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USA Baseball Announces Award Winners for 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named the recipients of its annual organizational awards, recognizing the top athletes, coaches, and performances from its 2021 USA Baseball national teams. Olympian Tyler Austin was honored as the Richard W. “Dick” Case Award winner, becoming the first Professional National Team alumnus to earn athlete of the year honors since 2009. The award is given annually to USA Baseball’s top player in honor of the organization’s founding Executive Director and CEO.
Professional National Team members collected top honors in several other categories in 2021, including Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Mike Scioscia. Todd Frazier earned the International Performance of the Year award after helping Team USA clinch its spot in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and John Fierro was named the Service Provider of the Year after serving as the team’s Certified Athletic Trainer for the ninth time in his career. Additionally, the Olympic Team won USA Baseball’s Team of the Year after winning the silver medal in the Olympic Games.
Collegiate National Team Manager Elliott Avent was named the organization’s first-ever College Coach of the Year and 18U National Team Manager Jason Maxwell earned the Developmental Coach of the Year award for the second time in his career. Additionally, Troy Tulowitzki was honored as the Volunteer Coach of the Year.
Rounding out the awards in 2021 is Coach Educator of the Year Michael Cuddyer and USA Baseball Director of Development Jim Koerner, who was named the organization’s “Doc” Councilman Science Award recipient.
“We are thrilled to close out our 2021 season by recognizing a group of tremendous individuals for their contributions and successes representing USA Baseball this year,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball’s Executive Director/CEO. “Each award recipient shined on and off the field this year but also collectively excelled as ambassadors of baseball in the United States domestically and internationally. It is a privilege to have them as members of the USA Baseball family and we will continue to honor their successes for many years to come.”
The complete list of the 2021 USA Baseball organizational award winners is as follows:
- Richard W. “Dick” Case Award: Tyler Austin, Olympic Team
- Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year: Mike Scioscia, Olympic Team
- Team of the Year: Olympic Team
- International Performance of the Year: Todd Frazier, Olympic Qualifying Team
- Service Provider of the Year: John Fierro, Olympic Team
- Developmental Coach of the Year: Jason Maxwell, 18U National Team
- College Coach of the Year: Elliott Avent, Collegiate National Team
- Volunteer Coach of the Year: Troy Tulowitzki, Collegiate National Team & 13U/14U Athlete Development Program
- Coach Educator of the Year: Michael Cuddyer, USA Baseball Develops Blog
- “Doc” Councilman Science Award: Jim Koerner, USA Baseball
Tyler Austin was awarded the Richard W. “Dick” Case Award after being named to the All-Olympic Team following Tokyo 2020. He led Team USA in eight offensive categories in the Olympic Games: batting average, runs scored, hits, doubles, total bases, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. The stars and stripes’ designated hitter finished the tournament hitting .417 with three doubles, two home runs, seven RBI, and a .462 on-base percentage. His offensive contributions led the red, white, and blue to a silver medal, its first Olympic medal since 2008.
Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Mike Scioscia took over the USA Baseball Professional National Team program in 2021 searching for not only a spot in the Olympic Games but an Olympic Medal… and he delivered. First, Team USA finished the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualifier with an undefeated record to clinch its spot in the Games. Then he followed that by leading the U.S. to a silver medal in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Under his leadership, Team USA finished with an overall record of 8-2 over both tournaments in 2021, suffering its only two losses to eventual Olympic gold medalists Japan in the Olympic Games. The silver medal was Team USA’s second silver (Los Angeles 1984)–fifth overall–in Olympic history, and the first Olympic medal since 2008. Their achievements also earned them the 2021 USA Baseball Team of the Year award.
The Olympic Qualifying Team’s Todd Frazier earned the 2021 International Performance of the Year award after his perfect 4-for-4 performance against Venezuela clinched Team USA’s spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Frazier sparked Team USA in the field and at the plate, starting a momentum-swinging 5-3 double-play that thwarted a first-inning Venezuela threat. He recorded hits in each of his four at-bats and was involved in every scoring play of the night for Team USA. He came home on Eric Filia’s two-run blast, laced an RBI double in the fifth inning, and hit a critical home run in the seventh, driving in the final two U.S. runs of the night in the 4-2 victory.
Olympic Team Certified Athletic Trainer John Fierro was named the Service Provider of the Year in 2021 after making his eighth and ninth appearances on a USA Baseball administrative staff, respectively, as a member of the Olympic qualifying team and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games staff. Thanks to his successful career in professional baseball that spans over 30 years, Fierro is one of the most sought-after Certified Athletic Trainers and a staple for Team USA’s Professional National Teams. With his assistance and attention to the athletes in 2021, the Professional National Team qualified for the Olympics after going unbeaten in the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier and followed by winning a silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Jason Maxwell received his second career USA Baseball Developmental Coach of the Year award after leading the 18U National Team to a dominant and overwhelming victory over Canada in its seven-game international friendship series. Finishing with a record of 5-1-1 over its seven games, the 18U National Team outscored Canada 60-11 and dominated nearly every statistical category. Maxwell also focused on developing the team’s mental approach to the game and their lives throughout his time guiding Team USA. 2021 marks Maxwell’s second time earning this honor, having also won the award in 2018 after leading the 15U National Team to its first-ever world championship.
Elliott Avent, NC State University’s Head Coach and the 2021 Collegiate National Team Manager, had a banner year in 2021, earning the first-ever USA Baseball College Coach of the Year. Avent led his Wolfpack on a historic run through the NCAA postseason, knocking off the No. 1 Arkansas Razorbacks on their home field in the Super Regionals before eventually making the semifinals of the College World Series. Following their tremendous run and finishing the season 37-19, Avent managed the Collegiate National Team in 2021. Without an international opponent for Team USA to face due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he led an unprecedented number of athletes on two rosters in an 11-game Stars and Stripes series. Ultimately, his summer ended by facing off against the U.S. Olympic Team in a three-game exhibition series before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Five-time MLB All-Star, two-time Gold Glove winner, and now 2021 USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year Troy Tulowitzki coached with both the Collegiate National Team and the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program in 2021. Tulowitzki drew from his successful playing career to offer a unique perspective to the USA Baseball athletes he worked with as a coach of two programs. In addition to his regular coaching duties with the Collegiate National Team, he mentored the athletes on transitioning from amateur to professional baseball. Expanding on this role while on the coaching staff at the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program, Tulowitzki hosted a seminar for the participants and their parents to discuss college recruiting, providing in-depth strategies and insight into navigating the process. He also made himself available to all athletes and their families, engaging with them and offering additional advice as asked.
Coach Educator of the Year Michael Cuddyer is a two-time MLB All-Star, the 2013 MLB Batting Title champion, and a regular contributor to the USA Baseball Sport Development Blog. Simultaneously serving as an assistant coach for the USA Baseball 18U National Team in 2021, Cuddyer continued to produce a weekly educational series titled Cuddyer’s Corner for USA Baseball’s social media profiles, YouTube channel, and official website. Every week he focuses on a range of topics that affect the game of baseball in the United States. His unique insight as a former All-Star in Major League Baseball, a USA Baseball national team alum, and a coach helps countless coaches, parents, and leagues in the development of a well-rounded baseball player, improving their skills and overall experience within the game.
Lastly, Jim Koerner was honored with the “Doc” Councilman Science Award after working with nearly every single program USA Baseball hosted in 2021. During this season, he focused on the developmental side of baseball, utilizing every available technological offering USA Baseball provides to its athletes. Koerner allowed real-time data from swing and pitch tracking analysis, as well as statistics collected from the Major League Baseball and USA Baseball Prospect Development Pipeline Performance Evaluations, to drive his coaching efforts. His focus on developing athletes using analytics allows athletes to make immediate adjustments in practice and game situations. Moreover, Koerner also utilizes the data collection to create long-term development curricula, exercise programs, drills for athletes of all ages, and educational video series for baseball players across the country.
The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) annually honors one Sportsman, Sportswoman, and Team of the Year based on nominations from its national governing bodies. Additionally, they also present Olympic, College, Developmental, and Volunteer Coach of the Year awards, as well as a Coach Educator of the Year, “Doc” Councilman Science Award, and Service Provider of the Year. USA Baseball’s award winners serve as the organization’s nominees in their respective categories with the USOPC.
USA Baseball Announces 2023 World Baseball Classic Roster
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 30-man roster for the 2023 World Baseball Classic on a special two-hour MLB Tonight program on MLB Network. Team USA, and returning players Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt, will aim to defend their title with a roster of 15 pitchers and 15 position players.
The roster also features 10 USA Baseball alumni, 19 Major League Baseball All-Stars, 11 Silver Slugger Award recipients, seven World Series Champions, four Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners, four MLB Most Valuable Players, four Batting Title champions, three Rookies of the Year, and one Cy Young Award winner.
“We are looking forward to getting this incredible group of players together in Phoenix next month,” said Team USA General Manager Tony Reagins. “The commitment they have made to represent their country and defend Team USA’s title is something that we don’t take for granted.”
“I can make the argument that this is the greatest collection of American players that will share a clubhouse and represent their country,” said 2023 Team USA Manager Mark DeRosa. “March 11 can’t come quick enough.”
“Using the word impressive to describe the collection of talent and accolades on this World Baseball Classic roster may be an understatement,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball’s Executive Director/CEO. “This team is laden with experience, and we are excited to welcome Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt back for this year’s World Baseball Classic. We will look to them to lead a balanced group of USA Baseball alumni and newcomers as we look to bring home another gold medal from this event.”
Arenado and Goldschmidt return from the 2017 World Baseball Classic squad that won Team USA’s first-ever gold medal in the event and are joined by fellow alums Daniel Bard, Clayton Kershaw, Lance Lynn, Kyle Schwarber, Mike Trout, Kyle Tucker, Trea Turner, and Bobby Witt Jr. The USA Baseball alumni span one 15U National Team, three 18U National Teams, four Collegiate National Teams, two Professional National Teams, and one World Baseball Classic Team. Collectively, four alums have won a gold medal in international play.
The 2023 World Baseball Classic will reunite former USA Baseball teammates Schwarber and Turner (2013 Collegiate National Team) and Arenado and Goldschmidt (2017 World Baseball Classic Team).
