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USA Baseball Announces Inaugural 13U Athlete Development Program Roster

The event will take place June 19-22 at the National Training Complex in Cary
June 6, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the 36-man 2019 13U Athlete Development Program (ADP) roster on Thursday. The inaugural ADP, a four-day on- and off-field invitation-only development opportunity for athletes, will be held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, June 19-22.

The 2019 roster is made up of 36 athletes who have previously participated in national team identification events, including the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the USA Baseball Futures Invitational and the USA Baseball 12U National Open.

In total, 19 of the invited athletes have participated in the USA Baseball 12U National Team identification process, including nine players from last year's 12U National Team Trials, three from the 2018 NTIS and two that participated in the 2018 12U National Open. The roster also features 16 members of the 2018 12U National Team that won the program's first-ever COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships gold medal.

In addition, five members of the 13U ADP roster participated in the 2018 Futures Invitational and Seth Van Dyk (Ripon, Calif.) was identified from the inaugural USA Baseball Futures Series held in Irvine, California, in May.

"We are excited to have such a strong group of athletes for our first-ever Athlete Development Program," said Ashley Bratcher, USA Baseball's Senior Director of Baseball Operations. "All of these athletes have stood out to our staff at previous events and impressed them with their talent and character, so we look forward to continue their development and growth with this new and exciting opportunity."

The Athlete Development Program will offer unparalleled instruction provided by USA Baseball national team coaches, college coaches and select premier high school coaches from across the country.

Each day at the ADP will feature advanced on-field skills development with positional and team fundamental drills, as well as off-field components that will focus on education regarding the NCAA and the recruiting process, umpire interaction, nutrition and wellness guidance, strength and conditioning education, media training, and character and leadership development.

Participating athletes will be provided with an individual player assessment report by the coaching staff following the four-day event and this year's 13U ADP participants will be evaluated for the opportunity to be invited to the 2020 14U National Team Development Program.

Two-time national team coach Butch Chaffin will serve as the Field Coordinator for the 2019 13U ADP and will be joined on staff by eight coaches who-in addition to serving on the instructional staff-will direct the event's Stars and Stripes teams.

Rucker Taylor (Davidson College) will serve as the manager of the Stars team and he will be joined by Doug Creek as the pitching coach and assistant coaches David Houseton (Covenant Day School; Matthews, N.C.) and Tanner Veseley (Corona del Sol High School; Tempe, Ariz.).

The Stripes will be led by Jon McCormack (Florida Atlantic University) with Pitching Coach Scott Grove (The First Academy; Orlando, Fla.) and assistant coaches Roger Kieschnick (University of Texas at San Antonio) and Wes Brooks (Oxford High School; Oxford, Ala.) rounding out the staff.

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

2019 13U Athlete Development Program Roster
Name; Position; Hometown

Luis Almeyda; INF; Hawthorne, N.J.
Brevin Bezick; LHP; Red Bank, N.J.
*Tristan Bristow; RHP; Helotes, Texas
*Masato Chilcutt; C; San Antonio, Texas
JD Crisp; OF; Cypress, Texas
Kayson Cunningham; INF; San Antonio, Texas
Louis D'Alessio; OF; Red Bank, N.J.
*Kameron Davis; OF; Albany, Ga.
*Ross Felder; RHP; Springdale, Ark.
Linkin Garcia; INF; Fullerton, Calif.
*Talin Gardini; LHP; San Diego, Calif.
*Gavin Gargiulo; RHP; Coral Springs, Fla.
*Dylan Green; INF; Roseville, Calif.
*Kailand Halstead; C; Cosmopolis, Wash.
*Christian Hamilton; OF; Lauderhill, Fla.
Cedrick Harris Jr.; OF; Ashdown, Ark.
Gabe Howard; RHP; West Linn, Ore.
Noah Libed; OF; Chula Vista, Calif.
Reagan McCluskey; C; Avila Beach, Calif.
*Dean Moss; INF; Atherton, Calif.
*Josiah Palomino; C; Riverside, Calif.
*Kibru Pam; P; Pasadena, Calif.
Jacob Pettit; INF; Fort Mill, S.C.
*Julius Pfau; MIF; Tampa, Fla.
Michael Podstreleny; C; San Diego, Calif.
Ethan Porter; INF; Costa Mesa, Calif.
Gavyn Schlotterback; C; Lakeway, Texas
Cade Segura; INF; Pleasanton, Texas
Elijah Selga; C; Chula Vista, Calif.
Ryan Sloan; INF; Elmhurst, Ill.
*Brady Strohm; RHP; Winchester, Calif.
*Brock Thompson; INF; Bakersfield, Calif.
Ford Thompson; LHP; Snellville, Ga.
*Michael Torres; OF; Miami, Fla.
Seth Van Dyk; INF/RHP; Ripon, Calif.
Braeden Weckman; OF; Winter Springs, Fla.

