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USA Baseball Reveals 2019 14U NTDP Staff

2017 12U National Team Manager David Sharp named field coordinator
July 9, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball revealed the coaching staff and evaluators for the 2019 14U National Team Development Program on Tuesday. Former USA Baseball 12U National Team Manager David Sharp will serve as the 14U NTDP field coordinator in 2019.

The NTDP offers 40 athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experiences. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field educational seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and the 15U National Team staff and task force.

Sharp is no stranger to USA Baseball, having served as the manager of the 2017 12U National Team that earned a gold medal at the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan. After leading Team USA to its third straight world cup title, he was named the 2017 Developmental Coach of the Year award, presented by USA Baseball and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Sharp has also served as an assistant coach for the 12U National Team in 2015 and 2016, helping lead Team USA to a gold medal at the 2015 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan.

Sharp spent six seasons as the Huntsville High School (Huntsville, Ala.) Head Coach prior to his time with Prep Baseball Report. He led the Panthers to six straight playoff appearances and won the 7A Area 7 Championship four times. In addition to his success in the state of Alabama, Sharp led the Panthers to an appearance at the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) in 2014. He was honored as the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010. Sharp currently serves as the Alabama Scouting Director for Prep Baseball Report.

The field coordinator, with the assistance of additional 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.

Rob Shabansky will join Sharp on the staff and will serve as the event's pitching coordinator. Shabansky served as the manager of the 2017 15U National and helped guide the U.S. to a gold medal at the COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Cartagena, Colombia. He also served as an assistant coach for the 15U National Team in 2015 and 2016 after helping the USA Baseball 16U National Team to a gold medal at the IBAF World Youth Championships in 2011. Shabansky was recently named the pitching coach for the 2019 15U National Team and will aim to lead Team USA to its fourth consecutive gold medal at the COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships in Mexico.

University of Southern Indiana Head Coach Tracy Archuleta and VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler will join Sharp and Shabansky on the NTDP staff and will manage the Stars and Stripes teams, respectively.

Joining Archuleta on the Stars staff will be Bishop Verot Catholic High School (Fort Meyers, Fla.) Head Coach Casey Scott, Chaparral High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) Assistant Coach Josh Ellison and Alamo Heights High School (San Antonio, Texas) Head Coach Jason Thompson. Scott will lead the team's pitching staff, while Ellison and Thompson will serve as assistant coaches.

Stiffler will be joined by Vanderbilt University Associate Head Coach Scott Brown, Chaparral High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) Head Coach Troy Gerlach and Catawba Valley Community College Head Coach/Assistant Athletic Director Paul Rozzelle on the Stripes squad. Brown will lead the team's pitching staff, while Gerlach and Rozzelle will serve as assistant coaches for the Stripes.

The 2019 14U NTDP will take place July 21-24 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The 14U NTDP will once again serve as an identification event for the 15U National Team Trials roster. Eighteen athletes will be selected to the 15U Trials roster and will compete for a spot on the 2019 15U National Team that will play for its fourth-straight gold medal at the COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships in Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico from September 13-22. Additionally, four athletes from the event will earn an invitation to the 2020 15U National Team Trials.

USA Baseball will utilize a rolling invitation process for the 14U NTDP participants in 2019. The athletes will be selected from the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the 2019 14U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida, and through recommendations from scouts, coaches and the amateur baseball community.

For more information on the USA Baseball National Team Development Program, visit USABaseball.com or follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter.

The full NTDP staff and their bios are as follows:

Name; NTDP Position; Current Position
Tracy Archuleta; Stars Manager; University of Southern Indiana Head Coach
Scott Brown; Stripes Pitching Coach; Vanderbilt University Associate Head Coach
Josh Ellison; Stars Assistant Coach; Chaparral High School Assistant Coach
Troy Gerlach; Stripes Assistant Coach; Chaparral High School Head Coach
Paul Rozzelle; Stripes Assistant Coach; Catawba Valley Community College Head Coach/Assistant Athletic Director
Casey Scott; Stars Pitching Coach; Bishop Verot Catholic High School Head Coach
Rob Shabansky; Pitching Coordinator; GateWay Community College Head Coach
David Sharp; Field Coordinator; Prep Baseball Report Alabama Scouting Director
Shawn Stiffler; Stripes Manager; Virginia Commonwealth University Head Coach
Jason Thompson; Stars Assistant Coach; Alamo Heights High School Head Coach

Tracy Archuleta wrapped up his 13th season as the University of Southern Indiana Head Coach in 2019. The winningest coach in program history, Archuleta has guided the Screaming Eagles to a 476-257 record while winning two NCAA Division II National Championships and five NCAA Division II Midwest Regional titles during his tenure. Archuleta is a two-time recipient of the Division II ABCA National Coach of the Year award, winning the award in 2010 and 2014. He has also earned the ABCA Midwest Coach of the Year award in 2007 and 2010, and the Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2011 and 2014. Prior to his time at Southern Indiana, Archuleta spent five seasons at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, where he led the Rangers to a pair of NCAA Division II tournament appearances and two 40-win seasons.

2019 College World Series Champion coach Scott Brown will join the 14U NTDP coaching staff for the first time in 2019. Brown is the Associate Head Coach at Vanderbilt University, where he helped guide the Commodores to a 59-12 record and the national championship in 2019, while his pitching staff led the nation in winning percentage and ranked No. 3 in strikeouts per nine innings. He has helped Vanderbilt to the NCAA Tournament six times, including five Super Regional appearances in his seven seasons in Nashville. Brown joined Vanderbilt after spending nine seasons as the pitching coach at St. John's University. In his tenure with the Red Storm, Brown saw 15 players sign professional contracts. Brown began his coaching career as an assistant coach at the State University of New York at Cortland for four seasons following a successful three-year career with the Red Dragons.

