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USA Baseball Announces 2017 17U NTDP Roster

July 3, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball announced the final 40-man roster for the 2017 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) on Monday, following the conclusion of the 17U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. The weeklong 17U National Team Development Program will be held in Chicago, Ill., from July 22-29.

The National Team Development Program offers identified athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars and intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games to assist in the development of the athletes as a person and a player.

Nine of the 40 invitees are alumni of the 2016 15U National Team that won the silver medal at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 World Cup in Japan, and two invitees won a gold medal with the 2015 15U National Team at the COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

In total, twelve USA Baseball alumni will participate in this year's 17U NTDP, including three members of the inaugural USA Baseball 2013 12U National Team that won the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) World Championship in Taipei City, Tiapei.

Overall, eight of the invited athletes have participated in the USA Baseball National Team Development Program previously, including two athletes returning to the 17U NTDP for the second consecutive year.

2010 USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year, Eric Kibler, has been selected to lead the staff as the field coordinator for the second consecutive year and fourth time overall.

Jeff Kunkel and 2017 18U National Team assistant coach Gregg Ritchie will join Kibler as additional evaluators.

Players are selected for the National Team Development Program based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball events. Recommendations from professional scouts, USA Baseball task force members and collegiate, high school and youth coaches at USA Baseball events play a role in the selection process for the National Team Development Program.

The USA Baseball National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida serve as the primary identification event for the National Team Development Programs.

For more information on the National Team Development Program please visit USABaseball.com.

The roster for the 17U National Team Development Program is as follows:

Name; Position; Hometown
CJ Abrams; IF; Alpharetta, Ga.
*^Matthew Allan; RHP; Sanford, Fla.
Isaiah Bennett; RHP; Fayetteville, N.C.
Cooper Benson; LHP; San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Jason Brandow; OF; Napa, Calif.
*Coleman Brigman; OF; San Jose, Calif.
Charles Burroughs; C; Mechanicsville, Md.
*Christian Cairo; IF; Clearwater, Fla.
Michael Carpentier; C; Highland, Cailf.
Dylan Carter; OF; Flower Mound, Texas (added July 5, 2017)
*^Joseph Charles; RHP; Celebration, Fla.
Nolan Crisp; RHP; McDonough, Ga.
Raynel Delgado; IF; Miami Lakes, Fla.
*Cade Doughty; IF/OF; Denham Springs, La.
^Riley Greene; OF; Oviedo, Fla. (no longer attending)
^Joshua Hahn; LHP; Huntington Beach, Calif.
Ethan Hearn; C; Mobile, Ala.
Rece Hinds; IF; Niceville, Fla.
^Jake Holland; C; Miramar, Fla.
Spencer Jones; LHP; Encinitas, Calif.
Dutch Landis; RHP; Henderson, Nev.
Grant Leader; RHP; La Grange Park , Ill.
Michael Limoncelli; IF; Elmira, N.Y.
*Zachary Martinez; RHP; Peoria, Ariz.
Victor Mederos; RHP; Miami, Fla.
Ian Mejia; RHP; Sahuarita , Ariz.
*^Joseph Naranjo; LHP/IF; Chino, Calif.
Conagher Sands; IF; Bakersfield , Calif.
*Wesley Scott; RHP; Riverside, Calif.
Blake Shapen; IF; Shreveport, La.
Sam Siani; OF; Glenside, Pa.
Jamir Simpson; OF; Evansville, Ind.
Josh Spiegel; C; Jeannette , Pa.
Matthew Thompson; RHP; Cypress, Texas
*Anthony Volpe; IF; Watchung, N.J.
*Brandon Walker; RHP; Tallahassee, Fla.
Stephen Wilmer; OF; Sarasota , Fla.
Bobby Witt, Jr.; IF; Colleyville, Texas
*^Nate Wohlgemuth; RHP; Owasso, Okla.
Jaden Woodson; IF/OF; Dallas, Texas
*^Carter Young; IF/C; Selah, Wash.

*National Team Alumnus
^National Team Development Program Participant

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17U NTDP

Stars Take Series With 14-9 Victory

July 28, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stars 3 0 3 1 1 0 3 0 3  14  18 1
Stripes 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 3 0 9 8 6
Win: Martinez, Zach  Loss: Landis, Dutch Box Score

CHICAGO, Ill. - C.J. Abrams (Alpharetta, Ga.) notched three hits and Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville, Tx.) knocked in four runs as the Stripes defeated the Stars, 14-9, on Thursday afternoon at Kerry Wood Cubs Park. With the victory, the Stars took the series with a record of 2-1-1 in the 2017 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program.

