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TOS: Pitching, Timely Hitting Dominate First Day

June 27, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pride 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
Brave 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
Win: M. Liberatore | Loss: L. Richardson | Save: M. Cooper
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United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 12 3
Free 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 2 1
Win: J. Menefee | Loss: K. Armstrong | Save: J. Ginn
Box Score | Play-by-Play

CARY, N.C. - The 2017 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars (TOS) kicked off with a pair of games at the USA Baseball National Training Complex on Tuesday with pitching and timely hitting carrying the day.

In the TOS opener, the Pride squad, coached by five-time Major League Baseball All-Star Fred McGriff, snuck past fellow MLB veteran Royce Clayton's Brave team, 2-1.

The afternoon contest was a showdown between two collegiate coaching legends with former Tulane head coach Rick Jones leading his United unit past Clemson head coach Jack Leggett's Free team, 4-2.

Both games featured a number of high-powered arms on the mound with pitchers Ryan Weathers (Loretto, Tenn.), Adam Kloffenstein (Magnolia, Texas), Carter Lohman (Fishers, Ind.), and Kumar Rocker (Watkinsville, Ga.) firing four shutout innings each for the Brave, Pride, Free, and United, respectively.

Offensively, timely hitting was the name of the game as five of the nine runs scored on Tuesday, including both game-winning RBIs, came with two outs.

In the tournament's leadoff contest, a two-out, two-run double by Nolan Gorman (Glendale, Ariz.) in the fifth inning proved all the Pride would need as Kloffenstein, Matthew Liberatore (Peoria, Ariz.) and Mason Cooper (Robinson, Texas) held Brave to just four hits in the contest.

Another clutch hit was the difference in the day's second game as well with Josiah Sightler (Gaston, S.C.) roping a two-RBI triple with two outs in the eighth to spark United to its 4-2 triumph. Rocker started and fanned five in his four innings before Joseph Menefee (Richmond, Texas) and John Ginn (Brandon, Miss.) finished off the two-hitter.

The Tournament of Stars will continue with another doubleheader on Wednesday with Brave and United set to square off at Coleman Field at 10 a.m. ET and a Free-Pride matchup scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Field 2 at the National Training Complex.

The USA Baseball Tournament of Stars (TOS) is made up of 80 of the nation's best ballplayers that are international age-eligible for 18U National Team consideration (born in 1999 or later). Following the conclusion of the Tournament of Stars, the 40-man Trials roster will be announced on Monday, July 10, during the 2017 MLB All-Star Fanfest festivities in Miami, Florida.

Those 40 players will then compete in USA Baseball's 18U National Team trials process in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in August for a spot on the final 20-man roster which will travel to Thunder Bay, Canada for the World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 World Cup, Sept. 1-10. Team USA is the three-time defending World Cup champion and will look to become the second country to win four-straight gold medals in the tournament.

QUOTEABLE:
Brave Manager Fred McGriff:

"I thought the team played hard and we were facing good pitching. We just had one bad inning giving up two runs but I was happy with our pitching. I thought (Ryan) Weathers did awesome on the mound. He got in a few jams but was able to find his way out of it."

Pride Manager Royce Clayton:
"We were able to grind some at bats out in key situations and get a couple runs on the board. Our arms did well and we got a couple of big double plays when we needed them. Overall there is a lot of talent out there. When a pitcher is topping out at 95, it's going to be tough. We expect the guys to come back loose tomorrow and ready to play."

Free Manager Jack Leggett:
"This was a good learning experience for everybody. I thought we made some good defensive plays in the outfield and pitched well, we just needed more fire power in the bats today. There is some great pitching here and it overmatched our hitting today just a little bit. They were able to pitch out of trouble when they needed to. I was really happy with how the first seven innings went and we pitched out of some trouble too but they got the big hit they needed in the eighth."

United Manager Rick Jones:
"This is a very talented group on both sides there, so I was very impressed with the way we played today as far as how hard we played and how we represented USA on the front of our jersey. Having already done this now four times being involved with USA Baseball, that is something that is really important to me. I thought we really pitched well today. We had some really good at bats early and didn't have anything to show for it. I thought our guys stayed in it and fought and didn't get frustrated and pieced some things together."

