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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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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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GAMEDAY: Collegiate and Olympic National Teams Square Off In Durham

July 19, 2021
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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
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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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USA Baseball Announces 13U/14U Athlete Development Program Roster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2021 13U/14U Athlete Development Program Roster

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

 

*Indicates 2019 12U National Team alum

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Stripes Close Out Appy League Series with Impressive 11-4 Win

Stars claim series victory with 7-4 overall record
July 16, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E STRIPES (4-7) 0 1 2 2 2 4 0 11 16 1 STARS (7-4) 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 9 0 Win: Drew Thorpe (1-1) Loss: Adam Stone (1-1) Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play |
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BLUEFIELD, W. Va. - Six Stripes players posted multiple-hit efforts and the squad scored in five consecutive innings as it closed out the series with an impressive 11-4 victory over the Stars on Thursday night at Bowen Field in Bluefield, W. Va.

Eight Stripes players combined for a summer-high 16 hits, including three hits each from Daniel Susac (Arizona) and Kevin Parada (Georgia Tech).

It was Dylan Beavers (California) who stole the show though, finishing 2-for-2 with three runs scored, three RBIs and a home run in the sixth that put the bow on the victory.

The balanced offensive performance was even more impressive considering the Stripes entered the contest on a 21-inning scoring drought.

For the Stars, Caden Grice (Clemson) launched his first longball of the summer, blasting one to dead-center over the batter’s eye in the second.

Despite the loss on Thursday, the Stars were the overall winners of the 11-game series, which included a tour of all 10 Appalachian League stadiums, finishing with a record of 7-4.

Key Moments

  • It was the Stars who scored first, taking a 1-0 lead in the opening inning after Robert Moore (Arkansas) doubled, moved to third on a groundout and then scored on an RBI single by Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech).
  • The Stripes got the run back in the following frame though when Beavers was hit by a pitch and promptly raced around the bases to even the game on a triple down the right-field line by Drew Gilbert (Tennessee)
  • That was the beginning of a back-and-forth battle over the next few innings as the Stars immediately answered with Grice’s two-run shot in the second.
  • In the top of the third, the Stripes brought the game back to a deadlock with Ethan Long (Arizona State) and Susac both knocking in runs with back-to-back singles.
  • The Stars actually escaped further damage in the inning thanks to a strong throw from Cross in center that cut one run down at the plate and another runner getting caught stealing to end the frame.
  • That momentum carried over into the home half of the third as the Stars moved back out in front, 4-3, on an RBI single by Brooks Lee (Cal Poly).
  • From there it was all Stripes as they outscored the Stars, 8-0, over the final four innings of play.
  • Brock Jones (Stanford) came through in the fourth with the eventual game-winning RBIs as he plated two with a triple down the right-field line.
  • In the fifth, a wild play on a wild pitch that bounced well away from the plate allowing baserunners to score from both second and third.
  • A four-run sixth inning put the game out of reach with Sean McLain (Arizona State) scoring on a base hit by Susac just three batters before Beavers went yard with his three-run bomb to seal the win.

Notable Information

  • The 16 hits for Stripes were a summer high, doubling their previous best of eight on both July 3 and July 7.
  • The 11 runs were also a team-high, topping the seven runs it scored on July 3.
  • With another RBI on Thursday, Cross now has 13 RBIs in 11 games which ranks as the most for either team. He has now driven in a run in four consecutive games and five of the last six.
  • Cross also leads the team with a .455 batting average and 15 hits and is tied with Jacob Berry (LSU) for the team lead with four home runs.
  • Robert Moore (Arkansas) scored once on Thursday upping his team-high in runs scored to 10 for the summer.

On Deck

  • The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will return to Cary, N.C., where it will play three games against the professional team which is set to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The two teams will first square off at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 18, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

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Appalachian League Community Service Award Named for Long-Time League President Lee Landers

The Lee Landers Community Service Award will be presented to a Club that demonstrates a commitment to charitable service to its community
July 15, 2021
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Appalachian League announced today that its annual Community Service Award will be permanently named in memory of the longtime Appalachian League President Lee Landers. The Lee Landers Community Service Award will be presented to a Club that demonstrates an outstanding, ongoing commitment to charitable service,

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Appalachian League announced today that its annual Community Service Award will be permanently named in memory of the longtime Appalachian League President Lee Landers.

