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Team USA Claims Fourth Consecutive WBSC Baseball World Cup Title

The U.S. joins Cuba (1984-1987) as the only countries to win four in a row
September 10, 2017
THUNDER BAY, Canada - The USA Baseball 18U National Team completed a dominant stay at the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup with an equally dominant performance, rolling past Korea, 8-0, at Port Arthur Stadium on Sunday.Team USA finishes the competition with a perfect 9-0 record,
THUNDER BAY, Canada - The USA Baseball 18U National Team completed a dominant stay at the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup with an equally dominant performance, rolling past Korea, 8-0, at Port Arthur Stadium on Sunday.
Team USA finishes the competition with a perfect 9-0 record, joining the 1989 squad (7-0) as the only two USA Baseball 18U National Teams to go undefeated in World Cup play.
The United States has now won four consecutive 18U world championships, including the 2012 and 2013 IBAF 'AAA' World Cups in Seoul, South Korea and Taichung, Taiwan, respectively, and the 2015 edition in Osaka, Japan. The only other country to have previously accomplished that feat is Cuba which did so from 1984-87 when the tournament was held annually.
The U.S. 18U squad also won the 2011, 2014 and 2016 COPABE Pan American Championships in Cartagena, Colombia, La Paz, Mexico, and Monterrey, Mexico, respectively, giving it international tournament titles in seven consecutive years.
This year's championship avenges the last time the USA Baseball 18U National Team was held off the podium in an international competition as it did not medal at the 2010 WBSC World Cup, which was also held in Thunder Bay.
The World Cup title is the ninth overall for Team USA which also brought back gold medals in 1982, 1988, 1989, 1995, 1999, 2012, 2013, and 2015.
Sunday's victory marked the 16th consecutive win for Team USA in WBSC U-18 World Cup action, including the final seven contests of the 2015 version of the event, held in Osaka, Japan.
As it did the entire tournament, the U.S. pitching staff set the tone, starting with Matthew Liberatore (Peoria, Ariz.). The 6-5 righthander pitched six sparkling innings, holding Korea to just four hits while walking two and striking out one to earn the win.
Cole Wilcox (Chickamauga, Ga.), Mason Denaburg (Merritt Island, Fla.), and JT Ginn (Brandon, Miss.) added one scoreless inning each out of the bullpen to complete Team USA's sixth shutout of the tournament.
In nine World Cup games, the U.S. pitching staff yielded only five runs - four earned - for a team ERA of 0.47. In 77.0 innings of play, 10 pitchers combined to strike out 101 batters and held opposing hitters to a .135 batting average.
After two scoreless innings to open Sunday's contest, the Team USA offense exploded for three runs in the third, four in the fourth, and one more in the fifth.
Tournament MVP Triston Casas (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) had the big blow with a mammoth two-out, two-run home run. He also had an RBI double as he notched three RBIs in the contest, giving him a team-high 13 for the tournament.
In addition to Casas' award, five fellow team members also earned honors from the WBSC. Brandon Dieter (Covina, Calif.) took home the award for the best ERA in the competition (0.00), while Ethan Hankins (Cumming, Ga.), Brice Turang (Corona, Calif.), Mike Siani (Glenside, Pa.), and Alek Thomas (Chicago, Ill.) were tabbed to the All-World Team.
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QUOTES
USA Baseball 18U National Team Director Matt Blood
(On winning the World Cup)
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(On the dominance of this year's team)
"It would be hard to find a team better than this one, at least statistically. Especially on the mound with what these pitchers did. They pounded the strike zone, they barely gave up any hits, and when they did they were singles. They took it personally that they were not going to give in at all. In doing so, it gave our team and our offense some breathing room and a chance to get comfortable knowing that our pitchers were going to keep us in the game. We didn't have to press offensively. It was a lot of fun to watch this group. To go undefeated through training and the tournament is something that is really hard to do."
(On USA Baseball sweeping the international competitions)
"It has been a good year for USA Baseball. It started with the World Baseball Classic and continued with our other programs, 12U, 15U, and now 18U. We are trying to get USA Baseball back to the No. 1 ranked organization in the world. Hopefully we are getting closer to that."
(On how to improve after this)
"We can continue to look at our processes and how we identify and develop players and try to continue to improve the continuity amongst our players and our coaches. We can help them improve and improve the game of baseball, in general. That is one of our goals, as well. We want to win gold medals but we also want to help develop our elite talent so that the game of baseball continues to thrive all the way up to the Major League level. That is what we will continue to do. We always want to get better."
USA Baseball 18U National Team Manager Andy Stankiewicz
(On winning the World Cup)
"It is never easy. We played like maybe it was, but it is not. Think about all of the time and effort that it has taken to put this team together. Think about what (18U National Team Director) Matt Blood has done, the whole USA organization, to bring these 20 young men together, for them to come together as a team, and to stay on course. I am so proud of all of them and the coaching staff. Coach Mosiello was unbelievable running our offense. Coach Ritchie getting hitters locked in. Ricky Meinhold did an unbelievable job with our hitters. And Coach Carter, our first base coach, with his enthusiasm and passion for these young men. We just came together and it is fun to see the fruits of labor come together like it did this week to win a gold medal."
(On the team playing its most complete game in the final)
"No doubt that was our most complete game. We pitched well from the very beginning and we knew this pitching staff was going to be nails, and they were. It was fun to watch our offense progressively get better and better, day-by-day, and then put together the performance we saw today in the gold-medal game against a good team. Korea is, obviously, a good team or they wouldn't have been in the final. I enjoyed watching our offense stay the course, get better, and save the best performance for last."
(On tournament MVP Triston Casas)
"He is so steady. He is unflappable. His personality is great for a baseball player because he doesn't get too high, he doesn't get too low. He just goes to the plate with intent and focus every time. It was great to see what he did today with that big homer and putting great at-bats together to just get us moving. Then he is a great defender. People see how big he is and I don't think they realize how good he is. When you spend time with him and watch him, he can really play defense. He deserved to win the MVP and we are all excited for him."
(On the team's defense)
"Our defense was unbelievable. We pitched so well that we knew if we didn't give any freebies we would be in a pretty good spot. Brice Turang made some incredible plays on defense. He is so athletic and moves so well to the ball. (Mike) Siani made some great diving plays and then our catchers (Anthony) Seigler and (Will) Banfield were dynamite. They did a great job of calling games and getting strikes on borderline pitches. Our defense was terrific."
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2021 PDP League Coaching Staff Bios