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USA Baseball Reveals 2018 Tournament of Stars Dates

November 3, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - The 2018 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars will take place from June 18-23, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, the organization revealed on Thursday.

Players will arrive on Sunday, June 17 and participate in a newly added team practice on Monday, June 18. The teams will then play games June 19-21, take part in an evaluation day on Friday, June 22, followed by the gold and bronze medal games on Saturday, June 23. All the athletes will depart on Sunday, June 24.

The bronze and gold games will once again be streamed live on MLB.com and USABaseball.com.

The Tournament of Stars is made up of 80 of the best baseball players in the country that are international age-eligible (Born January 1, 2000 or 2001) for 18U National Team consideration. The event serves as the primary pool of talent from which USA Baseball will select its team to compete in the 2018 COPABE Pan Am 'AAA' Championships.

Team USA is the four-time defending Pan Am champion and will look to add a fifth consecutive gold medal in 2018. The program's last gold came at the 2016 event, as Team USA claimed the title with a 6-1 victory over Cuba in the gold medal game.

The 2016 squad featured four players that were selected in the first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including Royce Lewis, who was selected first overall by the Minnesota Twins, and Hunter Greene, who was taken second overall by the Cincinnati Reds.

More information on the international event schedule for the 2018 18U National Team will be released at a later date on USABaseball.com.

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TOS: Power Shows Up on Day Three

June 29, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brave 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 7 8 3
Free 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 X 7 8 3
Win: C. Scott | Loss: C. Wilcox | Save: B. Witt, Jr.
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United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Pride 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 0
Win: S. Richardson | Loss: C. Winn | Save: A. McNair-Seigler
Box Score | Play-by-Play

CARY, N.C. - Three home runs highlighted the third day of the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars as Free and Pride claimed spots in Saturday's gold-medal games with victories on Thursday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

Free got back-to-back home runs from Jarred Kelenic (Waukesha, Wis.) and Rece Hinds (Niceville, Fla.) in the seventh inning and withstood a furious rally by Brave in the ninth to edge out a 9-7 triumph.

In the afternoon contest, three Pride pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout to make a three-run third inning stand up in a 3-0 victory.

The two teams will square off in the TOS gold-medal contest at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Brave and United will play the bronze-medal game at 9 a.m. that same day.

Free 9, Brave 7

The Free squad raced out of the gate on Thursday, plating three runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back. Kelenic and Hinds added to the lead with consecutive solo longballs in the seventh as Free took a 9-1 advantage into the ninth.

That proved to be just enough as a two-run home run by Adrian Del Castillo (Miami, Fla.) sparked a six-run rally that cut Brave's deficit to just two runs. Bobby Witt, Jr. (Colleyville, Texas) took the mound to record the game's final out and preserve the victory for Free, however.

Hinds, Kelenic, Witt, and Carter Young (Selah, Wash.) all had two hits in the game for Free with Hinds recording a tournament-high four RBIs in the contest.

Pride 3, United 0

A pair of Lone Star State natives helped pitch Pride to the gold-medal game as Simeon Richardson (Houston, Texas) and Jonathan Childress (Forney, Texas) each fired four scoreless frames.

Richardson started the game and allowed just one hit while striking out three while Childress fanned six and yielded a pair of hits before handing the ball over to McNair-Seigler who pitched a perfect ninth to earn the save.

Offensively, all three Pride runs were scored in the fourth thanks to a United error and RBI singles from Jeremiah Jackson (Mobile, Ala.) and Christian Robinson (Melbourne, Fla.).

The USA Baseball Tournament of Stars (TOS) is made up of 80 of the nation's best ballplayers that are international age-eligible for 18U National Team consideration (born in 1999 or later). Following the conclusion of the Tournament of Stars, the 40-man Trials roster will be announced on Monday, July 10, during the 2017 MLB All-Star Fanfest festivities in Miami, Florida.

