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Penultimate Day in the Books at PDP League

July 5, 2022
CARY, N.C. – The 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League continued Tuesday with Team Red picking up a win and Team Navy and Team Gray tying on the event’s penultimate day. TEAM RED VS. TEAM LIGHT BLUE Gabe Gaeckle and Boston Flannery combined for four scoreless innings to open the

CARY, N.C. – The 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League continued Tuesday with Team Red picking up a win and Team Navy and Team Gray tying on the event’s penultimate day.

*TEAM RED VS. TEAM LIGHT BLUE *

Gabe Gaeckle and Boston Flannery combined for four scoreless innings to open the game for Team Light Blue and were matched by Derek Schaefer’s three scoreless frames for Team Red as the game began as a pitchers’ duel into the fifth.

Team Light Blue cracked the scoreboard first in the top of the fifth. George Lombard, Jr. was hit by a pitch to open the inning and eventually scored on an RBI double by Brandon Winokur to put Team Light Blue in front. Winokur would advance to third on a wild pitch but was stranded there as the inning ended.

Team Red immediately responded by posting a three-run bottom of the fifth to take the lead. After Christian Kim and Cameron Mizell both walked to start the inning, Casey Borba pulled a two-run double down the left field line to give Team Red the lead. The advantage quickly grew on an RBI single by TJ Pompey.

James Hays kept the Team Light Blue offense at bay over the final two innings, scattering three hits and striking out a pair to secure the win for Team Red. Due to PDP rules, Team Red came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh and tacked on a run on a Christian Kim RBI single to close out the win.

NOTABLES

  • Team Red’s Jonny Farmelo led all batters with two hits in the win, also scoring a run.
  • Derek Schaefer, Christian Lim, and James Hays combined to allow just one run in the seven-inning contest for Team Red. Each pitcher also recorded at least one strikeout.
  • Team Light Blue's Gabe Gaeckle struck out a game-high four batters in two innings on the mound, allowing just one hit.
  • Casey Borba’s go-ahead double gave him a game-high two RBIs in the win for Team Red.

TEAM NAVY VS. TEAM GRAY

The game saw three scoreless opening innings thanks to Team Navy’s Bryce Eldridge and Hunter Dietz and Team Gray’s Garrett Baumann, who all turned in shutout performances on the mound.

Team Navy got the scoring started in the top of the fourth. Colt Emerson reached base on a fielding error with two outs and came around to score on a throwing error, giving Team Navy the game’s first run.

Tai Peete tripled to right center and scored immediately on an RBI single up the middle by Andrew Wiggins as Team Navy continued to build its lead in the middle innings. Team Gray answered and notched a run in the bottom of the fifth when RJ Hamilton singled and scored on an RBI groundout by Ariel Antigua.

Team Navy rallied to plate another two runs in the sixth inning. Jarren Purify and Ryder Helfrick both walked to start the inning and would come around to score when Colt Emerson roped a two-run triple to left center. Team Gray answered again and cut into its deficit when RJ Hamilton reached on an error and scored on a passed ball.

Dean Curley singled and came around to score on a fielder’s choice in the top of the eighth to give Team Navy an insurance run before Team Gray added runs in the bottom of the inning. Tre Phelps hit an RBI single through the left side to score Team Gray’s first run of the inning, and Roman Martin scored on an error to notch another run. The final run of the frame came on an RBI groundout by Drew Burress.

NOTABLES

  • Team Navy got seven hits from seven different players in the game. Colt Emerson had a game-high two RBIs and scored a run for Team Navy.
  • The two pitching staffs combined to punch out 25 batters in the game, with Team Navy’s staff tossing 14 strikeouts. Bryce Eldridge and Hunter Dietz led the game with four strikeouts apiece.
  • RJ Hamilton had two stolen bases for Team Gray, also scoring a run.
  • Team Navy hit two triples in the game, with Colt Emerson and Tai Peete each cracking three-baggers.

ON DECK

The teams will return to action on Wednesday, July 6, to decide the champion of the 2022 PDP League. All four teams will compete in a two-inning tiebreaker game, with the winners advancing to play in the championship game. The losers from the tiebreaker games will battle for third place.

ABOUT PDP LEAGUE SCORING

USA Baseball utilizes a modified scoring system for its development programs to achieve load management and mitigate potential injuries due to overuse for its youth athletes. Pitchers are subject to a maximum pitch count of 25 per inning during game play. In the event an inning is rolled because a pitcher has reached their maximum pitch count, runners on base may be contributed to the game score. As a result of this system, the final game score may not match the overall statistics.

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Groups, Schedule Revealed for WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup this September in Florida

Baseball’s 30th U-18 World Championship will be contested over 50 games, with the world’s best youth baseball players and teams to compete over nine days of competition at Sarasota's Ed Smith Stadium and Bradenton's LECOM Park in Florida, USA.
August 2, 2022
- U-18 Baseball World Cup® 2021 Schedule The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and host USA Baseball today announced the game schedule for the XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup® 2021, which will be played from September 9-18 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida, USA. Baseball’s 30th U-18 World Championship will

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and host USA Baseball today announced the game schedule for the XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup® 2021, which will be played from September 9-18 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida, USA.

