DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced modifications to its National Team Identification Series (NTIS) on Wednesday. Beginning in 2019, the NTIS will operate under a new infrastructure that features six total regions spanning the United States and the introduction of a 12-and-under age group to the program. Subsequently, the 17-and-under age group has been removed from the NTIS.
The NTIS continues to be the most comprehensive national team identification program offered by USA Baseball. Launched in 2009, the program was created to provide all athletes from across the United States an opportunity to compete for a spot on a USA Baseball national team.
Player identification in the NTIS begins at the local level, where athletes attend camps and tryouts in their designated region. Every region will name 32 athletes from each of the 11U, 12U and 13U age groups, and 36 athletes from each of the 14U, 15U and 16U age groups, to two All-Region teams that will participate in the NTIS Champions Cup at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
The culminating event will feature 12 teams per age group and athletes will participate in workouts and a championship-style tournament while being evaluated by national team coaches and scouts. Following the Champions Cup, USA Baseball will invite a minimum of 72 athletes to national team and National Team Development Program (NTDP) events in the subsequent calendar year.
"As participation in youth baseball continues to rise, it is our duty to adapt and modernize USA Baseball initiatives to fit the ever-changing youth baseball landscape," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director and CEO. "Our National Team Identification Series continues to be our most inclusive athlete identification process and we are confident these modifications will continue to serve USA Baseball, its national teams and athletes with an unrivaled standard of excellence."
Formerly comprised of 16 regions, the NTIS will now utilize a six-region system for the initial player identification process. The six regions consist of the Midwest, Northeast, Northwest, South, Southeast and Southwest.
All six NTIS regions will be managed and operated by a USA Baseball-appointed Regional Director. Each Regional Director is responsible for the planning and execution of the player identification process for their assigned region(s), and will ultimately name the All-Region teams that will move on to the NTIS Champions Cup. The USA Baseball regional directors for 2019 are Rich Janor (Midwest), Andy Rojo (South, Southwest), Jeff Schaefer (Northeast, Southeast) and Jason Sekany (Northwest).
"USA Baseball Regional Directors play a vital role in the overall success of the National Team Identification Series and USA Baseball national teams," said Ashley Bratcher, Senior Director of Baseball Operations. "These individuals are responsible for finding the very best athletes from every corner of the country to represent Team USA in international competitions around the world. USA Baseball can attribute a great deal of its recent international successes to the contributions of our regional directors."
The 12-and-under age group will debut in the NTIS program in 2019 and will serve as an identification event for the present year's USA Baseball 12U National Team, in addition to being a once-in-a-lifetime development and scouting exposure opportunity for athletes at this age level. USA Baseball regional directors will select 15 12U internationally-age-eligible athletes from each region to compete in the USA Baseball National Open in California, where the 12U National Team coaching staff will invite a minimum of 15 athletes to participate in national team trials.
"We are excited to introduce the twelve-and-under age group to our National Team Identification Series program this year," continued Bratcher. "The twelve-and-under age group is afforded a truly unique experience as they are the only age group in the entire National Team Identification Series program that are eligible for an immediate national team opportunity in the current calendar year."
Lastly, the 17-and-under age group has been eliminated from the NTIS program going forward. For information on the identification process for the 18U National Team, please visit USABaseball.com.
The 2019 NTIS identification process will begin at various times across all six regions after the new year. Information on regional camps and tryouts, as well as contact information for the regional directors, can be found at USABaseballNTIS.com.
Athletes selected to their All-Region team will participate in the 2019 NTIS Champions Cup at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from August 7-25. The age group pairing and dates are as follows:
11U and 13U NTIS Champions Cup: August 7-11
12U and 14U NTIS Champions Cup: August 14-18
15U and 16U NTIS Champions Cup: August 21-25
For more information on the USA Baseball NTIS, open region camps and tryouts, and the most up-to-date news and information about the NTIS, follow @USABaseballNTIS on Twitter.
USA Baseball Announces 2018 National Team Identification Series Selections
A total of 68 athletes were selected for 2019 national team programming from the 2018 NTIS
September 10, 2018
DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Wednesday the 68 athletes that were selected from the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) to participate in 2019 national team programming. The tenth-annual NTIS was held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from August 8-26 and for the tenth year in a row, the selection announcement was made through an online show.