Those 40 players will then compete in USA Baseball's 18U National Team trials process in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in August for a spot on the final 20-man roster which will travel to Thunder Bay, Canada for the World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 World Cup, Sept. 1-10. Team USA is the three-time defending World Cup champion and will look to become the second country to win four-straight gold medals in the tournament.

QUOTEABLE:
18U National Team Director Matt Blood:

"There have been a lot of good arms and we've thrown a lot of strikes which is great. We haven't seen a whole lot of walks which really helps keep the games going. It is a testament to the advanced pitchability that these guys have. The hitters started out slow but they have started to catch up and get their timing. They are getting used to some of the velocities we have been seeing with mid-90s arms over and over. There are a lot of tools out there defensively, a lot of guys who can run and throw. We saw some power today, which was awesome. We've had a lot of fun and are really excited about this group of players."

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TOS: Tale of Two Games on Day Two

June 28, 2017
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  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brave 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 7 2
United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Win: E. Hankins | Loss: L. Marceaux | Save: M. Gil
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Free 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 6 11 0
Pride 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 10 0
Win: M. Englert | Loss: C. Monke | Save: L. Torres
Box Score | Play-by-Play

CARY, N.C. - It was a tale of two games on day two of the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars (TOS) at the USA Baseball National Training Complex on Wednesday.

Pitching was the story in the first contest as four Brave pitchers combined on a one-hitter in a 3-0 victory over United.

Offense ruled the day in the second half of the doubleheader where Free sent 11 batters to the plate in the top of the fifth en route to a 6-3 triumph over Pride.

All four teams in the tournament now hold 1-1 records, meaning Thursday's games will act as a de facto semifinal with the winners moving on to Saturday's gold-medal contest.

Brave 3, United 0

A trio of Peach Staters paced an impressive Brave effort on the mound Tuesday with Ethan Hankins (Cumming, Ga.) and Justin Wrobleski (Canton, Ga.) each striking out four batters over three shutout stanzas and Davis Sharpe (Dacula, Ga.) adding two more scoreless innings. Mateo Gil (Keller, Texas) pitched a perfect ninth to earn the save.

Some heads-up baserunning in the fourth by Will Banfield (Lawrencville, Ga.), who led the frame off with a single, got the scoring started for the Brave. United was able to get two quick outs after his base hit, but Brandon Howlett (Lakeland, Fla.) followed by punching a single back up the middle. As he reached third, Banfield saw the defense taking its time getting the ball back to the infield and raced home to score the game's first run.

Howlett, meanwhile, was able to move up to third on the play as the throw to the plate behind Sharpe got away from the catcher. Timothy Borden II (Sellersburg, Ind.) then made it a 2-0 game with a single to right.

A sacrifice fly by Matthew McLain (Tustin, Calif.) in the ninth accounted for the game's final score.

Free 6, Pride 3

In the second half of Wednesday's doubleheader, Free doubled-up Pride, 6-3, scoring all of its runs in the fifth inning, including five with two outs.

Carter Young paced the offensive effort, finishing 3-for-4 with an RBI. Two of those hits came in the fifth, the first of which tied the game up at 1-1.

Pride would go on to get a couple of quick outs after Young's base hit but Free followed with eight consecutive batters reaching base. During the outburst, Rece Hinds (Niceville, Fla.) had a two-run single and both Alexander Binelas (Oak Creek, Wis.) and Cory Acton (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) tacked on tallies with RBI singles.

Mason Englert (Forney, Texas) earned the win with four innings of one-run ball and Lenny Torres (Beacon, N.Y.) held Pride scoreless over the last two frames to pick up the save.

The USA Baseball Tournament of Stars (TOS) is made up of 80 of the nation's best ballplayers that are international age-eligible for 18U National Team consideration (born in 1999 or later). Following the conclusion of the Tournament of Stars, the 40-man Trials roster will be announced on Monday, July 10, during the 2017 MLB All-Star Fanfest festivities in Miami, Florida.

