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USA Baseball Ranked Number One In Latest WBSC Baseball World Rankings

USA Baseball sits atop the baseball world rankings for the first time since 2014
February 22, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball has reclaimed the top spot in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball World Rankings as announced today by the WBSC. Following a 2017 season in which Team USA swept its international competitions at the 12U, 15U, 18U, Collegiate and Professional levels, the U.S. is ranked number one for the first time since 2014.

"To be recognized by the WBSC as the preeminent baseball program in the world is a testament to all of the hard work that our athletes, coaches and USA Baseball staff have put in to our national team programs," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO of USA Baseball. "Our organization has celebrated unprecedented success in the past few years and we will continue to build on those achievements as we reach toward new heights."

The WBSC Baseball World Rankings weigh a country's National Team performance - from U-12 to Professional - in WBSC-sanctioned international competitions over a four-year period.

USA Baseball had its most successful year in 2017, setting a record for most annual Baseball World Ranking points amassed with 2,127. The U.S. swept through its international competition with gold medals at the World Baseball Classic, WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, COPABE Pan Am U-15 Championships and the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup; in addition to the Collegiate National Team winning all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan. It is the first time in international baseball history a federation has won all of its international competitions in a calendar year.

Since 2015, USA Baseball has won five world championships, including being the reigning World Baseball Classic Champion, as well as the reigning world champions at the 12U and 18U age levels. In total, the U.S. has medaled in all 11 international tournaments it has participated in since 2015, winning seven gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze.

Additionally, the Collegiate National Team has won six of eight international friendship series against Chinese Taipei (2-0-1), Cuba (3-0) and Japan (1-1) in that time frame, including winning the 5th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in Cuba - the first-ever series victory on Cuban soil in USA Baseball history.

The USA Baseball Women's National Team - currently ranked number three in the WBSC Women's Baseball World Rankings - has also won two gold medals since 2015, highlighted by an 11-3 victory over Canada in the finals of the 2015 Pan American Games.

To see the full WBSC Baseball World Rankings, visit www.WBSC.org.

World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball World Rankings (1-12):
1. USA
2. Japan
3. Korea
4. Cuba
5. Mexico
6. Chinese Taipei
7. Canada
8. Australia
9. Netherlands
10. Puerto Rico
11. Venezuela
12. Dominican Republic

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NTIS

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

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17U NTDP

Stripes Claim Series with Victory in Game 4

July 27, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stars 2 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 6 6 0
Stripes 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 3 0 9 13 0
Win: M. Winn Loss: A. Mabe Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

MILWAUKEE- Thanks to a late-inning surge, the Stripes were able to outlast the Stars, 9-6, in the fourth and final game of the 2018 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program at Miller Park on Thursday.

Pete Crow-Armstrong tripled in the eighth inning, scoring two runs and breaking a 6-6 tie. Crow-Armstrong also doubled and scored twice in the win.

The scoring started in the top of the first when Nolan McLean singled to score Enrique Bradfield from second after he walked to lead off the game. Nate Clow would follow Bradfield with another walk and would come around to score when Alex Greene grounded out to third.

The Stripes would get themselves on the board in the first. It looked as though an early rally was building, but Brandon Fields was thrown out at home by Greene in right after a Dylan Crews single. Yohandy Morales was able to drive in a run on a single to right later in the inning to make the score 2-1.

Carson Tucker would extend the Stars lead to two in the third on an RBI single, driving in Greene following a walk.

Two more runs would come across in the fourth, when a bases-loaded walk to Kellum Clark would force in one. Mac Horvath grounded out in the next at bat to bring home the second and build the Stars lead to four.

Jack O'Dowd would help the Stripes get them back with a two-RBI single to right, scoring Carter Young and Jack Bulger.

The scoring would settle until the seventh, when Drew Bowser lined a double that scored Gavin Casas, but Bowser was thrown out on a great relay by Crow-Armstrong and Young trying to stretch the hit into a triple.

That play seemed to shift the momentum, as the Stripes would come back in the bottom of the seventh with three runs to tie the game. O'Dowd would score on a wild pitch before Aaron Nixon would line a single over the drawn-in infield to bring home Crow-Armstrong. Colten Keith would plate the tying run, Nixon, later in the inning on a ground ball to Casas at first.

