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How to Become a USA Baseball Coach - Part Four: The Career Coach

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

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

That's the common path for a player.

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

It is a question we get asked a lot.

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

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

The Career Coach: Pitching Coach Adam Moseley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Austin's Grand Slam Lifts Team Light Blue Past Team Gray

RJ Austin and Dominic Hellman combine for five RBIs to lead Light Blue to second win
July 29, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Team Light Blue 0 2 0 0 4 4 0 10 4 1 Team Gray 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 1 Win: Joe Allen Loss: Hayden Murphy Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play   CARY, N.C. -Team Light Blue jumped out to
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Team Light Blue 0 2 0 0 4 4 0 10 4 1
Team Gray 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 1
Win: Joe Allen Loss: Hayden Murphy Save: None
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CARY, N.C. -Team Light Blue jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, using a fifth-inning grand slam by RJ Austin to top Team Gray, 10-3, in the 2021 PDP League on Thursday afternoon at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

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

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

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

Key Moments

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

 

Notable Information

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

 

On Deck

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

 

Social

  • Stay tuned to @BaseballPDP on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2021 PDP League.
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Team USA to Open Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Versus Israel

First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT
July 29, 2021
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YOKOHAMA, Japan -- The U.S. Olympic Baseball Team faces off against Israel to begin the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 baseball tournament on Friday, July 30, 2021 at Yokohama Baseball Stadium in Yokohama. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. EDT and fans in the U.S. can watch it live on NBCOlympics.com.

Right-hander Joe Ryan (Minnesota Twins) will get the nod on the mound for Team USA in its opener. The stars and stripes will face right-hander Joey Wagman of Israel.

Israel is making its Olympic debut after winning the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Europe/Asia Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020. Team USA earned its spot in the event after finishing a perfect 4-0 in the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier in June.

Three-time World Series champion Mike Scioscia will manage a roster laden with major league and international baseball experience. Of the 24 players on the roster, 19 have previously suited up for the red, white, and blue, and seven have won a gold medal. Additionally, 13 athletes have played in Major League Baseball (MLB), four have been named an MLB All-Star, two have won a World Series, and one was a member of Team USA when it won its first World Baseball Classic title in 2017.

The U.S. is in Group B with Israel and South Korea for the opening round. The three teams will go head-to-head before advancing into a bracket-style knockout round with the members of Group A (Dominican Republic, Japan, and Mexico), which begins on Sunday, August 1.

Fans and media are encouraged to visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseball on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for the most up-to-date information for the team, including daily game notes, recaps, live scoring, and behind-the-scenes content.

Followers are encouraged to use USA Baseball's official hashtag, #ForGlory🇺🇸, during the event.

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WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Postponed to 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pre-Olympic Baseball Tournament Press Conference

July 28, 2021
TOKYO - Team USA Manager Mike Scioscia, along with the managers of Israel, Korea, and Mexico, participated in a pre-tournament press conference for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Wednesday, July 28, at Yokohama City Hall in Yokohama, Japan. Below are quotes provided from Scioscia during the press conference. Team

TOKYO - Team USA Manager Mike Scioscia, along with the managers of Israel, Korea, and Mexico, participated in a pre-tournament press conference for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Wednesday, July 28, at Yokohama City Hall in Yokohama, Japan.

Below are quotes provided from Scioscia during the press conference.

Team USA's first game is on Friday, July 30, at 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT against Israel.

MIKE SCIOSCIA TRANSCRIPT:

    • On how long it has been since arriving in Tokyo, team preparation, and what it feels like to participate in the Olympic Games.
    • First, it is a great honor for me–and I know I speak for our players and coaches, too–to have the opportunity to be part of a group wearing the USA jersey in such a tremendous tournament like the Olympics. So, we are really excited about that. We had a great workout in North Carolina before we got here and played our Collegiate National Team, but once we came over here there was a little bit of a lag. We got here on July 22nd, and we do not play until the 30th, so in those eight days we have put together simulated games and we have done some high-speed drills to try to keep our guys as simulated and game conditioned as we can and let them get used to the surfaces we’re going to plan on here in Japan. 
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    • On the style of play that can be expected during the Olympic Games as it relates to a lot of discussions regarding Major League Baseball, such as home runs, bat velocities, pace of play, etc.
    • The type of game that will be played is going to depend on each individual manager and their talent. I think in just our scouting–looking at teams–there is definitely going to be some speed in this tournament. There is going to be situational hitting. I think there is a lot of things that make our game beautiful that you’ll see in this tournament. Hopefully we’re going to play good, consistent baseball and when the situation arises, I think we have the type of team that can push some of the action that you were talking about.
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    • On the strengths players on the U.S. roster with experience playing professional baseball in Japan can bring to the tournament.
    • We had a pretty big turnover from our qualifying team as we looked for players coming out of our tournament in Florida. We had the guys that we have on our team now… we had them on our radar for a long time to see if the guys playing in Japan were going to be available if we moved on. We are very fortunate to have [Nick] Martinez, [Scott] McGough, and [Tyler] Austin join our club and they will be very, very important players as we get into this tournament. They are familiar with the [Nippon Professional Baseball] league and familiar with the ballparks, and a lot of the players on the Japanese team. We haven’t seen much of the other four teams in the tournament, so they will be a help to us if we ever get dealt playing Japan. But, right now, we need production. Austin is a middle of the lineup hitter that we’re excited to have. McGough will be a big part of our bullpen and Nick Martinez is going to be one of our starters, so they are going to be very important to us.
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    • On the most important thing needed to win a short tournament like the Olympic Games.
    • Although there are a lot of things that go into winning a ball game, I think it still comes down to how well you pitch and how well you play defense. In a series like we’re going to play in the tournament, I really believe the team that pitches the best and plays the best defense has the best chance to win. That is where our focus will be. I think in playing many playoff games and playing in a couple World Series, I know how important pitching and defense becomes when you’re playing against terrific teams and when you’re playing in a format we’re going to be playing in.
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    • On the young players on the roster.
    • Yes, we have some ex-Major Leaguers playing but we are equally excited about the young talent that are playing in the Minor Leagues in the United States right now. You’re going to see some great pitchers. Shane Baz and Joe Ryan; these guys have terrific arms... Simeon Woods-Richardson. These are guys I think you’re going to hear about in the near future as they get their opportunity in the Major Leagues. Those young players are important to us. Our catcher, [Mark] Kolozsvary, is very talented and he’s only in double-A (AA). We have a group that is both veteran, experienced players that have played in the Major Leagues and young guys on their way up. So, we like our young talent, too.
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    • On communicating with MLB Clubs about the young arms on Team USA’s roster.
    • We’ve definitely communicated with every organization. Dave Wallace, our pitching coach, has been in constant communication with every organization that we have a pitcher on our team from: what their schedule is, what they are able to do, if there are any limitations on the number of pitches our guys can throw. Right now, we are very, very comfortable about their being very few restrictions on our young pitchers we have on the roster and we’ll be able to pitch them as we need them.
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Team Gray Gets 9-1 Win Over Team Red on Tuesday Evening