Those 40 players will then compete in USA Baseball's 18U National Team trials process in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in August for a spot on the final 20-man roster which will travel to Thunder Bay, Canada for the World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 World Cup, Sept. 1-10. Team USA is the three-time defending World Cup champion and will look to become the second country to win four-straight gold medals in the tournament.

QUOTEABLE:
United Pitching Coach Willie Banks:

"Our hitting today just needed to be a little bit more patient. You have to swing at good pitches to get good hits. We swung at some bad pitches and when you're not patient the game isn't going to come to you. I though our pitching did well. We gave up three runs but one was unearned. I thought we had better pitching then them but the scoreboard won't lie."

Brave Pitching Coach Robert Woodward:
"I thought the catchers called great games on both sides and fought for some strikes and that translates to the mound. I saw great competitiveness with guys pitching to win and good pitching from both lefties and righties. We told them in our first meeting as a staff to stay with their strengths and use what got them here and I think they've done that."

Pride Manager Royce Clayton:
"We had one fluke inning with some tough bounces but that's baseball. The good thing is that guys kept their heads up kept battling and we got ourselves back in the ball game. I told these guys to keep battling and things will come together for us. Our defense was good and I liked our pitching. On both sides you aren't going to see any shabby pitching out there. I think the talent evens out and shows what there is in this country and how great it is to be selected in the top 80 players. I am enjoying my time out here. It is an honor and I just can't wait for tomorrow."

Free Manager Jack Leggett:
"We had a much better approach today. It was good to see us a little more patient and get some good twoout hits from some guys. I was happy with our pitching and defense as well, with some good plays in center field and over at first base with balls in the dirt. I thought overall we played a pretty clean game. Hitting with two outs is what makes or breaks a team sometimes and we were fortunate to get some big hits with two outs. We didn't have much momentum coming in from yesterday so it was good to see some get started in that fifth inning."

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USA Baseball Announces 2017 Tournament of Stars Coaching Staff

June 22, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the task force and coaching staffs that will lead 80 of the nation's best 18-and-under players in the 2017 Tournament of Stars presented by Major League Baseball on Thursday. The staff, which is made up former professional players, respected collegiate and high school coaches and Major League scouts, will guide and evaluate this year's athletes in the event at the National Training Complex June 26-July 1.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) will stream the bronze and gold medal games live on USABaseball.com and MLB.com on Saturday, July 1.

The coaching staff and task force will assist the 18U National Team coaching staff in identifying athletes to be invited to the USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials, which will be held August 19-24 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Andy Stankiewicz will lead the 18U National Team for the second time in his career. In his first stint as manager, he led the 18U team to a gold medal in the 2014 COPABE Pan Am "AAA" Championships in La Paz, Mexico.

Joining Stankiewicz on the 2017 18U National Team staff will be Rusty Filter (Stanford University), Bill Mosiello (TCU) and Gregg Ritchie (George Washington University).

This year's Tournament of Stars participants will be divided into four teams of 20 players (Brave, Free, Pride and United), and each team staff will be comprised of a manager, assistant coach and pitching coach.

Atlanta Braves' Special Assistant to Baseball Operations, and 19-year MLB veteran, Fred McGriff, will lead the Brave team. McGriff will be joined by assistant coach Chris Carter and pitching coach Robert Woodard.

Former Clemson University head coach Jack Leggett will manage the Free team. Five-time MLB All-Star Todd Helton will join him as an assistant coach and Scott Bankhead will round out the team's staff as the pitching coach.

Royce Clayton, who played on the 18U National Team in 1987 and serves as the head coach at Oaks Christian School (Westlake, Calif.), will lead the Pride team. Mark Ross and Steve Stone will serve on the Pride staff as pitching and assistant coaches, respectively.

Finally, former Tulane head coach and 2009 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team manager, Rick Jones, will guide the United team as the manager. He will be joined on staff by pitching coach Willie Banks and assistant coach Jesse Cassard.

