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On This Date: September 20, 2000 – Korea vs. USA (Sydney Olympic Games)

Mientkiewicz lifts Team USA over Korea with go-ahead grand slam
September 20, 2020
On this date in USA Baseball history, Team USA shut out Korea 4-0 in a pitcher’s duel for the ages. Roy Oswalt threw seven shutout innings of his own and recorded his first win of the tournament as Team USA brought its Olympic record to 4-0. After falling 15-0 in

On this date in USA Baseball history, Team USA shut out Korea 4-0 in a pitcher’s duel for the ages. Roy Oswalt threw seven shutout innings of his own and recorded his first win of the tournament as Team USA brought its Olympic record to 4-0.

After falling 15-0 in an exhibition game to Team USA, Korea decided to switch up their pitching in game four of the Olympics and started their submarine pitcher, Tae-Hyon Chong. The decision proved to be the right move as Chong pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out five, forcing Oswalt to match.

However, Oswalt lived up to the challenge, even striking out one more on 100 pitches. Behind Oswalt was impeccable defense such as Adam Everett’s continuous work at shortstop and Mike Kinkade’s clutch play at third. In a bases-loaded sixth inning, Kinkade made a diving play, tagging third and making the throw to first for the inning-ending double play and preserving the shutout for the Americans.

The Koreans switched up pitching in the eighth resulting in just what Team USA needed. In the bottom half of the inning with one out, Mike Neill connected on a single to right and Ernie Young managed to get on base with a walk. Despite a change in pitchers, Kinkade forced a walk and loaded the bases for Doug Mientkiewicz.

With one swing on a 3-2 count, Mientkiewicz broke through the shutout and hit a go-ahead grand slam for Team USA.

Chris George and Ryan Franklin ended the game on the mound for Team USA as the squad defeated Korea and moved on to their next challenge in Italy.

 

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KOR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 8 0
Win: R. Oswalt Loss: T. Chong | Box Score

 

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

- Roy Oswalt recorded six strikeouts and didn’t allow a single run in seven innings on 100 pitches
- Doug Mientkiewicz was 3-for-4 with four RBIs on the go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the eighth
- Ernie Young was 1-for-3 with one run and a stolen base
- Brent Abernathy recorded his third double of the Olympics

 

QUOTABLES

- “I was at second base, so I had a perfect angle to see the pitch. Doug was seeing the ball really clearly, because he laid off some tough pitches to hit. I knew the way he was seeing it, he was going to have a productive at-bat, and he didn’t miss the fastball. The guy had to challenge him, with a full count.” Ernie Young (Baseball America, Miracle on Grass)

- "We've had some difficulty with the different pitching we've faced, but we're finding ways to score," Mientkiewicz said. "We've had different guys come through." Doug Mientkiewicz (Baseball America)

- “If Kinkade doesn’t make that double play, we lose. I don’t get my chance to shine. But I have a great still-frame memory of that moment, running up the line with my finger in the air, and (first-base coach) Reggie Smith high-fiving me. That was one of the longest home runs I’ve ever hit in my life.” Doug Mientkiewicz (Baseball America, Miracle on Grass)

 

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Next Stop, Tokyo: Team USA Captures WBSC Olympic Qualifier With 4-2 Win Over Venezuela

The U.S. claims AOQ crown, berth in Tokyo Olympic Games with fourth-straight victory
June 6, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E VEN 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 7 0 USA 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 x 4 10 2 Box Score // Plays // Overall Stats PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The USA Baseball Professional National Team put the finishing touches on a perfect week at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball Americas Qualifying Event with 4-2 victory over Venezuela Saturday evening at Clover Park, claiming one of the two remaining berths in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games.

Todd Frazier led the U.S. attack with a 4-for-4 effort at the plate, while Team USA's pitching staff logged another strong performance in limiting Venezuela to a pair of runs.

"This whole process over the last couple of weeks has been so intense," Team USA manager Mike Scioscia said. "You're really playing elimination games every day, and our guys rose to the occasion. But bigger than that, it was such a celebration of baseball, so I want to congratulate both teams. We had tough games every time out. You had to be ready to play every game, and fortunately, our guys played well."

Frazier played particularly well against Venezuela, sparking Team USA in the field and at the plate, starting a momentum-swinging 5-3 double-play that thwarted a first-inning Venezuela threat. He recorded hits in each of his four at-bats, including an RBI double in the fifth and a critical home run in the seventh to drive in the final two U.S. runs of the night.

The 11-year MLB veteran singled in the home half of the first, then kicked off U.S. fourth with a base hit, moments before Eric Filia lofted a towering drive that cleared the right-field wall for a 2-1 Team USA lead.

Starting pitcher Matthew Liberatore gave the U.S. another strong effort to open the contest, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the first, after Hernan Perez drove a single to center on the game's first pitch. Perez struck again in the third, driving Liberatore's second pitch of the inning deep to left-center for a solo shot that gave Venezuela a 1-0 lead.

But Liberatore was up to the early challenge, inducing rally-killing double plays in the first and the third frames to keep the stars and stripes close. After Ali Castillo followed Perez's homer with a base hit, Liberatore promptly dispatched the next seven Venezuela hitters before back-to-back hits by Perez and Castillo ended his night after 4 2/3 innings.

In all, Liberatore allowed just one run and scattered four hits with four strikeouts, before handing the ball off to his bullpen.

The U.S. engineered a two-out threat in the fifth, capitalizing on back-to-back singles by Luke Williams and Jarren Duran after Anibal Sanchez struck out the first two hitters of the inning.

Frazier tormented Venezuela yet again, this time bashing a line-drive just inside the third-base bag for a ground-rule double that chased home the third Team USA run of the game.

Team USA's bullpen registered a strong performance in relief of Liberatore, as the trio of Brandon Dickson, Edwin Jackson (1-0) and David Robertson combined to hold Venezuela to one run on three hits over the final 4.1 innings. Jackson blanked Venezuela over 2.0 frames, and Robertson locked up his second save of the AOQ with a scoreless ninth.

The U.S. finished a perfect 4-0 at the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier, led by a pitching staff that allowed just 10 total runs in the four contests and limited the opposition to a .209 batting average. Team USA got it done with defense as well, as the U.S. didn't commit its first error of the tournament until Saturday's finale and finished with a sparkling .987 team fielding percentage.

"Every game was intense. Our guys did a great job," Scioscia added. "They faced some tough pitchers this week, and some really good ball clubs. This is a tough environment. You're playing five elimination games, essentially, and I thought our guys were very consistent."

Team USA moves on to Tokyo, as the six-team Olympic baseball tournament will begin on Tuesday, July 27 at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium and Yokohama Baseball Stadium. The U.S. joins Israel, Japan, Korea, and Mexico in the six-team field. The final spot in the Olympic baseball tournament will be decided following the WBSC Baseball Final Qualifier in Puebla, Mexico, from June 22-26.

Team USA has qualified for all but one of the Olympic Games since baseball has been included on the official Olympic Programme beginning in 1992. The U.S. won a bronze medal in the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games and a gold medal in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The stars and stripes did not qualify for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, but earned a spot in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, where they won bronze. The U.S. also won a silver medal in 1984 (Los Angeles) and a gold medal in 1988 (Seoul) when baseball was a demonstration sport in the Olympics.

The magnitude of the opportunity to compete for Olympic Gold was apparent to Frazier, who finished the tournament with hits in his final five trips to the plate, including two critical late-inning home runs that helped seal wins over Canada and Venezuela.

"When you get an opportunity to play for the United States of America, you've got to take that opportunity and run with it," Frazier commented. "Because you're probably going to look back on your career and say that's the most fun I've ever had playing the game."

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USA Baseball Qualifies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Team USA joins Israel, Japan, Korea, and Mexico in the six-team field
June 6, 2021
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Team USA clinched its berth in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Saturday, following a 4-2 victory over Venezuela at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 in Florida. The six-team Olympic baseball

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Team USA clinched its berth in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Saturday, following a 4-2 victory over Venezuela at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 in Florida.

The six-team Olympic baseball tournament will begin on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium and Yokohama Baseball Stadium.

The U.S. joins Israel, Japan, Korea, and Mexico in the six-team field. The final spot in the Olympic baseball tournament will be decided following the WBSC Baseball Final Qualifier in Puebla, Mexico, from June 22-26.

“It has been our goal from the moment baseball returned to the Olympic Programme to qualify for Tokyo 2020. I am incredibly proud of this group for coming together under the tremendous leadership of Mike Scioscia and his staff and securing the United States’ spot in the Olympic Games,” said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. “We knew this was not going to be an easy road; however, this squad personified the unyielding American spirit with grit and resilience in this tournament. We are thrilled for them, we celebrate their achievement, and we look forward to representing Team USA in the Olympic Games.”

Team USA finished the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier tournament with a perfect 4-0 record, defeating Canada, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. The U.S. also faced Puerto Rico in the Opening Round, but the game was cancelled in the fourth inning due to inclement weather with the stars and stripes holding a 6-1 lead.