The Stars got off to a hot start and never looked back, as they put up three runs in the top of the first inning. Abrams led off the inning by reaching on an error, and seven batters would step up to the plate to produce two hits and pull out to an early 3-0 lead.

The Stripes would respond an inning later, when Ethan Hearn (Mobile, Ala.) sent a 1-1 pitch over the left field wall for a two-run shot to put his team within one run. However, the Stars' pitching would keep the Stripes in check for the next three innings.

Rece Hinds (Niceville, Fla.), Conagher Sands (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Michael Carpentier Jr. (Highland, Calif.) would work together to increase the Stars' lead by three more runs in the top of the third inning. Witt got the rally started by reaching first off a throwing error, and Raynel Delgado (Miami Lakes, Fla.) would move him over to third with a single to set the table for Hinds, whose ground out would score the run from third. Sands' single and Carpentier's double made the score 6-2, Stars.

The Stars would tack on one run in both the fourth and fifth innings, but the Stripes would battle back in the bottom of the sixth. A few free passes later, Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) stepped into the box with two runners on. His triple allowed two runs to score and Joseph Naranjo (Chino, Calif.) added a RBI-ground out to bring the score within two runs, 8-6.

Over the remaining three innings, the Stars put up six runs and the Stripes sent three across the plate to make the score the final 14-9.

Notching the win for the Stars was Zach Martinez (Peoria, Ariz.), who scattered one hit across two innings of working while allowing two earned runs. Spencer Jones (Encinitas, Calif.) also shined, as he threw two perfect innings for the Stars. Dutch Landis (Henderson, Nev.) was tacked with the loss for the Stripes, as he allowed three runs off three hits in two innings on the afternoon.


Today's finale marked the end of the 2017 17U National Team Development Program, for more information, visit USABaseball.com.

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Pitching Locks In to Force A Tie Between The Stars and Stripes

July 26, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stripes 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0  6  9
Stars 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 10
Box Score

CHICAGO, Ill. - Coleman Brigman (San Jose, Calif.) knocked a two-RBI double for the Stripes and Rece Hinds (Niceville, Fla.) followed suit with two RBIs of his own for the Stars, as the teams ended in a tie, 6-6, on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The tie brings the series record to 1-1-1, making tomorrow afternoon's finale a rubber match.

The Stripes got the scoring going in the top of the first inning, as Christian Cairo (Clearwater, Fla.) led off the game with a single. A batter later, Joseph Naranjo sent him home with a RBI-double and Cade Doughty (Denham Springs, La.) followed him with a single to quickly make the score 2-0. The Stripes tacked on another run in the top of the second off Michael Limoncelli's (Horseheads, N.Y.) ground out.

Raynel Delagdo (Miami Lakes, Fla.) started a rally for the Stars in the home half in the second with a leadoff walk. Delgado would cross the plate when Hinds sent a double into the left field gap and two batters later, Conagher Sands (Bakersfield, Calif.) ripped a double into the alley to bring the score to 3-2.

Doughty's second hit of the game, this time in the form of a RBI-double, in the third inning increased the Stripes' lead again.

However, the Stars would drop a four-spot in the bottom of the inning to take their first lead of the afternoon, 6-4. Jason Brandow (Napa, Calif.) leadoff the inning with a walk, and two hits and two more walks later, the Stars found themselves with the lead.

Both teams kept each other off the board in the fourth, but the Stripes used two doubles from Limoncelli and Brigman and a single from Cairo to tie the game up at six apiece.

Carter Young (Selah, Wash.) shined on offense for the Stars, going 3-for-6 with a RBI and run scored. He was backed up by Jaden Woodson (Dallas, Tx.), who tallied two hits and a RBI of his own.

In the opposing dugout, four Stripes - Cairo, Doughty, Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) and Limoncelli - notched multi-hit performances to account for eight of the total 11 hits.

Nolan Crisp (McDonough, Ga.) led the way on the mound for the Stars, limiting the Stripes to just two hits while striking out two over the final three innings of the game. For the Stripes, Nate Wohlgemuth (Owasso, Okla.), Matthew Thompson (Cypress Ranch, Tx.) and Joseph Charles (Celebration, Fla.) combined to keep the Stars off the board for the final six innings of the game while scattering four hits.

The Stars and Stripes play the final game of the 2017 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program tomorrow afternoon at Kerry Wood Cubs Park. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. CT and fans can follow along on Twitter at @USABaseballNTDP.

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Stripes Even Series With Victory Over Stars

July 25, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stars 2 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 8
Stripes 2 1 2 0 3 1 0 0 -  9   10 
Win: Mejia, I.  Loss: Jones, S.