USA Baseball’s 2023 World Baseball Classic roster:
Name, Position, MLB Club, Birthplace
- Jason Adam; RHP; Omaha, Neb.; Tampa Bay Rays
- Pete Alonso; 1B; Tampa, Fla.; New York Mets
- Tim Anderson; SS; Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Chicago White Sox
- Nolan Arenado; 3B; Newport Beach, Calif.; St. Louis Cardinals
- Daniel Bard; RHP; Houston, Texas; Colorado Rockies
- David Bednar; RHP; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Pittsburgh Pirates
- Mookie Betts; OF; Nashville, Tenn.; Los Angeles Dodgers
- Nestor Cortes; LHP; Surgidero de Batabana, Cuba; New York Yankees
- Paul Goldschmidt; 1B; Wilmington, Del.; St. Louis Cardinals
- Kendall Graveman; RHP; Alexander City, Ala.; Chicago White Sox
- Kyle Higashioka; C; Huntington Beach, Calif.; New York Yankees
- Merrill Kelly; RHP; Houston, Texas; Arizona Diamondbacks
- Clayton Kershaw; LHP; Dallas, Texas; Los Angeles Dodgers
- Lance Lynn; RHP; Indianapolis, Ind.; Chicago White Sox
- Jeff McNeil; 2B; Santa Barbara, Calif.; New York Mets
- Miles Mikolas; RHP; Jupiter, Fla.; St. Louis Cardinals
- Cedric Mullins; OF; Greensboro, N.C.; Baltimore Orioles
- Adam Ottavino; RHP; New York, N.Y.; New York Mets
- Ryan Pressly; RHP; Dallas, Texas; Houston Astros
- Brooks Raley; LHP; San Antonio, Texas; New York Mets
- J.T. Realmuto; C; Del City, Okla.; Philadelphia Phillies
- Kyle Schwarber; DH; Middletown, Ohio; Philadelphia Phillies
- Brady Singer; RHP; Leesburg, Fla.; Kansas City Royals
- Will Smith; C; Louisville, Ky.; Los Angeles Dodgers
- Mike Trout; OF; Vineland, N.J.; Los Angeles Angels
- Kyle Tucker; OF; Tampa, Fla.; Houston Astros
- Trea Turner; SS; Boynton Beach, Fla.; Philadelphia Phillies
- Adam Wainwright; RHP; Brunswick, Ga.; St. Louis Cardinals
- Devin Williams; RHP; St. Louis, Mo.; Milwaukee Brewers
- Bobby Witt Jr.; 3B; Colleyville, Texas; Kansas City Royals
The New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals lead all Major League Clubs with four players on the Team USA roster, while the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Philadelphia Phillies boast three apiece. Additionally, the Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, and New York Yankees each have two athletes on the roster.
General Manager Tony Reagins and DeRosa will look to lead Team USA to a second straight gold medal after capping the 2017 event with a dominant 8-0 victory over Puerto Rico in the championship game at Dodger Stadium. Also on the staff are Jerry Manuel (Bench Coach), Andy Pettitte (Pitching Coach), Ken Griffey Jr. (Hitting Coach), Lou Collier (First Base Coach), Dino Ebel (Third Base Coach), and Dave Righetti (Bullpen Coach).
USA Baseball’s World Baseball Classic team will begin its title defense with first-round games as part of Pool C at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. The U.S. will open the tournament against Great Britain at 9 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, March 11, before taking on Mexico, Canada, and Colombia on March 12, 13, and 15, respectively. The Pool C winner and runner-up will advance to the quarterfinals in Miami from March 17–18 and will match-up against the winner and runner-up of Pool D.
The semifinals and finals will take place at loanDepot park in Miami from March 19–21.
Cal Poly's Larry Lee To Manage 2023 Collegiate National Team
Cary, N.C. - USA Baseball today announced that California Polytechnic State University’s Larry Lee will manage the 2023 Collegiate National Team. Lee is entering his 21st season at the helm of the Mustangs and is the winningest head coach in Big West Conference history, amassing 614 wins with Cal Poly and 1,074 overall in his career.
Lee returns to the Team USA coaching staff after serving as an assistant coach in 2017 when the U.S. went 15-5 with friendship series wins over Chinese Taipei, Cuba, and Japan. He will be making his managerial debut with the stars and stripes in 2023.
“Larry has been an extremely successful head baseball coach for over three decades and is a perfect fit to lead our team in 2023,” said USA Baseball General Manager of Collegiate and Professional Teams Eric Campbell. “Over the past twenty years, Larry has turned Cal Poly into one of the west coast’s perennial baseball programs thanks to his tremendous baseball acumen and knowledge. We are confident that he will provide valuable leadership to the young men on our roster, which will feature college baseball’s best once again this year.”
“It’s always an honor to be a part of the Collegiate National Team coaching staff,” said Lee. “I look forward to being surrounded by some of the best coaches and players in college baseball.”
Since taking over as head coach in 2003, Lee has led Cal Poly to eleven 30-win seasons, including a record-setting campaign in 2014 in which the Mustangs broke the program record with 47 wins and won their first Big West Championship. The program has finished in the top four of the conference standings in 17 of Lee’s 20 seasons and recently notched three-consecutive second-place finishes from 2017-19. The Mustangs have won over 35 games in seven different seasons under Lee.
Lee’s program has reached the NCAA Division I Regionals on three different occasions, including its first-ever appearance in 2009. The Mustangs returned to the tournament in 2013 and pushed eventual national champion UCLA to the brink of elimination before falling to the Bruins in the Los Angeles Regional. Cal Poly then capped off its record-breaking season in 2014 by hosting the San Luis Obispo Regional.
Thirty-six Mustangs have been drafted in the first 10 rounds of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft during his tenure. Most recently, Lee’s son, Brooks, was selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2022 Draft by the Minnesota Twins. In addition, 2018 MLB All-Star Mitch Haniger played under Lee before being drafted as a first-round compensatory pick in 2012 and is one of 12 players who have gone on to the major leagues after playing for Lee at Cal Poly. In total, 81 of Lee’s players have signed professional baseball contracts.
Five of Lee’s former players–Matt Imhof (2013), Mark Mathias (2014), Nick Meyer (2017), Brooks Lee (2021), and Drew Thorpe (2021)–have previously played for the Collegiate National Team.
Before taking the reins at Cal Poly, Lee spent 16 years as the head coach at Cuesta College (San Luis Obispo, Calif.). There, he guided the program to four California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Final Four appearances and nine Western State Conference titles, including six in a row from 1997-2002. Lee accumulated an overall record of 460-241-3 with the Cougars and was inducted into the California Community College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.
The remaining 2023 Collegiate National Team staff, as well as more information about the 2023 Collegiate National Team schedule, will be announced at a later date.
Chinook Seedery Named Official Sunflower Seed Supplier of USA Baseball
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball and USA Baseball Sports Properties within LEARFIELD today announced an exclusive multi-year relationship with Chinook Seedery to become the Official Sunflower Seed Supplier for the organization. Through this relationship, Chinook Seedery will supply sunflower seeds for all USA Baseball national team and national team development programs.
Additionally, Chinook Seedery will also supply promotional items to USA Baseball for its foul ball program. Beginning in 2023, fans will receive a complimentary pack of sunflower seeds when they return a foul ball during USA Baseball events at the National Training Complex.
"USA Baseball is pleased to name Chinook Seedery the Official Sunflower Seed Supplier for the organization,” said USA Baseball Chief Operating Officer David Perkins. “Chinook Seedery produces a flavorful variety of healthy snacks that will help fuel USA Baseball national team and national team development program athletes. We appreciate their support and look forward to collaborating with them to develop future sunflower seed flavors.”
"Few things are more Americana than baseball and sunflower seeds. Chinook's partnership with USA Baseball is a natural fit that is only bolstered by our recent flavor collaboration with Team USA alum Bobby Witt Jr. We could not be more excited to bring the 'best seeds ever' to the best ballplayers in our great country," said Chinook Seedery Founder Mark Pettyjohn.
Launched in 2020, USA Baseball Sports Properties within LEARFIELD is dedicated to representing USA Baseball by developing and managing sponsor relationships with brands looking to align with USA Baseball and its events and programming.
About Chinook Seedery
Based in Austin, Texas, Chinook Seedery is the country's fastest-growing sunflower seed brand, providing a "better-for-you option" that is lower in sodium, non-GMO certified, gluten-free, and Keto friendly. Chinook combines a unique small-batch process with the largest, most premium seeds grown in the US, resulting in the "best seeds ever.” For more information or to try the product, visit http://www.chinookseedery.com, or follow us on Instagram (@chinookseedery), Facebook (@chinookseedery), and Twitter (@chinookseedery).
USA Baseball Announces Organizational Changes And Promotions
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced organizational changes and a series of promotions and title changes, including the appointment of Ashley Bratcher as General Manager of National Teams and Eric Campbell as the General Manager of Collegiate and Professional National Teams.
Bratcher has served multiple critical roles in the organization since 2009 and will now oversee and support all three youth national team programs, the Women's National Team program, national team and athlete development programs, and national team identification events. Additionally, Campbell will continue to lead the Collegiate and Professional National Team programs.
"USA Baseball has grown tremendously over the past few years, and we are happy to announce several changes and promotions within our organization," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. "The changes showcase the organization's growth as the national governing body for baseball in the United States. Notably, we are thrilled to elevate Ashley Bratcher to General Manager of National Teams. Ashley's outstanding leadership and wealth of experience will continue to impact our organization and the amateur baseball landscape significantly and profoundly."
USA Baseball also announced three additional promotions in the Baseball Operations department. First, Brett Curll will lead the defending world champion 18U National Team Program after serving in a support role with both gold-medal-winning 18U National Teams in 2022. Curll joined the organization in 2018 after spending seven years working in amateur baseball following his collegiate baseball career at the University of Maryland and Liberty University.
Ben Kelley is taking over the two-time defending world champion 15U National Team Program. Kelley joined the organization in 2017 and has helped manage facility operations at the USA Baseball National Training Complex and run the National Team Championships in Arizona over the last five years. In addition, he oversaw the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program and supported several youth national team programs. Cole Beeker joined USA Baseball full-time in the fall and will serve as the program director for the defending world champion 12U National Team. Beeker was an intern for the 18U National Team in 2021 and, most recently, was an amateur scouting assistant for the Detroit Tigers.
An additional change made within the Baseball Operations department is Director of Player Development Jim Koerner will now be responsible for guiding the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP) and 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP). Koerner, who spent 20 years coaching at the collegiate level, joined USA Baseball full-time in 2021 and will simultaneously continue on as the Field Coordinator for the MLB/USA Baseball Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League as well.