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

 

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

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

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

Key Moments

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

 

Notable Information

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

 

On Deck

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

 

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Team Navy Comes From Behind to Defeat Team Light Blue

Team Navy uses a five-run third inning to pick up the 7-4 victory
July 27, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Team Light Blue 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 4 7 1 Team Navy 0 0 5 0 2 0 0 7 5 0 Win: Jack O'Connor Loss: Kassius Thomas Save: Zach Crotchfelt Box Score | Play-by-Play   CARY, N.C. - Team Navy collected a
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Team Light Blue 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 4 7 1
Team Navy 0 0 5 0 2 0 0 7 5 0
Win: Jack O'Connor Loss: Kassius Thomas Save: Zach Crotchfelt
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CARY, N.C. - Team Navy collected a come-from-behind 7-4 win over Team Light Blue on Tuesday afternoon at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. After going down 3-0, Team Navy used a five-run third inning to go ahead before adding two more insurance runs in the fifth.

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

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

Key Moments

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

 

Notable Information

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

 

On Deck

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

 

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  • Stay tuned to @BaseballPDP on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2021 PDP League.
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GAMEDAY: PDP League Set for Third Doubleheader on Tuesday

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

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

 

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

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

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

Notable Information

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

 

On Deck

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

 

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Team Light Blue Rallies for First PDP League Victory with Walkoff

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

 

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

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

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

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

Key Moments

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

 

Notable Information

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

 

On Deck

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

 

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Early Offense Secures First PDP League Victory For Team Gray

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

 

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

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

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

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

Key Moments

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

 

Notable Information

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

 

On Deck

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Key Moments

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

 

Notable Information

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

 

On Deck

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

 

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USA Baseball Announces 16U/17U National Team Development Program Roster

The 2021 NTDP is set to take place August 6-9 at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina
July 23, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 44-man 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster, following the completion of the 2021 National Team Championships in Arizona and North Carolina. The 2021 NTDP is scheduled to take place August 6-9 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary,

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 44-man 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster, following the completion of the 2021 National Team Championships in Arizona and North Carolina. The 2021 NTDP is scheduled to take place August 6-9 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

The 16U/17U NTDP will include a Stars and Stripes intrasquad series, during which coaches and evaluators at the event will assess the 44 participating athletes. The program will also include skill development sessions, off-field educational seminars, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters, and USA Baseball staff and national team coaches.

“We are excited to bring this incredibly talented group of players to North Carolina for this year’s National Team Development Program,” said Brett Curl, USA Baseball Director of Baseball Operations. “These young athletes impressed our staff and scouts with their skill and character throughout the summer and we are looking forward to providing them with an opportunity to continue to develop both on and off the field.”

The 2021 16U/17U NTDP roster features players that were selected from this year’s National Team Championships in Arizona and North Carolina as well as through recommendations from scouts, coaches, and the amateur baseball community. The program will be used to further connect identified athletes with the USA Baseball staff to better prepare and develop the athletes for future USA Baseball national team experiences. 

Of the 44 selected athletes, 16 competed at the National Team Championships Arizona while 21 participated in the National Team Championships North Carolina. Nine of the athletes previously participated in the National Team Development Program while five are USA Baseball national team alums.

Owen Egan (Yucaipa, Calif.), Colt Emerson (Cambridge, Ohio), Gavin Grahovac (Orange, Calif.), and Bryce Rainer (Simi Valley, Calif.) were all teammates on the 2017 12U National Team that won gold at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan. Egan also played on the 2016 12U National Team alongside Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.). In addition to the 12U National Team, Miller also played on the 15U National Team in 2019, helping Team USA win the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

The 2021 16U/17U NTDP staff will be announced at a later date.

