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USA Baseball Announces 13U/14U Athlete Development Program Roster

The 2021 ADP is set to take place from August 2-5 at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
July 16, 2021
 CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 2021 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP) roster. The ADP features four days of highly-developed instruction and education, both on and off the field, and will be held August 2-5 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The 2021

 CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 2021 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP) roster. The ADP features four days of highly-developed instruction and education, both on and off the field, and will be held August 2-5 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

The 2021 roster comprises 39 athletes who have previously participated in USA Baseball identification events such as the 12U National Team Identification Series (NTIS), 11U Futures Invitational, and the National Team Championships.

In total, 38 of the 40 invited athletes played in the 2021 14U National Team Championships, with 26 players selected from the event in Arizona and 12 invited after competing at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The roster also features eight athletes who have competed in the Futures Invitational in the past and eight players who have previously participated in the NTIS.

Additionally, nine players on the 2021 13U/14U ADP roster were members of the 2019 12U National Team that won six games at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan.

“We are excited to have such a talented group at the 2021 Athlete Development Program,” said Ben Kelley, USA Baseball Director of Baseball Operations. “These young players have stood out to our staff as incredible athletes with strong characters this summer, and we are looking forward to helping them continue to grow and develop both on and off the field at this year’s event.”

The Athlete Development Program will feature advanced on-field skills development with positional and team fundamental drills, as well as ongoing evaluation by USA Baseball national team coaches. In addition, players will be placed on a Stars or Stripes team before competing in a best-of-three-game series during the event, with participants being evaluated for the opportunity to be invited to the 15U National Team Trials.

The off-field component includes education regarding the NCAA recruiting process, umpire interaction, nutrition and wellness guidance, strength and conditioning education, media training, and character and leadership development.

Athletes will learn from an experienced coaching staff, including current University of Michigan head coach, Erik Bakich, as well as former MLB All-Star and current University of Texas assistant coach, Troy Tulowitzki. The coaching staff will provide participating athletes with an individual player assessment report at the conclusion of the event.

Centre College Head Coach Drew Briese will serve as the field coordinator for the event. Briese previously held roles as the pitching coach for the 2019 National Team Development Program (NTDP) and as an assistant coach or the 2016 15U National Team. Casey Scott (Bishop Veret Catholic High School), who will be the event’s pitching coordinator, previously served as pitching coach at the 2019 14U NTDP.

Bakich will lead the Stars, and will be joined by assistant coaches David Houseton (Covenant Day School), Brett Kay (JSerra Catholic High School), and pitching coach John Weber (Cypress High School).

Tulowitzki will serve as the manager for the Stripes. His staff features assistants Eric Borba (Orange Lutheran High School), Josh Ellison (Chaparral High School), and pitching coach Larry Vucan (Southlake Carroll High School).

For more information on the Athlete Development Program, please follow @USABDevelops on Twitter or visit USABaseball.com.

2021 13U/14U Athlete Development Program Roster

  • Name; Position; Hometown:
  • *Dillon Adkins; OF/LHP; Leonardtown, Md.
  • Evan Amos; RHP; Summerville, S.C.
  • *Jack Armijo; INF/LHP; San Lorenzo, Calif.
  • Wyatt Bauer; LHP; Manteca, Calif.
  • Lincoln Boyle; RHP/IF; Overland Park, Kan.
  • Riley Brown; OF; Midvale, Utah
  • Trevor Busby; RHP; Yucaipa, Calif.
  • Landon Carter; C/INF; Wilton, Calif.
  • Bubba Coleman; INF; Tolleson, Ariz.
  • Tristan Dalzell; LHP; Long Beach, Calif.
  • Brady Ebel; INF/RHP; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
  • *Gavin Fien; IF/RHP; Temecula, Calif.
  • Hayden George; RHP; San Clemente, Calif.
  • Dean Hannah; C; Waco, Texas
  • *Josiah Hartshorn; OF; Anaheim, Calif.
  • Ryan Harwood; INF; Chandler, Ariz.
  • *Rashad Hayes; IF; Oakland, Calif.
  • Isaiah Ibarra; C; West Covina, Calif.
  • Coy James; INF; Advance, N.C.
  • Donovan Jeffrey; INF; Chester, Va.
  • Tayden-Evan Kaawa; OF; Honolulu, Hawaii
  • *Jaiden Lo Re; C/IF; Phoenix, Ariz.
  • *Jack McKernan; LHP; Missouri City, Texas
  • Dylan Minnatee; OF/LHP; Elk Grove, Calif.
  • Brady Murrietta; C; Yorba Linda, Calif.
  • Luke Pappano; LHP; Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Kalub Ramirez; INF; Hereford, Texas
  • Kaden Robardey; OF; Keller, Texas
  • Kevin Roberts Jr.; OF/RHP; Bailey, Miss.
  • Kruz Schoolcraft; LHP; Aloha, Ore.
  • Miles Scott; OF; Anaheim, Calif.
  • *Sebastian Segura; INF; Spring, Texas
  • Colt Springall; INF; Las Vegas, Nev.
  • *Jayden Stroman; RHP/IF; Medford, N.Y.
  • Titan Targac; OF; Flatonia, Texas
  • Nikko Taylor; INF; El Sobrante, Calif.
  • James Tronstein; OF; Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Mateo Villanueva; RHP; Coronado, Calif.
  • Cole Weinstein; INF; Yorba Linda, Calif.
  • Quentin Young; INF/RHP; Camarillo, Calif.

 

*Indicates 2019 12U National Team alum

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USA Baseball Names 13U/14U Athlete Development Program Staff

2016 15U National Team Assistant Coach Drew Briese will serve as Field Coordinator in 2021
July 8, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named the coaching staff and evaluators for the 2021 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP). Former USA Baseball 15U National Team Assistant Coach Drew Briese will serve as the 13U/14U ADP field coordinator in 2021. The field coordinator, with the assistance of additional coaches and

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named the coaching staff and evaluators for the 2021 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP). Former USA Baseball 15U National Team Assistant Coach Drew Briese will serve as the 13U/14U ADP field coordinator in 2021.

The field coordinator, with the assistance of additional coaches and evaluators, will assess 40 athletes during the ADP. Joining Briese on the coaching staff is a collection of former professional players and respected collegiate and high school coaches, including Erik Bakich, Eric Borba, Josh Ellison, Scott Grove, David Houseton, Brett Kay, Casey Scott, Troy Tulowitzski, and John Weber.