Twenty-seven states and 16 regions from across the U.S. are represented by the 68 athletes chosen and fourteen states boast more than one selection.
Under the direction of USA Baseball task force, the 2018 NTIS featured over 1,200 of the nation's best players competing in 172 games, as well as skill testing and on-field evaluations. Twelve athletes were invited to compete at each of the 2019 12U National Team Trials, the 2019 14U, 16U and 17U National Team Development Programs (NTDP) and the 15U National Team Trials. In addition, eight players from the 17U NTIS were chosen to participate in the 2019 18U National Team selection process.
"Our task force had a difficult job selecting just 68 athletes out of the incredible pool of talent from across the U.S. that participated in this year's NTIS," Senior Director of Baseball Operations, Ashley Bratcher, said. "We are excited about the players chosen from the 2018 event and what they will bring to our 2019 national team programming."
The 2018 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by Team USA. With tryouts in every region of the country, players now have greater access to USA Baseball National Team opportunities than ever before. The program includes six separate age groups - 11U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 15U and 17U.
The 2018 National Team Identification Series selections are as follows:
Name; Position; Hometown
2019 12U National Team Trials Invitees: (from 11U NTIS)
Anthony Del Angel; OF/IF; Rio Rancho, N.M.
Parker Friend; C/RHP; Germantown, Md.
Gavin Hottle; IF/RHP; Irvine, Calif.
Bryant James; IF/RHP; Herndon, Va.
Elijah McNeal; Dublin, Calif.
Luis Mejia; IF/OF; Phoenix, Ariz.
Owen Robinson; LHP/IF; Greensboro, N.C.
C.J. Sampson; RHP/IF; Magnolia, Texas
Kruz Schoolcraft; IF/LHP; Aloha, Ore.
Jayden Stroman; IF/RHP; Medford, N.Y.
Eli Willits; IF/RHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Miles Young; IF; Cypress, Texas
2019 14U National Team Development Program invitees: (from 13U NTIS)
Kai Caranto; IF/RHP; Castaic, Calif.
Angel Cepeda; OF/IF; Union City, N.J.
Carson Dean; OF/IF; Frisco, Texas
Ian Duarte; OF/RHP; Santa Clarita, Calif.
Terry Dunsford; IF/RHP; Grand Bay, Ala.
Keondre Fields; OF/RHP; Nesbit, Miss.
Gavin Grahovac; C/IF; Orange, Calif.
Houston Hirschkorn; IF/RHP; Kingsburg, Calif.
Andre Modugno; IF/Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Brandon Olivera; RHP; Hialeah, Fla.
Kellon Parnell; OF/IF; Pascagoula, Miss.
Brooks Wright; UT/RHP; Knoxville, Tenn.
2019 15U National Team Trials invitees: (from 14U NTIS)
Mason Balsis; C; Bristow, Va.
Maxwell Clark; OF; Franklin, Ind.
Tyson Dewall; RHP; Folsom, Calif.
Demitri Diamant; OF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Termarr Johnson; IF; Atlanta, Ga.
Steven Milam; IF; Las Cruces, N.M.
Louis Rodriguez; RHP; Long Beach, Calif.
Logan Saloman; RHP/IF; Chandler, Ariz.
Christopher Scinta; LHP; Tamarac, Fla.
Tyrus Williams; OF; Oxford, Miss.
Jaxon Willits; IF; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Colton Wombles; C; Salem, Ala.
2019 16U National Team Development Program invitees: (from 15U NTIS)
Jesse Bullard; IF/RHP; Riverside, Calif.
Korbyn Dickerson; OF/RHP; Jeffersonville, Ind.
Jake Geis; RHP; San Jose, Calif.
Rafael Gross; OF/IF; Pearland, Texas
Trevor Haskins; IF; San Jose, Calif.
David Horn; IF/RHP; Murrieta, Calif.
Kyndon Lovell; LHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Jaron Nevarez; LHP/IF; San Ramon, Calif.
Xavier Perez; RHP/OF; Corpus Christi, Texas
William Rogers; C/IF; Shoreview, Minn.
Chase Spencer; IF/RHP; Plano, Texas
Austin Young; RHP; Saint Peters, Mo.