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

The 2021 16U/17U NTDP roster is as follows:

  • 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program roster:
  • Name; Position; Hometown
  • Zach Anderson; C/OF; Temecula, Calif.
  • Kade Anderson; LHP/OF; Madisonville, La.
  • Blake Balsz; C/INF; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
  • ^Eric Bitoni; INF; Hesperia, Calif.
  • Matthew Champion; INF/RHP; Laguna Niguel, Calif.
  • Maxwell Clark; OF/LHP; Franklin, Ind.
  • Bryce Clavon; INF; Hampton, Ga.
  • Cam Collier; INF/RHP; Austell, Ga.
  • ^Dylan Cupp; INF; Cedartown, Ga.
  • ^Derek Curiel; OF; West Covina, Calif.
  • Dean Curley; INF/RHP; La Verne, Calif.
  • Daniel Cuvet; INF; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Sebastian David; INF/RHP; Medina, Wash.
  • *^Owen Egan; OF/RHP; Yucaipa, Calif.
  • Bryce Eldridge; RHP/INF; Vienna, Va.
  • *^Colt Emerson; INF; Cambridge, Ohio
  • Walter Ford; INF/RHP; McCalla, Ala.
  • Theodore Gillen; INF/RHP; Austin, Texas
  • *^Gavin Grahovac; INF/C; Orange, Calif.
  • Adam Hachman; LHP; Wentzville, Mo.
  • James Hays; RHP/INF; Hawkinsville, Ga.
  • ^Ryder Helfrick; C/INF; Discovery Bay, Calif.
  • Braden Holcomb; INF; Ocoee, Fla.
  • Walker Jenkins; OF/INF; Oak Island, N.C.
  • Justin Lee; RHP; Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Adrian Lopez; INF/RHP; Oak Hills, Calif.
  • Wes Mendes; LHP/OF; Tampa, Fla.
  • *^Aidan Miller; INF/RHP; Trinity, Fla.
  • Blake Mitchell; C/INF; Sinton, Texas
  • Bryson Moore; RHP/INF; Fairfax, Va.
  • Michael Mullinax; OF/RHP; Canton, Ga.
  • Liam Peterson; RHP/INF; Clearwater, Fla.
  • *^Bryce Rainer; INF; Simi Valley, Calif.
  • Christian Rodriguez; OF/RHP; Coral Springs, Fla.
  • Austen Roellig; INF; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
  • Nathan Rogalski; LHP/INF; Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Cole Schoenwetter; RHP/INF; Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Drew Sofield; LHP/OF; Young Harris, Ga.
  • Ryan Speshyock; RHP/INF; Goleta, Calif.
  • Cale Stricklin; C/INF; Watkinsville, Ga.
  • Landon Stump; RHP/UTL; Morgan Hill, Calif.
  • Travis Sykora; INF/RHP; Round Rock, Texas
  • TayShaun Walton; OF/RHP; Norfolk, Va.
  • Thomas White; LHP/INF; Rowley, Mass.

 

  • *Denotes USA Baseball National Team alum
  • ^Denotes past 14U NTDP participant
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2021 PDP League Coaching Staff Bios