Team USA has qualified for all but one of the Olympic Games since baseball has been included on the official Olympic Programme beginning in 1992. The U.S. won a bronze medal in the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games and a gold medal in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The stars and stripes did not qualify for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games but earned a spot in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, where they won bronze.

Team USA also won a silver medal in 1984 (Los Angeles) and a gold medal in 1988 (Seoul) when baseball was a demonstration sport in the Olympics.

An official game recap of the clinching game against Venezuela will follow this announcement.

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Team USA, Venezuela Square Off Saturday With Olympic Berth on the Line

The U.S. and Venezuela will conclude play at WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier with 7 p.m. ET contest at Clover Park
June 5, 2021
Team USA Game NotesTeam USA vs. Venezuela Live Stats PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – With a potential berth in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games at stake, the USA Baseball Professional National Team will conclude play at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games

Team USA Game Notes
Team USA vs. Venezuela Live Stats

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – With a potential berth in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games at stake, the USA Baseball Professional National Team will conclude play at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 with a 7 p.m. (ET) matchup Saturday against Venezuela at Clover Park.

LHP Matthew Liberatore (1-0, 1.80 ERA) draws the starting mound assignment for Team USA, tossing 5.0 solid innings in his AOQ debut vs. Nicaragua on Monday. The left-hander combined with three relievers combined to limit the Nicaragua offense to one run on five hits in the 7-1 U.S. victory.

Last night, the U.S. moved to within one victory of securing a berth in the Tokyo Olympic Games with a 10-1 victory over Canada. Luke Williams belted the go-ahead home run in the fifth inning, then doubled home two more U.S. runs as part of Team USA's back-breaking seven-run explosion in the eighth that turned a 3-1 lead into a nine-run bulge for the stars and stripes.

With the victory, the U.S. remained perfect in the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event. As the tournament's lone 2-0 team in the decisive Super Round, Team USA can qualify for one of the two remaining spots in the Tokyo Olympics with a victory over Venezuela this evening.

The U.S. Professional National Team brings a slim 9-8 all-time series edge over Venezuela into Saturday's contest. In the two squads' last meeting, Venezuela carried a two-run lead into the bottom of the seventh inning before Team USA rallied for a 4-2 win in the second round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic on March 15, 2017 at Marlins Park. Drew Smyly allowed just one run over 4.2 innings, but Rougned Odor’s solo homer in the seventh gave Venezuela a late 2-0 lead. Team USA then tagged Hector Rondón for a run in the bottom of the inning before Adam Jones hit a game-tying solo homer in the bottom of the eighth. Eric Hosmer followed that with a go-ahead two-run homerun and Luke Gregerson shut the door in the ninth to clinch the victory in the first game of the second round.

Team USA has two more chances to qualify for Tokyo 2020, beginning with the Baseball Americas Qualifier. The U.S. has participated at the Olympic Games in 1988 (demonstration sport), 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2008, winning a gold medal in Seoul 1988 and Sydney 2000. In order to qualify for the Olympic Games from the Baseball Americas Qualifier, the U.S. will need to win the tournament. If the U.S. does not qualify for the Olympic Games out of the Baseball Americas Qualifier, but finishes second or third, they will participate in the Final Qualifier that will take place in Puebla, Mexico from June 22-27.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will mark the first time baseball has been featured in the Games since 2008 in Beijing, where Team USA won the bronze medal.

Stay tuned to USABaseball.com for all of the latest news, previews and recaps from the WBSC AOQ.

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Team USA Rolls Over Canada to Stay Perfect at WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier

June 5, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E CAN 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 1 USA 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 7 x 10 10 0 Box Score // Plays // Overall Stats WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Using yet another shutdown pitching effort and a seven-run, eighth-inning rally, the USA Baseball Professional National Team moved to within one victory of securing a berth in the Tokyo Olympic Games with a 10-1 victory over Canada Friday evening at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

With the victory, the U.S. remained perfect in the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event. As the tournament's lone 2-0 team in the decisive Super Round, Team USA can qualify for one of the two remaining spots in the Tokyo Olympics with a victory over Venezuela in its AOQ finale Saturday evening at Clover Park.

Luke Williams belted the go-ahead home run in the fifth inning, then doubled home two more U.S. runs as part of Team USA's back-breaking seven-run explosion in the eighth that turned a two-run lead into a 10-1 bulge for the stars and stripes.

The U.S. gained control of Friday's game behind another stellar performance from its pitching staff, which limited Canada to a single run on Jacob Robson's fourth-inning homer. Homer Bailey allowed just one run in 3 1/3 innings to start the game, before four U.S. relievers teamed up to blank the Canadians on four hits over the final 5.2 frames.

Team USA drew first blood on Eric Filia's RBI-single in the third inning, moments after Jarren Duran delivered his second hit of the game to spark a two-out rally.

Robson responded immediately for Team Canada, driving a full-count offering over the wall in left-center to pull his club even. Drew Parrish (1-0) retired the first five hitters he faced after taking over for Bailey with one out in the fourth. The lefty fanned a pair and kept Canada hitless until Wes Darvill and Robson delivered back-to-back, one-out singles.

D.J. Johnson promptly extinguished that threat with a pair of strikeouts and retired five of the six hitters he faced over his 1.2 innings. Anthony Gose worked the eighth with similar results for the U.S. bullpen. The left-hander allowed a two-out walk, but followed with an inning-ending punchout of Eric Wood.

The U.S. started its eighth-inning outburst with Logan Forsythe working a one-out walk, before Triston Casas drilled a shot that appeared to clear the wall in right for an apparent two-run homer.

But upon review, the ball was ruled to glance off the top of the wall for a double that set off a lengthy delay after Canadian manager Ernie Whitt protested the call. Forsythe was ultimately awarded home plate with the fourth Team USA run, setting off an offensive surge that saw five of the next six U.S. batters reach base.

Mark Kolozsvary drew a free base after being hit by a pitch for the third time on the night, before a Canadian error kept the inning alive. Williams stretched the lead to six runs with a liner to right, and Duran added a run-scoring triple--his third hit of the contest. Todd Frazier capped the scoring with a two-run blast into the U.S. bullpen in left for a 10-1 Team USA lead.

Jimmie Sherfy closed out the contest with a scoreless ninth, as the five U.S. hurlers combined to strike out 10 batters, while scattering eight hits and issuing just one walk.

Duran led Team USA with a 3-for-5 night at the dish, and Williams finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Kolozsvary was a force for the U.S. as well, reaching safely in each of his four trips to the plate and scoring a pair of runs.

Stay tuned to USABaseball.com for all of the latest news, previews and recaps from the WBSC AOQ.

 

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Team USA Opens Super Round Friday Against Canada

June 4, 2021
Team USA vs. Canada Live StatsTeam USA Game Notes WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The USA Baseball Professional National Team will open the Super Round stage of the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event (AOQ) for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, Friday evening with

Team USA vs. Canada Live Stats
Team USA Game Notes

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The USA Baseball Professional National Team will open the Super Round stage of the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event (AOQ) for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, Friday evening with a 7 p.m. (ET) contest against Canada at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

RHP Homer Bailey (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will get the start on the mound for Team USA, which posted a 2-0 overall mark in the Opening Round of group play at the WBSC's AOQ. The U.S. saw its final game of Group A play vs. Puerto Rico rained out on back-to-back days, while Canada dropped a 5-0 decision to Venezuela in its final Opening Round contest on Wednesday. 

The U.S. Professional National Team brings a 10-6 all-time series advantage over Canada into the matchup. In the two squads' last meeting, Team USA scored seven runs in the first two innings en route to an 8-0 win over Canada on March 12, 2017 in Pool C play of the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Marlins Park. Eric Hosmer drove in two runs in the first and Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer in the third to give the U.S. a comfortable lead. Buster Posey’s RBI single and solo homer capped the scoring for the stars and stripes, who got a seven-strikeout performance from Danny Duffy. Tyler Clippard provided two hitless innings out of the bullpen, striking out four of the six batters he faced.

The U.S. enters the Super Round with a 1-0 mark in the standings by virtue of its victory over the Dominican Republic in group play on Tuesday. Team USA will take on Venezuela, the other unbeaten club through the Opening Round, on Saturday (June 5) at 7 p.m. in Port St. Lucie to conclude the AOQ. Each game throughout the AOQ will be streamed live on ESPN+.

The AOQ champion, which will be determined by won-loss record vs. the Super Round field, will claim one of the final two berths in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games. In order to qualify for the Olympic Games from the Baseball Americas Qualifier, the U.S. will need to win the tournament. If the U.S. does not qualify for the Olympic Games out of the Baseball Americas Qualifier, but finishes second or third, they will participate in the Final Qualifier that will take place in Puebla, Mexico from June 22-27.

