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USA Baseball Unveils 2019 16U NTDP Roster

July 11, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - The 2019 36-man 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster was unveiled by USA Baseball on Thursday, following the conclusion of the 2019 16U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. The second-annual 16U NTDP will be held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from July 31 to August 5.

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, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and 18U National Team staff and task force.

"We are extremely excited about the second year of the 16U National Team Development Program and this group of athletes," said 18U National Team Program Director Frank Jagoda. "This is an invaluable opportunity for some of the best players in the country to continue to develop both on and off the field, and we cannot wait to get started."

The roster is made up of 36 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, the roster includes eight alumni of USA Baseball national teams and eight players that have participated on an NTDP team in the past.

Twenty-six invitees are new to USA Baseball national team programming in 2019, including 11 athletes that represented their respective region at the 2018 15U NTIS Champions Cup in Cary, North Carolina, and 13 that were selected from the 2019 National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida.

Davis Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) returns to USA Baseball for the fifth consecutive year after winning gold with the 12U National Team in 2015 and the 15U National Team in 2017 and 2018, as well as participating in the 14U NTDP in 2016 and 2017. Diaz will reunite with teammates from both the 2015 12U National Team and the 2018 15U National Team at this year's 16U NTDP. 

Daniel Corona Jr. (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Thomas DiLandri (Las Vegas, Nev.), Cooper Kinney (Chattanooga, Tenn.), and Nick Kurtz (Lancaster, Pa.) participated together with Diaz on the 12U National Team in 2015 and were all members of the 14U NTDP in 2017.

In addition, Diaz, DiLandri, Samuel Dutton (Southside, Ala.), Cale Lansville (Centennial, Colo.) and Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.) helped lead the 2018 15U National Team to the program's first-ever World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup gold medal.

USA Baseball will announce the staff of the 2019 16U NTDP at a later date. Stay tuned to USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter for all the information on the National Team Development Program.

2019 16U National Team Development Program:
Name; Position; Hometown

Carson Applegate; SS/RHP; Columbus, N.J.
Jesse Bullard; RHP/IF; Riverside, Calif.
Lorenzo Carrier; OF/RHP; Bear, Del.
Calvert Clark; OF/RHP; Charlotte, N.C.
^Tyler Collins; OF; McKinney, Texas
*^Daniel Corona Jr.; IF; Brooklyn, N.Y.
*^Davis Diaz; IF; Pittsburg, Calif.
Korbyn Dickerson; OF/RHP; Jeffersonville, Ind.
*^Thomas DiLandri; OF; Las Vegas, Nev.
*Samuel Dutton; RHP; Southside, Ala.
Jake Geis; RHP/IF; San Jose, Calif.
Tyler Gough; RHP; Perris, Calif.
Rafael Gross; OF/IF; Pearland, Texas
Blaise Grove; LHP; Summit Point, W. Va.
^Trevor Haskins; IF; San Jose, Calif.
Jack Holman; 1B/C; Wrightwood, Calif.
David Horn; IF/RHP; Murrieta, Calif.
Jayson Jones; IF; Savannah, Texas
Gage Jump; LHP; Aliso, Calif.
*^Cooper Kinney; IF; Chattanooga, Tenn.
*^Nick Kurtz; LHP/OF; Lancaster, Pa.
*Cale Lansville; RHP; Centennial, Colo.
Kyndon Lovell; LHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Gabriel Miranda; 1B; Orange, Calif.
Malcom Moore; C; Sacramento, Calif.
Jaron Nevarez; OF/LHP; San Ramon, Calif.
Devin Obee; OF; Nashville, Tenn.
Gavin Ochoa; RHP; Rohnert Park, Calif.
Xavier Perez; RHP/OF; Corpus Christi, Texas
*^Tyree Reed; OF; Vallejo, Calif.
William Rogers; C/IF; Shoreview, Minn.
Michael Saumell; C; Spring, Texas
Chase Spencer; IF/RHP; Plano, Texas
Sal Stewart; INF; Miami, Fla.
Tyler White; OF; Pomona, Calif.
Austin Young; RHP; Saint Peters, Mo.