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Andre Butler will serve as a Team Red assistant coach at the 2021 PDP League after wrapping up his second season as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Swarthmore College in this year. With the Garnet, Butler served as first-base coach while also implementing defensive strategies throughout games. He is currently in his second stint at Swarthmore after spending the 2012-13 school year as an assistant with the team and previously coaching for four seasons as an assistant at Penn State University, where he served in multiple roles, including hitting coach. His first season with the Nittany Lions was the program's best in recent history, as they earned their first winning record in four years and doubled their Big Ten win total from the previous season. Prior to his time at Penn State, Butler also coached at the University of Pennsylvania and DeSales University. In addition to his coaching experience, Butler played collegiately for four seasons at Eastern University (St. Davids, Pa.), graduating in 2012 as one of the program's all-time best hitters. He also started his own tee ball league called the "Jackie Robinson West Philly League" in Philadelphia.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Team Red Assistant Coach Tom Griffin joins the staff after completing his 16th season as head coach at Carson-Newman University. He currently owns a 448-337 record in 16 seasons at the helm in Jefferson City, and has won 632 games in his 24-year career as a collegiate head coach. Griffin has coached five Major League Baseball Draft picks and 22 total professional players in his time at Carson-Newman, including USA Baseball alum Steve Cishek. Griffin led the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament twice in his first three seasons at the helm, posting a 43-18 record in his third season. The skipper is currently in his third stint with Carson-Newman after twice serving as an assistant coach in the early 2000's. He got his first head coaching job in 2002, leading the Morristown East High School Program (Morristown, Tn.) to a complete turnaround in his first season. Griffin came to Carson-Newman after spending eight seasons at Tusculum College, where he led the Pioneers to four consecutive trips to the NAIA District 24 Tournament.

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

Denny Hocking will serve as manager of Team Navy at the 2021 PDP League, bringing 13 years of major-league playing experience to the dugout. Hocking was a 52nd round draft pick in the 1989 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, where he spent 11 of his 13 professional seasons. Hocking made his big-league debut in 1993 and played in 84 games over his first four seasons with the Twins before getting his first extended playing time in 1997, appearing in 115 games and batting .257. He was a staple with the Twins for the following six seasons, with the best one coming in 2000 when he batted .298 with four home runs and a career-high 47 RBIs. He then spent time with the Colorado Rockies before playing his final professional season with the Kansas City Royals in 2005. Throughout his career, Hocking served as a utility player, playing every position besides catcher and pitcher. Following his playing career, Hocking spent time as an analyst and reporter for MLB.com and Fox Sports Radio before becoming a coach. His coaching career began as the hitting coach for the Single-A Frederick Keys in 2010 before he joined the Double-A Bowie Baysox in 2012. Hocking made his managerial debut the following season, managing the Los Angeles Angels' minor-league affiliate Inland Empires. He has been a minor league field coordinator and had three more stints as a minor league manager over the course of his career, most recently with the Single-A Modesto Nuts.

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

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

Moseley, who is the pitching coach for the 18U National Team, will join the 2021 PDP League staff as the pitching coordinator. Moseley served as Maxwell's pitching coach for the World Cup-champion 15U National Team in 2018, and the Alabama native's USA Baseball coaching experience also includes stints at the 2017 14U NTDP and 15U Trials. Additionally, he was named to the 2020 15U National Team staff before the 2020 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup was postponed. Moseley is currently the head coach at Hoover High School (Hoover, Ala.), where he led the Buccaneers to an Alabama State Baseball Championship in 2017. Before taking the head coaching position at Hoover following the 2014 season, Moseley led his former high school, Grissom High School (Huntsville, Ala.), to the state quarterfinals in four of his final five seasons. Moseley has coached high school baseball for 14 seasons and has compiled an overall record of 390-218.

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

Nick Punto, a 14-year MLB veteran, joins the 2021 PDP League as the Team Gray manager. Punto was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 21st round of the 1998 MLB Draft and spent five professional seasons with the organization before making his Major League debut in 2001, when he played in four games for the Phillies. He got his first extended time in the big leagues in 2003, playing in 64 games for the Phillies and batting .217. Prior to the 2004 season, Punto joined the Minnesota Twins, where he would spend the bulk of his career. In 2006, Punto batted .290 with a career-high 45 RBI's while stealing 17 bases. After seven seasons with the Twins, Punto signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and went on to have a career-best .388 OBP in his one season with the club, winning a World Series in 2011. He then played for the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Oakland Athletics before officially retiring in 2016. Punto is a Saddleback College Athletics Hall of Famer.

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

Former Golden Spikes Award finalist Roberto Vaz joins Team Red an as assistant coach after completing his seventh season as an assistant at LSU Eunice. Vaz is currently in his second stint with the Bengals, re-joining the staff in 2017. The Brooklyn native is in charge of base running, hitters, and outfielders, helping guide the team to the 2018 NJCAA National Championship. Vaz also won a championship with the Bengals in 2012, helping the team to a then-school record 57 wins. He entered the coaching ranks in 2006 as an assistant coach at Grissom High School (Huntsville, Ala.) before earning his first head coaching gig with the North Alabama Expos in 2009. Vaz's other coaching stops included three years as head coach of the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs of the Perfect Game Collegiate League, as well as two assistant roles at McNeese State and Buckhorn High School (Hunstville, Ala.). He played collegiately at Northeast Texas CC, winning the 1996 NJCAA National Championship before spending a season at Alabama. There, Vaz finished as a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, also earning spots on the All-American First Team as well as All-SEC First Team. Vaz was drafted in the seventh round by the Oakland Athletics in the 1997 MLB Draft, playing seven years of professional baseball.

Wilson joins the 2021 PDP League staff as the infield coordinator, in addition to his duties as 18U National Team assistant coach. Currently the head coach at Thousand Oaks High School (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Wilson led the Lancers to a 24-6 overall record, including a 10-2 mark in league play, en route to winning the Marmonte League championship in 2019. He followed that by managing the squad to an 8-0 start to the 2020 season and a No. 1 CIF-SS Division 2 ranking before the pause in play caused by COVID-19. Under Wilson’s guidance, the program picked up where it left off in 2021 as the Lancers claimed another Marmonte League championship and finished with a 27-1 record. Prior to his coaching career, Wilson played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, and Atlanta Braves over 12 years in the big leagues. He led the National League with 12 triples in 2004, earning a spot on the National League All-Star team and a Silver Slugger award for his efforts. In 1,370 MLB games, Wilson recorded a .265/.306/.366 career slash line with 61 home runs and 426 RBIs.