The U.S. has participated at the Olympic Games in 1988 (demonstration sport), 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2008, winning a gold medal in Seoul 1988 and Sydney 2000. The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will mark the first time baseball has been featured in the Games since 2008 in Beijing, where Team USA won the bronze medal.

Stay tuned to USABaseball.com for all of the latest news, previews and recaps from the WBSC AOQ.

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Team USA, Puerto Rico Washed Away Once Again

June 3, 2021
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – For the second-straight day, the USA Baseball Professional National Team saw its matchup with Puerto Rico at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball Americas Qualification (AOQ) Event fall victim to persistent thunderstorms at Clover Park. Moments after Nick Allen's fourth-inning grand slam handed Team USA a

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – For the second-straight day, the USA Baseball Professional National Team saw its matchup with Puerto Rico at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball Americas Qualification (AOQ) Event fall victim to persistent thunderstorms at Clover Park.

Moments after Nick Allen's fourth-inning grand slam handed Team USA a 6-1 lead, the skies opened, bringing a halt to the rescheduled final contest of Group A competition. The game, which was postponed Wednesday evening due to heavy rain as well, will not be resumed, as the U.S. had previously clinched a berth in the AOQ's deciding Super Round with its 8-6 win over the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.

The U.S. will move on to the Super Round as the top finisher in Group A with a 2-0 overall mark in the tournament. More importantly, the stars and stripes will take a 1-0 record against the Super Round field into play this weekend by virtue of their victory over the Dominican Republic – the other qualifier from Group A. 

The United States will match up against Canada at 7 p.m. ET, Friday (June 4) evening at The Ballpark at the Palm Beaches to open Super Round competition, before taking on Venezuela Saturday (June 5) in another 7 p.m. game at Clover Park.

Each game throughout the AOQ will be streamed live on ESPN+.

Stay tuned to USABaseball.com for all of the latest news, previews and recaps from the WBSC AOQ.

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Team USA's Wednesday Matchup With Puerto Rico Postponed

June 2, 2021
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The USA Baseball Professional National Team's Wednesday evening game against Puerto Rico at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball Americas Qualification Event (AOQ) for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 has been postponed due to inclement weather. Instead, the game has been rescheduled for

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The USA Baseball Professional National Team's Wednesday evening game against Puerto Rico at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball Americas Qualification Event (AOQ) for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 has been postponed due to inclement weather.

Instead, the game has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. ET Thursday (June 3) at Clover Park.

With victories in each of its first two games in Florida, Team USA secured its berth in the AOQ's Super Round, which will begin Friday and determine the first of the final two qualifiers for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games.

The United States has two chances to qualify for Tokyo 2020, beginning with the Baseball Americas Qualifier. In order to qualify for the Olympic Games at the AOQ, the U.S. will need to win the tournament. If the stars and stripes do not qualify for the Olympics out of the Baseball Americas Qualifier, but finish second or third, they will participate in the Final Qualifier that will take place in Puebla, Mexico from June 22-27.

The U.S. has participated at the Olympic Games in 1988 (demonstration sport), 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2008, winning a gold medal in Seoul 1988 and Sydney 2000. The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will mark the first time baseball has been featured in the Games since 2008 in Beijing, where Team USA won the bronze medal.

Stay tuned to USABaseball.com for all of the latest news, previews and recaps from the WBSC AOQ.

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Team USA Concludes AOQ Group Play Thursday Against Puerto Rico

June 2, 2021
Team USA vs. Puerto Rico Live Stats Team USA Game Notes PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – After posting its second-straight victory Tuesday evening to clinch a spot in the Super Round of the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event (AOQ) for the Games of the XXXII

Team USA vs. Puerto Rico Live Stats
Team USA Game Notes

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – After posting its second-straight victory Tuesday evening to clinch a spot in the Super Round of the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event (AOQ) for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, the USA Baseball Professional National Team will wrap up Group play Thursday with an 11 a.m. (ET) contest against Puerto Rico at Clover Park.

RHP Simeon Woods Richardson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) draws the starting mound assignment in Team USA's third outing of the tournament. After leading from start to finish in their opening game win over Nicaragua on Monday, Team USA had to battle back from a fifth-inning deficit to post an 8-6 victory over the Dominican Republic Tuesday night. Luke Williams came through with his second multi-hit effort in as many games, and Eddy Alvarez delivered a pair of doubles to help pace the U.S. attack.

Trailing by a run after the Dominican Republic rallied to wipe out a 4-1 deficit, Team USA scored four times in the sixth to turn the tide for good. Logan Forsythe's pinch-single plated the tying run, and Nick Allen put the U.S. in front to stay with a fielder's choice grounder to third.

Williams has logged five hits through the first two games of the AOQ to lead all players. His 0.700 on-base percentage also sits atop the tournament leaderboard, while Mark Kolozsvary's two home runs and 1.286 slugging percentage rank first at the event as well.

Puerto Rico enters the game 0-2 for the AOQ after dropping a 7-6 decision to Nicaragua Tuesday in 10 innings. After taking a 5-2 lead into the late innings, Puerto Rico saw that advantage evaporate, as Nicaragua plated three runs in the eighth before scoring two in the 10th to claim the victory.

The U.S. Professional National Team brings an 8-5 all-time series advantage over Puerto Rico into the matchup. After losing to Puerto Rico in Pool F play earlier in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, Team USA got revenge and won the WBC Final, topping Puerto Rico, 8-0 on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Puerto Rico starter Seth Lugo held the U.S. scoreless through two, but Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer in the third to open the scoring. Christian Yelich drove in a pair of runs two innings later, giving Team USA a four-run lead. Marcus Stroman tossed six scoreless innings, allowing just one hit to lower his tournament-ERA to 2.35.

Following the conclusion of Thursday's action, Team USA will move on to the Super Round, which will take place Friday (June 4) and Saturday (June 5). Each game throughout the AOQ will be streamed live on ESPN+.

Team USA has two more chances to qualify for Tokyo 2020, beginning with the Baseball Americas Qualifier. The U.S. has participated at the Olympic Games in 1988 (demonstration sport), 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2008, winning a gold medal in Seoul 1988 and Sydney 2000.

In order to qualify for the Olympic Games from the Baseball Americas Qualifier, the U.S. will need to win the tournament. If the U.S. does not qualify for the Olympic Games out of the Baseball Americas Qualifier, but finishes second or third, they will participate in the Final Qualifier that will take place in Puebla, Mexico from June 22-27.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will mark the first time baseball has been featured in the Games since 2008 in Beijing, where Team USA won the bronze medal.

Stay tuned to USABaseball.com for all of the latest news, previews and recaps from the WBSC AOQ.

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Resilient Team USA Outlasts Dominican Republic to Clinch AOQ Super Round Berth

June 2, 2021
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The USA Baseball Professional National Team punched its ticket to the Super Round of the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event with its second-straight win--an 8-6 victory over the Dominican Republic at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches Tuesday evening.

After turning in a complete domination of Nicaragua to lead from start to finish in their opening game of the tournament Monday, Team USA had to battle back from a fifth-inning deficit this time. Luke Williams tripled home a pair of key runs as part of a four-run, sixth-inning rally and finished with his second multi-hit effort in as many games, while Eddy Alvarez delivered a pair of doubles to help pace the U.S. attack.

Trailing by a run after the Dominican Republic rallied to wipe out a 4-1 deficit, Team USA scored four times in the sixth to turn the tide for good. Logan Forsythe's pinch-single plated the tying run, and Nick Allen put the U.S. in front to stay with a fielder's choice grounder to third.

Williams drove 1-0 pitch into the right-center field gap to bring in two more runs and give Team USA an 8-5 lead. The Philadelphia Phillies farmhand finished the night 2-for-5 after logging three hits in Monday's 7-1 win over Nicaragua.

From there, the U.S. bullpen held the opposition at bay, with the Dominican Republic's lone hit of the final three frames coming on Juan Francisco's leadoff homer in the ninth.

The U.S. clicked in the clutch all night long, scoring six of its eight runs with two outs. That trend started in the first inning, as Team USA used a two-out, Todd Frazier double to spark an early rally. Eric Filia drew a walk from Radhames Liz, before Triston Casas lined a 3-2 pitch to center to chase home both U.S. baserunners for a 2-0 advantage.

Joe Ryan was nearly flawless on the mound in the early stages of the contest, striking out six of the first eight Dominican Republic hitters of the game.

His lone hiccup came with one out in the second, when Francisco got ahold of a 3-1 offering a lifted it over the wall in right to cut the U.S. lead in half.

The U.S. added to its advantage in the bottom of the fourth, thanks in large part to an epic 15-pitch battle between Liz and Alvarez that included seven-straight foul balls with the count deadlocked at 2-2. Alvarez won the matchup, lining a full-count offering to deep left-center, before Mark Kolozsvary launched a two-run homer to left--his second home run in as many games at the AOQ--to make it a 4-1 game.