Baseball’s 30th U-18 World Championship will be contested over 50 games, with the world’s best young baseball prospects and teams set to compete over nine days of competition at LECOM Park and Ed Smith Stadium.

Group A features host No. 5 USA, No. 3 Korea, No. 8 Netherlands, No. 12 Canada, No. 25 Brazil, and No. 26 South Africa.

Group B features world No. 1 Japan, No. 2 Chinese Taipei, No. 4 Mexico, No. 10 Australia, No. 13 Panama, and No. 17 Italy.

The top three teams from Group A will play the top three teams from Group B in the Super Round from September 15-17, with the top two teams meeting 'For the Title of World Champion' on Sunday, September 18.

The U-18 Baseball World Cups, along with its continental qualifiers, have consistently featured players who have gone on to become some of the biggest names in the sport, such as Japan’s Yu Darvish and Shohei Ohtani; Korea’s Shin-soo Choo; Cuba’s Yasiel Puig and Aroldis Chapman; and Clayton Kershaw, Bryce Harper, Francisco Lindor, Manny Machado and Buster Posey, who all played for USA Baseball’s U-18 National Team.

Chinese Taipei won the last WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in 2019, defeating then-defending world champions USA in the final, in Gijang, Korea.

The XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup had been originally set to take place in September 2021, but was postponed to 2022 due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Denotes All-Stars who are inactive

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Twenty Alumni Taken in First Round of 2022 MLB Draft

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 1-1; Jackson Holliday; Baltimore Orioles; 2021 18U
  • 1-2; Druw Jones; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2021 18U
  • 1-3; Kumar Rocker; Texas Rangers; 2017 18U
  • 1-4; Termarr Johnson; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2019 15U, 2021 18U
  • 1-5; Elijah Green; Washington Nationals; 2021 18U
  • 1-6; Jacob Berry; Miami Marlins; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-8; Brooks Lee; Minnesota Twins; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-9; Gavin Cross; Kansas City Royals; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-10; Gabriel Hughes; Colorado Rockies; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-11; Kevin Parada; New York Mets; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-12; Jace Jung; Detroit Tigers; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-19; Daniel Susac; Oakland A’s; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-20; Owen Murphy; Atlanta Braves; 2021 18U
  • 1-23; Brandon Barriera; Toronto Blue Jays; 2016 12U, 2019 15U
  • 1-24; Mikey Romero; Boston Red Sox; 2016 12U, 2019 15U
  • 1-28; Drew Gilbert; Houston Astros; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-30; Reggie Crawford; San Francisco Giants; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-33; Dylan Beavers; Baltimore Orioles; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-34; Landon Sims; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2016 15U, 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-37; Justin Campbell; Cleveland Guardians; 2013 12U, 2016 15U, 2021 Collegiate
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USA Baseball Announces 2022 18U National Team Training Camp Roster

The 2022 18U National Team will compete in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup September 9-18 in Florida
July 12, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 40-man 2022 18U National Team Training Camp roster selected following the conclusion of the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League on July 6. The 18U National Team Training Camp will be held from August 29 through September 2 at the Lee County

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 40-man 2022 18U National Team Training Camp roster selected following the conclusion of the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League on July 6. The 18U National Team Training Camp will be held from August 29 through September 2 at the Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Meyers, Florida. The final 20-man 18U National Team roster will be named on September 2 and will then compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup on September 9-18 in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida.

In addition to the 40 athletes selected from the PDP League, a select number of athletes from the upcoming USA Baseball 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) will be chosen to compete for a spot on Team USA, finalizing the 2022 18U National Team Training Camp roster. The 16U/17U NTDP is set to take place from July 25-29 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

“We are excited to have this talented group of athletes join us for the 2022 18U National Team Training Camp,” said Ashley Bratcher, USA Baseball 18U National Team General Manager. “There was an incredible amount of competition and depth at this summer’s PDP League, and it made for some difficult decisions for our coaches and staff, but we are confident in the ability of each of these players to represent the U.S. at the highest level. We look forward to determining our final roster that will represent the United States in September at the Baseball World Cup.”

The 40 players named to this year’s training camp roster hail from 19 different states and were selected out of the pool of 100 athletes that participated in the 2022 PDP League, which was held at the National Training Complex from June 29-July 6. The event is an invitation-based development and assessment opportunity for high school players eligible for the following year’s MLB Draft. Since its inception in 2019, it provides athletes with an extraordinary amateur experience, including competitive gameplay, player development sessions, educational seminars, and other programming to prepare players for a professional baseball career.