The ADP features unparalleled instruction provided by USA Baseball national team coaches, college coaches, and select premier high school coaches from across the country. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field educational seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters, and USA Baseball staff and national team coaches.

“We are incredibly excited about the staff that will guide and teach the athletes invited to the 2021 13U/14U Athlete Development Program,” said Ben Kelley, USA Baseball Director of Baseball Operations. “There is a wealth of talent and experience on this staff that will make this year’s Athlete Development Program a truly unparalleled opportunity for these young players to grow and develop both on and off the field. We cannot wait to get started.”

Briese returns to the USA Baseball coaching ranks as the 2021 13U/14U ADP Field Coordinator after serving as a pitching coach for the 2019 National Team Development Program (NTDP). He has also served as an evaluator and coach with USA Baseball since 2013, including stops as an assistant coach for the 2016 15U National Team and as a coach at the 2015 14U NTDP.

Recently finishing his fifth season as the head coach at his alma mater, Centre College (Danville, Ky.), Briese guided the Colonels to their highest win total (24) in program history during the 2019 season. Prior to his time at Centre, he was part of the Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, Ala.) coaching staff for ten seasons. Briese helped lead the Panthers to 10 conference tournament and regular season titles with four straight NCAA Division III Regional appearances.

Scott Grove will join Briese on the staff and will serve as the pitching coordinator. Grove recently finished his ninth season as the head coach at The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.). Under his leadership, the Royals participated in the 2014 and 2016 USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI), winning the title in 2014. He was named Sunbelt Classic National Coach of the Year in 2010 and earned both Metro’s Coach of the Year and Florida Coach of the Year honors in 2010 and 2011. Grove is no stranger USA Baseball’s development programming as he was a pitching coach for the 2016 14U NTDP and served as an assistant coach in both the 2017 and 2018 editions.

University of Michigan Head Coach Erik Bakich will lead the Stars team in 2021. Bakich recently finished his ninth season at the helm of Michigan’s baseball program, where he was named 2019 NCBWA National Coach of the Year after leading the Wolverines to their third College World Series appearance in school history. Under his guidance, Michigan has made the NCAA Tournament a total of three times and claimed the Big Ten Tournament Championship in 2015.

Joining Bakich on the Stars staff will be Cypress High School (Cypress, Calif.) Head Coach John Weber, Covenant Day School (Matthews, N.C.) Head Coach David Houseton, and JSerra Catholic High School (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) Head Coach Brett Kay. Weber will lead the team’s pitching staff, while Houseton and Kay will serve as assistant coaches.

Former MLB All-Star and current University of Texas Assistant Coach Troy Tulowitzki will take the reins for the Stripes this summer. The No. 7 overall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies, Tulowitzki earned two Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers, finished in the top-10 in MVP voting three times, and was a five-time MLB All-Star (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015) in 13 years in the big leagues. He also helped lead the Rockies to the organization’s first-ever World Series appearance in 2007 and finished his playing career with a .290 average, 780 RBIs, and 225 home runs before starting his coaching career with the Longhorns in 2019.

Tulowitzki will be joined by Bishop Verot High School (Fort Myers, Fla.) Head Coach Casey Scott, Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.) Head Coach Eric Borba, and Chaparral High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) Assistant Coach Josh Ellison on the Stripes staff. Scott will guide the squad’s pitching staff, while Borba and Ellison will serve as assistant coaches for the Stripes.

The 2021 13U/14U ADP will take place August 2-5 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The 13U/14U ADP will once again serve as an identification event for the 15U National Team Trials roster.  A minimum of four athletes will be selected to the 15U Trials roster and will compete for a spot on the 2021 15U National Team.  Additionally, a minimum of four athletes from the event will earn an invitation to the 2022 15U National Team Trials. 

USA Baseball will utilize a rolling invitation process for the 13U/14U ADP participants in 2021. The athletes will be selected from the 2021 14U National Team Championships in Arizona and North Carolina, and through recommendations from scouts, coaches and the amateur baseball community.

For more information on the USA Baseball National Team Development Program, visit USABaseball.com or follow @USABDevelops on Twitter.

The full ADP staff and their bios are as follows:



    • Name; ADP Position; Current Position
    • Erik Bakich; Stars Manager; University of Michigan Head Coach
    • Eric Borba; Stripes Assistant Coach; Orange Lutheran High School Head Coach
    • Drew Briese; Field Coordinator; Centre College Head Coach
    • Josh Ellison; Stripes Assistant Coach; Chaparral High School Assistant Coach
    • Scott Grove; Pitching Coordinator; The First Academy Head Coach
    • David Houseton; Stars Assistant Coach; Covenant Day School Head Coach
    • Brett Kay; Stars Assistant Coach; JSerra Catholic High School Head Coach
    • Casey Scott; Stars Pitching Coach; Bishop Verot Catholic High School Head Coach
    • Troy Tulowitzki; Stripes Manager; University of Texas Assistant Coach
    • John Weber; Stars Pitching Coach; Cypress High School Head Coach

     

    Erik Bakich just finished his ninth season as the head coach at the University of Michigan. In 2019, Bakich’s squad enjoyed one of its most successful seasons in program history. Entering the NCAA Tournament unseeded, the Wolverines made it all the way to the College World Series Final for just the third time in school history under Bakich’s leadership. The feat earned him NCBWA National Coach of the Year honors. Michigan has made three trips to the NCAA Tournament with Bakich at the helm and the program has claimed the Big Ten Tournament Championship once. Before his time at Michigan, Bakich spent three years as the head coach at the University of Maryland. He also had stints as an assistant coach at Clemson and Vanderbilt. Bakich played collegiately at East Carolina University before spending a professional season in the Independent Professional Baseball League.

    Eric Borba is currently the head coach at Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.), where he has led one of the Trinity League’s most consistent programs since his arrival in 2009. He has amassed a 268-106-1 record and four Trinity League championships in 13 years at the helm of the Lancers. He also led Orange Lutheran to an unprecedented three consecutive USA Baseball National High School Invitational titles from 2017-19, becoming the first program in the event’s history to accomplish such a feat. In addition to his success at Orange Lutheran, Borba served as the head coach for the 2016 12U National Team and was also an assistant coach for the 2014 12U National Team that won a silver medal in the 2014 COPABE Pan American “A” Championships.