In addition to the national team and Tournament of Stars coaching staffs, there will be a five-person task force and two rovers that will help oversee the event. Ryan Schmidt will lead the task force, with Wes Theriot, DeAndre Asbury-Heath, Daniel Coles and Taylor Black joining him. Joe Barbera and Ricky Meinhold will serve as the position and pitching rovers, respectively, assisting the task force and staff with evaluating and identifying players for consideration.

The Tournament of Stars is made up of 80 of the best baseball players in the country that are international age-eligible (Born January 1, 1999 or 2000) for 18U National Team consideration. The event serves as the primary pool of talent from which USA Baseball will select its team to compete in the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 World Cup in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. The World Cup will be played from September 1-10.

Team USA is the three-time defending World Cup champion and will look to become the second country to win four-straight gold medals in the tournament.

The complete list of Tournament of Stars staff and task force and their bios are as follows:

Name, Coaching Position
DeAndre Asbury-Heath, Task Force
Scott Bankhead, Free Pitching Coach
Willy Banks, United Pitching Coach
Joe Barbera, Position Rover
Taylor Black, Task Force
Chris Carter, Brave Assistant Coach
Jesse Cassard, United Assistant Coach
Royce Clayton, Pride Manager
Daniel Coles, Task Force
Todd Helton, Free Assistant Coach
Rick Jones, United Manager
Jack Leggett, Free Manager
Fred McGriff, Brave Manager
Ricky Meinhold, Pitching Rover
Mark Ross, Pride Pitching Coach
Ryan Schmidt, Task Force
Steve Stone, Pride Assistant Coach
Wes Theriot, Task Force
Robert Woodard, Brave Pitching Coach

DeAndre Asbury-Heath will make his USA Baseball debut as a task force member at the 2017 Tournament of Stars. He was drafted out of Brookland-Cayce High School (Cayce, S.C.) in the 15th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, spending four years in the Cardinals' system from 2013-2016.

Scott Bankhead is the owner of the North Carolina Baseball Academy and is no stranger to suiting up for Team USA. He served as an 18U National Team Trials coach in 2016 and was a member of the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Team. Bankhead was the 16th overall pick in the 1984 MLB Draft out of the University of North Carolina and he spent ten seasons in the Major Leagues, pitching for the Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. He finished his professional career with a 4.18 ERA over 901.0 innings.

Willy Banks is currently a private instructor and played for the red, white and blue in 1986 as a member of the 18U National Team. Following his time with USA Baseball, Banks was selected 3rd overall by the Minnesota Twins in the 1987 MLB Draft. He spent nine years in the Major Leagues with seven different clubs, earning a 4.75 ERA in that time.

Joe Barbera started his scouting career with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011 where he worked for three years before moving to the Seattle Mariners. In 2016, Barbera moved from Seattle to the Philadelphia, where he is currently a part-time scout for the Phillies.

Taylor Black is an assistant coach at North Carolina State University. He is returning to the Tournament of Stars task force in 2017 after first serving in this role for the 2016 tournament. Before he started coaching, Black played collegiately at the University of Kentucky and professionally in the minor leagues until 2013.

This is Chris Carter's second year as a coach at the Tournament of Stars, as he served in the same role in 2016. He was also an assistant coach for the 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) last year. Carter is the athletic director at Woodmont High School in Piedmont, South Carolina, and held the same position at nearby Easley High School from 2009-2013. Carter was a catcher at Clemson University in the 1990s and formerly served as the head baseball coach at Easley and Byrnes high schools from 1998-2008, prior to transitioning into an administrative role.

Jesse Cassard also served on the task force at the 2016 Tournament of Stars. He is currently the athletic director for Zachary Community Schools outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Cassard, who played at McNeese University from 2000-2001, has served as the head baseball coach at Zachary High School since the 2007 season, leading the Broncos to three consecutive state titles from 2007-2009.

Royce Clayton's first experience with USA Baseball came in 1987 when he played for the 18U National Team. He played for 17 years from 1991-2007 in the Major Leagues after being selected in the first round of the MLB draft by the San Francisco Giants in 1988. He currently serves as the head coach at Oaks Christian School (Westlake, Calif.).