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

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

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

The PDP League will serve as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team in 2021. The event is an invitation-based development and assessment opportunity for high school players eligible for the following year’s MLB Draft. It provides athletes with an unprecedented amateur experience, including competitive gameplay, player development sessions, educational seminars, and other programming to prepare players for a professional baseball career. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Players will then be invited to the 18U National Team Trials from August 29-September 3 in Tampa, Florida, before the 20-man 18U National Team roster is named. The 18U team will continue to train in Tampa from September 4-8 before competing at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup from September 10-19 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. The United States will host the event for the first time since 1995, when the USA Baseball 18U National Team finished the tournament with an 8-1 record and claimed the gold medal with a 10-0 victory over Chinese Taipei in the championship game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA Baseball Names 2021 18U National Team Coaching Staff

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

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

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

Moseley, who served as Maxwell's pitching coach for the World Cup-champion 15U National Team in 2018, will return in the same position for the 2021 18U National Team. His USA Baseball coaching experience also includes stints at the 2017 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) and 15U National Team Trials, and he was also named to the 2020 15U National Team staff before the 2020 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup was postponed. Moseley is currently the head coach at Hoover High School (Hoover, Ala.), where he led the Buccaneers to an Alabama State Baseball Championship in 2017. Before taking the head coaching position at Hoover following the 2014 season, Moseley led his former high school, Grissom High School (Huntsville, Ala.), to the state quarterfinals in four of his final five seasons. Moseley has coached high school baseball for 15 seasons and has compiled an overall record of 429-244.

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

Rounding out the staff is Wilson who also makes his USA Baseball coaching debut this summer. Currently the head coach at Thousand Oaks High School (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Wilson led the Lancers to a 24-6 overall record, including a 10-2 mark in league play, en route to winning the Marmonte League championship in 2019. He followed that by managing the squad to an 8-0 start to the 2020 season and a No. 1 CIF-SS Division 2 ranking before the pause in play caused by COVID-19. Under Wilson’s guidance, the program picked up where it left off in 2021 as the Lancers claimed another Marmonte League championship and finished with a 27-1 record. Before beginning his coaching career, Wilson played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, and Atlanta Braves for over 12 years in the big leagues. He led the National League with 12 triples in 2004, earning a spot on the National League All-Star team and a Silver Slugger award for his efforts. In 1,370 MLB games, Wilson recorded a .265/.306/.366 career slash line with 61 home runs and 426 RBIs. 

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

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

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

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Jason Maxwell Named 2021 18U National Team Manager

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In 2021, the Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League will serve as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team Trials. The PDP League is an invitation-based development and assessment opportunity for high school players eligible for the following year’s MLB Draft. It provides athletes with an unprecedented amateur experience, including competitive gameplay, player development sessions, educational seminars, and other programming to prepare players for a professional baseball career. The 2021 PDP League is scheduled to take place July 24-31 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

18U National Team Trials will take place August 29-September 3 in Tampa, Florida. The final 20-man 18U National Team roster will be announced following Trials and the team will remain in Tampa for training from September 4-8 before taking part in the 2021 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup. The U-18 Baseball World Cup will be hosted by the U.S. for the first time since 1995 in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, from September 10-19.

From 2011-2018, the 18U National Team program won eight consecutive international tournament titles, including winning four straight WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cups in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017. Currently the U.S. and Cuba are the only two countries to win four consecutive world championship titles at the U-18 level. In total, the 18U National Team has won eight world championships. Most recently, the 18U National Team earned the silver medal at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea.

The rest of the 2021 18U National Team staff, as well as more information about the 2021 18U National Team schedule, will be announced at a later date.

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

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Ashley Bratcher Named General Manager of 18U National Team Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jim Koerner Named USA Baseball Director of Player Development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA Baseball Announces Development of Youth Baseball Manual