Four of the 40 players selected to the 18U Training Camp roster are alumni of past USA Baseball national teams, including two-time alum Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.), who was a member of the 2016 12U National Team and the 2019 15U National Team that won gold at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier. Additionally, Colt Emerson (Cambridge, Ohio) was a member of the 2017 12U National Team squad that won the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup, while Walker Jenkins (Oak Island, N.C.) and Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) will reunite after both were teammates on last year’s 18U National Team roster.

Twenty-six athletes on the roster are new to USA Baseball programming in 2022. Fourteen are past participants of the NTDP, along with Kendall George (Houston, Texas), RJ Hamilton (Hoover, Ala.), Cameron Johnson (Upper Marlboro, Md.), and Zion Rose (Chicago, Ill.), who have all participated in past diversity-focused development programs led by MLB and USA Baseball.

The 18U National Team will be led in 2022 by Denny Hocking, who is making his national team managerial debut after he was a manager at last year’s PDP League and 18U National Team Trials. He will be joined on staff by pitching coach Adam Mosely as well as assistant coaches Roberto Vaz and Jack Wilson.

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

The 2022 18U National Team Training Camp roster is as follows:

2022 18U National Team Training Camp Roster
(Name; Position; Hometown; School)

  • ^Blake Balsz; C; Racho Santa Margarita, Calif.; Santa Margarita Catholic
  • ^Eric Bitonti; INF; Hesperia, Calif.; Aquinas
  • ^Casey Borba; INF; Santa Ana, Calif.; Orange Lutheran
  • Jake Brown; LHP; Sulphur, La.; Sulphur
  • ^Maxwell Clark; OF; Franklin, Ind.; Franklin
  • Alexander Clemmey; LHP; Middletown, R.I.; Bishop Hendricken
  • ^Dylan Cupp; INF; Cedartown, Ga.; Cedartown
  • Matthew Dallas; LHP; Arlington, Tenn.; Briarcrest Christian
  • Parker Detmers; RHP; Chatham, Ill.; Glenwood
  • Blake Dickerson; LHP; Virginia Beach, Va.; Ocean Lakes
  • Hunter Dietz; LHP; Trinity, Fla.; Calvary Christian
  • ^Bryce Eldridge; RHP/INF; Vienna, Va.; James Madison
  • *^Colt Emerson; INF; Cambridge, Ohio; John Glenn
  • Jonny Farmelo; OF; Centreville, Va.; Westfield
  • Chance Fitzgerald; RHP; Sanford, Fla.; Lake Howell
  • Gabe Gaeckle; RHP; Aptos, Calif.; Aptos
  • Kendall George; OF; Houston, Texas; Atasocita
  • ^Gavin Grahovac; INF/OF; Orange, Calif.; Villa Park
  • RJ Hamilton; INF; Hoover, Ala.; Hoover
  • ^James Hays; RHP; Hawkinsville, Ga.; Westfield
  • ^Ryder Helfrick; C; Discovery Bay, Calif.; Clayton Valley
  • *^Walker Jenkins; OF; Oak Island, N.C.; South Brunswick
  • Cameron Johnson; LHP; Upper Marlboro, Md.; Bishop McNamara
  • Aidan Keenan; RHP; Morgan Hill, Calif.; Live Oak
  • Barrett Kent; RHP; Pottsboro, Texas; Pottsboro
  • Camden Kozeal; INF; Omaha, Neb.; Millard South
  • Justin LeGuernic; LHP; Dix Hills, N.Y.; Half Hollow Hills West
  • Roman Martin; INF; Whittier, Calif.; Servite
  • Kevin McGonigle; INF; Aldan, Penn.; Monsignor Bonner Archbishop
  • Noble Meyer; RHP; West Linn, Ore.; Jesuit
  • *^Aidan Miller; IF/OF; Trinity, Fla.; JW Mitchell
  • *^Blake Mitchell; C/RHP; Sinton, Texas; Sinton
  • Tai Peete; INF/RHP; Tyrone, Ga.; Trinity Christian
  • Edward Phelps III; INF; Atlanta, Ga.; Georgia Premier Academy
  • ^Christian Rodriguez; RHP/OF; Coral Springs, Fla.; Marjory Stoneman Douglas
  • Zion Rose; C/OF; Chicago, Ill.; Brother Rice
  • Stone Russell; INF; Bradenton, Fla.; IMG
  • Charlee Soto; RHP; Kissimmee, Fla.; Reborn Christian
  • Cameron Tilly; RHP; Newburgh, Ind.; Castle
  • Thomas White; LHP; Rowley, Mass.; Phillips Academy

*Denotes USA Baseball National Team alum
^Denotes past NTDP participant

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Paul Seiler Reelected to WBSC Executive Board

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Team Light Blue Captures Title at 2022 PDP League

July 6, 2022
CARY, N.C. – Team Light Blue claimed the title at the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League on Wednesday, knocking off Team Red in the championship game. The victory came after Team Light Blue beat Team Navy in a tiebreaker game on Wednesday morning, pinning them against Team Red, who

CARY, N.C. – Team Light Blue claimed the title at the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League on Wednesday, knocking off Team Red in the championship game. The victory came after Team Light Blue beat Team Navy in a tiebreaker game on Wednesday morning, pinning them against Team Red, who advanced past Team Gray in the other semifinal.

