DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball finalized the 48-man 18U National Team Trials roster on Thursday with the addition of five athletes invited from the 2019 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP). 18U National Team Trials is set to begin August 13 and will take place in Los Angeles, California.
The five players invited from the 17U NTDP join 38 athletes that were previously named to the trials roster following the completion of the inaugural Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League, as well as five that were selected from the 2018 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series.
The final 20-man 2019 18U National Team roster will be announced on August 17, following the conclusion of trials. The team will then train in Los Angeles until August 22 when it will head to Taiwan to complete training before traveling to Gijang City, South Korea, for the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup. Team USA is the four-time defending world champion and will look to earn a record-fifth consecutive world championship title in the event, as well as the program's ninth straight international tournament title.
"We could not be more thrilled to add these young men to our 18U trials roster," said 18U National Team Program Director Frank Jagoda. "They embody the character, athleticism and baseball aptitude that our staff is looking for in players to represent the U.S.
"We will have even more difficult decisions to make going forward, but we are excited to get out to California and start working together as a group toward our ultimate goal of winning gold."
The 48 players on the roster represent 22 states and a total of 16 Team USA alumni will once again compete for the chance to represent the stars and stripes, including four of the invitees from the 17U NTDP. Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Rawley Hector (Van Alstyne, Texas) and Alejandro Rosario (Miami, Fla.) will join six of their teammates at 18U trials from the 2017 15U National Team that won a gold medal at the COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships, while Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) joins the roster after helping to lead the 2018 15U National Team to its first-ever WBSC U-15 World Cup title. Also invited to trials from 17U NTDP is Jordan Lawlar (Irving, Texas), who made his second appearance at an NTDP after being a member of the inaugural 16U program in 2018.
American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer Jack Leggett, who guided the 2018 18U National Team to the program's eighth consecutive gold medal, returns to lead Team USA in 2019. He will be joined on staff by the pitching coach, Scott Bankhead, and assistant coaches Gerald Laird and Gregg Ritchie.
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2019 18U National Team Trials Roster:
(Name; Position; Hometown)
^Mick Abel; RHP; Portland, Ore.
^Drew Bowser; IF; Woodland Hills, Calif.
^Enrique Bradfield Jr; OF; Hialeah, Fla.
Cam Brown; RHP; Flower Mound, Texas
^Jack Bulger; C/OF; Bowie, Md.
Jag Burden; IF/OF; Huntington Beach, Calif.
^Max Carlson; RHP; Savage, Minn.
Harold Coll; IF; Hyde Park, Mass.
*^Dylan Crews; OF; Longwood, Fla.
*^Pete Crow-Armstrong; OF; Sherman Oaks, Calif.
^Dax Fulton; LHP; Oklahoma City, Okla.
*^Lucas Gordon; LHP; Los Angeles, Calif.
*^Mac Guscette; C; Nokomis, Fla.
^Hunter Haas; IF; Phoenix, Ariz.
*^Petey Halpin; OF; San Mateo, Calif.
Colby Halter; UTIL; Jacksonville, Fla.
Kyle Harrison; LHP; Danville, Calif.
Robert Hassell; OF/LHP; Franklin, Tenn.
*^Rawley Hector; RHP/IF; Van Alstyne, Texas
^Austin Hendrick; OF; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Ben Hernandez; RHP; Chicago, Ill.
Ed Howard; IF; Chicago, Ill.
*^Jared Jones; RHP/OF; Wittier, Calif.
^Colten Keith; IF/RHP; Biloxi, Miss.
^Jordan Lawlar; MIF; Irving, Texas
*Timmy Manning; LHP; Pompano Beach, Fla.
^Nolan McLean; UTIL; Willow Spring, N.C.
*^Jackson Miller; C/RHP; New Port Richey, Fla.
*^Robert Moore; IF; Leawood, Kan.
*^Yohandy Morales; IF; Miami, Fla.
^Aaron Nixon; IF; Mission, Texas
Kevin Parada; C; Pasadena, Calif.
*^Max Rajcic; RHP; Fullerton, Calif.
*^Drew Romo; C; Spring, Texas
*Alejandro Rosario; RHP; Miami, Fla.
Alex Santos; RHP; New York, N.Y.
Jason Savacool; RHP; Syracuse, N.Y.
Nate Savino; LHP; Sterling, Va.
*^Cody Schrier; IF; San Clemente, Calif.
Tyler Soderstrom; C; Turlock, Calif.
Carson Swilling; RHP; Smith Station, Ala.
Milan Tolentino; IF; Mission Viejo, Calif.
*^Carson Tucker; IF; Phoenix, Ariz.
Alex Urban; OF; Lexington, S.C.
Jonathan Vaughns; IF/RHP; Glendora, Calif.
AJ Vukovich; IF/OF; Mukwonago, Wis.
Jordan Walker; IF/OF/RHP; Stone Mountain, Ga.
Cayden Wallace; IF; Greenbrier, Ark.
*Denotes National Team alum
^Denotes National Team Development Program participant