2019 17U National Team Development Program invitees: (from 16U NTIS)
Jackson Baumeister; C/RHP; Jacksonville, Fla.
Mark Black; C/OF; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Michael Davinni; IF/RHP; Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Kade Grundy; RHP/OF; Somerset, Ky.
Samuel Hunt; C/IF; Minneapolis, Minn.
Joseph Mack; C/IF; Williamsville, N.Y.
Michael Morales; RHP/IF; Enola, Pa.
Joshua Pearson; OF/IF; West Monroe, La.
Joseph Quick; RHP/IF; Lake Jackson, Texas
Kurtis Reid; IF/RHP; Hamilton, Ohio
Nate Savino; LHP/OF; Sterling, Va.
Tyler Wiederstein; RHP/IF; Greensburg, Pa.
2019 18U National Team selection process invitees: (from 17U NTIS)
Jag Burden; OF/IF; Huntington Beach, Calif.
Colten Keith; IF/RHP; Biloxi, Miss.
Harold Coll; IF; Hyde Park, Mass.
Mac Guscette; C/IF; Nokomis, Fla.
Cayden Wallace; IF; Greenbrier, Ark.
Jonathan Vaughns; IF/RHP; Glendora, Calif.
Alex Urban; OF; Lexington, S.C.
Cameron Brown; RHP/IF; Flower Mound, Texas
Cary, N.C. - Southeast defeated Northern California on Sunday to take home the 2018 National Team Identification Series 14U Champions Cup gold medal at Coleman Field in Cary, North Carolina.
Northern California came out of the gates hot. Luis Martinez singled in the top of the first inning to drive in the first run of the game, but the Northern California advantage would not last long.
Southeast quickly answered back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning when Tyrus Williams came home to score on a dropped third strike.
In the top of the second inning, Northern California regained the lead courtesy of a bases loaded walk, putting them up 2-1. Again, it would not last long as Southeast looked to be on a mission.
In the bottom of the second, Southeast would tie the game at two after Termarr Johnson walked on five pitches. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Southeast took the lead on a sacrifice fly by Dawson Campbell to drive in Tyrus Williams.
Southeast would go on to hold the lead for the rest of the ballgame.
On the defensive side of the ball, Southeast pitcher Evan Dobias began to settle down in the middle innings after the shaky start to the ballgame, and he would not allow a runner to cross the plate for the rest of the ballgame. Dobias would exit the game after five strong innings of work. Overall, he surrendered two earned runs on six hits and four strikeouts.
Dobias would hand the ball to Adrian Roman in the sixth inning to close out the ballgame. Roman turned in an impressive two innings of scoreless work, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out one. Roman was credited with the save.
In total, the Southeast offense recorded seven runs on seven hits and seven walks. They finished the 14U NTIS with a perfect 4-0 record.
The gold medal victory by Southeast is their third as a region in the 2018 NTIS Champions Cup after Southeast also took home the gold for the 13U and 16U divisions in previous weeks' matchups.
For more information about the Championship game and the 2018 NTIS, visit the USA Baseball NTIS webpage or follow along on Twitter @USABaseballNTIS.
CARY, N.C. - In the final championship game of the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS), Southwest captured its first gold medal of the tournament with a 6-2 win over Southern California on Sunday, August 26 at Thomas Brooks Park. After tying the game at one in the third inning, Southwest sent a runner home in all but one of the following innings en route to the title.
Following a swift three up, three down top half of the first inning for Southwest, Southern California shortstop Branden Carrillo tallied the first run of the game on a wild pitch.
In the top of the third inning, Southwest tied the game at one run a piece courtesy of an RBI single to left field from the extra hitter Colton Christman.
With the game still tied in the top of the fourth with two outs, Southwest was able to take the lead for good. Following two walks, third baseman Gavin Hottle sent an RBI single to right field, and righty Brody James was able to cross the plate on an error to give Southwest a two-run lead headed into the bottom half of the frame.
Southern California was able to cut the deficit to just one when left fielder Gary Morse III sent a runner home in the bottom of the fourth, but a ground out to the shortstop ended the inning.
Southwest was able to get the run right back and more to open the fifth, as a Christman ground out scored first baseman Ryan Harwood and a bases loaded walk cushioned their lead 5-2.
A bases loaded walk in the top of the seventh inning tallied the final run of the game, and Southwest went home with the gold.