EVANSTON, Ill. - Ethan Hearn (Mobile, Ala.) demolished a game-tying home run in the second inning and Jake Holland (Miramar, Fla.) laced an RBI single to propel the Stars over the Stripes, 9-6, on Monday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park at Northwestern University. With the win, the Stars have evened the series at one apiece in the 2017 USA Baseball National Team Development Program.

Both teams put up two runs in their halves of the first frame behind two run shots. Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville, Tx.) capitalized on a walk by sending a full count pitch over the wall to put his team up 2-0 early on. The Stars would retaliate, tying the game up with Hearn's long ball.

Similar to yesterday's matchup in Wisconsin, it was another back-and-forth affair for the Stars and Stripes. The Stripes would add one run in the second and two in the third to stake a 5-3 lead, but the Stars would strike back with a three-spot behind Sam Siani's (Glenside, Pa.) RBI single and a throwing error.

The Stripes kicked into overdrive in the bottom of the fifth inning, using two singles and three walks to put up three runs to snatch a 8-6 lead. They would tack on another run in the sixth and then cruise the final three innings to cement a series-tying 9-6 victory.

The three, four and five hitters for the Stripes proved to be the difference makers, as all three - Hearn, Holland and Joseph Naranjo (Chino, Calif.) - all notched multi-hit performances.

Ian Mejia (Tucson, Ariz.) notched the victory for the Stripes, holding the Stars scoreless while scattering two hits and striking out three in three innings of work. Spencer Jones (Encinitas, Calif.) was tacked with the loss, as he gave up four runs in two innings on the afternoon.

The Stars and Stripes are back in action on Wednesday afternoon as they travel to Wrigley Field for game three. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. CT and fans can follow along on Twitter at @USABaseballNTDP.

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Stars Top Stripes With Late Rally

July 24, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stripes 0 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 6 6
Stars 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 -  7   4 
Win: Leader, G.  Loss: Wohlgemuth, N.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Raynel Delgado (Miami Lakes, Fla.) knocked a bases-clearing double and was a home run short of the cycle, while Carter Young (Selah, Wash.) worked two walks and scored two runs as the Stars defeated the Stripes, 7-6, on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park. The Stars now hold a 1-0 series lead in the 2017 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program.

The Stars jumped out to an early 3-0 in the home half of the first inning in part by Delgado's bases clearing two-bagger. However, their offense would be largely quieted by the Stripes' pitching until their eighth inning rally.

A few wild pitches in the sixth inning would load the bases and light a fire under the Stripes, who put up a four-spot to take the lead, 6-3. The lone hit in the big inning came from Coleman Brigman's (San Jose, Calif.) in the form of an RBI-single.

Delgado laced a triple to lead off the seventh, and the Stars would manufacture a run a few batters later through Dutch Landis (Henderson, Nev.), who sent a fly ball deep enough to allow Delgado to tag up from third and chip away at the deficit.

It was a back-and-forth affair the rest of the way, but the Stars came out on top to slip away with a gritty victory. C.J. Abrams (Alpharetta, Ga.) would lead off the eighth inning with a single and then move over to when Young followed him with a walk. The Stars would plate three more runs on three consecutive walks to effectively seal the comeback win.

Shining in relief for the Stars was Grant Leader (La Grange Park, Ill.), who kept the Stripes hitless for the final two innings of the ball game to earn the win. In the opposing dug out, Cooper Benson (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) struck out seven - including five looking - and scattered one hit across 3.1 innings of work. Nate Wohlgemuth was charged with the loss as he was charged with the three runs the Stars used to take the lead in the eighth.

The Stars and Stripes are back in action tomorrow afternoon as they travel to Rocky Miller Park at Northwestern University. First pitch is set for 4:00 p.m. CT and fans can follow along on Twitter at @USABaseballNTDP.

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USA Baseball Announces 2017 17U National Team Development Program Staff

May 2, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - The coaching staff and evaluators for the 2017 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) were announced by USA Baseball on Tuesday. 2010 USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year, Eric Kibler, has been selected to lead the staff as the field coordinator for the second consecutive year and fourth time overall.

Current University of North Carolina head coach, Mike Fox, and former Clemson University head coach Jack Leggett will join Kibler on staff in 2017, and will serve as the managers of the Stars and Stripes teams, respectively.

Coaches and evaluators will assess 40 athletes during the NTDP week and are made up of former professional players, respected collegiate and high school coaches, and professional scouts.