    Drew Briese returns to the USA Baseball coaching ranks as the 2021 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP) Field Coordinator after serving as a pitching coach for the 2019 National Team Development Program. He has also served as an evaluator and coach with USA Baseball since 2013, including stops as an assistant coach for the 2016 15U National Team and as a coach at the 2015 14U NTDP. Briese just finished his fifth season as the head coach at his alma mater, Centre College (Danville, Ky.). He guided the Colonels to their highest win total (24) in the 2019 season. Prior to his time at Centre, Briese was part of the Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, Ala.) coaching staff for ten seasons. He helped lead the Panthers to 10 conference tournament and regular season titles with four straight NCAA Division III Regional appearances.

    Josh Ellison is currently an assistant coach at Chaparral High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.). He previously served as an assistant coach at Arcadia High School (Phoenix, Ariz.). Prior to his time at Arcadia, Ellison began his coaching career at Tonopah Valley High School (Tonopah, Ariz.) in 2009 and then coached at Desert Edge (Goodyear, Ariz.) from 2011-2014 and Shadow Ridge (Surprise, Ariz.) from 2015-2016. He was selected in the 11th round of the 2001 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners after a stellar high school career at Westminster Academy and amassed five years of professional baseball experience, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the staff. In four years with the Mariners – where he reached Triple-A in 2004 – and one season in the Yankees system in 2005, Ellison hit .281 while collecting 217 hits, 139 runs, and 78 RBIs.

    Scott Grove recently finished his ninth season as the head coach at The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.). Under his leadership, the Royals participated in the 2014 and 2016 USA Baseball National High School Invitationals (NHSI), winning the title in 2014. Grove is familiar with the National Team Development Program (NTDP), as he was a pitching coach at the 14U NTDP in 2016, as well as an assistant coach in both 2017 and 2018. Grove was named Sunbelt Classic National Coach of the Year in 2010 and Metro's Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011. He was also recognized as the Florida Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011. Most recently, Grove guide his team to the program’s first-ever FHSAA state championship in 2021. Before beginning his coaching career, Grove was selected in the 1987 MLB First-Year Player Draft and played in the Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto Blue Jays minor league systems.

    David Houseton is currently in his 13th season as the head coach at Covenant Day School (Matthews, N.C.). He has led the Lions to the NCISAA 3A state playoffs multiple times in his career and has twice been named Coach of the Year by Matthews Mint Hill Weekly. He has experience with USA Baseball as part of the 13U NTIS Task Force and was on staff for the inaugural 13U ADP in 2019. Houseton has 17 years of coaching experience at the high school level, along with travel ball, operating the South Charlotte Braves Baseball Academy. Houseton played collegiately at Motlow State and University of North Alabama before entering the coaching ranks.

    Brett Kay currently serves as the head coach at JSerra Catholic High School (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.). In 14 seasons, Kay has won four Trinity League titles. He is the longest-tenured coach in the Trinity League, leading the Lions to three top-10 rankings in the past six seasons as well as consistent rankings amongst Orange County’s best. The 2009 Orange County Coach of the Year, Kay’s team won an unprecedented three-consecutive Trinity League titles from 2014-16. He has led JSerra to six 20-win seasons, including a program-best 27 wins in both 2015 and 2016. He got his coaching start in 2006 at Capo Valley Christian, leading the team to the playoffs en route to being named Academy League Coach of the Year. Kay has coached future pros such as 2017 MLB Draft first-overall pick Royce Lewis and 2019 MLB Draft second round selection Chase Strumpf. Kay was an eighth-round pick by the New York Mets in the 2001 MLB Draft and played for three seasons in the Mets organization.

    Casey Scott joins the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP) staff as a pitching coach after most recently serving in the same role on the 2019 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) staff. He was named the head coach at Bishop Verot Catholic High School (Fort Myers, Fla.) in 2019 after spending a season as an assistant coach for the State University of New York at Cortland. Prior to his time in Cortland, Scott spent four seasons as the head coach at Ave Maria University in Florida. He also served as head coach of the Syracuse Jr. Chiefs of the New York Collegiate Baseball League, where he led the squad to a league title and was named the league’s Coach of the Year in 2012. Scott began his coaching career as an assistant coach at SUNY Brockport after playing there collegiately. 

    Five-time MLB All-Star Troy Tulowitzki played in the big leagues for 13 years before joining the University of Texas as an assistant coach in 2019. In addition to his five All-Star game selections (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015), Tulowitzki was a two-time Gold Glove award winner and a two-time Silver Slugger in his career. He was drafted with the seventh overall pick by the Colorado Rockies in the 2005 MLB Draft and made his Major League debut for the club on August 30, 2006. In ten seasons with the Rockies, he helped lead the franchise to its first-ever World Series appearance in 2007 and finished in the top-10 in MVP voting three times during his tenure in Colorado. A career .290 hitter, Tulowitzki racked up 1,391 hits, 780 RBIs, and 225 home runs. During his 2011 All-Star season, the California native recorded career highs in hits (162), doubles (36), home runs (30), and RBIs (105). Following his retirement from professional baseball, Tulowitzki was named to the Longhorns staff and began working with infielders and hitters, helping lead Texas to a first-place finish in the Big 12 in 2021. Additionally, Tulowitzki was a two-time All-American at Long Beach State prior to his professional playing and collegiate coaching careers. He played for the 2004 Collegiate National Team during that time, helping lead Team USA to a gold medal at the FISU World University Championships that summer. He was inducted into the Long Beach State Hall of Fame in 2013.

    John Weber is in his sixteenth season as the head coach at Cypress High School (Cypress, Calif.), making him the longest-tenured head coach in school history. Weber joins the 2021 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP) staff as no stranger to USA Baseball, having served on the Task Force for the 12U National Team in 2014 and serving in the same role for both the 12U and 18U National Teams in 2015. In his time at Cypress, Weber’s teams have won 10 league championships and he was named the 2013 Orange County Register’s Coach of the Year. He has also coached a handful of future professional players, including current Los Angeles Angels infielder David Fletcher and top Boston Red Sox prospect Jarren Duran. Prior to taking the job at Cypress, Weber held jobs as an assistant coach at Los Alamitos High School and Santa Ana College. He also coached in the Alaskan Summer League.