The organization also made several changes within the Communications–formerly Media Relations–and Creative Services teams. Josh Spitz, who joined the organization in 2021 following four years working in the Athletic Communications office at Stony Brook University, was promoted to Assistant Director of Communications. Additionally, Mark Jenkins is the newest Director of Creative Services, and Kevin Jones currently serves as the Director of Brand for the organization. Jenkins joined USA Baseball in 2021 following stops working in creative services for Memphis, Southern Methodist (SMU), and UL Lafayette football programs. Jones has been with USA Baseball since 2012, serving as both a video producer and graphic designer, and spent the last five years as the Director of Creative Services. In his new role, Jones will oversee and develop the identity of USA Baseball in an expanding digital landscape.
Lastly, Lisa Braxton will continue to oversee BASE (Baseball Athlete Safety Education) in her new role as Director of Athlete Safety, in addition to holding expanded responsibility with the entire USA Baseball athlete safety program. Braxton spent nearly a decade at soccer.com, managing team sales, marketing, and institutional and club business before joining the organization in 2021. She also worked for two years for the NCAA.
USA Baseball Announces 2022 Award Winners
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named its annual organizational award winners, recognizing the top athletes, coaches, and performances from its 2022 USA Baseball national teams and development programs. 18U National Team member Bryce Eldridge is the Richard W. “Dick” Case Award winner, the fifth 18U National Team alumnus to earn athlete of the year honors since 2011. The award is given annually to USA Baseball’s top player in honor of the organization’s founding Executive Director and CEO.
The 18U National Team collected honors in three additional categories in 2022, boasting Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Denny Hocking, International Performance of the Year winner Christian Rodriguez, and “Doc” Counsilman Science Award recipient Adam Moseley.
Seven-time Women’s National Team alumna Kelsie Whitmore is the 2022 Sportswoman of the Year, the 12U National Team earned Team of the Year honors, and Mike Bianco capped off an incredible 2022 by being named the USA Baseball College Coach of the Year.
The Developmental Coach of the Year Award went to 15U National Team Manager Drew Briese, and the Volunteer Coach of the Year honor went to André Butler. Rounding out the awards in 2022 is Coach Educator of the Year Bill Krejci, and Daisy Nelson, the organization’s Service Provider of the Year.
“It is our honor to recognize a group of talented people for their tremendous performances both on and off the field,” said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. “2022 will go down as one of the most successful years in USA Baseball history. Our national teams combined to win four gold medals, three world championships, an international friendship series, and a bronze medal, and the efforts of this group of esteemed individuals were paramount to achieving such unrivaled success this year.”
The complete list of the 2022 USA Baseball organizational award winners is as follows:
- Richard W. “Dick” Case Award: Bryce Eldridge, 18U National Team
- Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year: Denny Hocking, 18U National Team
- Sportswoman of the Year: Kelsie Whitmore, Women’s National Team
- International Performance of the Year: Christian Rodriguez, 18U National Team
- Team of the Year: 12U National Team
- College Coach of the Year: Mike Bianco, Collegiate National Team
- Developmental Coach of the Year: Drew Briese, 15U National Team
- Volunteer Coach of the Year: André Butler
- Coach Educator of the Year: Bill Krejci
- “Doc” Councilman Science Award: Adam Moseley, 18U National Team
- Service Provider of the Year: Daisy Nelson
Bryce Eldridge earned Richard W. “Dick” Case Player of the Year honors after putting together a dynamic performance at the plate and on the mound at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup. The two-way star was named Tournament MVP after batting .316 with three homers and 13 RBIs – both tournament highs – and going 1-0 with a spotless 0.00 ERA and one save in three appearances as a pitcher. The Vienna, Virginia, native picked up at least one hit in five of his seven games at the plate and allowed just one hit over three innings pitched. Eldridge delivered in a major way in the first and last games of the tournament, kicking off the World Cup with a grand slam as part of a five-RBI game to beat the Netherlands in the tournament opener. Then, after leading the U.S. offense throughout the tournament, Eldridge cranked a three-run blast in the top of the seventh of the gold medal game before getting the final three outs on the mound as Team USA beat Chinese Taipei to secure its ninth world championship.
Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Denny Hocking led the U.S. to its ninth world championship at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, and followed that up by leading another 18U National Team to gold at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier. Under his guidance in his Team USA managerial debut, the U.S. claimed a world title on its home soil. The 13-year MLB veteran pushed all the right buttons throughout the World Cup as the U.S. went 8-1 en route to a gold medal. Hocking demonstrated his leadership ability by guiding the U.S. to two wins on the final day. Team USA scored 68 runs – its most at a World Cup since 2015 – and struck out 73 batters to lead the tournament. With the gold medal victory over Chinese Taipei, the United States captured its fifth world title in the last six editions of the event. A second 18U National Team under the guidance of Hocking then traveled to Mexico to qualify for next year’s U-18 Baseball World Cup in Taiwan. Not only did the team qualify, but the U.S. left with a gold medal after outscoring its opponents 79-24, hitting .348, and tallying 10 home runs. In total, Hocking led the 18U National Team program to two gold medals and an overall 16-1 record in 2022.
Sportswoman of the Year Kelsie Whitmore made her seventh career appearance for the Women's National Team this past summer. She played a vital role in helping the stars and stripes clinch their friendship series against Canada in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Whitmore started all five games – two on the mound, one as the designated hitter, and two in the outfield – and tallied at least one hit in four games. In the series opener, Whitmore was lights out as she was a double short of the cycle, going 3-for-3 with four RBIs, while pitching 4.2 innings of shutout ball. She led all players in the series with seven runs, eight hits, 10 RBIs, and a 1.000 slugging percentage. Along with her accomplishments with Team USA, Whitmore made history this spring by becoming the first female to play baseball in a league affiliated with Major League Baseball, making her professional debut with the Staten Island FerryHawks on April 21. She made 39 appearances in her rookie season in the Atlantic League.
Trailing Japan 3-2 in the third inning with the bases loaded and no outs in a Super Round game that would send Team USA to the gold medal game with a win, a torrential downpour set the stage for what would become the 2022 USA Baseball International Performance of the Year. The 18U National Team called on Christian Rodriguez out of the bullpen for the restart the morning after. Rodriguez needed just 13 pitches to strike out the Japan side and strand his three inherited base runners to keep the game within one and the U.S. within striking distance of a berth in the final. He would follow his masterful third inning with four more shutout innings, striking out seven batters, before his teammates would rally for the 4-3 walk-off victory. Rodriguez's performance set the tone for Team USA on the final day of the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup as the red, white, and blue capped off the event that afternoon with its ninth world championship following a 5-1 victory over Chinese Taipei in the finale.
The 12U National Team traveled to Taiwan in August and returned home with its fourth world championship in program history, earning gold at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup and later being named the 2022 USA Baseball Team of the Year. Amidst strict Covid-19 protocols, the team was required to quarantine in its hotel for three days, but it was not enough to deter the red, white, and blue, as they took care of business by going a perfect 8-0 in tournament play and becoming the first team in 12U National Team history to go unbeaten at the World Cup. After posting four wins in the Opening Round, the U.S. opened the Super Round with a walk-off win over Mexico and a victory over Chinese Taipei before taking down Venezuela twice to claim the title. Team USA clubbed 27 home runs and outscored its opponents 99-31. Seven players for the gold-medal-winning squad earned spots on the All-World Team after the tournament, including Colin Anderson, who was named Tournament MVP. The U.S. now boasts four U-12 Baseball World Cup titles, the most in the world.
Ole Miss Head Coach and 2022 Collegiate National Team Manager Mike Bianco collected plenty of hardware in 2022 to earn USA Baseball College Coach of the Year honors. Bianco led Ole Miss to its first-ever national championship as the Rebels went the distance at the 2022 College World Series. After posting a 42-23 record in regular season play, his squad won the Coral Gables Regional and the Hattiesburg Super Regional before knocking off Oklahoma to win the national championship. Bianco then took the reins as manager of the Collegiate National Team and led the U.S. to a bronze medal at Honkbalweek in Haarlem, Netherlands. Competing against nations featuring numerous players with professional baseball experience, Team USA beat Japan in the bronze medal game, 5-1. The U.S. pitching staff posted a 0.70 ERA in the tournament, the lowest team ERA in Collegiate National Team history.
Developmental Coach of the Year Drew Briese made his managerial debut this past summer with the 15U National Team and led Team USA to its second-straight gold medal at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in Hermosillo, Mexico. Under his guidance, the squad posted an 8-1 record, highlighted by back-to-back wins over Cuba in the semifinal and gold-medal games, as Team USA outscored its opponents 99-30 in the tournament. Briese played an instrumental role in the development of the players with his wealth of knowledge and experience at the youth and collegiate levels of baseball, helping them to prepare for the next level of their careers.
André Butler's impact in four significant events and national team programs for USA Baseball this year led to him being named the Volunteer Coach of the Year. He was a member of the Task Force at the USA Baseball National Team Championships, aiding in identifying players for the National Team Development Programs (NTDP), and a coach at the 16U/17U NTDP, where he helped prepare those kids for a future national team opportunity. Butler was also on the coaching staff at the PDP League and the 18U National Team Training Camp, where he helped identify and develop a group of athletes that would go on to win the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in September - its ninth in program history. Additionally, eight members of the 16U/17U NTDP later went on to win a gold medal at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier in Mexico in November.
Coach Educator of the Year Bill Krejci has been involved with USA Baseball for nearly three decades as a coach and instructor for national teams and developmental programs, and most recently as a part of the Fun At Bat program. With the Fun At Bat program, he has impacted the growth of baseball among youth, serving as a lead instructor at numerous teacher training sessions and as a lead clinician at multiple USA Baseball Homegrown Clinics in 2022. Krejci spends his time with USA Baseball demonstrating the fundamentals of the game to physical education teachers from across the country, helping them implement it into their everyday curriculum. In 2022, his service to USA Baseball has reached more than 100 teachers and 50,000 students in eight school districts using Fun At Bat and over 200 kids who attended a Homegrown Clinic.
"Doc" Counsilman Award recipient Adam Moseley is one of the foremost leaders within the USA Baseball coaching community to use scientific data and state-of-the-art technology as part of his coaching. Under his guidance as the pitching coach for the 18U National Team at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, Moseley helped lead the U.S. to its ninth world championship thanks to his tireless work using analytical data and ball flight analysis. Not only did his commitment to data allow him to scout opponents in a tournament setting, but he was also able to utilize data from PDP Performance Assessments and Trackman to aid in identifying and selecting the roster for the 18U National Team. Team USA scored 68 runs – its most at a World Cup since 2015 – and struck out 73 batters to lead the tournament.