Ellison recently accepted a position as an assistant coach at Chaparral High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.). He previously served as an assistant coach at Arcadia High School (Phoenix, Ariz.) for the past two seasons. Prior to his time at Arcadia, Ellison served as an assistant coach at Shadow Ridge High School (Surprise, Ariz.) for two seasons, after beginning his coaching career at Shadow Ridge High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.). He brings five years of professional baseball experience to the 2019 14U NTDP. He was drafted in the 11th round of the 2001 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Seattle Mariners after a stellar high school career at Westminster Academy. Ellison played four years with the Mariners, reaching Triple-A in 2004, before finishing his career with the Yankees in 2005.

Gerlach returns to the 14U NTDP for the third time in 2019 after serving as an assistant coach in 2016 and 2017. He served as an assistant coach on the 2018 15U National Team, where he helped Team USA to its first-ever world championship title at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup. He also served on the USA Baseball Task Force at the National Team Championships and National Team Identification Series. Gerlach was named the head coach at Chaparral High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) in May following a seven-year stint as the head coach at Arcadia High School (Phoenix, Ariz.), where he led the Titans to a 110-84 record and four Arizona Interscholastic Association Baseball State Tournament appearances. Prior to his time at Arcadia, Gerlach was an assistant coach at Paradise Valley Community College where he helped the Pumas reach the Junior College World Series in 2010 where they finished in fourth place.

Rozzelle completed his fifth year as the head coach/assistant athletic director at Catawba Valley Community College, where he has led the Red Hawks to a 175-106 overall record. Rozzelle has led Catawba Valley to 30-win seasons every year in his tenure, including a program-record 42 wins in 2018. He led CVCC to a Region X Championship, a Southeast District Championship and a third-place finish at National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series in his first season at the helm. Rozzelle earned the NJCAA Southeast District Coach of the Year Award and the Diamond/American Baseball Coaches Association Southeast Coach of the Year honors for his efforts in 2015. Prior to his promotion to head coach, Rozzelle served as an assistant coach for the Red Hawks in 2014, working as the catching instructor and recruiting coordinator. He returns to USA Baseball after serving as an assistant coach at the 2018 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series.

Casey Scott joins the 14U NTDP staff for the first time in 2019. Scott accepted a position as the head coach of Bishop Verot Catholic High School (Ft. Meyers, Fla.) in May after spending a season as an assistant coach for the State University of New York at Cortland. Prior to his time in Cortland, Scott spent four seasons as the Head Coach at Ave Maria University in Florida. Scott began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Brockport following a playing career for the Golden Eagles.

The newly-appointed 2019 15U National Team pitching coach, Shabansky returns to the 14U NTDP for the second time, after serving as a pitching coach in 2016. Shabansky is a four-time USA Baseball national team coaching alum, having most recently served as the manager for the 2017 15U National Team, where he led his team to a 7-1 overall record and a COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships gold medal. He was also an assistant coach on the 2011 16U National Team and the pitching coach for the 2015 and 2016 15U National Teams. He won gold medals with both the 16U squad and the 2015 15U National Team. Shabansky just wrapped up his 14th season as the Head Coach at GateWay Community College (Phoenix, Ariz.), where he led the Geckos to the NJCAA Division II Baseball World Series Championship Game in 2016.

Sharp is no stranger to USA Baseball, having served as the manager of the 2017 12U National Team that earned a gold medal at the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan. After leading Team USA to its third straight world cup title, he was named the 2017 Developmental Coach of the Year award, presented by USA Baseball and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Sharp has also served as an assistant coach for the 12U National Team in 2015 and 2016, helping lead Team USA to a gold medal at the 2015 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan. Sharp spent six seasons as the Huntsville High School (Huntsville, Ala.) Head Coach prior to his time with Prep Baseball Report. He led the Panthers to six straight playoff appearances and won the 7A Area 7 Championship four times. In addition to his success in the state of Alabama, Sharp led the Panthers to an appearance at the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) in 2014. He was honored as the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010. Sharp currently serves as the Alabama Scouting Director for Prep Baseball Report.

Shawn Stiffler wrapped up his seventh season as the head coach at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2019. Stiffler has led VCU to at least 35 wins in five of his seven seasons after the Rams finished the 2019 season with a 39-19 record. He earned the 2015 ABCA East-Region Coach of the Year award after guiding VCU to an Atlantic-10 Conference Championship and advancing to the first Super Regional in school history. Stiffler spent six seasons as a pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Rams prior to his promotion to head coach in 2012.

Jason Thompson is in his fifth season as the Head Coach at Alamo Heights High School (San Antonio, Texas). Thompson led Alamo Heights to a 28-14-1 record and an appearance in the Region IV semifinals in 2019. He joined Alamo Heights in 2015 after serving as the head coach at Brazosport High School (Freeport, Texas) for 11 seasons.

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How to Become a USA Baseball Coach - Part Two: The Scorekeeper

August 7, 2020

You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.

That's the common path for a player.

But what about the coaches for the USA Baseball national teams? A coach cannot go 8-for-19 with three home runs over the course of a weekend tournament. So, what do they do? What is their path? How do you become a coach for USA Baseball?

It is a question we get asked a lot.

The answer: Honestly, there is no "path" for the best coaches in the country to carefully weave through, marking off accomplishments from a cultivated list in order to get closer to their coaching dreams. The answer is more complex than that. There are any number of ways someone with the right heart, attitude and abilities can end up wearing U-S-A across their chest and, hopefully, a gold medal around their neck.