The eighth inning would see Crow-Armstrong drive in the game winning runs, and Nixon would add another RBI single to score him, putting the score at 9-6.

Masyn Winn would walk two batters in the ninth, but would get a pair of ground balls to end the game. Winn earned the victory, tossing 1.2 innings in relief. He allowed no runs, no hits and just two walks, striking out two Stars.

Mick Abel pitched well in the start for the Stars, going 5.0 innings and allowing just three earned runs on six hits. Abel struck out two and walked four.

"It was fun working with this talented group," Stripes Manager David Pierce said. "To watch their development and their desire to get better was exciting. It was great that we could win the series, but it was much more about their development and how they progressed as they move forward."

The win clinches the 3-1 series victory for the Stripes.

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17U NTDP

Stripes Take Series Lead with Double-Digit Victory In Game 3

July 26, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stripes 3 0 0 0 0 6 0 4 2 15 13 0
Stars 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 1 5 7 0
Win: A. Nixon Loss: M. Horvath Save: None
Box Score | Highlights
 

CHICAGO- Propelled by a six-run sixth inning, another dominant offensive performance helped Stripes to a 15-5 victory in Game 3 the 17U National Team Development Program at Wrigley Field on Wednesday.

Pete Crow-Armstrong led the Stripes at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles, three RBI and three runs scored. Yohandy Morales added a monstrous 3-run home run in the sixth that found its way onto Waveland Avenue.

The scoring started in the top of the first with back-to-back hits by Carter Young and Crow-Armstrong. Young singled to lead off the game followed by Crow-Armstrong's first double to drive him in. Dylan Crews plated Crow-Armstrong and Austin Hendrick scored on a double steal to give Stripes the early 3-0 lead.

Starters Nelson Berkwich and Victor Mederos would hold the score there until the bottom of the fourth when Stars would answer with three runs of their own to tie the game.

Kellum Clark tallied the first Stars hit and RBI of the game when he singled home courtesy runner Jordan Rollins after Blake Shapen walked to lead off the frame. Rollins would steal second and advance to third on a passed ball. Clark would score on a Drew Romo single and Carson Tucker would cross after doubling and being driven in by Enrique Bradfield.

Neither team would score in the fifth before the Stripes exploded for six runs in the following frame, all coming with two outs. Colten Keith would single to score Morales after a leadoff walk. Young and Crow-Armstrong would line back-to-back run-scoring singles before Hendrick and Crews would blast a double and a triple, respectively, to bring home the final runs of the inning.

Stars would get one back in the bottom of the seventh when Drew Bowser singled to open the inning. After advancing to third, Gavin Casas grounded out to drive in Bowser.

After Crow-Armstrong drove in the Stripes' 10th run in the top of the eighth, Crews walked to put two on for Morales, who took advantage, blasting a huge homer that left the yard, making the score 13-4.

After adding two more runs for insurance in the top of the ninth, the Stars could only force one run home in the bottom.

Stars starter Nelson Berkwich went 4.2 innings, allowing just the three runs in the first on four hits and one walk. Berkwich also struck out two.

Victor Mederos stayed right on pace for Stripes, tossing 4.0 innings and allowing three runs on four hits. Mederos also struck out two.

Aaron Nixon earned the win in relief, going 4.0 innings and allowing one earned run on three hits and no walks.

The 17U National Team Development Program will finish up with Game 4 of the series on Thursday, when the Stars and Stripes will face off at Miller Park in Milwaukee. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m. CT.

 

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17U NTDP

Stars Even Series With Game 2 Victory

July 24, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stars 0 1 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 7 8 2
Stripes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
Win: J. Kelley Loss: B. Percival Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

EVANSTON, Ill.- Bouncing back from Sunday's loss, the Stars shut out the Stripes, 7-0, in Game 2 of the 17U National Team Development Program on Monday at Miller Park on the campus of Northwestern University.

Starter Jared Kelley held the Stripes to just four hits in 6.0 innings, striking out five and allowing zero walks.