TEAM LIGHT BLUE VS. TEAM RED (CHAMPIONSHIP GAME)

Despite scoring threats in the opening two innings, both sides were held scoreless into the third frame. Team Red had two hits in the top of the first from Dylan Cupp and Casey Borba, but Paul Wilson evaded trouble by coaxing a double play to keep Team Red scoreless. Team Light Blue also put a runner on in the first, but Brayden Sharp induced a double play of his own for a scoreless opening inning.

Zachary Wadas drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the second for Team Light Blue, but Sharp picked him off and struck out the next two batters to finish his scoreless outing.

Team Light Blue opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning, using patience at the plate and smart baserunning to crack the scoreboard. Aidan Miller and Dean West both walked to put a pair of baserunners on, and Miller would eventually come around to score on a wild pitch to give Team Light Blue the lead.

Team Red answered back in the top of the fourth to knot the game up. Aidan Santana reached base with one out in the inning on a throwing error, and immediately scored on Troy Roldan’s RBI double to right center. Charlee Soto struck out the next two batters for Team Light Blue to keep the game even.

Three consecutive batters reached base in the fourth for Team Light Blue as they pulled away in the inning, Brandon Winokur started the rally with a double to right center, followed by a walk by George Lombard, Jr. to put two runners on. Aidan Miller then delivered a double to left field to plate both baserunners and extend Team Light Blue’s lead. Miller advanced to third and scored on a wild pitch to keep the momentum going for Team Light Blue.

Casey Borba smoked an RBI triple to left field to bring Team Red closer in its final at-bats, but the rally ended when Charlee Soto struck out Jonny Farmelo to secure the title for Team Light Blue. Per PDP rules, Team Light Blue batted in the bottom of the fifth and added a pair of runs on RBI walks.

NOTABLES

  • Team Light Blue’s patience at the plate paid off, as the squad drew 11 walks in the victory. Eric Bitonti and Kevin McGonigle each drew a pair of base-on-balls, while seven other players on Team Light Blue drew walks.
  • Aidan Miller had a game-high two RBIs as well as a game-high two runs scored in Team Light Blue’s win.
  • Paul Wilson got the start on the mound for Team Light Blue and tossed three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out a pair of batters.
  • Team Light Blue’s pitching staff worked around trouble all game long, stranding five Team Red baserunners to help earn the win.
  • Team Red’s Casey Borba had two hits in the defeat, also driving in a run.

TEAM NAVY VS. TEAM GRAY (THIRD PLACE GAME)

Team Gray quickly got on the board in the top of the first when Roman Martin singled, stole second base, and scored on a throwing error. Landon Maroudis provided a shutdown inning for Team Gray in the bottom of the inning to his team back to the plate, where they continued to score in the bottom of the frame.

Camden Kozeal homered to lead off Team Gray’s half of the second inning, clearing the wall in left field to double Team Gray’s early advantage. Drew Burress immediately followed with a walk and a stolen base before Blake Mitchell’s double to center field plated Burress to keep Team Gray’s offense firing.

Team Navy nearly got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning, but Landon Maroudis worked around trouble to keep them at bay. Andrew Wiggins opened the inning with a single and Ryder Helfrick walked to put two runners on, but a pair of strikeouts thwarted the threat as Team Gray maintained its lead.

Team Gray finished off the scoring in the fourth inning. Drew Burress reached on an error and advanced to third base before scoring on a hit-by-pitch to give Team Gray extra insurance before they held on to win and secure third place.

NOTABLES

  • Camden Kozeal had a game-high two hits, including his second-inning homer for Team Gray.
  • Team Gray’s Drew Burress scored two runs in the win, giving him a game high.
  • Landon Maroudis, Aiden Keenan, and George Wolkow combined to shut out Team Navy and allow just two hits. Keenan and Wolkow held the Team Navy offense hitless.
  • Cole Eaton and Tai Peete had the only two hits in the game for Team Navy.

ABOUT PDP LEAGUE SCORING

USA Baseball utilizes a modified scoring system for its development programs to achieve load management and mitigate potential injuries due to overuse for its youth athletes. Pitchers are subject to a maximum pitch count of 25 per inning during game play. In the event an inning is rolled because a pitcher has reached their maximum pitch count, runners on base may be contributed to the game score. As a result of this system, the final game score may not match the overall statistics.

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Sparks Fly on Fourth of July at PDP League

July 4, 2022
Schedule/Results CARY, N.C. – The 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline League was back in action on Monday with a pair of games at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., as the Team Navy and Team Red matchup ended in a tie while Team Gray clinched a victory over Team Light

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CARY, N.C. – The 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline League was back in action on Monday with a pair of games at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., as the Team Navy and Team Red matchup ended in a tie while Team Gray clinched a victory over Team Light Blue.