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key concepts from the Youth Baseball Manual include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Arizona Diamondbacks (2)
  • Carson Kelly – 2010 16U; 2011 18U
  • Luke Weaver – 2013 Collegiate
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  • Atlanta Braves (6)
  • Ian Anderson – 2015 18U
  • Travis D'Arnaud – 2011 Professional
  • Freddie Freeman – 2005 16U; 2006 18U
  • A.J. Minter – 2014 Collegiate
  • Drew Smyly – 2011 Professional, 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Dansby Swanson – 2014 Collegiate
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  • Baltimore Orioles (5)
  • Matt Harvey – 2006 18U
  • Adam Plutko – 2012 Collegiate
  • Rio Ruiz - 2007, 2008 14U
  • DJ Stewart – 2014 Collegiate*
  • Dillon Tate - 2014 Collegiate
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  • Boston Red Sox (5)
  • Christian Arroyo - 2012 18U
  • Matt Barnes - 2010 Collegiate
  • Bobby Dalbec - 2015 Collegiate; 2019 Professional
  • Tanner Houck - 2015, 2016 Collegiate; 2019 Professional
  • Alex Verdugo - 2010 14U
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  • Chicago Cubs (7)
  • Jake Arrieta -     2006 Collegiate; 2008 Professional (Olympic)
  • Kris Bryant -      2012 Collegiate
  • Zach Davies - 2007 14U
  • Craig Kimbrel - 2013 Professional (WBC)
  • Dillon Maples - 2010 18U
  • Trevor Williams - 2012 Collegiate
  • Tony Wolters – 2008 16U; 2009, 2010 18U
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  • Chicago White Sox (6)
  • Zack Collins - 2011 16U; 2014 Collegiate
  • Yasmani Grandal - 2009 Collegiate
  • Lance Lynn - 2007 Collegiate
  • Nick Madrigal - 2011 14U; 2012 15U; 2014 18U; 2017 Collegiate
  • Carlos Rodon - 2012, 2013 Collegiate
  • Andrew Vaughn – 2013 15U; 2017, 2018 Collegiate; 2019 Professional
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  • Cincinnati Reds (10)
  • Nick Castellanos - 2009 18U
  • Sean Doolittle - 2005, 2006 Collegiate
  • Kyle Farmer - 2012 Collegiate
  • Carson Fulmer - 2011 18U; 2014 Collegiate
  • Sonny Gray – 2009, 2010 Collegiate*
  • Michael Lorenzen – 2008 16U; 2010 18U; 2011, 2012 Collegiate*
  • Mike Moustakas - 2006 18U; 2010 Professional
  • Tyler Naquin - 2011 Collegiate
  • Lucas Sims - 2010 16U
  • Jesse Winker - 2011 18U
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  • Colorado Rockies (5)     
  • Daniel Bard - 2003 18U; 2004 Collegiate
  • Mychal Givens - 2006 16U; 2007 18U; 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Garrett Hampson - 2015 Collegiate
  • Dom Nunez - 2011 16U; 2012 18U
  • Jordan Sheffield - 2011 16U
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  • Detroit Tigers (4)
  • Grayson Greiner - 2013 Collegiate
  • Robbie Grossman – 2007 18U
  • Derek Holland – 2013 Professional (WBC)
  • Casey Mize - 2017 Collegiate
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  • Houston Astros (5)
  • Alex Bregman - 2010 16U; 2011 18U; 2013, 2014 Collegiate; 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Jason Castro - 2009 Professional
  • Lance McCullers - 2010 18U
  • Ryne Stanek - 2011, 2012 Collegiate
  • Kyle Tucker - 2012 15U
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  • Kansas City Royals (3)
  • Danny Duffy - 2010 Professional, 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Cam Gallagher - 2015 Professional
  • Mike Minor - 2007, 2008 Collegiate
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  • Los Angeles Angels (7)
  • Steve Cishek - 2013 Professional (WBC)
  • Dexter Fowler - 2008 Professional (Olympic)
  • Anthony Rendon - 2010 Collegiate
  • Max Stassi - 2006, 2007 16U; 2008 18U
  • Kurt Suzuki - 2006 Professional
  • Mike Trout - 2010 Professional
  • Justin Upton - 2004 18U
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  • Los Angeles Dodgers (8)
  • Trevor Bauer - 2009 Collegiate
  • Walker Buehler - 2014 Collegiate
  • Joe Kelly – 2007 Collegiate*
  • Clayton Kershaw - 2005 18U
  • Corey Knebel - 2011 Collegiate
  • AJ Pollock - 2011 Professional
  • David Price - 2005, 2006 Collegiate
  • Corey Seager - 2010 16U
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  • Miami Marlins (1)
  • Ross Detwiler - 2006 Collegiate; 2013 Professional (WBC)
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  • Milwaukee Brewers (8)
  • Brett Anderson - 2004 16U; 2005 18U; 2008 Professional (Olympics)
  • Jackie Bradley, Jr. - 2010 Collegiate
  • J.P. Feyereisen - 2019 Professional
  • Josh Hader - 2015 Professional
  • Keston Hiura - 2016 Collegiate
  • Bobby Wahl – 2012 Collegiate*
  • Kolten Wong - 2009 Collegiate
  • Christian Yelich - 2017 Professional (WBC)
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  • Minnesota Twins (2)       
  • Matt Shoemaker - 2011 Professional
  • Caleb Thielbar - 2019 Professional
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  • New York Mets (7)
  • Albert Almora Jr. - 2007, 2008 14U; 2009, 2010 16U; 2010, 2011 18U; 2015 Professional
  • Dellin Betances - 2005 18U
  • Michael Conforto - 2012, 2013 Collegiate
  • Francisco Lindor - 2009 16U; 2010 18U
  • James McCann - 2011 Professional
  • David Peterson - 2016 Collegiate
  • Marcus Stroman - 2011 Collegiate; 2017 Professional (WBC)
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  • New York Yankees (3)
  • Gerrit Cole - 2009, 2010 Collegiate
  • Giancarlo Stanton - 2013, 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Jameson Taillon - 2009 18U
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  • Oakland Athletics (5)
  • Matt Chapman - 2013 Collegiate
  • Cole Irvin - 2011 18U
  • Jed Lowrie – 2004 Collegiate
  • Matt Olson - 2010 16U
  • J.B. Wendelken - 2015 Professional
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  • Philadelphia Phillies (6)
  • Alec Bohm - 2019 Professional
  • Zach Eflin - 2015 Professional
  • Bryce Harper - 2008 16U; 2009 18U
  • Adam Haseley - 2010 14U; 2013 18U
  • Andrew McCutchen - 2004 18U; 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Brad Miller - 2009, 2010 Collegiate
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  • Pittsburgh Pirates (7)
  • Anthony Alford - 2008 14U
  • Tyler Anderson - 2010 Collegiate
  • Trevor Cahill - 2008 Professional (Olympic)
  • Adam Frazier - 2012 Collegiate; 2015 Professional
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes - 2014 18U
  • Cody Ponce – 2019 Professional*
  • Bryan Reynolds - 2014 Collegiate
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  • San Diego Padres (7)
  • Jake Cronenworth - 2019 Professional
  • Trent Grisham – 2014 18U*
  • Eric Hosmer - 2007 18U; 2010 Professional, 2013 and 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Manny Machado - 2009 18U
  • Mark Melancon - 2005 Collegiate; 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Drew Pomeranz - 2009 Collegiate
  • Ryan Weathers - 2017 18U
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  • San Francisco Giants (6)
  • Brandon Crawford - 2006 Collegiate; 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Alex Dickerson - 2010 Collegiate
  • Kevin Gausman - 2009 18U; 2011 Collegiate
  • Evan Longoria - 2007 Professional, 2009 Professional (WBC)
  • Jake McGee - 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Buster Posey - 2004 18U; 2017 Professional (WBC)
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  • Seattle Mariners (5)
  • J.P. Crawford - 2009 14U
  • Marco Gonzales - 2012 Collegiate
  • Tom Murphy - 2011 Collegiate; 2015 Professional
  • Justus Sheffield - 2013 18U
  • Evan White - 2016 Collegiate
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  • St. Louis Cardinals (4)
  • Nolan Arenado - 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Jack Flaherty - 2013 18U
  • Paul Goldschmidt - 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Andrew Miller - 2017 Professional (WBC)
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  • Tampa Bay Rays (4)
  • Chris Archer - 2010 Professional, 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Austin Meadows - 2011 16U
  • Brett Phillips – 2015 Professional*
  • Michael Wacha - 2011 Collegiate
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  • Texas Rangers (7)
  • Kolby Allard – 2014 18U
  • Matt Bush – 2002 16U
  • David Dahl - 2011 18U
  • Joey Gallo - 2011 18U
  • Kyle Gibson - 2008 Collegiate
  • Ian Kennedy - 2002 18U; 2004, 2005 Collegiate
  • Jose Trevino - 2012 Collegiate
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  • Toronto Blue Jays (5)
  • Cavan Biggio - 2012 18U
  • Randal Grichuk - 2007 16U
  • Robbie Ray – 2009 18U*
  • Tanner Roark - 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • George Springer – 2010 Collegiate*
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  • Washington Nationals (9)
  • Erick Fedde - 2013 Collegiate
  • Josh Harrison - 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Jordy Mercer - 2007 Collegiate; 2011 Professional
  • Joe Ross - 2007 14U
  • Max Scherzer - 2005 Collegiate
  • Kyle Schwarber - 2013 Collegiate
  • Stephen Strasburg - 2008 Colleigate; 2008 Professional (Olympic)
  • Trea Turner - 2012, 2013 Collegiate
  • Ryan Zimmerman - 2004 Collegiate
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Sixteen Alumni Earn 2020 MLB Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That's the common path for a player.