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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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USA Baseball Recognizes 15U National Team Trials Selections

Sixty players were selected from USA Baseball identification events in 2019 and 2020
December 18, 2020
CARY, N.C. –  USA Baseball announced today its 2020 15U National Team Trials roster selections. The list features 60 athletes chosen from a USA Baseball identification event, including the 2019 13U Athlete Development Program, 13U and 14U National Team Identification Series Champions Cups, and 14U National Team Development Program, as

CARY, N.C. –  USA Baseball announced today its 2020 15U National Team Trials roster selections. The list features 60 athletes chosen from a USA Baseball identification event, including the 2019 13U Athlete Development Program, 13U and 14U National Team Identification Series Champions Cups, and 14U National Team Development Program, as well as the 2020 15U National Team Championships North Carolina.

The announcement comes after the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) rescheduled the 2020 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup, originally scheduled to take place in November in Tijuana, Mexico, to March 2021 because of COVID-19. However, after careful consideration and deliberation, USA Baseball has declined its invitation to compete in the rescheduled event due to the ongoing pandemic and its commitment to the long-term health and safety of its athletes and staff. Consequently, USA Baseball will not name a final 15U National Team in 2020.

“It is a pleasure to recognize this group of tremendously gifted young athletes after earning a spot on the 15U National Team Trials roster,” said USA Baseball Senior Director of Baseball Operations Ashley Bratcher. “Although we will not ultimately name a final national team roster this year to compete in next year’s World Cup, it does not detract from the achievements of these athletes who excelled during one of our national team identification events.

“These sixty kids have separated themselves as the best fifteen-and-under baseball players in the United States and we look forward to watching how they continue to progress on and off the field as we evaluate them for future USA Baseball national team programs.”

The Trials roster features 17 national team alumni, eight participants of the inaugural 13U Athlete Development Program and 18 members of the 14U NTDP. Three-time national team alumnus Kai Caranto (Castaic, Calif.) headlines the roster and is joined by fellow 2019 15U National Team members Spencer Butt (Davie, Fla.), Brandon Olivera (Hialeah, Fla.) and Ben Reiland (Villa Park, Calif.). All three athletes won a gold medal last year at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, defeating Panama 3-1 in the final.

Additionally, 17 players on the roster have won a gold medal with the 12U National Team, including 10 members of the 2017 World Champion 12U squad that won the U.S. its third consecutive U-12 Baseball World Cup title in Taiwan: Daniel Arambula (Yucaipa, Calif.), Butt, Caranto, Owen Egan (Yucaipa, Calif.), Colt Emerson (Cambridge, Ohio), Gavin Grahovac (Orange, Calif.), Olivera, Bryce Rainer (Simi Valley, Calif.), Reiland and Raffaele Valazquez (Long Beach, Calif.).

In total, the 60 athletes span 21 different states and 35 of them are new to USA Baseball national team programming. Twenty-four athletes earned a spot on the 15U National Team Trials roster after representing their respective region at the 2019 NTIS Champions Cup, four invitees were selected from both the 2019 Athlete Development Program and 14U NTDP, while 23 were chosen after their performance at the inaugural National Team Championships in North Carolina.

Jared Halpert (Harvard-Westlake School; Chatsworth, Calif.) was named the 15U National Team manager for 2020 with Steve Butler (Eagan High School; Eagan, Minn.), Adam Moseley (Hoover High School; Hoover, Ala.) and Jeff Sherman (Marcus High School; Flower Mound, Texas) joining him on the staff as assistant coaches. Team USA is the current defending world champions after winning the nation’s first-ever U-15 Baseball World Cup title in 2018.

For more information on the 15U National Team and the selection process, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter, at @USABaseball15U.

 

2020 15U National Team Trials Roster
Name; Position; Hometown; Identification Event (Region/Team)