Southwest pitcher Brody James was lights out on the mound, lasting seven innings while allowing just four hits and two runs with four strikeouts and just one walk.
A trio of Southwest players (Christman, Harwood and Hottle) managed multiple hits to lead the team offensively.
Estevan Rodriguez led Southern California at the plate, going 2-for-3.
For more information about the 2018 NTIS, visit the USA Baseball team page or follow along on Twitter @USABaseballNTIS.
Cary, N.C. - Southern California was crowned the 2018 15U National Team Identification Series Champions Cup gold medal winners after defeating South Texas 3-1 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
Southern California got on the board early Sunday morning. After a single and a walk in the top of the first inning, Rocco DiFrancesco doubled to drive in both runs and give Southern California the early 2-0 advantage.
South Texas would put a run of their own on the board shortly after. In the bottom of the second inning, Derick Ramirez singled to left field to drive in a run and cut the Southern California lead in half.
That would be the lone run for South Texas as Southern California starting pitcher David Horn turned in a stellar performance. Horn allowed six hits, two walks, and one run while striking out four over seven frames of work.
Southern California would add an insurance run to their lead in the top of the fifth inning when Zach Peters singled in David Horn for the third Southern California run of the ballgame.
Down 3-1, South Texas threatened in the bottom of the seventh with a runner on, but a running catch by left fielder Tyler Prystajko ended the ballgame.
The victory by Southern California sets them up in second place in the race for the Champions Cup after Southeast took home the gold for the 13U and 15U divisions already. The 11U and 17U divisions will play next weekend, August 24-26.
For more information about the Championship game and the 2018 NTIS, visit the USA Baseball team page or follow along on Twitter @USABaseballNTIS.
Cary, N.C. - Southeast claimed the gold at the 2018 16U National Team Identification Series Champions Cup, shutting out Midwest by a score of 8-0 at Coleman Field in Cary, North Carolina.
Southeast wasted no time getting on the board. After loading the bases in the first inning, Midwest starting pitcher Jacob Misiorowski walked in two runs. In the bottom of the second inning, Misiorowski loaded the bases again and, after a hit batsman, Southeast was quickly out to a 3-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Southeast pitcher Bryce Fisher had no issue getting outs. Fisher turned in a gem of a performance in which he allowed just four hits, no walks, and struck out four on his way to a complete game shutout. He need just 82 pitches and was credited with the win for his performance.
The Southeast offense would continue to add runs in the middle innings, chasing Midwest starting pitcher Jacob Misiorowski out of the ballgame after 3.1 innings of work. Midwest would hand the ball over to two relievers in the ballgame, Reese Ratchford and Payton Tolle, in an effort to slow down the scorching Southeast offense, but to no avail.
Supported largely by the middle of the lineup, Southeast would go on to score eight runs in total on eight hits and nine walks. Leadoff man Alex Phillips and three-hole hitter Logan Sims combined to go 4-8 with three runs scored in the ballgame.
The victory by Southeast gives them the advantage in the race for the Champions Cup after Southeast also took home the gold for the 13U division in last week's matchup against Southern California.
For more information about the Championship game and the 2018 NTIS, visit the USA Baseball NTIS webpage or follow along on Twitter @USABaseballNTIS
Cary, N.C. - The Southeast region won the 2018 13U National Team Identification Series Champions Cup gold medal after a daring walk-off steal of home, defeating the Southern California region by a score of 4-3 at Coleman Field in Cary, North Carolina.
Southeast got on the board early Sunday morning after Keilon Parnell scored from third base on a wild pitch to give Southeast the early advantage over Southern California in the first inning.
Southern California quickly reacted with a run of their own in the top of the second inning off of a passed ball by Southeast.
Southern California would not stop there. They would go on to take the lead in the third inning after a Southeast error allowed Joshua Donegan to cross the plate. They maintained the lead for much of the ballgame.
Things seemed to be going smoothly for Southern California as they aimed to close out the ballgame in the bottom of the seventh until back-to-back errors allowed Southeast to tie the game with just one out remaining in the ballgame.
With Keilon Parnell standing at third base and two outs, the unthinkable happened. Parnell dashed for home plate as soon as the Southern California pitcher, Kai Caranto, came set to deliver the pitch. Caranto stepped off to throw the ball home, but it was too late.