For proof of this, look no further than the 2018 15U World Cup champion coaching staff. Four men with wildly different paths to our coaching ranks found themselves all sharing a medal stand in Panama.

The Scorekeeper: Assistant Coach Troy Gerlach

Troy Gerlach is the head baseball coach at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Before that, he held the same position at Arcadia High School in Phoenix. Being around the game his entire life, Troy was drawn to USA Baseball and what it represented as the leading youth baseball federation in the country and the world. He needed to be a part of it, and he'd be honored to help in any way possible. Literally.

In 2012, USA Baseball needed a scorekeeper at the National Team Championships in Arizona. For Troy, living and coaching close by, it seemed like an easy fit.

Troy was an astute scorekeeper, keeping track of players that impressed him and putting down hand written notes on a separate sheet of paper. He wanted to have information at the ready in case any scouts came by asking for his input. So he wrote down pop times and velocity numbers that stood out among all these players fighting for the opportunity to play for a national team.

And those scouts did come by, asking Troy if any players caught his eye throughout the day that started at 7:00 a.m. and featured 110-degree heat beating down from the Arizona sun.

"I had this stuff all written down. Guys would look at it and I think just having that info down and knowing that I was putting in that effort, when I told them 'Hey there is this guy over here, he looks pretty good,' I think they trusted that I did know what I was talking about and they would go check him out."

The scouting bug had caught Troy, and he wanted to help in an even more direct way. One day, atop the field tower, Senior Director of Baseball Operations Ashley Bratcher was talking to Troy about what he had seen that week. During the conversation, Troy told Ashley he was honored to do anything USA Baseball wanted him to do, but if there was ever an opportunity to do more, to scout one of the tournaments, he would love a shot.

"Troy expressed to me that he would like to help out with scouting or be on a task force if there was ever an opportunity. So, the last week of the tournament, something happened with one of the guys who was supposed to scout that week and so we had an opening. I asked Troy if he wanted to do it," Bratcher remembered.

For one tournament, Troy had graduated from scorekeeper to scout. A tournament of 14-year-old ball players working to be seen by the right scout, to get invited to that next step, to have a chance to put on a jersey that read U-S-A across the front. And as one of those scouts, Troy had a similar opportunity.

"I think I wrote every single thing down that week. I was in panic mode. I didn't want to screw this up," said Troy.

At these tournaments, each scout on the USA Baseball task force handles one field per day. Watching four games each day, scouting all eight teams at once. At the end of the day, the four members of the task force get together with national team coaches and USA Baseball personnel to discuss their day's worth of findings.

"The other guys said he did a great job and that he was fully committed, so the next year, instead of hiring him as a scorekeeper, we hired him back as a scout," said Bratcher.

A week of scouting turned into a year of scouting, which turned into years of scouting. From National Team Championships to National Team Identification Series (NTIS) to National Team Development Programs (NTDP) to National Team Trials, Troy kept up with the grind and never lost passion for the gig, the players, and the ultimate goal of winning a World Cup.

And then in 2017, Troy was asked to be on the staff for the 14U NTDP. Also working the NTDP that year, Jason Maxwell, who would go on to be named the manager of the 2018 15U National Team.

"The relationships we built in that 14U National Team Development Program year, those relationships played a huge role in winning the World Cup," Maxwell said of the two-year process. And those relationships went from coach to player, player to player, and coach to coach. "When Ashley had asked me to be the manager for the World Cup team, she asked who I wanted to be the coaches, and the three coaches we took came from that National Team Development Program."

Passion. Hard work. Selflessness. Relationships. These things are invaluable to a coach on a journey to becoming a representative of USA Baseball, and all are attainable for anyone that has that dream. Doesn't matter if you are a former big leaguer, or a former scorekeeper.

Troy Gerlach's story is the second of a four-part series on "How to Become a USA Baseball Coach." The remaining two stories of the series will be released on USABaseball.com and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instgram and Twitter.

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How to Become a USA Baseball Coach - Part One: The Handshake

July 31, 2020

You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.

That's the common path for a player.

But what about the coaches for the USA Baseball national teams? A coach cannot go 8-for-19 with three home runs over the course of a weekend tournament. So, what do they do? What is their path? How do you become a coach for USA Baseball?

It is a question we get asked a lot.

The answer: Honestly, there is no "path" for the best coaches in the country to carefully weave through, marking off accomplishments from a cultivated list in order to get closer to their coaching dreams. The answer is more complex than that. There are any number of ways someone with the right heart, attitude and abilities can end up wearing U-S-A across their chest and, hopefully, a gold medal around their neck.

For proof of this, look no further than the 2018 15U World Cup champion coaching staff. Four men with wildly different paths to our coaching ranks found themselves all sharing a medal stand in Panama.

The Handshake: Manager Jason Maxwell

Jason Maxwell played professional baseball for 12 years, started a high school program from scratch in Tennessee, and went on to lead Team USA to their first-ever U-15 Baseball World Cup title. But how did Maxwell get his start with USA Baseball? From the way he tells it: A handshake.

"You never know what a handshake will mean down the road." This is a philosophy Jason lives by and instills in his two sons. And it is a philosophy that set Jason on a path to what he calls his 'number one without a doubt' personal achievement in the game of baseball.

The handshake in this instance was with Jan Weisberg. Jan is the head coach of a college program that was recruiting one of Jason's high school players back in 2013. That college program was Birmingham-Southern, which was also the alma mater of Brooks Webb, former Senior Director of Baseball Operations at USA Baseball.

One day, Brooks called his former college manager asking if he knew of any coaches that showed the heart and ability to join the newest crop of USA Baseball coaches.

Jan sent him to Jason Maxwell.