*Denotes National Team alumnus
^Denotes National Team Development Program participant

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How to Become a USA Baseball Coach - Part Three: Unfinished Business

August 14, 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 Alum With Unfinished Business: Assistant Coach Manny Crespo

In 1984, USA Baseball won silver at the Los Angeles Olympic Games and that team was led by a southern California native, Mark McGwire. In 1984, Manny Crespo was five years old. He still remembers the baseball card of a young Mark McGwire sporting a USA-branded hat and jersey that put USA Baseball into the consciousness of young Manny and many others.

Nine years later, a then 14-year-old Manny was invited to try out for Team USA, just like the athletes he watched on the field during the Olympics in L.A., but fate would not favor Manny during his first tryout.

"A couple days into Trials, I caught a line drive off my leg, and that pretty much eliminated me for that year," Manny remembered. "But I got another shot. And in 1997 I made the team."

He was drafted in the 12th round of the 1997 MLB Draft after his senior season at Westminster Christian, but elected to forego his immediate professional opportunity to instead attend the University of Miami.

In the Fall of 1997, Manny was selected to the 18U National Team. He played in five of the six games at the Junior World Championships, where he batted .365 and hit a pair of home runs. But, the team had to settle for a bronze medal.

The following school year, Manny headed to campus to play for the University of Miami where he enjoyed a decorated career where he was Freshman of the Year and a two-time All-American. And in 1999, he achieved another career milestone as the Hurricanes won the College World Series. Manny was named to the All-Tournament Team.

But the College World Series celebration was short-lived, because the next morning Manny was on a plane to join his new teammates on the 1999 Collegiate National Team.

Another year, a new team, similar results for Manny. He batted .320 with a pair of homers over 17 games with Team USA. But with no World Cup that season, a gold medal still eluded him.

1999 would be Manny's last season representing USA Baseball on the field as a player, but, according to Manny, "Once you're a USA guy, you're always a USA guy."

Over the next ten years, life happened to Manny Crespo. After a few minor league seasons, he left the game of baseball and became a teacher. Baseball was no longer a part of his professional life, until 2009 when another Hurricanes baseball alum asked Manny to help out coaching baseball at Gulliver Prep.

That Gulliver Prep head coach was Javy Rodriguez, and Manny joined his staff as an assistant. But Javy had a side gig as well. He had been working on the task force at the USA Baseball National Team Championships for a few years.

By 2014, Manny had been coaching alongside Javy for five years, all the while hearing stories of the talent he had seen while coaching at USA Baseball events. Already familiar with the organization, Manny decided he wanted an opportunity to return USA Baseball, and give back some of the lessons he learned, so he joined Javy to help out at the National Team Championships in 2014.

"I never won gold as a player, so in the back of my mind I think it was always there. I always wanted to come back. And I was happy to give back to an organization that provided so much for me," said Manny.

Back in the fold with USA Baseball, Manny was hooked again.

After helping out at the National Team Championships, Manny made it clear he wanted to help with any event or team that his help was needed. Over the next couple of years, he returned to the National Team Championships and also helped out at the National Team Identification Series (NTIS).

His next step up the ladder came in 2016 when USA Baseball Senior Director of Baseball Operations Ashley Bratcher needed an extra coach at the Women's National Team Trials, preferably one with catching experience.

Manny was the fit.

"Having been a player himself, Manny knew what it took to play for Team USA and the honor associated with getting to wear the uniform," recalled Bratcher "He is as passionate about the experience as anyone. He wanted to help players not just realize their dream of playing for Team USA, but to see them win for their country.

"He didn't care if they were women, 15-year-olds or professional athletes."

"That experience…" Manny said. "I would recommend it to anybody."

Getting on the field and coaching this group of women as they worked to get selected to the USA Baseball Women's National Team put Manny in an even smaller tier of coaches aiming to be a USA Baseball coach. He was on the short list of possible national team coaches and his willingness to coach any age group and any team only increased his odds to put that USA jersey on again and go for the gold medal he just missed out on as a player.

In preparation for the 2017 USA Baseball season, the baseball operations staff was putting together collections of coaches that made sense for each age group. The 14U National Team Development Program prospects looked to be immensely talented, good enough to challenge for a first World Cup title for the 15U National Team the following year.