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

It is a question we get asked a lot.

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

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

The Career Coach: Pitching Coach Adam Moseley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Twenty-nine of the 30 MLB Clubs boast at least one alum on their roster
July 24, 2020
CARY, N.C. - One hundred and sixty-five USA Baseball alumni appear on 2020 Major League Baseball Opening Day rosters, the organization announced on Friday. Twenty-nine of the 30 MLB Clubs claimed at least one past member of Team USA on their rosters to start the season, with 26 teams featuring
CARY, N.C. - One hundred and sixty-five USA Baseball alumni appear on 2020 Major League Baseball Opening Day rosters, the organization announced on Friday.
Twenty-nine of the 30 MLB Clubs claimed at least one past member of Team USA on their rosters to start the season, with 26 teams featuring four or more. The Cincinnati Reds led the way with 10 alums, followed closely by the Texas Rangers with nine and the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays with eight each.
Of the 165 alumni, 44 have suited up for the red, white and blue multiple times, led by the Chicago Cubs' Albert Almora who has played for Team USA seven times in his baseball career. Additionally, there are 19 members of the championship-winning 2017 World Baseball Classic Team, as well as Jake Arrieta, Dexter Fowler and Stephen Strasburg, who helped lead the U.S. to a bronze medal as part of the 2008 Olympic Team.
In addition to the 165 alumni playing on Opening Day rosters, there are also six USA Baseball alumni managing around the league, including Aaron Boone (New York Yankees), Terry Francona (Cleveland Indians), Joe Girardi (Philadelphia Phillies), Dave Roberts (Los Angeles Dodgers), David Ross (Chicago Cubs) and Scott Servais (Seattle Mariners).
The complete list of USA Baseball alumni in the Major Leagues is updated daily throughout the season and can be found here.
The complete list of USA Baseball alumni, by Major League club, who appeared on 2020 Opening Day rosters is as follows:
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (4)
Jon Jay - 2005 Collegiate
Carson Kelly - 2010 16U; 2011 18U
Robbie Ray - 2009 18U
Luke Weaver - 2013 Collegiate
ATLANTA BRAVES (7)
Travis D'Arnaud - 2011 Professional
Freddie Freeman - 2005 16U; 2006 18U
Mark Melancon - 2005 Collegiate; 2017 Professional (WBC)
A.J. Minter - 2014 Collegiate
Dansby Swanson - 2014 Collegiate
Touki Toussaint - 2011 16U
Kyle Wright - 2016 Collegiate
BALTIMORE ORIOLES (4)
Mychal Givens - 2006 16U; 2007 18U; 2017 Professional (WBC)
Rio Ruiz - 2007, 2008 14U
D.J. Stewart - 2014 Collegiate
Asher Wojciechowski - 2009 Collegiate
BOSTON RED SOX (4)
Matt Barnes - 2010 Collegiate
Jackie Bradley, Jr. - 2010 Collegiate
Jonathan Lucroy - 2013, 2017 Professional (WBC)
Alex Verdugo - 2010 14U
CHICAGO CUBS (7)
Albert Almora - 2007, 2008 14U; 2009, 2010 16U; 2010, 2011 18U; 2015 Professional
Kris Bryant - 2012 Collegiate
Nico Hoerner - 2011 14U; 2012 15U
Craig Kimbrel - 2013 Professional (WBC)
Dillon Maples - 2010 18U
Kyle Ryan - 2009 18U
Kyle Schwarber - 2013 Collegiate
CHICAGO WHITE SOX (8)
Steve Cishek - 2013 Professional (WBC)
Zack Collins - 2011 16U; 2014 Collegiate
Nicky Delmonico - 2008 16U; 2013, 2014 18U
Ross Detwiler - 2006 Collegiate; 2013 Professional (WBC)
Gio Gonzalez - 2013 Professional (WBC)
Yasmani Grandal - 2009 Collegiate
James McCann - 2011 Professional
Carlos Rodon - 2012, 2013 Collegiate
CINCINNATI REDS (10)
Trevor Bauer - 2009 Collegiate
Nick Castellanos - 2009 18U
Kyle Farmer - 2012 Collegiate
Sonny Gray - 2009, 2010 Collegiate
Travis Jankowski - 2015 Professional
Nate Jones - 2017 Professional (WBC)
Michael Lorenzen - 2008 16U; 2010 18U; 2011, 2012 Collegiate
Mike Moustakas - 2006 18U; 2010 Professional
Lucas Sims - 2010 16U
Jesse Winker - 2011 18U
CLEVELAND INDIANS (5)
Christian Arroyo - 2012 18U
Francisco Lindor - 2009 16U; 2010 18U
Tyler Naquin - 2011 Collegiate
Adam Plutko - 2012 Collegiate
Bradley Zimmer - 2013 Collegiate
COLORADO ROCKIES (6)
Nolan Arenado - 2017 Professional (WBC)
Daniel Bard - 2003 18U; 2004 Collegiate
David Dahl - 2011 18U
Garrett Hampson - 2015 Collegiate
Daniel Murphy - 2017 Professional (WBC)
Tony Wolters - 2008 16U; 2009, 2010 18U
DETROIT TIGERS (4)
Kyle Funkhouser - 2014 Collegiate