Jason started his USA Baseball coaching career where most coaches do, working as a member of the task force at the National Team Championships and the National Team Identification Series. Hundreds of kids packed into ballparks across the country, all with the same goal as each other, all with the same goal as Jason Maxwell: A chance to represent the United States of America.

His passion for the game and his drive to help these young athletes reach their potential was obvious to everyone around him. Jason was suddenly at any event USA Baseball needed an extra hand.

After three short years, he was named to his first national team staff, and traveled to Japan as an assistant coach with the 2016 15U National Team. The team placed third in the tournament. But Jason left wanting more.

In 2017 Jason was named the field manager for the 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP). A group of young players stacked with talent. Enough to have a chance at history, to be the first team in U.S. history to bring home the U-15 World Cup championship the following year.

Over the next two summers, Jason led that group of young athletes, helped them develop and earned their trust. And in 2018, history was made.

"When you are standing in another country with a gold medal around your neck, and the national anthem starts to play," Jason remembered. "There is nothing like it."

From a handshake, to a phone call, to a gold medal.

Now if this sounds like fate, and something impossible for an everyday coach, that is not the case. Yes, Jason played big league baseball, but Jason was the head coach of a team coming off a 13-16 record when he received that phone call. A moment in which his first instinct was 'Just let it ring. We aren't going to be in the National High School Invitational' when he saw that his caller ID read "USA Baseball." 

But the call was for him. Because his passion, drive and ability were obvious to anyone around him. Obvious to Jan Weisberg, then obvious to Brooks Webb and eventually obvious to new Senior Director of Baseball Operations at USA Baseball, Ashley Bratcher, who served as the program director for the world championship 15U National Team in 2018.

"Jason epitomizes the character, leadership and personal qualities we look for to be a USA Baseball national team coach," said Bratcher. "In every facet of his life, both personal and professional, he does everything the right way and is a perfect representation of our game, our organization and our country.

"Without a doubt, he was truly an obvious and deserving choice to lead a USA Baseball national team and it was an honor to witness his direct impact on our athletes and his fellow coaches on the 2018 squad. It surprised nobody whom has ever had the privilege of working with him that he led our 15U National Team to unprecedented heights, winning its first-ever world championship title."

Every coach makes connections every day. And you never know what a handshake will mean down the road. And you'll never know when the right impression on the right person might lead to glory.

Jason Maxwell's story is the first of a four-part series on "How to Become a USA Baseball Coach." The remaining three stories of the series will be released on USABaseball.com and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instgram and Twitter.

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14U NTDP

Stars End 14U Series with 9-5 Victory over Stripes

Both teams knocked in five RBI in the contest
July 25, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
STARS 2 0 0 0 0 4 2 1 0 9 4 2
STRIPES 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 9 4
Win: C.J. Rice Loss: N. Stevens Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

CARY, N.C. -- The Stars ended the three game set at the 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) with a 9-5 victory over the Stripes on Wednesday afternoon at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. Both teams knocked in five RBI in the contest.

CJ Rice (Pleasanton, Calif.) collected the win for the Stars and scattered two hits with one walk and a strikeout. Connor Crisp (Locust Grove, Ga.), Kayne Killion (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Trent Abel (San Diego, Calif.) and Ian Duarte (Santa Clarita, Calif.) all spent time on the bump and combined for five runs on seven hits, three walks and two strikeouts. 

Nolan Stevens (Elk Grove, Calif.) took the loss for Stars, allowing one run on four hits across three innings of work. T.J. Dunsford (Grand Bay, Ala.), Justin Corless (Chandler, Ariz.) and Ty Southisene (Las Vegas, Nev.) also put in work on the mound for the Stripes in the contest.

Key Moments

  • The Stars scored in the top of the first when lead off batter Keilon Parnell (Pascagoula, Calif.) reached first on a hit-by-pitch and scored on a ground ball single to third off the bat of Gavin Grahovac (Orange, Calif.).
  • The Stars scored again in the first when Brandon Chang (Irvine, Calif.) hit a sac-fly to center that scored Spencer Butt (Davie, Fla.) who was walked, stole second, and reached third on Grahovac's single, making the score 2-0. 
  • Ben Reiland (Irvine, Calif.) scored the first run for the Stripes in the bottom of the first after leading off with a single and scoring on a fielder's choice by Bryce Rainer (Simi Valley, Calif.) to put Stripes within one, 2-1.
  • The Stripes tied the game at 2-2 when Rainer scored on a single off the bat of Ralphy Velazquez (Long Beach, Calif.).
  • Reiland gave the Stripes a 3-1 lead with an inside-the-park home run to right-center field in the bottom of the third.
  • Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) singled on a line drive and scored on a sac-fly to right off the bat of Derek Curiel (West Covina, Calif.) to give the Stripes a 4-2 lead in the third inning. 
  • Luca Reyes (Teaneck, N.J.) and Butt reached base on a single to right and a hit-by-pitch, respectively, before Grahovac grounded into an error to score the pair and tie the ;;game 4-4 in the sixth.
  • Grahovac scored in the sixth on a passed ball and Angel Cepeda (Union City, N.J.) stole home on the following play to put the Stars ahead 6-4.
  • The Stars extended the lead to 7-4 in the seventh when Trent Abel was walked and a double off the bat of Ryder Helfrick (Discovery Bay, Calif.) scored him. 
  • Helfrick reached home in the seventh when Christian Grino (Glendora, Calif.) knockedan RBI single to right field and put the Stars up 8-4.
  • Chang scored the final insurance run of the game for the Stars in the top of the eighth when a walk put him on base and a fielding error allowed him to cross the plate for a 9-4 Stars lead. 
  • With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, the Stripes picked up the final run of the game when Andre Modungo scored on a walk to Brooks Wright (Knoxville, Tenn.) and finished the game with a score of 9-5.

