-league debut in 1993 and played in 84 games over his first four seasons with the Twins before getting his first extended playing time in 1997, appearing in 115 games and batting .257. He was a staple with the Twins for the following six seasons, recording his best showing in 2000 when he batted .298 with four home runs and a career-high 47 RBIs. He then spent time with the Colorado Rockies before playing his final professional season with the Kansas City Royals in 2005. Throughout his career, Hocking served as a utility player, playing every position besides catcher and pitcher.

Following his playing career, Hocking spent time as an analyst and reporter for MLB.com and Fox Sports Radio before turning his attention to coaching. He began his career as the hitting coach for the Single-A Frederick Keys in 2010 before joining the Double-A Bowie Baysox in 2012. Hocking made his professional managerial debut in 2014, leading the Los Angeles Angels' then-Class-A Advanced affiliate Inland Empire 66ers to the second round of the California League playoffs. He has also been a minor league infield coordinator and had three more stints as a minor league manager over the course of his career, most recently with the Single-A Modesto Nuts.

In 2021, Hocking served as a manager at the Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League and the 18U National Team Trials. Under his guidance, Team Navy led the PDP League in batting average over the six-game tournament. He then guided the Stars to a 3-1 series victory over the Stripes at the 2021 18U Trials. The squad’s offense outscored the Stripes 17-9 over four games while the pitching staff tallied a 1.86 ERA and 40 strikeouts.

Denny Hocking joins Hot Stove

The 2022 PDP League will once again serve as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team Trials. The PDP League 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 other programming to prepare players for a professional baseball career. The 2022 PDP League is scheduled to take place June 29-July 6 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

18U National Team Trials will take place August 29-September 2 in Florida. The final 20-man 18U National Team roster will be announced following Trials and the team will remain in Florida for training from September 3-8 before taking part in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup. The U-18 Baseball World Cup will be hosted by the U.S. for the first time since 1995 in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, from September 9-18.

From 2011-2018, the 18U National Team program won eight consecutive international tournament titles, including winning four straight WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cups in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017. Currently the U.S. and Cuba are the only two countries to win four consecutive world championship titles at the U-18 level. In total, the program has won eight world championships. Most recently, the stars and stripes earned the silver medal at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea before the 2021 squad went 5-1-1 in a seven-game friendship series against Canada.

The rest of the 2022 18U National Team staff, as well as more information about the 2022 18U National Team schedule, will be announced at a later date.

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

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USA Baseball Announces Award Winners for 2021

Olympic silver medalist Tyler Austin named Richard W. “Dick” Case Award winner
December 16, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named the recipients of its annual organizational awards, recognizing the top athletes, coaches, and performances from its 2021 USA Baseball national teams. Olympian Tyler Austin was honored as the Richard W. “Dick” Case Award winner, becoming the first Professional National Team alumnus to earn

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named the recipients of its annual organizational awards, recognizing the top athletes, coaches, and performances from its 2021 USA Baseball national teams. Olympian Tyler Austin was honored as the Richard W. “Dick” Case Award winner, becoming the first Professional National Team alumnus to earn athlete of the year honors since 2009. The award is given annually to USA Baseball’s top player in honor of the organization’s founding Executive Director and CEO. 

Professional National Team members collected top honors in several other categories in 2021, including Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Mike Scioscia. Todd Frazier earned the International Performance of the Year award after helping Team USA clinch its spot in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and John Fierro was named the Service Provider of the Year after serving as the team’s Certified Athletic Trainer for the ninth time in his career. Additionally, the Olympic Team won USA Baseball’s Team of the Year after winning the silver medal in the Olympic Games.

Collegiate National Team Manager Elliott Avent was named the organization’s first-ever College Coach of the Year and 18U National Team Manager Jason Maxwell earned the Developmental Coach of the Year award for the second time in his career. Additionally, Troy Tulowitzki was honored as the Volunteer Coach of the Year.

Rounding out the awards in 2021 is Coach Educator of the Year Michael Cuddyer and USA Baseball Director of Development Jim Koerner, who was named the organization’s “Doc” Councilman Science Award recipient. 

“We are thrilled to close out our 2021 season by recognizing a group of tremendous individuals for their contributions and successes representing USA Baseball this year,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball’s Executive Director/CEO. “Each award recipient shined on and off the field this year but also collectively excelled as ambassadors of baseball in the United States domestically and internationally. It is a privilege to have them as members of the USA Baseball family and we will continue to honor their successes for many years to come.”

The complete list of the 2021 USA Baseball organizational award winners is as follows: 

  • Richard W. “Dick” Case Award: Tyler Austin, Olympic Team
  • Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year: Mike Scioscia, Olympic Team
  • Team of the Year: Olympic Team
  • International Performance of the Year: Todd Frazier, Olympic Qualifying Team
  • Service Provider of the Year: John Fierro, Olympic Team
  • Developmental Coach of the Year: Jason Maxwell, 18U National Team
  • College Coach of the Year: Elliott Avent, Collegiate National Team
  • Volunteer Coach of the Year: Troy Tulowitzki, Collegiate National Team & 13U/14U Athlete Development Program
  • Coach Educator of the Year: Michael Cuddyer, USA Baseball Develops Blog
  • “Doc” Councilman Science Award: Jim Koerner, USA Baseball

 

Tyler Austin was awarded the Richard W. “Dick” Case Award after being named to the All-Olympic Team following Tokyo 2020. He led Team USA in eight offensive categories in the Olympic Games: batting average, runs scored, hits, doubles, total bases, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. The stars and stripes’ designated hitter finished the tournament hitting .417 with three doubles, two home runs, seven RBI, and a .462 on-base percentage. His offensive contributions led the red, white, and blue to a silver medal, its first Olympic medal since 2008.

Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Mike Scioscia took over the USA Baseball Professional National Team program in 2021 searching for not only a spot in the Olympic Games but an Olympic Medal… and he delivered. First, Team USA finished the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualifier with an undefeated record to clinch its spot in the Games. Then he followed that by leading the U.S. to a silver medal in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Under his leadership, Team USA finished with an overall record of 8-2 over both tournaments in 2021, suffering its only two losses to eventual Olympic gold medalists Japan in the Olympic Games. The silver medal was Team USA’s second silver (Los Angeles 1984)–fifth overall–in Olympic history, and the first Olympic medal since 2008. Their achievements also earned them the 2021 USA Baseball Team of the Year award.

The Olympic Qualifying Team’s Todd Frazier earned the 2021 International Performance of the Year award after his perfect 4-for-4 performance against Venezuela clinched Team USA’s spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Frazier sparked Team USA in the field and at the plate, starting a momentum-swinging 5-3 double-play that thwarted a first-inning Venezuela threat. He recorded hits in each of his four at-bats and was involved in every scoring play of the night for Team USA. He came home on Eric Filia’s two-run blast, laced an RBI double in the fifth inning, and hit a critical home run in the seventh, driving in the final two U.S. runs of the night in the 4-2 victory.

Olympic Team Certified Athletic Trainer John Fierro was named the Service Provider of the Year in 2021 after making his eighth and ninth appearances on a USA Baseball administrative staff, respectively, as a member of the Olympic qualifying team and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games staff. Thanks to his successful career in professional baseball that spans over 30 years, Fierro is one of the most sought-after Certified Athletic Trainers and a staple for Team USA’s Professional National Teams. With his assistance and attention to the athletes in 2021, the Professional National Team qualified for the Olympics after going unbeaten in the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier and followed by winning a silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

Jason Maxwell received his second career USA Baseball Developmental Coach of the Year award after leading the 18U National Team to a dominant and overwhelming victory over Canada in its seven-game international friendship series. Finishing with a record of 5-1-1 over its seven games, the 18U National Team outscored Canada 60-11 and dominated nearly every statistical category. Maxwell also focused on developing the team’s mental approach to the game and their lives throughout his time guiding Team USA. 2021 marks Maxwell’s second time earning this honor, having also won the award in 2018 after leading the 15U National Team to its first-ever world championship.

Elliott Avent, NC State University’s Head Coach and the 2021 Collegiate National Team Manager, had a banner year in 2021, earning the first-ever USA Baseball College Coach of the Year. Avent led his Wolfpack on a historic run through the NCAA postseason, knocking off the No. 1 Arkansas Razorbacks on their home field in the Super Regionals before eventually making the semifinals of the College World Series. Following their tremendous run and finishing the season 37-19, Avent managed the Collegiate National Team in 2021. Without an international opponent for Team USA to face due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he led an unprecedented number of athletes on two rosters in an 11-game Stars and Stripes series. Ultimately, his summer ended by facing off against the U.S. Olympic Team in a three-game exhibition series before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Five-time MLB All-Star, two-time Gold Glove winner, and now 2021 USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year Troy Tulowitzki coached with both the Collegiate National Team and the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program in 2021. Tulowitzki drew from his successful playing career to offer a unique perspective to the USA Baseball athletes he worked with as a coach of two programs. In addition to his regular coaching duties with the Collegiate National Team, he mentored the athletes on transitioning from amateur to professional baseball. Expanding on this role while on the coaching staff at the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program, Tulowitzki hosted a seminar for the participants and their parents to discuss college recruiting, providing in-depth strategies and insight into navigating the process. He also made himself available to all athletes and their families, engaging with them and offering additional advice as asked.

Coach Educator of the Year Michael Cuddyer is a two-time MLB All-Star, the 2013 MLB Batting Title champion, and a regular contributor to the USA Baseball Sport Development Blog. Simultaneously serving as an assistant coach for the USA Baseball 18U National Team in 2021, Cuddyer continued to produce a weekly educational series titled Cuddyer’s Corner for USA Baseball’s social media profiles, YouTube channel, and official website. Every week he focuses on a range of topics that affect the game of baseball in the United States. His unique insight as a former All-Star in Major League Baseball, a USA Baseball national team alum, and a coach helps countless coaches, parents, and leagues in the development of a well-rounded baseball player, improving their skills and overall experience within the game.

Lastly, Jim Koerner was honored with the “Doc” Councilman Science Award after working with nearly every single program USA Baseball hosted in 2021. During this season, he focused on the developmental side of baseball, utilizing every available technological offering USA Baseball provides to its athletes. Koerner allowed real-time data from swing and pitch tracking analysis, as well as statistics collected from the Major League Baseball and USA Baseball Prospect Development Pipeline Performance Evaluations, to drive his coaching efforts. His focus on developing athletes using analytics allows athletes to make immediate adjustments in practice and game situations. Moreover, Koerner also utilizes the data collection to create long-term development curricula, exercise programs, drills for athletes of all ages, and educational video series for baseball players across the country.