Ryan continued to tear through the Dominican Republic batting order, punching out the first two hitters of the fifth for his ninth and 10th strikeouts of the game. But Luis Liberato worked a walk, and Gustavo Nunez doubled, setting up Emilio Bonafacio's two-run triple that trimmed the Team USA lead to one run.

The Dominican Republic kept the pressure on Team USA in the sixth, as Juan Rodriguez led off with a base hit, before Diego Goris drove a Trevor Lane (1-0) pitch deep to left for the go-ahead two-run homer.

The U.S. responded immediately, as Casas's one-out single in the bottom of the inning ignited Team USA's offense and the decisive rally of the night. Alvarez was hit by a two-strike offering and Kolozsvary walked on four pitches to set up Forsythe's key single.

Ryan completed 4 2/3 innings, scattering four hits and fanning 10 batters. Casas logged a two hits, while Kolozsvary drove in a pair of runs and reached base safely in three trips to the plate.

With the victory and its advancement to the Super Round, Team USA drew one step closer to earning one of the final two berths in the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo. In order to qualify for the Olympics from the Baseball Americas Qualifier (AOQ), the U.S. will need to win the tournament. If the U.S. does not qualify for the Olympic Games at the AOQ, but finishes second or third, they will participate in the Final Qualifier that will take place in Puebla, Mexico from June 22-27.

Team USA will conclude Group A play with a 7 p.m. ET game Wednesday (June 2) against Puerto Rico (0-2) at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie.

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Team USA Takes on Dominican Republic in Battle of Unbeaten Teams at WBSC AOQ 

June 1, 2021
Team USA vs. Dominican Republic Live StatsTeam USA Game Notes WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – After a strong opening-night performance that produced a 7-1 win over Nicaragua at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, the USA
Team USA vs. Dominican Republic Live Stats
Team USA Game Notes

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – After a strong opening-night performance that produced a 7-1 win over Nicaragua at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, the USA Baseball Professional National Team will take aim at a second-straight victory Tuesday (June 1) with a 7 p.m. (ET) matchup against the Dominican Republic at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

RHP Joe Ryan (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make the start for the U.S., which scored a pair of first-inning runs and never looked back Monday evening against Nicaragua. Luke Williams and Jarren Duran powered Team USA's 14-hit attack with three-hit performances, while Matthew Liberatore and three relievers combined to shut down the Nicaragua offense.

The Dominican Republic posted a 5-2 victory over Puerto Rico in its opening game of the tournament Monday afternoon. Luis Liberato hit the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning, then made a critical sliding catch in the ninth to preserve the victory.

The U.S. Professional National Team has split its previous 12 contests with the Dominican Republic. Team USA scored early and often before holding off a late push by the Dominicans, winning 10-8 in the Opening Round of the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation Premier12 at Estadio de Béisbol Charros de Jalisco in Guadalajara (Nov. 4). Mark Payton’s first-inning homer got Team USA on the board before Jake Cronenworth followed with a solo shot in the second. RBI singles by Erik Kratz and Jo Adell increased the U.S. lead to four in the early going. After the Dominican Republic scored a pair of runs in the second, Alec Bohm’s three-run homer in the third gave Team USA a 7-2 lead. The Dominican Republic scored three runs in the fifth and another run in the ninth, but Brandon Dickson secured the save to advance Team USA to the Super Round.

Team USA will wrap up group play at the AOQ Wednesday (June 2) when it takes on Puerto Rico at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super Round, which will take place Friday (June 4) and Saturday (June 5). Each game throughout the AOQ will be streamed live on ESPN+.

Team USA has two more chances to qualify for Tokyo 2020, beginning with the Baseball Americas Qualifier. The U.S. has participated at the Olympic Games in 1988 (demonstration sport), 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2008, winning a gold medal in Seoul 1988 and Sydney 2000. In order to qualify for the Olympic Games from the Baseball Americas Qualifier, the U.S. will need to win the tournament. If the U.S. does not qualify for the Olympic Games out of the Baseball Americas Qualifier, but finishes second or third, they will participate in the Final Qualifier that will take place in Puebla, Mexico from June 22-27.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will mark the first time baseball has been featured in the Games since 2008 in Beijing, where Team USA won the bronze medal.

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Complete Performance Lifts Team USA Past Nicaragua

June 1, 2021
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The USA Baseball Professional National Team began its quest for one of the final two berths in the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo with a convincing 7-1 victory over Nicaragua at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event at Clover Park.

Luke Williams and Jarren Duran powered Team USA's 14-hit attack with three-hit performances, while Matthew Liberatore and three relievers combined to shut down the Nicaragua offense.

Liberatore (1-0) held Nicaragua to just one run on five hits over the first 5.0 innings, before Brandon Dickson, Anthony Gose and Marc Rzepczynski combined to toss four perfect innings of relief to close out the victory.

The U.S. wasted no time in establishing an early lead, using a Williams walk and a Duran base hit to spark a first-inning rally. Todd Frazier plated the first run of the night with a sacrifice fly to center, before Eric Filia delivered the first of two key run-producing hits to give Team USA a 2-0 lead.

Liberatore, who would allow just one run on five hits over his 5.0 innings, worked around a one-out hit in the first to preserve the two-run cushion.

Nicaragua took advantage of singles by Melvin Novoa and Edgard Montiel to plate its lone run of the night in the bottom of the second. The U.S. avoided further damage by cutting down a baserunner at the plate to end the threat and hold on to a 2-1 lead.

Kolozsvary responded in the top of the fourth for Team USA, lofting a 2-1 offering over the wall in center field for a solo blast that restored the two-run lead for the U.S.

Liberatore finished his night on a high note, once again wiggling his way out of a jam in the fifth to maintain the lead. With two Nicaragua baserunners aboard, the lefty induced an inning-ending liner that second baseman Eddy Alvarez snared to squash the rally and strand the potential tying run.

After Filia came through with his second RBI single to make it a 4-1 game in the top of the sixth, Dickson kept the momentum going for Team USA by dispatching six straight Nicaragua hitters on just 19 pitches over the ensuing two innings.

Gose followed suit by retiring all three batters he faced in the eighth, and Rzepcynski finished off the win with a 1-2-3 ninth. In all, the four Team USA hurlers joined forces to strike out nine batters for the game and retire the final 13 Nicaragua hitters in succession.

Team USA extended its lead to 7-1 in the ninth, cashing in on a two-run Duran single to complete the scoring.

Team USA will face the Dominican Republic in a 7 p.m. ET game Tuesday (June 1) at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, before closing out group play Wednesday (June 2) against Puerto Rico with another 7 p.m. contest at Clover Park.

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Team USA Opens WBSC AOQ Play Monday Against Nicaragua

May 31, 2021
USA Baseball Game NotesTeam USA vs. Nicaragua Live Stats PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The USA Baseball Professional National Team will open play in the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 with a 7 p.m. (ET) matchup
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The USA Baseball Professional National Team will open play in the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 with a 7 p.m. (ET) matchup against Nicaragua Monday at Clover Park.

LHP Matthew Liberatore (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will draw the starting mound assignment for the U.S. as it begins its quest for one of two final berths in the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo. Team USA will also face the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, June 1, at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, and Puerto Rico on Wednesday, June 2, back at Clover Park. All three opening-round games will begin at 7 p.m. E.T and will be streamed on ESPN+.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super Round, which will take place Friday, June 4, and Saturday, June 5.

Team USA has two more chances to qualify for Tokyo 2020, beginning with the Baseball Americas Qualifier. The U.S. has participated at the Olympic Games in 1988 (demonstration sport), 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2008, winning a gold medal in Seoul 1988 and Sydney 2000. In order to qualify for the Olympic Games from the Baseball Americas Qualifier, the U.S. will need to win the tournament. If the U.S. does not qualify for the Olympic Games out of the Baseball Americas Qualifier, but finishes second or third, they will participate in the Final Qualifier that will take place in Puebla, Mexico from June 22-27.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will mark the first time baseball has been featured in the Games since 2008 in Beijing, where Team USA won the bronze medal.

The U.S. Professional National Team owns a 7-3 all-time record against Nicaragua since 2001. Jake Thompson put together a historic outing in Team USA’s 6-0 win over Nicaragua on July 15, 2015 in the 2015 Pan American Games at Ajax Sportsplex in Ontario. Thompson struck out ten and allowed just one hit in seven innings, tying several U.S. Pan Am records. The U.S. scored two runs in both the second and third innings to pull away from Nicaragua. Tommy Murphy drove in a pair of runs with a triple and Tyler Pastornicky scored two runs to pace the offense. The U.S. pitching staff allowed just two hits and zero walks in the shutout win.

Stay tuned to USABaseball.com for all of the latest news, previews and recaps from the WBSC AOQ.

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HOW TO FOLLOW/WATCH
All WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier contests will be streamed live on ESPN+. Fans can also follow along via live stats here.