Daniel Coles is currently an area scout of the New York Mets. Prior to his time with the Mets, Coles spent eight seasons coaching at Pinecrest High School (Southern Pines, N.C.) where he helped lead the Patriots to Conference Tournament Championships in 2010, 2011 and 2016.

Todd Helton played collegiately at the University of Tennessee before he was selected with the 8th overall pick in the 1995 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies. In his 17 years playing in the Major Leagues with the Rockies, Helton was a five-time All-Star, won three Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers and finished with a .316 career batting average. Following his professional career, he returned to Tennessee as the Director of Player Development for the Volunteers. He also played for the red, white and blue during his college career, appearing on the Collegiate National Team in 1993.

Former Tulane head coach Rick Jones will also join the coaching ranks at the Tournament of Stars this year. Jones spent 21 years at the helm of the Green Wave program, where he tallied a 814-439-2 coaching record. His teams appeared in 12 NCAA Regionals, three Super Regionals and made it to the College World Series twice. He was also a part of three different Team USA coaching staffs. He managed the 2009 Collegiate National Team, was an assistant coach on the 1989 USA Baseball Presidential Cup staff and served as a member of the 1990 USA Baseball National Team coaching staff. Earlier this year, Jones was inducted in to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame.

Jack Leggett served as Clemson University's head coach for 22 seasons. In that time he led the Tigers to 955 victories, 21 NCAA Tournament appearances and six College World Series berths. Clemson was the seventh-winningest program in the nation during his time as head coach, while his six trips to Omaha tied for ninth most in the nation during his tenure. Leggett was a three-time ACC Coach of the Year recipient and was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame in 2014.

A five-time All-Star, Fred McGriff played 19 seasons in MLB from 1986-2004. He spent five of those seasons with the Atlanta Braves, where he helped the team to a World Series Championship in 1995. He also won three Silver Slugger Awards throughout his time in the big leagues and finished his career with 493 home runs. Following his playing career, he returned to Atlanta where the Braves hired him as a Special Assistant to Baseball Operations in 2015.

Ricky Meinhold is a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals. Meinhold was a pitching coach at Lindenwood University and Coker College from 2011-2013, prior to joining the Cardinals organization. He pitched collegiately at Drury University and went on to play for an affiliate of the San Diego Padres, becoming the first pitcher in Drury program history to play professional baseball.

Currently a scout for the Houston Astros, Mark Ross played in the Major Leagues for six years with the Astros, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Toronto Blue Jays. He finished his professional career with a 3.83 ERA. Prior to his time in MLB, Ross played at Texas A&M and was a member of the 1978 USA Baseball National Team team that won a silver medal at the XXIV Baseball World Cup.

Ryan Schmidt is the head coach at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas and was named Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Coach of the Year while at Pratt Community College in 2012. Schmidt, who pitched at Kansas University from 1999-2000, has also coached at Barton Community College. 2017 marks Schmidt's third year on the Tournament of Stars task force.

Steve Stone returns to the Tournament of Stars coaching ranks in 2017 after coaching in the event last year. He is in his 18th year as the head baseball coach at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas. In total, Stone has 22 years of coaching experience, previously spending time at Rider and Euless Trinity high schools. He is a former standout catcher at Texas Christian University, where he was named team MVP in 1988.

Wes Theriot is a hitting instructor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Theriot played collegiately at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Southeastern Louisiana University, and served as a player representative for Beverly Hill Sports. He is the brother of former MLB veteran infielder Ryan Theriot. 2017 is the second consecutive year he has served as a task force member at the Tournament of Stars.

Robert Woodard finished his first year as the pitching coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) after serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Virginia Tech. Prior to joining the Hokies staff in 2013, Woodard coached at UNC, his alma mater, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Woodard is the Tar Heels' all-time winningest pitcher with a record of 34-5 and spent three years in the San Diego Padres' farm system after being selected in the 20th round of the 2007 MLB Draft. The Charlotte, N.C., native has also coached for the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod League. In 2016, Woodard made his Tournament of Stars debut as a pitching rover at the event, and he also served as a coach at the 2016 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).

 

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