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) annually honors one Sportsman, Sportswoman, and Team of the Year based on nominations from its national governing bodies. Additionally, they also present Olympic, College, Developmental, and Volunteer Coach of the Year awards, as well as a Coach Educator of the Year, “Doc” Councilman Science Award, and Service Provider of the Year. USA Baseball’s award winners serve as the organization’s nominees in their respective categories with the USOPC.

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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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Team USA and Canada Finish Friendship Series with 1-1 Draw

U.S. finishes with a 5-1-1 record in the seven-game friendship series
September 9, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 R H E CAN 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 USA 0 0 1 0 X 1 2 0 Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   BRADENTON, Fla. - The 18U National Team played to a 1-1 draw in the finale
  1 2 3 4 5 R H E
CAN 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
USA 0 0 1 0 X 1 2 0

 

BRADENTON, Fla. - The 18U National Team played to a 1-1 draw in the finale of its seven-game friendship series against Canada on Thursday, September 9, at LECOM Park in Bradenton Florida. Team USA earns a series victory and finishes with a 5-1-1 record in 2021 with the tie.

Canada broke onto the scoreboard first in the contest with a solo home run in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Elijah Green (Windermere, Fla.) scored the tying run for Team USA in the bottom of the third on a wild pitch to make it 1-1 before the game was called in the bottom of the fifth due to inclement weather.

Green notched a triple and a single in the game to lead the U.S. offense and scored the red, white, and blue’s lone run.

Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) got the start for Team USA in the series finale and threw two innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out five.

 

Key Moments

  • Canada opened the scoring in the contest with a home run from Louka Daoust for a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
  • Green tripled with two outs in the bottom of the third and then came home on a wild pitch to tie the game, 1-1..
  • Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) hit a single in the bottom of the fifth and Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) walked with one out before the game was called with a final 1-1 score.

 

Notable Information

  • Joe Allen (Hampton Falls, N.H.) came on in relief and tossed two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, while Jack O’Connor (Arlington, Va.) pitched one inning in which he did not allow a hit, a run, or a walk.
  • With his five punchouts on Thursday, Rodriguez finishes the series with 15 to lead all pitchers on both teams.
  • Green’s two hits on Thursday tied him for the team-lead in hits with eight, including one triple and four home runs. Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) also finishes the series with eight hits.
  • Green and Johnson also tied for most RBIs in the series with seven through seven games.
  • After scoring Team USA’s one run on Thursday, Green leads the stars and stripes with seven runs scored. He also paced the squad in total bases (22), slugging percentage (.957), and home runs (4).
  • Meanwhile, Johnson tied for second on the team with six runs scored and led the U.S. with eight walks and five stolen bases in seven games. He also led in batting average (min. 10 at bats) with a .421 average and on-base percentage with a .607 mark.
  • Kling was a perfect 4-for-4 in swiped bags during the seven-game series.
  • Following the friendship series, the 18U National Team now holds a 38-7-2 all-time record against Canada in international competition.

 

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GAMEDAY: Team USA and Canada Locked in for Series Finale

The final game of the seven-game friendship series is set for 2:00 p.m. EDT at LECOM Park
September 9, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E CAN                         USA                         Game Notes |  Live Stats |  Watch Live BRADENTON, Fla. - The
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BRADENTON, Fla. - The 18U National Team and Canada are set to go head-to-head in the finale of a seven-game friendship series on Thursday, September 9, at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida. Team USA leads the series 5-1 with first pitch of the final contest set for 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Right-handed pitcher Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) will make his second appearance of the series in Thursday's finale. Rodriguez also came on in relief for Team USA in game two on September 4, striking out 10 and allowing just three hits in five scoreless innings of relief.

The 18U National Team is taking on international competition for the first time this week since competing at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea, where the U.S. took home the silver medal. Team USA and Canada also last went head-to-head in the Super Round of that tournament, with the red, white, and blue coming out on top, 10-0, in seven innings..

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 Brad Penny, who will serve as the team’s pitching coach.

 

Notable Information

  • Team USA leads the 2021 seven-game friendship series against Canada 5-1 and has already clinched a series victory.
  • Elijah Green (Windermere, Fla.) and Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) both currently own four-game hitting streaks in the series.
  • The U.S. hitters have launched eight dingers through the first five games of the series, seven of which have traveled over 400 feet. Elijah Green’s (Windermere, Fla.) 456-foot home run on Monday evening’s win leads the way in distance traveled. Green also leads the team in total home runs with four so far in the series.
  • Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) recorded the red, white, and blue’s first homer in a 16-2 victory on Friday.
  • Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) hit a go-ahead grand slam in Saturday’s 10-2 defeat of Canada.
  • Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) has two bombs through four games so far, having hit his first on Saturday and his second on Sunday.
  • The U.S. pitching staff has recorded 80 total strikeouts through the first five games of the series and have tallied double-digit punchouts in five of the six contests, including 17 in both Saturday and Sunday’s victories, 11 in the series-clinching win on Monday, 12 in Tuesday’s loss, and 13 in a shutout win on Wednesday.
  • With 10 punchouts in five scoreless innings of relief on Saturday, Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) leads both Team USA and Canada in strikeouts so far in the series.
  • The 2021 18U National Team was announced on Tuesday and features 26 of the best 18-and-under athletes in the country.
  • The 26 members of Team USA represent 15 different states across the country.
  • The 2021 18U National Team features four players that have suited up for Team USA at least once in their careers, including four-time alum Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), three-time alum Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), two-time alum Termarr Johnson (Altanta, Ga.), and three-time alum Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.)
  • Bowen (2018 & 2019 15U) and Clifford (2015 12U, 2018 15U) have both won two gold medals with Team USA, while Johnson and Rodriguez both also helped lead the 2019 15U National Team to a gold medal.
  • The roster also features four athletes selected from the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program that took place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex August 6-9.
  • All three of the coaches joining Maxwell on staff are former MLB All-Stars. Cuddyer earned the honor in 2011 and 2013, while Penny was named to the All-Star Games in 2006 and 2007, and Wilson was an All-Star in 2004.
  • All seven of Team USA’s games against Canada will be streamed live on the USA Baseball Facebook page.

