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Baseball Factory Players Selected to Represent 18U USA National Team


9/29/2011
Austin Gambino
Baseball Factory

Following some intense training evaluation and 5-day trials, USA Baseball has finally announced the 20 player roster for the 2011 18U National Team.  From Catagena, Colombia November 17-27, the 18U team will compete in the 2011 COPABE ‘AAA’/18U Junior Pan American Championships.  The team will be coached by former MLB player Scott Brosius.  We are thrilled to see nine of the players traveling to Colombia in November have come through the Baseball Factory program.  We would like to congratulate the following players on this outstanding achievement:Alex Bregman (SS), Chase DeJong (RHP), Cole Irvin (LHP), Carson Kelly (3B), Jeremy Martinez (C),Nelson Rodriguez (C), Addison Russell (IF), Mikey White (SS/2B), and Jesse Winker (OF).

Alex Bregman hails from Albuquerque, NM and was the first ever youth player to win USA Baseball’s Player of the Year honors.  He led the 16U National Team to a Gold Medal in the Pan Am Championships and was an Under Armour Baseball Factory Pre-Season All-American in 2010 and 2011.  Chase DeJong is a two-way player who has developed as a pitcher and an outfielder.  The Long Beach, CA native was selected to the Team One West Showcase this past July.  Cole Irvin, a pitcher from Yorba Linda, CA participated in this year’s Under Amour All-American Game, powered by Baseball Factory and has committed to Oregon.  Carson Kelly, from Portland, OR, is a two-way player who can buckle hitters with his breaking ball and hold his own in the field as well.  He was a member of the 16U Gold Medal team, was an Under Armour Pre-Season All-American in both 2010 and 2011 and played in the 2011 Under Armour All-American Game, powered by Baseball Factory.  Jeremy Martinez, a catcher from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA, was also a member of the 2011 Under Amour All-American Team.  He is a talented young catcher and has committed to USC.

Nelson Rodriguez is a catcher from the Big Apple with a big arm.  He went to George Washington high school and has some power at the plate.  Addison Russell, from Pace, FL, was a 2010 Under Armour All-American and has a lot of potential.  This infielder is projected to be one of the best players in 2012 and has made a commitment to Auburn.  The University of Alabama has a commitment from Mikey White, a hometown shortstop from Hoover, AL.  The 2011 Under Armour All-American has some great skills in the field and is a solid hitter as well.  Jesse Winker is an outfielder from Windermere, FL.  He demonstrated a strong, accurate arm in his performance in the 2010 Team One Futures Game and will excel at the University of Florida.

Baseball Factory is proud to have worked with these talented young players and we wish them continued success along with an American victory in the Pan American Championships.   Keep building your way to greatness!  For any young players who may be in a position to try out for this team in upcoming years, these nine players are a prime example of the rewards of hard work and dedication.  Once again, congratulations to the 18U National Team players and good luck in Colombia!

Team Usa 2011 NTIS trials selections announced

32 total players invited by 14U/16U/18U programs
DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced its 2011 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) trials selections on Friday a selection show on USABaseball.com. The show comes five days after the conclusion of the NTIS, held Sept. 9-11, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex and Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C.The NTIS concluded with a total of 70 games played, featuring 756 players from three different age groups (13U, 15U, 17U) and 14 teams from across the country. Using the NTIS as the identification vehicle, USA Baseball named eight (8) players to the 2012 18U National Team Trials, eight (8) players to the 2012 16U National Team Trials and 16 players to 2012 14U National Team Trials.

“The NTIS talent pool has consistently grown deeper each year,” said Rick Riccobono, USA Baseball director of development. “It makes our job as talent evaluators that much tougher, which ultimately is a good problem to have as we look ahead to assembling gold medal-winning National Teams in 2012.”

For the third year in a row the announcement was made via an online selection show, which streamed on USABaseball.com. Scores, recaps and rosters from the 2011 NTIS can also be found at the online home of USA Baseball.

The 2011 NTIS selections for the 2012 USA Baseball 14U/16U/18U National Team Trials are as follows:

2011 13U NTIS/2012 14U Trials
Name, Position, Hometown, NTIS Team
Anthony Acosta, RHP, Simi Valley, Calif., Southern California
Nick Allen, IF, El Cajon, Calif., Southern California
Dylan Bohnert, IF/RHP, Anderson, Texas, South Texas
Tucker Bradley, LHP/OF, Chickamauga, Ga., Mid-Atlantic
Tyler Clavert, IF/RHP, Braselton, Ga., Mid-Atlantic
Shannon Glover, C, Columbia, S.C., USA Stars
Isaak Gutierrez, RHP/IF, Norwalk, Calif., Southern California
Maverick Handley, C, Lakewood, Colo., Mountain West
Brandon Mcilwain, RHP/OF, Newton, Pa., Northern California
Austin McNichols, IF, Austin, Texas, South Texas
Kevin Milam, RHP, Brentwood, Calif., Northern California
Landon Miner, RHP/IF, Bryan, Texas, South Texas
Michael Richey, RHP, Cape Coral, Fla., USA Stars
Chase Strumpf, IF, Ladera Ranch, Calif., Southern California
Mason Thompson, RHP, Round Rock, Texas, USA Stars
Rykker Tom, IF/RHP, Cedar City, Utah, Mountain West