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

ABOUT USA BASEBALL
USA Baseball is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation. The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, Olympic, Premier12 and Pan Am teams (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women's National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year. The organization is responsible for the continued proliferation and health of the sport, and leads a number of amateur initiatives including PLAYBALL and Pitch Smart. USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. For more information, please visit the organization's official websites: USABaseball.com, SportDev.org, PLAYBALL.org, PitchSmart.org, GoldenSpikesAward.com and USABaseballShop.com.

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Team USA Announces Olympic Qualifying Roster

May 30, 2021
2021 Olympic Qualifying Roster CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced its roster for the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020. The 26-man team is made up of 14 pitchers and 12 position players currently not on

2021 Olympic Qualifying Roster

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced its roster for the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020. The 26-man team is made up of 14 pitchers and 12 position players currently not on an MLB 40-man roster, and features 12 former national team alumni, 14 players with Major League experience, four World Series champions, four former MLB All-Stars, and four of MLB Pipeline’ top-100 prospects in baseball.

The U.S. will begin the Baseball Americas Qualifier on Monday, May 31, against Nicaragua at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The U.S. will then face the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, June 1, at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, and Puerto Rico on Wednesday, June 2, back at Clover Park. All three opening-round games will begin at 7 p.m. E.T and will be streamed on ESPN+.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super Round, which will take place Friday, June 4, and Saturday, June 5.

The tournament is the first opportunity in 2021 for Team USA to qualify for Tokyo 2020. The winner will join Israel, Japan, Korea, and Mexico in the Olympic Games baseball tournament while the second and third-place finishers will compete in the WBSC Baseball Final Qualifier in Mexico.

“We are excited to announce twenty-six exceptional athletes to the roster for Olympic qualifying,” said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. “This roster is well balanced and full of experience, both in Major League Baseball and on the international stage. Playing for a spot in the Olympic Games is unique and being able to call on athletes who have competed at the highest level of the game is invaluable. We are excited to represent the red, white, and blue proudly and fight for a spot in Tokyo.”

Half of the roster boasts Major League experience, including former All-Stars Todd Frazier (INF), Edwin Jackson (RHP), Matt Kemp (OF), and David Robertson (RHP). Additionally, Jackson, Marc Rzepczynski (LHP), Robertson, and Jon Jay (OF; Los Angeles Angels) have all won a World Series title in their careers. 

In addition to his World Series title with the Phillies in 2009, Robertson was also a member of Team USA during its 2017 World Baseball Classic championship run and is one of 12 members of the roster with international baseball experience. Brandon Dickson (RHP) rejoins Team USA after playing for the red, white, and blue in the WBSC Premier12™ in 2019. Two-time national team alum Frazier is joined on the roster by his 2006 Collegiate National Team teammate Tim Federowicz (C; Los Angeles Dodgers), and three-time alum Triston Casas (INF; Boston Red Sox) is joined by two of his 18U National Team teammates in Nick Allen (INF; Oakland Athletics) and Matt Liberatore (LHP; St. Louis Cardinals).

Homer Bailey (RHP), Anthony Carter (RHP), Logan Forsythe (INF: Milwaukee Brewers), Jay, and Drew Parrish (LHP; Kansas City Royals) also return to Team USA for the second time in their careers.

The veteran-laden roster also features four athletes currently ranked in the top-100 prospects in baseball as named by MLB Pipeline. Liberatore is the top-rated prospect on the roster at No. 30, followed by No. 34 Casas, No. 74 Simeon Woods Richardson (RHP; Toronto Blue Jays), and No. 93 Jarren Duran (OF, Boston Red Sox).

Three-time World Series Champion Mike Scioscia was named the manager in April and leads a coaching staff that collectively holds over 100 years of baseball experience and 19 years of playing and coaching experience with Team USA. Joining him on the bench in 2021 are Roly de Armas, Darren Fenster, Dave Wallace, Jerry Weinstein, and Ernie Young.

The 2021 WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier will take place from May 31-June 5 in The Palm Beaches and St. Lucie County, Florida. The U.S. is in Group A with the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Nicaragua, while Group B consists of Cuba, Venezuela, Canada, and Colombia.

Following group play, the top two finishers from each group will play two games in the Super Round. Records from the opening round will carry over and the team with the best record will be declared the winner, earning the fifth berth to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will mark the first time baseball has been featured in the Games since 2008 in Beijing, where Team USA won the bronze medal.

For more information on USA Baseball and the WBSC Baseball Olympic Qualifier, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

USA Baseball Olympic Qualifying Roster
(Name; Position; 2021 Organization) 

Nick Allen; INF; Oakland Athletics; Midland (AA)
Eddy Alvarez; INF; Miami Marlins; Jacksonville (AAA)
Homer Bailey; RHP
Anthony Carter; RHP; Saraperos de Saltillo
Triston Casas; INF; Boston Red Sox; Portland (AA)
Brandon Dickson; RHP
Jarren Duran; OF; Boston Red Sox; Worcester (AAA)
Tim Federowicz; C; Los Angeles Dodgers; Oklahoma City (AAA)
Eric Filia; OF; Seattle Mariners; Tacoma (AAA)
Logan Forsythe; INF; Milwaukee Brewers; Nashville (AAA)
Todd Frazier; INF
Anthony Gose; LHP; Cleveland Indians; Columbus (AAA)
Edwin Jackson; RHP
Jon Jay; OF; Los Angeles Angels; Salt Lake Bees (AAA)
DJ Johnson; RHP; Cleveland Indians; Columbus (AAA)
Matt Kemp; OF
Mark Kolozsvary; C; Cincinnati Reds; Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)
Trevor Lane; LHP; New York Yankees; Scranton Wilkes-Barre (AAA)
Matthew Liberatore; LHP; St. Louis Cardinals; Memphis (AAA)
Drew Parrish; LHP; Kansas City Royals; Quad Cities (A+)
David Robertson; RHP
Joe Ryan; RHP; Tampa Bay Rays; Durham (AAA)
Marc Rzepczynski; LHP
Jimmie Sherfy; RHP; San Francisco Giants; Sacramento (AAA)
Luke Williams; INF; Philadelphia Phillies; Lehigh Valley (AAA)
Simeon Woods Richardson; RHP; Toronto Blue Jays; New Hampshire (AA)

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Team USA to Open Olympic Qualifying Against Nicaragua

April 29, 2021
Media Accreditation CARY, N.C. -- The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced the schedule for the 2021 Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020. Team USA, currently ranked No. 2 in the world rankings, will open the tournament against Nicaragua (No. 15) in

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CARY, N.C. -- The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced the schedule for the 2021 Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020. Team USA, currently ranked No. 2 in the world rankings, will open the tournament against Nicaragua (No. 15) in Group A action on Monday, May 31, at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The U.S. will then face the Dominican Republic (No. 10) on Tuesday, June 1, at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida, and Puerto Rico (No. 11) on Wednesday, June 2, back at Clover Park. All three opening-round games will begin at 7 p.m. E.T.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super Round, which will take place Friday, June 4, and Saturday, June 5. Game times and locations are to-be-determined. The participating countries in Group B are Canada (No. 13), Colombia (No. 14), Cuba (No. 7), and Venezuela (No. 8).

Records from the opening round will carry over to the Super Round. The team with the best record at the end of the event will be declared the winner, joining Israel, Japan, Korea, and Mexico in the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games baseball tournament.

The second and third-place finishers will qualify for the WBSC Baseball Final Qualifier. The final Olympic qualifying event will take place June 16-20 at Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium and Douliu Baseball Stadium in Taiwan.

For more information on Team USA and Olympic Qualifications, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as well as USABaseball.com.

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USA Baseball Finalizes 2021 Professional National Team Staff

Jerry Weinstein, Dave Wallace, Ernie Young, Darren Fenster, and Roly de Armas complete the Olympic qualifying staff
April 22, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball Professional National Team Manager Mike Scioscia finalized the coaching staff for the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, the organization announced today. Coaching alongside Scioscia will be Jerry Weinstein (Bench Coach), Dave Wallace

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball Professional National Team Manager Mike Scioscia finalized the coaching staff for the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, the organization announced today. Coaching alongside Scioscia will be Jerry Weinstein (Bench Coach), Dave Wallace (Pitching Coach), Ernie Young (Hitting Coach/First Base), Darren Fenster (Third Base), and Roly de Armas (Bullpen).

Combined, the 2021 staff brings 19 years of playing and coaching experience with Team USA to this year’s Professional National Team, having won five gold medals and five silver medals in their time representing the U.S. Additionally, Young was a member of the gold medal-winning team at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

“I am pleased to welcome Roly de Armas, Darren Fenster, Dave Wallace, Jerry Weinstein, and Ernie Young to the Team USA coaching staff,” said Scioscia, USA Baseball Professional National Team Manager. “The value experience brings to a team cannot be overstated and we have assembled a coaching staff laden with it. Olympic qualifying is unique, so to have two coaches on staff who have been through this process before in Ernie, Jerry, and Roly is invaluable. With that said, the entire coaching staff collectively brings over 100 years of coaching practice to the table and I am thrilled to work with them as we set our sights on the Tokyo Olympic Games.”