*Daniel Arambula; IF/RHP; Yucaipa, Calif.; 14U NTIS (Southwest)
Cade Arrambide; C/IF; Tomball, Texas; Champs NC (Team Elite)
Conner Barth; IF/C; Roseville, Calif.; 13U NTIS (Northwest)
*^Tristan Bristow; RHP/OF; Helotes, Texas; 13U NTIS (South)
*^Spencer Butt; IF/RHP; Davie, Fla.; 14U NTDP
*^Kai Caranto; IF/OF; Castaic, Calif.; 14U NTDP
Matthew Champion; IF/RHP; Fontana, Calif.; 14U NTIS (Southwest)
*^Masato Chilcutt; C/IF; San Antonio, Texas; 13U ADP
Bryce Clavon; IF; Hampton, Ga.; Champs NC (Carolina Elite National)
Cooper Cohn; C/IF; McHenry, Ill.; 14U NTIS (Midwest)
Samuel Cozart; RHP; High Point, N.C.; 13U NTIS (Southeast)
^Connor Crisp; RHP/OF; Locust Grove, Ga.; Champs NC (5 Star National Dobbs)
^Derek Curiel; OF; West Covina, Calif.; Champs NC (Empire Baseball)
Daniel Cuvet; IF; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Champs NC (Elite Squad)
Sebastian David; IF/RHP; Medina, Wash.; 14U NTIS (Northwest)
*^Owen Egan; OF/RHP; Yucaipa, Calif.; Champs NC (Elite Squad)
*^Colt Emerson; IF; Cambridge, Ohio; Champs NC (Team Elite)
Hayden Federico; IF/C; West Monroe, La.; 14U NTIS (South)
*^Ross Felder; RHP/IF; Springdale, Ark.; 13U ADP
Jack Frankel; RHP/IF; Plano, Texas; (USA Prime National 2022)
Theodore Gillen; IF/RHP; Austin, Texas; 14U NTIS (South)
*^Gavin Grahovac; C/IF; Orange, Calif.; Champs NC (Empire Baseball)
Konnor Griffin; OF/IF; Florence, Miss.; 13U NTIS (Southeast)
Aidan Hall; IF/RHP; Galt, Calif.; 13U NTIS (Northwest)
*^Kailand Halstead; C/IF; Cosmopolis, Wash.; 13U NTIS (Northwest)
^Ryder Helfrick; C/OF; Brentwood, Calif.; (Meta Prime 2023)
Caleb Hoover; RHP/C; Heath, Texas; Champs NC (Empire Baseball)
Kaohu Kawelu; IF; Hilo, Hawaii; 13U NTIS (Southwest)
Boston Kellner; RHP/OF; Colorado Springs, Colo.; 13U NTIS (Midwest)
^Trenton Lape; IF/RHP; Bossier City, La.; Champs NC (5 Star National Dobbs)
Brandon Luu; IF/LHP; Irvine, Calif.; 14U NTIS (Southwest)
Manuelle Marin; IF; Hialeah, Fla.; Champs NC (Elite Squad)
Ethan Martinez; IF/LHP; Fort Worth, Texas; 14U NTIS (South)
Maximo Martinez; IF/OF; Hawthorne, Calif.; 13U NTIS (Southwest)
Coleman Mayfield; LHP; Elk City, Okla.; Champs NC (Team Elite)
Frank Menendez; LHP/OF; Miami, Fla.; Champs NC (Elite Squad)
Evan Miranda; RHP/IF; Fontana, Calif.; Champs NC (Empire Baseball)
^Andre Modugno; IF/OF; Upper Saddle River, N.J.; 14U NTIS (Northeast)
Lucas Moore; OF; West Chester, Ohio; Champs NC (Tri State Arsenal)
*^Dean Moss; IF/OF; Atherton, Calif.; 13U NTIS (Northwest)
^Chris Newstrom; C/IF; Scottsdale, Ariz.; 14U NTIS (Southwest)
*^Brandon Olivera; RHP; Hialeah, Fla.; 14U NTDP
*^Josiah Palomino; C/UTL; Riverside, Calif.; 13U ADP
*^Bryce Rainer; IF/OF; Simi Valley, Calif.; Champs NC (Empire Baseball)
*^Benjamin Reiland; OF; Villa Park, Calif.; 14U NTDP
Brett Renfrow; OF/RHP; Manassas, Va.; 14U NTIS (Northeast)
^Luca Reyes; OF/IF; Teaneck, N.J.; Champs NC (Team Elite)
Christian Rodriguez; OF/RHP; Coral Springs, Fla.; 14U NTIS (Southeast)
Jackson Sanders; LHP/OF; Opelika, Ala.; Champs NC (Team Elite)
Campbell Smithwick; C/OF; Conway, S.C.; Champs NC (Canes Baseball National)
^Ty Southisene; IF; Henderson, Nev.; Champs NC (Empire Baseball)
^Nolan Stevens; LHP/OF; Elk Grove, Calif.; (NCTB Alpha Dogs)
*^Brady Strohm; IF/RHP; Winchester, Calif.; 13U NTIS (Southwest)
Landon Stump; RHP; Morgan Hill, Calif.; (Meta Prime 2023)
Drew Titsworth; RHP; Frankenmuth, Mich.; Champs NC (Team Elite)
Anthony Tralongo; IF; Wellington, Fla.; Champs NC (Team GA Baseball)
Jeremiah Vargas; OF/IF; San Diego, Calif.; 13U NTIS (Southwest)
*^Raffaele Velazquez; C/IF; Long Beach, Calif.; Champs NC (Empire Baseball)
Landon Victorian; RHP/OF; Lake Charles, La.; (Banditos Black)
^Braeden Weckman; OF/RHP; Winter Springs, Fla.; 13U ADP

*Denotes national team alum
^Denotes Athlete Development Program or National Team Development Program participant

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USA Baseball Modifies On-Field Programming Schedule

All events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement
May 18, 2020
CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today a modified schedule of events for its 2020 summer season due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Created in adherence to the regulations set forth by the appropriate federal, state and local governments, the updated schedule is tentatively set to begin with
CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today a modified schedule of events for its 2020 summer season due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Created in adherence to the regulations set forth by the appropriate federal, state and local governments, the updated schedule is tentatively set to begin with the 14U Cup from July 24-26 at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
All of these events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement based on the future state of the evolving coronavirus situation. The organization will monitor the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), as well as consult its Medical/Safety Advisory Committee in order to evaluate the status of its upcoming tournaments.
All further decisions will be made in as timely a manner as possible with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans. If these tournaments run as scheduled, teams and fans will be required to follow a series of return to play guidelines developed by USA Baseball. These guidelines will be shared with all participants within an appropriate timeframe leading up to the event.
"As the national governing body for baseball in the United States, we feel it is in the best interest of the thousands of baseball athletes in our country to postpone our return to the field due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. "We share in the longing for baseball's return, but we believe it is prudent to continue assessing the situation and finalizing a course of action that prioritizes the overall health and safety of our participants and their families in light of the continued transmission of this disease.
"This schedule was structured in an effort to secure as many opportunities as possible for athletes who hope to one day play for Team USA. We will remain steadfast in our commitment to this charge; however, we will continue to evaluate the situation on a daily basis and monitor the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the USOPC in case additional modifications need to be made."
The following events have been tentatively rescheduled on the 2020 calendar:
• 17U National Team Championships North Carolina (July 27-30)
• 14U and 15U National Team Championships Arizona (July 27-30)
• 16U and 17U National Team Championships Arizona (July 31-August 3)
• 15U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 4-9)
• 10U Futures Invitational (August 6-9)
• 16U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 11-16)
• 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U NTIS Champions Cup (August 19-23)
• 15U and 16U NTIS Champions Cup (August 26-30)
The following events and national team programming have been cancelled:
• 11U Futures Invitational
• 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP)
• 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP)
• National Team Championships Florida
The 14U Cup (July 24-26) and 11U/13U Futures Series Irvine (August 28-30) are set to take place as originally scheduled.
Additionally, USA Baseball continues to work closely with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) with respect to the international baseball calendar. To date, the WBSC has postponed the Americas Baseball Olympic Qualifier, U-15 Baseball World Cup and the Women's Baseball World Cup until further notice. The U-12 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier has also been postponed but will not take place this year.
"USA Baseball fully supports the WBSC and its decision to indefinitely postpone the events on the baseball calendar in an effort to protect our national team athletes at this time," continued Seiler. "When the time comes for Team USA to return to the field, we will be ready to continue our longstanding tradition of excellence on the international stage."
Corresponding to the status of the international baseball calendar, USA Baseball has cancelled all 12U National Team programming events for 2020, meanwhile any future events planned for the 15U National Team, 18U National Team, Collegiate National Team and Women's National Team this year will be announced as necessary.
The Medical/Safety Advisory Committee has published a free Athlete Preparation Plan that provides a series of at-home exercises aimed to prepare young athletes for their return to the diamond following a prolonged disruption from on-field activity. To access this plan and to read its recommendations for baseball players during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.
Further information on USA Baseball updates relating to COVID-19 can be found here. For up-to-the-minute updates on the organization and its events, follow @USABaseball on social media.
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Stripes Secure Close 7-6 Victory in Final Game of 13U ADP