TEAM RED VS. TEAM NAVY

Team Red got on the board in the third inning thanks to a clutch two-RBI single from Max Clark. Christian Rodriguez and Dylan Cupp laced back-to-back base hits up the middle with one out, and after the pair got into scoring position on a wild pitch Clark delivered with a line drive to center field.

In the fifth, Team Navy’s Ryan Helfrick drove in Dean Curley with a sacrifice fly to right field after he led off with a triple to right field.

Following the PDP League scoring rules, Team Navy had a one-run lead heading into the seventh. Team Red wouldn’t go down without a fight though, as it knotted the game up in the top of the inning when Coleman Mizell laced a single to center field to drive in Dylan Cupp, who reached on a hit-by-pitch and stole second to get into scoring position.

Team Navy looked to earn a win in walk-off fashion in the bottom frame, loading up the bases with two outs, but Team Red’s closer Tommy Roldan fanned the final batter to preserve the tie.

Team Red and Team Navy are both now 1-2-1 in the event.

Notables

  • Team Navy’s Kendall George led all players at the plate with a 2-for-3 outing, while teammates Colt Emerson and Dean Curley tallied one hit apiece.
  • On the mound, Team Navy’s Tai Peete tossed a perfect 2.0 innings, as he retired all six batters he faced. Additionally, Ryan Geraghty threw two scoreless innings out of the pen.
  • Six different players from Team Red had a hit in the contest, as Max Clark had a game-high two runs batted in while Dylan Cupp led all players with two runs scored.
  • On the bump, the Team Red trio of Justin LeGuernic, Josh Knoth, and Tommy Roldan combined to allow just one earned run and fanned six batters.

TEAM GRAY VS. TEAM LIGHT BLUE

In the second inning, Team Gray’s Blake Mitchell, Gavin Grahovac, Camden Kozeal, and Tre Phelps strung together four consecutive base hits to score a pair of runs. A double steal with Phelps and Kozeal at the corners brought in a third run in the frame.

Team Light Blue cut into its deficit in the bottom of the second when Walker Jenkins led off the side with a double and error to center field and scored on Eric Bitonti’s sacrifice fly to left field.

In the third, Team Light Blue tacked on another run when Zion Rose scored from second on Yahil Melendez’s RBI single to right center after reaching on a bunt single and moving to scoring position on a sacrifice bunt.

Team Gray extended its lead in the fourth when Blake Mitchell drew a leadoff walk, went to second on a wild pitch, stole third, and scored on a passed ball.

After a scoreless fifth, Team Light Blue plated its third run of the game in the sixth when pinch hitter Kevin McGonigle had a clutch two-out single up the middle, stole second, moved to third on an infield single, and scored on a wild pitch.

Team Light Blue attempted to rally in the bottom of the seventh by putting runners in scoring position with two outs, but Wil Libbert shut the door with a swinging strikeout to give Team Gray the victory.

Both teams are now 2-1-1 in the event.

Notables

  • Five different players from Team Light Blue tallied a hit, while Yahil Melendez and Eric Bitonti were responsible for the two runs batted in.
  • The Team Light Blue bullpen of Alexander Clemmey, Cole Schoenwetter, and Wil Libbert combined for five innings of not allowing an earned run and 11 strikeouts.
  • Team Gray’s MJ Seo led all players with a 2-for-2 outing, while Blake Mitchell scored two of his team’s runs in the contest.
  • On the mound, Team Gray’s Matthew Dallas threw 2.0 scoreless innings in relief while Nolan Stevens recorded five strikeouts in two innings of work.

ON DECK

The teams will return to action on Tuesday, July 5, in a pair of games at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. Team Light Blue and Team Red will match up at 12:30 p.m., while Team Navy and Team Gray will face each other at 3:30 p.m.

ABOUT PDP LEAGUE SCORING

USA Baseball utilizes a modified scoring system for its development programs to achieve load management and mitigate potential injuries due to overuse for its youth athletes. Pitchers are subject to a maximum pitch count of 25 per inning during game play. In the event an inning is rolled because a pitcher has reached their maximum pitch count, runners on base may be contributed to the game score. As a result of this system, the final game score may not match the overall statistics.

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Team Light Blue, Team Gray Shine on Day Three of PDP League 

July 2, 2022
Schedule/Results CARY, N.C. – Action continued Saturday at the National Training Complex for the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline League, as Team Light Blue gutted out a win in game one to remain undefeated while Team Gray picked up its first win of the event in a pitcher’s duel. TEAM LIGHT

Schedule/Results

CARY, N.C. – Action continued Saturday at the National Training Complex for the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline League, as Team Light Blue gutted out a win in game one to remain undefeated while Team Gray picked up its first win of the event in a pitcher’s duel.