Parnell slid under the tag and was called safe. Southeast won the ballgame by a score of 4-3 and are the 2018 13U NTIS champions.
Southeast finished the event with a perfect 4-0 record on their way to capturing the championship. Their victory gives the Southeast region the lead in points for the NTIS Champions Cup.
The 15U and 16U NTIS will be held in Cary, N.C. next weekend, August 17-19 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
USA Baseball Announces 2018 15U National Team Trials Roster
15U National Team Trials will begin July 29 in Cary, North Carolina
July 5, 2018
DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Thursday 54 athletes that have been invited to the 2018 15U National Team Trials following the conclusion of the 15U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. Phase 1 of 15U National Team Trials will begin July 29 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
Eighteen additional athletes will receive invitations to join Phase 1 of 15U National Team Trials following the 2018 USA Baseball 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP), finalizing a 72-man roster. Phase 2 of 15U Trials will begin on August 1 and will feature 34 athletes vying for a spot on the final 20-man national team roster.
The 2018 15U National Team will participate in training in Cary, North Carolina, from August 4-7 before traveling to David, Panama, for the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup.
"The 15U National Team coaching staff is thrilled with the talent level and character of first group of athletes invited to the national team trials," said Ashley Bratcher, Senior Director of Baseball Operations at USA Baseball. "With twenty-six previous USA Baseball national team and national team development program participants attending trials, we are excited to have seasoned athletes elevate the trials process across the board.
"The next step in this process is for our staff to scout the 14U National Team Development Program in order to finalize our final trials roster. Then, we get to work putting together a team that will aim to bring back its first world cup title in 15U National Team program history."
15U National Team alums and COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships gold medalists Davis Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) and Joshua Hartle (King, N.C.) return to 15U Team trials for the second consecutive year after both earned a roster spot after competing at the 2017 14U NTDP.
In total, 15 total USA Baseball national team alumni are on the trials roster, including Diaz and 13 other members of the 2015 12U National Team that won a gold medal at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in Taichung, Taiwan. Additionally, 23 of the 54 invitees have previously participated in the 14U National Team Development Program.
Twenty-eight players on the 15U National Team Trials roster are new to USA Baseball programming in 2018. The athletes selected for the USA Baseball National Team Trials are chosen from the 15U National Team Championships, the USA Baseball 14U National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the NTDP and recommendations from professional scouts and college and high school coaches.
In total, the 54 athletes invited to 15U Trials span 22 different states and Puerto Rico.
Jason Maxwell will serve as the 15U National Team manager in 2018 and is joined on staff by Manny Crespo, Troy Gerlach and Adam Moseley.
For more information on the 15U National Team and the selection process, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter, at @USABaseball15U.
2018 USA Baseball 15U National Team Trials Roster: (Name; Position; Hometown)
Oren Abbott; LHP/OF; Short Hills, N.J.
Ethan Anderson; C; Virginia Beach, Va.
^Eldridge Armstrong III; IF/OF; Pasadena, Calif.
^Mario Bejarano; LHP/IF; Tucson, Ariz.
Kyle Bender; RHP; Vacaville, Calif.
^Blake Burke; IF; Brentwood, Calif.
Ethan Campbell; IF/OF; Panama City, Fla.
^Josiah Chavez; C/IF; Santa Paula, Calif.
*^Ryan Clifford; OF/IF; Raleigh, N.C.
^Joey Collier; LHP; Surprise, Ariz.
^Tyler Collins; OF; McKinney, Texas
Justin Colon; IF; Carolina, P.R.
*^Daniel Corona Jr.; IF/RHP; Brooklyn, N.Y.
*Garrett Cutting; IF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Justin DeCriscio; IF; Orange, Calif.
*^Davis Diaz; IF/RHP; Pittsburg, Calif.
*^Thomas DiLandri; OF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Samuel Dutton; RHP/OF; Rainbow City, Ala.
^Logan Forsythe; RHP/OF; Biloxi, Miss.
*^Josh Hartle; LHP/IF; King, N.C.
*^Brady House; IF/RHP; Winder, Ga.
Gage Jump; LHP/OF; Aliso, Calif.
*^Cooper Kinney; C/IF; Chattanooga, Tenn.