Inaugural 13U ADP Stars vs. Stripes series ends in 1-1 draw
June 22, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E Stars 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 6 5 0 Stripes 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 7 7 1 Win: B. Weckman Loss: D. Green Save: None Box Score | Play-by-play   CARY, N.C. - The Stripes secured a
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Stars 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 6 5 0
Stripes 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 7 7 1
Win: B. Weckman Loss: D. Green Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play
 
CARY, N.C. - The Stripes secured a dramatic 7-6 victory over the Stars in the final game of the 2019 13U Athlete Development Program (ADP) on Saturday, June 22, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. With the Stripes win, the inaugural 13U ADP Stars vs. Stripes series ends in a tie after the Stars claimed game one on Wednesday.
Ryan Sloan (Elmhurst, Ill.) got the start for the Stripes in the contest and set the tone for the pitching staff with a strong inning of work, giving up just one walk and no hits while striking out one. He also helped his own cause on offense as he finished 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a walk. On the other side of ball, Gavin Gargiulo (Coral Springs, Fla.) took the mound for the Stars to start, giving up four runs on three hits in his two innings of work.
On offense, Cade Segura (Pleasanton, Texas) led the way for the Stars, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Dean Moss (Atherton, Calif.), Dylan Green (Roseville, Calif.) and Kameron Davis (Albany, Ga.) also added hits for the team. Braeden Weckman (Winter Springs, Fla.) paced the Stripes with his own multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI while Kailand Halstead (Cosmopolis, Wash.) and Julius Pfau (Tampa, Fla.) both scored two runs apiece.
Key Moments:
  • Jacob Pettit got the action started for the Stripes with a two-out double before Ryan McCluskey was hit by a pitch and Pfau drew a walk to load the bases for Christian Hamilton, who drew a walk of his own to force in the first run of the game.
  • With the bases still loaded, Sloan followed one batter later with a clutch two-RBI single to center field that gave the Stripes an early 3-0 leading heading into the second inning.
  • In the third inning, Pettit and Halstead led things off for the Stripes with back-to-back walks and Pfau followed with a fielder's choice to put runners on the corners. During the next at-bat, Halstead used some heads-up base running to score on a steal of home to make it 4-0 in the Stripes' favor.
  • Two batters later, Pfau followed Halstead's example and stole home himself, giving the Stripes a 5-0 lead heading into the fourth inning.
  • The Stars finally broke through with their first run of the game in the top of the fourth inning when back-to-back walks to Green and JD Crisp and a hit-by-pitch to Davis loaded the bases for Masato Chilcutt, whose sac fly allowed Green to score and made it a 5-1 game.
  • On the next at-bat, Segura knocked a single to left field that brought Crisp across the plate and cut the deficit to three for the Stars.
  • In the bottom of the fourth, back-to-back one-out singles from Gabe Howard and Weckman added another run for the Stripes, increasing their lead to 6-2.
  • In the top of the fifth, after Moss scored a run for the Stars on a bases-loaded wild pitch to make it 6-3, Crisp drew a walk to load the bases once again and back-to-back bases-loaded hit-by-pitches forced two more home for the Stars to make it a one run game.
  • Crisp then took advantage of another bases-loaded wild pitch to score the Stars' fourth run of the frame and tie the game, 6-6, before the Stripes escaped the inning.
  • Halstead led off the bottom of the eighth for the Stripes with a single before advancing to second on a ground out by Ford Thompson and stealing third. He then scored the final run of the game on Linkin Garcia's fielder's choice to give the Stripes a 7-6 victory.
 
Notable Information:
  • Braeden Weckman (1-0) earned the win in the contest for the Stripes after allowing just one hit, no runs and no walks in his one inning of relief.
  • Dylan Green (0-1) suffered the loss after coming in in relief in the seventh and giving up one run on two hits.
 
On Deck:
  • Saturday's game marked the end of the 2019 13U Athlete Development Program.
 
Social:
  • Stay tuned to @USABEvents on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 13U Athlete Development Program.
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Game Two of 13U ADP Canceled Due to Weather

The Stars and Stripes will participate in the 2019 USA Baseball Home Run Derby on Friday, June 21
June 20, 2019
CARY, N.C. - The second game of the 2019 USA Baseball 13U Athlete Development Program (ADP) was canceled due to weather on Thursday, June 20, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.The two teams will be back in action on Friday, June 21, with a morning
CARY, N.C. - The second game of the 2019 USA Baseball 13U Athlete Development Program (ADP) was canceled due to weather on Thursday, June 20, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
The two teams will be back in action on Friday, June 21, with a morning workout and additional testing in the afternoon before taking part in a Home Run Derby with participants from the 2019 USA Baseball 11U Futures Invitational. The Home Run Derby will begin at 6 p.m. ET on Coleman Field at the National Training Complex.
The 13U ADP will wrap-up on Saturday, June 22, with one more game between the Stars and Stripes at 1:30 p.m. ET at the National Training Complex.
Stay tuned to @USABEvents on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 13U Athlete Development Program.
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Stars Claim 10-3 Victory Over Stripes in Game One of 13U ADP

Luis D'Alessio and Kayson Cunningham each went 2-for-3 with two RBIs apiece to lead Stars offense
June 19, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Stripes 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 6 2 Stars 0 3 1 3 0 0 3 10 10 2 Win: B. Bezik Loss: R. Felder Save: None Box Score | Play-by-play   CARY, N.C. - Luis D'Alessio (Red Bank, N.J.) and Kayson
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Stripes 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 6 2
Stars 0 3 1 3 0 0 3 10 10 2
Win: B. Bezik Loss: R. Felder Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play
 