Weinstein will serve as the Professional National Team’s bench coach in 2021, marking his fifth time on a Team USA staff in a coaching career that has spanned more than five decades at every level of the game. The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer began his time in the red, white, and blue by helping to guide the 1987 Collegiate National Team to silver medals in the X Pan American Games and the VIII Intercontinental Cup before serving as an assistant coach for the 1992 Olympic Team, the 1995 Collegiate National Team, and the 1996 Olympic Team. As part of those staffs, Weinstein helped lead Team USA to an Olympic bronze medal at the Atlanta 1996 Games and a National Baseball Congress World Series gold medal in 1995. Weinstein also managed Team Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC) qualifier, leading the team to its first WBC appearance after finishing the qualifier with a perfect 3-0 record.

He began his coaching career in 1966 and took over as the Sacramento City College manager in 1974, where he led the program to a National Community College Championship in 1998, 16 league championships, two state titles (1988 & 1998), and compiled a 831-208 record in 23 years at the helm. Weinstein then moved to professional baseball where he managed teams in the Washington Expos and Chicago Cubs organizations before serving as the Director of Player Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2000-2001 and working as an assistant coach at Cal Poly from 2001-2005. In 2007, he joined the Colorado Rockies organization where he served in many roles at various levels of the organization until 2018, including catching coach and offensive coordinator for the major league club from 2012-2014, as well as manager of the Modesto Nuts (2007-2011) and the Hartford Yard Goats (2017). He then served as the Rockies’ Player Development and Scouting Special Assistant in 2018 and earned the Baseball America Tony Gwynn Lifetime Achievement Award the same year.

Weinstein was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame in 2009 and received the ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award in 2020 for contributions to the game locally, nationally, and internationally. He is also a member of the Sacramento City College Athletics Hall of Fame, the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and the Sacramento Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Wallace will make his Team USA debut as the pitching coach for the Professional National Team this summer. Wallace has spent 47 years in professional baseball, spanning nine professional franchises in various positions among the minor and major league levels. After a Hall of Fame career at the University of New Haven, he spent nine years as a pitcher in the professional ranks, playing for both the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays until 1978. Wallace began his coaching career in 1981 with the Vero Beach Dodgers and spent the next 14 years coaching in the minor leagues before being named the pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1995.

Wallace went on to be the pitching coach for the New York Mets (1999-2000), Boston Red Sox (2003-2006), Houston Astros (2007), and the Baltimore Orioles (2014-2016), working with pitchers such as Pedro Martinez and Hideo Nomo, among others. He also held numerous executive positions within professional baseball throughout his career with the Atlanta Braves, Dodgers, Mets, and Seattle Mariners. Wallace most recently spent four years with the Braves as a special assistant to pitching (2016) and the director of pitching for Atlanta’s farm system (2017-2020). 

Olympic gold medalist Young will serve as the hitting and first base coach for the 2021 Professional National Team following an accomplished playing and coaching career with Team USA spanning 22 years. A member of the gold medal-winning Sydney 2000 Olympic Games team, he also played on the Professional National Team again in 2003. Young spent eight years playing in the major leagues for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, and Oakland Athletics between 1994 and 2004. He remained involved with Team USA after the Sydney Olympic Games by joining its Board of Directors in 2003 and eventually serving as a hitting coach for three national teams and managing the 2010 and 2011 Professional National Teams. With Young on the staff, Team USA amassed an overall record of 47-15-2 and won a world championship in 2009.

Fenster will make his Team USA debut in 2021 as the third base coach for the Professional National Team. He is currently in his third season as the Minor League Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator for the Boston Red Sox and his tenth season overall with the organization, having started as the hitting coach for the Greenville Drive in 2012. He was named manager of Greenville in 2014 and guided the Drive to its first South Atlantic League championship in team history in 2017 before being named the Portland Sea Dogs manager in 2018. Prior to joining the Red Sox, Fenster spent six seasons at his alma mater, Rutgers University, as Director of Operations, Assistant Coach, and Recruiting Coordinator. Additionally, he helped lead the St. Cloud River Bats to the Northwoods League title in 2007 and helped guide the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Orleans Cardinals to a league-best 25-17-2 regular season record in 2008.

As a player at Rutgers, Fenster was a two-time All-American and was named Big East Player of the Year in 2000 before being selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 2000 MLB Draft. He spent five seasons in the Royals minor league system, where he hit .267 with 63 doubles, 179 RBIs, and 215 walks in 438 games, and was named a Carolina League All-Star in 2002 and 2004. In 2008, Fenster was elected to the Rutgers Olympic Sports Hall of Fame. Drawing upon his baseball experiences as both a player and a coach, Fenster provides unique and insightful educational content as a contributor for the USA Baseball Develops Blog. He was named the first-ever USA Baseball Coach Educator of the Year in 2019 for his contributions that assist coaches, parents, and leagues in developing young players and improving their experience within the game of baseball. 

Returning as an assistant coach for the 11th time, de Armas will once again serve as the bullpen coach for Team USA. His first experience with Team USA came in 2006 as an assistant coach for the Olympic Qualifying Team that finished its tournament with a 6-1 overall record and secured Team USA a spot in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. de Armas would return as a coach with USA Baseball in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, and 2019, winning two World Cup gold medals (2007, 2009), two Pan-American Games silver medals (2011, 2015), one Premier12TM silver medal (2015), and an Olympic bronze medal (2008).

de Armas also spent time as a coach in the Major Leagues with the Chicago White Sox (1995-96) and the Toronto Blue Jays (2000). In total, he has spent 33 seasons as a coach for several Major League Baseball organizations, including the Philadelphia Phillies, where he is currently the manager of the Gulf Coast League Phillies.

Team USA heads into the 2021 WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier as the top ranked country in the event. The group play-formatted tournament will take place from May 31-June 5 in The Palm Beaches and St. Lucie County, Florida. The U.S. will be joined in Group A by the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Nicaragua, while Group B will consist of Cuba, Venezuela, Canada, and Colombia.

Following group play, the top two finishers from each group will each play two games in the Super Round. Records from the opening round will carry over and the team with the best record will be declared the winner, earning the fifth berth to the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games and joining Japan, Korea, Mexico, and Israel in the event.

The second and third place finishers will qualify for the WBSC Baseball Final Qualifier which is set to take place in June.

The 2021 Olympic Games will mark the first time baseball has been featured in the Games since 2008 in Beijing. Team USA won the bronze medal in that event after defeating Japan, 8-4, and finishing the tournament with a 6-3 overall record.

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Jim Koerner Named USA Baseball Director of Player Development

He will develop on-field programming for national team and development programs after 20 years as a college coach
April 13, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball announced today the hiring of Jim Koerner as its Director of Player Development. Following 20 years of coaching at the collegiate level, Koerner will now be responsible for developing on-field programming for USA Baseball’s six national teams and three national team development programs. He will

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball announced today the hiring of Jim Koerner as its Director of Player Development. Following 20 years of coaching at the collegiate level, Koerner will now be responsible for developing on-field programming for USA Baseball’s six national teams and three national team development programs. He will also produce curriculums related to player development for USABDevelops.com, the organization’s free online educational resource center.

Koerner will also serve as the Field Coordinator at the Prospect Development Pipeline League, the premier development and showcase experience for high school draft prospects from Major League Baseball and USA Baseball, and the primary identification event for the 18U National Team. Additionally, he will assist with player and staff identification for all 10 clubs in the Appalachian League and serve as a roving instructor during the season. Koerner will start with USA Baseball following the 2021 college baseball season.

"We could not be more thrilled to have Jim joining USA Baseball as our Director of Player Development,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. “His passion for our game and for developing young athletes is inspiring, and the knowledge he has gained over two decades of coaching will be an invaluable asset to all of the players and coaches that come through our programs. From our national teams to the Prospect Development Pipeline League, the new MLB Draft Combine, and the Appalachian League, Jim will be integral in ensuring all of our athletes grow both on and off the field.”

“I am honored to accept this position with USA Baseball,” said Koerner. “This organization represents a standard of excellence that is unmatched in the amateur baseball world and one that I am excited to be a part of going forward. I want to thank everyone involved in the process that helped make this opportunity possible and I am excited to get started!”

Koerner has been 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. Koerner helped lead NCCU’s transition to the NCAA Division I level in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference during the 2011-2012 season and has since coached 31 All-MEAC selections, including the 2017 and 2019 MEAC Rookies of the Year and the 2018 and 2019 MEAC Players of the Year.

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. In 2004, he moved to the Division I ranks as an assistant coach at Monmouth University before taking the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator role at Marshall University from 2005-2006. During that time, Marshall ranked highly among NCAA teams in most offensive categories and Koerner helped Adam Frederick break the program’s all-time hits record (250) while also recruiting and signing several of the Top 100 rated players in the Northeast.