On Deck

  • Wednesday's game concluded action at the 2019 14U NTDP. Athletes chosen to attend the 15U National Team Trials will be announced later this evening. 

Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 17U National Team Development Program.
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15U

2019 15U National Team Trials Roster Finalized

15U National Team Trials will begin July 25 in Cary, North Carolina
July 24, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball invited 18 players from the 2019 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) to the 15U National Team Trials on Wednesday, finalizing the 72-man trials roster for 2019. Phase I of 15U Trials will begin July 25 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

The 18 athletes selected from the 14U NTDP will join 54 additional athletes that received invitations to the 15U Trials following the 2018 14U National Team Identification Series, 2018 14U NTDP and the 2019 National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. Phase II of 15U Trials will begin on July 29 and will feature 34 athletes vying for a spot on the final 20-man national team roster.

The 2019 15U National Team will then train in Houston, Texas, from September 6-10 before traveling to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, for the COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships.

"We are excited to welcome a group of tremendously talented athletes from our 14U National Team Development Program to the 15U National Team Trials," said Ashley Bratcher, Senior Director of Baseball Operations at USA Baseball. "Each one of these young men proved to be high-character individuals on and off the field and will push to earn a spot on the 15U National Team during trials.

"It is now our goal to identify the top twenty baseball players to represent USA Baseball in the U-15 Pan-American Championships in Mexico and compete for a fourth consecutive gold medal in that event. The 15U National Team coaching staff is eager to begin."

With the addition of the 18 athletes from the 14U NTDP, a total of 18 USA Baseball national team alumni will compete for the chance to wear the red, white and blue once again. Additionally, 34 of the 72 athletes have previously participated in the National Team Development Program, furthering its success in preparing athletes for future national team opportunities.

Former 15U National Team assistant coach and 14U NTDP field coordinator Troy Cameron was named the manager of the 15U National Team in May and will look to lead Team USA to a fourth straight gold medal at the COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships (2013, 2015, 2017). He is joined on staff by pitching coach Rob Shabansky, and assistant coaches Manny Crespo and Jared Halpert.

For more information on the 15U National Team and the selection process, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter, at @USABaseball15U.

2019 USA Baseball 15U National Team Trials Roster:
(Name; Position; Hometown)

Mason Balsis; C/OF; Bristow, Va.
*^Brandon Barriera; LHP; Coconut Creek, Fla.
Freddy Beruvides Jr.; LHP; Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
*^Karson Bowen; C/RHP; Anaheim Hills, Calif.
Caleb Brandon; OF; Long Beach, Calif.
*^Joseph Brown; IF/OF; Petaluma, Calif.
Drew Burress; OF/IF; Perry, Ga.
*^Spencer Butt; IF/RHP; Davie, Fla.
*^Kai Caranto; IF/RHP; Santa Clarita, Calif.
Tyrus Carmichael-Williams; OF/IF; Oxford, Miss.
Jameson Caro; OF/IF; Miami, Fla.
^Angel Cepeda; IF; Union City, N.J.
Maxwell Clark; OF/LHP; Franklin, Ind.
*^Cutter Coffey; IF/RHP; Bakersfield, Calif.
Kyle Connelly; RHP/OF; Oakley, Calif.
^Connor Crisp; RHP/IF; Locust Grove, Ga.
^Derek Curiel; OF; West Covina, Calif.
Tyson De Wall; RHP/OF; Folsom, Calif.
^Demitri Diamant; IF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
^Evan Dobias; RHP; Sunrise, Fla.
Cooper Dossett; RHP/OF; Springdale, Ark.
*^Owen Egan; OF/RHP; Yucaipa, Calif.
^Duke Ekstrom; RHP; San Diego, Calif.
*^Colt Emerson; IF/C; Cambridge, Ohio
Walter Ford; RHP/IF; Pace, Fla.
*^Gavin Grahovac; C/IF; Orange, Calif.
Oscar Hernandez Gonzalez; IF; Kissimmee, Fla.
^Termarr Johnson; IF; Atlanta, Ga.
Michael Joyce; C; Mechanicsville, Va.
^Trenton Lape; IF/RHP; Bossier City, La.
Stone Lawless; C/IF; Hampton Cove, Ala.
^Dylan Lina; IF/RHP; Carson, Calif.
David Lozano; IF; Sylmar, Calif.
Bryan Martinez; OF; Menifee, Calif.
Luis Martinez; IF; San Jose, Calif.
Matthew Matthijs; RHP/IF; Greenville, N.C.
Ethan McElvain; LHP; Thompson's Station, Tenn.
*^Steven Milam; IF/RHP; Las Cruces, N.M.
*^Aidan Miller; OF; Trinity, Fla.
Nazier Mule; IF/RHP; Paterson, N.J.
Brady Neal; C; Tallahassee, Fla.
*^Mason Neville; OF/LHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
^Chris Newstrom; IF/C; Anthem, Ariz.
Corey Nunez; IF/OF; Torrance, Calif.
*^Brandon Olivera; RHP; Hialeah, Fla.
Julian Orozco; RHP/IF; Long Beach, Calif.
^Christopher Paciolla; IF/OF; Temecula, Calif.
Jaxon Pastore; RHP/OF; Highland Beach, Fla.
Wilder Puertas; IF/RHP; Pembroke Pines, Fla.
*^Bryce Rainer; IF/RHP; Simi Valley, Calif.
*^Benjamin Reiland; OF; Irvine, Calif.
^Luca Reyes; OF; Teaneck, N.J.
Brady Reynolds; OF/C; Bakersfield, Calif.
Ethan Robinson; RHP; Antioch, Tenn.
*^Louis Rodriguez; RHP; Long Beach, Calif.
Austen Roellig; IF; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
*^Mikey Romero; IF; Menifee, Calif.
Damian Ruiz; OF; Livingston, Texas
^Logan Saloman; RHP/IF; Chandler, Ariz.
Nolan Schubart; IF; Durand, Mich.
Brody Sexton; C/OF; Chandler, Ariz.
Trenton Shaw; LHP/OF; Desoto, Texas
^Ty Southisene; IF; Las Vegas, Nev.
^Nolan Stevens; LHP; Elk Grove, Calif.
Carson Turnquist; RHP/OF; Paso Robles, Calif.
*^Ralphy Velazquez; C/IF; Long Beach, Calif.
Dean West; OF; Woodland Hills, Calif.
Jaxon Willits; IF/RHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Colton Wombles; C/OF; Salem, Ala.
^Brooks Wright; C/RHP; Knoxville, Tenn.
Hiro Wyatt; RHP; Westport, Conn.
Diego Zuniga; C/IF; McAllen, Texas