The Stars plated their first run in the second inning after a throw by Stripes catcher Jack Bulger caught Carson Tucker stealing second. The throw allowed Blake Shapen to score from third after being hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.

The offense was clutch with two outs all game, scoring runs in the third, fourth, and sixth with two away. Jordan Rollins and Enrique Bradfield flew out and grounded out to begin the third before Drew Bowser walked. Josh Shuler took advantage, pulling an RBI double to right center and opening the lead to two.

"Two out hits were big," Stars Manager Spencer Allen said. "Guys did the little things and it was fun to watch. Two out hitting can be a game-changer, especially when it's for extra bases."

Brandon Fields tallied the first Stripes hit with a leadoff single in the bottom of the third, but was caught stealing in the next at-bat to neutralize the threat. Kelley struck out the next two batters to end the frame and maintain the two-run lead.

After a pop up and a ground out to start the fourth, Tucker walked to bring up Caleb Pendleton, who cashed in the runner on a triple to left, making the score 3-0. The Stripes would threaten again in the fourth when Anthony Volpe singled up the middle to open the bottom, but Kelley would help himself after a ground ball hit by Yohandy Morales turned into a 1-6-3 double play to empty the bases.

After Bradfield singled to lead off the fifth, Josh Shuler reached on an error. Nolan McLean would push the lead to five after driving in the two runners on an RBI double down the left field line. A pair walks by pitcher Jackson Phipps would load the bases, and McLean would score on a wild pitch to batter Carter Knapczyk.

The final Stars run would come in the sixth when Rollins would score on a wild pitch after a walk to lead off the inning before advancing to third on a cleanly executed hit-and-run by Drew Bowser.

Runners would find themselves in scoring position in each of the final four offensive frames for the Stripes, but Kelley and reliever Nate Clow would shut the door each time.

"What [Kelley] did was special," Allen said. "He just really set the tone and came in attacking with his stuff. That makes it hard for any offense."

Stripes starter Brett Percival pitched well in the loss, tossing 4.0 innings and allowing three runs on just three hits and four walks. Percival struck out two in the effort.

Dylan Crews led the Stripes offense, going 3-for-4 with a trio of singles.

Game 3 in the series will come on Wednesday, when the Stars and Stripes will go to battle within the friendly confines of Wrigley Field in Chicago. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. CT.

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17U NTDP

Stripes Offense Dominant in Game 1 Win

July 23, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stripes 0 4 1 6 4 9 0 0 1 25 21 0
Stars 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 3
Win: J. Fairweather Loss: M. Carlson Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

EVANSTON, Ill.- On the first day of the 2018 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program, Stripes shut down Stars, 25-4, to take Game 1 at Miller Park on the campus of Northwestern University on Sunday.

Yohandy Morales lined a pair of triples and a home run and drove in six to help lead the Stripes offense, while Dylan Crews drove in six of his own with a pair of home runs and a single.

After both teams failed to score in the first, Stripes got the scoring started in the second inning. Morales hit his first triple after Colten Keith walked and Crews singled to put traffic on the basepaths. Alek Boychuck singled and Jack O'Dowd doubled to bring home the next pair, putting Stripes out in front, 4-0.

Crews added his first home run of the day, a solo shot, in the top of the third to add to the Stripes lead. Stripes would add four more in the fourth to extend the lead to double digits. A pair of walks and a Carter Young single loaded the bases before Keith walked to bring home the first run of the frame. Crews grounded into a fielder's choice to plate another before Masyn Winn would reach on an error for the ninth run. Morales then blasted his second triple and then scored on an error to bring the lead to 11.

Drew Bowser would put the Stars offense on the board in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double, scoring Gavin Casas after a leadoff walk. Mac Horvath would follow with a walk of his own to load the bases before Josh Shuler would hit a bases-clearing double off the wall in right center.

The momentum would shift back to the Stripes in the fifth as Crews would blast a grand slam to put the score at 15-4.

Morales added his solo shot in the sixth before eight more runs crossed in the frame on five hits and two walks.

The final run of the game would come in the ninth, as Aaron Nixon scored on a Morales RBI single after a single of his own to lead off the inning.