TEAM LIGHT BLUE VS. TEAM NAVY

The first game of the day between Team Light Blue and Team Navy was a back-and-forth battle that saw a combined 19 hits.

Team Light Blue picked up where it left off yesterday with a run in the first inning, as Kevin McGonigle led off the game with a double up the right field line and scored on a one-out double to right field by Walker Jenkins.

Brandon Winokur came through for Team Light Blue in the third, tallying his first hit of the event to double his team’s lead. Dean West led off the inning with an infield single, stole second, and scored on Winokur’s RBI single to right field.

In the fourth Kendall George used strong base running to put Team Navy on the board, as he reached on a single up the middle, stole second, and a pair of passed balls allowed him to score.

Team Navy took its first lead of the game in the fifth with two more runs thanks to back-to-back doubles by Tai Peete and Bryce Eldridge to the left side of the diamond.

Team Light Blue responded with a four-run sixth inning on three hits and an error, highlighted by an Eric Bitonti RBI triple and Will Gasparino RBI single, to take its lead back. Team Navy continued to battle back in its half of the inning though when Nazzan Zanetello’s RBI double to center field made it a two-run game.

In the seventh, Team Light Blue added some insurance when Steven Milam and pinch hitter Yahil Melendez strung together back-to-back hits to give their squad a three-run lead. Team Navy attempted to rally back in the bottom half with a pair of runs thanks to an RBI fielder’s choice and Kendall George’s run-scoring single through the left side but came up short.

Team Light Blue remains undefeated at the 2022 PDP League as it improves to 2-0-1 while Team Navy moves to 1-2 on the week.

Notables

  • Team Light Blue’s Travis Sykora had a stellar start on the bump, going three innings and allowing just one batter to reach base while striking out five batters.
  • Brandon Winokur led Team Light Blue at the plate with a 2-for-3 outing, including a double and a run batted in.
  • Eight other players notched a hit for Team Light Blue, highlighted by extra-base hits from Kevin McGonigle and Walker Jenkins.
  • Kendall George paced Team Red with a 2-for-4 performance and RBI, while Bryce Eldridge led all players with two RBIs.

TEAM GRAY VS. TEAM RED

The second matchup of the day between Team Gray and Team Red was a pitcher’s duel, with just two earned runs scored in the contest.

In the second inning Team Gray got on the board, as Edward (Tre) Phelps laced a one-out double to left field and then scored on George Wolkow’s RBI double to right field.

Team Gray doubled its lead in the fifth when Antonio Anderson reached on a one-out walk, moved to third on Evan Haeger’s infield single, and scored on a passed ball.

In its half of the fifth Team Red got on the board thanks to Dillon Head’s bases-loaded single through the right side, scoring Dylan Cupp from third. Coleman Mizell looked to knot the score on the play by trying to cross home plate safely but was thrown out to end the inning.

In the final innings Team Red was only able to put one batter one base the rest of the way as Team Gray came away with its first victory of the 2022 PDP League to improve to 1-1-1, while Team Red falls to 1-2 at the event.

Notables

  • Gavin Grahovac had a strong day at the plate with a 2-for-2 showing, while five other players tallied a hit in the game.
  • Team Gray’s pitching rotation of Aidan Keenan, Landen Maroudis, MJ Seo, Blake Mitchell, and George Wolkow combined to yield just six hits and not allow an earned run.
  • Team Red’s Tommy Roldan turned in the squad’s lone multi-hit performance as he went 2-for-3, while four other players recorded a hit.
  • On the mound, Team Red’s Duke Ekstrom, Christian Rodriguez, Brayden Sharp, and Brody Shawn combined to fan 10 batters and surrender one earned run.

ON DECK

The teams will return to action on Monday, July 4, in a pair of games at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. Team Red and Team Navy will match up at 1 p.m.., while Team Gray and Team Light Blue will face each other at 4 p.m.

ABOUT PDP LEAGUE SCORING

USA Baseball utilizes a modified scoring system for its development programs to achieve load management and mitigate potential injuries due to overuse for its youth athletes. Pitchers are subject to a maximum pitch count of 25 per inning during game play. In the event an inning is rolled because a pitcher has reached their maximum pitch count, runners on base may be contributed to the game score. As a result of this system, the final game score may not match the overall statistics.

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Team Light Blue, Team Navy Notch Wins on Second Day of 2022 PDP League

July 1, 2022
Schedule/Results CARY, N.C. – Action continued Friday with another pair of games at the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline League, held at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The day saw Team Light Blue collect a shutout victory over Team Red and Team Navy securing a comeback win over Team

Schedule/Results

CARY, N.C. – Action continued Friday with another pair of games at the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline League, held at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The day saw Team Light Blue collect a shutout victory over Team Red and Team Navy securing a comeback win over Team Gray.

TEAM RED VS. TEAM LIGHT BLUE

Strong pitching along with a 2-for-3 day from Campbell Smithwick propelled Team Light Blue to its first win of the 2022 PDP League to improve to 1-0-1 in the tournament. Five different pitchers combined for a shutout win while Smithwick was responsible for all three runs batted in in the contest.