*National Team Alumnus
^National Team Development Program Participant

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14U NTDP

Stars and Stripes End Game Two in 2-2 Tie

The two teams combined for seven hits in the contest
July 22, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
STRIPES 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 4 1
STARS 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 1
Win: N/A Loss: N/A Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play

CARY, N.C. -- Game two of the 2019 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) ended in a 2-2 tie between the Stars and Stripes Monday afternoon at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The two teams combined for seven hits in the contest.

Brandon Olivera (Hialeah, Fla.) started on the mound for the Stripes. He allowed one run on one hit, while walking five and striking out four in two innings of work. Keondre Fields (Memphis, Tenn.), Bryce Rainer (Simi Valley, Calif.) and Brooks Wright (Knoxville, Tenn.) also tossed the ball for the Stripes. The trio combined for one run on two hits, one walk and seven strikeouts. 

For the Stars, Cole Stokes (Redondo Beach, Calif.) was the first man on the bump in game two. Stokes scattered two hits across three innings of work and struck out two batters. Spencer Butt (Davie, Fla.), Miles Ghossein (West Hills, Calif.) and Owen Egan (Yucaipa, Calif.) came in in relief. Egan struck out three and walked three while Egan and Ghossein struck out two apiece. 

Key Moments

  • The Stars were first on the board when three walks loaded the bases and a hit-by-pitch pushed Angel Cepeda (Union City, N.J.) across the plate to give the Stars a 1-0 advantage in the first inning. 
  • After doubling to left earlier in the inning, Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) scored the Stripes' first run of the contest on a Stars error to tie the game 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning. 
  • The Stars regained a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh when Chris Newstrom (Anthem, Ariz.) hit a sac-fly to right that scored Egan, who reached on an error to lead off the inning.
  • The Stripes answered in the eighth when Jonathan Mendez (Los Angeles, Calif.), who hit a leadoff single to get things started, advanced to third courtesy of a wild pitch and a flyout before scoring on a passed ball for the final score of 2-2. 

Notable Information 

  • The Stripes pitching staff combined for 11 strikeouts and stranded four runners. 
  • Caranto led the Stars in the box, going 1-for-2 and scoring a run in the fifth. 

On Deck

  • The final game of the 14U NTDP will take place on Wednesday, July 24, at 2 p.m. ET at the National Training Complex.
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Stars Take Game One of 14U NTDP, 8-5

The Stars used eight runs on five hits to defeat the Stripes.
July 22, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
STARS 0 0 4 0 3 0 0 1 0 8 5 1
STRIPES 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 4 1
Win: K. Killion Loss: D. Roberts Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

CARY, N.C. - The Stars used eight runs on five hits to defeat the Stripes, 8-5, in the opening game of the 2019 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) on Sunday night at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

Stars starting pitcher Cayne Killion (Scottsdale, Ariz.) (1-0) earned the win with 1.1 innings of work on the mound. Trenton Lape (Bossier City, La.) and Justin Cuellar (Tulare, Calif.) also saw time on the bump. They struck out three and two batters, respectively. Dillon Roberts (Cove Creek, Ariz.) suffered the loss after getting the start for the Stripes and surrendering four runs in his two innings of work.

Brandon Chang (Irvine, Calif.) led the Stars at the plate, going 2-for-2 in the contest. He also collected one of the team's three stolen bases. 

Key Moments

  • The Stripes jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first after Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) drove in Ty Southisene (Las Vegas, Nev.) on a fly ball triple to center.
  • Eric Bitoni (Hesperia, Calif.) continued the scoring in the first with a RBI that pushed Caranto across the plate and gave the Stripes a 2-0 lead heading into the second inning.
  • The Stars answered with a big third inning that was led by Connor Crisp (Locust Grove, Ga.) who hit an RBI single to right that allowed Chang to score. Sam Ward (Lithonia, Ga.), Trent Abel (San Diego, Calif.) and Crisp scored one batter later, courtesy of a line drive double from Luca Reyes (Teaneck, N.J.).
  • The Stripes looked to make a comeback in the third when Ben Reiland (Irvine, Calif.) sent Carson Dean (Frisco, Texas) home on a hard ground ball to right field.
  • The Stars extended their lead in the fifth with Miles Ghossein (West Hills, Calif.), Chang, and Ward scoring runs.
  • The Stars sealed the deal in the eighth with Keilon Parnell (Pascagoula, Miss.) scoring on a Crisp sac-fly that gave them an 8-4 advantage. 
  • The Stripes scored one last run in the ninth when Colt Emerson (Cambridge, Ohio) was sent home by a Jonathan Mendez (Los Angeles, Calif.) sac-fly for the final 8-5 score.