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

  • 2021 Prospect Development Pipeline League Roster:
  • Name; Position; PDP League Team; Hometown
  • Joe Allen; RHP/1B; Team Light Blue; Hampton Falls, N.H.
  • Christian Arroyo; LHP/OF; Team Light Blue; Coral Spring, Fla.
  • RJ Austin; UTIL; Team Light Blue; Atlanta, Ga.
  • *^Brandon Barriera; LHP; Team Red; Coconut Creek, Fla.
  • Nick Biasi; LHP; Team Gray; Hazleton, Pa.
  • Tucker Biven; UTIL; Team Red; New Albany, Ind.
  • *^Karson Bowen; C; Tem Navy; Anaheim Hills, Calif.
  • Emaarion Boyd; OF; Team Gray; Batesville, Miss.
  • Xavier Cardenas III; RHP; Team Light Blue; La Habra, Calif.
  • Easton Carmichael; C; Team Gray; Prosper, Texas
  • Teddy Cashman; 2B/OF; Team Red; New Canaan, Conn.
  • Jake Clemente; RHP; Team Navy; Coral Spring, Fla.
  • *^Ryan Clifford; OF/1B; Team Light Blue; Raleigh, N.C.
  • Jackson Cox; RHP; Team Gray; Toutle, Ore.
  • ^Justin Crawford; OF; Team Navy; Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Zach Crotchfelt; LHP; Team Navy; Jackson, N.J.
  • Caden Dana; RHP; Team Navy; Montgomery, N.Y.
  • Korbyn Dickerson; OF; Team Gray; Jeffersonville, Ind.
  • Brady Disbro; RHP; Team Gray; Dana Point, Calif.
  • Cooper Dossett; RHP/OF; Team Light Blue; Fayetteville, Ark.
  • Andrew Dutkanych; RHP; Team Red; Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Robert Evans; LHP; Team Light Blue; Bronx, N.Y.
  • Jackson Ferris; LHP; Team Light Blue; Mount Airy, N.C.
  • Thomas Finnegan; RHP; Team Navy; Ocean City, N.J.
  • Cade Fisher; LHP; Team Gray; Dalton, Ga.
  • Michael Forret; RHP; Team Red; Indian Trail, N.C.
  • Elijah Green; OF; Team Red; Windermere, Fla.
  • ^Blaise Grove; LHP; Team Navy; Summit Point, W.Va.
  • Gavin Guidry; UTIL; Team Light Blue; Lake Charles, La.
  • Michael Gupton; OF; Team Light Blue; Raleigh, N.C.
  • Adonys Guzman; C; Team Light Blue; Valley Cottage, N.Y.
  • Dominic Hellman; UTIl; Team Light Blue; Mill Creek, Wash.
  • Luke Heyman; C; Team Red; Longwood, Fla.
  • Ross Highfill; C; Team Gray; Madison, Miss.
  • Brad Hodges; LHP; Team Red; Fleming Island, Fla.
  • Jackson Holliday; MIF; Team Gray; Stillwater, Okla.
  • ^David Horn; RHP; Team Red; Mission Viejo, Calif.
  • Matthew Hoskins; RHP; Team Navy; Suwanee, Ga.
  • Jayden Hylton; 1B; Team Navy; Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
  • Ike Irish; C; Team Red; Hudsonville, Mich.
  • *^Termarr Johnson; MIF; Team Navy; Atlanta, Ga.
  • Jayson Jones; MIF; Team Gray; Savannah, Texas
  • Druw Jones; OF; Team Navy; Suwanee, Ga.
  • Lucas Kelly; RHP; Team Red; San Francisco, Calif.
  • Michael Kennedy; LHP; Team Navy; Troy, N.Y.
  • Gavin Kilen; MIF; Team Red; Milton, Wisc.
  • Paxton Kling; OF; Team Navy; Roaring Spring, Pa.
  • Jack Lausch; OF; Team Red; Chicago, Ill.
  • Jace LaViolette; OF; Team Light Blue; Katy, Texas
  • Michael Lippe; OF; Team Gray; Whitefish Bay, Wisc.
  • Caden Marcum; RHP; Team Red; Paola, Kan.
  • ^Kaden Martin; OF; Team Red; Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Karson Milbrandt; RHP; Team Light Blue; Kansas City, Mo.
  • ^Gabe Miranda; 1B; Team Light Blue; Orange, Calif.
  • ^Malcolm Moore; C; Team Navy; Sacremento, Calif.
  • Nazier Mule; UTIL; Team Navy; Paterson, N.J.
  • Hayden Murphy; RHP; Team Gray; Chula, Ga.
  • Owen Murphy; RHP; Team Navy; Riverside, Ill.
  • Brady Neal; C; Team Light Blue; Bradenton, Fla.
  • Drew Nelson; LHP; Team Gray; Troy, Ala.
  • *^Mason Neville; OF/LHP; Team Light Blue; Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Jaden Noot; RHP; Team Navy; Oak Park, Calif.
  • Jack O'Connor; RHP; Team Navy; Arlington, Va.
  • JeanPierre Ortiz; UTIL; Team Gray; Carolina, P.R.
  • Ethan Petry; 3B/SS; Team Gray; Land O Lakes, Fla.
  • Brennan Phillips; LHP; Team Gray; Owasso, Okla.
  • Cole Phillips; RHP; Team Gray; Boerne, Texas
  • Brock Porter; RHP; Team Gray; Milford, Mich.
  • Jacob Reimer; 3B; Team Light Blue; Yucaipa, Calif.
  • Ian Ritchie, Jr.; RHP; Team Navy; Bainbridge Island, Wash.
  • *^Louis Rodriguez; RHP; Team Gray; Long Beach, Calif.
  • *^Michael Romero; MIF; Team Navy; Menifee, Calif.
  • Carsten Sabathia; 1B; Team Navy; Alpine, N.J.
  • Julius Sanchez; RHP; Team Red; LaSalle, Ill.
  • Oliver Santos; LHP; Team Red; Newport Coast, Calif.
  • Grayson Saunier; RHP; Team Light Blue; Memphis, Tenn.
  • *Nolan Schubart; 1B; Team Red; Durand, Mich.
  • Noah Schultz; LHP; Team Red; Aurora, Ill.
  • Matt Scott; RHP; Team Gray; Redding, Conn.
  • Eli Serrano; 1B; Team Gray; Fuquay Varina, N.C.
  • Chase Shores; RHP; Team Red; Midland, Texas
  • Anthony Silva; MIF; Team Light Blue; San Antonio, Texas
  • Tristan Smith; LHP; Team Light Blue; Chesnee, S.C.
  • Tommy Specht; OF; Team Red; Dubuque, Iowa/li>
  • Chris Stanfield; OF; Team Gray; Tallahassee, Fla..
  • ^Riley Stanford; OF/RHP; Team Navy; Gainesville, Ga.
  • *Alex Stanwich; OF; Team Navy; Tinley Park, Ill.
  • ^Sal Stewart; 3B; Team Navy; Miami, Fla.
  • Eliakim Stowe; RHP; Team Light Blue; Poughkeepsie, N.Y..
  • Mason Swinney; UTIL; Team Gray; Hodges, Ala.
  • Yoel Tejeda Jr.; UTIL; Team Red; Davie, Fla.
  • Kassius Thomas; RHP; Team Light Blue; Northridge, Calif.
  • Tucker Toman; MIF; Team Red; Columbia, S.C.
  • Jason Torres; 3B; Team Red; Miami, Fla.
  • Gavin Turley; OF; Team Gray; Chandler, Ariz.
  • Cole Young; MIF; Team Light Blue; Wexford, Pa.
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  • *Denotes USA Baseball national team alum
  • ^Denotes past USA Baseball NTDP participant
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Eddy Alvarez Selected as Team USA Flag Bearer for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Alvarez is the first athlete from the sport of baseball to carry the U.S. flag in the Opening Ceremony
July 21, 2021
TOKYO – U.S. Olympic Baseball Team infielder Eddy Alvarez was selected as Team USA’s flag-bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced today. The Opening Ceremony will be held on Friday, July 23 at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Four-time

TOKYO – U.S. Olympic Baseball Team infielder Eddy Alvarez was selected as Team USA’s flag-bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced today. The Opening Ceremony will be held on Friday, July 23 at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

Four-time Olympic Champion basketball player Sue Bird was also named a Team USA flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony. Alvarez and Bird were chosen by a vote of fellow Team USA athletes and are the first duo to share the honor of leading the delegation into the Opening Ceremony, which serves as the official start to the Games. Of the 613 athletes who were named to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team, more than 230 are set to walk in Friday’s Opening Ceremony. 