The Lee Landers Community Service Award will be presented to a Club that demonstrates an outstanding, ongoing commitment to charitable service, support, and leadership within their local community. Landers, who passed away in May at the age of 83, served as the League president from 1996-2018 and was intimately involved with the American Heart Association, Baseball Chapel, D.A.R.E., Jaycees, the Police Benevolent Association, Roman Cultural Society, Senior Olympics, and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, among other organizations. 

“Lee always placed others first and encouraged all Clubs and staff to become actively involved and give back to their communities,” said Appalachian League President Dan Moushon. “Naming this annual award in his memory is the proper way to honor his impact on the ten communities of the Appalachian League.”

Over the past two seasons, the Appalachian League and its 10 Clubs have contributed more than $4.5 million in gift-in-kind charitable contributions to its communities.

The Community Service Award was introduced in 2016 and has been awarded to the Clubs in Greeneville, Tennessee (2016); Elizabethton, Tennessee (2017); Burlington, North Carolina (2018); and Bristol, Virginia (2019).

Be sure to follow along with all the latest news from the Appalchian League on AppyLeague.com, and by following @AppyLeague on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Stars Spin Third Straight Shutout, Blank Stripes, 5-0

Stars pitching staff has not allowed a run over the last 21 innings
July 15, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E STARS (7-3) 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 5 8 0 STRIPES (3-7) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3 Win: Carson Whisenhunt (1-0) Loss: Justin Campbell (0-1) Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play |
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STARS (7-3) 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 5 8 0
STRIPES (3-7) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3
Win: Carson Whisenhunt (1-0) Loss: Justin Campbell (0-1) Save: None
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PRINCETON, W. Va. - The Stars continued their recent stretch of domination on the mound Wednesday as three pitchers combined to fire the team’s third consecutive shutout over the Stars, 5-0, at Hunnicutt Field in Princeton, W. Va.

The Stars have not allowed a run over the last 21 innings of play, dating back to the sixth frame in Elizabethton last Friday. Over that stretch, they have yielded just 14 hits and three walks while striking out 21 batters.

Starting pitcher Carson Whisenhunt (East Carolina) picked up the win Wednesday, fanning four over three shutout frames to open the game. Will Sanders (South Carolina) picked up right where he left off, facing just one over the minimum in his three innings of work before Chris Villaman (NC State) closed out the victory with a scoreless ninth.

The top two run producers on this year’s USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech) and Jacob Berry (LSU), continued their torrid tears and are now tied for the team lead with 12 RBIs each.

Cross drove in two runs while going 2-for-3 at the plate to up his batting average to .467 for the summer. Berry finished 1-for-3 with an RBI double, two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base.

Key Moments

  • The Stars came firing out of the gate with a pair of runs in the top of the first. Kyle Teel (Virginia) opened the game with a base hit to right before coming home to score two batters later on Berry’s double. Berry then stole third and Cross brought him home with a sacrifice fly.
  • Three more runs scored in the fifth as a Stripes error led to two unearned runs. Cross also knocked in his second runner of the contest with a single up the middle.
  • The Stripes had only three baserunners over the first six innings, just one of which reached scoring position.
  • They tried to mount a rally in the seventh though as singles from Ethan Long (Arizona State), Kevin Parada (Georgia Tech), and Jordan Sprinkle (UCSB) loaded the bases but Villaman was able to escape unscathed and end the game with his second strikeout.

Notable Information

  • The Stars have now held the Stripes scoreless over the last 21 innings, dating back to the sixth inning of last Friday’s contest in Elizabethton, Tenn.
  • Cross and Berry combined for three RBIs on Wednesday and are now tied for the team lead with 12 RBIs each.
  • Whisenhunt has now struck out 10 batters while walking just one in 6.0 innings this summer with Team USA.

 On Deck

  • The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will complete its tour of the Appalachian League on Thursday evening when it makes the trip to Bluefield, W. Va. The Stars and Stripes will play at 7 p.m. ET at Bowen Field, home of the Appy League’s Bluefield Ridge Runners.

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Pitching Dominates as Stars Clinch Series with 1-0 Win

Three Stars pitchers combine on six-hit shutout
July 14, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E STARS (6-3) 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 1 STRIPES (3-6) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 Win: Brandon Sproat (1-0) Loss: Aaron Nixon (0-2) Save: Landon Sims (1) Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative
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STARS (6-3) 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 1
STRIPES (3-6) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Win: Brandon Sproat (1-0) Loss: Aaron Nixon (0-2) Save: Landon Sims (1)
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PULASKI, Va. - Three pitchers combined to throw the second consecutive shutout for the Stars and a Gavin Cross sacrifice fly brought in the only run of the game as they defeated the Stripes, 1-0, on Tuesday evening in Pulaski, Va.