Daisy Nelson is an unsung hero for the tremendous success of USA Baseball and its many athletes. Nelson has been responsible for staffing and training certified athletic trainers for USA Baseball national teams, training camps, and identification events since 2016. Her contributions, and the extension of her work through USA Baseball's certified athletic trainers, contributed to an unprecedented run of success for the U.S. this year as the stars and stripes won four gold medals, three world championships, a friendship series, and a bronze medal in 2022.
Twenty-Two USA Baseball Alumni Selected to 2022 MLB All-Star Game
CARY, N.C. – Twenty-two USA Baseball alumni were selected for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game, which will take place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles tonight, Tuesday, July 19, at 8:00 p.m. ET.
The National League roster features 14 alums, and eight American League players also have experience with USA Baseball.
Seven alumni were selected to the starting lineup, including five for the NL and two for the AL. Paul Goldschmidt (St. Louis Cardinals), Bryce Harper (Philadelphia Phillies), Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Manny Machado (San Diego Padres), and Trea Turner (Los Angeles Dodgers) were all named to the NL starting lineup for Tuesday night. Giancarlo Stanton (New York Yankees) and Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels) were voted into the starting lineup for the AL. Due to injury, however, Harper and Trout will not participate in the Mid-Summer Classic.
Seven 2022 All-Stars have won a gold medal with the U.S. The roster features representatives from five different gold medal-winning teams, including three members of the 2017 World Baseball Classic team that won the organization’s first-ever championship at the event. The stars and stripes will look to defend their title in 2023 after Trout announced he will play in the World Baseball Classic next year and be the captain for Team USA.
In total, nine players competed for the Collegiate National Team, four played for the Professional National Team, four suited up for the 18U National Team, three were members of the former 16U National Team, and one appeared on the 15U National Team.
The complete list of USA Baseball alumni named 2022 MLB All-Star Game rosters is as follows:
Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball National Team Program(s):
- Tyler Anderson; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2010 Collegiate National Team
- *Nolan Arenado; St. Louis Cardinals; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
- Gerrit Cole; New York Yankees; 2009 & 2010 Collegiate National Teams
- Jake Cronenworth; San Diego Padres; 2019 Professional National Team
- Travis d’Arnaud; Atlanta Braves; 2011 Professional National Team
- Freddie Freeman; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2005 16U & 2006 18U National Teams
- Paul Goldschmidt; St. Louis Cardinals; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
- *Josh Hader; Milwaukee Brewers; 2015 Professional National Team
- *Bryce Harper; Philadelphia Phillies; 2008 16U & 2009 18U National Teams
- Clayton Kershaw; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2005 18U National Team
- Manny Machado; San Diego Padres; 2009 18U National Team
- *Carlos Rodon; San Francisco Giants; 2012 & 2013 Collegiate National Teams
- Kyle Schwarber; Philadelphia Phillies; 2013 Collegiate National Team
- Corey Seager; Texas Rangers; 2010 16U National Team
- *George Springer; Toronto Blue Jays; 2010 Collegiate National Team
- Giancarlo Stanton; New York Yankees; 2013 & 2017 World Baseball Classic Teams
- Dansby Swanson; Atlanta Braves; 2014 Collegiate National Team
- Jose Trevino; New York Yankees; 2012 Collegiate National Team
- *Mike Trout; Los Angeles Angels; 2010 Professional National Team
- Kyle Tucker; Houston Astros; 2012 15U National Team
- Trea Turner; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2012 & 2013 Collegiate National Teams
- *Justin Verlander; Houston Astros; 2003 Collegiate National Team
*Denotes All-Stars who are inactive
Twenty Alumni Taken in First Round of 2022 MLB Draft
CARY, N.C. – Twenty USA Baseball alumni were selected in the first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Sunday night, beginning with the number one overall pick Jackson Holliday. USA Baseball has now had 550 total athletes drafted in the first round since 1972, and 2022 marks the 19th time in the last 22 years that the first overall pick played for Team USA.
Holliday (No. 1, Baltimore Orioles) became the 36th USA Baseball national team alum to be taken with the first overall pick, following Spencer Torkelson (2020), Adley Rutschman (2019), Casey Mize (2018), Royce Lewis (2017), Mickey Moniak (2016), Dansby Swanson (2015), Brady Aiken (2014), Mark Appel (2013), Gerrit Cole (2011), and Bryce Harper (2010). The Orioles have now selected a USA Baseball alum all three times it has had the first overall pick in the Draft (Holliday , Rutschman , and Ben McDonald ) and have taken a USA Baseball alumnus in the first round in the last four consecutive years (Holliday , Dylan Beavers , Colton Cowser , Heston Kjerstad , and Rutschman ).
Six consecutive alums were picked to begin the Draft for the second time in the organization’s history after a record nine-straight were taken to kick off the MLB Draft in 2007. Following Holliday at number one were Druw Jones (No. 2, Arizona Diamondbacks), Kumar Rocker (No. 3, Texas Rangers), Termarr Johnson (No. 4, Pittsburgh Pirates), Elijah Green (No. 5, Washington Nationals), and Jacob Berry (No. 6, Miami Marlins).
Additionally, 11 of the first 12 selections in the 2022 Draft have donned the red, white, and blue in their career. Brooks Lee was taken with the eighth overall pick by the Minnesota Twins, followed by Gavin Cross (No. 9, Kansas City Royals), Gabriel Hughes (No. 10, Colorado Rockies), Kevin Parada (No. 11, New York Mets), and Jace Jung (No. 12, Detroit Tigers).
Collegiate National Team alum Daniel Susac was the next USA Baseball player taken with the 19th pick by the Oakland A’s and the opening round ended with eight more Team USA members selected: Owen Murphy (No. 20, Atlanta Braves), Brandon Barriera (No. 23, Toronto Blue Jays), Mikey Romero (No. 24, Boston Red Sox), Drew Gilbert (No. 28, Houston Astros), Reggie Crawford (No. 30, San Francisco Giants), Dylan Beavers (No. 33, Baltimore Orioles), Landon Sims (No. 34, Arizona Diamondbacks), and Justin Campbell (No. 37, Cleveland Guardians).
Four national team programs were represented in the 2022 Draft, including 12 players from the Collegiate National Team, six from the 18U National Team, five from the 15U National Team, and three from the 12U National Team.
In total, 27 of the players taken in the first round have participated in USA Baseball national team and national team development programs, including 13 athletes from the 2019 Prospect Development Pipeline League and 9 from the USA Baseball National Team Development Program.
The full list of USA Baseball alumni selected in the first round of the 2022 MLB Draft is as follows:
Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball National Team(s)
- 1-1; Jackson Holliday; Baltimore Orioles; 2021 18U
- 1-2; Druw Jones; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2021 18U
- 1-3; Kumar Rocker; Texas Rangers; 2017 18U
- 1-4; Termarr Johnson; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2019 15U, 2021 18U
- 1-5; Elijah Green; Washington Nationals; 2021 18U
- 1-6; Jacob Berry; Miami Marlins; 2021 Collegiate
- 1-8; Brooks Lee; Minnesota Twins; 2021 Collegiate
- 1-9; Gavin Cross; Kansas City Royals; 2021 Collegiate
- 1-10; Gabriel Hughes; Colorado Rockies; 2021 Collegiate
- 1-11; Kevin Parada; New York Mets; 2021 Collegiate
- 1-12; Jace Jung; Detroit Tigers; 2021 Collegiate
- 1-19; Daniel Susac; Oakland A’s; 2021 Collegiate
- 1-20; Owen Murphy; Atlanta Braves; 2021 18U
- 1-23; Brandon Barriera; Toronto Blue Jays; 2016 12U, 2019 15U
- 1-24; Mikey Romero; Boston Red Sox; 2016 12U, 2019 15U
- 1-28; Drew Gilbert; Houston Astros; 2021 Collegiate
- 1-30; Reggie Crawford; San Francisco Giants; 2021 Collegiate
- 1-33; Dylan Beavers; Baltimore Orioles; 2021 Collegiate
- 1-34; Landon Sims; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2016 15U, 2021 Collegiate
- 1-37; Justin Campbell; Cleveland Guardians; 2013 12U, 2016 15U, 2021 Collegiate
CNT Claims Bronze at Honkbalweek with 5-1 Win Over Japan
HAARLEM, Netherlands – The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team closed out the 2022 Honkbalweek Haarlem competition on a high note, defeating Japan, 5-1, to claim the bronze medal on a beautiful Friday afternoon at Pim Mulier Stadium.
“What a privilege and an honor it has been to coach Team USA,” manager Mike Bianco said. “I could not be prouder of this team and what it accomplished. Although the medal isn’t the color we were hoping for, this team played its heart out, battled every day, and represented their families, universities, and our country with distinction. I will cherish these memories forever.”
Yohandy Morales (Miami) led the way with a 3-for-3 effort, including a double, two singles, and two RBIs. He finished the tournament with team highs in batting average (.400), hits (8), and RBIs (4), and was one of just three players in the competition to hit a home run. Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) also had an RBI double and scored a run in Friday’s win.
On the mound, three U.S. pitchers combined to fire a two-hitter with Carter Holton (Vanderbilt) picking up the win out of the bullpen with three strikeouts in 2.1 scoreless and hitless innings. Hunter Elliott (Ole Miss) started and allowed just one run on one hit while fanning four and Carson Montgomery (Florida State) closed out the contest with three strikeouts of his own over the final two innings.
- Team USA got the scoring started with a pair of runs in the top of the second. After Brayden Taylor (TCU) was hit by a pitch with one out, Yohandy Morales (Miami) followed with a hard-hit double over the right fielder’s head to plate Taylor from first.
- Three batters later, Morales would trot home for the game’s second run on a balk. The U.S. would threaten to add more, putting two runners in scoring position, but a strikeout kept the advantage at 2-0.
- The U.S. kept the pressure on the following inning, tacking on three more runs in the third. Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) led things off with a base hit, which was followed by a walk and a wild pitch to put runners on second and third with no outs. Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) promptly drove them both in when he punched a 1-2 pitch to right-center for a two RBI double.
- After another wild pitch moved him up to third, Yohandy Morales (Miami) drove in his second run of the game with a single back up the middle to give Team USA a commanding 5-0 lead.