In March 2020 – and prior to the decision to postpone the Tokyo Games due to the COVID pandemic – the International Olympic Committee amended its policy to allow national teams to appoint two flag bearers – one female and one male – in a nod to promote gender parity. The IOC also required that at least one male and one female athlete be included in each of the 206 national delegations that will compete in Tokyo.

Alvarez brings Olympic experience to Tokyo having competed in the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 and won a silver medal as part of the 5,000-meter four-man short track speedskating team. Alvarez currently plays professionally in the Miami Marlins Minor League system and, in addition to being the first Winter Olympic Games medalist to play in Major League Baseball, is the first athlete from the sport of baseball to carry the U.S. flag in the Opening Ceremony.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be named as one of the flag bearers by my fellow Team USA athletes for the Opening Ceremony,” said Alvarez. “Being a first-generation Cuban-American, my story represents the American Dream. My family has sacrificed so much for me to have the opportunity to wave this flag proudly. I am grateful for my time with U.S. Speedskating and USA Baseball, as well as for all of my teammates, and I am humbled to lead Team USA into the Tokyo Olympic Games.”

Determined by the language of the host country and according to IOC protocol and executive board decision, Greece will march first, followed by the Refugee Olympic Team second. As upcoming host countries, the United States and France will be two of the final three countries to walk, with host country Japan closing out the Opening Ceremony.

NBC Olympics will provide unprecedented full-day coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics this Friday, July 23. The day will culminate on NBC in what is always one of the most popular nights of the Olympics with the primetime presentation of the Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT. The day begins on NBC with the network’s first-ever live morning broadcast of an Opening Ceremony at 6:55 a.m. ET/3:55 a.m. PT, followed by a special edition of TODAY with reaction and athlete interviews, and then NBC’s first-ever Olympic Daytime show on the opening Friday of the Games.

Following the year-long postponement of the Games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Opening Ceremony will take place Friday, July 23, with competition beginning today and concluding Sunday, Aug. 8.

Team USA fans can follow the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team at TeamUSA.org and across Team USA’s social channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube. The U.S. Olympic Team microsite will offer Team USA results from the Olympic Games, as well as athlete biographies, sport previews, a history book, competition schedules, and facts and figures about the U.S. delegation.

  • U.S. Olympic Team Flag Bearers – Opening Ceremony (summer only)
  • 1908: Ralph Rose, Track and Field
  • 1912: George Bonhag, Track and Field
  • 1920: Patrick McDonald, Track and Field
  • 1924: Patrick McDonald, Track and Field
  • 1928: Lemuel (Bud) Houser, Track and Field
  • 1932: F. Morgan Taylor, Track and Field
  • 1936: Alfred Jochim, Gymnastics
  • 1948: Ralph Craig, Yachting
  • 1952: Norman Armitage, Fencing
  • 1956: Norman Armitage, Fencing; Warren Wooford, Equestrian*
  • 1960: Rafer Johnson, Track and Field
  • 1964: William Parry O’Brien, Track and Field
  • 1968: Janice Lee Romary, Fencing
  • 1972: Olga Fikotova Connolly, Track and Field
  • 1976: Gary Hall, Swimming
  • 1980: U.S. did not attend
  • 1984: Edward Burke, Track and Field
  • 1988: Evelyn Ashford, Track and Field
  • 1992: Francie Larrieu Smith, Track and Field
  • 1996: Bruce Baumgartner, Wrestling
  • 2000: Cliff Meidl, Canoe/Kayak
  • 2004: Dawn Staley, Basketball
  • 2008: Lopez Lomong, Track and Field
  • 2012: Mariel Zagunis, Fencing
  • 2016: Michael Phelps, Swimming
  • 2020: Eddy Alvarez, Baseball; Sue Bird, Basketball

 

*Due to Australia’s immigration laws for horses, the 1956 equestrian events were held in Stockholm, Sweden.

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U.S. Olympic Team Wraps Up Training with 5-2 Win

Casas homers, drives in three in final tune-up before Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
July 20, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E CNT 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 2 8 0 CNT 2 0 0 1 0 0 2  0  X 5 11 0 Win: Shane Baz  |  Loss: Nate Savino  |  Save: David Robertson Box Score |  Plays
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CARY, N.C. – Triston Casas (Boston Red Sox AA) drove in three runs on Tuesday, including a first-inning two-run homer, as the U.S. Olympic Team took down the Collegiate National Team, 5-2, in its final tune-up game before the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.                                                                                     

The Collegiate National Team cracked the scoreboard early, striking first on a solo homer by Brooks Lee (Cal Poly). Lee turned on the second pitch of the game, cranking it over the wall in right field to put the Collegiate National Team up 1-0.

After Simeon Woods-Richardson (Toronto Blue Jays AA) struck out the next three batters, the Olympic Team responded in the bottom of the inning. With two outs and Todd Frazier on first, Casas launched a two-run shot to center field to put the Olympic Team in front, 2-1.

Woods-Richardson continued his dominance in the second inning, striking out the side for the second consecutive inning. The Olympic Team then threatened with two runners on in the bottom of the frame, but Parker Messick (Florida State) escaped the trouble to keep the deficit at one.