Koerner received his bachelor’s degree in economics in 1997 from St. John Fisher College (N.Y.) and a master’s degree in athletic administration from Marshall University. 

For more information on USA Baseball, visit USABaseball.com and follow along on Twitter @USABaseball.

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WBSC Americas Qualifier Set from May 31-June 5 in Florida

Many of baseball's top-ranked nations will be competing in Florida for one spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic baseball tournament
April 13, 2021
The World Baseball Softball Confederation today announced the official cities and venues of the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier, with the event to be staged from 31 May to 5 June in The Palm Beaches & St. Lucie County, Florida. The WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier, hosted by USA Baseball, will see eight

The World Baseball Softball Confederation today announced the official cities and venues of the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier, with the event to be staged from 31 May to 5 June in The Palm Beaches & St. Lucie County, Florida.

The WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier, hosted by USA Baseball, will see eight participating National Teams battle for one spot in the six-team Tokyo 2020 Olympic baseball tournament at Clover Park in St. Lucie County and The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach.

"The teams and the entire baseball world are all looking forward to this exciting moment to arrive on the road to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “Now with the dates and venues locked in place, anticipation builds even higher for this important qualifier, which we hope will provide an excellent preview of the Tokyo 2020 Games and what they represent, as a symbol of hope and inspiration.”

The competing participants will be split into two groups to start the qualifier:

Group A: No. 2 USA, No. 10 Dominican Republic, No. 11 Puerto Rico and No. 15 Nicaragua.
Group B: No. 8 Cuba, No. 9 Venezuela, No. 13 Canada and No. 14 Colombia.

After group play concludes, the top two finishers from each group will advance to the Super Round, where they will each play two games. Head-to-head contests among these teams from the opening round will carry over into the Super Round standings.

The team with the best Super Round record will be declared the winner and become the fifth National Team to advance to the Tokyo Olympic baseball tournament, joining world No. 1 Japan, No. 3 Korea, No. 5 Mexico and No. 18 Israel.

The second-and the third-place teams will qualify for the WBSC Baseball Final Qualifier, scheduled from 16 to 20 June in Taiwan at Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium and Douliou Baseball Stadium in Douliu City.

The other participating teams are world No. 4 Chinese Taipei, No. 6 Australia, No. 9 Netherlands and No. 22 China.

The format, groups and schedule of the final qualifier will be announced in a future communication.

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Mike Scioscia Named Team USA Manager

Three-time World Series champion to lead U.S. into final qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games, Conference call scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET
April 6, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball named Mike Scioscia its manager for the 2021 Professional National Team on Tuesday. A three-time World Series Champion as both a manager and a player, Scioscia will look to lead Team USA to a berth in the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer. Olympic qualifying will

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball named Mike Scioscia its manager for the 2021 Professional National Team on Tuesday. A three-time World Series Champion as both a manager and a player, Scioscia will look to lead Team USA to a berth in the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer.

Olympic qualifying will continue for Team USA with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualifier in Florida in early June. Team USA will open the tournament in Group A and face the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Nicaragua in pool play. The top two teams from each pool will advance to the Super Round, where the team with the best overall record will earn a bid to the Tokyo Olympic baseball tournament. Canada, Colombia, Cuba, and Venezuela make up Group B.

The second and third-place teams from the Baseball Americas Qualifier will advance to the WBSC Baseball Final Qualifier, joining Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, and the Netherlands. This final opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Games will take place June 16-20 in Douliou City and Taichung, Taiwan.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend Scioscia’s introductory conference call, scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 6.  Media can log on to Zoom here (Meeting ID: 969 4645 2682 / Passcode: 892907).

“I am extremely honored and excited to lead Team USA this year,” said Scioscia. “I am looking forward to the privilege of wearing the USA jersey and I know every member of our team will feel the same way. It is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience that will hopefully end with the USA winning an Olympic gold medal!”

“We are honored to welcome Mike Scioscia to Team USA,” said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. “Mike’s tenure with the Angels’ franchise was nothing short of spectacular, creating and celebrating a culture of success with six division titles, an American League pennant, and its first-ever World Series title. More impactfully, his leadership, integrity, and character are unparalleled in our game, making him the perfect fit for the USA Baseball family. We are thrilled to have him lead our Professional National Team in 2021 as we look to earn a spot in the Tokyo Olympic Games.”

Scioscia will make his international coaching debut for the United States in 2021 after serving as the Angels’ manager for 19 seasons. He spent his entire MLB managerial career in Anaheim, where he led the Halos to a 1650-1428 (.536) overall record from 1999-2018, ranking him 18th all-time in career managerial wins. After breaking a 15-year playoff drought in 2002, Scioscia led the Angels to the only World Series title in its history that postseason to become the 17th person to win a World Series title as both player and manager.

He was the first manager in MLB history to make the playoffs in six of his first ten seasons, including winning five AL West division titles in six years. Scioscia was twice named the AL Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America (2002 and 2009) and set the Angels’ franchise single-season wins record twice with 99 victories in 2002 and then 100 victories in 2008. He is the current all-time leader in wins, games managed, and division titles won in Angels’ history.

Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 19th overall pick of the 1976 June Amateur Draft, Scioscia spent all 13 of his years in the Major Leagues as a catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1980-92) under USA Baseball Olympic gold medal-winning manager Tommy Lasorda.  He won two World Series titles (1981 and 1988), was twice named a National League All-Star (1989 and 1990), and caught two no-hitters (Fernando Valenzuela and Kevin Gross) in his playing career. To this day, Scioscia ranks fourth all-time among Major League catchers with 136 shutouts caught.

USA Baseball will announce the complete Professional National Team coaching staff next week.

The schedule for the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier will be announced at a later time at WBSC.org. Fans can follow @WBSC on social media for updates.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games baseball tournament will take place from July 28-August 7 in Fukushima City and Yokohama, Japan. Host-country Japan, Israel, Korea, and Mexico have already secured a berth in the six-team field.

For more information on USA Baseball and the 2021 Professional National Team for Olympic Qualifying, follow @USABaseball on social media or visit USABaseball.com.

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One Hundred And Fifty-Nine USA Baseball Alumni On 2021 Opening Day Rosters

Twenty-nine of the 30 MLB Clubs begin the season with at least one alum on their roster
April 1, 2021
CARY, N.C. – One hundred and fifty-nine USA Baseball alumni kick off the 2021 season on Major League Baseball Opening Day rosters, the organization announced on Thursday. For the second-straight year, 29 of the 30 Major League Clubs will feature at least one former member of Team USA on their rosters

CARY, N.C. – One hundred and fifty-nine USA Baseball alumni kick off the 2021 season on Major League Baseball Opening Day rosters, the organization announced on Thursday.

For the second-straight year, 29 of the 30 Major League Clubs will feature at least one former member of Team USA on their rosters to start the season. Additionally, 21 of those clubs feature five or more players that have suited up for the red, white, and blue in the their careers.

The Cincinnati Reds lead all teams with 10 alums on their Opening Day roster, followed by the Washington Nationals with nine. In addition, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers will begin the 162-game season with eight alumni each.

Albert Almora Jr., who will make his New York Mets debut in 2021, has played for Team USA seven times in his career, the most of any alum in Major League Baseball. He is one of 51 alumni on 2021 Opening Day rosters that have suited up multiple times for the U.S.

Reigning NL MVP Freddie Freeman was a member of the 2005 16U and 2006 18U National Teams and begins his 13th season with the Atlanta Braves in 2021. Corey Seager, 2010 16U National Team, enters his ninth season with the Los Angeles Dodgers after capturing a League Championship Series and World Series MVP in 2020.

Six additional USA Baseball alumni are managing around the league, including Aaron Boone (New York Yankees), Terry Francona (Cleveland Indians), Joe Girardi (Philadelphia Phillies), Dave Roberts (Los Angeles Dodgers), David Ross (Chicago Cubs), and Scott Servais (Seattle Mariners).

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni in the Major Leagues is updated daily throughout the season and can be found here.

