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One Hundred And Fifty-Nine USA Baseball Alumni On 2021 Opening Day Rosters

Twenty-nine of the 30 MLB Clubs begin the season with at least one alum on their roster
April 1, 2021
CARY, N.C. – One hundred and fifty-nine USA Baseball alumni kick off the 2021 season on Major League Baseball Opening Day rosters, the organization announced on Thursday. For the second-straight year, 29 of the 30 Major League Clubs will feature at least one former member of Team USA on their rosters

CARY, N.C. – One hundred and fifty-nine USA Baseball alumni kick off the 2021 season on Major League Baseball Opening Day rosters, the organization announced on Thursday.

For the second-straight year, 29 of the 30 Major League Clubs will feature at least one former member of Team USA on their rosters to start the season. Additionally, 21 of those clubs feature five or more players that have suited up for the red, white, and blue in the their careers.

The Cincinnati Reds lead all teams with 10 alums on their Opening Day roster, followed by the Washington Nationals with nine. In addition, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers will begin the 162-game season with eight alumni each.

Albert Almora Jr., who will make his New York Mets debut in 2021, has played for Team USA seven times in his career, the most of any alum in Major League Baseball. He is one of 51 alumni on 2021 Opening Day rosters that have suited up multiple times for the U.S.

Reigning NL MVP Freddie Freeman was a member of the 2005 16U and 2006 18U National Teams and begins his 13th season with the Atlanta Braves in 2021. Corey Seager, 2010 16U National Team, enters his ninth season with the Los Angeles Dodgers after capturing a League Championship Series and World Series MVP in 2020.

Six additional USA Baseball alumni are managing around the league, including Aaron Boone (New York Yankees), Terry Francona (Cleveland Indians), Joe Girardi (Philadelphia Phillies), Dave Roberts (Los Angeles Dodgers), David Ross (Chicago Cubs), and Scott Servais (Seattle Mariners).

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

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni, by Major League club, who appeared on 2021 Opening Day rosters is as follows:

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  • Arizona Diamondbacks (2)
  • Carson Kelly – 2010 16U; 2011 18U
  • Luke Weaver – 2013 Collegiate
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  • Atlanta Braves (6)
  • Ian Anderson – 2015 18U
  • Travis D'Arnaud – 2011 Professional
  • Freddie Freeman – 2005 16U; 2006 18U
  • A.J. Minter – 2014 Collegiate
  • Drew Smyly – 2011 Professional, 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Dansby Swanson – 2014 Collegiate
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  • Baltimore Orioles (5)
  • Matt Harvey – 2006 18U
  • Adam Plutko – 2012 Collegiate
  • Rio Ruiz - 2007, 2008 14U
  • DJ Stewart – 2014 Collegiate*
  • Dillon Tate - 2014 Collegiate
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  • Boston Red Sox (5)
  • Christian Arroyo - 2012 18U
  • Matt Barnes - 2010 Collegiate
  • Bobby Dalbec - 2015 Collegiate; 2019 Professional
  • Tanner Houck - 2015, 2016 Collegiate; 2019 Professional
  • Alex Verdugo - 2010 14U
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  • Chicago Cubs (7)
  • Jake Arrieta -     2006 Collegiate; 2008 Professional (Olympic)
  • Kris Bryant -      2012 Collegiate
  • Zach Davies - 2007 14U
  • Craig Kimbrel - 2013 Professional (WBC)
  • Dillon Maples - 2010 18U
  • Trevor Williams - 2012 Collegiate
  • Tony Wolters – 2008 16U; 2009, 2010 18U
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  • Chicago White Sox (6)
  • Zack Collins - 2011 16U; 2014 Collegiate
  • Yasmani Grandal - 2009 Collegiate
  • Lance Lynn - 2007 Collegiate
  • Nick Madrigal - 2011 14U; 2012 15U; 2014 18U; 2017 Collegiate
  • Carlos Rodon - 2012, 2013 Collegiate
  • Andrew Vaughn – 2013 15U; 2017, 2018 Collegiate; 2019 Professional
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  • Cincinnati Reds (10)
  • Nick Castellanos - 2009 18U
  • Sean Doolittle - 2005, 2006 Collegiate
  • Kyle Farmer - 2012 Collegiate
  • Carson Fulmer - 2011 18U; 2014 Collegiate
  • Sonny Gray – 2009, 2010 Collegiate*
  • Michael Lorenzen – 2008 16U; 2010 18U; 2011, 2012 Collegiate*
  • Mike Moustakas - 2006 18U; 2010 Professional
  • Tyler Naquin - 2011 Collegiate
  • Lucas Sims - 2010 16U
  • Jesse Winker - 2011 18U
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  • Colorado Rockies (5)     
  • Daniel Bard - 2003 18U; 2004 Collegiate
  • Mychal Givens - 2006 16U; 2007 18U; 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Garrett Hampson - 2015 Collegiate
  • Dom Nunez - 2011 16U; 2012 18U
  • Jordan Sheffield - 2011 16U
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  • Detroit Tigers (4)
  • Grayson Greiner - 2013 Collegiate
  • Robbie Grossman – 2007 18U
  • Derek Holland – 2013 Professional (WBC)
  • Casey Mize - 2017 Collegiate
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  • Houston Astros (5)
  • Alex Bregman - 2010 16U; 2011 18U; 2013, 2014 Collegiate; 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Jason Castro - 2009 Professional
  • Lance McCullers - 2010 18U
  • Ryne Stanek - 2011, 2012 Collegiate
  • Kyle Tucker - 2012 15U
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  • Kansas City Royals (3)
  • Danny Duffy - 2010 Professional, 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Cam Gallagher - 2015 Professional
  • Mike Minor - 2007, 2008 Collegiate
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  • Los Angeles Angels (7)
  • Steve Cishek - 2013 Professional (WBC)
  • Dexter Fowler - 2008 Professional (Olympic)
  • Anthony Rendon - 2010 Collegiate
  • Max Stassi - 2006, 2007 16U; 2008 18U
  • Kurt Suzuki - 2006 Professional
  • Mike Trout - 2010 Professional
  • Justin Upton - 2004 18U
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  • Los Angeles Dodgers (8)
  • Trevor Bauer - 2009 Collegiate
  • Walker Buehler - 2014 Collegiate
  • Joe Kelly – 2007 Collegiate*
  • Clayton Kershaw - 2005 18U
  • Corey Knebel - 2011 Collegiate
  • AJ Pollock - 2011 Professional
  • David Price - 2005, 2006 Collegiate
  • Corey Seager - 2010 16U
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  • Miami Marlins (1)
  • Ross Detwiler - 2006 Collegiate; 2013 Professional (WBC)
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  • Milwaukee Brewers (8)
  • Brett Anderson - 2004 16U; 2005 18U; 2008 Professional (Olympics)
  • Jackie Bradley, Jr. - 2010 Collegiate
  • J.P. Feyereisen - 2019 Professional
  • Josh Hader - 2015 Professional
  • Keston Hiura - 2016 Collegiate
  • Bobby Wahl – 2012 Collegiate*
  • Kolten Wong - 2009 Collegiate
  • Christian Yelich - 2017 Professional (WBC)
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  • Minnesota Twins (2)       
  • Matt Shoemaker - 2011 Professional
  • Caleb Thielbar - 2019 Professional
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  • New York Mets (7)
  • Albert Almora Jr. - 2007, 2008 14U; 2009, 2010 16U; 2010, 2011 18U; 2015 Professional
  • Dellin Betances - 2005 18U
  • Michael Conforto - 2012, 2013 Collegiate
  • Francisco Lindor - 2009 16U; 2010 18U
  • James McCann - 2011 Professional
  • David Peterson - 2016 Collegiate
  • Marcus Stroman - 2011 Collegiate; 2017 Professional (WBC)
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  • New York Yankees (3)
  • Gerrit Cole - 2009, 2010 Collegiate
  • Giancarlo Stanton - 2013, 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Jameson Taillon - 2009 18U
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  • Oakland Athletics (5)
  • Matt Chapman - 2013 Collegiate
  • Cole Irvin - 2011 18U
  • Jed Lowrie – 2004 Collegiate
  • Matt Olson - 2010 16U
  • J.B. Wendelken - 2015 Professional
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  • Philadelphia Phillies (6)
  • Alec Bohm - 2019 Professional
  • Zach Eflin - 2015 Professional
  • Bryce Harper - 2008 16U; 2009 18U
  • Adam Haseley - 2010 14U; 2013 18U
  • Andrew McCutchen - 2004 18U; 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Brad Miller - 2009, 2010 Collegiate
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  • Pittsburgh Pirates (7)
  • Anthony Alford - 2008 14U
  • Tyler Anderson - 2010 Collegiate
  • Trevor Cahill - 2008 Professional (Olympic)
  • Adam Frazier - 2012 Collegiate; 2015 Professional
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes - 2014 18U
  • Cody Ponce – 2019 Professional*
  • Bryan Reynolds - 2014 Collegiate
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  • San Diego Padres (7)
  • Jake Cronenworth - 2019 Professional
  • Trent Grisham – 2014 18U*
  • Eric Hosmer - 2007 18U; 2010 Professional, 2013 and 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Manny Machado - 2009 18U
  • Mark Melancon - 2005 Collegiate; 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Drew Pomeranz - 2009 Collegiate
  • Ryan Weathers - 2017 18U
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  • San Francisco Giants (6)
  • Brandon Crawford - 2006 Collegiate; 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Alex Dickerson - 2010 Collegiate
  • Kevin Gausman - 2009 18U; 2011 Collegiate
  • Evan Longoria - 2007 Professional, 2009 Professional (WBC)
  • Jake McGee - 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Buster Posey - 2004 18U; 2017 Professional (WBC)
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  • Seattle Mariners (5)
  • J.P. Crawford - 2009 14U
  • Marco Gonzales - 2012 Collegiate
  • Tom Murphy - 2011 Collegiate; 2015 Professional
  • Justus Sheffield - 2013 18U
  • Evan White - 2016 Collegiate
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  • St. Louis Cardinals (4)
  • Nolan Arenado - 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Jack Flaherty - 2013 18U
  • Paul Goldschmidt - 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Andrew Miller - 2017 Professional (WBC)
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  • Tampa Bay Rays (4)
  • Chris Archer - 2010 Professional, 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Austin Meadows - 2011 16U
  • Brett Phillips – 2015 Professional*
  • Michael Wacha - 2011 Collegiate
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  • Texas Rangers (7)
  • Kolby Allard – 2014 18U
  • Matt Bush – 2002 16U
  • David Dahl - 2011 18U
  • Joey Gallo - 2011 18U
  • Kyle Gibson - 2008 Collegiate
  • Ian Kennedy - 2002 18U; 2004, 2005 Collegiate
  • Jose Trevino - 2012 Collegiate
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  • Toronto Blue Jays (5)
  • Cavan Biggio - 2012 18U
  • Randal Grichuk - 2007 16U
  • Robbie Ray – 2009 18U*
  • Tanner Roark - 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • George Springer – 2010 Collegiate*
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  • Washington Nationals (9)
  • Erick Fedde - 2013 Collegiate
  • Josh Harrison - 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Jordy Mercer - 2007 Collegiate; 2011 Professional
  • Joe Ross - 2007 14U
  • Max Scherzer - 2005 Collegiate
  • Kyle Schwarber - 2013 Collegiate
  • Stephen Strasburg - 2008 Colleigate; 2008 Professional (Olympic)
  • Trea Turner - 2012, 2013 Collegiate
  • Ryan Zimmerman - 2004 Collegiate
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Early Offense Propels Team Navy Past Team Red

Team Navy scored seven runs in the first three innings to hand Team Red its third loss
July 29, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Team Navy 5 1 1 0 1 0 1 9 12 2 Team Red 0 0 0 0 2 3 2 7 5 2 Win: Ian Ritchie Jr. Loss: Lucas Kelly Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play   CARY, N.C. - Team Navy used a five-run first
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Team Navy 5 1 1 0 1 0 1 9 12 2
Team Red 0 0 0 0 2 3 2 7 5 2
Win: Ian Ritchie Jr. Loss: Lucas Kelly Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play

 

CARY, N.C. - Team Navy used a five-run first inning and held off a late push by Team Red to win, 9-7, in 2021 PDP League action at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina on Thursday evening.

