USA Baseball Finalizes 15U National Team Training Camp Roster

Forty-four-man roster to compete for 20 spots on Team USA

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today finalized the roster for the 15U National Team Training Camp, which is set to take place from August 1-5 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

The roster announcement comes following the conclusion of the National Team Championships in Arizona and North Carolina, which–along with the National Team Identification Series (NTIS)–serve as the main identification events for the 15U National Team. The final 20-man roster will be named on August 5 before competing in an international friendly competition with the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

“Throughout this identification process, we have seen many extremely talented baseball players from all across the country,” said Ben Kelley, USA Baseball’s 15U National Team Program Director. “The forty-four players on the Training Camp roster have proven to be some of the nation’s best, and we look forward to watching them compete for a coveted spot on the final twenty-man roster.”

Two players on the Training Camp roster were on last summer’s 15U National Team that won a gold medal at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup in Hermosillo, Mexico. Grady Emerson returns to the program after starting eight games during Team USA’s gold-medal run, where he hit one of the team’s eight home runs. James Tronstein also earned a spot on this year’s Training Camp squad after playing in all nine games and batting .368 for the U.S. last summer.

A pair of other players on the roster have experience on a USA Baseball national team. Jared Grindlinger and Pono Kong each earned invitations to Training Camp, reuniting after playing for the 12U National Team in 2021. Grindlinger and Kong were both key figures for the stars and stripes in 2021, as the team swept a three-game exhibition slate in Flower Mound, Texas.

In addition to their national team experience, Emerson, Grindlinger, Kong, and Tronstein are four of sixteen players on the Training Camp roster who participated in the 2022 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP). A staple in USA Baseball’s development programming, the ADP features advanced on-field skills development with positional and team-fundamental drills, along with ongoing evaluation by the coaching staff. Athletes also participate in off-field educational seminars while gaining exposure to professional scouts and college recruiters.

Overall, 17 states are represented on the Training Camp roster. Twelve players hail from the state of California, while Florida and Texas each have six representatives on the 44-man roster.

The 2023 15U National Team will be led by seven-time Team USA coach Rob Shabansky, who is making his second managerial appearance for the United States. Shabansky is joined on staff by pitching coach Casey Scott and assistants Derek Simmons and John Weber.

The 2023 15U National Team Training Camp roster is as follows:

2023 15U National Team Training Camp Roster

(Name; Position; Hometown)

  • Will Adams; LHP/INF; Hoover, Ala.
  • Cade Allen; RHP; Humboldt, Tenn.
  • ^Wilson Andersen; RHP/INF; Tampa, Fla.
  • ^Luke Armijo; LHP/INF; Whittier, Calif.
  • ^Blake Bowen; OF; Riverside, Calif.
  • Will Brick; C/INF; Memphis, Tenn.
  • Jael Castillo; INF/LHP; Wake Forest, N.C.
  • Michael Chin; C/OF; Houston, Texas
  • Andrew Davis; RHP/INF; Sumrall, Miss.
  • Nathaneal Davis; OF; Orlando, Fla.
  • Trey Ebel; INF/RHP; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
  • *^Grady Emerson; INF; Argyle, Texas
  • *^Jared Grindlinger; OF/LHP; Huntington Beach, Calif.
  • JT Girod; INF/RHP; Independence, Ore.
  • Will Grable; RHP/INF; Pasadena, Calif.
  • ^Landon Green; RHP; Clearwater, Fla.
  • Cameron Hanes; RHP; Windermere, Fla.
  • Alejandro Haro; RHP; Whittier, Calif.
  • ^Brady Harris; OF; Saint Augustine, Fla.
  • ^Andrew Jimenez; INF/RHP; Wildomar, Calif.
  • Brody Jindra; INF/RHP; Elkhorn, Neb.
  • ^Keon Johnson; INF; Macon, Ga.
  • Braylon Kolish; RHP/OF; Henderson, Nev.
  • *^Pono Kong; RHP/C; Mililani, Hawaii
  • Jason Kruczek; RHP/OF; Alexandria, Va.
  • Carson Lane; C/RHP; Dandridge, Tenn.
  • Jorvorskie Lane Jr.; OF/UTIL; Fort Worth, Texas
  • Tucker Long; RHP; Ottumwa, Iowa
  • Oliver Minyard; C/INF; Dallas, Texas
  • Samir Mohommed; RHP; Trinity, Fla.
  • ^Josiah Morris; INF/UTIL; Oakley, Calif.
  • Kaden Nicholls; INF/LHP; Grass Valley, Calif.
  • ^JC Pacheco; INF; Wayne, N.J.
  • Conor Rae; OF/UTIL; Gilbert, Ariz.
  • ^Taytum Reeves; C/INF; Menifee, Calif.
  • ^Kevin Roberts Jr.; RHP/INF; Meridian, Miss.
  • Garner Rodriguez; INF/RHP; Nacogdoches, Texas
  • ^Teagan Scott; C/OF; Salem, Ore.
  • Jack Smejkal; INF/RHP; The Woodlands, Texas
  • Gavin Smith; INF; Corona, Calif.
  • *^James Tronstein; OF/INF; Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Jake Turner; OF/LHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Brandon Washington; INF/RHP; Stanley, N.C.
  • Sebastian Wilson; OF; Chicago, Ill.

*Denotes USA Baseball National Team alum
^Denotes past development program participant