The win was the sixth of the summer for the Stars (6-3) as they clinched the series victory over the Stripes (3-6).

Stars starting pitcher Brandon Sproat picked up the win with three shutout innings in which he struck out four. Paul Skenes (Air Force) followed with a pair of punchouts in two innings before Landon Sims (Mississippi State) fanned two in his one frame of work to pick up the save.

The Stripes pitching staff also impressed on Tuesday, starting with southpaw Cole Kirschsieper (Illinois) who yielded only two hits and struck out two over three innings in his Team USA debut. Devereaux Harrison (LBSU) and Reggie Crawford (UCONN) added a scoreless inning each as well.

Cross (Virginia Tech) was held hitless for just the second time in nine games this summer but drove in his 10th run with a sac fly in the sixth inning.

 

Key Moments

  • The Stars put a pair of runners in scoring position in the top of the first but couldn’t cash in as Kirschsieper struck out Brooks Lee (Cal Poly) to leave them both stranded.
  • The Stripes didn’t get a runner to second until the third when they were able to load the bases with two outs but Sproat escaped unscathed as he got Brock Jones (Stanford) to ground out to second.
  • The lone run of the contest came in the fifth as a pair of walks and a single by Robert Moore (Arkansas) loaded the bases for Cross who lifted a fly ball to left to bring Kyle Teel (Virginia) in to score.
  • The Stripes threatened in the ninth with a pair of singles and an error putting runners on second and third with two outs but Sims was able to get Carter Trice (Old Dominion) swinging on a high fastball to end the game.

 

Notable Information

  • The Stars have now held the Stripes scoreless over the last 14 innings, dating back to the sixth inning of last Friday’s contest in Elizabethton, Tenn.
  • Wi Cross’ RBI was his 10th of the summer, placing him in second among all Team USA players behind only Jacob Berry’s (LSU) 11 RBIs.
  • Hayden Dunhurst (Ole Miss) threw out his team-leading third potential base-stealer of the summer.
  • With his 1-2-3 inning in the sixth, Crawford has now allowed just one hit and struck out eight with no walks in four innings of work this summer.

 
On Deck

  • The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will have travel to Princeton, W. Va., on Wednesday. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. ET at Hunnicutt Field, home of the Appalachian League’s Princeton WhistlePigs.


Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABaseballCNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
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16U National Team Championships NC All-Tournament Team Announced

All 16 tournament teams represented on All-Tournament team
July 13, 2021
CARY, N.C. – The 16U National Team Championships North Carolina All-Tournament team was announced today and features 16 athletes that competed in the event. The list is made up of nine hitters and seven pitchers and features a player from each of the tournament’s 16 teams, including the gold medal-winning

CARY, N.C. – The 16U National Team Championships North Carolina All-Tournament team was announced today and features 16 athletes that competed in the event. The list is made up of nine hitters and seven pitchers and features a player from each of the tournament’s 16 teams, including the gold medal-winning Top Tier Roos American. 

Adekide Adetuyi – Scorpions Marucci

Adekide Adetuyi threw 8.2 innings across two appearances for the bronze medal-winning Scorpions Marucci, allowing just one run and five hits while striking out nine.

Connor Bartz – Dulins Dodgers Prime

Connor Bartz finished the week with a .545 (6-for-11) batting average for Dulins Dodgers Prime while knocking in three runs and scoring two.

Freddy Beruvides Jr. – Resmondo

Freddy Beruvides Jr. pitched four shutout innings and collected a win for Resmondo. He allowed just one hit while striking out 10 batters.

Bryce Clavon – East Cobb Astros

Bryce Clavon finished with a team-best .571 (8-for-4) batting average with two doubles and two RBIs while scoring five runs. He also stole three bases for East Cobb during the tournament.

Daniel Cuvet – Elite Squad

Daniel Cuvet led Elite Squad with a .417/.533/.667 slash line in five tournament games. He had six RBIs and one of the tournament’s three home runs.

James Ellwanger – Texas Twelve

James Ellwanger made two appearances on the mound for Texas Twelve, allowing just one run on three hits in 5.1 innings of work. Ellwanger also struck out ten batters in the tournament.

AJ Ewing – Cincinnati Spikes

AJ Ewing led the Cincinnati Spikes in nearly every offensive category and had a tournament-best .583 (7-for-12) batting average. He also collected two doubles, three RBIs, and scored three runs.

Jack Gold – GBG Navy

Jack Gold batted .400 (4-for-10) for GBG Navy and had two doubles while also stealing two bases during the tournament.