In the top of the third, Woods-Richardson recorded his seventh-straight strikeout to open the inning. But three consecutive singles by Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss), Lee, and Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech) got through to tie the game at two runs apiece.

The Olympic Team nearly took the lead back in the bottom of the inning with a two-out rally against Justin Campbell (Oklahoma State) when Eric Filia (Seattle Mariners AAA) and Mark Kolozsvary (Cincinnati Reds AA) both singled to put the go-ahead run in scoring position. But Campbell managed to escape the jam when he got Patrick Kivlehan (San Diego Padres AAA) to line out.

After Shane Baz (Tampa Bay Rays AAA) replaced Woods-Richardson and put up a scoreless frame in the fourth, the Olympic Team jumped back in front in the bottom of the inning. Nick Allen (Oakland Athletics AA) led off with a double before Frazier brought him home with a two-out single to right field, making it 3-2 in favor of the Olympic Team.

The game’s middle innings were dominated by pitching. Baz scattered a pair of hits in the fifth frame, but picked up a strikeout in a scoreless inning of work. Nate Savino (Virginia) held the Olympic Team scoreless in the fifth to keep the Collegiate Team within a run. 

Anthony Gose (Cleveland Indians AAA) turned in a scoreless inning in the seventh before the Olympic Team added a pair of insurance runs. Casas once again showed off his power, tripling off the wall in center field to drive in Frazier. Jamie Westbrook (Milwaukee Brewers AAA) followed with an infield single to plate Casas and make it a 5-2 game before David Robertson came in and picked up the save for the second straight day, striking out the side in the game’s final inning to secure the series sweep for the Olympic Team.

Baz picked up the win with three scoreless innings, striking out six as part of five scoreless innings by the Olympic Team bullpen. Casas’ 2-for-5 performance was one of five multi-hit games for the Olympic Team. Allen, Filia, Frazier, and Westbrook all collected two hits in the win.

Savino suffered the loss for the Collegiate National Team, allowing the go-ahead run in two innings of work. Brooks Lee led the team’s offensive attack, picking up three hits and an RBI. Daniel Susac (Arizona) also turned in a multi-hit game for the Collegiate National Team, collecting two hits in the game.

This series wraps up the 2021 Collegiate National Team’s summer tour following an 11-game series from June 2-15 before the squad went head-to-head with the Olympic Team. Following this three-game exhibition series, the Olympic Team will travel to Japan on Wednesday, July 21, and will participate in the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 23. Team USA’s first game of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is scheduled for July 30 against Israel at 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT

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U.S. Olympic Team Wins Pitcher's Duel Over Collegiate National Team, 1-0

Nick Martinez strikes out nine in five shutout innings for the win
July 20, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Team USA  0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 0 CNT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 Win: Nick Martinez  |  Loss: Jaxon Wiggins  |  Save: David Robertson Box Score |  Plays
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DURHAM, N.C. -- The U.S. Olympic Team's patience paid off in a 1-0 win over the Collegiate National Team on Monday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in the second game of a three-game exhibition series. Nick Martinez (Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks) led the Olympic Team on the mound in the pitcher’s duel, tossing five shutout innings while striking out nine batters.

After neither offense could get anything going in the first, the Collegiate National Team were the first to get the bats going in the second inning when Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech) hit a leadoff-single into left. Cross moved over to third on a one-out single from Logan Tanner (Mississippi State), but a strikeout and pop out got Martinez out of the jam.

After a couple of walks in the first three frames, the Olympic Team got its first hit of the game in the fourth inning on a double from Patrick Kivlehan (San Diego Padres AAA) down the left field line. One batter later, Eric Filia (Seattle Mariners AAA) drew a walk to put runners on first and second with one out, but southpaw Chris Villaman (NC State) got out of the jam with a flyout and a strikeout.

The Olympic Team threatened once again in the fifth, loading the bases with a pair of walks and an error, but the Collegiate National Team was able to escape unscathed, after Jaxon Wiggins got a flyout to end the inning.

Using defense as momentum, the Collegiate National Team got back-to-back singles off the bats of Robert Moore (Arkansas) and Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss). Martinez then got the next two batters to strike out swinging to strand the runners.

The Olympic Team finally broke through to bring its first and only run across in the sixth, rallying with two outs when Tim Federowicz (Los Angeles Dodgers AAA) and Nick Allen (Oakland Athletics AA) got consecutive singles and Jack Lopez (Boston Red Sox AAA) drew a walk to load the bases before Eddy Alvarez (Miami Marlins AA) drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in the go-ahead run.

That was all the Olympic Team bullpen would need as they did not allow a hit in the final four frames. Anthony Carter (Saraperos de Saltillo) pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings, while Ryder Ryan (Texas Rangers AAA) and David Robertson each tossed scoreless innings. Ryder struck out the side in the eighth while Robertson collected a lineout and two punchouts of his own to earn the save.

Martinez got the win in the contest and collected nine of the Olympic Team’s 17 strikeouts. Nick Allen led the way for the Olympic Team offense with two hits while Filia, Alvarez, and Lopez all drew two walks. Collectively, Team USA tallied eight walks in the game. Gavin Cross was the Collegiate National Team’s offensive leader, collecting two of the team’s five hits in the game. Wiggins suffered the loss, but the Collegiate National Team pitching staff combined for eight strikeouts in the contest.

The three-game series will conclude tomorrow with an afternoon contest at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. EDT and the game will be streamed live on USABaseball.com, as well as Facebook and YouTube Live.