Currently the head coach at Horizon High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Kibler is a six-time USA Baseball coaching alum and led the 2010 16U National Team to a gold medal at the Pan American "AA" Youth Championships after gaining his first coaching experience within the organization in 2009. He also helped lead the 18U National Team to a gold medal at the 2015 World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 World Cup when he served as an assistant coach. Kibler has previously served as the 17U NTDP field coordinator in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Jeff Kunkel and 2017 18U National Team assistant coach Gregg Ritchie will join Kibler as additional evaluators. Kunkel currently serves as a pro scout for the Detroit Tigers and will make his USA Baseball coaching debut in 2017. Ritchie is currently in his fifth season as the head coach at George Washington University. Six additional coaches will lead the NTDP's Stars and Stripes teams.

2008 Baseball America National Coach of the Year, Fox, will lead the Stars team in 2017. Former MLB veteran Ernie Young will back Fox, serving as the assistant coach. Young represented the United States at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and on the 2003 Olympic qualifying team. Wes Johnson, who currently serves as the pitching coach at the University of Arkansas, will guide the team's pitching staff.

American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Famer Leggett will manage the 2017 Stripes team, and will be joined by Georgia Tech assistant coach Mike Nickeas and Cal State Fullerton pitching coach Blake Hawksworth.

USA Baseball will utilize a rolling invitation process for the 17U NTDP participants in 2017. The players will be selected from the 2016 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the 2017 17U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida, and through recommendations from scouts, coaches and the amateur baseball community.

The USA Baseball National Team Development Program offers athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars, intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and the 18U National Team staff and task force.

The 2017 17U NTDP will take place July 22-28 in Chicago and will feature intrasquad scrimmages at Northwestern University and Wrigley Field.

The coaching staff and their bios are as follows:

Name, NTDP Position, Current/Former Position
Mike Fox, Stars Manager, University of North Carolina Head Coach
Blake Hawksworth, Stripes Pitching Coach, Cal State Fullerton Pitching Coach
Wes Johnson, Stars Pitching Coach, University of Arkansas Pitching Coach
Eric Kibler, Field Coordinator, Horizon (AZ) High School Head Coach
Jeff Kunkel, Pitching Evaluator, Detroit Tigers Scout
Jack Leggett, Stripes Manager, Former Clemson University Head Coach
Mike Nickeas, Stripes Assistant Coach, Georgia Tech Assistant Coach
Gregg Ritchie, Evaluator, George Washington University Head Coach
Ernie Young, Stars Assistant Coach, Former MLB and USA Baseball player

Mike Fox, now in his 19th season as the head coach at the University of North Carolina, has guided his alma mater to its most successful period in school history and firmly established the Tar Heels as one of the nation's preeminent college baseball programs. Under Fox, the Tar Heels have made six trips to the College World Series since 2006, have been to the postseason 15 times and have won more than 800 games in 19 seasons. Fox was named Baseball America's National Coach of the Year in 2008 and the American Baseball Coaches Association has selected him as the Atlantic Region Coach of the Year three times. Fox recorded his 1,300th career victory in 2015, and at the beginning of the 2017 season he earned his 800th career win as UNC's head coach. Thirty of his former players were on Major League Baseball rosters in 2016, 83 athletes that played under him have been drafted by MLB organizations and Tar Heels have earned 26 different All-America honors under his guidance.

Blake Hawksworth is currently in his second year as the pitching coach at Cal State Fullerton. Prior to starting his coaching career, Hawksworth played professional baseball for 10 years in both the Saint Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations. Eight of those years came with the Cardinals who drafted him in 2001. He made his Major League debut with the team in 2009 and was a key contributor to the National League Central Division title, recording a 2.03 ERA over 40 innings. He later pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers before injuries ended his playing career.

Wes Johnson is in his first year as the pitching coach at the University of Arkansas. Prior to joining the staff at Arkansas, Johnson served as the pitching coach at Mississippi State and Dallas Baptist University. In 2016, he helped Mississippi State win the SEC Regular Season Championship and advance to a Super Regional. Johnson is known nationally for his player development and this is highlighted by the fact that he has had 30 pitchers drafted or sign professional contracts over the last nine years.

Eric Kibler has been the head coach at Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, since 1981, and has led the program to six state titles during his tenure. In addition, Kibler has won 17 regionals and had three runner-up finishes in the state tournament. Kibler has tutored 28 players that were selected in the MLB Draft and has seen 150 of his players go on to play college baseball.

Jeff Kunkel is currently an area scout for the Detroit Tigers, covering the upper Midwest. Prior to his scouting role, Kunkel served as a bullpen catcher for the team and played six seasons (2006-11) in the organization's minor league system. He also played collegiately at the University of Michigan where he earned All-Big Ten Conference honors in 2006 as a senior. That year he hit .335 with 38 runs scored, 15 doubles and 28 RBI.

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.