So, who would be given the reigns to help groom these boys at age 14 towards a possible World Cup showing the following year? Manny Crespo was one of those coaches selected to coach at the 14U NTDP that season.

"Manny is a player's coach, it is as simple as that. He brings an successful baseball background to the field that athletes of any age can relate to. His selection to that coaching staff was a no-brainer," said Bratcher.

Throughout that 2017 14U NTDP, relationships were built with his fellow coaches, trust was established and players' talents flourished. And heading into the 2018 season and the U-15 Baseball World Cup, Manny was ultimately one of four coaches selected to lead the 15U National Team and go to Panama, once again putting him in the grasp of winning a gold medal.

"I was in Panama, the birthplace of my mother, playing against Panama for the World Championship," Manny remembered. "That's when it got surreal."

The 15U National Team in 2018 had a motto: Leave no doubt. And the team did just that. The team outscored their opponents 88-13 over nine games, bringing the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup championship to the United States for the first time in history.

It was the gold medal-dream finally realized for Manny Crespo. A gold medal-dream that he was able to share with his fellow coaches and with a group of kids still beginning their baseball careers.

Manny Crespo's story is the third of a four-part series on "How to Become a USA Baseball Coach." The final story 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 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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USA Baseball Modifies On-Field Programming Schedule

All events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement
May 18, 2020

CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today a modified schedule of events for its 2020 summer season due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Created in adherence to the regulations set forth by the appropriate federal, state and local governments, the updated schedule is tentatively set to begin with the 14U Cup from July 24-26 at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

All of these events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement based on the future state of the evolving coronavirus situation. The organization will monitor the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), as well as consult its Medical/Safety Advisory Committee in order to evaluate the status of its upcoming tournaments.

All further decisions will be made in as timely a manner as possible with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans. If these tournaments run as scheduled, teams and fans will be required to follow a series of return to play guidelines developed by USA Baseball. These guidelines will be shared with all participants within an appropriate timeframe leading up to the event.

"As the national governing body for baseball in the United States, we feel it is in the best interest of the thousands of baseball athletes in our country to postpone our return to the field due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. "We share in the longing for baseball's return, but we believe it is prudent to continue assessing the situation and finalizing a course of action that prioritizes the overall health and safety of our participants and their families in light of the continued transmission of this disease.

"This schedule was structured in an effort to secure as many opportunities as possible for athletes who hope to one day play for Team USA. We will remain steadfast in our commitment to this charge; however, we will continue to evaluate the situation on a daily basis and monitor the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the USOPC in case additional modifications need to be made."

The following events have been tentatively rescheduled on the 2020 calendar:

• 17U National Team Championships North Carolina (July 27-30)
• 14U and 15U National Team Championships Arizona (July 27-30)
• 16U and 17U National Team Championships Arizona (July 31-August 3)
• 15U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 4-9)
• 10U Futures Invitational (August 6-9)
• 16U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 11-16)
• 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U NTIS Champions Cup (August 19-23)
• 15U and 16U NTIS Champions Cup (August 26-30)

The following events and national team programming have been cancelled:

• 11U Futures Invitational
• 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP)
• 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP)
• National Team Championships Florida

The 14U Cup (July 24-26) and 11U/13U Futures Series Irvine (August 28-30) are set to take place as originally scheduled.

Additionally, USA Baseball continues to work closely with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) with respect to the international baseball calendar. To date, the WBSC has postponed the Americas Baseball Olympic Qualifier, U-15 Baseball World Cup and the Women's Baseball World Cup until further notice. The U-12 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier has also been postponed but will not take place this year.

"USA Baseball fully supports the WBSC and its decision to indefinitely postpone the events on the baseball calendar in an effort to protect our national team athletes at this time," continued Seiler. "When the time comes for Team USA to return to the field, we will be ready to continue our longstanding tradition of excellence on the international stage."

Corresponding to the status of the international baseball calendar, USA Baseball has cancelled all 12U National Team programming events for 2020, meanwhile any future events planned for the 15U National Team, 18U National Team, Collegiate National Team and Women's National Team this year will be announced as necessary.