After the strong opening frame, Team Navy kept the pressure on and led 7-0 after three. Team Red rallied for seven runs in the final three innings, but Team Navy held off the late push to secure the win.

Owen Murphy (2-for-2), Nazier Mule (2-for-3), and Sal Stewart (2-for-2) led the Team Navy offense with multi-hit games. Mule had a game-high three RBIs, also adding a run.

Elijah Green (1-for-2), Jack Lausch (1-for-2), Tommy Specht (1-for-3), Tucker Toman (1-for-1), and Jason Torres (1-for-3) all picked up hits for Team Red. Specht led the team with two RBIs.

Ian Ritchie Jr. earned the win in relief for Team Navy, tossing two hitless frames with a pair of strikeouts. Lucas Kelly got the loss for Team Red, allowing five runs in 1.1 innings of work.

Key Moments

  • Team Navy's offense got started quickly, scoring its first run on an RBI single by Stewart. Mule followed with a two-run single up the middle to make it 3-0.
  • Paxton Kling made it 4-0 with an RBI single and eventually scored to give Team Navy a 5-0 lead.
  • Toman singled and Green walked to put the first two runners on for Team Red in the bottom of the first, but Team Navy pitcher Blaise Grove escaped the jam unscathed.
  • Team Navy added a run in the second on a wild pitch before scoring another in the third on Mule's RBI triple to extend the lead to 7-0.
  • Toman walked and got into scoring position with one out in the bottom of the third, but Ian Ritchie Jr. worked around it to pitch a scoreless inning.
  • After a scoreless fourth, both teams put up runs in the fifth inning. Stewart singled and scored on an error in the top of the inning to make it 8-0.
  • Team Red cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth. Kaden Martin walked and scored on a Lausch double to get on the board before Lausch scored on an error to make it 8-2.
  • Green led off the sixth with a double before Luke Heyman walked to put a pair of runners on. Green later scored on a wild pitch and two more runs were added to trim the deficit to 8-5.
  • Termarr Johnson doubled to left field in his first at-bat of the game, driving in Caden Dana to give Team Navy a 9-5 lead in the sixth.
  • Specht singled home two runs in the seventh to put the tying run at the plate before Matthew Hoskins induced a fly out to secure the win for Team Navy.

 

Notable Information

  • Stewart scored a game-high three runs, also driving in a run.
  • All five Team Navy pitchers recorded at least one strikeout.
  • Team Navy moves to 2-1-1 with the win, and Team Red drops to 1-3.

 

On Deck

  • Friday, July 30: Team Light Blue vs. Team Red (1:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Friday, July 30: Team Navy vs. Team Gray (5:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Saturday, July 31: TBD vs. TBD (1:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Saturday, July 31: TBD vs. TBD (5:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)

 

Social

  • Stay tuned to @BaseballPDP on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2021 PDP League.
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Austin's Grand Slam Lifts Team Light Blue Past Team Gray

RJ Austin and Dominic Hellman combine for five RBIs to lead Light Blue to second win
July 29, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Team Light Blue 0 2 0 0 4 4 0 10 4 1 Team Gray 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 1 Win: Joe Allen Loss: Hayden Murphy Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play   CARY, N.C. -Team Light Blue jumped out to
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Team Light Blue 0 2 0 0 4 4 0 10 4 1
Team Gray 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 1
Win: Joe Allen Loss: Hayden Murphy Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play

 

CARY, N.C. -Team Light Blue jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, using a fifth-inning grand slam by RJ Austin to top Team Gray, 10-3, in the 2021 PDP League on Thursday afternoon at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Team Light Blue scored twice in the second inning before adding Austin’s grand slam in the fifth to take a 6-0 lead. Another homer by Dominic Hellman made it 7-0, before they added three more runs in the sixth to hand Team Gray its second loss of the week.

Austin (1-for-3) and Hellman (2-for-3) led the offense for Team Light Blue, picking up all five of the team’s RBIs, while Gabe Miranda added a hit. Team Gray got hits from Ross Highfill (1-for-1), Jayson Jones (1-for-2), JeanPierre Ortiz (1-for-2), Chris Stanfield (1-for-2), and Mason Swinney (1-for-3).

Joe Allen earned the win for Team Light Blue, pitching two hitless innings and striking out three. Hayden Murphy got the loss for Team Gray after allowing a pair of runs in 2.2 innings of work.

Key Moments

  • After Team Light Blue went down in order in the top half of the first inning, Ortiz led off the bottom half with a single. He was caught stealing by Team Light Blue catcher Cannon Peebles, who threw him out trying to take second base in a scoreless first inning.
  • Light Blue’s offense rallied with two outs in the top of the second. After Murphy struck out the first two batters, Miranda singled before back-to-back walks by Jacob Reimer and Peebles. Two runs were scored in the inning to give Light Blue a 2-0 lead.
  • Team Light Blue starter Jackson Ferris responded with a perfect second inning, recording a pair of strikeouts.
  • Matt Scott retired Team Light Blue in order in the top of the third before Team Gray threatened in the bottom of the inning, putting the tying run on base before Allen escaped the jam with a strikeout.
  • Reimer nearly added to Team Light Blue’s lead in the fourth, coming to the plate with the bases loaded after a pair of walks and a hit-by-pitch. He hit a hard line drive, but Ethan Petry made a leaping catch at third base to keep the game in striking distance.
  • In the top of the fifth inning, Jace LaViolette and Anthony Silva both walked before Cole Young was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Austin, who cranked a grand slam to left-center field. Austin’s homer gave Team Light Blue a 6-0 lead.
  • Team Light Blue added four more runs in the sixth. Hellman led off the inning with a solo shot to left field, giving his team a 7-0 lead. A trio of walks then loaded the bases, and Team Light Blue scored three more runs to lead 10-0.

 

Notable Information

  • Team Light Blue’s ten runs scored are the most runs by a team in a game so far this week.
  • With the result, both teams are now 2-2 through four games at the 2021 PDP League.

 

On Deck

  • Thursday, July 29: Team Red vs. Team Navy (5:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Friday, July 30: Team Light Blue vs. Team Red (1:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Friday, July 30: Team Navy vs. Team Gray (5:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)

 

Social

  • Stay tuned to @BaseballPDP on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2021 PDP League.
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WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Postponed to 2022

Event will be rescheduled due to continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
July 29, 2021
BRADENTON AND SARASOTA, Fla. – USA Baseball, in partnership with the Sarasota-Bradenton Local Organizing Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), today announced the postponement of the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, to 2022 due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic both

BRADENTON AND SARASOTA, Fla. – USA Baseball, in partnership with the Sarasota-Bradenton Local Organizing Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), today announced the postponement of the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, to 2022 due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic both domestically and internationally.

The event was set to take place from September 10-19, 2021, at Ed Smith Stadium and LECOM Park, the Spring Training homes of the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates, respectively.

The new dates for the event in 2022 will be announced at a later time. All tickets already purchased for the 2021 event will be refunded in a timely manner. Updated ticketing information will be provided when the rescheduled dates are announced. 

“As we continue to monitor the global COVID-19 pandemic, the WBSC, as well as our hosts and all concerned stakeholders, consider the rescheduling of the U-18 Baseball World Cup to 2022 to be the best and safest course of action,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari.

“While today’s decision is disappointing, it is taken with the safety of all participants in mind. I am confident that our U.S. hosts next year will be able to deliver a fantastic U-18 Baseball World Cup, where fans can fill the stadiums and cheer on their favourite National Teams, building upon the wave of momentum for our sport following the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“The WBSC thanks the local authorities, USA Baseball, and the cities of Bradenton and Sarasota for their support and collaboration.”

“We are disappointed to postpone welcoming what will be one of the premier baseball events in the world to our home soil; however, we fully support the decision in light of the continued impact the coronavirus pandemic is having around the globe,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball’s Executive Director and CEO. “Ultimately, it is about protecting the health and safety of the players, coaches, and staff, as well as the local communities in Florida, and this decision allows us to achieve that to the best of our abilities. We will continue to move forward and be ready to host a truly spectacular event in front of our home fans next year.” 

The WBSC awarded the hosting rights to the United States, and Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, due to its tremendous resume of hosting international and youth sports competitions, including the 2017 World Rowing Championships and the 2017-2018 International Triathlon World Cups. Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast region, Bradenton and Sarasota are south of Tampa Bay and are known for award-winning beaches and a long history of arts and culture. 

“We completely support the World Baseball Softball Confederation and USA Baseball’s decision to postpone this year’s event,” said Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota County. “The safety and wellbeing of our visitors is our top priority, and we understand the current challenges faced particularly by international competitions. We look forward to working with our partners over the next year to ensure the 2022 World Cup is a truly unforgettable experience for our visiting teams and fans.”

“The World Baseball Softball Confederation has the full support of the Bradenton Area Sports Department in its decision to postpone this year’s tournament,” said Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Elliot Falcione. “We look forward to continue working with USA Baseball to make the U-18 Baseball World Cup a great experience for the teams and visitors in 2022, and to introducing the international baseball community to the Bradenton-Sarasota area.”

Fans can continue to receive updates about the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup by visiting SarasotaBradenton2021.com or by following @SARBRAD on Instagram and Twitter. Fans are also encouraged to follow @WBSC on all social media channels.