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Rosters Announced for Appy League All-Star Game Presented by Pennzoil

The inaugural event is scheduled for 7 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 27, in Pulaski, Virginia
July 19, 2021
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Appalachian League announced today the rosters for the inaugural Appy League All-Star Game presented by Pennzoil. The rosters feature 46 of the league’s top players from the East and West Divisions, as nominated and voted on by the league’s managers. The 2021 Appy League All-Star

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Appalachian League announced today the rosters for the inaugural Appy League All-Star Game presented by Pennzoil. The rosters feature 46 of the league’s top players from the East and West Divisions, as nominated and voted on by the league’s managers. The 2021 Appy League All-Star Game is scheduled to take play at 7 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 27, at Calfee Park in Pulaski, Virginia.

Both rosters are comprised of 11 pitchers and 12 position players. The East Team pitchers are Nate Ackenhausen, Brooks Ey, and Ben Harris of the Bluefield Ridge Runners; Jacob Speaker of the Burlington Sock Puppets; Tyler Judge and Grant Leader of the Danville OtterBots; Lucas Reed, Joan Gonzalez, and Paco Hernandez of the Pulaski River Turtles; and Zane Probst and Justin Showalter of the Princeton WhistlePigs.

The position players for the East Team are catcher Eric Grintz, infielder Mike Seegers, and outfielder Mike Eze of Bluefield; outfielder Benji Gilbert of Burlington; catcher Ryan Johnson, infielders Mark Trotta and Jackson Beaman, and outfielders Ross Lovich and Cameron Leary of Pulaski; and infielders AJ Jones and Brady Day, and outfielder Dylan Rogers of Princeton.

The West Team features pitchers Paul Gervase, Rhian Mann, and Fernando Medina of the Bristol State Liners; Drew Gillespie, Luis Gonzalez, and Manuel Rodriguez of the Elizabethton River Riders; Bryce Mayer, Zane Robbins, Austin Troesser, and Cameron Wagoner of the Greeneville Flyboys; and Andrew Ronne of the Johnson City Doughboys.

The position players for the West Team are infielders Cort Maynard and Mathew Golda and outfielder Taylor Jackson of Bristol; catcher Chase Adkison, infielders Marcus Brown and Robin Fernandez, and utility player Sam Thompson of Elizabethton; catcher Eddie Micheletti and outfielders Homer Bush Jr. and Jonathan Hogart of Greeneville; and infielder Joe Vetrano and outfielder Jaxson Crull of Johnson City.

The Pulaski River Turtles lead all Clubs with eight selections for the 2021 All-Star Game. The Elizabethton River Riders and Greeneville Flyboys are next with seven selections for the 2021 All-Star Game. Six Bluefield Ridge Runners and Bristol State Liners earned All-Star nods while the Princeton WhistlePigs boast five all-star selections. The Johnson City Doughboys claimed three spots for the West team and a pair of Burlington Sock Puppets and Danville Otterbots will represent the East team in the inaugural event.

In total, fourteen Division-I conferences will be represented in the game, including four of the five power-five conferences. The Big 12 leads all conferences with seven players, including Brown, Crull, Golda, and Hernandez, who all play collegiately at Oklahoma State.  

The Appy League All-Star Game presented by Pennzoil will be streamed live on MLB.com at 7 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 27. Tim McMaster, Bo Porter, Sam Dykstra, and Alexa Datt will have the call for MLB Network. The game will air on tape delay on MLB Network on Saturday, July 31.

Be sure to follow along with all the action on AppyLeague.com, and by following @AppyLeague on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The 2021 Appy League All-Star Game rosters are as follows:

  • East Division
  • Name; Position; Team
  • Nate Ackenhausen; LHP; Bluefield Ridge Runners
  • Jackson Beaman; INF; Pulaski River Turtles
  • Brady Day; INF; Princeton WhistlePigs
  • Brooks Ey; RHP; Bluefield Ridge Runners
  • Michael Eze; OF; Bluefield Ridge Runners
  • Benji Gilbert; OF; Burlington Sock Puppets
  • Joan Gonzalez; RHP; Pulaski River Turtles
  • Eric Grintz; Catcher; Bluefield Ridge Runners
  • Ben Harris; OF/LHP; Bluefield Ridge Runners
  • Paco Hernandez; RHP; Pulaski River Turtles
  • Ryan Johnson; Catcher; Pulaski River Turtles
  • AJ Jones; INF; Princeton WhistlePigs
  • Tyler Judge; RHP; Danville Otterbots
  • Grant Leader; RHP; Danville Otterbots
  • Cameron Leary; OF; Pulaski River Turtles
  • Ross Lovich; OF; Pulaski River Turtles
  • Zane Probst; RHP; Princeton WhistlePigs
  • Lucas Reed; RHP; Pulaski River Turtles
  • Dylan Rogers; OF; Princeton WhistlePigs
  • Mike Seegers; INF; Bluefield Ridge Runners
  • Justin Showalter; RHP; Princeton WhistlePigs
  • Jacob Speaker; RHP; Burlington Sock Puppets
  • Mark Trotta; INF; Pulaski River Turtles
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  • West Division
  • Name; Position; Team
  • Chase Adkison; Catcher; Elizabethton River Riders
  • Marcus Brown; INF; Elizabethton River Riders
  • Homer Bush Jr.; OF; Greeneville Flyboys
  • Jaxson Crull; OF; Johnson City Doughboys
  • Robin Fernandez; INF; Elizabethton River Riders
  • Paul Gervase; RHP; Bristol State Liners
  • Drew Gillespie; RHP; Elizabethton River Riders
  • Mathew Golda; INF; Bristol State Liners
  • Luis Gonzalez; RHP; Elizabethton River Riders
  • Jonathan Hogart; OF; Greenville Flyboys
  • Taylor Jackson; OF; Bristol State Liners
  • Rhian Mann; RHP; Bristol State Liners
  • Bryce Mayer; RHP; Greeneville Flyboys
  • Cort Maynard; INF; Bristol State Liners
  • Fernando Medina; RHP; Bristol State Liners
  • Eddie Micheletti; Catcher; Greeneville Flyboys
  • Zane Robbins; RHP; Greeneville Flyboys
  • Manuel Rodriguez; RHP; Elizabethton River Riders
  • Andrew Ronne; RHP; Johnson City Doughboys
  • Sam Thompson; UTIL; Elizabethton River Riders
  • Austin Troesser; RHP; Greeneville Flyboys
  • Cameron Wagoner; RHP; Greeneville Flyboys
  • Joe Vetrano; INF; Johnson City Doughboys
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GAMEDAY: Collegiate and Olympic National Teams Square Off In Durham