Jamar Fairweather helped keep the Stars offense at bay early, allowing just two hits and one walk in 3.0 innings in the start.

Winn and Nate Wohlgemuth combined for 5.0 innings in relief for the Stripes, with neither pitcher allowing a hit. Winn struck out five and walked one, while Wohlgemuth struck out seven and walked two.

Stars starter Max Carlson tossed 2.0 innings, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks.

"To see the guys get out there and compete against each other was awesome," Field Coordinator Jack Leggett said. "It was maybe the most impressive offensive day I've seen. We've got some things to work on, but the kids had a lot of fun today and got to know each other and the system a little better."

The Stars and Stripes will be back in action at Rocky and Bernice Miller Park for Game 2 tomorrow. First pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m. CT.

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17U NTDP

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.

2018 17U National Team Development Program
Name; Position; Hometown
Mick Abel; RHP; Portland, Ore.
*^Nelson Berkwich; LHP; Boca Raton, Fla.
Drew Bowser; IF; Woodland Hills, Calif.
*Alek Boychuk; C; Buford, Ga.
Enrique Bradfield; OF; Hialeah, Fla.
Jack Bulger; C; Bowie, Md.
Max Carlson; RHP; Savage, Minn.
Gavin Casas; IF; Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Kellum Clark; IF; Brandon, Miss.
Nate Clow; IF; Federal Way, Wash.
*^Dylan Crews; OF; Longwood, Fla.
*^Pete Crow-Armstrong; OF; Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Jamar Fairweather; IF; Cutler Bay, Fla.
Brandon Fields; OF; Orlando, Fla.
Dax Fulton; LHP; Oklahoma City, Okla.
Alex Greene; RHP/OF; Edgewater, Md.
Austin Hendrick; OF; Oakdale, Pa.
Macauley Horvath; RHP/IF; Rochester, Minn.
*^Jared Jones; RHP/OF; Whittier, Calif.
Colten Keith
Jared Kelley; RHP; Refugio, Texas
Christian Knapczyk; IF; Plainfield, Ill.
Avery Mabe; RHP; Wytheville, Va.
Nolan McLean; IF; Willow Spring, N.C.
^Victor Mederos; RHP; Miami, Fla.
*Yohandy Morales; IF; Miami, Fla.
^Aaron Nixon; IF; Mission, Texas
Liam Norris; LHP; Cary, N.C.
Jack O'Dowd; IF; Boca Grande, Fla.
Caleb Pendleton; C; Jensen Beach, Fla.
Brett Percival; RHP; Lancaster, S.C.
Jackson Phipps; LHP; Dallas, Ga.
Maxwel Rajcic; RHP/IF; Fullerton, Calif.
Jordan Rollins; OF; Miami, Fla.
Drew Romo; C; The Woodlands, Texas
^Blake Shapen; IF; Shreveport, La.
Josh Shuler; OF; Suwanee, Ga.
*Carson Tucker; IF; Phoenix, Ariz.
*^Anthony Volpe; IF; Watchung, N.J.
*^Masyn Winn; RHP/IF; Kingwood, Texas
*^Nate Wohlgemuth; RHP; Owasso, Okla.
*^Carter Young; IF; Selah, Wash.

*Denotes National Team alum
*Denotes National Team Development Program participant

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Eighteen USA Baseball Alumni Selected in First Round of 2018 Major League Baseball Draft

June 5, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - Eighteen USA Baseball alumni were drafted in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday night, including number one overall pick, Casey Mize. USA Baseball has had 495 total alumni drafted in the first round since 1978, and 2018 marks the 16th time in the last 18 years that the first overall pick played for Team USA.

The Detroit Tigers started the 2018 draft by selecting 2017 Collegiate National Team alumnus Casey Mize with the first pick of the draft. He is the sixth consecutive USA Baseball alum to be selected number one overall following Royce Lewis (2017), Mickey Moniak (2016), Dansby Swanson (2015), Brady Aiken (2014) and Mark Appel (2013).

In total, USA Baseball alumni have been selected with the number one overall pick 31 times since 1971.

"USA Baseball is extremely proud of our eighteen alumni who were selected in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft," said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. "The success of our athletes following their time within our national team programs is a testament to their hard work and dedication to our beloved sport, and we cannot wait to watch them as they continue their baseball careers at the next level."