 

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Team USA Shuts Out Canada, 9-0, for Game Six Victory

Four pitchers combine to toss the two-hit shutout as the U.S. improves to 5-1 in the series
September 8, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E USA 0 2 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 9 10 0 CAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 Win: J. Ferris Loss: C. Clark  Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   BRADENTON, Fla.
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 0 2 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 9 10 0
CAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4
Win: J. Ferris Loss: C. Clark  Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

BRADENTON, Fla. - Behind a stellar two-hit shutout from U.S. pitchers Cade Fisher (Dalton, Ga.), Andrew Dutkanych (Indianapolis, Ind.), Jackson Ferris (Mount Airy, N.C.), and Gavin Guidry (Lake Charles, La.), the 18U National Team earned a 9-0 victory over Canada on Wednesday at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida. Team USA improves to 5-1 in the seven-game friendship series with the win.

A clutch bases-loaded, two-RBI single from Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) started the scoring for the U.S. in Wednesday’s contest and the stars and stripes never looked back. After adding one run in the third, Team USA piled on six in the fifth for a commanding 9-0 advantage that it wouldn’t relinquish as the pitching staff secured the victory.

Elijah Green (Windermere, Fla.) and Johnson paced the offense in the victory with multi-hit games. Johnson also collected three RBIs while Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) tallied two of his own with a double in the fifth. Walker Jenkins (Oak Island, N.C.), Riley Stanford (Gainesville, Ga.), Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), and Jackson Holliday (Stillwater, Okla.) also recorded hits in the win..

Fisher got the start in the game and allowed just two hits and two walks in his four scoreless innings of work. Ferris was perfect in his two innings of relief to earn the win, striking out four without allowing a hit or a walk. Canada’s Caleb Clark, who allowed three runs on four hits, was tagged with the loss.

 

Key Moments

  • The U.S. broke onto the scoreboard first in the top of the second, using an error, a walk, and a two-out Green single to load the bases for Johnson who came through with a two-RBI base knock that gave Team USA a 2-0 advantage.
  • After a walk and a Stanford single in the top of the third, Bowen added a third run for the red, white, and blue with a two-out single of his own that allowed Jenkins to score from second to make it 3-0.
  • Holliday hit an RBI double to make it 4-0 in the top of the fifth before Green tallied his second hit of the day to bring Holliday in from second for a 5-0 Team USA lead.
  • Johnson followed one batter later with the third RBI single of the inning to plate Green and make it 6-0 in Team USA’s favor.
  • Clifford added two more with a stand-up double to left before Jenkins capped off the six-run fifth with an RBI single to give the U.S. a commanding 9-0 lead.
  • Team USA’s relief pitchers took over in the fifth and locked down the game, combining to allow just one walk and no hits to secure the 9-0 victory.

 

Notable Information

  • The U.S. now holds a 5-1 lead in its seven-game friendship series against Canada with one game left to play.
  • Fisher, Dutkanych, Ferris, and Guidry combined to strike out 13 batters in the two-hit shutout, bringing the U.S. pitching staff's total punchouts to 80 through six games.
  • With his three-hit day on Wednesday, Johnson now leads Team USA with eight hits through six games.
  • Wednesday’s game marked the first in the series that did not include a U.S. home run.
  • The contest was also the first since game two without a homer off the bat of Green, but he still continued his hot hitting with two base knocks and now owns a four-game hit streak.

 

On Deck

  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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GAMEDAY: Penultimate Game of Friendship Series Against Canada on Deck

First pitch of game six is set for 1:00 p.m. EDT at Pirate City
September 8, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E USA                         CAN                         Game Notes |  Live Stats |  Watch Live BRADENTON, Fla. - The
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BRADENTON, Fla. - The 18U National Team will look to bounce back in game six of its seven-game friendship series against Canada on Wednesday after falling, 3-2, in game five. First pitch of the September 8 contest is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. EDT at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida.

Left-handed pitcher Kade Anderson (Madisonville, La.) will get the start on the bump for the U.S. in game five and make his Team USA debut.

The 18U National Team is taking on international competition for the first time this week since competing at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea, where the U.S. took home the silver medal. Team USA and Canada also last went head-to-head in the Super Round of that tournament, with the red, white, and blue coming out on top, 10-0, in seven innings.

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 Brad Penny, who will serve as the team’s pitching coach.