- Japan battled back in the home half of the third, but some nifty defensive play and strong pitching limited the damage to just one run. The Japanese quickly loaded the bases with nobody out right out of the gate. The next batter then lined one sharply to center but an incredible diving grab and strong throw to the plate by Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt) kept anyone from scoring.
- Although Masayo Hagio would follow with a sacrifice fly, that would be the only run Japan could manage as Carter Holton (Vanderbilt) came out of the bullpen to get an inning-ending flyout that left the bases loaded.
- Carson Montgomery (Florida State) pitched the final two innings to close out the contest and wrap up a bronze-medal finish for Team USA.
- The U.S. posted another stellar defensive effort, highlighted by diving catches by all three outfielders - Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt), Wyatt Langford (Florida), and Dylan Crews (LSU).
- Yohandy Morales (Miami) was 3-for-3 in the victory with a double, two singles, a run scored and two RBIs.
- Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) added a pair of RBIs as well with a two-run double in the third.
- For the tournament, Morales led the Team USA offense in batting average (.400), slugging percentage (.600), hits (8), total bases (12), and RBIs (4), and was one of just three players in the competition to hit a home run.
- Wilson led the team with a .467 on-base percentage and finished second on the squad with a .364 batting average, while Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) tied Morales for the team lead with four RBIs of his own.
- Hunter Elliott (Ole Miss) started for the U.S. and worked 2.2 innings in which he allowed just one run on one hit and two walks, while striking out four. In two starts at Honkbalweek, Elliott led the team with nine total strikeouts.
- Carter Holton (Vanderbilt) came out of the bullpen to leave the bases loaded in the third and finished with 2.1 hitless innings, fanning three, to pick up the win.
- Carson Montgomery (Florida State) recorded the final six outs of the victory, striking out three of his own.
- The Team USA pitching staff finished with a 0.70 ERA at Honkbalweek Haarlem, yielding just five unearned runs over seven games, including three shutouts.
- In 49.2 total innings, the U.S. pitching staff combined to strike out 62 batters, walked only 20, and allowed just two extra-base hits.
- Team USA finished with a 4-3 record at Honkbalweek Haarlem.
- Stay tuned to @USABaseballCNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 Collegiate National Team.
CNT Falls to Curaçao in 10 Innings in Honkbalweek Semifinals
HAARLEM, Netherlands – The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the semifinals of Honkbalweek Haarlem on Thursday, falling in a hard-fought 10-inning contest to Curaçao, 3-2, at Pim Mulier Stadium.
Curaçao scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th with a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch. With the victory, Curaçao (4-2) advances to the Honkbalweek Haarlem gold-medal game against the winner of tonight’s contest between The Netherlands and Japan. Team USA (3-3) will play the loser of that game for the bronze medal at 2 p.m. local/8 a.m. ET.
Wyatt Langford (Florida) led the way offensively for the U.S. with two of the team’s three hits, a walk, two stolen bases, and a scored run, while Joseph Gonzalez (Auburn) stood out on the mound, pitching 5.1 scoreless innings with four strikeouts and just one unearned run allowed.
- Wyatt Langford (Florida) found himself in scoring position three times on Thursday, including twice in the early innings. The first came in the second inning when he led off the frame with a double and moved to third on a long flyout by Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon). He was stranded there after a strikeout and a line out, however.
- He made his way to second once again in the fourth after he reached on an error and stole second. Another line out kept the game in a scoreless tie though.
- A leadoff triple and an RBI groundout got Curaçao on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth.
- Team USA answered back in the sixth when it mounted a two-out rally to tie the game back up. Once again, it was Wyatt Langford (Florida) getting things started with his second hit of the day, a single to right. He promptly stole second for the second time before moving up to third and scoring on a pair of wild pitches.
- The U.S. had a prime opportunity to take the lead in the seventh as three walks loaded the bases but a towering flyball to left ended the threat.
- Curaçao went quietly in the home half of the inning to send the game to extra innings.
- With runners starting the top of the eighth on first and second, Team USA put on a slash play and Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) was able to move both runners up a base with a fly out to deep left. Curaçao then opted to load the bases with an intentional walk and drew the infield in for the next batter who hit a hard groundball right at the shortstop who threw home for the second out.
- Team USA grabbed its first lead of the game just four pitches later, however, when Kyle Teel (Virginia) was hit by a 2-1 offering to plate Dylan Crews (LSU) from third. A flyout to center would end the frame with the bases loaded.
- Curaçao got a clutch two-strike, two-out single in the bottom of the eighth from Rayshelon Carolina, but a perfect throw to the plate from center by Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt) cut another runner down for the third out of the inning to send the game to the ninth.
- Neither team was able to plate a run in the ninth.
- The top of the 10th started with a long flyball to right by Dylan Crews (LSU) which moved both runners up 90 feet. Following another intentional walk to load the bases, Curaçao made another nice defensive play, this time by the third baseman, to get a force out at home before a strikeout left three stranded.
- Curaçao’s half of the 10th did not last long as the first two batters were both hit by pitches, forcing in the game-winning run.
- Rhett Lowder (Wake Forest) started on the mound for Team USA and worked 3.1 strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk with one strikeout.
- Joseph Gonzalez (Auburn) came out of the bullpen to post a stellar effort which saw him throw 5.1 innings, yielding just one unearned run in extra innings on three hits and punching out four without issuing a walk.
- Wyatt Langford (Florida) had a standout day offensively, recording two of the team’s three hits, stealing two bases, walking once, and scoring a run.
- Yohandy Morales (Miami) had the team’s only other hit, a single in the fifth.
- In addition to Langford’s two stolen bases, Dylan Crews (LSU) also swiped a base. The U.S. is now 12-for-13 on the basepaths at Honkbalweek Haarlem.
- In 42.2 total innings, the U.S. pitching staff has combined to strike out 52 batters, walk only 17, and yield just two extra-base hits.
- The U.S. will play the loser of tonight’s contest between Japan and Team Kingdom of the Netherlands at 2 p.m. local/8 a.m. ET for the Honkbalweek Haarlem bronze medal on Friday at Pim Mulier Stadium.
- Stay tuned to @USABaseballCNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 Collegiate National Team at Honkbalweek Haarlem.
CNT Drops 3-2 Decision to Curaçao at Honkbalweek
HAARLEM, Netherlands – The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision to Curaçao in the final game of pool play at Honkbalweek Haarlem on Wednesday. The two teams will square off again in the semifinals on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. local/9:30 a.m. ET at Pim Mulier Stadium.
All three of Curaçao’s runs came in the bottom of the third when it took advantage of a Team USA error, a balk, and got two key hits to snap a 22.1 inning scoreless streak by the U.S. pitching staff, dating back to the beginning of Sunday’s game against Italy.
The U.S. answered back with two runs in the sixth to claw within one, but Curaçao held tight the rest of the way to pick up the win. Both teams finish pool play with a 3-2 record and advance to the semifinals as the second and third seeds in the tournament.
- After two quiet innings to start the game, Curaçao snapped Team USA’s 22.1 inning scoreless streak with a three-spot in the third.
- The first two batters reached on a walk and hit-by-pitch, respectively, and a perfect sacrifice bunt moved them both into scoring position. Darren Sefarina drove in the first run with a sharply hit single to right and a balk plated the second. Alexander Rodriquez then laced a base hit up the middle to make it a 3-0 lead for Curaçao.
- The U.S. threatened in the top of the fifth when walks to Maui Ahuna and Enrique Bradfield, Jr. (Vanderbilt) put two on with one out, but Curaçao starter Nelmerson Angela battled back to get a pair of flyouts to right to end the frame.
- Team USA finally got on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the sixth. Wyatt Langford (Florida) led things off with a base hit and promptly moved to third on a single by Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon). A wild pitch then plated Langford and bumped Wilson up 90 feet into scoring position. After a deep fly ball allowed Wilson to tag and make his way to third, another run-scoring balk was scored to move the U.S. within a single tally at 3-2.
- That would be as close as the red, white, and blue would get, however, as Curaçao turned the ball over to reliever Alexander Rodriguez who recorded the next four outs of the contest to secure the victory and pick up the save.
- Ross Dunn gave the U.S. 3.1 strong innings of relief, striking out six and walking two while not yielding a single hit.
- Hunter Waldrop started on the mound and fanned two in 2.1 innings, while allowing three runs on four hits, to suffer the loss.
- Curaçao starting pitcher Nelmerson Angela battled through 5.0 innings for the win, striking out four and walking five while allowing one run on three hits.
- Four U.S. players had one hit each, all of which were singles.
- Brayden Taylor (TCU) and Maui Ahuna both had a stolen base in the contest. The U.S. is now a perfect 9-for-9 on the basepaths at Honkbalweek Haarlem.
- The U.S. entered the game having allowed just one unearned run through the first four games of Honkbalweek Haarlem
- Curaçao’s three-run third snapped a 22.1 inning scoreless streak by the U.S. pitching staff, dating back to the beginning of Sunday’s win over Italy (9-0) and including shutout victories over Cuba (2-0), and The Netherlands (10-0).
- In 33.2 total innings, the U.S. pitching staff has combined to strike out 46, walk only 15, and yield just a single extra-base hit.
- With a 3-2 record, the U.S. has clinched the third seed in the medal rounds and is set for a rematch against second-seeded Curaçao at 3:30 p.m./9:30 a.m. ET at Pim Mulier Stadium on Thursday.
- The Collegiate National Team will get another chance at Curaçao in the semifinals on Thursday, when the two teams square off at 3:30 p.m. local/9:30 a.m. ET at Pim Mulier Stadium.
- Top-seeded Japan and No. 4-seed The Kingdom of the Netherlands will play in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m. local/1:30 p.m. ET.
- The winners of both contests will advance to the gold-medal game at 7 p.m. local/1 p.m. ET on Friday.
- The losers will play for the bronze medal at 2 p.m. local/8 a.m. ET.
- Stay tuned to @USABaseballCNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 Collegiate National Team Training Camp.
CNT Walks Off with 10-0 Win Over The Netherlands
HAARLEM, Netherlands – Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) had a home run, a walk-off double, and three RBIs as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team claimed its third consecutive shutout win with a 10-0 mercy-rule victory over Team Kingdom of the Netherlands in front of a packed house at Pim Mulier Stadium on Tuesday night.