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Team Gray Gets 9-1 Win Over Team Red on Tuesday Evening

Offense strikes early to get Team Gray the win
July 27, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Team Gray 4 3 0 0 1 1 0 9 6 2 Team Red 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 1 Win: Cole Phillips Loss: Chase Shores Save: N/A Box Score | Play-by-Play   CARY, N.C. - Team Gray used early offense
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Team Gray 4 3 0 0 1 1 0 9 6 2
Team Red 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 1
Win: Cole Phillips Loss: Chase Shores Save: N/A
Box Score | Play-by-Play

 

CARY, N.C. - Team Gray used early offense and took advantage of a few errors to earn a 9-1 win over Team Red in the 2021 PDP League on Tuesday evening at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The team scored four in the first and three in the second to take a commanding 7-0 lead before adding some insurance runs in the fifth and sixth to advance to 2-0-1 on the week. Team Red’s lone run of the game came in the fifth and the team dropped to 1-2 with the loss.

Ethan Petry (2-for-3) led the way for Team Gray’s offense, driving in three runs while also scoring one. Yoel Tejeda (1-for-3) had the only extra base hit for Team Red and scored the team’s one run.

Brady Disbro started on the mound for Team Gray and struck out three batters across two scoreless innings while Cole Phillips (1-0) earned the win. Phillips did not allow a hit in his two innings of work in the third and fourth. Chase Shores (0-1) started on the mound for Team Red and suffered the loss.

Key Moments

  • After Mason Swinney and Jayson Jones drew back-to-back walks, Ethan Petry sent a two-run double down the left field line to put Team Gray up 2-0 in the top of the first.
  • A batter later, Gavin Turley singled down the left field line to score Petry and make it a 3-0 game.
  • After stealing second, Turley came across on a Korbyn Dickerson triple to make it 4-0 after the top half of the first.
  • Chris Stanfield hit a leadoff double for Team Gray in the second inning before moving to third on a fielder’s choice. Stanfield then came in to score on an error and Oritz would later come across on a wild pitch, making it 6-0.
  • Swinney, who reached on the error that scored Stanfield would make it a 7-0 game in the second after Jones hit an RBI groundout.
  • Team Gray added an eighth run in the top of the fifth when Jackson Holliday drew a pinch-hit walk and scored on a Petry single.
  • Team Red scored its first run of the game a half inning later in the bottom of the fifth when Yoel Tejeda hit a leadoff double and then scored on an error to make it 8-1.
  • In the top half of the sixth, Dickerson singled through the right side and would eventually come across on a wild pitch to score the final run of the game and secure Team Gray’s 9-1 victory.

 

Notable Information

  • Team Gray’s pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts, led by Louis Rodriguez’s four in the fifth and sixth innings.
  • Team Gray, now 2-0-1, will square off against Team Light Blue on Thursday, July 29.

 

On Deck

  • Thursday, July 29: Team Gray vs. Team Light Blue (1:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Thursday, July 29: Team Red vs. Team Navy (5:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Friday, July 30: Team Light Blue vs. Team Red (1:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Friday, July 30: Team Navy vs. Team Gray (5:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)

 

Social

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Team Navy Comes From Behind to Defeat Team Light Blue

Team Navy uses a five-run third inning to pick up the 7-4 victory
July 27, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Team Light Blue 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 4 7 1 Team Navy 0 0 5 0 2 0 0 7 5 0 Win: Jack O'Connor Loss: Kassius Thomas Save: Zach Crotchfelt Box Score | Play-by-Play   CARY, N.C. - Team Navy collected a
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Team Light Blue 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 4 7 1
Team Navy 0 0 5 0 2 0 0 7 5 0
Win: Jack O'Connor Loss: Kassius Thomas Save: Zach Crotchfelt
Box Score | Play-by-Play

 

CARY, N.C. - Team Navy collected a come-from-behind 7-4 win over Team Light Blue on Tuesday afternoon at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. After going down 3-0, Team Navy used a five-run third inning to go ahead before adding two more insurance runs in the fifth.

Both offenses showed power as four of the game’s 12 hits went for extra bases, including triples from Team Light Blue’s Cole Young and Team Navy’s Dominic Hellman. Hellman (2-for-2) led the way for Team Light Blue while five different batters collected hits for Team Navy.

Karson Milbrandt got the start on the mound for Team Light Blue, pitching two scoreless frames before Kassius Thomas (0-1) pitched the third and took the loss. Jaden Noot started the game for Team Navy and Jack O’Connor (1-0) earned the win after pitching the third and fourth innings. Zach Crotchfelt got the save after pitching a scoreless seventh.

Key Moments

  • Young sent a two-out triple into center for Team Light Blue’s first hit of the game in the top of the first inning.
  • Back-to-back singles from Lukas Schramm and Hellman followed by a walk loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the second for Team Light Blue before Christian Arroyo grounded into a double play and brought across Schramm to make it 1-0.
  • Team Light Blue’s second run of the second inning came when Hellman scored on a wild pitch to give the squad a 2-0 lead.
  • Cole Young drew a one-out walk and came across to score on a Ryan Clifford double to make it 3-0 in the top of the third.
  • After Malcolm Moore was hit by a pitch and Mikey Romero drew a walk, Owen Murphy hit a two-RBI double for Team Navy to cut the deficit to one, 3-2.
  • Team Navy loaded the bases when Justin Crawford moved Murphy to third on a single and Sal Stewart drew a walk. The team added three more runs in the bottom of the third to take a 5-3 lead.
  • Hellman hit a leadoff triple in the top of the fourth and came across to score on an RBI groundout from Arroyo, bringing Team Light Blue within one, 5-4.
  • Romero hit a sacrifice fly into left to bring in Paxton Kling and stretch the Team Navy lead to 6-4 in the bottom of the fifth.
  • Team Navy capped off the win after Karson Bowen came across on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 7-4 for Team Navy.

 

Notable Information

  • Despite giving up 11 hits between the two teams, Team Navy and Team Light Blue pitchers combined to throw 21 strikeouts in the game
  • Team Navy advanced to 1-1-1 with the win and will play again Thursday, July 29, against Team Red.
  • Team Light Blue moved to 1-2 and will play against Team Gray in its next game on Thursday, July 29.

 

On Deck

  • Thursday, July 29: Team Navy vs. Team Light Blue (1:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Thursday, July 29: Team Red vs. Team Gray (5:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Friday, July 30: Team Light Blue vs. Team Red (1:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Friday, July 30: Team Navy vs. Team Gray (5:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)

 

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GAMEDAY: PDP League Set for Third Doubleheader on Tuesday

Team Navy takes on Team Light Blue at 1:00 p.m. ET; Team Red and Team Gray face off at 5:00 p.m. ET
July 27, 2021
GAMES Team Navy vs. Team Light Blue; Team Red vs. Team Gray TIME 1:00 p.m. ET; 5:00 p.m. ET LOCATION Cary, N.C. (National Training Complex) STARTING PITCHERS:Team Light Blue: Karson MilbrandtTeam Gray: Brady DisbroTeam Navy: Jaden NootTeam Red: Chase Shores Watch Live (1:00 p.m. ET) | Watch Live (5:00 p.m. ET)   CARY, N.C. - The first half of the week-long 2021
GAMES Team Navy vs. Team Light Blue;
Team Red vs. Team Gray
TIME 1:00 p.m. ET;
5:00 p.m. ET
LOCATION Cary, N.C. (National Training Complex)
STARTING PITCHERS:
Team Light Blue: Karson Milbrandt
Team Gray: Brady Disbro
Team Navy: Jaden Noot
Team Red: Chase Shores

Watch Live (1:00 p.m. ET) | Watch Live (5:00 p.m. ET)

 

CARY, N.C. - The first half of the week-long 2021 PDP League closes out with another doubleheader at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, on Tuesday, July 27. Team Navy (0-1-1) and Team Light Blue (1-1) will go head-to-head on Coleman Field at 1:00 p.m. ET, while and Team Red (1-1) and Team Gray (1-0-1) will both look to add another win to their records at 5:00 p.m. ET.

The 2021 PDP League features 96 of the best 18-and-under players in the country split onto four teams for a week of games, testing, on-field workouts, and off-field seminars. The PDP League coaching staff, led by USA Baseball Director of Player Development Jim Koerner as Field Coordinator, is made up of former professional players and respected collegiate, high school, and professional coaches, will guide and evaluate the participating athletes throughout the PDP League. Additionally, the 2021 18U National Team staff, led by Manager Jason Maxwell, will serve as supplemental evaluators during the PDP League, which serves as a primary identification event for the 18U National Team. Assistant coaches Michael Cuddyer and Jack Wilson, as well as Pitching Coach Adam Moseley round out this year's 18U National Team staff.

Tuesday's PDP League games will be streamed live and can be viewed on USABaseball.com, as well as Facebook and YouTube Live.

Notable Information

  • Team Navy is still looking for its first win at the 2021 PDP League after dropping a tight 2-1 contest to Team Red on Sunday and playing to a draw with Team Gray on Monday.
  • Team Red, Team Gray, and Team Light Blue will all play for their second wins of the event on Tuesday.
  • Team Red's Elijah Green hit the event's first home run on Sunday when he launched a 430-foot rocket over the centerfield wall to lead off the game. Team Navy's Druw Jones followed five innings later with a longball of his own for the second of the 2021 PDP League
  • The PDP League schedule consists of 12 games. Double headers will be played each day from July 25-27 before a workout-only day on Wednesday, July 28. The teams will then play each day from July 29-31, including the championship game on Saturday, July 31, at 5:00 p.m. ET at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
  • All workouts and 10 of the 12 games of the PDP League will take place at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
  • The two games scheduled to take place on Monday, July 26, will be played at the Appalachian League's Calfee Park in Pulaski, Virginia, at 1:05 p.m. ET and 6:05 p.m. ET before the 2021 Appy League All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 27. The Appy League is Calfee Park is home to the Appy League's Pulaski River Turtles.
  • The 2021 PDP League roster includes 13 USA Baseball national team alumni and 21 past National Team Development Program participants.
  • Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) will reunite at the PDP League after playing together on the 2018 15U National Team that earned the program’s first world championship at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in Panama. Clifford was also a member of the gold medal-winning 2015 12U National Team.
  • Six members of the 2019 15U National Team that won a gold medal at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier have been named to the 2021 PDP League roster, including Brandon Barriera (Coconut Creek, Fla.), Bowen, Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.), Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.), Michael Romero (Menifee, Calif.), and Nolan Schubart (Durand, Mich.).
  • Following the PDP League, players will be invited to the 18U National Team Trials from August 29-September 3 in Tampa, Florida, before the 20-man 18U National Team roster is named.
  • The 18U team will continue to train in Tampa from September 4-8 before competing at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup from September 10-19 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida.