 

Notable Information

  • Team USA leads the 2021 seven-game friendship series against Canada 4-1 and has already clinched a series victory.
  • The U.S. hitters have launched eight dingers through the first five games of the series, seven of which have traveled over 400 feet. Elijah Green’s (Windermere, Fla.) 456-foot home run on Monday evening’s win leads the way in distance traveled. Green also leads the team in total home runs with four so far in the series.
  • Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) recorded the red, white, and blue’s first homer in a 16-2 victory on Friday.
  • Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) hit a go-ahead grand slam in Saturday’s 10-2 defeat of Canada.
  • Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) has two bombs through four games so far, having hit his first on Saturday and his second on Sunday.
  • The U.S. pitching staff has recorded 67 total strikeouts through the first five games of the series, including 17 in both Saturday and Sunday’s victories, 11 in the series-clinching win on Monday, and 12 in Tuesday’s loss.
  • With 10 punchouts in five scoreless innings of relief on Saturday, Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) leads both Team USA and Canada in strikeouts so far in the series.
  • The 2021 18U National Team was announced on Tuesday and features 26 of the best 18-and-under athletes in the country.
  • The 26 members of Team USA represent 15 different states across the country.
  • The 2021 18U National Team features four players that have suited up for Team USA at least once in their careers, including four-time alum Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), three-time alum Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), two-time alum Termarr Johnson (Altanta, Ga.), and three-time alum Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.)
  • Bowen (2018 & 2019 15U) and Clifford (2015 12U, 2018 15U) have both won two gold medals with Team USA, while Johnson and Rodriguez both also helped lead the 2019 15U National Team to a gold medal.
  • The roster also features four athletes selected from the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program that took place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex August 6-9.
  • All three of the coaches joining Maxwell on staff are former MLB All-Stars. Cuddyer earned the honor in 2011 and 2013, while Penny was named to the All-Star Games in 2006 and 2007, and Wilson was an All-Star in 2004.
  • All seven of Team USA’s games against Canada will be streamed live on the USA Baseball Facebook page.

 

On Deck

  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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U.S. Drops Game Five Against Canada, 3-2

Late-game rally falls short as Team USA falls to 4-1 in the seven-game friendship series
September 7, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E CAN 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 7 0 USA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 4 1 Win: R. Usselman Loss: K. Anderson  Save: J. Woods Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats  
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
CAN 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 7 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 4 1
Win: R. Usselman Loss: K. Anderson  Save: J. Woods
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

BRADENTON, Fla. - Runs in the sixth and eighth innings weren't enough for the stars and stripes as the 18U National Team suffered its first loss of a seven-game friendship series against Canada on Tuesday, dropping a 3-2 contest at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida. Team USA falls to 4-1 in the series with the loss.

Canada jumped out to an early lead that the U.S. offense couldn’t overcome with two runs in the top of the second. Team USA finally broke onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth and added a second run in the bottom of the eighth with Elijah Green’s (Windermere, Fla.) fourth home run of the series. But Canada’s insurance run in the top of the eighth proved to be the difference and the stars and stripes fell, 3-2.

Green, Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.), Walker Jenkins (Oak Island, N.C.), and Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) were responsible for Team USA’s four hits in the game. Druw Jones (Suwanee, Ga.) and Green each collected an RBI in the loss while Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) scored a run and drew two walks.

Kade Anderson (Madisonville, La.) got the start for the red, white, and blue and suffered the loss in the contest after allowing two runs on three hits and one walk in three innings of work. The southpaw also struck out five batters in the game. Canada’s Reece Usselman earned the win with his two innings of scoreless relief in which he gave up just one hit while Jordan Woods earned the save.

 

Key Moments

  • Canada opened the scoring in the contest with a two-RBI triple by Tyrus Hall that gave the team a 2-0 lead in the top of the second.
  • Team USA got its first run of the game in the bottom of the sixth when Mitchell drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on a wild pitch and an RBI groundout from Jones to cut the deficit in half and make it a 2-1 game.
  • Canada answered with an insurance run in the top of the eighth after a leadoff walk came around to score on an RBI single by Josh Jones.
  • Green led off the bottom half of the eighth with an immediate response of his own, launching a solo, 430-foot home run over the left field fence to cut Canada’s lead back down to one.
  • Oliver Santos (Newport Coast, Calif.) came on in relief to shut down the Canadian offense in the top of the ninth, but Team USA couldn’t get anything going in the bottom half and Canada claimed the 3-2 win.

 

Notable Information

  • With his single in the second inning, Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) now has a five-game hit streak, having recorded at least one base knock in every game of Team USA’s seven-game friendship series against Canada so far.
  • Green leads all batters in the series with four home runs after his longball on Tuesday. He has hit all four in the last three games.
  • With three dingers in the last two games, Green now leads both teams in longballs in the series.
  • Seven of the eight U.S. home runs in the series have traveled over 400 feet, with Green’s 456-foot bomb on Monday leading the way.
  • Johnson leads Team USA in walks with seven so far in the series. Guidry has the second-highest mark with five through four games.
  • U.S. pitchers Anderson, Michael Kennedy (Troy, N.Y.), and Santos combined to strikeout 12 batters in Tuesday's contest.

 

On Deck

  • September 8: USA vs. Canada (1:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; Pirate City)
  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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GAMEDAY: Team USA Looking for Fifth Straight Win on Tuesday 

First pitch of game five against Canada is set for 2:00 p.m. EDT at LECOM Park
September 7, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E CAN                         USA                         Game Notes |  Live Stats |  Watch Live BRADENTON, Fla. - After
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BRADENTON, Fla. - After improving to 4-0 against Canada with a series-clinching 16-1 victory on Monday evening at Tropicana Field, the 18U National Team is looking for its fifth straight win in the seven-game friendship series on Tuesday afternoon. The U.S. and Canada are set to go head-to-head at 2:00 p.m. EDT at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla.