*^Nick Kurtz; LHP/IF; Lancaster, Pa.
Cale Lansville; RHP/IF; Denver, Colo.
Talmadge LeCroy; C/IF; Belton, S.C.
^Luke Leto; RHP/UT; Portage, Mich.
Christian Little; RHP/IF; University City, Mo.
Rheego McIntosh; RHP/OF; Temecula, Calif.
*Carson McKinney; RHP/IF; Chelseay, Ala.
Brewster Mott; OF/IF; Vacaville, Calif.
Devin Obee; OF; Bowling Green, Ky.
Andrew Painter; RHP; Pompano Beach, Fla.
Aaron Perez; IF/LHP; Santa Ana, Calif.
Matthew Porchas; RHP/OF; Ladera Ranch, Calif.
^Diego Prieto; C; Miami, Fla.
^Tyree Reed; OF; Vallejo, Calif.
*^Joshua Reis; IF/RHP; Wahana, Hawaii
*^Collin Reuter; C/IF; Olive Branch, Miss.
Michael Saumell; C/IF; Spring, Texas
Charlie Saum; C/OF; Ventura, Calif.
*^Cody Schrier; IF; San Clemente, Calif.
*Pierre Seals; OF/IF; Memphis, Tenn.
Ryan Spikes; IF/RHP; Covington, Ga.
^Thomas Splaine; C/RHP; Los Gatos, Calif.
Riley Stanford; RHP/OF; Gainesville, Ga.
Sal Stewart; IF/RHP; Miami, Fla.
*^Zachary Torres; OF; Vista, Calif.
Brian Uribe; RHP; Camarillo, Calif.
Vytas Valincius; IF/RHP; Chicago, Ill.
Jeffery Waters; OF/RHP; Mableton, Ga.
Treylen White; OF/RHP; Moore, S.C.
Timothy Williams; LHP; Shenandoah, Va.
Gage Ziehl; RHP; Penfield, N.Y.
*National Team Alumnus
^National Team Development Program Participant
USA Baseball Announces 2018 17U National Team Development Program Roster
July 3, 2018
CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the 42-man 2018 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster on Tuesday, following the conclusion of the 17U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. The weeklong 17U NTDP will be held in Chicago, Illinois, from July 22-26.
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.
"The 2018 17U National Team Development Program is a great opportunity for players to get a jump on competing for a spot on the 18U National Team in 2019," said Matt Blood, USA Baseball 18U National Team Director. "I am excited about the overall level of talent on this year's roster. Our coaching staff and game schedule is going to provide an amazing experience for the student athletes in attendance."
The roster is made up of 42 athletes who were identified and selected based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball sanctioned events, including the National Team Championships and the National Team Identification Series (NTIS), among others. In total, 11 athletes have played on a USA Baseball national team and 11 past NTDP participants are on the roster. Twenty-eight of the invited athletes are new to the USA Baseball national team pool in 2018.
Five of the 42 invitees are alumni of the 2017 15U National Team that won a gold medal at the COPABE Pan American "AA" Championships in Colombia, while an additional five players were members of the 2016 15U National Team that won bronze at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup.
Yohandy Morales (Miami, Fla.), Carson Tucker (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.), were all members of the inaugural 12U National Team that won gold at the 2013 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) World Championships in Taipei City, Taipei, and will be reunited at the 2018 17U NTDP in Chicago.
In addition, Carter Young (Selah, Wash.), who was a member of the 2017 18U National Team that won Team USA's fourth consecutive WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup gold medal, is returning to the 17U NTDP for the second year in a row in 2018.
Four additional members of the 2017 17U NTDP are returning to the program in 2018, and overall, 11 of the invited athletes have participated in the USA Baseball National Team Development Program previously.
Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas) have been teammates for their entire Team USA careers, appearing on the 2014 12U National Team, 2016 14U NTDP and 2017 15U National Team together.
American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer Jack Leggett will serve as the field coordinator for the event after coaching in 2017. Ricky Meinhold and Gregg Ritchie will join Leggett on the staff and serve as additional evaluators for the event.
For more information on the National Team Development Program please follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter or visit USABaseball.com.