*Denotes National Team alum

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Stripes Secure Close 7-6 Victory in Final Game of 13U ADP

Inaugural 13U ADP Stars vs. Stripes series ends in 1-1 draw
June 22, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Stars 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 6 5 0
Stripes 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 7 7 1
Win: B. Weckman Loss: D. Green Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play

 

CARY, N.C. - The Stripes secured a dramatic 7-6 victory over the Stars in the final game of the 2019 13U Athlete Development Program (ADP) on Saturday, June 22, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. With the Stripes win, the inaugural 13U ADP Stars vs. Stripes series ends in a tie after the Stars claimed game one on Wednesday.

Ryan Sloan (Elmhurst, Ill.) got the start for the Stripes in the contest and set the tone for the pitching staff with a strong inning of work, giving up just one walk and no hits while striking out one. He also helped his own cause on offense as he finished 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a walk. On the other side of ball, Gavin Gargiulo (Coral Springs, Fla.) took the mound for the Stars to start, giving up four runs on three hits in his two innings of work.

On offense, Cade Segura (Pleasanton, Texas) led the way for the Stars, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Dean Moss (Atherton, Calif.), Dylan Green (Roseville, Calif.) and Kameron Davis (Albany, Ga.) also added hits for the team. Braeden Weckman (Winter Springs, Fla.) paced the Stripes with his own multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI while Kailand Halstead (Cosmopolis, Wash.) and Julius Pfau (Tampa, Fla.) both scored two runs apiece.

Key Moments:

  • Jacob Pettit got the action started for the Stripes with a two-out double before Ryan McCluskey was hit by a pitch and Pfau drew a walk to load the bases for Christian Hamilton, who drew a walk of his own to force in the first run of the game.
  • With the bases still loaded, Sloan followed one batter later with a clutch two-RBI single to center field that gave the Stripes an early 3-0 leading heading into the second inning.
  • In the third inning, Pettit and Halstead led things off for the Stripes with back-to-back walks and Pfau followed with a fielder's choice to put runners on the corners. During the next at-bat, Halstead used some heads-up base running to score on a steal of home to make it 4-0 in the Stripes' favor.
  • Two batters later, Pfau followed Halstead's example and stole home himself, giving the Stripes a 5-0 lead heading into the fourth inning.
  • The Stars finally broke through with their first run of the game in the top of the fourth inning when back-to-back walks to Green and JD Crisp and a hit-by-pitch to Davis loaded the bases for Masato Chilcutt, whose sac fly allowed Green to score and made it a 5-1 game.
  • On the next at-bat, Segura knocked a single to left field that brought Crisp across the plate and cut the deficit to three for the Stars.
  • In the bottom of the fourth, back-to-back one-out singles from Gabe Howard and Weckman added another run for the Stripes, increasing their lead to 6-2.
  • In the top of the fifth, after Moss scored a run for the Stars on a bases-loaded wild pitch to make it 6-3, Crisp drew a walk to load the bases once again and back-to-back bases-loaded hit-by-pitches forced two more home for the Stars to make it a one run game.
  • Crisp then took advantage of another bases-loaded wild pitch to score the Stars' fourth run of the frame and tie the game, 6-6, before the Stripes escaped the inning.
  • Halstead led off the bottom of the eighth for the Stripes with a single before advancing to second on a ground out by Ford Thompson and stealing third. He then scored the final run of the game on Linkin Garcia's fielder's choice to give the Stripes a 7-6 victory.

 

Notable Information:

  • Braeden Weckman (1-0) earned the win in the contest for the Stripes after allowing just one hit, no runs and no walks in his one inning of relief.
  • Dylan Green (0-1) suffered the loss after coming in in relief in the seventh and giving up one run on two hits.

 

On Deck:

  • Saturday's game marked the end of the 2019 13U Athlete Development Program.

