A minimum of 40 athletes will be identified for the 18U National Team Trials through the Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League.
As players are named to the team, USA Baseball will publicize the announcement(s) through a press release and/or by postings to USABaseball.com. For a player to be age-eligible for the 2019 18U National Team they must have been born after Jan. 1, 2001.
PROSPECT DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE (PDP) LEAGUE
The PDP League will be held from mid-June through early-July at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. It is an invitation-based development opportunity for approximately 80 of the top high school baseball players ahead of the 2020 MLB Draft. It will include competitive game play, practice & training sessions with MLB Club representatives serving as on-field coaches, and evaluation using modern technologies tailoring individualized development curriculums for each player. The PDP League will serve as a primary identification opportunity for the USA Baseball 18U National Team. Additionally, the League will serve as a feeder for a new All-Star Week showcase game for the best high school baseball players, designed in a similar style to the existing SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
NATIONAL TEAM TRIALS
In 2019, the 18U National Team Trials dates and locations are TBD. The Trials will consist of practices and intrasquad Red vs. Blue games. From the 18U National Team Trials, 20 players will be named to the final 2019 USA Baseball 18U National Team roster that will compete at the 2019 World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, Korea.
Email Play@USABaseball.com, with any questions regarding the 2019 USA Baseball 18U National Team selection process.