2022 PDP League Roster
CARY, N.C. – Major League Baseball and USA Baseball jointly announced today the 100 players participating in the 2022 PDP League that will take place June 29–July 6 at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. Part of the broader MLB and USA Baseball Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP), the event features the country’s best 18-and-under players and serves as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team. Many players in the PDP League also will compete in the MLB-USA Baseball High School All-American Game held at Dodger Stadium during MLB All-Star Week.
The PDP League is an invitation-based development and assessment opportunity for high school players eligible for the following year’s MLB Draft. Since its inception in 2019, it provides athletes with an extraordinary amateur experience, including competitive gameplay, player development sessions, educational seminars, and other programming to prepare players for a professional baseball career.
‘We are excited to welcome so many talented players to the National Training Complex this summer to kickstart the 18U National Team identification process,” said USA Baseball 18U National Team General Manager Ashley Bratcher. “We are looking forward to a great week of competitive play and identifying the forty young men who will be named to our 18U National Team Trials roster and compete for the chance to represent our country at the U-18 Baseball World Cup in Florida in September.”
The 100 participants will be split into four teams of 25 and go head-to-head in a series of intrasquad games. The rosters include 10 USA Baseball national team alumni and 25 past National Team Development Program (NTDP) participants and feature athletes from 28 different states, as well as Puerto Rico. California leads the way with 19 players, Florida boasts 17 to have the second-most players on the roster, Texas claims nine, Georgia has seven, and Illinois has six.
Drew Burress (Perry, Ga.), Duke Ekstrom (San Diego, Calif.), Ethan McElvain (Thompsons Station, Tenn.), Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.), and Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.) will all reunite at the PDP League after playing together on the 2019 15U National Team that won gold at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier.
Several other players have prior national team or NTDP experience, as George Wolkow (Downers Grove, Ill.) was a member of the 2021 15U National Team while Colt Emerson (Cambridge, Ohio), Gavin Grahovac (Orange, Calif.), Milam, and Miller have all played on medal-winning 12U National Teams in 2016 and 2017. Additionally, Walker Jenkins (Oak Island, N.C.) and Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) will look to make an 18U National Team roster for the second consecutive year after donning the red, white, and blue last summer.
PDP League participants also include more than a dozen alumni of premier, diversity-focused development programs led by MLB and USA Baseball, including the Breakthrough Series (BTS) and DREAM Series (DS). The list, which also includes alumni of the Hank Aaron Invitational (HAI: co-hosted by MLB, the MLBPA and USA Baseball), is as follows:
- Antonio Anderson – 2021 Hank Aaron Invitational (HAI), 2021 Breakthrough Series (BTS) Tournament Team, 2022 BTS
- Justin Best – 2018 – 2019 EDI/HAI, 2020 DREAM Series (DS), 2022 BTS
- Boston Flannery – 2022 BTS
- Kendall George – 2021 – 2022 BTS, 2021 HAI
- RJ Hamilton – 2022 BTS
- Dillon Head – 2018, 2019, 2021 HAI, 2021 – 2022 BTS, 2020 DS, 2019 & 2021 BTS Tournament Teams
- Cameron Johnson – 2021 HAI
- George Lombard Jr. – Will participate in the 2022 HAI
- Tim Pompey Jr. – 2021 HAI
- Zion Rose – 2019 HAI, 2020 DS
- Nikolas Sanders – 2021 - 2022 BTS, 2021 HAI
- Nazzan Zanetello – 2022 BTS
After the PDP League, 40 players will be invited to the 18U National Team Trials from August 29-September 2 in Fort Myers, Florida, before the 20-man 18U National Team roster is named. The 18U team will continue to train in Fort Myers from September 4-8 before competing at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup from September 9-18 in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. The United States will host the event for the first time since 1995 when Team USA finished the tournament with an 8-1 record and claimed the gold medal with a 10-0 victory over Chinese Taipei in the championship game at Fenway Park in Boston.
For more information on the PDP League, follow @BaseballPDP on Twitter and Instagram or visit the PDP League website.
The 2022 PDP League participants are below. To view the four team rosters, click here.