CARY, N.C. - Luis D'Alessio (Red Bank, N.J.) and Kayson Cunningham (San Antonio, Texas) both went 2-for-3 with two RBIs as the Stars collected a 10-3 win over the Stripes in the opening game of the inaugural 13U Athlete Development Program on Wednesday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
Brevin Bezick (Red Bank, N.J.) got the start for the Stars in the game and picked up the victory. He tossed three innings and did not give up a run, while collecting three punchouts and issuing just one walk. Tristan Bristow (Helotes, Texas) also put together three strong innings on the mound for the Stars, giving up just two hits and no runs. The Stripes' Ross Felder (Springdale, Ark.) suffered the loss after allowing four runs on two hits in his three innings.
Offensively, eight members of the Stars squad recorded hits in the game, led by D'Alessio and Cunningham's multi-hit games. Luis Almeyda (Hawthorne, N.J.) led the Stripes at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, while Elijah Selga (Chula Vista, Calif.) added a two-RBI single.
Key Moments:
  • The Stripes scored the first runs of the game as Elijah Selga (Chula Vista, Calif.) knocked a two-out, two-RBI single to left field that allowed Linkin Garcia (Fullerton, Calif.) and Luis Almeyda (Hawthorne, N.J.) to cross the plate and give the Stripes a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
  • Louis D'Alessio (Red Bank, N.J.) tied the game for the Stars in the next inning when he launched a two-RBI double to the right-center gap.
  • Kayson Cunningham (San Antonio, Texas) gave the Stars a 3-2 lead one batter later with a single to left that scored D'Alessio.
  • In the top of the third inning, Michael Torres (Miami, Fla.) reached on a Stars error to lead things off before scoring on a single by Almeyda to tie the game once again, 3-3.
  • Kameron Davis (Albany, Ga.), who drew a leadoff walk to start the bottom of the third, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch to give the Stars back the lead.
  • With a three-run fourth inning, the Stars took a 7-3 lead courtesy of a Cunningham RBI-single, a Gavin Gargiulo (Coral Springs, Fla.) sacrifice bunt and a double off the bat of JD Crisp (Cypress, Texas).
  • The Stars added three more in the bottom of the seventh to secure the 10-3 win.
 
Notable Information:
  • Brevin Bezick (1-0) collected the win for the Stars after giving up just four hits and no earned runs while striking out three in three innings of work.
  • Ross Felder (0-1) gave up four runs in his three innings to start the contest for the Stripes and suffered the loss. He struck out four while issuing just two walks.
 
On Deck:
  • Game Two of the three-game series between the Stars and Stripes will be played on Thursday, June 20, at 4 p.m. (ET).
  • The inaugural Athlete Development Program will wrap-up on Saturday, June 22, with final game of the series at 1:30 p.m. (ET).
  • All games in the series will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
 
Social
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USA Baseball Announces Inaugural 13U Athlete Development Program Roster

The event will take place June 19-22 at the National Training Complex in Cary
June 6, 2019
DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the 36-man 2019 13U Athlete Development Program (ADP) roster on Thursday. The inaugural ADP, a four-day on- and off-field invitation-only development opportunity for athletes, will be held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, June 19-22. The 2019 roster is
DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the 36-man 2019 13U Athlete Development Program (ADP) roster on Thursday. The inaugural ADP, a four-day on- and off-field invitation-only development opportunity for athletes, will be held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, June 19-22.
The 2019 roster is made up of 36 athletes who have previously participated in national team identification events, including the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the USA Baseball Futures Invitational and the USA Baseball 12U National Open.
In total, 19 of the invited athletes have participated in the USA Baseball 12U National Team identification process, including nine players from last year's 12U National Team Trials, three from the 2018 NTIS and two that participated in the 2018 12U National Open. The roster also features 16 members of the 2018 12U National Team that won the program's first-ever COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships gold medal.
In addition, five members of the 13U ADP roster participated in the 2018 Futures Invitational and Seth Van Dyk (Ripon, Calif.) was identified from the inaugural USA Baseball Futures Series held in Irvine, California, in May.
"We are excited to have such a strong group of athletes for our first-ever Athlete Development Program," said Ashley Bratcher, USA Baseball's Senior Director of Baseball Operations. "All of these athletes have stood out to our staff at previous events and impressed them with their talent and character, so we look forward to continue their development and growth with this new and exciting opportunity."
The Athlete Development Program will offer unparalleled instruction provided by USA Baseball national team coaches, college coaches and select premier high school coaches from across the country.
Each day at the ADP will feature advanced on-field skills development with positional and team fundamental drills, as well as off-field components that will focus on education regarding the NCAA and the recruiting process, umpire interaction, nutrition and wellness guidance, strength and conditioning education, media training, and character and leadership development.
Participating athletes will be provided with an individual player assessment report by the coaching staff following the four-day event and this year's 13U ADP participants will be evaluated for the opportunity to be invited to the 2020 14U National Team Development Program.
Two-time national team coach Butch Chaffin will serve as the Field Coordinator for the 2019 13U ADP and will be joined on staff by eight coaches who-in addition to serving on the instructional staff-will direct the event's Stars and Stripes teams.
Rucker Taylor (Davidson College) will serve as the manager of the Stars team and he will be joined by Doug Creek as the pitching coach and assistant coaches David Houseton (Covenant Day School; Matthews, N.C.) and Tanner Veseley (Corona del Sol High School; Tempe, Ariz.).
The Stripes will be led by Jon McCormack (Florida Atlantic University) with Pitching Coach Scott Grove (The First Academy; Orlando, Fla.) and assistant coaches Roger Kieschnick (University of Texas at San Antonio) and Wes Brooks (Oxford High School; Oxford, Ala.) rounding out the staff.
For more information on the Athlete Development Program, please follow @USABEvents on Twitter or visit USABaseball.com.
2019 13U Athlete Development Program Roster
Name; Position; Hometown
Luis Almeyda; INF; Hawthorne, N.J.
Brevin Bezick; LHP; Red Bank, N.J.
*Tristan Bristow; RHP; Helotes, Texas
*Masato Chilcutt; C; San Antonio, Texas
JD Crisp; OF; Cypress, Texas
Kayson Cunningham; INF; San Antonio, Texas
Louis D'Alessio; OF; Red Bank, N.J.
*Kameron Davis; OF; Albany, Ga.
*Ross Felder; RHP; Springdale, Ark.
Linkin Garcia; INF; Fullerton, Calif.
*Talin Gardini; LHP; San Diego, Calif.
*Gavin Gargiulo; RHP; Coral Springs, Fla.
*Dylan Green; INF; Roseville, Calif.
*Kailand Halstead; C; Cosmopolis, Wash.
*Christian Hamilton; OF; Lauderhill, Fla.
Cedrick Harris Jr.; OF; Ashdown, Ark.
Gabe Howard; RHP; West Linn, Ore.
Noah Libed; OF; Chula Vista, Calif.
Reagan McCluskey; C; Avila Beach, Calif.
*Dean Moss; INF; Atherton, Calif.
*Josiah Palomino; C; Riverside, Calif.
*Kibru Pam; P; Pasadena, Calif.
Jacob Pettit; INF; Fort Mill, S.C.
*Julius Pfau; MIF; Tampa, Fla.
Michael Podstreleny; C; San Diego, Calif.
Ethan Porter; INF; Costa Mesa, Calif.
Gavyn Schlotterback; C; Lakeway, Texas
Cade Segura; INF; Pleasanton, Texas
Elijah Selga; C; Chula Vista, Calif.
Ryan Sloan; INF; Elmhurst, Ill.
*Brady Strohm; RHP; Winchester, Calif.
*Brock Thompson; INF; Bakersfield, Calif.
Ford Thompson; LHP; Snellville, Ga.
*Michael Torres; OF; Miami, Fla.
Seth Van Dyk; INF/RHP; Ripon, Calif.
Braeden Weckman; OF; Winter Springs, Fla.
*Denotes National Team alum
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USA Baseball Launches Athlete Development Program