 

On Deck

  • Thursday, July 29: Team Gray vs. Team Light Blue (1:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Thursday, July 29: Team Red vs. Team Navy (5:00 p.m. ET;Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Friday, July 30: Team Red vs. Team Light Blue (1:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Friday, July 30: Team Navy vs. Team Gray (5:00 p.m. ET;Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)

 

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Team Light Blue Rallies for First PDP League Victory with Walkoff

The team scored runs in each of the final four innings to secure its come-from-behind win
July 26, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Team Red 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 6 4 6 Team Light Blue 0 0 0 1 1 4 1 7 10 3 Win: Xavier Cardenas III Loss: Yoel Tejeda Save: N/A Box Score | Play-by-Play  
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Team Red 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 6 4 6
Team Light Blue 0 0 0 1 1 4 1 7 10 3
Win: Xavier Cardenas III Loss: Yoel Tejeda Save: N/A
Box Score | Play-by-Play

 

CARY, N.C. - Team Light Blue rallied from a five-run deficit to collect a 7-6 victory over Team Red with a clutch Cole Young walkoff single on Monday, July 26, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The team put up at least one run in each of the last four innings, including four in the bottom of the sixth, to complete its comeback and collect its first win of the 2021 PDP League.

Team Light Blue’s offensive production was a team effort on Monday as the squad recorded 10 hits off the bats of 10 different players. Jacob Reimer, Dominic Hellman, and Lukas Schramm all went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in the contest, while Gabe Miranda (1-for-3) and Cole Young (1-for-2) also tallied RBIs for Team Light Blue.

Gavin Kilen finished the day 1-for-1 with an RBI and a run scored for Team Red, while Elijah Green (1-for-3), Yoel Tejeda (1-for-3), and Teddy Cashman (1-for-2) all recorded hits in the loss. Ike Irish (0-for-1) also tallied an RBI and a run scored.

Xavier Cardenas III (1-0) earned the win for Team Light Blue after throwing a hitless, scoreless top of the seventh. Tejeda suffered the loss after surrendering two hits and the game-winning run in 0.2 innings of work.

Key Moments

  • In the bottom of the second, Guzman doubled, Silva walked, and Neville recorded a bunt single to load the bases with no outs for Team Light Blue. But Team Red’s Noah Schultz locked in and collected three-consecutive punchouts to erase the threat and keep the game scoreless.
  • Two innings later in the top of the fourth, Team Red responded by putting runners on the corners with no outs courtesy of a walk to Gavin Kilen and a single by Green. Back-to-back walks to Tucker Toman and Ike Irish loaded the bases and then forced in the game’s first run.
  • A couple of Team Light Blue miscues in the field with the bases still loaded then allowed four more runs to cross the plate for Team Red to cap off a five-run fourth inning and give the squad a 5-0 advantage.
  • Team Light Blue got one back immediately in the bottom of the frame when Anthony Silva collected a single and stole second to get in scoring position before moving to third on a Team Red error and scoring on a Jacob Reimer single to make it a 5-1 game.
  • A leadoff double off the bat of Tejeda started things off in the next half inning before he advanced to third on a groundout and Lausch walked to put runners on the corners with two outs for Kilen, who knocked a single into right to bring Tejeda home for the 6-1 lead.
  • A quick response in the bottom of the fifth cut the deficit back to four as Team Light Blue’s offense continued to fire. Back-to-back one-out singles by Guidry and Clifford, followed Guidry swiping third put Gabe Miranda in perfect position to plate Guidry with a sac fly to right.
  • Team Light Blue took advantage of its momentum and a couple of Team Red errors in the bottom of the sixth to complete the bulk of its comeback, scoring four runs on two hits to tie the game at 6-6. The offensive burst was highlighted by RBI-singles from Dominic Hellman and Lukas Schramm.
  • Down to the final out, Cole Young put the finishing touches on Team Light Blue’s 7-6 comeback victory with a walkoff single that plated Clifford, who drew a leadoff walk to start the seventh and advanced to third on a Miranda single and a groundout.

 

Notable Information

  • With the victory, Team Light Blue moves to 1-1 during the 2021 PDP League and will play Team Navy next on Tuesday, July 27.
  • Team Red falls to 1-1 after its loss on Monday and will matchup against Team Gray in its next game on Tuesday, July 27.
  • Both Tristan Smith and Cooper Dossett recorded five strikeouts in their two innings of work for Team Light Blue. Christian Arroyo added four more and Cardenas III's two gave the team's pitching staff a combined 16 punchouts on the day.

 

On Deck

  • Tuesday, July 27: Team Light Blue vs. Team Navy (1:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Tuesday, July 27: Team Gray vs. Team Red (5:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Thursday, July 29: Team Navy vs. Team Light Blue (1:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Thursday, July 29: Team Red vs. Team Gray (5:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)

 

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Early Offense Secures First PDP League Victory For Team Gray

Team Gray scores all of its runs in the first two innings to start the event 1-0
July 25, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Team Gray 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 6 1 Team Light Blue 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 4 2 Win: Hayden Murphy Loss: Jackson Ferris Save: Matt Scott Box Score | Play-by-Play  
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Team Gray 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 6 1
Team Light Blue 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 4 2
Win: Hayden Murphy Loss: Jackson Ferris Save: Matt Scott
Box Score | Play-by-Play

 

CARY, N.C. -Team Gray scored all four of its runs in the first two innings of the first game of the 2021 PDP League against Team Light Blue to secure a 4-3 victory on Sunday, July 25, on Coleman Field at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Team Gray’s Jayson Jones went 1-for-3 in the contest and brought in the first run of the game with a deep, one-out double in the top of first inning. Eli Serrano also finished 1-for-3 with an RBI for Team Gray after plating Jones with his two-out single. JeanPierre Ortiz (1-for-2), Ross Highfill (1-for-1), Easton Carmichael (1-for-2), and Jackson Holliday (1-for-1) also collected hits in Team Gray’s victory.

Anthony Silva (1-for-3), Ryan Clifford (1-for-2), and Jace LaViolette (0-for-0) were responsible for Team Light Blue’s three RBIs in the game. RJ Austin (1-for-3) and Gabe Miranda (1-for-3) collected half of the squad’s hits.

Hayden Murphy (1-0) of Team Gray earned the win in the contest after two hitless shutout innings, allowing just one walk while striking out one. Jackson Ferris (0-1) suffered the loss after surrendering four runs on two hits. Ferris collected four punchouts in the loss.

Key Moments

  • Team Gray opened the scoring early with two runs in the top of the first inning. JeanPierre Ortiz got the offense started with a one-out walk and a stolen base before Jayson Jones knocked a deep double to center to bring in Ortiz and give Team Gray a 1-0 lead.
  • Eli Serrano added another run for Team Gray two batters later with a clutch single through the right side that plated Jones for the 2-0 advantage.
  • After taking advantage of a couple Team Light Blue errors, Team Gray doubled its lead in the very next inning as Ross Highfill hit a one-out single before he and Jackson Holliday both came around to score on a Team Light Blue miscue following Holliday’s two-out single.
  • In the bottom of the frame, Team Light Blue cut the deficit in half. A leadoff single by Gabe Miranda and a walk to Mason Neville kicked things off before Miranda scored on an RBI double by Ryan Clifford and a sac fly off the bat of LaViolette brought in Neville to make it a 4-2 game.
  • After Joe Allen threw a perfect inning in relief in the top of the third, Team Light Blue made it a one-run game in the bottom half with a clutch Anthony Silva single through the right side that plated Cole Young.
  • Both pitching staffs shut down the offenses in the middle innings with Team Gray’s Hayden Murphy and Matt Scott allowing just one hit through the final four innings of the game to keep Team Gray in front.
  • Following the quiet middle innings for both teams and down to its final three outs, Team Light Blue threatened when Cole Young advanced to third base with no outs on a Team Gray error. Scott sat the next two batters down with back-to-back strikeouts before Young was caught trying to score on a wild pitch for the final out that secured Team Gray’s 4-3 win.

 

Notable Information

  • With the victory, Team Gray kicks off the 2021 PDP League with a 1-0 record.
  • Team Light Blue drops to 0-1 to start the event.

 

On Deck

  • Monday, July 26: Team Red vs. Team Light Blue (1:05 p.m. ET; Pulaski, Virginia; Calfee Park)
  • Monday, July 26: Team Gray vs. Team Navy (6:05 p.m. ET; Pulaski, Virginia; Calfee Park)
  • Tuesday, July 27: Team Light Blue vs. Team Navy (1:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Tuesday, July 27: Team Gray vs. Team Red (5:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)

 

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Power Shows Up in Team Red Defeat of Team Navy at PDP League  

Elijah Green launches 430-foot leadoff home run to highlight 2-1 win
July 25, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Team Red 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 1 Team Navy 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 0 Win: Brad Hodges Loss: Ian Ritchie Jr. Save: Tucker Biven Box Score | Play-by-Play  
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Team Red 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 1
Team Navy 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 0
Win: Brad Hodges Loss: Ian Ritchie Jr. Save: Tucker Biven
Box Score | Play-by-Play

 

CARY, N.C. -Highlighted by a 430-foot home run over the centerfield wall by Elijah Green to leadoff the game, Team Red secured a 2-1 victory over Team Navy to close out the first day of game action at the 2021 PDP League on Sunday evening at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Tucker Toman (1-for-3), Kaden Martin (1-for-3), and Tommy Specht (1-for-3) all added hits for Team Red in the win. In addition to his home run, Green also drew two walks and stole a base in the contest while Jack Lausch (0-for-1) scored the team’s insurance run, drew a walk, and stole a base of his own on Sunday..

For Team Navy, Termarr Johnson (1-for-3), Jayden Hylton (1-for-1), and Alex Stanwich (1-for-3) collected hits in the loss, and Druw Jones finished 1-for-2 with the team’s lone run scored after he hit his own solo leadoff home run in the sixth inning.

Brad Hodges (1-0) earned the win on Sunday for Team Red after allowing just one hit and no walks in two scoreless innings, while collecting three punchouts. Team Navy’s Ian Ritchie Jr. (0-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up one run on three hits.

Key Moments

  • Team Red got an early 1-0 lead courtesy of a 430-foot leadoff home run to center off the bat of Green in the top of the first.
  • In the top of the third, Lausch scored an insurance run for Team Red to give the squad a 2-0 lead. He drew a leadoff walk and came around to third with a stolen base and a wild pitch before advancing home on a throw to second that caught Green attempting to collect a stolen base of his own.
  • Team Navy finally broke onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth with a leadoff home run of its own from Jones who launched one over the left field wall to make it a 2-1 game in Team Red’s favor.
  • With Team Navy down to its final two outs, Hylton knocked a one-out single into right-center to try and start a rally but Tucker Biven was able to pick him off and get one of his two strikeouts to close out Team Red’s 2-1 victory.

 

Notable Information

  • Team Red moves to 1-0 in the 2021 PDP League following Sunday’s win.
  • The loss drops Team Navy to 0-1 after the first day of competition at the 2021 PDP League.
  • Four pitchers combined to toss 12 strikeouts in the win for Team Red.
  • Team Navy’s five pitchers tallied 12 punchouts of their own in the loss.