Samuel Gomez – NorCal U

Samuel Gomez hit .444 (4-for-9) for NorCal U and collected three RBIs while also scoring three of the team’s runs. Additionally, he drew three walks and had a .583 on-base percentage.

RJ Hamilton – East Coast Sox Franchise

RJ Hamilton led the silver medal-winning East Coast Sox Franchise with a .471 (8-for-17) batting average as well as three RBIs and four runs scored. Two of his hits came in the gold medal game against Top Tier Roos American.

Jax Lewis – 5 Star National

Jax Lewis tossed a complete game for 5 Star National in the tournament, allowing just one unearned run on two hits while collecting seven strikeouts in the win. 

Aidan Miller – Top Tier Roos American

Aidan Miller batted .471 (8-for-17) while scoring five runs for Top Tier Roos American en route to the team’s gold medal victory. He also drew six walks in the tournament and had a .609 on-base percentage.

Michael Mullinax – Team Elite

Michael Mullinax had one of the tournament’s three home runs and also had a double to go along with three RBIs for Team Elite. 

Tommy Roldan – Canes National

Tommy Roldan pitched five innings and earned a win for Canes National, allowing just one run on two hits while collecting eight strikeouts.

Nathan Teague – Dirtbags

Nathan Teague threw four shutout innings for the Dirtbags, striking out five batters while giving up just five hits and one walk. 

Cameron Tilly – Tucci National

Cameron Tilly pitched 6.1 innings in two appearances for Tucci National and allowed just two hits and one run while striking out eight.

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USA Baseball Welcomes Baseball For All to its Membership

Baseball For All aims to build gender equity in baseball across America
July 13, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced Baseball For All has joined the organization as its newest General Member. Baseball For All is a non-profit organization focused on building gender equity in baseball by providing girls across America opportunities to play, coach, and lead. Prospective USA Baseball members are presented

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced Baseball For All has joined the organization as its newest General Member. Baseball For All is a non-profit organization focused on building gender equity in baseball by providing girls across America opportunities to play, coach, and lead.

Prospective USA Baseball members are presented to the Board of Directors before being carefully reviewed and vetted by an internal committee. Selected members conduct programs in baseball or are organizations interested in the advancement of baseball in the United States and throughout the world.

“Baseball For All’s mission perfectly aligns with our core values as the national governing body for baseball in the United States and we are thrilled to welcome them as our newest general member,” said Jenny Dalton-Hill, Chair of USA Baseball’s Membership Committee. “Baseball For All has contributed numerous opportunities for young girls across the United States to play baseball and has sustained tremendous growth in its short history. We cannot wait to provide support to this organization and these young girls and celebrate their positive impact on the baseball landscape in our country.”

“It’s been a long-time goal for Baseball For All to become a USA Baseball member, and we are honored to be a part of this community,” said Dr. Justine Siegal, PhD. “In 2019, about half of the USA Baseball Women’s National Team had previously participated in Baseball For All programming, and now, as members, we are so proud to be able to continue our work to create opportunities that will help build the future of baseball for girls.”

Baseball For All is led by Dr. Justine Siegal, PhD. She was the first to throw batting practice for an MLB Club when she did so for the Cleveland Indians during Spring Training in 2011. In 2015, she became MLB’s first female coach when she served as a guest instructor at the Oakland Athletics’ fall instructional league for prospects. She then went on to earn a role as the Mental Performance Coach for Team Israel during the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in 2016. Siegal was named one of the top-100 people in MLB by USA Today in 2006, and her Oakland A’s jersey currently hangs in Cooperstown at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Golden Spikes Award Winner to be Announced Live on Baseball Tonight on Thursday

Announcement to be made leading into Red Sox/Yankees series opener
July 12, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball announced today the 43rd Golden Spikes Award winner will be named live on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown on Thursday leading into the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees series opener. The program will air at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT on ESPN.

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball announced today the 43rd Golden Spikes Award winner will be named live on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown on Thursday leading into the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees series opener.

The program will air at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT on ESPN. Karl Ravech hosts Baseball Tonight alongside analysts Eduardo Perez and Tim Kurkjian, plus Senior MLB Insider Jeff Passan contributing news updates. 

Kevin Kopps (Arkansas), Jack Leiter (Vanderbilt), and Kumar Rocker (Vanderbilt) are the final three amateur baseball players in contention for the prestigious award. 