Notable Information

  • The Stars moved to 1-0 at the 2019 14U NTDP with the win.
  • The two teams combined for nine hits and 12 RBI.
  • The Stripes pitching staff tossed nine strikeouts.

On Deck

  • Game two of the 14U NTDP will take place on Monday, July 22, at 3 p.m. ET at the National Training Complex.
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17U NTDP

2019 National Team Development Programs Underway

July 21, 2019

The USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP) offers athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experiences. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and national team staff and task force.

The 2019 NTDPs are underway in Chicago and North Carolina. Follow along on USABaseball.com.

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Follow along with livestats on GameChanger: 2019 National Team Development Programs
Follow all of the action on Twitter: @USABaseballNTDP

Sunday, July 21
14U: Stars vs. Stripes (Coleman Field)
17U: Stars vs. Stripes (Wrigley Field)

Monday, July 22
14U: Stripes vs. Stars (Coleman Field)
17U: Stripes vs. Stars (3:30 p.m. ET - Notre Dame)

Wednesday, July 24
14U: Stars vs. Stripes (2 p.m. ET - Coleman Field)
17U: Stars vs. Stripes (12:30 p.m. ET - Northwestern)

Thursday, July 25
17U: Stripes vs. Stars (4:30 p.m. ET - Miller Park)

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14U NTDP

USA Baseball Announces 2019 14U NTDP Roster

2019 14U NTDP will take place July 21-24 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex
July 9, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the 40-man 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster on Tuesday, following the conclusion of the 14U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. The 2019 14U NTDP will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from July 21-24.

The NTDP offers athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experiences. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and the 15U National Team staff and task force.

"We cannot wait to welcome these forty athletes to the National Training Complex for the 14U National Team Development Program," said Director of Baseball Operations Charles Lane. "This is an incredibly strong group of athletes and our staff is excited to help them continue to grow as baseball players through this one-of-a-kind development opportunity."

The 40 athletes were selected for the 14U NTDP based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball sanctioned events, including the National Team Championships and the National Team Identification Series (NTIS), as well as recommendations from scouts, USA Baseball task force members and collegiate, high school and youth coaches at USA Baseball events.

Eleven members of the 2019 14U NTDP roster won a gold medal with the USA Baseball 12U National Team at the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan, including Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.), Owen Egan (Yucaipa, Calif.) and Ralphy Velazquez (Long Beach, Calif.), who also played together on the 12U National Team in 2016. In total, 29 of the invited players are new to USA Baseball national team programming in 2019, including nine athletes that represented their respective regions at the 2018 13U NTIS Champions Cup.

Eighteen athletes from the 14U NTDP will once again be invited to the 15U National Team Trials, which will begin with Phase I on July 26 at the National Training Complex. Phase II will immediately follow on July 29 and will include 34 athletes vying for a spot on the final 20-man national team roster. The 2019 15U National Team will train in Houston, Texas, from September 6-10 before competing in the 2019 COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships from September 13-22 in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

In 2018, Joseph Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) and Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) helped the 15U National Team win the program's first world championship at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in David, Panama, after earning a spot at the 15U National Team Trials following their performances at the 14U NTDP.

For more information on the National Team Development Program please visit USABaseball.com or follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter.

The roster for the 14U National Team Development program is as follows:

2019 14U National Team Development Program Roster

(Name; Position; Hometown; Travel Program)

*Trent Abel; IF; San Diego, Calif.; San Diego Show
Eric Bitonti; IF; Hesperia, Calif.; IE Prime
*Spencer Butt; IF/RHP; Davie, Fla.; Team Freedom
*Kai Caranto; IF/RHP; Santa Clarita, Calif.; 2018 NTIS (SoCal)
Angel Cepeda; IF; Union City, N.J.; 2018 NTIS (North Atlantic)
Brandon Chang; IF/C; Irvine, Calif.; Saddleback Cowboys
Justin Corless; OF/RHP; Chandler, Ariz.; Pacific Baseball Academy
Connor Crisp; RHP/IF; Locust Grove, Ga.; 5 Star National 14U
Justin Cuellar; LHP; Tulare, Calif.; Tri County Baseball
Derek Curiel; OF; West Covina, Calif.; Scottsdale Dirtbags
Carson Dean; OF/IF; Frisco, Texas; 2018 NTIS (North Texas)
Ian Duarte; RHP/OF; Santa Clarita, Calif.; 2018 NTIS (SoCal)
Andrew Dunford; IF/OF; Centerville, Ga.; 5 Star National 14U
TJ Dunsford Jr.; RHP/IF; Grand Bay, Ala.; 2018 NTIS (Southeast)
*Owen Egan; OF/RHP; Yucaipa, Calif.; GBG Renegades
*Colt Emerson; IF/C; Cambridge, Ohio; Team Freedom
Keondre Fields; RHP/OF; Memphis, Tenn.; 2018 NTIS (Southeast)
Miles Ghossein; IF; West Hills, Calif.; Total Baseball Vipers
*Gavin Grahovac; C/IF; Orange, Calif.; 2018 NTIS (SoCal)
Christian Grino; OF; Glendora, Calif.; GBG Renegades
Ryder Helfrick; C/OF; Discovery Bay, Calif.; 3D Gold
Jaydon Kea; IF/C; Kapolei, Hawaii; Kado Hawaii Elite
Cayne Killion; LHP; Scottsdale, Ariz.; 3D Gold
Trenton Lape; IF/RHP; Bossier City, La.; Team Freedom
Jonathan Mendez; IF; Los Angeles, Calif.; PFA Matadores
Andre Modugno; IF/C; Upper Saddle River, N.J.; 2018 NTIS (North Atlantic)
Chris Newstrom; IF/C; Anthem, Ariz.; Scottsdale Dirtbags
*Brandon Olivera; RHP; Hialeah, Fla.; 2018 NTIS (South Florida)
Keilon Parnell; OF/IF; Pascagoula, Miss.; 2018 NTIS (Southeast)
*Bryce Rainer; IF/RHP; Simi Valley, Calif.; Total Baseball Vipers
*Benjamin Reiland; OF; Irvine, Calif.; Pacific Baseball Academy
Luca Reyes; OF; Teaneck, N.J.; Bronx Bombers
*CJ Rice; RHP; Pleasanton, Texas; 3D Gold
Dillon Roberts; RHP; Cove Creek, Ariz.; PFA Matadores
Ty Southisene; IF; Las Vegas, Nev.; Mountain West
Nolan Stevens; LHP; Elk Grove, Calif.; Tri County Baseball
Cole Stokes; RHP; Redondo Beach, Calif.; Total Baseball SoCal
*Ralphy Velazquez; C/IF; Long Beach, Calif.; GBG Renegades
Samarion Ward; OF/C; Lithonia, Ga.; Meridian Panthers
Brooks Wright; C/RHP; Knoxville, Tenn.; 2018 NTIS (Southeast)