Gonzalez was one of nine different U.S. players with at least one hit in the win, while three pitchers combined to throw the team’s third consecutive shutout. After allowing an unearned run in an extra-inning tiebreaker loss to Japan in the tournament opener, Team USA has since fired 20.0 consecutive scoreless frames.
Paul Skenes started on Tuesday and gave the U.S. four innings of two-hit ball, striking out four and walking just one. A pair of Florida State products closed things out from there as Carson Montgomery and Wyatt Crowell fired a scoreless inning each before an eight-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth brought the game to an early end.
With the win, the Collegiate National Team is now 3-1 at Honkbalweek Haarlem and has clinched a spot in the medal rounds.
- Team USA got the scoring started in the bottom of the third when Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt) roped a leadoff double down the right-field line, advanced to third on a single by Dylan Crews (LSU), and scored on a double play.
- Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) made it a 2-0 game the next inning when he crushed an 0-1 pitch over the wall in right for just the third home run of the entire tournament.
- The best scoring opportunity of the day for Team Kingdom of the Netherlands came in the top of the sixth when seven-year MLB veteran Roger Bernadina opened the frame with a leadoff double. Wyatt Crowell (Florida State) was unfazed, however, and left him stranded there after a pair of strikeouts and a high chopper to third.
- The U.S. offense exploded in the home half of the sixth, scoring eight runs on five hits and an error to close out the mercy rule victory.
- Yohandy Morales (Miami), Maui Ahuna, Tre’ Morgan (LSU), and Jack Hurley (Virginia Tech) each had an RBI single in the inning, while Dylan Crews (LSU) drew a bases-loaded walk, and Wyatt Langford (Florida) lifted a sacrifice fly to left before Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) ended the game with a two-run double off the top of the wall in right.
- The home run by Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) was just the third of the tournament with Yohandy Morales (Miami) and former Major Leaguer and Nippon Professional League single-season home run record holder Wladimir Balentien of The Netherlands hitting the other two in previous games.
- Jack Hurley (Virginia Tech) also had a strong day despite not entering the game until late in the contest as he had an RBI single, a stolen base, and scored two runs.
- Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt) finished the contest with a double, two walks, and two runs scored. He leads all players in the tournament with three extra-base hits (two doubles and a triple) through the first four games.
- Nine different U.S. players had at least one hit and seven different players accounted for nine total RBIs.
- The U.S. has allowed just one unearned run through the first four games of Honkbalweek Haarlem, which came in an extra-inning tiebreaker situation in a 1-0 loss to Japan in the tournament opener. Team USA has fired 20.0 scoreless innings since with shutout wins over Italy (9-0), Cuba (2-0), and The Netherlands (10-0).
- In 27.2 total innings, the U.S. pitching staff has combined to strike out 37, walk only 12, and yield just a single extra-base hit.
- With a 3-1 record, the U.S. has clinched a spot in the medal rounds and currently sits second in the overall standings behind only Japan (4-0).
- The Collegiate National Team will close out the pool play portion of Honkbalweek Haarlem at 3:30 p.m. local/9:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday when it takes on Curacao at Pim Mulier Stadium.
- Stay tuned to @USABaseballCNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 Collegiate National Team Training Camp.
CNT Posts 2-0 Shutout Over Cuba at Honkbalweek
HAARLEM, Netherlands – Tanner Hall (Southern Miss) and Teddy McGraw (Wake Forest) combined to throw a four-hit shutout as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team slid past Cuba, 2-0, on Monday evening at Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem, Netherlands.
Hall started and struck out seven batters in 4.0 scoreless innings to earn the win before handing the ball over to McGraw who was credited with the save after fanning four over the game’s final three frames.
The U.S. managed just two hits in the seven-inning contest, but they were back-to-back two-out RBI singles by Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) and Wyatt Langford (Florida). Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt) also played a big role in the win, stealing two bases and scoring the game-winning run.
With the victory, Team USA improves to 2-1 at Honkbalweek Haarlem where it has yielded just one unearned run over the first three games. Cuba falls to 0-3 with the loss.
- Team USA was the first to put a runner in scoring position, doing so in the bottom of the first when Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt) was hit by a pitch, quickly stole second, and moved to third on a fielder’s choice. He was left stranded there, however, after Cuban starting pitcher Juan Rodriguez struck out the next batter to end the frame.
- Bradfield reached again in the third when he bounced into a fielder’s choice for the second out, but he put his speed to use shortly after, stealing second for second time in three innings. After a walk to Dylan Crews (LSU), Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) lined an RBI single to right and Wyatt Lanford (Florida) followed with a base hit back up the middle four pitches later to make it a 2-0 lead for the U.S.
- Cuba tried to mount a rally in the top of the fourth, using three singles to load the bases with just one out. Tanner Hall (Southern Miss) responded with two huge strikeouts to keep the U.S. lead intact.
- The Cubans took advantage of Team USA’s first error of Honkbalweek Haarlem to get a leadoff baserunner in the top of the sixth. Frederich Cepeda, a 25-year veteran of professional baseball, laced the next pitch through the left side and a balk moments later moved both runners into scoring position with just one out. This time it was Teddy McGraw’s (Wake Forest) turn to buckle down and he did just that, blowing fastballs by the next two batters to strike them both out and defuse the threat.
- Tanner Hall (Southern Miss) started for Team USA and struck out seven batters while allowing just three hits and two walks over 4.0 shutout innings to earn the win.
- Teddy McGraw (Wake Forest) claimed the save after closing out the contest with four punchouts over 3.0 innings of one-hit ball.
- Both of Team’s USA’s hits were two-out RBI singles which came back-to-back by Joseph Gonzalez (Ole Miss) and Wyatt Langford (Florida) in the third inning.
- Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt) stole two bases and scored the game-winning run.
- Maui Ahuna walked twice in the contest.
- The U.S. has allowed just one unearned run through the first three games of Honkbalweek Haarlem, which came in an extra-inning tiebreaker situation in a 1-0 loss to Japan in the tournament opener. Team USA has fired 14.0 scoreless innings since with shutout wins over Italy (9-0) and Cuba (2-0).
- The U.S. has committed just one error through the first three games, which ties for the fewest among the six teams in the tournament.
- The Collegiate National Team next plays at 7:30 p.m. local/1:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday when it takes on the Netherlands at Pim Mulier Stadium.
- Stay tuned to @USABaseballCNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 Collegiate National Team Training Camp.
Eight-Run Inning Lifts U.S. Over Italy, 9-0, at Honkbalweek
HAARLEM, Netherlands – The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team exploded for eight runs in the fourth inning on Sunday as it defeated Italy, 9-0, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Honkbalweek Haarlem, held Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem, Netherlands.
Kyle Teel (Virginia) got the scoring started in the fourth inning with a bases-loaded double that cleared the bases and saw him score on a throwing error on the play. Just moments later, Yohandy Morales (Miami) crushed an opposite-field home run to right to make it a 5-0 lead.
A two-run triple by Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt) and a sacrifice fly by Wyatt Langford (Florida) closed out the eight-run explosion. Bradfield later doubled in another run in the sixth to give him three RBIs on the day and account for the game’s final score.
Bradfield, Teel, and Morales each finished with a pair of hits in the contest, while Joseph Gonzalez (Auburn) picked up the win on the mound with four strikeouts in 2.1 scoreless innings.
Hunter Elliott (Ole Miss), Ryan Bruno (Stanford), and Zach Agnos (ECU) combined with Gonzalez on the five-hit shutout. Team USA has allowed just one run over its first 14.2 innings at Honkbalweek after falling in eight innings to Japan, 1-0, a day ago.
- Italy put two runners on base in the game’s opening frame with a single and a walk, but a three-pitch strikeout ended the threat.
- The Italians put more pressure on in the third inning when a bunt single, a walk, and a sac bunt quickly put two runners in scoring position with just one out. An intentional walk then loaded the bases but Hunter Elliott’s (Ole Miss) fifth strikeout of the game put two outs on the scoreboard. The U.S. then called on Joseph Gonzalez (Auburn) out of the pen and he needed just one pitch to get an inning-ending chopper to short.
- After being shutout by Japan in the tournament opener, the U.S. was held off the scoreboard the first three innings on Sunday as well, before exploding for eight runs on six hits in the fourth.
- Wyatt Langford (Florida) got the frame started with an infield single. A base hit by Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) and a walk to Dylan Crews (LSU) promptly loaded the bases. Kyle Teel (Virginia) then proceeded to dump a 1-2 pitch down the line in left and took advantage of two Italy errors on the play to race all the way around the basepaths to give the U.S. a 4-0 advantage.
- Just two batters later, Yohandy Morales (Miami) took another 1-2 offering and deposited it over the wall in right-center for a solo home run.
- Pinch hitter Jack Payton (Louisville) followed the solo shot with a hard-hit double before a walk to Tre’ Morgan (LSU), a two-RBI triple by Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt), and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Langford closed out the eight-run inning.
- Bradfield struck again in the sixth with a run-scoring double to give him three RBIs on the day and Team USA a 9-0 lead.
- Italy took advantage of a pair of walks and a hit batter to load the bases against Ryan Bruno (Stanford) in the top of the sixth but a pop-out to shortstop and a swinging strikeout kept the U.S. shutout intact.
- Hunter Elliott (Ole Miss) started for the U.S. and fanned five batters in 2.2 innings of two-hit ball.
- Joseph Gonzalez (Auburn) came out of the bullpen to strike out four while yielding two hits in 2.1 scoreless frames.
- Ryan Bruno (Stanford) and Zach Agnos (ECU) fired one shutout stanza each to close out the victory.
- Through the first two games of Honkbalweek, the U.S. pitching staff has allowed just one unearned run on nine hits with 19 strikeouts in 14.2 innings pitched.
- Yohandy Morales (Miami) hit just the second home of Honkbalweek so far with a solo shot in the fourth. Roger Bernadina of the Netherlands, a seven-year MLB veteran, is the only other player with a longball this week.
- Morales leads Team USA with three hits and a .600 batting average through the first two games.
- Nine different players each scored one run in Sunday’s 9-0 win over Italy.
- Italy stranded 12 runners on base in the loss, including two instances with the bases loaded.
- The U.S. has four of the six total stolen bases so far in the tournament and has yet to have a player thrown out stealing.
- Team USA’s first two games at Honkbalweek Haarlem have been played in front of a capacity crowd at Pim Mulier Stadium with more than 3,500 fans on hand each day.
- The Collegiate National Team will return to the diamond against Cuba at 7:30 p.m. local/1:30 p.m. ET on Monday at Pim Mulier Stadium.