(Name; Position; High School; Hometown)
- Antonio Anderson; INF/RHP; Tri-Cities; Atlanta, Ga.
- Ariel Antigua; INF/C; Trinity Christian Academy; Lake Worth, Fla.
- ^Blake Balsz; C; Santa Margarita Catholic; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
- Garrett Baumann; RHP; Hagerty; Oviedo, Fla.
- Justin Best; OF; Combine Academy; Cornelius, N.C.
- ^Eric Bitonti; INF; Aquinas; Hesperia, Calif.
- Mason Bixby; RHP; Johnson; San Antonio, Texas
- ^Casey Borba; INF; Orange Lutheran; Santa Ana, Calif.
- Jake Brown; LHP; Sulphur; Sulphur, La.
- *Drew Burress; OF; Houston County; Perry, Ga.
- Francesco Capocci; RHP/INF; Denmark; Cumming, Ga.
- ^Maxwell Clark; OF; Franklin Community; Franklin, Ind.
- Alex Clemmey; LHP; Bishop Hendricken; Middletown, R.I.
- ^Dylan Cupp; INF; Cedartown; Cedartown, Ga.
- ^Dean Curley; INF/OF; Northview; La Verne, Calif.
- ^Daniel Cuvet; INF; St. Thomas Aquinas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
- Matthew Dallas; LHP; Briarcrest Christian; Arlington, Tenn.
- Parker Detmers; RHP; Glenwood; Glenwood, Ill.
- Blake Dickerson; LHP; Ocean Lakes; Virginia Beach, Va.
- Hunter Dietz; LHP; Calvary Christian; Trinity, Fla.
- Cole Eaton; OF; Elkhorn South; Elkhorn, Neb.
- *^Duke Ekstrom; RHP; Point Loma; San Diego, Calif.
- ^Bryce Eldridge; RHP/INF; James Madison; Vienna, Va.
- *^Colt Emerson; INF; John Glenn; Cambridge, Ohio
- Jonny Farmelo; OF; Westfield; Centreville, Va.
- Seth Farni; OF; St. Stanislaus; Long Beach, Miss.
- Chance Fitzgerald; RHP; Lake Howell; Sanford, Fla.
- Boston Flannery; RHP; New City, N.Y.; Brunswick
- Gabe Gaeckle; RHP; Aptos; Aptos, Calif.
- Will Gasparino; OF; Harvard Westlake; Los Angeles, Calif.
- Kendall George; OF; Atascocita; Humble, Texas
- Ryan Geraghty; RHP; Mundelein; Mundelein, Ill.
- John Glasscock; RHP; Fluvanna County; Scottsville, Va.
- *^Gavin Grahovac; INF/OF; Villa Park; Orange, Calif.
- Miller Green; LHP; Lipscomb Academy; Nashville, Tenn.
- Evan Haeger; OF; Detroit Catholic Central; New Hudson, Mich.
- RJ Hamilton; INF; Hoover; Hoover, Ala.
- Colton Hartman; LHP; Lebanon; Lebanon, Ohio
- ^James Hays; RHP; The Westfield Schools; Hawkinsville, Ga.
- Dillon Head; OF; Homewood Flossmoor; Glenwood, Ill.
- ^Ryder Helfrick; C; Clayton Valley; Discovery Bay, Calif.
- ^Braden Holcomb; INF/OF; Foundation Academy; Ocoee, Fla.
- Riley Jackson; C; Eau Gallie; Melbourne, Fla.
- *^Walker Jenkins; OF; South Brunswick; Oak Island, N.C.
- Cameron Johnson; LHP; Bishop McNamara; Upper Marlboro, Md.
- Aidan Keenan; RHP; Live Oak; Morgan Hill, Calif.
- Barrett Kent; RHP; Pottsboro, Texas; Pottsboro
- Cameron Kim; INF/OF; Norco; Jurupa Valley, Calif.
- Josh Knoth; RHP; Patchogue-Medford; Medford, N.Y.
- Camden Kozeal; INF; Millard South; Omaha, Neb.
- Andrew Lamb; C/OF; JSerra; Coto de Caza, Calif.