 

On Deck

  • Monday, July 26: Team Red vs. Team Light Blue (1:05 p.m. ET; Pulaski, Virginia; Calfee Park)
  • Monday, July 26: Team Gray vs. Team Navy (6:05 p.m. ET; Pulaski, Virginia; Calfee Park)
  • Tuesday, July 27: Team Light Blue vs. Team Navy (1:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Tuesday, July 27: Team Gray vs. Team Red (5:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)

 

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2021 PDP League Coaching Staff Bios

July 23, 2021
Made up of former professional players and respected collegiate, high school, and professional coaches, the 2021 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League staff will guide and evaluate the 96 participating athletes at the event from July 24-31 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, and at Calfee

Made up of former professional players and respected collegiate, high school, and professional coaches, the 2021 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League staff will guide and evaluate the 96 participating athletes at the event from July 24-31 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, and at Calfee Park in Pulaski, Virginia. 

The 2021 staff will be led by USA Baseball Director of Player Development Jim Koerner as the Field Coordinator. The 96 invited players will be split into four teams, led by Team Gray Manager Cody Ellis (Patrick Henry Community College), Team Light Blue Manager Tom Griffin (Carson-Newman University), Team Navy Manager Denny Hocking, and Team Red Manager Nick Punto.

In addition to the 2021 PDP League coaching staff, the 2021 18U National Team staff, led by Manager Jason Maxwell, will serve as additional evaluators at the event to identify athletes to be invited to the USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials. Maxwell will serve as a roving instructor at the event, while 18U National Team assistant coaches Michael Cuddyer and Jack Wilson will work as the PDP League hitting and infield coordinators, respectively. The event’s pitching coordinator will be 18U National Team Pitching Coach Adam Moseley.

The 2021 PDP League staff and their bios are as follows:

  • 2021 PDP League Coaching Staff
  • Name; PDP League Position
  • AJ Battiso; Team Navy Pitching Coach
  • Homer Bush; Team Navy Assistant Coach
  • Billy Butler; Team Light Blue Assistant Coach
  • Andre Butler; Team Light Blue Assistant Coach
  • James Cooper; Team Gray Assistant Coach
  • Doug Creek; Team Gray Pitching Coach
  • Michael Cuddyer; Hitting Coordinator
  • Cody Ellis; Team Gray Manager
  • Troy Gerlach; Team Red Assistant Coach
  • Luke Gregerson; Team Red Pitching Coach
  • Tom Griffin; Team Light Blue Manager
  • Dave Hansen; Team Gray Assistant Coach
  • Denny Hocking; Team Navy Manager
  • Jim Koerner; Field Coordinator
  • Jason Maxwell; Roving Instructor
  • Adam Moseley; Pitching Coordinator
  • Brad Penny; Team Light Blue Pitching Coach
  • Nick Punto; Team Red Manager
  • Joey Ray; Team Navy Assistant Coach
  • Roberto Vaz; Team Red Assistant Coach
  • Jack Wilson; Infield Coordinator

 

AJ Battisto will serve as the pitching coach for Team Gray at the 2021 PDP League. Battista is currently in his second stint at the University of New Orleans, where he is the pitching coach. He just finished his third season since returning to the Privateers in 2019, coaching three Southland Pitcher of the Week honorees. In 2020, Battisto's pitching staff had the Southland's second-lowest ERA at the time the season was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Battisto joined the UNO staff from North Carolina Central, where he guided one of the top-rated pitching staffs in the MEAC. He has coached several pitchers who have gone on to sign contracts with MLB organizations, including Eric Orze and Devin Sweet. Before entering the coaching ranks, Basttisto had a seven-year career in the minor leagues, making 167 appearances and going 21-10 with a 3.62 ERA with nine saves. He played collegitely at Georgia Southern, posting a perfect 12-0 record in three seasons with the Eagles.

Homer Bush brings seven years of MLB experience to the 2021 PDP League's Team Navy, where he will serve as an assistant coach. Bush was taken in the seventh round of the 1991 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres out of East St. Louis High School in Illinois. After getting traded to the New York Yankees in 1997, Bush made his major-league debut in that same year and then played in 45 games for New York in 1998, batting .380 to contribute to the Yankees' World Series title. Following that season, Bush was part of a trade that sent him and several other players to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Roger Clemens. He spent three seasons in Toronto, with a standout year in 1999 when he played in 128 games and batted .320 with 32 stolen bases. He then played a season with the Florida Marlins in 2002 before finishing his career with the Yankees in 2004. Bush's son, Homer Jr., currently plays for the Greeneville Flyboys of the Appalachian League. 

Andre Butler will serve as a Team Red assistant coach at the 2021 PDP League after wrapping up his second season as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Swarthmore College in this year. With the Garnet, Butler served as first-base coach while also implementing defensive strategies throughout games. He is currently in his second stint at Swarthmore after spending the 2012-13 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.

Four-time USA Baseball alum Billy Butler will serve as Team Light Blue's assistant coach during the 2021 PDP League after a ten-year MLB career. Butler first played for Team USA on the 2002 16U National Team, where he batted .474 with a home run and seven RBI's and played in all six of the team's games at the COPABE Pan Am Youth Championships in Venezuela. He then returned to Team USA the following year to suit up for the 2003 18U National Team and once again excelled for Team USA, batting .414, homering once, and driving in 10 runs at the Pan Am World Cup in Curacao. After being selected by the Kansas City Royals in the first round of the 2004 MLB Draft, Butler played for the Professional National Team on two occassions, donning the stars and stripes in four games for the 2005 Pre Olympic Qualifying Team before making eight starts for the 2006 Olympic Qualifying Team and batting .313 with a pair of home runs. Butler played eight seasons with the Royals following his debut in 2007, hitting over 15 home runs in five of those campaigns. In 2012, Butler batted .313 with 29 home runs and 107 RBI's to earn a spot on the AL All-Star Team. He then spent 2015 and part of 2016 with the Oakland Athletics before finishing his career with the New York Yankees in 2016. He was a career .290 hitter, finishing with 1,479 hits and 147 home runs.

James Cooper joins the 2021 PDP League as an assistant coach for Team Gray after completing his 12th season as head coach at Grambling State this year. Cooper, who has previously served as a coach for the 16U NTDP, is a two-time SWAC Baseball Coach of the Year. The Grambling State alum led the Tigers to a SWAC championship in 2010, his first season in charge of the program. Cooper has had seven players selected in the MLB Draft under his guidance, along with several free-agent signings and multiple players who have gone on to have careers in Major League Baseball. Cooper played for four seasons at Grambling State and was a two-time second-team all-conference member before receiving first-team honors in his final season. Cooper was drafted in the 33rd round of the 2004 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros and spent two years in Houston's organization before playing a season with the Sussex Skyhawks of the CanAm League and then beginning his coaching career.

Two-time USA Baseball alum Doug Creek joins Team Navy's staff at the 2021 PDP League as the team's pitching coach after a nine-year player career in the Majors. He made his first appearance for Team USA on the 1987 18U National Team, making two starts and posting a 1.31 ERA in a team-high 13.2 innings pitched. He then went 5-1 for the Collegiate National Team in 1989, making 11 appearances. Creek was taken in the fifth round of the 1991 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals after pitching collegiately at Georgia Tech and made his big-league debut in 1995, pitching 6.2 scoreless innings in his first season. Creek was then traded to the San Francisco Giants, where he spent two seasons splitting time in the major and minor leagues. After three MLB seasons, Creek spent time playing for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan where he made 16 starts and posted a 9-1 record with a 2.16 ERA, leading the league in earned run average and strikeouts (101) in 1998. He returned to the major leagues the following season, pitching for the Chicago Cubs in 1999 and the Tampa Bay Rays from 2000-2002 before spending time with the Seattle Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays and finishing his professional career with the Detroit Tigers in 2005.

Cuddyer will serve as the hitting coordinator for this year's PDP League. He is making his USA Baseball coaching debut in 2021 as an assistant coach for the 18U National Team but is no stranger to the stars and stripes, having played on both the 1996 and 1997 18U National Teams. He hit .367 and recorded the second-most RBIs (5) on the 1996 squad. In 1997, he hit .397 with a .853 slugging percentage while leading the team in RBIs (26) and home runs (7). In that same year, he was named the Virginia Player of the Year, Gatorade National Player of the Year, and a USA Today All-Star. Cuddyer was selected ninth overall by the Minnesota Twins in the 1997 MLB Draft before making his MLB Debut in 2001. In his 15-year MLB career, he played in over 1,500 games, spending the first 11 seasons of his career with the Twins where he was named to his first All-Star team in 2011. From 2012 to 2014, Cuddyer played for the Colorado Rockies and was selected to his second All-Star team in 2013. Cuddyer was also a 2013 Silver Slugger and finished the season with the National League batting title, hitting a league-best .331 with a career-high 162 hits. Cuddyer was only the 30th Major League player to hit for the cycle twice in his career and was just the third to accomplish the feat in both the American and National Leagues. Since retirement, Cuddyer has been a contributor for the USA Baseball Develops blog, creating “Cuddyer’s Corner,” which is a series of online videos covering a variety of topics surrounding the game to help young athletes grow both on and off the field.

Patrick Henry CC skipper Cody Ellis joins the staff as Gray Manager after leading the Patriots to the 2021 NJCAA World Series. Ellis, a PHCC alumnus, returned to the Patriots in 2019 as head coach after two years as an assistant at Lynchburg University. While at Lynchburg, Ellis also worked as an assistant for the Keene Swampbats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. In addition to his collegiate coaching roles, Ellis has also served as a member on the USA Baseball Task Force at the NTIS and National Team Championships. After playing two seasons at PHCC and earning all-region honors, Ellis spent two seasons at Norfolk State. With the Spartans, Ellis was named to the All-MEAC Second Team as a second baseman. He has played professionally for both the Garden City Wind and the Topeka Trainrobbers of the Pecos League to go along with his coaching duties. 

Current Chaparral High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) head coach, Troy Gerlach, will join the 2021 PDP League staff as an assistant coach for Team Red. He served as an assistant coach on the 2018 15U National Team, where he helped Team USA to its first-ever world championship title at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup. He also served on the 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) staff in 2016, 2017, and 2019, as well as the USA Baseball Task Force at the National Team Championships and National Team Identification Series. Gerlach was named the head coach at Chaparral High School in 2019 following a seven-year stint as the head coach at Arcadia High School (Phoenix, Ariz.), where he led the Titans to a 110-84 record and four Arizona Interscholastic Association Baseball State Tournament appearances. Prior to his time at Arcadia, Gerlach was an assistant coach at Paradise Valley Community College where he helped the Pumas reach the Junior College World Series in 2010 where they finished in fourth place.