- Stay tuned to @USABaseballCNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 Collegiate National Team Training Camp.
CNT Falls to Japan in Extras, 1-0, in Honkbalweek Opener
HAARLEM, Netherlands – In a game dominated by pitching, the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker in extra innings to Japan in its opening game of Honkbalweek at Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem on Saturday afternoon.
After neither team was able to push across a run over the first seven innings the game headed to extras, which were played under international tiebreaker rules with runners placed on first and second to start the frame.
The U.S. was held off the scoreboard in its half of the eighth and looked to have Japan in a good spot after back-to-back flyouts to start the bottom of the inning were unable to advance the runners. A walk and a walk-off single, the third hit of the day by Takuma Hayashi, handed Team USA the defeat.
- The best scoring threat for the U.S. came right out of the gate in the top of the first when Enrique Bradfield, Jr. (Vanderbilt) and Wyatt Langford (Florida) opened the game with back-to-back singles. A pair of strikeouts and a flyout to right quickly thwarted the threat, however.
- Japan followed suit with a pair of singles to start the bottom of the first, but Team USA starter Rhett Lowder (Wake Forest) induced a 5-3 double play before getting a strikeout to stymie the home team.
- In the third, Lowder struck out the first three batters, but a wild pitch allowed the final one to reach base. The runner quickly stole second and a walk put two runners on but a harmless pop-up to second left them both stranded.
- A pair of free passes put two on for Team USA in the top of the sixth, but nothing came of it as a groundout ended the inning.
- In the home half of the frame, Japan had a couple of singles by U.S. catcher Kyle Teel (Virginia) quickly erased both of them from the basepaths, throwing out both trying to steal second.
- In its half of the extra inning, Team USA tried to bunt both runners up a base, but the Japanese catcher made a great play to field it and throw the lead runner out at third. From there, a fielder’s choice and a groundout kept the game tied.
- Japan swung away in the bottom of the inning and the first two batters flied out to right which kept its two baserunners from advancing at all. A walk and the third hit of the day by Takuma Hayashi, a walk-off single, ended the hard-fought contest.
- Rhett Lowder (Wake Forest) and Carter Holton (Vanderbilt) were both fantastic on the mound, firing 3.0 shutout innings each and combining to allow just three hits while striking out a combined seven batters.
- Cade Kuehler (Campbell) suffered the tough-luck loss after yielding the game’s lone run, which was unearned, in his 1.2 innings of work.
- Kyle Teel (Virginia) gunned down two of three potential base stealers on Saturday.
- All nine hits in Saturday’s game were singles, with five by the U.S. and four by Japan.
- Saturday’s game marked the first for Team USA at Honkbalweek Haarlem since it won the tournament championship in 2014.
- The U.S. also lost to Japan, 1-0, in its opening game that year before winning its next seven games to claim gold.
- Saturday’s contest was played in front of a capacity crowd at Pim Mulier Stadium with more than 3,500 fans on hand.
- The Collegiate National Team will return to the diamond against Italy at 12 p.m. local/6 a.m. ET on Sunday at Pim Mulier Stadium.
- Stay tuned to @USABaseballCNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 Collegiate National Team Training Camp.
Paul Seiler Reelected to WBSC Executive Board
TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan –The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced Monday that USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler was reelected to its Executive Board for a third term through 2025. His reappointment came during the IV WBSC Congress in Taipei City, Taiwan. Seiler was first elected as a member-at-large in 2017.
The WBSC is the world governing body for the sports of baseball, softball, and Baseball5. It was established in 2013 by the merger of the International Baseball Federation and International Softball Federation.
"My congratulations to Paul for his reelection on the WBSC Executive Board,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “He has been an instrumental part of the WBSC's development and the growth of baseball around the world. He is a dear friend and colleague ever since we first started working together at IBAF and I'm pleased to have Paul continue on the WBSC Executive Board with many exciting projects ahead of us, including the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games."
“We are delighted that USA Baseball, and in particular Paul Seiler, will continue to serve as members of the WBSC leadership team,” said USA Baseball President Mike Gaski. “His reelection to a third term is a testament to the respect and admiration he and USA Baseball hold among the global leaders of our game. We look forward to witnessing the growth of baseball globally under his continued leadership.”
“I am both honored and humbled to continue serving on the WBSC Executive Board,” said Seiler. “I cannot overstate the importance of leading by example and USA Baseball continues to be one of the foremost ambassadors for baseball globally thanks to a tremendous team of people dedicated to the care and proliferation of our game in the United States. It continues to be my privilege to represent them among the leaders for baseball with the WBSC as we collectively aim to develop, strengthen, and grow our beloved game domestically and internationally.”
A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Seiler joined USA Baseball in 1988 and was later named Executive Director/CEO in October 2000 after serving as the organization’s Director of National Team Operations from 1997–1999. During his tenure, USA Baseball has forged a long-term partnership with Major League Baseball, achieved record success by its national teams, and experienced unprecedented internal growth.
In 2000, Seiler worked closely with Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association, and the United States Olympic Paralympic Committee (USOPC) to help lead Team USA to its first Olympic gold medal at the Sydney Games. In addition to being elected to the Executive Committee of the WBSC in 2017, he also served as the Second Vice Chairman for the WBSC’s Baseball Division. Seiler was also one of two technical delegates for baseball in the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Most recently, he led the Professional National Team program to a silver medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after helping baseball return to the Olympic Programme for the first time since 2008.
USA Baseball Names 2022 Collegiate National Team Roster
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 26-man Collegiate National Team roster that will represent Team USA at Honkbalweek Haarlem from July 8-15 at Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem, Netherlands. The final squad was named after completing the 2022 Collegiate National Team Training Camp, a five-game intrasquad series played throughout North Carolina.
The 2022 Collegiate Team is led by Manager Mike Bianco, who capped his 24th season leading Ole Miss by winning its first-ever College World Series title. He is joined on staff by Xan Barksdale, Drew Bianco (LSU), Scott Brown (Vanderbilt), Cliff Godwin (ECU), and Josh Holliday (Oklahoma State).
"A week ago, as I sat with the fifty-one players that we invited to Cary, I told them what a tremendous honor this is because you are fifty-one of the best amateur baseball players in the United States of America,” said Bianco. “To narrow it down nearly in half is quite a task. We shared with all of them, as honestly and candidly as we could, that there are players that will go home that will play in the big leagues and be All-Americans next year. I commend these coaches and the USA Baseball committee on the selections we have made. We can't wait to get to work today and on the road to winning the championship at Honkbalweek."
The roster features four returning members from last summer’s Collegiate National Team: Dylan Crews (LSU), Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss), Paul Skenes, and Kyle Teel (Virginia). Yohandy Morales (Miami) is the fifth and final member of the roster with national team experience, having played for the red, white, and blue as a member of the 2013 12U National Team–where he won a world title–and the 2018 18U National Team. 2022 also marks the third time Crews and Skenes have made a national team, playing on the 2017 15U and 2014 12U National Teams, respectively, in addition to the 2021 Collegiate team.
Five of the athletes on the 2022 roster also participated in the USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP). Crews worked his way through the NTDP three times, meanwhile, Enrique Bradfield Jr. (Vanderbilt), Ross Dunn, Gonzalez, and Morales each participated in the program once.
Seventeen different schools are represented on the 2022 Collegiate National Team roster, with five boasting a pair of athletes: Florida State, LSU, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest.
Team USA will travel to the Netherlands on Wednesday and begin Honkbalweek Haarlem on Saturday, July 9. The stars and stripes open against Japan at 7 a.m. ET and follow with games against Italy, Cuba, the Netherlands, and Curacao to complete group play. All games will be streamed online via HonkbalSoftbal.tv.
The U.S. has competed at Honkbalweek Haarlem five times since 2000 and has earned four gold medals in that time, including winning the championship in its most recent appearance at the event in 2014. Team USA also won gold in the event’s 2000, 2002, and 2008 editions and earned a bronze medal in 2012.
The full 26-man 2022 Collegiate National Team Roster is as follows:
2022 Collegiate National Team Roster
(Name; Position; Hometown; School)
- Zach Agnos; RHP/INF; Haymarket, Va.; ECU
- Maui Ahuna; INF; Hilo, Hawaii
- ^Enrique Bradfield Jr.; OF; Hialeah, Fla.; Vanderbilt
- Ryan Bruno; LHP; Wellington, Fla.; Stanford
- *^Dylan Crews; OF; Longwood, Fla.; LSU
- Wyatt Crowell; LHP; Cumming, Ga.; Florida State
- ^Ross Dunn; LHP; Salt Lake City, Utah
- Hunter Elliott; LHP; Tupelo, Miss.; Ole Miss
- *^Jacob Gonzalez; INF; Glendora, Calif.; Ole Miss
- Joseph Gonzalez; RHP; Humacao, P.R.; Auburn
- Tanner Hall; RHP; Zachary, La.; Southern Mississippi
- Carter Holton; LHP; Savannah, Ga.; Vanderbilt
- Jack Hurley; OF; Boalsburg, Pa.; Virginia Tech
- Cade Kuehler; RHP; Waxhaw, N.C.; Campbell
- Wyatt Langford; OF/C; Trenton, Fla.; Florida
- Rhett Lowder; RHP; Albemarle, N.C.; Wake Forest
- Teddy McGraw; RHP; Oneota, N.Y.; Wake Forest
- Carson Montgomery; RHP; Windermere, Fla.; Florida State
- *^Yohandy Morales; INF; Miami, Fla.; Miami
- Tre' Morgan; INF; New Orleans, La.; LSU
- Jack Payton; C; Orland Park, Ill.; Louisville
- *Paul Skenes; RHP/INF; Lake Forest, Calif.
- Brayden Taylor; INF; West Jordan, Utah; TCU
- *Kyle Teel; C/OF; Mahwah, N.J.; Virginia
- Hurston Waldrep; RHP; Thomasville, Ga.
- Jacob Wilson; INF; Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Grand Canyon
*denotes national team alumnus
^denotes National Team Development Program (NTDP) participant
Stars Conclude CNT Training Camp Series with 6-3 Win Over Stripes
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jack Hurley (Virginia Tech) had three hits and Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) drove in three runs as the Stars won the final game of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training Camp series, 6-3, over the Stripes in front of a capacity crowd of 10,331 on Monday night at Truist Field in Charlotte, N.C.