The Medical/Safety Advisory Committee has published a free Athlete Preparation Plan that provides a series of at-home exercises aimed to prepare young athletes for their return to the diamond following a prolonged disruption from on-field activity. To access this plan and to read its recommendations for baseball players during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

Further information on USA Baseball updates relating to COVID-19 can be found here. For up-to-the-minute updates on the organization and its events, follow @USABaseball on social media.

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16U NTDP Concludes on Monday

August 4, 2019

 

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Stars 1 0 4 1 1 0 1 1 x 9 9 0
Stripes 0 2 1 1 3 0 2 x x 9 9 0
 

 

CARY, N.C. - Game three of the 2019 16U NTDP Stars vs. Stripes series ended in a stalemate, as both teams scored nine runs on Monday at Coleman Field in Cary, North Carolina.

Offensively, both teams were effective at the plate, with both teams combining for nine runs and nine hits. The Stripes were led by Devin Obee (Nashville, Tenn.), who went 1-for-4 with three RBI's, and Lorenzo Carrier (Bear, Del.), who went 1-for-3 with two RBI's. The Stars logged nine runs on just four RBI's. Three different players had two or more hits, while four players registered one RBI. 

Both teams struggled from the mound on Monday morning, with a combined total of 18 hits given up in the contest, nine from each team, along with 14 total walks.

Key Moments:

• In the bottom of the first and after stealing third base, the Stars' Chase Spencer (Plano, Texas) scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch from Gavin Ochoa (Rohnert Park, Calif.).
• The Stripes' Ochoa beat Sal Stewart (Miami, Fl.) in an 11-pitch at bat in the bottom of the first with a runner on third to end the inning.
• The Stars added two more runs in the top of the third after Michael Saumell (Spring, Texas) and Spencer both reached home on wild pitches in consecutive at bats to put the Stars up 4-2.
• In the bottom of the fourth, the Stripes' Carrier hit an RBI-single to left, bringing Boyd home and cutting the deficit to two and bringing the score to 6-4.
• Down by three in the bottom of the fifth, Obee doubled on a liner to right that drove in two runs, bringing the Stripes within one run at 7-6.
• The Stripes tied the game up once again in the bottom of the seventh when Obee hit a sacrifice-fly to deep right-field, allowing Clifford to score safely and tie the game up at eight runs apiece.
• The Stars were able to respond in the top of the eighth and tie the game at nine runs apiece thanks to Spencer crossing the plate on a wild pitch. The game would end in a tie due to time constraints. 

Notable Information:

• There were a combined 18 hits and 18 runs in game three, nine from each side.
• No pitcher threw more than two innings in the contest.
• Game three was the first game played in a double header scheduled for Monday, August 5.
• There were a combined 18 hits and 18 runs in game three, nine from each side.
 

 


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Stars 2 3 2 0 0 x x x x 7 5 0
Stripes 0 0 0 0 1 x x x x 1 4 0
 

 

DURHAM, N.C. - The Stars defeated the Stripes, 7-1, in the final game of the 2019 16U NTDP Stars vs. Stripes series on Monday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina. 

The Stripes offense was led by Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.), who went 1-for-3 with three RBI's, and Cooper Kinney (Chattanooga, Tenn.), who went 1-for-2 with two RBI's.

The Stars pitching staff was led by Jaron Nevarez (San Ramon, Calif.), who allowed just one hit in two innings pitched along with two punchouts, and Tyler Gough (Perris, Calif.), who registered three strikeouts on and zero runs allowed in two innings pitched.

Key Moments:

• In the top of the first and with a runner on first, the Stars' Nick Kurtz hit an RBI-triple to the right-field corner that scored the game's first run.
• Continuing in the first, Josh Hartle brought Kurtz home with an RBI-groundout to second and made the game 2-1 in favor of the Stars.
• In the top of the second with the bases loaded, Tyree Reed hit a bases-clearing double that put Stars on top 5-2.
• In the top of the third, Cooper Kinney hit a two-run RBI-single to increase the Stars lead to 7-0. 
• The Stripes were able to get on the board off of an RBI-triple hit by Lorenzo Carrier (Bear, Del.), bringing the game to 7-1.