Two-time USA Baseball alum Luke Gregerson will serve as pitching coach for the 2021 PDP League's Team Red after an 11-year MLB career. Gregerson was a member of both the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classic Teams, helping Team USA win its first-ever championship in the event in 2017. Gregerson pitched two perfect innings for Team USA in 2013, striking out two batters, while in 2017, he maintained a 0.00 ERA and made three saves in four appearances during the tournament. Throughout his Team USA career, he has pitched six hitless innings and allowed just one baserunner. Gregerson began his professional playing career with the St. Louis Cardinals, who selected him in the 28th round of the 2006 MLB Draft before he was traded to the San Diego Padres prior to the 2009 season. He made his big league debut and pitched for five seasons with San Diego, collecting a 2.88 ERA in 347.0 innings pitched for the Padres. He then spent a season with the Oakland Athletics, posting a 2.12 ERA in 72 games, before joining the Houston Astros in 2015. With Houston, Gregerson amassed 47 saves in three seasons with a 3.66 ERA. The right-handed pitcher finished his career with the St. Louis Cardinals, pitching in 23 games over two seasons from 2018-2019 and concluded his professional playing career with a 3.15 ERA with 66 saves.

Team Red Assistant Coach Tom Griffin joins the staff after completing his 16th season as head coach at Carson-Newman University. He currently owns a 448-337 record in 16 seasons at the helm in Jefferson City, and has won 632 games in his 24-year career as a collegiate head coach. Griffin has coached five Major League Baseball Draft picks and 22 total professional players in his time at Carson-Newman, 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 2000's. He got his first head coaching job in 2002, leading the Morristown East High School Program (Morristown, Tn.) to a complete turnaround in his first season. Griffin came to Carson-Newman after spending eight seasons at Tusculum College, where he led the Pioneers to four consecutive trips to the NAIA District 24 Tournament.

Dave Hansen brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to the 2021 PDP League's Team Gray, where he will serve as an assistant coach. Before beginning his coaching career, Hansen played for 15 seasons in the Major Leagues, spending 11 of those with the Los Angeles Dodgers after the club selected him in the second round of the 1986 MLB Draft. He hit .362 in 105 at-bats in 1993, followed by a .341 average in 44 at-bats in 1994. Hansen played for a season with the Chicago Cubs in 1997, batting .311 with 21 RBI's in 90 games, before re-joining the Dodgers in 1999 for another four seasons. Hansen also played for the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres, finishing his career as a .260 hitter with 35 homers and 222 RBI's. Following his playing career, Hansen got his start in coaching as the hitting coach for the Double-A Mobile BayBears. In 2007, he was named the Arizona Diamondbacks' minor league hitting coordinator and then returned to the Dodgers once again where he served as the secondary hitting instructor before being named hitting coach in 2012. He also spent stints as the hitting coach for the Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels, as well as the minor league hitting coordinator for the San Francisco Giants. In 2021, Hansen has also served as the hitting coordinator for the Appalachian League.

Denny Hocking will serve as manager of Team Navy at the 2021 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. His coaching career began 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.

USA Baseball Director of Player Development Jim Koerner will serve as the Field Coordinator for the 2021 PDP League. In his role as Director of Player Development, Koerner is responsible for developing on-field programming for USA Baseball’s six national teams and three national team development programs. He also produces curriculums related to player development for USABDevelops.com, the organization’s free online educational resource center. Additionally, he assists with player and staff identification for all 10 clubs in the Appalachian League and serves as a roving instructor during the season. 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.

2021 marks Maxwell’s third time coaching for Team USA and his second stint as a manager for the red, white, and blue as he will serve as skipper for the 18U National Team. After helping to guide the 2016 15U National Team to a WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup bronze medal as an assistant coach, Maxwell made his managerial debut in 2018 and led the 15U National Team to the program’s first-ever world championship. The U.S. finished the tournament with an 8-1 record, a .323 batting average, 69 RBIs, 17 doubles, five triples, and three home runs while outscoring opponents 88-13. In addition, the pitching staff tallied a collective team ERA of 1.24 over 58 innings of work and four of Maxwell’s players were named to the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup All-World Team. The team was named the 2018 USA Baseball Team of the Year and Maxwell was honored as the 2018 USA Baseball Developmental Coach of the Year for his work with the squad. Maxwell has also served as the field coordinator for the 2017 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) and has worked at numerous National Team Trials, the USA Baseball National Team Championships, and the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) throughout his tenure with USA Baseball. Maxwell is the head coach at Ensworth School (Nashville, Tenn.) and is currently in his 17th season at the helm. He has led the program to eight straight playoff appearances and two Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association quarterfinal appearances. Prior to his coaching career, he was an All-Conference player for Middle Tennessee State University in 1992 and 1993 before being selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft and playing 12 years of professional baseball. After six seasons in the minor leagues, Maxwell made his Major League debut with the Cubs in 1998. He also saw playing time in the major leagues with the Minnesota Twins in 2000 and 2001 before beginning his coaching career in 2004 as the first coach in school history for Ensworth School. Maxwell finished his minor league career with 991 hits, 103 home runs, and 487 RBIs.

Moseley, who is the pitching coach for the 18U National Team, will join the 2021 PDP League staff as the pitching coordinator. Moseley served as Maxwell's 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 14 seasons and has compiled an overall record of 390-218.

Brad Penny joins the 2021 PDP League staff as Team Light Blue's piching coach after a 14-year playing career in the Majors that included two All-Star Game selections. Penny was taken in the 5th round of the 1996 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of high school and finished his career with 121 wins, 1,273 strikeouts, and a 4.29 ERA in 1,925.0 innings pitched in the big leagues. The Blackwell, Oklahoma, native made his first All-Star Game appearance in 2006 and finished the year with a 4.33 ERA, a career-high 148 strikeouts, and a league-leading 16 wins. He also made the All-Star Game in 2007, finishing the year with a 3.03 ERA, 135 strikeouts, and a league-best .800 (16-4) win percentage. In addition, Penny finished third in Cy Young Award voting in the National League that season. Penny spent the final year of his playing career with the Miami Marlins in 2014, returning to the organization he won a World Series with in 2003. Penny played a key role in the 2003 Fall Classic for the World Champion Marlins, picking up two wins and ending the series with a 2.19 ERA in 12.1 innings pitched.

Nick Punto, a 14-year MLB veteran, joins the 2021 PDP League as the Team Gray manager. 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 RBI's 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.

Current Flowery Branch High School (Flowery Branch, Ga.) head coach, Joey Ray, will join Team Navy as an assistant coach at the 2021 PDP League. Ray, who has been at the helm of Flowery Branch since 2017, has also been involved with USA Baseball since 2013, serving in numerous roles in that time, including as an assistant coach for the 2016 12U National Team. Prior to joining Flowery Branch, Ray served as head coach at Milton High School (Milton, Ga.) from 2008-2016. In that stretch. Ray led Milton to two appearances at the USA Baseball National High School Invitational Tournament, as well as to five region championships, two state finals, and a state championship in 2013. Ray has been awarded five Region Coach of the Year awards, along with two Georgia Dugout Club Coach of the Year awards. In addition to his duties as head coach, Ray also serves as an associate scout with the Atlanta Braves.

Former Golden Spikes Award finalist Roberto Vaz joins Team Red an as assistant coach after completing his seventh season as an assistant at LSU Eunice. Vaz is currently in his second stint with the Bengals, re-joining the staff in 2017. The Brooklyn native is in charge of base running, hitters, and outfielders, helping guide the team to the 2018 NJCAA National Championship. Vaz also won a championship with the Bengals in 2012, helping the team 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 of the Perfect Game Collegiate League, as well as two assistant roles at McNeese State and Buckhorn High School (Hunstville, Ala.). He played collegiately at Northeast Texas CC, 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.

Wilson joins the 2021 PDP League staff as the infield coordinator, in addition to his duties as 18U National Team assistant coach. Currently the head coach at Thousand Oaks High School (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Wilson led the Lancers to a 24-6 overall record, including a 10-2 mark in league play, en route to winning the Marmonte League championship in 2019. He followed that by managing 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. Under Wilson’s guidance, the program picked up where it left off in 2021 as the Lancers claimed another Marmonte League championship and finished with a 27-1 record. Prior to his coaching career, Wilson played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, and Atlanta Braves 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.

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MLB, USA Baseball Announce Prospect Development Pipeline League Staff and Roster

The PDP League is scheduled to take place from July 24-31 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina
July 23, 2021
CARY, N.C. – Major League Baseball and USA Baseball jointly announced today the coaching staff for the 2021 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League, as well as the 96 athletes invited to participate in this year’s event. The staff, which is made up of former professional players and respected collegiate, high

CARY, N.C. – Major League Baseball and USA Baseball jointly announced today the coaching staff for the 2021 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League, as well as the 96 athletes invited to participate in this year’s event. The staff, which is made up of former professional players and respected collegiate, high school, and professional coaches, will guide and evaluate the participating athletes from July 24-31 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, and at Calfee Park in Pulaski, Virginia.

The PDP League will serve as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team in 2021. 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 other programming to prepare players for a professional baseball career. 

The 2021 staff will be led by USA Baseball Director of Player Development Jim Koerner as the Field Coordinator. The 96 invited players will be split into four teams, led by Team Gray Manager Cody Ellis (Patrick Henry Community College), Team Light Blue Manager Tom Griffin (Carson-Newman University), Team Navy Manager Denny Hocking, and Team Red Manager Nick Punto.

In addition to the 2021 PDP League coaching staff, the 2021 18U National Team staff, led by Manager Jason Maxwell, will serve as additional evaluators at the event to identify athletes to be invited to the USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials. Maxwell will serve as a roving instructor at the event, while 18U National Team assistant coaches Michael Cuddyer and Jack Wilson will work as the PDP League hitting and infield coordinators, respectively. The event’s pitching coordinator will be 18U National Team Pitching Coach Adam Moseley.

“We are very excited about the incredible wealth of knowledge and experience this coaching staff brings to the 2021 PDP League, as well as the extremely talented group of players that will be participating,” said Ashley Bratcher, USA Baseball 18U National Team General Manager. “The PDP League is a unique opportunity for 96 of the nation’s best athletes to grow and develop with the help of these outstanding coaches and play for a chance to represent Team USA. We cannot wait to get this staff together and get to work with these athletes as we begin the journey to our ultimate goal of winning a world championship.”

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

Joining Ellis on Team Gray’s staff will be Grambling State Head Coach James Cooper and 15-year MLB veteran Dave Hansen as assistant coaches, as well as pitching coach Doug Creek, who finished a nine-year big-league playing career in 2005.

On Team Light Blue, Griffin will be assisted by Swarthmore College Assistant Coach Andre Butler, and four-time USA Baseball alum and current Idaho Falls Chukars hitting coach, Billy Butler. Former MLB All-Star and World Series Champion Brad Penny will serve as the pitching coach for Team Light Blue.