Hurley finished 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored and a stolen base, his second of the series, while Wilson went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, a run, and a walk. Wilson finished the series with a team-high .467 batting average (7-for-15) and nearly twice as many total bases (15) as any other player. He also drove in a series-high five runs in the five games.
Hunter Elliott (Ole Miss) collected the win as the Stars’ starter, striking out four and allowing just one hit in his two innings on the mound. Joseph Gonzalez (Auburn) followed with two perfect frames before handing the ball off to Jaden Woods (Georgia) who added two shutout stanzas as well.
For the Stripes, Christian Knapczyk (Louisville) led the way offensively, going 2-for-2 off the bench with an RBI triple, a stolen base, and a run scored. Mason Nichols (Ole Miss) was effective on the mound, as well, striking out four in two shutout innings.
- The Stars came firing out of the gate, plating a pair of runs in the game’s opening frame. Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt) took the second pitch of the game and punched it to center for a leadoff single. Dylan Crews (LSU) followed with a single of his own on the very next offering and Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) brought in the game’s first run with a looping single to left to score Bradfield. A pair of wild pitches to the next batter then allowed Crews to make his way around the bases to put the Stars up 2-0.
- The second inning saw the Stars continue to increase their lead when Kyle Teel (Virginia) was hit by a pitch, moved to third on a double by Brock Wilken (Wake Forest), and score on a base hit by ACC rival Jack Hurley (Virginia Tech).
- After a couple quiet innings, the Stars struck again in the fifth when Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) drew a one-out walk then scored on a double down the left-field line by Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss).
- The score remained 4-0 until the seventh when the Stripes cut their deficit in half on back-to-back RBI groundouts to first off the bats of Jack Payton (Louisville) and Ryan Lasko (Rutgers).
- Up 4-2 heading into the ninth, the Stars tacked on a couple of insurance runs when Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) laced a bases-loaded, two-RBI single into left.
- An RBI triple down the right-field line by Christian Knapczyk (Louisville) in the bottom of the ninth brought he final tally on the scoreboard to 6-3.
- With their win on Monday, the Stars won the CNT Training Camp series, four games to one, over the Stripes.
- Hunter Elliott (Ole Miss) made his Stars debut and picked up the win with four strikeouts in 2.0 innings as the starting pitcher.
- Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) finished the five-game series as the leader in batting average (.467), hits (7), runs scored (5), doubles (2), home runs (2), RBIs (5), and total bases (15).
- With his three hits on Monday, Jack Hurley (Virginia Tech) moved into second among all players with a .357 average (5-for-14) for the series. He also tied Vance Honeycutt (North Carolina) for the most stolen bases with two.
- The Collegiate National Team final roster, which will compete in Honkbalweek Haarlem in the Netherlands, will be announced on Tuesday.
- Team USA will travel to the Netherlands this week and begin play at Honkbalweek Haarlem against Japan at 7 a.m. ET on July 9.
- Stay tuned to @USABaseballCNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 Collegiate National Team Training Camp.
Stars Blank Stripes, 7-0, to Clinch CNT Training Camp Series
DURHAM, N.C. –A five-run seventh inning, featuring home runs from both Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) and Brayden Taylor (TCU), propelled the Stars to a 7-0 victory over the Stripes on Sunday evening at Durham Bulls Athletic Park to clinch the Collegiate National Team Training Camp series, three games to one.
After six innings of dominant pitching by both sides, Wilson jumped on the first pitch in the bottom of the seventh and launched it over the Blue Monster for the game’s first run. Just moments later, Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) tacked on two more with a two-RBI single which Taylor followed by hitting a moonshot over the wall in right to break the game open.
Wilson finished 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored, a walk, and an RBI, while Gonzales was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Tre’ Morgan (LSU) added two hits and an RBI as well.
On the mound, four Stars pitchers combined to throw a three-hit shutout, their second of the series. Ross Dunn (Arizona State) started and struck out four in 3.0 innings of one-hit ball. Carson Montgomery followed with 3.0 scoreless innings in his Team USA debut, striking out three, before handing the ball off to winning pitcher Drue Hackenburg (Virginia Tech) for the next two frames. Ryan Bruno (Stanford) pitched a scoreless ninth to secure the victory.
- The Stripes had the first real scoring opportunity of the contest in the top of the third when Zach Agnos (East Carolina) led off the inning with a double down the right-field line. The Stars retired the next three batters, however, and left him stranded there.
- The Stars put runners on the corners with two outs in the following frame, but a groundout ended the threat.
- Neither team was able to generate much offense until the Stars exploded for five runs on five hits in the bottom of the seventh.
- Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) took the first pitch he saw as the leadoff batter in the seventh and deposited it over the Blue Monster in left for the game’s first run. Chris Davis (Arizona) followed with a single to right on the very next pitch and Tre’ Morgan singled to short two batters later. After a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position, a groundout put two outs on the scoreboard, but Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) was able to keep the rally going with a two-strike, two-RBI single to center. Brayden Taylor (TCU) then took the next offering and blasted a moonshot to right that made it a 5-0 ballgame.
- The Stars kept the pressure on in the eighth as Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) narrowly missed another home run with a double high off the wall in left. A wild pitch and three consecutive walks brought him around the basepaths to push the lead to six. Dylan Crews (LSU) the grounded into a fielder’s choice to bring in another run to account for the game’s final score.
- With two more hits on Sunday, Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) now leads all CNT players with five hits in the series, four of which have gone for extra bases (two doubles, two home runs). He also homered in Friday’s contest in Durham and is tops among all players with a .417 batting average (5-for-12) through the first four games.
- Dylan Crews (LSU) added an RBI in the eighth inning, pushing his CNT-high RBI total to four.
- Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt) drew three walks on Sunday, moving him into a tie with Brayden Taylor (TCU) for the most on the team this summer with four.
- Drew Beam (Tennessee) gave the Stripes three quality innings as a starter, allowing no runs on three hits with one walk and one strikeout.
- Hagen Smith (Arkansas) added two innings of shutout relief for the Stripes as well, fanning four.
- Vance Honeycutt (North Carolina) picked up his first hit of the summer with an infield single and then promptly stole second base, making him the only player with multiple stolen bases (2) in the series.
- The pitching staffs from both teams were helped by a total of three double plays, with the Stars turning two and Stripes turning one.
- With their win on Sunday, the Stars clinched the series victory, three games to one. The Stars vs. Stripes series will conclude with a 6:05 p.m. ET contest at Truist Field in Charlotte, N.C., Monday evening.
- Monday, July 4: Stars vs. Stripes (6:05 p.m. ET; Truist Field, Charlotte, N.C.)
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Stripes Walk Off Stars in Extras, 2-1
DURHAM, N.C. – A walk-off walk in extra innings handed the Stripes their first victory over the Stars in the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Trials on Saturday evening at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
In what was designated as a seven-inning contest, the pitching dominated during regulation. Between the two teams, nine combined pitchers yielded just nine hits and no runs in the first seven frames while striking out 14 batters.
The eighth inning was played under international tiebreaker rules which helped to jumpstart the offenses on both sides.
After the Stars put the first tally on the scoreboard with a Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) sac fly in the top of the frame, the Stripes were able to do them one better in their half of the inning as an RBI groundout by Yohandy Morales (Miami) and a bases-loaded walk to Jake Gelof (Virginia) gave them a 2-1 walk-off victory.
- After a quiet first inning by both teams, the Stars offense quickly loaded the bases with one out in the top of the second with a pair of singles by Brock Wilken (Wake Forest) and Tre’ Morgan (LSU) and a walk to Brayden Taylor (TCU). Stripes starting pitcher Carter Holton (Vanderbilt) wriggled out of the jam, however, getting a foul-out to first and a three-pitch punchout to end the threat.
- It was the Stripes’ turn to put on some pressure in the fifth when Jake Gelof (Virginia) led off the stanza with a walk before a throwing error and a fielder’s choice quickly moved him up to third and put runners on the corners with one out. The next batter hit a hard grounder to second, but Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) made a strong throw to the plate to nab the runner at the plate. Luke Savage (TCU) then came out of the bullpen to end the inning with a strikeout, keeping the game scoreless.
- The Stripes nearly walked it off in the bottom of the seventh after back-to-back two-out singles by Christian Knapczyk (Louisville) and Ryan Lasko (Rutgers) but Braden Montgomery (Stanford) trotted in from the pen and struck out the next batter to send the game to extra innings.
- In the extra frame Jaden Woods (Georgia) came on to pitch for the Stripes and held the Stars to just one run despite two runners starting the inning on base. That tally came via a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) before a flyout stranded two others on the bases.
- The Stripes were able to execute their strategy in the home half of the inning when Wyatt Langford (Florida) laid down a perfect sac bunt to move both runners into scoring position with just one out. Following an intentional walk to load the bases, the Stars looked to have escaped with the win when Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) made a terrific play up the middle and nearly started a game-ending double play but Yohandy Morales (Miami) hustled all the way down the line and narrowly beat the relay throw to first. That would pave the way for the victory as consecutive walks to Vance Honeycutt (North Carolina) and Jake Gelof (Virginia) promptly brought in the game-winning run.
- Stars starting pitcher Paul Skenes struck out four batters and yielded just two hits in 3.2 scoreless innings.
- Stripes starting pitcher Carter Holton (Vanderbilt) put up 2.1 scoreless frames in which he struck out one.
- TCU teammates River Ridings and Luke Savage pitched back-to-back for the Stars. Ridings went 1.0 inning with one punchout while Savage recorded four outs, including two by strikeout.
- Local standout Jonathan Santucci (Duke) retired all five batters that he faced for the Stripes.
- Mason Nichols (Ole Miss), Zach Agnos (East Carolina), and Braden Montgomery (Stanford) each recorded a scoreless inning out of the bullpen for the Stripes.
- Jaden Woods (Georgia) picked up the win with two strikeouts in the top of the eighth.
- LuJames Groover III (NC State) reached base in all four of his plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with a pair of singles and two walks.
- A day after they both hit home runs, Dylan Crews (LSU) and Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) both had a double in Saturday’s contest.
- Brock Wilken (Wake Forest) was 1-for-3 in the contest and now leads all players in the CNT training camp with a .417 (5-for-12) batting average.
- With the Stripes winning on Saturday, the Stars now hold a 2-1 lead in the five-game series which includes one more game in Durham, N.C., and another in Charlotte, N.C.
- Sunday, July 3: Stars vs. Stripes (6:35 p.m. ET; Durham Bulls Athletic Park)
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