Notable Information:

• The Stripes were held to just four hits against the Stars pitching staff.
• Cooper Kinney finished the 16U NTDP with a series-high six hits.
• Devin Obee led the series with six RBI's over the four-game span.
• Tyler Gough led both teams' pitcher staffs with seven strikeouts over the four-game series.
• No pitcher threw more than two innings in the contest.
• The Stripes finished the 2019 16U NTDP Stars vs. Stripes series 2-1-1.
• The Stars finished the 2019 16U NTDP Stars vs. Stripes series 1-2-1.
• Game Four of the Stars vs. Stripes series was cut short due to inclement weather. 

Social Media:

• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 16U National Team Development Program.  

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Stripes Improve to 2-0 with Win over Stars

Stripes pitching staff holds Stars to just four hits over eight innings
August 3, 2019
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Stripes 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 x 6 8 3
Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 x 1 4 3
 

 

CARY, N.C. - After six scoreless innings, the Stripes plated six runs in the final two innings to defeat the Stars, 6-1, in the second game of the 2019 USA Baseball 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) Friday evening at Coleman Field in Cary, North Carolina.

It was a classic pitcher's duel for most of the game, as neither team could tally a run until the seventh inning. Devin Obee (Nashville, Tenn.) and David Horn (Murrieta, Calif.) led the Stripes offense, each with two RBIs. Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) and Jayson Jones (Savannah, Texas) were each responsible for a run as well. Notably, Davis Diaz earned a walk in all three of his plate appearances. 

Five pitchers spent time on the bump from both teams. Xavier Perez (Corpus Christi, Texas) earned the win for the Stripes, while the rest of the pitching staff combined for seven strikeouts throughout the game. For the Stars, Tyler Gough (Perris, Calif.) was effective, striking out four batters in two innings.

Key Moments:

• In the top of the seventh, Jones earned an RBI-walk to score the game's first run and give the Stripes the lead.
• With the bases loaded, Obee singled on a hard-hit grounder that reached left field and drove in two runs, increasing the Stripes lead to 3-0 in the top of the seventh.
• Later in the seventh, Clifford earned a walk with the bases loaded and gave the Stripes a 4-0 lead. 
• The Stars got on the board in the bottom of the seventh after Gabriel Miranda (Orange, Calif.) scored from third on a wild pitch, bringing the score to 4-1.
• In the top of the eight, Horn ripped a hard grounder up the middle and brought home the Stripes final two runs of the game, giving the Stripes a 6-1 lead.

Notable Information:

• Perez earned the win for the Stripes after two innings pitched and added four punch-outs.
• Nick Kurtz suffered the loss for the Stars after three runs allowed in his appearance.
• The Stripes now take a 2-0 series lead with two games left to play at 16U NTDP.

Up Next:

• Game three of the 16U NTDP will take place on Sunday, August 4, at 7:00 p.m. EST at Coleman Field in Cary, N.C. 

Social Media:

• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 16U National Team Development Program.  

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Stripes Take Game One of 16U NTDP with Win over Stars

Big offensive inning from Stripes secure 6-5 win at Coleman Field
August 1, 2019
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CARY, N.C. - A four-run sixth inning proved to be the difference as the Stripes defeated the Stars, 6-5, in the first game of the 2019 USA Baseball 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) Thursday night at Coleman Field in Cary, North Carolina.

Jayson Jones (Savannah, Texas) paced the Stripes offense, going 1-for-1 with two RBIs. Additionally, Devin Obee (Nashville, Tenn.) also had an efficient night from the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. On the other side of the ball, the Stars combined for 10 hits and five runs scored in the game.

Four different pitchers from each team spent time on the mound. Gavin Ochoa earned the win for Stripes, while Samuel Dutton (Southside, Ala.) tallied three strikeouts over two innings pitched. For the Stars, Cale Lansville fanned four of the six batters he faced.