Left-handed pitcher Kade Anderson (Madisonville, La.) will get the start on the bump for the U.S. in game five and make his Team USA debut.

The 18U National Team is taking on international competition for the first time this week since competing at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea, where the U.S. took home the silver medal. Team USA and Canada also last went head-to-head in the Super Round of that tournament, with the red, white, and blue coming out on top, 10-0, in seven innings.

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 Brad Penny, who will serve as the team’s pitching coach.

 

Notable Information

  • Team USA leads the 2021 seven-game friendship series against Canada 4-0 and has already clinched a series victory.
  • The U.S. hitters have launched seven dingers through the first three games of the series, six of which have traveled over 400 feet. Elijah Green’s (Windermere, Fla.) 456-foot home run on Monday evening’s win leads the way in distance traveled. Green also leads the team in total home runs with three so far in the series.
  • Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) recorded the red, white, and blue’s first homer in a 16-2 victory on Friday.
  • Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) hit a go-ahead grand slam in Saturday’s 10-2 defeat of Canada.
  • Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) has two bombs through four games so far, having hit his first on Saturday and his second on Sunday.
  • The U.S. pitching staff has recorded 55 total strikeouts through the first four games of the series, including 17 in both Saturday and Sunday’s victories and 11 in the series-clinching win on Monday.
  • With 10 punchouts in five scoreless innings of relief on Saturday, Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) leads both Team USA and Canada in strikeouts so far in the series.
  • The 2021 18U National Team was announced on Tuesday and features 26 of the best 18-and-under athletes in the country.
  • The 26 members of Team USA represent 15 different states across the country.
  • The 2021 18U National Team features four players that have suited up for Team USA at least once in their careers, including four-time alum Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), three-time alum Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), two-time alum Termarr Johnson (Altanta, Ga.), and three-time alum Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.)
  • Bowen (2018 & 2019 15U) and Clifford (2015 12U, 2018 15U) have both won two gold medals with Team USA, while Johnson and Rodriguez both also helped lead the 2019 15U National Team to a gold medal.
  • The roster also features four athletes selected from the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program that took place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex August 6-9.
  • All three of the coaches joining Maxwell on staff are former MLB All-Stars. Cuddyer earned the honor in 2011 and 2013, while Penny was named to the All-Star Games in 2006 and 2007, and Wilson was an All-Star in 2004.
  • All seven of Team USA’s games against Canada will be streamed live on the USA Baseball Facebook page.

 

On Deck

  • September 8: USA vs. Canada (1:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; Pirate City)
  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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Team USA Clinches Series Against Canada with 16-1 Win at Tropicana Field

Three pitchers combined for eight hitless innings as the U.S. improved to 4-0 in the friendship series
September 7, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E USA 2 0 1 3 2 0 5 2 1 16 11 0 CAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 8 Win: W. Ford Loss: P. Burgess  Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   SARASOTA,
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USA 2 0 1 3 2 0 5 2 1 16 11 0
CAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 8
Win: W. Ford Loss: P. Burgess  Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

SARASOTA, Fla. - Owen Murphy (Riverside, Ill.), Walter Ford (McCalla, Ala.), and Riley Stanford (Gainesville, Ga.) combined to toss eight hitless innings as the 18U National Team clinched its seven-game friendship series against Canada with a 16-1 victory at Tropicana Field on Monday in St. Petersburg, Florida. Team USA improved to 4-0 in the series with the win.

The U.S. offense got rolling early by capitalizing on a few Canada errors to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the first and never let up. Another run in the third made it 3-0 before Team USA used a three-run fourth and a two-run fifth, highlighted by Elijah Green’s (Windermere, Fla.) third dinger of the series and a two-RBI triple from Druw Jones (Suwanee, Ga.), to take an 8-0 lead. After a quiet sixth inning, the stars and stripes piled on eight runs in the final three innings to take a commanding 16-0 lead before Canada scored one in the ninth for a 16-1 final score.

Jones finished 2-for-5 with two triples, two RBIs, and two runs scored in the game and RJ Austin (Atlanta, Ga.) also recorded a multi-hit game to lead Team USA’s offense. Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) recorded two RBIs of his own in the win while scoring two runs and drawing a pair of walks.

Ford threw three scoreless innings of relief and did not give up a hit while striking out four batters to earn the win. Canada’s Parker Burgess suffered the loss after allowing four earned runs on five hits in two innings on the mound.

 