USA Baseball Announces 2017 National Team Identification Series Selections
A total of 62 athletes were selected for 2018 national team programming from the 2017 NTIS
September 7, 2017
DURHAM, N.C. - On Thursday, USA Baseball announced the 62 athletes that were selected to 2018 National Team programming from the 2017 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) that was held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina from August 9-27. The announcement was made through an online selection show on USABaseball.com for the ninth year in a row. The show can be viewed here.
The 62 selected athletes represent 17 different states and 13 regions across the U.S. Eleven regions boast more than one selection while ten states had multiple players chosen.
Under the direction of USA Baseball scouts, the 2017 NTIS featured over 1,200 of the nation's best players competing in 172 games, as well as skill testing and on-field evaluations. Six athletes were chosen to compete at the 2018 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars, 2 athletes to the 2018 18U National Team Trials roster, 18 athletes were invited to the 2018 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) and twelve athletes each to the 2018 12U National Team Trials, 15U National Team Trials and 14U NTDP.
"There was an incredible amount of talent at this year's NTIS from all across the country and our task force had a difficult job selecting just sixty-two players," Senior Director of Baseball Operations Ashley Bratcher said. "We are excited about the players coming out of the 2017 event and we are looking forward to seeing their impact on next year's national team programming."
The 2017 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by Team USA. With tryouts in every region of the country, players now have greater access to USA Baseball National Team opportunities than ever before. The program includes six separate age groups -- 11U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U and 17U.
The 2017 National Team Identification Series selections are as follows:
Name; Position; Hometown
2018 12U National Team Trials invitees: (from 11U NTIS)
Luis Ayden Almeyda; IF/OF; Hawthorne, N.J.
Cole Bernstein; RHP/IF; El Segundo, Calif.
Brayden Charness; LHP/IF; Calabasas, Calif.
Masato Chilcutt; IF/C; San Antonio, Texas
Kayson Cunningham; IF; San Antonio, Texas
Ernie Echevarria; C/IF; Miami, Fla.
Linkin Garcia; IF/RHP; Fullerton, Calif.
Adam Haight; IF/RHP; Snohomish, Wash.
Seth Hernandez; IF/RHP; Ontario, Calif.
Dean Moss; RHP/IF; Hillsborough, Calif.
Ethan Puig; IF; Miami, Fla.
Michael Torres; OF/LHP; Miami, Fla.
2018 14U National Team Development Program invitees: (from 13U NTIS)
Nathan Aguilar; IF/RHP; Torrance, Calif.
Tyler Avery; RHP/IF; Las Vegas, Nev.
Brandon Barriera; LHP/IF; Coconut Creek, Fla.
Karson Bowen; C/RHP; Anaheim Hills, Calif.
Joseph Brown; C/IF; Petaluma, Calif.
Jamie Felix; OF/IF; Kingland, Ga.
Steven Milam; IF/RHP; Las Cruces, N.M.
Mason Neville; OF/LHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Mikey Romero; IF; Temecula, Calif.
Marcos Rosales; IF/RHP; Covina, Calif.
Logan Saloman; IF/RHP; Chandler, Ariz.
Christopher Scinta; IF/LHP; Tamarac, Fla.
2018 15U National Team Trials invitees: (from 14U NTIS)
Mario Bejarano; LHP; Tucson, Ariz.
Ryan Clifford; OF/IF; Raleigh, N.C.
Thomas DiLandri; OF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Joshua Hartle; LHP; King, N.C.
Brady House; IF/RHP; Winder, Ga.
Nick Kurtz; LHP; Lancaster, Pa.
Brewster Mott; OF/IF; Vacaville, Calif.
Charlie Saum; C/IF; Port Hueneme, Calif.
Cody Schrier; IF; Coto de Caza, Calif.
Ryan Spikes; IF/RHP; Covington, Ga.
Thomas Splaine; C/IF; Los Gatos, Calif.
Jeffery Waters; OF/RHP; Mableton, Ga.
2018 17U National Team Development Program invitees: (from 15U NTIS)
Phillip Abner; Charlotte, N.C.
Jonathan Cymrot; RHP/IF; San Jose, Calif.
Miles Halligan; RHP/IF; Plymouth, Minn.
Jesse Herrera III; C/IF; San Antonio, Texas
Christian Moore; IF/OF; Brooklyn, N.Y.
Austin Stracener; RHP/IF; New Braunfels, Texas