Mike Nickeas is a three-time USA Baseball alum and currently serves as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech. Nickeas played for Team USA on the 1999 16U National Team, the 2001 18U National Team and the 2003 Collegiate National Team. Before starting his coaching career, he played professional baseball for 11 years, including four years in the Major Leagues. He spent three years as a catcher for the New York Mets and one year with the Toronto Blue Jays before retiring following the 2014 season.

Gregg Ritchie is in his fifth season as the head coach at George Washington University. He was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2013 after the Colonials went 15-9 in his first year at the helm. Prior to his time at George Washington, Ritchie played professionally in the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers systems until 1995 before starting his coaching career with the Chicago White Sox. He served as a hitting coach in Chicago's system for 10 years, then spent five years as the minor league hitting coordinator for the Pittsburgh Pirates before being named the hitting coach for the big league club in 2010. Ritchie began working with USA Baseball in 2016 as an assistant coach at the 17U NTDP and the 18U National Team Trials.

Ernie Young is a former MLB veteran who played for the Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians for parts of eight seasons after being drafted in the 10th round of the 1990 MLB Draft. Young, who attended Lewis University, belted 27 home runs and drove in 90 runs during his 288-game career. He led Team USA to a gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, hitting .385 and leading the team in RBIs (8), and played once more for the red, white and blue, in the 2003 COPABE Olympic Qualifying Tournament. After his retirement in 2007, he became a hitting coach in the Chicago White Sox organization and managed the West Michigan Whitecaps, the single-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, in 2012. In addition to his USA Baseball playing career he is a four-time coaching alumnus, highlighted by managing the 2011 Pan American Games Team and serving as the batting coach for the 2015 Pan American Games Team, both of which won silver medals.

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USA Baseball Unveils National Team Development Program Dates, 14U Program Enhancement

March 13, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball unveiled the dates for the 2017 14U and 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) on Tuesday, as well as an enhancement to the 14U NTDP to 15U National Team athlete pipeline.

The 14U NTDP will continue to invite 40 athletes to participate in skill development sessions, which include guest speakers/instructors and Stars vs. Stripes intrasquad games, but now will select 18 athletes to compete for a national team roster spot in the 2017 15U National Team Trials.

The USA Baseball 15U National Team will compete in the 2017 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Colombia. The U.S. is the two-time defending champion in the event and will look to qualify for a berth into the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 World Cup in 2018.

"The national team development program is designed to provide a national team-like experience for athletes and we are excited to provide an immediate opportunity for those at the 14-and-under age level to compete for a national team roster spot," said Ashley Bratcher, Senior Director of Baseball Operations. "The talent in this age group has proven it can compete with the 15U age level through the USA Baseball Junior Prospect Classic and we look forward to building the best roster possible to compete in the COPABE Pan American Championships."

The 14U NTDP will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from July 24-29, and will be under the direction of Field Coordinator Jason Maxwell. Maxwell, the Head Coach at Ensworth High School (Nashville, Tenn.), made his international coaching debut with the U.S. as an assistant coach for the 2016 15U National Team, and has been an evaluator at national team trials for two years. 15U National Team Trials will begin July 29.

The National Team Development Program was created in 2012 and offers 14U and 17U athletes an unparalleled national team-level baseball experience to better prepare them for potential future international competition. It also serves to help young players accelerate their maturation and readiness for the next step in their respective baseball careers.

Since the program's inception in 2012, 48 national team development program attendees have earned spots on national team rosters at the 15U, 18U and Collegiate national team levels, including 2013 17U NTDP participant and 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Finalist Seth Beer. Additionally, in the four years that NTDP participants have been draft eligible, 12 players have been drafted in the first five rounds of the MLB First Year Player Draft.

The 2017 17U NTDP will take place July 22-28 in Chicago and will feature intrasquad scrimmages at Northwestern University and Wrigley Field. The 40 players will be broken up into a Stars and Stripes squad, engage in training exercises, and receive exposure to professional scouts and college recruiters, as well as being evaluated by the 2017 18U National Team staff and USA Baseball scouts and task force.

"I can't say enough about the National Team Development Program," said 2017 18U National Team Manager Andy Stankiewicz, who served as a staff member during the 2016 17U NTDP. "Each player gets personalized instruction to help them get to the next level and gain exposure on the national stage; and the competition is second-to-none.

"The program is designed for player development but also forecasting for future national teams. It's an invaluable opportunity for athletes to play in front of future national team staffs, as well as college and professional scouts."