Hocking will be joined on Team Navy by assistant coaches Homer Bush, who won a World Series with the New York Yankees in 1998, and current Flowery Branch High School (Flowery Branch, Ga.) head coach, Joey Ray. The pitching coach for Team Navy will be University of New Orleans Pitching Coach AJ Battisto.

Rounding out the 2021 PDP League coaching staff are former USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalist and current LSU-Eunice assistant coach, Roberto Vaz, and Chaparral High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) Head Coach Troy Gerlach, who will work with Punto as assistant coaches for Team Red. In addition, 2017 World Baseball Classic champion and 11-year MLB veteran Luke Gregerson will serve as Team Red’s pitching coach.

The 2021 PDP League roster features 96 of the country’s best 18-and-under players representing 30 different states. California and Florida lead the way with thirteen players each from the two states, while Georgia boasts seven athletes on the roster, Texas claims six, and Illinois, North Carolina, and New York all have five. 

Additionally, the roster includes 13 USA Baseball national team alumni and 21 past National Team Development Program participants. Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) will reunite at the PDP League after playing together on the 2018 15U National Team that earned the program’s first world championship at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in Panama. Clifford was also a member of the gold medal-winning 2015 12U National Team.

In addition, six members of the 2019 15U National Team that won a gold medal at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier have been named to the 2021 PDP League roster, including Brandon Barriera (Coconut Creek, Fla.), Bowen, Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.), Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.), Michael Romero (Menifee, Calif.), and Nolan Schubart (Durand, Mich.).

The 2021 18U National Team identification process kicks off with the 2021 PDP League. The 16U/17U NTDP also serves as an identification event for the 18U National Team and will take place from August 6-9 at the National Training Complex.

Players will then be invited to the 18U National Team Trials from August 29-September 3 in Tampa, Florida, before the 20-man 18U National Team roster is named. The 18U team will continue to train in Tampa from September 4-8 before competing at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup from September 10-19 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. The United States will host the event for the first time since 1995, when the USA Baseball 18U National Team 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, Massachusetts.

For more information on the PDP League, follow @BaseballPDP on Twitter and Instagram or visit the PDP League website. For full bios on each member of the 2021 PDP League staff, click here.

The 2021 PDP League staff and the full 2021 PDP League roster are as follows:

    • 2021 PDP League Coaching Staff
    • Name; PDP League Position
    • AJ Battiso; Team Navy Pitching Coach
    • Homer Bush; Team Navy Assistant Coach
    • Billy Butler; Team Light Blue Assistant Coach
    • Andre Butler; Team Light Blue Assistant Coach
    • James Cooper; Team Gray Assistant Coach
    • Doug Creek; Team Gray Pitching Coach
    • Michael Cuddyer; Hitting Coordinator
    • Cody Ellis; Team Gray Manager
    • Troy Gerlach; Team Red Assistant Coach
    • Luke Gregerson; Team Red Pitching Coach
    • Tom Griffin; Team Light Blue Manager
    • Dave Hansen; Team Gray Assistant Coach
    • Denny Hocking; Team Navy Manager
    • Jim Koerner; Field Coordinator
    • Jason Maxwell; Roving Instructor
    • Adam Moseley; Pitching Coordinator
    • Brad Penny; Team Light Blue Pitching Coach
    • Nick Punto; Team Red Manager
    • Joey Ray; Team Navy Assistant Coach
    • Roberto Vaz; Team Red Assistant Coach
    • Jack Wilson; Infield Coordinator

 

  • 2021 Prospect Development Pipeline League Roster:
  • Name; Position; PDP League Team; Hometown
  • Joe Allen; RHP/1B; Team Light Blue; Hampton Falls, N.H.
  • Christian Arroyo; LHP/OF; Team Light Blue; Coral Spring, Fla.
  • RJ Austin; UTIL; Team Light Blue; Atlanta, Ga.
  • *^Brandon Barriera; LHP; Team Red; Coconut Creek, Fla.
  • Nick Biasi; LHP; Team Gray; Hazleton, Pa.
  • Tucker Biven; UTIL; Team Red; New Albany, Ind.
  • *^Karson Bowen; C; Tem Navy; Anaheim Hills, Calif.
  • Emaarion Boyd; OF; Team Gray; Batesville, Miss.
  • Xavier Cardenas III; RHP; Team Light Blue; La Habra, Calif.
  • Easton Carmichael; C; Team Gray; Prosper, Texas
  • Teddy Cashman; 2B/OF; Team Red; New Canaan, Conn.
  • Jake Clemente; RHP; Team Navy; Coral Spring, Fla.
  • *^Ryan Clifford; OF/1B; Team Light Blue; Raleigh, N.C.
  • Jackson Cox; RHP; Team Gray; Toutle, Ore.
  • ^Justin Crawford; OF; Team Navy; Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Zach Crotchfelt; LHP; Team Navy; Jackson, N.J.
  • Caden Dana; RHP; Team Navy; Montgomery, N.Y.
  • Korbyn Dickerson; OF; Team Gray; Jeffersonville, Ind.
  • Brady Disbro; RHP; Team Gray; Dana Point, Calif.
  • Cooper Dossett; RHP/OF; Team Light Blue; Fayetteville, Ark.
  • Andrew Dutkanych; RHP; Team Red; Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Robert Evans; LHP; Team Light Blue; Bronx, N.Y.
  • Jackson Ferris; LHP; Team Light Blue; Mount Airy, N.C.
  • Thomas Finnegan; RHP; Team Navy; Ocean City, N.J.
  • Cade Fisher; LHP; Team Gray; Dalton, Ga.
  • Michael Forret; RHP; Team Red; Indian Trail, N.C.
  • Elijah Green; OF; Team Red; Windermere, Fla.
  • ^Blaise Grove; LHP; Team Navy; Summit Point, W.Va.
  • Gavin Guidry; UTIL; Team Light Blue; Lake Charles, La.
  • Michael Gupton; OF; Team Light Blue; Raleigh, N.C.
  • Adonys Guzman; C; Team Light Blue; Valley Cottage, N.Y.
  • Dominic Hellman; UTIl; Team Light Blue; Mill Creek, Wash.
  • Luke Heyman; C; Team Red; Longwood, Fla.
  • Ross Highfill; C; Team Gray; Madison, Miss.
  • Brad Hodges; LHP; Team Red; Fleming Island, Fla.
  • Jackson Holliday; MIF; Team Gray; Stillwater, Okla.
  • ^David Horn; RHP; Team Red; Mission Viejo, Calif.
  • Matthew Hoskins; RHP; Team Navy; Suwanee, Ga.
  • Jayden Hylton; 1B; Team Navy; Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
  • Ike Irish; C; Team Red; Hudsonville, Mich.
  • *^Termarr Johnson; MIF; Team Navy; Atlanta, Ga.
  • Jayson Jones; MIF; Team Gray; Savannah, Texas
  • Druw Jones; OF; Team Navy; Suwanee, Ga.
  • Lucas Kelly; RHP; Team Red; San Francisco, Calif.
  • Michael Kennedy; LHP; Team Navy; Troy, N.Y.
  • Gavin Kilen; MIF; Team Red; Milton, Wisc.
  • Paxton Kling; OF; Team Navy; Roaring Spring, Pa.
  • Jack Lausch; OF; Team Red; Chicago, Ill.
  • Jace LaViolette; OF; Team Light Blue; Katy, Texas
  • Michael Lippe; OF; Team Gray; Whitefish Bay, Wisc.
  • Caden Marcum; RHP; Team Red; Paola, Kan.
  • ^Kaden Martin; OF; Team Red; Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Karson Milbrandt; RHP; Team Light Blue; Kansas City, Mo.
  • ^Gabe Miranda; 1B; Team Light Blue; Orange, Calif.
  • ^Malcolm Moore; C; Team Navy; Sacremento, Calif.
  • Nazier Mule; UTIL; Team Navy; Paterson, N.J.
  • Hayden Murphy; RHP; Team Gray; Chula, Ga.
  • Owen Murphy; RHP; Team Navy; Riverside, Ill.
  • Brady Neal; C; Team Light Blue; Bradenton, Fla.
  • Drew Nelson; LHP; Team Gray; Troy, Ala.
  • *^Mason Neville; OF/LHP; Team Light Blue; Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Jaden Noot; RHP; Team Navy; Oak Park, Calif.
  • Jack O'Connor; RHP; Team Navy; Arlington, Va.
  • JeanPierre Ortiz; UTIL; Team Gray; Carolina, P.R.
  • Ethan Petry; 3B/SS; Team Gray; Land O Lakes, Fla.
  • Brennan Phillips; LHP; Team Gray; Owasso, Okla.
  • Cole Phillips; RHP; Team Gray; Boerne, Texas
  • Brock Porter; RHP; Team Gray; Milford, Mich.
  • Jacob Reimer; 3B; Team Light Blue; Yucaipa, Calif.
  • Ian Ritchie, Jr.; RHP; Team Navy; Bainbridge Island, Wash.
  • *^Louis Rodriguez; RHP; Team Gray; Long Beach, Calif.
  • *^Michael Romero; MIF; Team Navy; Menifee, Calif.
  • Carsten Sabathia; 1B; Team Navy; Alpine, N.J.
  • Julius Sanchez; RHP; Team Red; LaSalle, Ill.
  • Oliver Santos; LHP; Team Red; Newport Coast, Calif.
  • Grayson Saunier; RHP; Team Light Blue; Memphis, Tenn.
  • *Nolan Schubart; 1B; Team Red; Durand, Mich.
  • Noah Schultz; LHP; Team Red; Aurora, Ill.
  • Matt Scott; RHP; Team Gray; Redding, Conn.
  • Eli Serrano; 1B; Team Gray; Fuquay Varina, N.C.
  • Chase Shores; RHP; Team Red; Midland, Texas
  • Anthony Silva; MIF; Team Light Blue; San Antonio, Texas
  • Tristan Smith; LHP; Team Light Blue; Chesnee, S.C.
  • Tommy Specht; OF; Team Red; Dubuque, Iowa/li>
  • Chris Stanfield; OF; Team Gray; Tallahassee, Fla..
  • ^Riley Stanford; OF/RHP; Team Navy; Gainesville, Ga.
  • *Alex Stanwich; OF; Team Navy; Tinley Park, Ill.
  • ^Sal Stewart; 3B; Team Navy; Miami, Fla.
  • Eliakim Stowe; RHP; Team Light Blue; Poughkeepsie, N.Y..
  • Mason Swinney; UTIL; Team Gray; Hodges, Ala.
  • Yoel Tejeda Jr.; UTIL; Team Red; Davie, Fla.
  • Kassius Thomas; RHP; Team Light Blue; Northridge, Calif.
  • Tucker Toman; MIF; Team Red; Columbia, S.C.
  • Jason Torres; 3B; Team Red; Miami, Fla.
  • Gavin Turley; OF; Team Gray; Chandler, Ariz.
  • Cole Young; MIF; Team Light Blue; Wexford, Pa.
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  • *Denotes USA Baseball national team alum
  • ^Denotes past USA Baseball NTDP participant
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Twenty-Seven USA Baseball Alumni Selected to 2021 MLB All-Star Game

Seven former Team USA players selected to NL and AL starting lineups
July 12, 2021
CARY, N.C. – Twenty-seven USA Baseball alumni have been selected to the 2021 MLB All-Star Game, which is set to take place at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, on Tuesday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m ET. Nearly half of the National League (NL) roster has suited up for the red,

CARY, N.C. – Twenty-seven USA Baseball alumni have been selected to the 2021 MLB All-Star Game, which is set to take place at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, on Tuesday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m ET.