Key Moments:

• Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.) tallied the game's first run with an RBI-groundout to third which allowed Tyler White (Panoma, Calif.) to reach home.
• After being held scoreless in the first two innings, Stripes responded in the bottom of the second when David Horn (Murrieta, Calif.) hit a hard grounder that reached the center field grass and scored Jones to tie the game up at one run apiece.
• After a failed attempt at a pickoff play, Lorenzo Carter (Bear, Del.) reached home from third to put the Stripes up 2-1. 
• In the top of the fifth, Chase Spencer (Plano, Texas) crossed the plate on a passed ball to tie the game up at 2-2.
• With one out and a runner on second, Thomas Dilandri (Las Vegas) singled on a hard-hit ground ball to left field and brought home Reed to give the Stars a 2-1 lead.
• The Stripes scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth, led by Jones who hit a two-run RBI-double to center field which gave his squad a three-run lead. 
• Spencer was responsible for two runs in the top of the seventh for the Stars, but his team would be held scoreless from there, securing the 6-5 win for the Stripes.

Notable Information:

• The Stripes advance to 1-0 to start the 16U NTDP series.
• The two teams combined for 19 total hits, with the Stars tallying 10 and the Stripes recording 9. 
• Both teams recorded five strikeouts each on the day.

Up Next:

• Game two of the 16U NTDP will take place on Thursday, August 2, at 7:00 p.m. EST at Coleman Field in Cary, N.C. 

Social Media:

• 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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USA Baseball Announces 2019 16U NTDP Staff

Nova Southeastern Head Coach Greg Brown to serve as field coordinator in 2019
July 26, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - The staff for the 2019 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) was announced by USA Baseball on Wednesday. Greg Brown (Nova Southeastern) returns to the 16U NTDP staff as the 2019 Field Coordinator after serving as a coach at the inaugural event in 2018.

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 educational seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and USA Baseball national team staff and task force.

Florida International University (FIU) Head Coach Mervyl Melendez and current area scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks Dan Ramsay will join Brown on staff and serve as the managers of the Stars and Stripes teams, respectively.

"We are incredibly excited about this staff and we have no doubt that these coaches will provide our athletes a first-class experience," said 18U National Team Program Director Frank Jagoda. "The 16U National Team Development Program serves as a great stepping stone for the players at this age level and our staff cannot wait to start working with them."

Brown completed his ninth season at the helm of Nova Southeastern (NSU) in 2019, where he has guided the Sharks to NCAA South Region Tournament appearances in seven of his nine years. He was named the 2016 Division II National Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) after leading his team to the program's first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship. Since 2011, Brown has averaged over 35 wins a year with the Sharks and has had 18 players selected in the MLB Draft, including a program-record 10 in 2017.

Before taking the head role at NSU, Brown served as an area scout for the Houston Astros in 2009 and 2010, as well as an assistant coach at Broward Community College in 2008. He played professional baseball for four seasons in the Miami Marlins minor league system from 2003-2006 before starting his coaching career.

The field coordinator, with the assistance of additional coaches and evaluators made up of former professional players, respected collegiate and high school coaches, and professional scouts, will assess 36 athletes during the NTDP week.

The Stars team will be managed by Melendez and he will be joined by Pitching Coach Mike McRae, who is currently an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and Assistant Coach Frank Maldonado, who just finished his fourth season at the helm of Greensboro College.

Ramsay will guide the Stripes team and his staff will include Centre College Head Coach Drew Briese as the pitching coach and 17-year MLB veteran and Oaks Christian School (Westlake, Calif.) Head Coach Royce Clayton as an assistant coach.

University of Pittsburgh Head Coach Mike Bell and Jacksonville University Head Coach Chris Hayes also join Brown's staff for the NTDP as the pitching coordinator and defensive coordinator, respectively.

The 2019 16U NTDP will take place July 31-August 5 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

USA Baseball and the coaching staff utilized a rolling invitation process for the 16U NTDP roster that was announced on July 11, selecting athletes from the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the 2019 16U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida, as well as through recommendations from scouts, coaches and the amateur baseball community.