Grayson Greiner - 2013 Collegiate
Jordy Mercer - 2007 Collegiate; 2011 Professional
Christin Stewart - 2014 Collegiate
HOUSTON ASTROS (5)
Alex Bregman - 2010 16U; 2011 18U; 2013, 2014 Collegiate; 2017 Professional (WBC)
Lance McCullers - 2010 18U
George Springer - 2010 Collegiate
Kyle Tucker - 2012 15U
Justin Verlander - 2003 Collegiate
KANSAS CITY ROYALS (5)
Danny Duffy - 2010 Professional; 2017 Professional (WBC)
Alex Gordon - 2004 Collegiate
Ian Kennedy - 2002 18U; 2004, 2005 Collegiate
Mike Montgomery - 2010 Professional
Brett Phillips - 2015 Professional
LOS ANGELES ANGELS (8)
Jason Castro - 2009 Professional
Max Stassi - 2006, 2007 16U; 2008 18U
Noe Ramirez - 2010 Collegiate
Anthony Rendon - 2010 Collegiate
Matt Thaiss - 2015 Collegiate
Mike Trout - 2010 Professional
Justin Upton - 2004 18U
Taylor Ward - 2014 Collegiate
LOS ANGELES DODGERS (5)
Walker Buehler - 2014 Collegiate
Joe Kelly - 2007 Collegiate
Jake McGee - 2017 Professional (WBC)
AJ Pollock - 2011 Professional
Corey Seager - 2010 16U
MIAMI MARLINS (1)
Ryne Stanek - 2011, 2012 Collegiate
MILWAUKEE BREWERS (8)
Ryan Braun - 2009, 2013 Professional (WBC)
J.P. Feyereisen - 2019 Professional
Josh Hader - 2015 Professional
Keston Hiura - 2016 Collegiate
Corey Knebel - 2011 Collegiate
Justin Smoak - 2007 Collegiate; 2009 Professional
Bobby Wahl - 2012 Collegiate
Christian Yelich - 2017 Professional (WBC)
MINNESOTA TWINS (2)
Homer Bailey - 2002 16U
Tyler Clippard - 2017 Professional (WBC)
NEW YORK METS (4)
Dellin Betances - 2005 18U
Michael Conforto - 2012, 2013 Collegiate
Paul Sewald - 2015 Professional
Michael Wacha - 2011 Collegiate
NEW YORK YANKEES (3)
Gerrit Cole - 2009, 2010 Collegiate
Chris Iannetta - 2009 Professional (WBC)
Giancarlo Stanton - 2013, 2017 Professional (WBC)
OAKLAND ATHLETICS (5)
Matt Chapman - 2013 Collegiate
Robbie Grossman - 2007 18U
Daniel Mengden - 2013 Collegiate
Matt Olson - 2010 16U
JB Wendelken - 2015 Professional
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (8)
Jake Arrieta - 2006 Collegiate; 2008 Professional (Olympic)
Zach Eflin - 2015 Professional
Bryce Harper - 2008 16U; 2009 18U
Adam Haseley - 2010 14U; 2013 18U
Tommy Hunter - 2006 Collegiate
Cole Irvin - 2011 18U
Andrew McCutchen - 2004 18U; 2017 Professional (WBC)
Neil Walker - 2003 18U
PITTSBURGH PIRATES (5)
Adam Frazier - 2012 Collegiate; 2015 Professional
Derek Holland - 2013 Professional (WBC)
Bryan Reynolds - 2014 Collegiate
Cole Tucker - 2013 18U
Trevor Williams - 2012 Collegiate
SAN DIEGO PADRES (6)
Jake Cronenworth - 2019 Professional
Zach Davies - 2007 14U
Trent Grisham - 2014 18U
Eric Hosmer - 2007 18U; 2010 Professional; 2013, 2017 Professional (WBC)
Manny Machado - 2009 18U
Drew Pomeranz - 2009 Collegiate
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (5)
Tyler Anderson - 2010 Collegiate
Brandon Crawford - 2006 Collegiate; 2017 Professional (WBC)
Alex Dickerson - 2010 Collegiate
Kevin Gausman - 2009 18U; 2011 Collegiate
Drew Smyly - 2011 Professional, 2017 Professional (WBC)
SEATTLE MARINERS (5)
J.P. Crawford - 2009 14U
Marco Gonzales - 2012 Collegiate
Tim Lopes - 2010 16U
Justus Sheffield - 2013 18U
Evan White - 2016 Collegiate
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (7)
Jack Flaherty - 2013 18U
Dexter Fowler - 2008 Professional (Olympic)
Paul Goldschmidt - 2017 Professional (WBC)
Andrew Miller - 2017 Professional (WBC)
Lane Thomas - 2013 Collegiate
Matt Wieters - 2005 Collegiate
Kolten Wong - 2009 Collegiate
TEXAS RANGERS (9)
Kolby Allard - 2014 18U
Todd Frazier - 2006 Collegiate; 2010 Professional
Joey Gallo - 2011 18U
Kyle Gibson - 2008 Collegiate
Lance Lynn - 2007 Collegiate
Jeff Mathis - 2005 Professional
Mike Minor - 2007, 2008 Collegiate
Rob Refsnyder - 2007 16U
Jose Trevino - 2012 Collegiate
TORONTO BLUE JAYS (8)
Anthony Alford - 2008 14U
Cavan Biggio - 2012 18U
A.J. Cole - 2007 16U
Randal Grichuk - 2007 16U
Anthony Kay - 2015 Collegiate
Reese McGuire - 2012 18U
Tanner Roark - 2017 Professional (WBC)
Matt Shoemaker - 2011 Professional
WASHINGTON NATIONALS (7)
Sean Doolittle - 2005, 2006 Collegiate
Erick Fedde - 2013 Collegiate
Howie Kendrick - 2005 Professional
Max Scherzer - 2005 Collegiate
Stephen Strasburg - 2008 Collegiate; 2008 Professional (Olympic)
Kurt Suzuki - 2006 Professional
Trea Turner - 2012, 2013 Collegiate
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Forty-One USA Baseball Alumni Selected in the 2020 MLB Draft