Smithwick provided the first run of the day in the second inning, driving in Aidan Miller after he led off the side with an infield single and moved into scoring position on an error. He came up clutch again in the sixth with his second double of the day, a 2-RBI double to center after a pair of walks and fielder’s choice put runners at the corners.

With the result, Team Red suffered its first loss of the event and moves to 1-1.

Notables

  • The Light Blue rotation of Cam Johnson, Gabe Gaeckle, Nathan Teague, Wil Libbert, and Boston Flannery combined for a shutout, yielding six hits while tallying 11 strikeouts.
  • Campbell Smithwick led Team Light Blue with a 2-for-3 performance with two doubles and was responsible for all three runs batted in.
  • Additionally, Aidan Miller and Zachary Wadas tallied a hit apiece, highlighted by Wadas’s triple in the seventh, to contribute to Team Light Blue’s four on the day.
  • Team Red’s Andrew Lamb went a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate, while four other players tallied a base hit.
  • Casey Borba turned in Team Red’s lone extra-base hit – a double in the fifth inning.

TEAM GRAY VS. TEAM NAVY

Team Navy broke the ice in the third when Daniel Cuvet reached on a fielding error, moved to second on a passed ball, and scored on Kendall George’s base hit to center field.

In the sixth, Team Gray brought the game-tying run across thanks to a couple of miscues by the Team Navy defense. An error allowed leadoff batter Antonio Anderson to reach base, and then after Drew Burress laced a single through the right side to move him to second, another error brought him home.

Team Navy responded in the bottom frame though, taking its lead back when Jarren Purify reached on an outfield single to start the side and then Colt Emerson’s triple drove him home.

Emerson’s triple proved to be the game-winning run as Team Navy improved to 1-1 with its first win of the week. Meanwhile, Team Gray moves to 0-1-1 in the event.

Notables

  • Team Navy’s pitching trio of Noble Meyer, Miller Green, and Bryce Eldridge all had shutout performances on the mound, while Hunter Dietz allowed just one earned run on one hit in two innings out of the pen. The staff combined to surrender six hits and fan 10 batters.
  • At the plate, Team Navy’s Kendall George led the way with a 3-for-3 outing and one RBI, while Colt Emerson drove in the team’s other run of the day as he went 1-for-3.
  • Additionally, Team Navy’s Jarren Purify and Andrew Wiggins tallied a hit each in the win.
  • Team Gray’s batting order recorded five hits in the game, highlighted by doubles from Justin Best and Ariel Antigua.
  • On the mound, Team Gray’s Thomas White fanned seven batters and did not surrender an earned run in three innings. Additionally, Parker Detmers tossed two scoreless innings and Garret Baumann tallied five strikeouts in the final two innings of the contest.

ON DECK

The teams will return to action on Saturday, July 2, in a pair of games at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. Team Light Blue and Team Navy will match up at 10 a.m., while Team Gray and Team Red will face each other at 1 p.m.

ABOUT PDP LEAGUE SCORING

USA Baseball utilizes a modified scoring system for its development programs to achieve load management and mitigate potential injuries due to overuse for its youth athletes. Pitchers are subject to a maximum pitch count of 25 per inning during game play. In the event an inning is rolled because a pitcher has reached their maximum pitch count, runners on base may be contributed to the game score. As a result of this system, the final game score may not match the overall statistics.

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PDP League Opens Up With Pair of Games at National Training Complex

July 1, 2022
Schedule/Results CARY, N.C. – The first two games of the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline League were held on Thursday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The event features the best under-18 high school prospects in the nation, and it is the main identification event for the 18U National

Schedule/Results

CARY, N.C. – The first two games of the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline League were held on Thursday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

The event features the best under-18 high school prospects in the nation, and it is the main identification event for the 18U National Team that will represent the United Stated at the World Baseball Softball Classic (WBSC) World Cup September 9-18 in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida.

GAME ONE (LIGHT BLUE VS. GRAY)

Team Gray’s Camden Kozeal drove in the first runs of the day in the second inning with his two-run single to center field after Roman Martin tallied a base hit and Evan Haeger and Drew Burress drew back-to-back walks to load the bases with two outs.

In the fifth inning Aidan Miller put Team Light Blue on the board with an RBI fielder’s choice to the shortstop, driving in Zion Rose after a two-base error and stolen base allowed him to threaten. Team Gray responded with three runs in the bottom frame on Gavin Grahovac’s bases-loaded walk and a 2-RBI single to right field by Francesco Capocci.

Team Light Blue tacked on a combined three runs in the final two innings thanks to a pair of run-scoring singles by Kevin McGonigle to cap off the scoring for the opening game of the PDP League.

Following the PDP League scoring rules, the game ended in a tie.