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

The coaching staff and their bios are as follows:

Name; NTDP Position; Current Position
Mike Bell; Pitching Coordinator; University of Pittsburgh Head Coach
Drew Briese; Stripes Pitching Coach; Centre College Head Coach
Greg Brown; Field Coordinator; Nova Southeastern Head Coach
Mike Garza; Stripes Assistant Coach; University of Virginia
Chris Hayes; Defensive Coordinator; Jacksonville University Head Coach
Frank Maldonado; Stars Assistant Coach; Greensboro College Head Coach
Mike McRae; Stars Pitching Coach; VCU Assistant Coach
Mervyl Melendez; Stars Manager; FIU Head Coach
Dan Ramsay; Stripes Manager; Arizona Diamondbacks Area Scout

Mike Bell finished his first year as the head coach at Pittsburgh in 2019, following seven years as an associate head coach at Florida State. Bell joined Florida State in 2012, where he oversaw the pitching staff and helped guide the Seminoles to two College World Series appearances. Under his guidance, the Florida State pitching staff led the country with 635 strikeouts in 2018 and he has coached 25 draft picks since 2012, including six in 2017 and 2014 first round selection Luke Weaver. In his first five seasons with the Seminoles, Bell's staffs posted an ERA below 3.50 - the lowest three-year total since 1999-2001 - and a sub-3.00 ERA for the first time in 10 years following the 2013 season. The Sarasota, Florida, native also coached at Oklahoma and Tennessee prior to his time with at FSU. He helped to lead both programs to the College World Series and set program strikeout records at both stops with 568 at Tennessee in 2005 and 583 at Oklahoma in 2010. Following a successful career as a player at Florida State that saw the Seminoles reach the College World Series in 1994 and 1995, Bell was selected in the 20th round of the 1995 draft by the Montreal Expos. He spent six years in the minor leagues, including reaching the Double-A level with the Baltimore Orioles' organization.

Drew Briese returns to the USA Baseball coaching ranks in 2019 after serving as an assistant coach for the 2016 15U National Team. He has also served as an evaluator and coach with USA Baseball since 2013, including coaching at the 2015 14U National Team Development Program. Briese is currently the head coach at Centre College (Danville, Ky.) where he guided the Colonels to the semifinals of the 2018 Southern Athletic Association conference tournament in his second season at the helm. Prior to his time at Centre, Briese joined the Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, Ala.) coaching staff in 2006 and helped lead the Panthers to 10 conference tournament and regular season titles with four straight NCAA Division III Regional appearances.

Greg Brown is currently serving as the head coach at Nova Southeastern University. In 2016, he was named the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Division II National Coach of the Year after leading his team to the program's first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship. Before his time with the Sharks, Brown worked as an assistant coach at Broward Community College and was an area scout for the Houston Astros. He also played minor league baseball for three years in the Miami Marlins organization. This is Brown's third coaching stint with USA Baseball after previously serving as a coach at the 2018 16U National Team Development Program and the 2013 and 2014 Tournament of Stars.

Currently the coordinator of video and scouting for the University of Virginia baseball team, Mike Garza will make his USA Baseball coaching debut in 2019. Prior to his time at UVA, Garza served as a volunteer assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy. He helped guide the Midshipmen to its second-highest win total in program history (38) and the Patriot League Championship series. Garza was selected in the 20th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers and spent four seasons in the organization's minor league system.

Chris Hayes finished his third year as the head coach at Jacksonville University in 2019 and will make his USA Baseball coaching debut with the 16U National Team Development Program. Hayes has led the Dolphins to 108 wins in his time at the helm, as well as the program's first 40-win season since 2006 and its first NCAA postseason appearance in seven years in 2018. In his first year as the head coach, Hayes guided the team to a 13-game winning streak - the program's longest in 26 years - and the ASUN Championship final. Prior to being named Jacksonville's head coach, Hayes had two tenures as an assistant with the Dolphins, serving in that role from 2003-08 and then again from 2013 until taking the reins for the 2017 season. In between the two stints, he spent five seasons as the head coach of the Seminole State College of Florida. Hayes was selected in the 28th round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays and spent five seasons in the organization's minor league system before starting him coaching career.

Frank Maldonado is currently entering his fifth season as the head coach at Greensboro College (Greensboro, N.C.). During his time at the helm, Maldonado led the Pride to its first 20-win season since 2012 in 2017 and an appearance in the USA South Athletic Conference Championship series for just the third time in program history in 2019. His teams also hold the Greensboro College records for most at-bats and hits. Prior to his time in Greensboro, Maldonado spent six seasons coaching at the University of Tampa, where he helped lead the Spartans to three NCAA Division II National Championships. He has also coached at the University of South Florida, California Lutheran University and Barstow Community College in his career. 2019 marks Maldonado's first year with the National Team Development Program; however, he is no stranger to USA Baseball, having also served as a scout at the USA Baseball National Team Championships in Florida.