Four-time USA Baseball alumnus Nick Madrigal (No. 4, Chicago White Sox), Travis Swaggerty (No. 10, Pittsburgh Pirates), two-time Collegiate National Team alum Seth Beer (No. 28, Houston Astros), Cadyn Grenier (No. 37, Baltimore Orioles) and Jake McCarthy (No. 39, Arizona Diamondbacks) join Mize as members of the 2017 Collegiate National Team that were selected in the first round. This team won all three of its international friendship series last summer against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan.

Following a season in which the 18U National Team earned its fourth consecutive World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 Baseball World Cup title, ten members of the 20-man roster were selected in the first round in 2018. Jarred Kelenic (No. 6, New York Mets) was the first member of the team selected, followed by Ryan Weathers (No. 7, San Diego Padres), Matt Liberatore (No. 16, Tampa Bay Rays), Nolan Gorman (No. 19, St. Louis Cardinals), three-time alum Brice Turang (No. 21, Milwaukee Brewers), Anthony Seigler (No. 23, New York Yankees), three-time alum Triston Casas (No. 26, Boston Red Sox), Mason Denaburg (No. 27, Washington Nationals), JT Ginn (No. 30, Los Angeles Dodgers) and Ethan Hankins (No. 35, Cleveland Indians).

"To have half of last year's roster selected in the first round is a real honor to everyone involved in the USA Baseball National Team process," said Matt Blood, USA Baseball 18U National Team Director. "These players have put in a lot of hard work and have also taken great pride in representing the United States in International competition."

Four national team programs were represented in the 2018 draft, including seven players from the Collegiate National Team, 15 from the 18U National Team, four from the 15U National Team and two that played for the former 14U National Team. In total, the 18 alumni selected in the first round have won a cumulative eighteen international gold medals and one silver medal.

USA Baseball had its most successful year in 2017, sweeping through its international competition with gold medals at the World Baseball Classic, WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, COPABE Pan Am U-15 Championships and the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup; in addition to the Collegiate National Team winning all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan. It is the first time in international baseball history a federation has won all of its international competitions in a calendar year.

The draft continues Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 6. Stay tuned to @USABaseball on Twitter for updates.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni selected in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft is as follows:

Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s)

1-1; Casey Mize; Detroit Tigers; 2017 Collegiate
1-4; Nick Madrigal; Chicago White Sox; 2011 14U, 2012 15U, 2014 18U, 2017 Collegiate
1-6; Jarred Kelenic; New York Mets; 2016-17 18U
1-7; Ryan Weathers; San Diego Padres; 2017 18U
1-10; Travis Swaggerty; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2017 Collegiate
1-16; Matthew Liberatore; Tampa Bay Rays; 2017 18U
1-19; Nolan Gorman; St. Louis Cardinals; 2017 18U
1-21; Brice Turang; Milwaukee Brewers; 2014 15U, 2016-17 18U
1-22; Ryan Rolison; Colorado Rockies; 2015 18U
1-23; Anthony Seigler; New York Yankees; 2017 18U
1-24; Nico Hoerner; Chicago Cubs; 2011 14U, 2012 15U
1-26; Triston Casas; Boston Red Sox; 2015 15U, 2016-17 18U
1-27; Mason Denaburg; Washington Nationals; 2017 18U
1-28; Seth Beer; Houston Astros; 2016-17 Collegiate
1-30; JT Ginn; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2017 18U
1-35; Ethan Hankins; Cleveland Indians; 2017 18U
1-37; Cadyn Grenier; Baltimore Orioles; 2017 Collegiate
1-39; Jake McCarthy; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2017 Collegiate

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2018 17U National Team Development Program Staff Announced

ABCA Hall of Famer Jack Leggett to serve as field coordinator in 2018
April 27, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - The staff for the 2018 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) was announced by USA Baseball on Friday. American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer Jack Leggett will serve as the field coordinator for the event after coaching in 2017.

The head coach at Northwestern University, Spencer Allen, and current University of Texas head coach, David Pierce, will join Leggett on staff and serve as the managers for the Stripes and Stars 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.