Eric Kibler will serve as the 17U Field Coordinator for the second consecutive year. Kibler is the head coach at Horizon High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and won the USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Award in 2010 after leading the 16U National Team to a gold medal in the Pan American Games in Mexico. He also served as the Field Coordinator at both the 14U and 17U levels from 2012-2014 and was an assistant coach on the 2015 18U National Team that won a gold medal at the WBSC U-15 World Cup.

The USA Baseball National Team Championships continues to be the primary selection vehicle for the NTDP program. The annual event is hosted in Glendale, Goodyear and Phoenix, Arizona, as well as Palm Beach County, Florida. Limited spots are available at the National Team Championships. Teams are encouraged to register today at USABaseball.com/Championships. For more information on the NTDP and National Team Championships, follow along on Twitter at @USABaseballNTDP, @USABChamps_East and @USABChamps_West.

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2017 USA Baseball National Team Championships

October 27, 2016

National Team Championships East

Fan Guides, Features, Scores, and more!

National Team Championships West

Fan Guides, Features, Scores, and more!

 

For questions, please contact championships@usabaseball.com.

Thank you very much for your interest in USA Baseball and the 2017 USA Baseball 14U, 15U and 17U National Team Championships! The USA Baseball National Team Championships are the primary identification events for players to be considered for the 15U National Team or the 14U and 17U National Team Development Programs.

Through these events, USA Baseball provides an opportunity for 350+ teams to showcase their ability against teams from all across the country. The USA Baseball National Team Championships - West will be held in Glendale, Goodyear and Peoria, Ariz. and Palm Beach County, Fla., will again host the USA Baseball National Team Championships - East.

 14U National Team Championships14U National Team Championships

14U National Team Championships

14U West Registration14U East Registration

For individual signups, click below
14U East Individual

When:  West: June 30 - July 7 | East: June 16 - 21

Eligibility: Players born May 1, 2002 or later are eligible to compete in the 14U National Team Championships. PLEASE NOTE: Only players born January 1, 2003 or later will be eligible to be selected to the 14U National Team Development Program. As such, USA Baseball requires that at least six (6) players on each team's roster be born on or after this international age cutoff (2003). There will be no exceptions to this rule in order to maximize the selection pool for national teams.

Where: The 14U National Team Championships - East will be in Palm Beach County, Fla., at the Spring Training home of the Cardinals/Marlins, Roger Dean Stadium, and at the Spring Training home of the Astros/Nationals, Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The 14U National Team Championships - West will be in Glendale, Peoria and Goodyear, Ariz., at the Spring Training homes of the White Sox/Dodgers, Padres/Mariners and Indians/Reds.

Roster Limits: Minimum of 15 players, maximum of 25 players

National Team Development Program Selection Opportunity: Minimum of 26 players will be invited to the 14U National Team Development Program.

Schedule: Minimum of six (6) scheduled games, weather permitting; four (4) games guaranteed

Weekly Itinerary: To view the weekly itinerary for the 14U National Team Championships, please select: East Itinerary | West Itinerary

Cost: $2,000 ($500 deposit due at time of registration and $1,500 team fee due by May 12.) Deposits and fees not submitted by the aforementioned due dates will have their tournament invites rescinded due to the number of teams on the waiting list. For local teams (within 100 miles of the tournament site and not requiring hotels) registration will cost $1,700 ($500 due at time of registration and $1,200 team fee due by May 12).

Hotel Information: Teams that use USA Baseball's free housing service, USA Baseball Travel Services, will be eligible to receive a $500 rebate check. To qualify for the $500 rebate check, teams must accumulate at least 35 room nights (West) or at least 25 room nights (East) (i.e. five [5] rooms for seven [7] nights). Hotel options for the National Team Championships will be located at www.usabaseball.com/travel. Friends and family are encouraged to book hotel rooms under their team's name and will receive the USA Baseball preferred rate while adding to the team's overall room nights. Please contact USA Baseball Travel Services at 919-474-8721 or travel@usabaseball.com.

 

 14U National Team Championships14U National Team Championships

15U National Team Championships

15U West Registration15U East Registration

For individual signups, click below
15U East Individual

When: West: June 23 - 30 | East: June 16 - 22

Eligibility: Players born May 1, 2001, or later are eligible to compete in the 15U Championships. PLEASE NOTE: Only players born January 1, 2002, or later will be eligible to be selected to the 15U National Team. As such, USA Baseball requires that at least eight (8) players on each team's roster be born on or after this international age cutoff (2002). There will be no exceptions to this rule in order to maximize the selection pool for national teams.

Where: The 15U National Team Championships - East will be in Palm Beach County, Fla., at the Spring Training home of the Cardinals/Marlins, Roger Dean Stadium, and at the Spring Training home of the Astros/Nationals, Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The 15U National Team Championships - West will be in Glendale, Peoria and Goodyear, Ariz., at the Spring Training homes of the White Sox/Dodgers, Padres/Mariners and Indians/Reds.