July 19, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Team USA                         CNT                         Win: TBD  |  Loss: TBD  |  Save: TBD Live Stats |  Watch Live: USA Baseball, Facebook  
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The U.S. Olympic Baseball Team faces off against the Collegiate National Team in game two of a three-game exhibition series to prepare Team USA for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Sunday's game is set for 6:35 p.m. at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.

The game is open to the public and tickets may be purchased at online or at the Durham Bulls ticket booth. Fans can watch the game online on the official website for USA Baseball, as well as on Facebook Live.

Team USA took the series opener with an 8-3 victory over the Collegiate National Team. Eddy Alvarez and Patrick Kivlehan contributed home runs for the Olympic Team while Scott Kazmir picked up the win on the mound. Jacob Berry (LSU) also hit a home run in the game for the Collegiate National Team. Gabriel Hughes (Gonzaga) suffered the loss.

 

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

- July 19, 2021 – 6:35 p.m. EDT
Team USA vs. Collegiate National TeamDurham Bulls Athletic Park (Durham, N.C.) // Tickets

- July 20, 2021 – 1 p.m. EDT
Collegiate National Team vs. Team USA
USA Baseball National Training Complex (Cary, N.C.) // Tickets

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U.S. Olympic Team Opens Exhibition Series With 8-3 Win Over Collegiate National Team

First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Cary
July 18, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E CNT  0 0 0 2 0 0 1 X  X 3 7 0 Team USA  5 3 0 0 0 0 X  X X 8 9 0 Win: S. Kazmir  |  Loss: G. Hughes Box Score |  Plays  CARY, N.C.
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CARY, N.C. – The U.S. Olympic Team kicked off a three-game series against the Collegiate National Team on Sunday night, tuning up for their trip to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with an 8-3 win in a rain-shortened seven-inning game at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Playing against the country’s top collegiate players, the Olympic Team scored eight runs in the game's first two innings and got five strong innings from starter Scott Kazmir (AAA San Francisco Giants) to secure the series-opening win.

The Olympic Team got started early, with the first three batters reaching base. Jack Lopez (AAA Boston Red Sox) led off the inning with a walk, before Eddy Alvarez (AAA Miami Marlins) and Todd Frazier followed with back-to-back singles. Collegiate National Team starter Gabriel Hughes (Gonzaga) nearly escaped a bases-loaded jam, but Eric Filia’s (AAA Seattle Mariners) two-run single started a two-out rally for the Olympic Team. With a pair of runners on, Patrick Kivlehan (AAA San Diego Padres) cranked a three-run homerun to left field to put the Olympic Team up by five runs in the opening frame.

Kazmir, who struck out the side in the top of the first, continued to dominate in the second inning. The left-hander struck out the first two batters of the second – his fourth and fifth of nine punchouts in the game – in a perfect inning to keep the Olympians up by five.

The Olympic Team offense stayed hot in the second inning, extending its lead to six on a Lopez sacrifice fly. Then, one batter later, Alvarez hit a two-run homer to center field, driving in Nick Allen (AA Oakland A's) to make it 8-0.

After the early offensive outburst, the Olympic Team was held at bay by the Collegiate National Team bullpen. Paul Skenes (Air Force) tossed two scoreless frames in relief, scattering three hits before the Collegiate National Team finally cracked the scoreboard in the fourth on a two-run homer by Jordan Berry (LSU). Berry drove in Brock Jones (Stanford) – who led off the inning with a single – to put the Collegiate National Team within six.

The college squad then trimmed its deficit by one more in the top of the seventh against Edwin Jackson. Hayden Dunhurst (Ole Miss) started the inning with a leadoff bunt single before Kyle Teel (Virginia) and Drew Gilbert (Tennessee) hit back-to-back singles to make it 8-3. Anthony Gose (AAA Cleveland) replaced Jackson though and was able to escape further trouble with a strikeout and groundout to secure the win.

The Olympic Team had nine hits in the win. Kivlehan had a pair of hits, leading the team with three RBIs. Alvarez went 3-for-4 in the win, adding two singles and a stolen base to his homer and Allen reached base in all three of his plate appearances, singling once and walking twice. Kazmir secured the win with his strong five innings of work, finishing the night with nine strikeouts while allowing just three hits and a pair of runs.

Aaron Nixon (Texas) and Jack Washburn both turned in a scoreless inning out of the bullpen for the Collegiate National Team. Gilbert led the team with two hits, while Berry’s two RBIs were a team-best.

The three-game series will continue with game two on Monday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina, with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m. ET. The contest will be streamed live on USABaseball.com, as well as Facebook and YouTube Live.

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