Leggett, who will also serve as the 18U National Team manager in 2018, was the head baseball coach at Clemson University from 1994-2015, where he led the Tigers to 955 victories, 21 NCAA Tournament appearances and six College World Series berths. He was a three-time ACC Coach of the Year recipient and was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame in 2014. He is returning to the 17U NTDP staff for the second consecutive year after serving as the Stripes manager in 2017.

Ricky Meinhold and Gregg Ritchie will join Leggett on the staff and serve as additional evaluators for the event. Meinhold is currently a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals and returns to the 17U NTDP staff for the first time since 2016. Ritchie has been named an assistant coach for the 2018 18U National Team and is in his sixth season as the head coach at George Washington University. In addition, six other coaches will assist in leading the NTDP's Stars and Stripes teams.

The Stripes team will be led by Allen and he will be joined by North Carolina Baseball Academy owner and 2018 18U National Team Pitching Coach, Scott Bankhead, Woodmont High School (Piedmont, S.C.) Athletic Director, Chris Carter, and Western Carolina University Head Coach, Bobby Moranda. Bankhead will serve as the team's pitching coach and Carter and Moranda have been named position coaches.

Pierce will be joined on the Stars staff by University of Auburn Head Coach, Butch Thompson, George Tech Assistant Coach Mike Nickeas and former MLB veteran Ernie Young. Young represented the United States at the Sydney 2008 Olympic Games and on the 2003 Olympic qualifying team, and was a long-time member of the USA Baseball Board of Directors. Young and Nickeas will serve as position coaches for the Stars, while Thompson will guide the team's pitching staff.

USA Baseball will utilize a rolling invitation process for the 17U NTDP participants in 2018. The players will be selected from the 2017 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the 2018 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 2018 17U NTDP will take place July 22-26 in Chicago and will feature intrasquad scrimmages at Northwestern University, Wrigley Field and Miller Park.

The coaching staff and their bios are as follows:

Name, NTDP Position
Spencer Allen, Stripes Manager 
Scott Bankhead, Stripes Pitching Coach
Chris Carter, Stripes Position Coach
Jack Leggett, Field Coordinator
Ricky Meinhold, Pitching Rover
Bobby Moranda, Stripes Position Coach
Mike Nickeas, Stars Position Coach
David Pierce, Stars Manager
Gregg Ritchie, Hitting Rover
Butch Thompson, Stars Pitching Coach
Ernie Young, Stars Position Coach

Spencer Allen is currently in his third season as the head coach at Northwestern University. Prior to his time with the Wildcats, he helped lead the University of Illinois baseball team to a program-record 50 wins and the first NCAA Regional title in program history as an assistant coach. Allen, who played at Iowa State University from 1999-2001, also spent time on the coaching staffs at Creighton University, Washington State University, Purdue University and Edmonds Community College. 2018 marks his second coaching stint with USA Baseball, as he also served as a coach at the 2016 Tournament of Stars and the 2016 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).

Scott Bankhead was tabbed as the pitching coach for the 2018 18U National Team in March and will serve in the same role for the 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) Stripes team. No stranger to suiting up for Team USA, the owner of the North Carolina Baseball Academy also served as an 18U National Team Trials coach in 2016 and 2017, and was a member of the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Team. He was the 16th overall pick in the 1984 MLB Draft out of the University of North Carolina and he spent ten seasons in the Major Leagues, pitching for the Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. He finished his professional career with a 4.18 ERA over 901 innings.

2018 marks Chris Carter's third consecutive year working with the 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) as he started coaching at the event in 2016. He made his coaching debut in 2016 at the 17U NTDP and the Tournament of Stars (TOS), before serving as an assistant coach for the 2017 18U National Team that won a World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup gold medal. He was also a member of the TOS coaching staff in 2017 and will once again reprise his role at the event in 2018. Currently the athletic director at Woodmont High School (Piedmont, S.C.), Carter held the same position at nearby Easley High School (Easley, S.C.) from 2009-2013. He was a catcher at Clemson University in the 1990s and formerly served as the head baseball coach at Easley and Byrnes high schools from 1998-2008, before transitioning into an administrative role.