Roster Limits: Minimum of 15 players, maximum of 25 players

National Team Selection Opportunity: Minimum of 22 players will be invited to the 15U National Team Trials

Schedule: Minimum of six (6) scheduled games, weather permitting; four (4) games guaranteed

Weekly Itinerary: To view the weekly itinerary for the 15U National Team Championships, please select: East Itinerary | West Itinerary

Cost: $2,500 ($500 deposit due at time of registration and $2,000 team fee due by May 12). Deposits and fees not submitted by the aforementioned due dates will have their tournament invites rescinded due to the number of teams on the waiting list. For local teams (within 100 miles of the tournament site and not requiring hotels) registration will cost be $2,200 ($500 due at time of registration and $1,700 team fee due by May 12).

Hotel Information: Teams that use USA Baseball's free housing service, USA Baseball Travel Services, will be eligible to receive a $500 rebate check. To qualify for the $500 rebate check, teams must accumulate at least 35 room nights (i.e. five [5] rooms for seven [7] nights). Hotel options for the National Team Championships will be located at www.usabaseball.com/travel. Friends and family are encouraged to book hotel rooms under their team's name and will receive the USA Baseball preferred rate while adding to the team's overall room nights. Please contact USA Baseball Travel Services at 919-474-8721 or travel@usabaseball.com.

 

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17U National Team Championships

17U West Registration17U East Registration

For individual signups, click below
14U East Individual

When: West: June 16 - 23 | East: June 23 - 30

Eligibility: Players born May 1, 1999, or later are eligible to compete in the 17U National Team Championships. PLEASE NOTE: Only players born January 1, 2000 or later will be eligible to be selected to the 17U National Team Development Program. As such, USA Baseball requires that at least six (6) players on each team's roster be born on or after this international age cutoff (2000). There will be no exceptions to this rule in order to maximize the selection pool for national teams.

Where: The 17U National Team Championships - East will be in Palm Beach County, Fla., at the Spring Training home of the Cardinals/Marlins, Roger Dean Stadium, and at the Spring Training home of the Astros/Nationals, Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The 17U National Team Championships - West will be in Glendale, Peoria and Goodyear, Ariz., at the Spring Training homes of the White Sox/Dodgers, Padres/Mariners and Indians/Reds.

Roster Limits: Minimum of 15 players, maximum of 25 players

National Team Development Program Selection Opportunity: Minimum of 26 players will be invited to the 17U National Team Development Program

Schedule: Minimum of six (6) scheduled games, weather permitting; four (4) games guaranteed

Weekly Itinerary: To view the weekly itinerary for the 17U National Team Championships, please please select: East Itinerary | West Itinerary

Cost: $2,500 ($500 deposit due at time of registration and $2,000 team fee due by May 12). Deposits and fees not submitted by the aforementioned due dates will have their tournament invites rescinded due to the number of teams on the waiting list. For local teams (within 100 miles of the tournament site and not requiring hotels) registration will cost be $2,200 ($500 due at time of registration and $1,700 team fee due by May 12).

Hotel Information: Teams that use USA Baseball's free housing service, USA Baseball Travel Services, will be eligible to receive a $500 rebate check. To qualify for the $500 rebate check, teams must accumulate at least 35 room nights (i.e. five [5] rooms for seven [7] nights). Hotel options for the National Team Championships will be located at www.usabaseball.com/travel. Friends and family are encouraged to book hotel rooms under their team's name and will receive the USA Baseball preferred rate while adding to the team's overall room nights. Please contact USA Baseball Travel Services at 919-474-8721 or travel@usabaseball.com.

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17U NTDP

17U NTDP: Stars Clinch Series After Early Deficit

July 27, 2016

EVANSTON, Ill. - Team Stars overcame an early 4-0 deficit and defeated Team Stripes 7-5 in eight innings in game three of the USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program at Rocky Miller Park of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. on Thursday.

Stripes starting pitcher Holden Powell (Visalia, Calif.) struck out five batters in just three innings in a no decision.

After a Branden Boissiere (Riverside, Calif.) double to left field, Jeremiah Jackson (Mobile, Ala.) and Sam Faith (St. Charles, Ill.) plated the first two runs for team Stripes in the bottom of the third inning. Second baseman Brice Turang (Corona, Calif.) followed with a walk and later stole second, putting runners on second and third with one out. Brandon Comia (Orland Park, Ill.) then laced a two-RBI double leading the Stripes to a 4-0 lead.