Key Moments

  • Team USA capitalized on a few miscues by Canada and jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
  • Jayden Hylton (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) added to the U.S. lead when he knocked a two-out double in the top of the third and came around to score on an Austin single and another Canada error to make it a 3-0 game.
  • Green quickly made it 4-0 with his third homer of the series – this one a 456-foot bomb to left-center – in the top of the fourth.
  • One batter later, Jones laced a triple into the right field corner and then came home on a wild pitch that gave Team USA a 5-0 advantage.
  • Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) capped off the three-run fourth by drawing a two-out walk, advancing to second on a balk, stealing third, and scoring on an error by Canada to make it 6-0 in Team USA’s favor.
  • With his second triple of the day, Jones collected two RBIs and gave the stars and stripes an 8-0 lead in the top of the fifth after back-to-back walks to lead off the inning put Gavin Guidry (Lake Charles, La.) and Bowen on base.
  • Guidry, Bowen, and Gavin Kilen (Milton, Wis.) drew three consecutive walks to lead off the top of the seventh and load the bases before Guidry came home on a wild pitch for a 9-0 U.S. lead.
  • One batter later, Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) drew the fourth walk of the inning to load the bases once again for Jones who reached on an error that allowed Bowen to score and make it a 10-0 game.
  • With the bases still loaded, Jackson Holliday (Stillwater, Okla.) brought one run in with a fielder’s choice before two more runs would cross the plate in the inning to give the U.S. a commanding 13-0 lead.
  • Bowen delivered a clutch two-RBI double to extend the U.S. lead to 15-0 in the eighth before one last run scored for the red, white, and blue in the ninth for the 16-0 advantage.
  • Canada broke up the Team USA pitching staff’s combined no-hitter and the shutout with two hits and a run in the bottom of the ninth but that was all they would manage as the U.S. secured the 16-1 victory.

 

Notable Information

  • Murphy, Ford, and Stanford combined for 13 strikeouts to bring the total punchouts for the U.S. pitching staff to 55 in the series.
  • Team USA’s pitchers did not allow a hit in Monday’s win until the bottom of the ninth inning.
  • With three dingers in the last two games, Green now leads both teams in longballs in the series.
  • Johnson, Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.), and Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) have also hit homers in the series, bringing Team USA’s total home run count to seven through four games.
  • Six of the seven U.S. home runs in the series have traveled over 400 feet, with Green’s 456-foot bomb on Monday leading the way.
  • Johnson leads Team USA in walks with seven so far in the series. Guidry has the second-highest mark with five through four games.

 

On Deck

  • September 7: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)
  • September 8: USA vs. Canada (1:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; Pirate City)
  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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GAMEDAY: U.S. Set to Take on Canada at Tropicana Field on Monday 

First pitch of game four scheduled for 4:00 p.m. EDT
September 6, 2021
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SARASOTA, Fla. - Team USA will travel to St. Petersburg, Florida, on Monday to take on Canada at Tropicana Field in game four of the seven-game friendship series. First pitch of the contest is set for 4:00 p.m. EDT.

After three straight wins to kick off international competition, Team USA is looking to clinch the series victory in game four with right-hander Owen Murphy (Riverside, Ill.) starting on the bump. The Notre Dame commit is making his debut for the U.S. on Monday.

The 18U National Team is taking on international competition for the first time this week since competing at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea, where the U.S. took home the silver medal. Team USA and Canada also last went head-to-head in the Super Round of that tournament, with the red, white, and blue coming out on top, 10-0, in seven innings.

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 Brad Penny, who will serve as the team’s pitching coach.

 

Notable Information

  • Team USA leads the 2021 seven-game friendship series against Canada 3-0.
  • The U.S. hitters have launched six dingers through the first three games of the series, three of which have traveled over 400 feet.
  • Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) recorded the red, white, and blue’s first homer in a 16-2 victory on Friday.
  • Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) hit a go-ahead grand slam in Saturday’s 10-2 defeat of Canada.
  • Elijah Green (Windermere, Fla.) and Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) lead Team USA with two home runs each. Green’s both came in Sunday’s 6-2 win, while Kling hit his first on Saturday and his second on Sunday.
  • The U.S. pitching staff has recorded 42 total strikeouts through the first three games of the series, including 17 in both Saturday and Sunday’s victories.
  • With 10 punchouts in five scoreless innings of relief on Saturday, Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) leads both Team USA and Canada in strikeouts so far in the series.
  • The 2021 18U National Team was announced on Tuesday and features 26 of the best 18-and-under athletes in the country.
  • The 26 members of Team USA represent 15 different states across the country.
  • The 2021 18U National Team features four players that have suited up for Team USA at least once in their careers, including four-time alum Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), three-time alum Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), two-time alum Termarr Johnson (Altanta, Ga.), and three-time alum Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.)
  • Bowen (2018 & 2019 15U) and Clifford (2015 12U, 2018 15U) have both won two gold medals with Team USA, while Johnson and Rodriguez both also helped lead the 2019 15U National Team to a gold medal.
  • The roster also features four athletes selected from the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program that took place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex August 6-9.
  • All three of the coaches joining Maxwell on staff are former MLB All-Stars. Cuddyer earned the honor in 2011 and 2013, while Penny was named to the All-Star Games in 2006 and 2007, and Wilson was an All-Star in 2004.
  • All seven of Team USA’s games against Canada will be streamed live on the USA Baseball Facebook page.

 

On Deck

  • September 7: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)
  • September 8: USA vs. Canada (1:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; Pirate City)
  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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Green, Kling Homers Power U.S. to 6-2 Victory Over Canada

With the win, Team USA now leads the seven-game friendship series, 3-0
September 6, 2021
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SARASOTA, Fla. - Elijah Green (Windermere, Fla.) crushed two home runs and Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) added one of his own to pace Team USA’s 6-2 defeat of Canada on Sunday night at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. The victory is the third consecutive for the stars and stripes, giving them a 3-0 advantage in the seven-game friendship series.

For the third time in as many games, the U.S. broke onto the scoreboard first with two runs in the second inning, including Kling’s solo shot over the left field fence to start things off. The teams traded runs in the third and fourth before Green launched his first moonshot of the night to extend the U.S. lead to 5-1. Canada added one more in the top of the fifth to get within three but Green’s second homer of the night, an eight-inning solo bomb into the parking lot, sealed the 6-2 victory.