A 2014 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame inductee, Leggett led the Clemson University baseball team from 1994-2015. In his time at the helm the Tigers recorded 955 victories, 21 NCAA Tournament appearances and six College World Series berths. Every single one of his teams compiled winning overall records in his 22 seasons at Clemson and 34 of his players were All-Americans, 31 were First-Team All-ACC players and 11 were selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Clemson was the seventh-winningest program in the nation during his time as head coach and he was named ACC Coach of the Year three times throughout his career. Leggett also served as a head coach for 14 years at Vermont and Western Carolina before moving to Clemson. He made his USA Baseball coaching debut in 2017 with the 17U National Team Development Program and he has been named the 2018 18U National Team manager.

Ricky Meinhold is currently a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals. Meinhold was a pitching coach at Lindenwood University and Coker College from 2011-2013, prior to joining the Cardinals organization. He pitched collegiately at Drury University and went on to play for an affiliate of the San Diego Padres, becoming the first pitcher in Drury program history to play professional baseball. Meinhold will make his third coaching appearance for USA Baseball in 2018. Previously, he was the pitching coach at the 2016 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) and the lead pitching evaluator at the 2017 Tournament of Stars. He also served as the pitching coach for the 2017 18U National Team that won the program's fourth consecutive World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup gold medal.

Bobby Moranda will make his USA Baseball coaching debut in 2018. The Western Carolina head coach is in his 11th season with the Catamounts and has 32 total years of coaching experience. He has also held assistant coaching positions at Georgia Tech, Wake Forest University, the University of Virginia and Eastern Kentucky University. Western Carolina's all-time winningest head coach in conference play, he led the Catamounts to back-to-back Southern Conference regular season championships in 2013 and 2014 and was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 2013.

Mike Nickeas, a three-time USA Baseball alum, will make his second consecutive coaching appearance at the 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP). Currently 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.

David Pierce is in his second year as the head coach at the University of Texas. In his first season at Texas, the Longhorns went 39-24, advanced to the Big 12 Conference tournament championship game and an NCAA Regional. Prior to his time at Texas, he was the head coach at Tulane University and Sam Houston State University. He also served as an assistant coach at the University of Houston and Rice University. In that time, Pierce has been a part of programs that have advanced to the postseason in 16 consecutive years, played in seven Super Regionals and reached four College World Series. In addition, he helped Rice win a National Championship in 2003. This will be his second coaching stint with USA Baseball after serving as an assistant coach for the 2016 Collegiate National Team.

Gregg Ritchie returns to the 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) coaching staff for the third year in a row in 2018. As the 2017 18U National Team pitching coach, he helped lead Team USA to an undefeated record and a fourth consecutive WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup title. Under his direction, the team hit .273 and had a .418 slugging percentage, with 16 doubles, five triples and six home runs over nine games. He also served as a coach at the 2016 17U NTDP and 18U Trials. Ritchie is in his sixth season at the helm for George Washington University, where he was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2013. That year, he led the Colonials to their first postseason berth since 2006 and then followed that with back-to-back postseason appearances in 2015 and 2016. He began his coaching career in the Chicago White Sox organization, where he worked at various levels for 10 years, before serving as the hitting coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011 and 2012. Ritchie has also been named to the 2018 18U National Team staff and will serve on the coaching staff for the 2018 16U NTDP as well.

Currently in his third year at the helm for Auburn University, Butch Thompson will make his second USA Baseball coaching appearance at the 2018 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP). Previously, he served as a coach at the 2016 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP). Thompson led the Tigers to a No. 4 national ranking, an NCAA Regional bid and its best record in Southeastern Conference play since 2010 in 2017. Before taking over at Auburn, he spent seven seasons coaching at Mississippi State where he was named the 2014 Baseball America and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) National Assistant Coach of the Year. In those seven season, he helped lead the Bulldogs to four NCAA Regionals, two Super Regionals, an SEC Tournament championship and a College World Series runner-up finish in 2013.

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. Young is making a return to the 17U National Team Development Program coaching ranks after previously serving in the role in 2016. He is also a former member of the USA Baseball Board of Directors.

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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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