The inaugural 13U Athlete Development Program will take place June 19-22 in Cary, North Carolina
February 27, 2019
DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball announced today the launch of its Athlete Development Program (ADP), a four-day on- and off-field invitation-only development opportunity for athletes that will be held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The inaugural ADP will be open to elite-level 13-and-under aged baseball players
DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball announced today the launch of its Athlete Development Program (ADP), a four-day on- and off-field invitation-only development opportunity for athletes that will be held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The inaugural ADP will be open to elite-level 13-and-under aged baseball players from June 19-22.
The ADP will feature unparalleled instruction provided by USA Baseball national team coaches, college coaches and select premier high school coaches from across the country. The addition of this program, beginning with the 13-and-under age group, will round out the organization's development pipeline by offering a pathway to a national team or national team development opportunity extending from the 12U National Team program through the Collegiate National Team.
"USA Baseball is pleased to announce the addition of the Athlete Development Program to our current catalog of events that focus on the overall athletic and personal development of baseball players," said Ashley Bratcher, USA Baseball's Senior Director of Baseball Operations. "With the creation of this new initiative, we now offer national team-level instruction to more athletes than ever before with plans for additional ADP age groups in the future."
Each day at the ADP will feature advanced on-field skills development with positional and team fundamental drills, and ongoing evaluation by USA Baseball national team coaches. Over the course of the program, athletes will be placed on a Stars or Stripes team and face-off in a best-of-three-game series at the National Training Complex to practically implement the instruction provided during training.
The National Training Complex, in partnership with the Town of Cary, has been the official home of USA Baseball since 2007 and numerous current Major League Baseball players have ventured through its gates, including Chris Archer, Cody Bellinger, Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg. The Town of Cary received the National Gold Medal Grand Plaque Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management in 2016. The award honors U.S. communities that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition.
USA Baseball will also provide an off-field component for the athletes that will focus on education regarding the NCAA and the recruiting process, umpire interaction, nutrition and wellness guidance, strength and conditioning education, media training, and character and leadership development.
Beginning in March, invitations to the inaugural ADP will be extended to 36 13-and-under aged athletes who have previously participated in national team identification events. As the program grows and incorporates additional age groups, the National Team Identification Series and the recently announced Futures Series will be among the identification events for the ADP.
Participating athletes will be provided with an individual player assessment report by the coaching staff following the four-day event and this year's 13U ADP participants will be evaluated for the opportunity to be invited to the 2020 14U National Team Development Program.
Two-time national team coach Butch Chaffin will serve as the Field Coordinator for the 13U ADP in 2019. Chaffin is currently the head coach at Cookeville High School (Cookeville, Tenn.) and was an assistant coach for the 2010 18U National Team and 2017 12U National Team that won its third-consecutive World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup. Prior to coaching at Cookeville High School, he was an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech for four years and was a professional scout for the Kansas City Royals.
Joining Chaffin on staff are eight coaches who-in addition to serving on the instructional staff-will direct the Stars and Stripes teams.
Davidson College Head Coach Rucker Taylor will manage the Stars team and is joined by two-time USA Baseball alumnus Doug Creek, who will serve as the pitching coach. Former 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) coach David Houseton (Covenant Day School; Matthews, N.C.) and five-time USA Baseball coach and manager of the 2015 12U National Team that won its first WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup, Tanner Vesely (Corona del Sol; Tempe, Ariz.), will be the assistant coaches.
John McCormack is currently the head coach at Florida Atlantic University and will serve as the manager for the Stripes team. Scott Grove (The First Academy; Orlando, Fla.), who has been a coach at the 14U NTDP and 15U National Team Trials, as well as led his school to the 2014 National High School Invitational title, will be charged with managing the pitchers. Former 12U National Open coach Wes Brooks (Oxford High School; Oxford, Ala.) and two-time Collegiate National Team alum and current assistant coach at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Roger Kieschnick, will round out the Stripes' staff as assistant coaches.
For more information on USA Baseball and the Athlete Development program, follow @USABaseball on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), and visit USABaseball.com.
2019 13U ADP Staff:
Butch Chaffin, Field Coordinator (Cookeville High School; Cookeville, Tenn.)
Rucker Taylor, Stars Manager (Davidson College)
Doug Creek, Stars Pitching Coach
David Houseton, Stars Assistant Coach (Covenant Day School; Matthews, N.C.)
Tanner Vesely, Stars Assistant Coach (Corona del Sol High School; Tempe, Ariz.)
John McCormack, Stripes Manager (Florida Atlantic University)
Scott Grove, Stripes Pitching Coach (The First Academy; Orlando, Fla.)
Roger Kieschnick, Stripes Assistant Coach (University of Texas at San Antonio)
Wes Brooks, Stripes Assistant Coach (Oxford High School; Oxford, Ala.)
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