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni, by Major League club, who appeared on 2021 Opening Day rosters is as follows:

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  • Arizona Diamondbacks (2)
  • Carson Kelly – 2010 16U; 2011 18U
  • Luke Weaver – 2013 Collegiate
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  • Atlanta Braves (6)
  • Ian Anderson – 2015 18U
  • Travis D'Arnaud – 2011 Professional
  • Freddie Freeman – 2005 16U; 2006 18U
  • A.J. Minter – 2014 Collegiate
  • Drew Smyly – 2011 Professional, 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Dansby Swanson – 2014 Collegiate
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  • Baltimore Orioles (5)
  • Matt Harvey – 2006 18U
  • Adam Plutko – 2012 Collegiate
  • Rio Ruiz - 2007, 2008 14U
  • DJ Stewart – 2014 Collegiate*
  • Dillon Tate - 2014 Collegiate
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  • Boston Red Sox (5)
  • Christian Arroyo - 2012 18U
  • Matt Barnes - 2010 Collegiate
  • Bobby Dalbec - 2015 Collegiate; 2019 Professional
  • Tanner Houck - 2015, 2016 Collegiate; 2019 Professional
  • Alex Verdugo - 2010 14U
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  • Chicago Cubs (7)
  • Jake Arrieta -     2006 Collegiate; 2008 Professional (Olympic)
  • Kris Bryant -      2012 Collegiate
  • Zach Davies - 2007 14U
  • Craig Kimbrel - 2013 Professional (WBC)
  • Dillon Maples - 2010 18U
  • Trevor Williams - 2012 Collegiate
  • Tony Wolters – 2008 16U; 2009, 2010 18U
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  • Chicago White Sox (6)
  • Zack Collins - 2011 16U; 2014 Collegiate
  • Yasmani Grandal - 2009 Collegiate
  • Lance Lynn - 2007 Collegiate
  • Nick Madrigal - 2011 14U; 2012 15U; 2014 18U; 2017 Collegiate
  • Carlos Rodon - 2012, 2013 Collegiate
  • Andrew Vaughn – 2013 15U; 2017, 2018 Collegiate; 2019 Professional
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  • Cincinnati Reds (10)
  • Nick Castellanos - 2009 18U
  • Sean Doolittle - 2005, 2006 Collegiate
  • Kyle Farmer - 2012 Collegiate
  • Carson Fulmer - 2011 18U; 2014 Collegiate
  • Sonny Gray – 2009, 2010 Collegiate*
  • Michael Lorenzen – 2008 16U; 2010 18U; 2011, 2012 Collegiate*
  • Mike Moustakas - 2006 18U; 2010 Professional
  • Tyler Naquin - 2011 Collegiate
  • Lucas Sims - 2010 16U
  • Jesse Winker - 2011 18U
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  • Colorado Rockies (5)     
  • Daniel Bard - 2003 18U; 2004 Collegiate
  • Mychal Givens - 2006 16U; 2007 18U; 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Garrett Hampson - 2015 Collegiate
  • Dom Nunez - 2011 16U; 2012 18U
  • Jordan Sheffield - 2011 16U
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  • Detroit Tigers (4)
  • Grayson Greiner - 2013 Collegiate
  • Robbie Grossman – 2007 18U
  • Derek Holland – 2013 Professional (WBC)
  • Casey Mize - 2017 Collegiate
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  • Houston Astros (5)
  • Alex Bregman - 2010 16U; 2011 18U; 2013, 2014 Collegiate; 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Jason Castro - 2009 Professional
  • Lance McCullers - 2010 18U
  • Ryne Stanek - 2011, 2012 Collegiate
  • Kyle Tucker - 2012 15U
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  • Kansas City Royals (3)
  • Danny Duffy - 2010 Professional, 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Cam Gallagher - 2015 Professional
  • Mike Minor - 2007, 2008 Collegiate
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  • Los Angeles Angels (7)
  • Steve Cishek - 2013 Professional (WBC)
  • Dexter Fowler - 2008 Professional (Olympic)
  • Anthony Rendon - 2010 Collegiate
  • Max Stassi - 2006, 2007 16U; 2008 18U
  • Kurt Suzuki - 2006 Professional
  • Mike Trout - 2010 Professional
  • Justin Upton - 2004 18U
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  • Los Angeles Dodgers (8)
  • Trevor Bauer - 2009 Collegiate
  • Walker Buehler - 2014 Collegiate
  • Joe Kelly – 2007 Collegiate*
  • Clayton Kershaw - 2005 18U
  • Corey Knebel - 2011 Collegiate
  • AJ Pollock - 2011 Professional
  • David Price - 2005, 2006 Collegiate
  • Corey Seager - 2010 16U
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  • Miami Marlins (1)
  • Ross Detwiler - 2006 Collegiate; 2013 Professional (WBC)
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  • Milwaukee Brewers (8)
  • Brett Anderson - 2004 16U; 2005 18U; 2008 Professional (Olympics)
  • Jackie Bradley, Jr. - 2010 Collegiate
  • J.P. Feyereisen - 2019 Professional
  • Josh Hader - 2015 Professional
  • Keston Hiura - 2016 Collegiate
  • Bobby Wahl – 2012 Collegiate*
  • Kolten Wong - 2009 Collegiate
  • Christian Yelich - 2017 Professional (WBC)
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  • Minnesota Twins (2)       
  • Matt Shoemaker - 2011 Professional
  • Caleb Thielbar - 2019 Professional
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  • New York Mets (7)
  • Albert Almora Jr. - 2007, 2008 14U; 2009, 2010 16U; 2010, 2011 18U; 2015 Professional
  • Dellin Betances - 2005 18U
  • Michael Conforto - 2012, 2013 Collegiate
  • Francisco Lindor - 2009 16U; 2010 18U
  • James McCann - 2011 Professional
  • David Peterson - 2016 Collegiate
  • Marcus Stroman - 2011 Collegiate; 2017 Professional (WBC)
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  • New York Yankees (3)
  • Gerrit Cole - 2009, 2010 Collegiate
  • Giancarlo Stanton - 2013, 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Jameson Taillon - 2009 18U
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  • Oakland Athletics (5)
  • Matt Chapman - 2013 Collegiate
  • Cole Irvin - 2011 18U
  • Jed Lowrie – 2004 Collegiate
  • Matt Olson - 2010 16U
  • J.B. Wendelken - 2015 Professional
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  • Philadelphia Phillies (6)
  • Alec Bohm - 2019 Professional
  • Zach Eflin - 2015 Professional
  • Bryce Harper - 2008 16U; 2009 18U
  • Adam Haseley - 2010 14U; 2013 18U
  • Andrew McCutchen - 2004 18U; 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Brad Miller - 2009, 2010 Collegiate
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  • Pittsburgh Pirates (7)
  • Anthony Alford - 2008 14U
  • Tyler Anderson - 2010 Collegiate
  • Trevor Cahill - 2008 Professional (Olympic)
  • Adam Frazier - 2012 Collegiate; 2015 Professional
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes - 2014 18U
  • Cody Ponce – 2019 Professional*
  • Bryan Reynolds - 2014 Collegiate
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  • San Diego Padres (7)
  • Jake Cronenworth - 2019 Professional
  • Trent Grisham – 2014 18U*
  • Eric Hosmer - 2007 18U; 2010 Professional, 2013 and 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Manny Machado - 2009 18U
  • Mark Melancon - 2005 Collegiate; 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Drew Pomeranz - 2009 Collegiate
  • Ryan Weathers - 2017 18U
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  • San Francisco Giants (6)
  • Brandon Crawford - 2006 Collegiate; 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Alex Dickerson - 2010 Collegiate
  • Kevin Gausman - 2009 18U; 2011 Collegiate
  • Evan Longoria - 2007 Professional, 2009 Professional (WBC)
  • Jake McGee - 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Buster Posey - 2004 18U; 2017 Professional (WBC)
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  • Seattle Mariners (5)
  • J.P. Crawford - 2009 14U
  • Marco Gonzales - 2012 Collegiate
  • Tom Murphy - 2011 Collegiate; 2015 Professional
  • Justus Sheffield - 2013 18U
  • Evan White - 2016 Collegiate
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  • St. Louis Cardinals (4)
  • Nolan Arenado - 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Jack Flaherty - 2013 18U
  • Paul Goldschmidt - 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Andrew Miller - 2017 Professional (WBC)
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  • Tampa Bay Rays (4)
  • Chris Archer - 2010 Professional, 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Austin Meadows - 2011 16U
  • Brett Phillips – 2015 Professional*
  • Michael Wacha - 2011 Collegiate
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  • Texas Rangers (7)
  • Kolby Allard – 2014 18U
  • Matt Bush – 2002 16U
  • David Dahl - 2011 18U
  • Joey Gallo - 2011 18U
  • Kyle Gibson - 2008 Collegiate
  • Ian Kennedy - 2002 18U; 2004, 2005 Collegiate
  • Jose Trevino - 2012 Collegiate
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  • Toronto Blue Jays (5)
  • Cavan Biggio - 2012 18U
  • Randal Grichuk - 2007 16U
  • Robbie Ray – 2009 18U*
  • Tanner Roark - 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • George Springer – 2010 Collegiate*
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  • Washington Nationals (9)
  • Erick Fedde - 2013 Collegiate
  • Josh Harrison - 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Jordy Mercer - 2007 Collegiate; 2011 Professional
  • Joe Ross - 2007 14U
  • Max Scherzer - 2005 Collegiate
  • Kyle Schwarber - 2013 Collegiate
  • Stephen Strasburg - 2008 Colleigate; 2008 Professional (Olympic)
  • Trea Turner - 2012, 2013 Collegiate
  • Ryan Zimmerman - 2004 Collegiate
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