Entering his third season as an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Mike McRae has helped lead the Rams to Atlantic 10 regular season titles in 2017 and 2019. Before his time at VCU, McRae spent 14 seasons as the head coach at Canisius College (Buffalo, N.Y.) where he was a four-time MAAC Coach of the Year. Under his guidance, the Golden Griffins went from winning just four games in 2004 to claiming the program's first two MAAC Championships and making the program's first appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and 2015. This will be McRae's first time coaching for USA Baseball.

2019 marks Mervyl Melendez's third year coaching at the National Team Development Program (NTDP) after previous stints with the 2015 17U and 2016 14U NTDPs. He also helped lead the 2018 18U National Team to its fifth consecutive COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships gold medal last fall. Melendez was named the head coach at Florida International University (FIU) in 2016 after leading the programs at Alabama State and Bethune-Cookman. While at the helm of Bethune-Cookman, he won 30 or more games in nine seasons and led Alabama State to school-record win totals three times, while compiling 537 wins and a dozen NCAA Tournament appearances with the two programs. Melendez was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2016 and has earned Coach of the Year honors 11 times in his career. In addition, he became the second-youngest head coach in NCAA Division I history to record 300 career wins after reaching the mark in 2009.

Currently an Area Scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Dan Ramsay will make his USA Baseball coaching debut at the 2019 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP). He served as the manager of the Minnesota Twins Gulf Coast League affiliate in 2018 after nine years as the head coach at Whitworth University (Wash.). Under his guidance, the Bucs made three appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament and one trip to the NCAA Division III World Series in 2012. He was also named the NCAA Division III West Region Coach of the Year in 2012.

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Frank Jagoda Named 18U National Team Director

Jagoda will oversee day-to-day operations for the 18U National Team and two national team development programs
February 11, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball named Frank Jagoda the Director of the 18U National Team on Tuesday. In this role, Jagoda will oversee the day-to-day operations of the 18U National Team program, as well as the 16U and 17U National Team Development Programs, and will also work closely with the recently announced Prospect Development Pipeline League.

He returns to USA Baseball after serving as an assistant coach for the 2017 15U National Team that won a gold medal at the COPABE Pan-Am "AA" Championships, and as a task force member for numerous national teams and national team identification events over the last five years.

"We are thrilled to welcome Frank Jagoda to the organization in a full-time capacity as the 18U National Team Director," USA Baseball's Executive Director/CEO, Paul Seiler, said. "Frank has been a part of the USA Baseball family as a coach and task force member since 2014 and we are confident his experience and coaching philosophies will translate perfectly to this role as we continue to build upon the incredible achievements of our national teams, national team development programs and our athletes."

Jagoda brings over ten years of collegiate and professional baseball coaching experience to his new role with the 18U National Team. He most recently served as the Pitching Coach for Rehabilitation for the Minnesota Twins, where he oversaw all of the on-field rehabilitation for the club and served as the pitching coach for the Gulf Coast League Twins in Fort Meyers, Florida.

Prior to his tenure with the Twins, he was the head coach at Patrick Henry Community College (Martinsville, Va.) from 2016-2017, where he led the Patriots to a 79-38 overall record, guided the program to its first-ever regular season Region X championship and was named the 2016 Region X Coach of the Year. Jagoda was also a graduate assistant and assistant coach at Canisius College from 2012-2014 and helped lead the Golden Griffins to its first-ever NCAA Regional berth in 2013, before leading Wingate University to a spot in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championship as its pitching coach and recruiting coordinator in 2015.

Jagoda is immediately tasked with leading Team USA at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in South Korea. The U.S. is looking to win an unprecedented fifth consecutive world title after taking home gold in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017. The 18U National Team program has won eight consecutive gold medals on the international stage dating back to 2011.

For more information on the 18U National Team, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter at @USABaseball18U.

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