- Justin Leguernic; LHP; Half Hollow Hills West; Dix Hills, N.Y.
- Wil Libbert; LHP; Blair Oaks; Meta, Mo.
- Christian Lim; LHP; Montgomery Bell Academy; Nashville, Tenn.
- George Lombard Jr.; INF; Gulliver Prep; Pinecrest, Fla.
- Landen Maroudis; RHP/INF; Calvary Christian; Largo, Fla.
- Roman Martin; INF; Servite; Whittier, Calif.
- *Ethan McElvain; LHP; Nolensville; Thompsons Station, Tenn.
- Kevin McGonigle; INF; Monsignor Bonner; Glenolden, Pa.
- Yahil Melendez; INF; B-You Prospect Academy; Caguas, P.R.
- Frank Menendez; LHP; Doral Academy; Miami, Fla.
- Noble Meyer; RHP; Jesuit; West Linn, Ore.
- *^Steven Milam; INF; Centennial; Las Cruces, N.M.
- *^Aidan Miller; IF/OF; JW Mitchell; Trinity, Fla.
- *^Blake Mitchell; C/RHP; Sinton; Sinton, Texas
- Coleman Mizell; OF; Hartselle; Hartselle, Ala.
- Zander Mueth; RHP; Belleville East; Swansea, Ill.
- Arjun Nimmala; INF; Strawberry Crest; Valrico, Fla.
- Tai Peete; INF/RHP; Trinity Christian; Tyrone, Ga.
- ^Liam Peterson; RHP; Calvary Christian; Palm Harbor, Fla.
- Edward Phelps III; INF; Georgia Premier Academy; Kennesaw, Ga.
- TJ Pompey; INF/OF; Coppell; Coppell, Texas
- Jarren Purify; INF; University Liggett; Detroit, Mich.
- Dylan Questad; RHP; Waterford; Waterford, Wis.
- Cal Randall; RHP; De La Salle; Discovery Bay, Calif.
- ^Christian Rodriguez; RHP/OF; Marjory Stoneman Douglass; Coral Springs, Fla.
- Tommy Roldan; LHP/OF; Georgetown Preparatory; Poolesville, Md.
- Zion Rose; C/OF; Brother Rice; Chicago, Ill.
- Stone Russell; INF; IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
- Nik Sanders; C/OF; La Vega; Waco, Texas
- Adrian Santana; INF; Doral Academy; Miami, Fla.
- Derek Schaefer; RHP; Cactus Shadows; Phoenix, Ariz.
- ^Cole Schoenwetter; RHP; San Marcos; Santa Barbara, Calif.
- MJ Seo; INF/RHP; ; Plano, Texas
- Brayden Sharp; LHP/OF; The Woodlands; The Woodlands, Texas
- Brody Shawn; RHP; West Potomac; Alexandria, Va.
- Campbell Smithwick; C; Oxford; Oxford, Miss.
- Charlee Soto; RHP; Reborn Christian Academy; Kissimmee, Fla.
- ^Nolan Stevens; OF/LHP; Franklin; Elk Grove, Calif.
- ^Landon Stump; RHP; Live Oak; Morgan Hill, Calif.
- ^Travis Sykora; RHP/INF; Round Rock; Round Rock, Texas
- Cameron Tilly; RHP; Castle; Newburgh, Ind.
- Zachary Wadas; OF/INF; Hamilton; Phoenix, Ariz.
- Dean West; OF; Notre Dame; Woodland Hills, Calif.
- Thomas White; LHP; Phillips Academy; Rowley, Mass.
- Andrew Wiggins; OF; Heritage Christian; Indianapolis, Ind.
- Paul Wilson; LHP; Lakeridge; Lake Oswego, Ore.
- Brandon Winokur; INF/OF; Edison; Huntington Beach, Calif.
- *George Wolkow; INF/OF; Downers Grove North; Downers Grove, Ill.
- Nazzan Zanetello; INF/OF; Christian Brothers; Florissant, Mo.
*Denotes USA Baseball national team alum
^Denotes past USA Baseball NTDP participant