Notables

  • Team Light Blue’s Kevin McGonigle went a perfect 4-for-4 with two runs batted in to lead all hitters, while three other players tallied a base hit.
  • Team Gray’s Camden Kozeal led his team with a 2-for-2 outing with two RBIs and a run scored, while Francesco Capocci additionally tallied two runs batted in.
  • Aidan Miller (Light Blue) and Gavin Grahovac turned in the only extra-base hits of the game, as Miller hit a double in the first inning and Grahovac doubled in the seventh.
  • On the mound, Team Light Blue’s Chance Fitzgerald worked two shutout innings in relief, allowing just two hits, while Cole Schoenwetter and Alexander Clemmey fanned five batters each.
  • Team Gray’s Jake Brown had a strong start on the bump as he tossed three scoreless innings and tallied six strikeouts. Additionally, Landon Stump retired four of the batters he faced by strikeout.
  • There were a combined five stolen bases in the game, as Team Gray had three and Team Light Blue had two.

GAME TWO (NAVY VS. RED)

Team Red struck early with a run in the first inning. Teammates Blake Balsz and Max Clark laced outfield singles on one out to start the spark, and a throwing error loaded the bases to bring up Stone Russell, who drew a walk to bring in the first run of the contest.

In the second inning Team Navy got on the board when Riley Jackson went yard to left center.

After four scoreless innings, Team Red won the game in the bottom of the seventh when Adrian Gonzalez scored on a wild pitch after reaching on a singled to right field and moving to third on a stolen base and wild pitch.

Notables

  • The Team Red trio of Cameron Tilly, Tommy Roldan and Justin LeGuernic combined to allow just one earned run and fan 13 batters in 6.1 innings of work.
  • Ryan Geraghty and Blake Dickerson each tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen, while Dickerson led the pitching staff with five strikeouts.
  • Team Red tallied five hits in the contest and was led by Adrian Santana who went 2-for-2 and scored the game-ending run.
  • Five different players from Team Blue recorded a hit as Riley Jackson recorded the squad’s lone run batted in and run scored with solo home run in the second inning.

ON DECK

The teams will match up on Friday, July 1, in a pair of games at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. Team Red and Team Light Blue will square off at 11 a.m., while Team Gray and Team Navy will face each other at 1 p.m.

ABOUT PDP LEAGUE SCORING

USA Baseball utilizes a modified scoring system for its development programs to achieve load management and mitigate potential injuries due to overuse for its youth athletes. Pitchers are subject to a maximum pitch count of 25 per inning during game play. In the event an inning is rolled because a pitcher has reached their maximum pitch count, runners on base may be contributed to the game score. As a result of this system, the final game score may not match the overall statistics.

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

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

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

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

Additional USA Baseball roster notes:

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

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

(Name; Position; School; Hometown)

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

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

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

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

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

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MLB, USA Baseball Announce Prospect Development Pipeline League Rosters

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

2022 PDP League Roster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Name; Position; High School; Hometown)

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

*Denotes USA Baseball national team alum

^Denotes past USA Baseball NTDP participant

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MLB, USA BASEBALL INTRODUCE 2022 PROSPECT DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE LEAGUE STAFF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COORDINATORS

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

TEAM LIGHT BLUE

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

TEAM GRAY

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

TEAM NAVY

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

TEAM RED

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

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

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

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

COACHES' BIOS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About USA Baseball

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*denotes USA Baseball National Team alumni

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

(State: Name; USA Baseball event)

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

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

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

Homegrown - Michael Cuddyer

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

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

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

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

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

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USA Baseball Boasts 160 Alumni on Opening Day Rosters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arizona Diamondbacks

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

Atlanta Braves

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

Baltimore Orioles

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

Boston Red Sox

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

Chicago Cubs

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

Chicago White Sox

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

Cincinnati Reds

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

Cleveland Guardians

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

Colorado Rockies

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

Detroit Tigers

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

Houston Astros

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

Kansas City Royals

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

Los Angeles Angels

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

Los Angeles Dodgers

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

Miami Marlins

  • Cody Poteet: 2008 14U

Milwaukee Brewers

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

Minnesota Twins

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

New York Mets

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

New York Yankees

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

Oakland Athletics

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

Philadelphia Phillies

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

Pittsburgh Pirates

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

San Diego Padres

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

San Francisco Giants

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

Seattle Mariners

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

St. Louis Cardinals

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

Tampa Bay Rays

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

Texas Rangers

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

Toronto Blue Jays

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

Washington Nationals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Denny Hocking Named 2022 18U National Team Manager

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Denny Hocking joins Hot Stove

The 2022 PDP League will once again serve as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team Trials. The PDP League is an invitation-based development and assessment opportunity for high school players eligible for the following year’s MLB Draft. It provides athletes with an unprecedented amateur experience, including competitive gameplay, player development sessions, educational seminars, and other programming to prepare players for a professional baseball career. The 2022 PDP League is scheduled to take place June 29-July 6 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

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

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

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

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

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USA Baseball Announces Award Winners for 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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