 

Social:

  • Stay tuned to @USABEvents on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 13U Athlete Development Program.
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Game Two of 13U ADP Canceled Due to Weather

The Stars and Stripes will participate in the 2019 USA Baseball Home Run Derby on Friday, June 21
June 20, 2019

CARY, N.C. - The second game of the 2019 USA Baseball 13U Athlete Development Program (ADP) was canceled due to weather on Thursday, June 20, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

The two teams will be back in action on Friday, June 21, with a morning workout and additional testing in the afternoon before taking part in a Home Run Derby with participants from the 2019 USA Baseball 11U Futures Invitational. The Home Run Derby will begin at 6 p.m. ET on Coleman Field at the National Training Complex.

The 13U ADP will wrap-up on Saturday, June 22, with one more game between the Stars and Stripes at 1:30 p.m. ET at the National Training Complex.

Stay tuned to @USABEvents on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 13U Athlete Development Program.

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Stars Claim 10-3 Victory Over Stripes in Game One of 13U ADP

Luis D'Alessio and Kayson Cunningham each went 2-for-3 with two RBIs apiece to lead Stars offense
June 19, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Stripes 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 6 2
Stars 0 3 1 3 0 0 3 10 10 2
Win: B. Bezik Loss: R. Felder Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play

 

CARY, N.C. - Luis D'Alessio (Red Bank, N.J.) and Kayson Cunningham (San Antonio, Texas) both went 2-for-3 with two RBIs as the Stars collected a 10-3 win over the Stripes in the opening game of the inaugural 13U Athlete Development Program on Wednesday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Brevin Bezick (Red Bank, N.J.) got the start for the Stars in the game and picked up the victory. He tossed three innings and did not give up a run, while collecting three punchouts and issuing just one walk. Tristan Bristow (Helotes, Texas) also put together three strong innings on the mound for the Stars, giving up just two hits and no runs. The Stripes' Ross Felder (Springdale, Ark.) suffered the loss after allowing four runs on two hits in his three innings.

Offensively, eight members of the Stars squad recorded hits in the game, led by D'Alessio and Cunningham's multi-hit games. Luis Almeyda (Hawthorne, N.J.) led the Stripes at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, while Elijah Selga (Chula Vista, Calif.) added a two-RBI single.

Key Moments:

  • The Stripes scored the first runs of the game as Elijah Selga (Chula Vista, Calif.) knocked a two-out, two-RBI single to left field that allowed Linkin Garcia (Fullerton, Calif.) and Luis Almeyda (Hawthorne, N.J.) to cross the plate and give the Stripes a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
  • Louis D'Alessio (Red Bank, N.J.) tied the game for the Stars in the next inning when he launched a two-RBI double to the right-center gap.
  • Kayson Cunningham (San Antonio, Texas) gave the Stars a 3-2 lead one batter later with a single to left that scored D'Alessio.
  • In the top of the third inning, Michael Torres (Miami, Fla.) reached on a Stars error to lead things off before scoring on a single by Almeyda to tie the game once again, 3-3.
  • Kameron Davis (Albany, Ga.), who drew a leadoff walk to start the bottom of the third, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch to give the Stars back the lead.
  • With a three-run fourth inning, the Stars took a 7-3 lead courtesy of a Cunningham RBI-single, a Gavin Gargiulo (Coral Springs, Fla.) sacrifice bunt and a double off the bat of JD Crisp (Cypress, Texas).
  • The Stars added three more in the bottom of the seventh to secure the 10-3 win.

 

Notable Information:

  • Brevin Bezick (1-0) collected the win for the Stars after giving up just four hits and no earned runs while striking out three in three innings of work.
  • Ross Felder (0-1) gave up four runs in his three innings to start the contest for the Stripes and suffered the loss. He struck out four while issuing just two walks.

 

On Deck:

  • Game Two of the three-game series between the Stars and Stripes will be played on Thursday, June 20, at 4 p.m. (ET).
  • The inaugural Athlete Development Program will wrap-up on Saturday, June 22, with final game of the series at 1:30 p.m. (ET).
  • All games in the series will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

 

Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABEvents on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 13U Athlete Development Program.
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USA Baseball Launches Athlete Development Program

The inaugural 13U Athlete Development Program will take place June 19-22 in Cary, North Carolina
February 27, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball announced today the launch of its Athlete Development Program (ADP), a four-day on- and off-field invitation-only development opportunity for athletes that will be held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The inaugural ADP will be open to elite-level 13-and-under aged baseball players from June 19-22.