2021 marks just the second year in the history of the Golden Spikes Award that not only do all of the finalists hail from the same conference, but also the second time that they have all played in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). All four finalists for the award in 2015 also suited up in the SEC (Andrew Benintendi, Arkansas; Alex Bregman, LSU; Carson Fulmer and Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt).

Additionally, this is just the second time ever that all the finalists for the award have been pitchers (2011).

For more information on the Golden Spikes Award and its past winners, visit GoldenSpikesAward.com or follow along on social media at @USAGoldenSpikes on Instagram and Twitter.

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Top Tier Roos American Claim 16U National Team Championships NC Gold in Extra Innings 

Top Tier Roos American and East Coast Sox Franchise combine for 29 hits and 20 runs in gold medal game
July 12, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Top Tier Roos American 0 1 3 1 0 1 1 0 5 12 14 1 East Coast Sox Franchise 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 1 8 15 1 Win: Aidan Miller Loss: Jax Yoxtheimer Box Score
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Top Tier Roos American 0 1 3 1 0 1 1 0 5 12 14 1
East Coast Sox Franchise 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 1 8 15 1
Win: Aidan Miller Loss: Jax Yoxtheimer
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CARY, N.C. - It took nine innings and just under four hours but Top Tier Roos American claimed the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina gold medal with a 12-8 win over the East Coast Sox Franchise.

In a back-and-forth game, the East Coast Sox Franchise battled back to tie the game on four separate occasions until a five-run ninth inning propelled the Top Tier Roos American to victory.

The teams traded runs in the second frame before Top Tier pulled out to a 4-1 advantage in the third and added another run in the fourth. Each team had a balanced offensive attack as a run was scored in all but one-half inning between the second and seventh innings.

After Top Tier took a one-run lead in the seventh and East Coast responded with a run of their own to send the game to extras, the Top Tier offense exploded for five runs in the ninth to secure the victory. East Coast’s rally in the bottom half fell four runs short and Top Tier sealed the deal to claim gold.

Thomas Crabtree started the game for East Coast, giving up four runs in 3.0 innings pitched while John Abraham started on the mound for Top Tier, allowing one run in 2.0 innings of work. Aidan Miller threw the final five frames for the gold medal winners, allowing two runs on seven hits.

Scorpions Marucci won the tournament’s bronze medal after Mark Estrada and Hudson Calhoun threw a combined no-hitter in a 12-0 win over the Dulins Dodgers Prime.

Key Moments

  • Cristofer Walley got the scoring started for Top Tier Roos American in the top of the second, driving in Fletcher Hislop on a single into center.
  • Marcos Rosales came into tie the game for East Coast Sox Franchise in the bottom of the second on a hit by Jax Yoxtheimer.
  • A two-run single from Hislop scored Landen Maroudis and Wes Mendes to put Top Tier up 4-1 in the third.
  • After East Coast got one back in the bottom of the third, Top Tier added another a half inning later on a Miller single. But a two-run bottom of the fourth and a Riley Myers single in the fifth for East Coast again tied the game, 5-5.
  • Both teams scored in the sixth to make it a 6-6 game, with East Coast’s run coming on a Kade Anderson double into right.
  • Hislop collected his third RBI of the game to put Top Tier on top 7-6 in the top half of the seventh but Casey Borba singled for East Coast to score Butt and send the game to extras.
  • Neither team was able to bring across a run in the eighth but a Steven Milam leadoff double in the ninth scored Ben Oosterbaan with international tie-breaker rules in effect to give Top Tier as 8-7 advantage.
  • Cade Kurland finished the scoring in the top of the ninth by providing two insurance runs with a double that scored Walley and Milam for the final 10-7 score.

Notable Information

  • Top Tier Roos American finished the tournament 5-1 with their only loss coming in the team’s second pool play game.
  • Aidan Miller finished the week with a team-high .471 (8-for-17) batting average in the tournament while Cade Kurland had a team-high five RBIs.
  • Miller also threw a team-high 7.2 innings for Top Tier, including five innings in Monday’s gold medal game.

Quotables

  • "This team has been together since they were 11 years old. This is what they do. They never quit.” – Top Tier Roos American Head Coach Jason Miller on winning gold
  • I wasn’t trying to do too much. Just trying to put the bat on the ball with runners in scoring position.” – Fletcher Hislop on his approach at the plate
  • “It feels good. We fought for this one. Tough teams with good competition and we were able to come out on top.” – Steven Milam on winning the gold medal game.

Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABChamps_NC on Twitter for the most up-to-date information on the National Team Championships North Carolina.
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Twenty-Seven USA Baseball Alumni Selected to 2021 MLB All-Star Game

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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