Austin Schultz (Adams, Neb.) put the Stars on the board with a sacrifice fly to center by Elijah Cabell (Winter Park, Fla.) in the fourth inning. In the top of the fifth, Team Stripes responded with another run after Turang reached first on an error that allowed Jackson to score, extending the lead to 5-1.

Jose Varela (Miami, Fla) would kick start the Stars comeback in the bottom of the sixth inning with a leadoff single followed by a double by Gage Workman (Queen Creek, Ariz.) put runners on second and third with no outs. Schultz then hit an RBI single to center field and Luis Tuero's (Hialeah, Fla.) sacrifice fly to center field cut the Stars' deficit to two runs.

In the top of the seventh inning, Kameron Ojeda (La Mirada, Calif.) scored the Stars' fourth run of the game on a Varela RBI and the Stars tied the game on an RBI triple to right center by Workman. Two plays later, Workman stole home for the go ahead run.

Justin-Henry Malloy (Bergenfield, N.J.) added an insurance run for the Stars the eighth when he smashed a two-out homerun to left field for a final score of 7-5.

Malloy finished the day 3-for-4 at the plate with one RBI for the Stars.

Pitcher Thomas Burbank (Beaumont, Texas) picked up the win for team Stars and tallied two strikeouts in two innings of work. Ryan Wimbush (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) surrendered the loss for the Stripes, giving up four runs in 2.2 innings of work.

The fourth and final game of the 17U NTDP Stars vs. Stripes series will be played Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Ill. Live scoring will be available at USABaseball.com.

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17U NTDP

17U NTDP: Stars Sweep Stripes 4-0 in NTDP Series

July 24, 2016

CHICAGO, Ill. - In the final matchup of the USA Baseball 2016 17U National Team Development Program week, Team Stars used two big innings to finish the four-game series sweep over Team Stars with a 12-2 victory on Friday at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

The Stars got on the board early to set the tone for the afternoon. Luis Tuero (Miami, Fla.) led off the bottom of the first with a walk and scored the games first run for the Stars on an Elijah Cabell (Winter Park, Fla.) triple to right field. Cabell then scored on an Isaiah Thomas (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) RBI single.

With the bases loaded and one out, the Stars extended its first inning lead to 4-0 on a two-RBI single to right field by Gage Workman (Queen Creek, Ariz.).

Both teams traded outs for the next four innings before Charlie Loust's (San Clemente, Calif.) double to left field in the sixth inning, scoring Justin-Henry Malloy (Bergenfield, N.J.) and stretching the Stars lead to five runs.

The Stripes responded in the seventh with its only two runs of the game when Riley Greene (Oviedo, Fla.) doubled to left field to score Brice Turang (Corona, Calif.) and Branden Boissiere (Riverside, Calif.) to cut its deficit to three runs. But, the hot-hitting Stars' immediately put the game out of reach, scoring two and five runs in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings, respectively.

Tuero tallied a two-RBI single in the seventh inning and Loust started the eighth off with a single to right. With runners on first and third with no outs, Sean Mullen (Bakersfield, Calif.) singled to left field to score Loust to put the score at 8-2. Thomas Burbank (Beaumont, Texas) later fired a two-RBI triple to center field that scored Workman and Austin Schultz (Adams, Neb.).

Tuero's sacrifice fly to center field scored the 11th Stars run of the afternoon before Cabell smacked a triple to right field and later scored the final run on a Thomas single to center field.

Starting pitcher Kerry Wright (Oviedo, Fla.) picked up the win for the Stars with two strike outs in two innings pitched. Kumar Rocker (Watkinsville, Ga.) surrendered the loss for the Stripes allowing four runs in just one inning of action.

Cabell (3-for-5), Loust (3-for-4), Malloy (2-for-5), and Thomas (2-for-5) combined for 10 of the 17 Stars hits. Tuero tallied three RBIs in the finale.

Following the completion of the four-game series, two players were selected for a spot on the 2017 USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials and 10 athletes were invited to participate in the 2017 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars. The invitees are as follows:

2017 18U National Team Trials:
Elijah Cabell, Winter Park, Fla.
Brice Turang, Corona, Fla.

2017 Tournament of Stars:
Branden Boissiere, Riverside, Calif.
Triston Casas, Penbroke Pines, Fla.
Ethan Hankins, Atlanta, Ga.
Cole Henry, Florence, Ala.
Jeremiah Jackson, Mobile, Ala.
Charlie Loust, San Clemente, Calif.
Jake Moberg, Murrieta, Calif.
Kameron Ojeda, La Mirada, Calif.
Kumar Rocker, Watkinsville, Ga.
Gage Workman, Queen Creek, Ariz.

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