*Denotes National Team alumnus

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Fifteen Alumni Taken in the First Round of 2019 MLB Draft

June 4, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. -- Fifteen USA Baseball alumni were drafted in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday night, including number one overall pick, Adley Rutschman. USA Baseball has had 504 total alumni drafted in the first round since 1972, and 2019 marks the 17th time in the last 19 years that the first overall pick played for Team USA.

The Baltimore Orioles started the 2019 Draft by selecting 2018 Collegiate National Team alumnus Adley Rutschman with the first pick of the draft. He is the seventh consecutive USA Baseball alum to be selected number one overall following Casey Mize (2018), Royce Lewis (2017), Mickey Moniak (2016), Dansby Swanson (2015), Brady Aiken (2014) and Mark Appel (2013).

In total, 32 USA Baseball alumni have been selected with the number one overall pick since 1972.

USA Baseball alumni had a historical evening on Monday, beginning when Bobby Witt Jr. was selected with the second overall pick by the Royals and assisted in becoming one half of the highest father-son duo to be ever selected in the Major League Draft. He joined his father, Bobby Witt, who was drafted with the third overall pick by the Texas Rangers in 1985 after playing for the red, white and blue for the 1984 Collegiate National Team and in the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.

Zack Thompson then became the 500th USA Baseball alumnus to be drafted in the first round of the MLB Draft since 1972 when the St. Louis Cardinals picked him with the 19th pick. Eleven picks later, three-time alumnus Anthony Volpe became the first-ever 12U National Team alum selected in the MLB Draft when he was selected by the New York Yankees with the 30th overall pick.

Three-time USA Baseball alum and 2018 Golden Spikes Award winner Andrew Vaughn (No. 3, Chicago White Sox), Josh Jung (No. 8, Texas Rangers), Shea Langeliers (No. 9, Atlanta Braves), Bryson Stott (No. 14, Philadelphia Phillies), Will Wilson (No. 15, Los Angeles Angels), Thompson (No. 19, St. Louis Cardinals), Braden Shewmake (No. 21, Atlanta Braves) and Matt Wallner (No. 39, Minnesota Twins) joined Rutschman as members of the 2018 Collegiate National Team that were selected in the first round. The 2018 team won all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Japan and Cuba.

Following a season in which the 18U National Team earned its fifth consecutive COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championship title, six members of the 20-man roster were selected in the first round in 2019. Witt Jr. (No. 2, Kansas City Royals) was the first member of the team selected, followed by Riley Greene (No. 5, Detroit Tigers), CJ Abrams (No. 6, San Diego Padres), Corbin Carroll (No. 16, Arizona Diamondbacks), Anthony Volpe (No. 30, New York Yankees) and Brennan Malone (No. 33, Arizona Diamondbacks).

Four national team programs were represented in the 2019 Draft, including nine players from the Collegiate National Team, six from the 18U National Team, two from the 15U National Team and one from the 12U National Team. In total, the 15 alumni selected in the first round have won a cumulative eight international gold medals and one bronze medal.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni selected in the first round of the 2019 MLB Draft is as follows:

Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s)
1-1; Adley Rutschman; Baltimore Orioles; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-2; Bobby Witt Jr.; Kansas City Royals; 2018 18U National Team
1-3; Andrew Vaughn; Chicago White Sox; 2013 15U, 2017-18 Collegiate National Teams
1-5; Riley Greene; Detroit Tigers; 2018 18U National Team
1-6; CJ Abrams; San Diego Padres; 2018 18U National Team
1-8; Josh Jung; Texas Rangers; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-9; Shea Langeliers; Atlanta Braves; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-14; Bryson Stott; Philadelphia Phillies; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-15; Will Wilson; Los Angeles Angels; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-16; Corbin Carroll; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2018 18U National Team
1-19; Zack Thompson; St. Louis Cardinals; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-21; Braden Shewmake; Atlanta Braves; 2017-18 Collegiate National Team
1-30; Anthony Volpe; New York Yankees; 2018 18U, 2016 15U, 2013 12U National Teams
1-33; Brennan Malone; Arizona Diamondbacks, 2018 18U National Team
1-39; Matt Wallner; Minnesota Twins; 2018 Collegiate National Team

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