Green’s two home runs and three RBIs led the U.S. offense on the night while Kling finished 2-for-2 with his own homer and two walks. Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) drew a walk every time he came up to bat, tallying five in the contest, and Owen Murphy (Riverside, Ill.) went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Joe Allen (Hampton Falls, N.H.) got the ball to start the game for Team USA and went three strong innings, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out five. Jack O’Connor (Arlington, Va.) was credited with the win after striking out four batters and allowing just two hits and a walk in two scoreless innings of work. Owen Millar, who started on the bump for Canada and gave up three runs on four hits, suffered the loss.

 

Key Moments

  • Kling opened the scoring in the contest for the U.S. with a 417-foot solo moonshot over the left-field wall to lead off the bottom of the second and give Team USA an early 1-0 advantage.
  • Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) drew a walk one batter later and stole second to put a runner in scoring position for Murphy who extended the U.S. lead to 2-0 with a ground-rule double that plated Mitchell.
  • In the bottom of the third, Druw Jones (Suwanee, Ga.) knocked a leadoff double and moved to third on a passed ball before Walker Jenkins (Oak Island, N.C.) brought him in with an RBI groundout that made it a 3-0 game.
  • Canada then cracked the scoreboard in the top of the fourth with a leadoff walk and an RBI triple off the bat of Louka Daoust.
  • One frame later though, the U.S. answered when Green hit a 414-foot dinger of his own that added two runs to make it 5-1 in Team USA’s favor.
  • Canada responded with another RBI triple in the top of the fifth that cut the U.S. lead to 5-2.
  • Green added the final insurance run with his second home run of the night to give the red, white, and blue a 6-2 lead.
  • RJ Austin (Atlanta, Ga.) came on in relief in the top of the ninth to close it out, striking out the side to secure the 6-2 victory.

 

Notable Information

  • Green and Kling now lead the series in homers with two each.
  • Johnson and Blake Mitchell have also hit one home run each in the series, bringing Team USA’s total longballs to six through three games.
  • Five of the six U.S. home runs in the series have traveled over 400 feet.
  • With his five tonight, Johnson leads Team USA in walks with six so far in the series, doubling the next closest mark (Jenkins, 3).
  • For the second night in a row, Team USA’s pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts. Allen and Brennan Phillips (Owasso, Okla.) collected five punchouts apiece, O’Connor recorded four, and Austin had three.

 

On Deck

  • September 6: USA vs. Canada (4:00 p.m. EDT; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Tropicana Field)
  • September 7: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)
  • September 8: USA vs. Canada (1:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; Pirate City)
  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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GAMEDAY: Team USA Looking for Third Consecutive Win on Sunday

Game three of seven against Canada is set for 6:00 p.m. EDT at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota
September 5, 2021
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SARASOTA, Fla. - With the U.S. leading the seven-game friendship series 2-0, the 18U National Team takes on Canada in game three on Sunday evening at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. First pitch of the contest is set for 6 p.m. EDT and it will be the last game hosted at Ed Smith Stadium before the two teams head to St. Petersburg and Bradenton to close out the series.

Right-hander Joe Allen (Hampton Falls, N.H.) will make his debut in the red, white, and blue as Team USA’s starter in game three.

The 18U National Team is taking on international competition for the first time this week since competing at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea, where the U.S. took home the silver medal. Team USA and Canada also last went head-to-head in the Super Round of that tournament, with the red, white, and blue coming out on top, 10-0, in seven innings.

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 Brad Penny, who will serve as the team’s pitching coach.

 

Notable Information

  • Team USA leads the 2021 seven-game friendship series against Canada 2-0.
  • Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) recorded the first home run of the series on Friday evening, crushing a three-run bomb over the right field wall that gave Team USA a 10-1 lead en route to a 16-2 defeat of Canada.
  • Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) and Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) kept the power momentum going in game two on Saturday with home runs of their own. Johnson launched a go-ahead grand slam and Kling crushed a 401-foot two-run bomb to pace the U.S. offense in its 10-2 victory.
  • With 10 punchouts in five scoreless innings of relief on Saturday, Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) leads both Team USA and Canada in strikeouts so far in the series.
  • The 2021 18U National Team was announced on Tuesday and features 26 of the best 18-and-under athletes in the country.
  • The 26 members of Team USA represent 15 different states across the country.
  • The 2021 18U National Team features four players that have suited up for Team USA at least once in their careers, including four-time alum Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), three-time alum Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), two-time alum Termarr Johnson (Altanta, Ga.), and three-time alum Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.)
  • Bowen (2018 & 2019 15U) and Clifford (2015 12U, 2018 15U) have both won two gold medals with Team USA, while Johnson and Rodriguez both also helped lead the 2019 15U National Team to a gold medal.
  • The roster also features four athletes selected from the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program that took place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex August 6-9.
  • All three of the coaches joining Maxwell on staff are former MLB All-Stars. Cuddyer earned the honor in 2011 and 2013, while Penny was named to the All-Star Games in 2006 and 2007, and Wilson was an All-Star in 2004.
  • All seven of Team USA’s games against Canada will be streamed live on the USA Baseball Facebook page.

 

On Deck

  • September 6: USA vs. Canada (4:00 p.m. EDT; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Tropicana Field)
  • September 7: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)
  • September 8: USA vs. Canada (1:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; Pirate City)
  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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