The ADP will feature unparalleled instruction provided by USA Baseball national team coaches, college coaches and select premier high school coaches from across the country. The addition of this program, beginning with the 13-and-under age group, will round out the organization's development pipeline by offering a pathway to a national team or national team development opportunity extending from the 12U National Team program through the Collegiate National Team.

"USA Baseball is pleased to announce the addition of the Athlete Development Program to our current catalog of events that focus on the overall athletic and personal development of baseball players," said Ashley Bratcher, USA Baseball's Senior Director of Baseball Operations. "With the creation of this new initiative, we now offer national team-level instruction to more athletes than ever before with plans for additional ADP age groups in the future."

Each day at the ADP will feature advanced on-field skills development with positional and team fundamental drills, and ongoing evaluation by USA Baseball national team coaches. Over the course of the program, athletes will be placed on a Stars or Stripes team and face-off in a best-of-three-game series at the National Training Complex to practically implement the instruction provided during training.

The National Training Complex, in partnership with the Town of Cary, has been the official home of USA Baseball since 2007 and numerous current Major League Baseball players have ventured through its gates, including Chris Archer, Cody Bellinger, Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg. The Town of Cary received the National Gold Medal Grand Plaque Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management in 2016. The award honors U.S. communities that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition.

USA Baseball will also provide an off-field component for the athletes that will focus on education regarding the NCAA and the recruiting process, umpire interaction, nutrition and wellness guidance, strength and conditioning education, media training, and character and leadership development.

Beginning in March, invitations to the inaugural ADP will be extended to 36 13-and-under aged athletes who have previously participated in national team identification events. As the program grows and incorporates additional age groups, the National Team Identification Series and the recently announced Futures Series will be among the identification events for the ADP.

Participating athletes will be provided with an individual player assessment report by the coaching staff following the four-day event and this year's 13U ADP participants will be evaluated for the opportunity to be invited to the 2020 14U National Team Development Program.

Two-time national team coach Butch Chaffin will serve as the Field Coordinator for the 13U ADP in 2019. Chaffin is currently the head coach at Cookeville High School (Cookeville, Tenn.) and was an assistant coach for the 2010 18U National Team and 2017 12U National Team that won its third-consecutive World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup. Prior to coaching at Cookeville High School, he was an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech for four years and was a professional scout for the Kansas City Royals.

Joining Chaffin on staff are eight coaches who-in addition to serving on the instructional staff-will direct the Stars and Stripes teams.

Davidson College Head Coach Rucker Taylor will manage the Stars team and is joined by two-time USA Baseball alumnus Doug Creek, who will serve as the pitching coach. Former 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) coach David Houseton (Covenant Day School; Matthews, N.C.) and five-time USA Baseball coach and manager of the 2015 12U National Team that won its first WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup, Tanner Vesely (Corona del Sol; Tempe, Ariz.), will be the assistant coaches.

John McCormack is currently the head coach at Florida Atlantic University and will serve as the manager for the Stripes team. Scott Grove (The First Academy; Orlando, Fla.), who has been a coach at the 14U NTDP and 15U National Team Trials, as well as led his school to the 2014 National High School Invitational title, will be charged with managing the pitchers. Former 12U National Open coach Wes Brooks (Oxford High School; Oxford, Ala.) and two-time Collegiate National Team alum and current assistant coach at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Roger Kieschnick, will round out the Stripes' staff as assistant coaches.

For more information on USA Baseball and the Athlete Development program, follow @USABaseball on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), and visit USABaseball.com.

2019 13U ADP Staff:
Butch Chaffin, Field Coordinator (Cookeville High School; Cookeville, Tenn.)
Rucker Taylor, Stars Manager (Davidson College)
Doug Creek, Stars Pitching Coach
David Houseton, Stars Assistant Coach (Covenant Day School; Matthews, N.C.)
Tanner Veseley, Stars Assistant Coach (Corona del Sol High School; Tempe, Ariz.)
John McCormack, Stripes Manager (Florida Atlantic University)
Scott Grove, Stripes Pitching Coach (The First Academy; Orlando, Fla.)
Roger Kieschnick, Stripes Assistant Coach (University of Texas at San Antonio)
Wes Brooks, Stripes Assistant Coach (Oxford High School; Oxford, Ala.)

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