Nearly half of the National League (NL) roster has suited up for the red, white, and blue in the past, with sixteen alums on the All-Star team in 2021. In addition, eight American League (AL) players have experience with USA Baseball.

Seven alumni were selected to the starting lineup, with six NL starters having previously represented USA Baseball. Nolan Arenado (St. Louis Cardinals), Nick Castellanos (Cincinnati Reds), Adam Frazier (Pittsburgh Pirates), Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves), and Jesse Winker (Cincinnati Reds) will all be in the NL starting lineup on Tuesday night. Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants) was also selected to the starting lineup but will not play due to injury.

Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels) was voted into the starting lineup for the AL but will not participate due to injury.

Additionally, 12 2021 All-Star Game participants have won a gold medal with Team USA. The roster features representatives from eight different gold medal-winning teams, including three members of the 2017 World Baseball Classic team that won the organization’s first-ever championship at the event.

In total, 15 players competed for the Collegiate National Team, while eight played for the Professional National Team, seven suited up for the 18U National Team, and two were members of the 16U National Team.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni that appear on 2021 All-Star Game rosters is as follows:

    • Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s):
    • Nolan Arenado; St. Louis Cardinals; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
    • Matt Barnes; Boston Red Sox; 2010 Collegiate National Team
    • Kris Bryant; Chicago Cubs; 2012 Collegiate National Team
    • Walker Buehler; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2014 Collegiate National Team
    • Nick Castellanos; Cincinnati Reds; 2009 18U National Team
    • Gerrit Cole; New York Yankees; 2009-2010 Collegiate National Team
    • Brandon Crawford; San Francisco Giants; 2006 Collegiate National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic
    • Jake Cronenworth; San Diego Padres; 2019 Professional National Team
    • Adam Frazier; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2012 Collegiate National Team, 2015 Professional National Team
    • Freddie Freeman; Atlanta Braves; 2005 16U National Team, 2006 18U National Team
    • Joey Gallo; Texas Rangers; 2011 18U National Team
    • Kevin Gausman; San Francisco Giants; 2009 18U National Team, 2011 Collegiate National Team
    • Kyle Gibson; Texas Rangers; 2008 Collegiate National Team
    • Josh Hader; Milwaukee Brewers; 2015 Professional National Team
    • Craig Kimbrel; Chicago Cubs; 2013 World Baseball Classic Team
    • Lance Lynn; Chicago White Sox; 2007 Collegiate National Team
    • Manny Machado; San Diego Padres; 2009 18U National Team
    • Mark Melancon; San Diego Padres; 2005 Collegiate National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
    • Matt Olson; Oakland Athletics; 2010 16U National Team
    • *Buster Posey; San Francisco Giants; 2004 18U National Team
    • Bryan Reynolds; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2014 Collegiate National Team
    • Carlos Rodón; Chicago White Sox; 2012-2013 Collegiate National Team
    • Max Scherzer; Washington Nationals; 2005 Collegiate National Team
    • Kyle Schwarber; Washington Nationals; 2013 Collegiate National Team
    • *Mike Trout; Los Angeles Angels; 2010 Professional National Team
    • Trea Turner; Washington Nationals; 2012-2013 Collegiate National Team
    • Jesse Winker; Cincinnati Reds; 2011 18U National Team
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    • *Denotes All-Star that will not play due to injury
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Six USA Baseball Alumni Taken in First Night of 2021 Major League Baseball Draft

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA Baseball Names 2021 18U National Team Coaching Staff

Adam Moseley, Michael Cuddyer, and Jack Wilson will join manager Jason Maxwell this summer
June 17, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 2021 18U National Team coaching staff that will assist manager Jason Maxwell at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup from September 10–19 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. Adam Moseley joins the staff as the team’s pitching coach while

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 2021 18U National Team coaching staff that will assist manager Jason Maxwell at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup from September 10–19 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. Adam Moseley joins the staff as the team’s pitching coach while Michael Cuddyer and Jack Wilson will serve as assistant coaches.

“We are very excited to have this experienced group join Jason on the 18U National Team staff this summer as we work toward reaching our goal of claiming another world championship,” said Ashley Bratcher, USA Baseball’s 18U National Team General Manager. “The baseball experience and knowledge that these coaches bring to the table will be a huge benefit to our players as they develop both on and off of the field and strive toward winning gold.” 

Moseley, who served as Maxwell's pitching coach for the World Cup-champion 15U National Team in 2018, will return in the same position for the 2021 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 429-244.

Cuddyer will make his USA Baseball coaching debut in 2021 but is no stranger to the stars and stripes, having played on both the 1996 and 1997 18U National Teams. He hit .367 and recorded the second-most RBIs (5) on the 1996 squad. In 1997, he hit .397 with a .853 slugging percentage while leading the team in RBIs (26) and home runs (7). In that same year, he was named the Virginia Player of the Year, Gatorade National Player of the Year, and a USA Today All-Star. Cuddyer was selected ninth overall by the Minnesota Twins in the 1997 MLB Draft before making his MLB Debut in 2001. In his 15-year MLB career, he played in over 1,500 games, spending the first 11 seasons of his career with the Twins where he was named to his first All-Star team in 2011. From 2012 to 2014, Cuddyer played for the Colorado Rockies and was selected to his second All-Star team in 2013. Cuddyer was also a 2013 Silver Slugger and finished the season with the National League batting title, hitting a league-best .331 with a career-high 162 hits. Cuddyer was only the 30th Major League player to hit for the cycle twice in his career and was just the third to accomplish the feat in both the American and National Leagues. Since retirement, Cuddyer contributes a weekly online video series called “Cuddyer’s Corner” for the USA Baseball Develops blog, covering topics surrounding the game to help young athletes grow both on and off the field.

Rounding out the staff is Wilson who also makes his USA Baseball coaching debut this summer. Currently the head coach at Thousand Oaks High School (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Wilson led the Lancers to a 24-6 overall record, including a 10-2 mark in league play, en route to winning the Marmonte League championship in 2019. He followed that by managing 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. Under Wilson’s guidance, the program picked up where it left off in 2021 as the Lancers claimed another Marmonte League championship and finished with a 27-1 record. Before beginning 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. 

The 2021 18U National Team identification process begins with the 2021 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League at the USA Baseball National Training Complex from July 23–31. The invitation-based development opportunity will feature approximately 96 top high school baseball players ahead of the 2022 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The 16U/17U NTDP also serves as an identification event for the 18U National Team and will take place from August 6-9 at the National Training Complex.

Invited players will then participate in the 18U National Team Trials from August 29-September 3 in Tampa, Florida, before naming the final 18-man 18U National Team roster. The 18U team will continue to train in Tampa from September 4-8 before competing at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup from September 10-19 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida.

For more information on the 18U National Team, follow along on Twitter @USABaseball and @USABaseball18U.

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Jason Maxwell Named 2021 18U National Team Manager

He will lead Team USA at the 2021 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida
April 27, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named Jason Maxwell the manager of the 2021 18U National Team. Maxwell will lead Team USA as it competes for the program’s fifth world championship since 2012 at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida,

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

“We are excited to have Jason Maxwell at the helm of the 18U National Team this year as we play for a world championship on our home soil,” 18U National Team General Manager Ashley Bratcher said. “Jason has been a part of our coaching system for years and we are confident he will guide the 18U National Team program to tremendous success. His passion, enthusiasm, and experience, combined with his deep knowledge of the game, will be invaluable assets to a group of incredible young athletes this year.”

“I am extremely grateful and honored to be named the manager of the USA Baseball 18U National Team,” said Maxwell. “There is a standard of excellence associated with USA Baseball, so having the opportunity to represent your country and wear the USA jersey is a privilege that I do not take for granted. I am excited about managing this team of great athletes and I am ready to embrace the challenge of leading Team USA to a gold medal at the 2021 U-18 Baseball World Cup!”

2021 marks Maxwell’s third time coaching for Team USA and his second stint as a manager for the red, white, and blue. After helping to guide the 2016 15U National Team to a WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup bronze medal as an assistant coach, Maxwell made his managerial debut in 2018 and led the 15U National Team to the program’s first-ever world championship. The U.S. finished the tournament with an 8-1 record, a .323 batting average, 69 RBIs, 17 doubles, five triples, and three home runs while outscoring opponents 88-13. In addition, the pitching staff tallied a collective team ERA of 1.24 over 58 innings of work and four of Maxwell’s players were named to the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup All-World Team. The team was named the 2018 USA Baseball Team of the Year and Maxwell was honored as the 2018 USA Baseball Developmental Coach of the Year for his work with the squad.

Maxwell has also served as the field coordinator for the 2017 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) and has worked at numerous National Team Trials, the USA Baseball National Team Championships, and the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) throughout his tenure with USA Baseball.

Maxwell is the head coach at Ensworth School (Nashville, Tenn.) and is currently in his 17th season at the helm. He has led the program to eight straight playoff appearances and two Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association quarterfinal appearances. Prior to his coaching career, he was an All-Conference player for Middle Tennessee State University in 1992 and 1993 before being selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft and playing 12 years of professional baseball. After six seasons in the minor leagues, Maxwell made his Major League debut with the Cubs in 1998. He also saw playing time in the major leagues with the Minnesota Twins in 2000 and 2001 before beginning his coaching career in 2004 as the first coach in school history for Ensworth School. Maxwell finished his minor league career with 991 hits, 103 home runs, and 487 RBIs. 

In 2021, the Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League will 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 2021 PDP League is scheduled to take place July 24-31 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

18U National Team Trials will take place August 29-September 3 in Tampa, Florida. The final 20-man 18U National Team roster will be announced following Trials and the team will remain in Tampa for training from September 4-8 before taking part in the 2021 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 10-19.

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 18U National Team has won eight world championships. Most recently, the 18U National Team earned the silver medal at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea.

The rest of the 2021 18U National Team staff, as well as more information about the 2021 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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Ashley Bratcher Named General Manager of 18U National Team Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jim Koerner Named USA Baseball Director of Player Development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA Baseball Announces Development of Youth Baseball Manual

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key concepts from the Youth Baseball Manual include:

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

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