Twenty of the 37 athletes taken in the first round played for Team USA
June 12, 2020
CARY, N.C. - Forty-one USA Baseball alumni were selected through all five rounds of the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday and Thursday night, including 20 of the 37 athletes selected in the first round and 21 more alums taken in the second, third, fourth and fifth rounds, collectively.
CARY, N.C. - Forty-one USA Baseball alumni were selected through all five rounds of the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday and Thursday night, including 20 of the 37 athletes selected in the first round and 21 more alums taken in the second, third, fourth and fifth rounds, collectively. Twenty selections is the third highest number of alumni drafted in the first round in USA Baseball history (23 in 2007, 21 in 2012).
Two-time Collegiate National Team member Spencer Torkelson became the eighth-consecutive Team USA alum to be taken first overall when the Detroit Tigers selected him with the No. 1 pick. Torkelson was then followed by four of his 2019 Collegiate National Team teammates: Heston Kjerstad (No. 2, Baltimore Orioles), Max Meyer (No. 3, Miami Marlins), Asa Lacy (No. 4, Kansas City Royals) and Austin Martin (No. 5, Toronto Blue Jays), marking the third time in USA Baseball history that alumni have been selected with the first five consecutive picks of the draft (2007, 2010).
The 41 alums that were selected in all five rounds of the 2020 MLB Draft represented four national team programs. Twenty-three players from the Collegiate National Team heard their names called, including eight more members of the 2019 squad, along with 16 athletes from the 18U National Team, seven from the 15U National Team and five from the 12U National Team.
Four-time Team USA alum Pete Crow-Armstrong (No. 19, New York Mets), two-time alum Drew Romo (No. 35, Colorado Rockies) and 2018 alum Jared Kelley (No. 47, Chicago White Sox) were teammates on the 2018 18U National Team that won the program's eighth-consecutive gold medal in international competition at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships.
Crow-Armstrong was also on the 2014 12U National Team and the 2017 15U National Team with Jackson Miller (No. 65, Cincinnati Reds) and Masyn Winn (No. 54, St. Louis Cardinals), who were both selected in the second round. Petey Halpin (No. 95, Cleveland Indians) was a member of the 2017 15U National Team as well, while J.T. Ginn (No. 52, New York Mets) and Cole Wilcox (No. 80, San Diego Padres) were both part of the 2017 18U National Team that won the program's fourth-consecutive world championship at the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 Baseball World Cup.
In addition to national team alumni, 44 athletes that participated in the inaugural 2019 PDP League and the USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP) were also selected in the 2020 MLB Draft.
In total, 22 players that participated in the PDP League in 2019 were selected in the 2020 MLB Draft, including eight in the first round. 2019 USA Baseball Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner and 18U National Team alum, Robert Hassell III, was the first to be drafted when the San Diego Padres took him with the No. 8 overall pick. Rounding out the first round PDP League alumni selections were Austin Hendrick (No. 12, Cincinnati Reds), Mick Abel (No. 15, Philadelphia Phillies), Ed Howard IV (No. 16, Chicago Cubs), Jordan Walker (No. 21, St. Louis Cardinals), Carson Tucker (No. 23, Cleveland Indians), Tyler Soderstrom (No. 26, Oakland Athletics) and Romo.
The second round featured six more PDP League players, as well as three participants taken in the third round, three in the fourth round and two in the fifth.
Nine past NTDP participants were also selected in the first round of the 2020 Draft, with Hendrick, Abel, Nick Yorke (No. 17, Boston Red Sox) and Crow-Armstrong taken in the top 20 picks. Tucker, Nick Bitsko (No. 24, Tampa Bay Rays), Austin Wells (No. 28, New York Yankees), Romo and Tanner Burns (No. 36, Cleveland Indians) rounded out the NTDP members drafted in the first round.
Additionally, 13 past NTDP athletes were taken in Rounds 2-5 with six selected in the second, four in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth.
The full lists of USA Baseball alumni, PDP League participants and NTDP members selected in the 2020 MLB Draft are as follows:
National Team Alumni
Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s)
1-1; Spencer Torkelson; Detroit Tigers; 2018-19 Collegiate National Teams
1-2; Heston Kjerstad; Baltimore Orioles; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-3; Max Meyer; Miami Marlins; 2018-19 Collegiate National Teams
1-4; Asa Lacy; Kansas City Royals; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-5; Austin Martin; Toronto Blue Jays; 2014 15U, 2019 Collegiate National Teams
1-8; Robert Hassell III; San Diego Padres; 2019 18U National Team
1-10; Reid Detmers; Los Angeles Angels; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-12; Austin Hendrick; Cincinnati Reds; 2019 18U National Team
1-13; Patrick Bailey; San Francisco Giants; 2016 18U, 2018-19 Collegiate National Teams
1-14; Justin Foscue; Texas Rangers; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-15; Mick Abel; Philadelphia Phillies; 2019 18U National Team
1-19; Pete Crow-Armstrong; New York Mets; 2014 12U, 2017 15U, 2018-19 18U National Teams
1-20; Garrett Mitchell; Milwaukee Brewers; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-22; Cade Cavalli; Washington Nationals; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-23; Carson Tucker; Cleveland Indians; 2013-14 12U National Teams
1-26; Tyler Soderstrom; Oakland Athletics; 2019 18U National Team
1-32; Nick Loftin; Kansas City Royals; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-35; Drew Romo; Colorado Rockies; 2018-19 18U National Teams
1-36; Tanner Burns; Cleveland Indians; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-37; Alika Williams; Tampa Bay Rays; 2019 Collegiate National Team
2-41; Ben Hernandez; Kansas City Royals; 2019 18U National Team
2-42; C.J. Van Eyk; Toronto Blue Jays; 2016 18U, 2018 Collegiate National Teams
2-44; Jared Jones; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2016 15U National Team
2-46; Chris McMahon; Colorado Rockies; 2019 Collegiate National Team
2-47; Jared Kelley; Chicago White Sox; 2018 18U National Team
2-51; Burl Carraway; Chicago Cubs; 2019 Collegiate National Team
2-52; J.T. Ginn; New York Mets; 2017 18U National Team
2-54; Masyn Winn; St. Louis Cardinals; 2014 12U, 2017 15U National Teams
2-56; Logan Allen; Cleveland Indians; 2016 18U, 2019 Collegiate National Teams
2-58; Jeff Criswell; Oakland Athletics; 2019 Collegiate National Team
2-62; Daniel Cabrera; Detroit Tigers; 2013 15U, 2018 Collegiate National Teams
2-65; Jackson Miller; Cincinnati Reds; 2014 12U, 2017 15U National Teams
2-70; Alec Burleson; St. Louis Cardinals; 2019 Collegiate National Team
3-80; Cole Wilcox; San Diego Padres; 2017 18U, 2019 Collegiate National Teams
3-85; Kyle Harrison; San Francisco Giants; 2019 18U National Team
3-95; Petey Halpin; Cleveland Indians; 2017 15U National Team
3-96; Hunter Barnhart; Tampa Bay Rays; 2014 12U National Team
3-101; Tyler Brown; Houston Astros; 2019 Collegiate National Team
4-106; Nick Frasso; Toronto Blue Jays; 2019 Collegiate National Team
4-119; A.J. Vukovich; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2019 18U National Team
4-124; Milan Tolentino; Cleveland Indians; 2019 18U National Team
2019 PDP League Participants
Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team
1-8; Robert Hassell III; San Diego Padres
1-12; Austin Hendrick; Cincinnati Reds
1-15; Mick Abel; Philadelphia Phillies
1-16; Ed Howard IV; Chicago Cubs
1-21; Jordan Walker; St. Louis Cardinals
1-23; Carson Tucker; Cleveland Indians
1-26; Tyler Soderstrom; Oakland Athletics
1-35; Drew Romo; Colorado Rockies
2-40; Dax Fulton; Miami Marlins
2-41; Ben Hernandez; Kansas City Royals
2-44; Jared Jones; Pittsburgh Pirates
2-54; Masyn Winn; St. Louis Cardinals
2-65; Jackson Miller; Cincinnati Reds
2-72; Alex Santos; Houston Astros
3-85; Kyle Harrison; San Francisco Giants
3-90; Liam Norris; Arizona Diamondbacks
3-95; Petey Halpin; Cleveland Indians
4-111; Werner Blakely; Los Angeles Angels
4-119; A.J. Vukovich; Arizona Diamondbacks
4-124; Milan Tolentino; Cleveland Indians
5-132; Colt Keith; Detroit Tigers
5-147; Koen Moreno; Chicago Cubs
National Team Development Program Members
Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team; NTDP Team(s)
1-12; Austin Hendrick; Cincinnati Reds; 2018 17U NTDP
1-15; Mick Abel; Philadelphia Phillies; 2018 17U NTDP
1-17; Nick Yorke; Boston Red Sox; 2016 14U NTDP
1-19; Pete Crow-Armstrong; New York Mets; 2016 14U, 2018-19 17U NTDPs
1-23; Carson Tucker; Cleveland Indians; 2018 17U NTDP
1-24; Nick Bitsko; Tampa Bay Rays; 2016 14U, 2018 16U, 2019 17U NTDPs
1-28; Austin Wells; New York Yankees; 2016 17U NTDP
1-35; Drew Romo; Colorado Rockies; 2018 17U NTDP
1-36; Tanner Burns; Cleveland Indians; 2015 17U NTDP
2-40; Dax Fulton; Miami Marlins; 2018 17U NTDP
2-44; Jared Jones; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2015 14U, 2018 17U NTDPs
2-47; Jared Kelley; Chicago White Sox; 2018 17U NTDP
2-54; Masyn Winn; St. Louis Cardinals; 2016 14U, 2018 17U NTDPs
2-55; Cole Henry; Washington Nationals; 2016 17U NTDP
2-65; Jackson Miller; Cincinnati Reds; 2016 14U NTDP
3-90; Liam Norris; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2018 17U NTDP
3-94; Holden Powell; Washington Nationals; 2016 17U NTDP
3-95; Petey Halpin; Cleveland Indians; 2018 16U NTDP
3-96; Hunter Barnhart; Tampa Bay Rays; 2018 16U NTDP
4-102; Gage Workman; Detroit Tigers; 2016 17U NTDP
5-132; Colt Keith; Detroit Tigers; 2018 17U NTDP
5-134; Kyle Hurt; Miami Marlins; 2015 17U NTDP
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Twenty USA Baseball Alumni Taken in First Round of 2020 MLB Draft

Collegiate National Team alum Spencer Torkelson selected No. 1 overall by Detroit
June 11, 2020
CARY, N.C. -- Twenty USA Baseball alumni were selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday night, including number one overall pick Spencer Torkelson. USA Baseball has had 524 total athletes drafted in the first round since 1972, and 2020 marks the 18th time in
CARY, N.C. -- Twenty USA Baseball alumni were selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday night, including number one overall pick Spencer Torkelson. USA Baseball has had 524 total athletes drafted in the first round since 1972, and 2020 marks the 18th time in the last 20 years that the first overall pick played for Team USA.
Torkelson (No. 1, Detroit Tigers) became the eighth consecutive USA Baseball alum to be selected number one overall following Adley Rutschman (2019), Casey Mize (2018), Royce Lewis (2017), Mickey Moniak (2016), Dansby Swanson (2015), Brady Aiken (2014) and Mark Appel (2013). The Tigers have selected a member of Team USA with the first overall pick for the second time in three years after also drafting Mize in 2018.
In total, 33 alumni have been selected with the number one overall pick since 1972.
Five consecutive USA Baseball players were taken to begin the Draft for the third time in the organization's history (2007, 2010) with Torkelson, followed by Heston Kjerstad (No. 2, Baltimore Orioles), Max Meyer (No. 3, Miami Marlins), Asa Lacy (No. 4, Kansas City Royals) and Austin Martin (No. 5, Toronto Blue Jays), respectively. All five were teammates on the 2019 Collegiate National Team.
Additionally, 11 of the first 15 selections in the 2020 Draft have donned the red, white and blue in their career. 2019 USA Baseball Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner and 18U National Team alum, Robert Hassell III, was taken with the eighth overall pick by the San Diego Padres and was followed by Reid Detmers (No. 10, Los Angeles Angels), Austin Hendrick (No. 12, Cincinnati Reds), Patrick Bailey (No. 13, San Francisco Giants), Justin Foscue (No. 14, Texas Rangers) and Mick Abel (No. 15, Philadelphia Phillies).
Four-time national team alum Pete Crow-Armstrong was the next USA Baseball player taken with the 19th pick by the New York Mets and the first round ended with eight more Team USA members being selected: Garrett Mitchell (No. 20, Milwaukee Brewers), Cade Cavalli (No. 22, Washington Nationals), Carson Tucker (No. 23, Cleveland Indians), Tyler Soderstrom (No. 26, Oakland Athletics), Nick Loftin (No. 32, Kansas City Royals), Drew Romo (No. 35, Colorado Rockies), Tanner Burns (No. 36, Cleveland Indians), and Alika Williams (No. 37, Tampa Bay Rays).
Four national team programs were represented in the 2020 Draft, including 13 players from the Collegiate National Team, seven from the 18U National Team, and two from both the 12U and 15U National Teams. In total, the 20 alumni selected in the opening round have won a cumulative five international gold medals and nine silver medals.
The 2020 MLB Draft will continue on Thursday, June 11, at 5 p.m. ET.
The full list of USA Baseball alumni selected in the first round of the 2020 MLB Draft is as follows:
Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s)
1-1; Spencer Torkelson; Detroit Tigers; 2018-19 Collegiate National Teams
1-2; Heston Kjerstad; Baltimore Orioles; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-3; Max Meyer; Miami Marlins; 2018-19 Collegiate National Teams
1-4; Asa Lacy; Kansas City Royals; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-5; Austin Martin; Toronto Blue Jays; 2014 15U, 2019 Collegiate National Teams
1-8; Robert Hassell III; San Diego Padres, 2019 18U National Team
1-10; Reid Detmers; Los Angeles Angels; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-12; Austin Hendrick; Cincinnati Reds; 2019 18U National Team
1-13; Patrick Bailey; San Francisco Giants; 2016 18U, 2018-19 Collegiate National Teams
1-14; Justin Foscue; Texas Rangers; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-15; Mick Abel; Philadelphia Phillies; 2019 18U National Team
1-19; Pete Crow-Armstrong; New York Mets; 2014 12U, 2017 15U, 2018-19 18U National Teams
1-20; Garrett Mitchell; Milwaukee Brewers; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-22; Cade Cavalli; Washington Nationals; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-23; Carson Tucker; Cleveland Indians; 2013-14 12U National Teams
1-26; Tyler Soderstrom; Oakland Athletics; 2019 18U National Team
1-32; Nick Loftin; Kansas City Royals; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-35; Drew Romo; Colorado Rockies; 2018-19 18U National Teams
1-36; Tanner Burns; Cleveland Indians; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-37; Alika Williams; Tampa Bay Rays; 2019 Collegiate National Team
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