2011 15U NTIS/2012 16U Trials
Joe DeMers, RHP, Martinez, Calif., Northern California
Lucas Herbert, C, Milton, Ga., Mid-Atlantic
Brendan Illies, RHP/C, Edgewood, Wash., Northwest
Jesse Kuet, IF, Huntington Beach, Calif., USA Stars
Brandon Perez, IF, Ladera Ranch, Calif., Southern California
Jakson Reetz, RHP/C, Hickman, Neb., Midwest
Justin Smith, OF, Jacksonville, Fla., North Florida
Max Wotell, LHP, Marvin, N.C., USA Stars

2011 17U NTIS/2012 18U Trials
Cole Billingsley, OF/LHP, Cropwell, Ala., Mid-Atlantic
Ben Eckels, RHP, Davis, Calif., Northern California
Chris Flexen, RHP, Newark, Calif., Northern California
John Kilichowski, LHP, Tampa, Fla., USA Stars
Kieran Lovegrove, RHP, Mission Viejo, Calif., Southern California
Russell Reynolds, RHP, Baton Rouge, La., South Texas
Drew Ward, IF/OF, Leedey, Okla., Midwest
Connor Williams, OF/RHP, South Jordan, Utah, Mountain West

USAB announces 14U National Team

USAB announces 14U National Team
Final 18-man roster will travel to Venezuela, Aug. 11-22
 
 
Following a four-day trials and training evaluation period, USA Baseball has announced the names of the 18 players who will make up the 2011 14U National Team. The club travel to San Felipe, Venezuela, to compete in the COPABE Pan Am ‘A’/14U Championships, Aug. 11-22.The 14U team will compete in two Red vs. Blue intra-squad scrimmages, Aug.6-7, before it hosts two exhibition games against Charlotte’s Canes 15U team in Cary, Aug. 8-9. The 14U team will leave for Venezuela on Aug. 11, and will play its first game on Aug.12 against Brazil. Pool play will run from Aug.12-18, with the semifinals and finals being held on Aug.19 and 21, respectively.

California leads all states in players selected with six, followed by Georgia and Illinois with three apiece, Texas with two, and Pennsylvania, Florida, Oklahoma and South Carolina each with one.

The 2011 USA Baseball 14U National Team roster is as follows:

Name, Position, Hometown
William Aguilar, IF/OF, Lawndale, Calif.
John Aiello, RHP/OF, Landsdale, Pa.
Addison Albright, LHP, Cumming, Ga.
Luken Baker, RHP, Spring, Texas
Chris Betts, RHP/C, Long Beach, Calif.
Stephen Bonnain, RHP, Tomball, Texas
Chris Botsoe, RHP/OF, Clarendon, Hills, Ill.
Chris Cullen, IF, Cumming, Ga.
Dominic DiCaprio, C, Coral Springs, Fla.
Sean Dixson, OF/C, Norman, Okla.
Bailey Falter, LHP, Chino Hills, Calif.
Shannon Glover, C, Columbia, S.C.
Isaak Gutierrez, IF/RHP, Norwalk, Calif.
Tyler Halas, IF/OF, West Chicago, Ill.
Nico Hoerner, IF/OF, Oakland, Calif.
Jonathan Hughes, OF/RHP, Flowery Branch, Ga.
Nick Madrigal, IF, Elk Grove, Calif.
Ako Thomas, IF, Chicago, Ill.

PC: CNT defeats 18U, 12-1, in Game 1

Elander and Johnson each drive in three runs
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DURHAM, N.C. – In the first-ever USA Baseball Prospect Classic, which pitted the Collegiate National Team against the 18U National Trials team, CNT came out ahead taking game one of the two-game series 12-1 Friday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Complex.

Brian Johnson stole the show in his first game with CNT going 2-for-2 with three RBI and three walks at the plate. The 2010 CNT alum also tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief recording a pair of strikeouts.

Facing some of the top college players in the country, the 18U squad collected nine hits on the night and were led by catcher Jeremy Martinez, who was 2-for-2. In all, eight players posted at least one base knock with Martinez and Carson Kelly each legging out doubles.

Johnson gave CNT an early 2-0 lead in the second sending a 2-2 Max Fried offering back up the middle scoring Erich Weiss and Dominic Ficociello. Weiss reached after being hit by a pitch to start the stanza and Ficociello doubled down the left field line setting up Johnson’s first hit of the summer.

CNT exploded for five runs in the bottom of the third extending its lead to 7-0, which was highlighted by a Josh Elander triple and Johnson’s round tripper. Tyler Naquin walked to start the frame and took third on Deven Marrero’s single before Elander cleared the bases with his second triple of the summer. After an 18U pitching change, Weiss lifted a fly ball to center pushing across Elander and Johnson capped the inning with a towering shot to right field.

Marrero and Elder’s back-to-back hits extended CNT’s lead to 9-0 in the fourth. Naquin walked for the second time and scored on Marrero’s double to right center. Elder followed with a line drive to right platting Marrerro.

CNT added to its lead scoring twice in the fifth and once more in the sixth for a 12-0 advantage.

Corey Seager’s sac fly got the 18U squad on the board in the ninth inning. Kelly roped a leadoff double to right field off the NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year, Corey Knebel, and took third on Joey Gallo’s ground out to short before trotting home on Seager’s fly ball to center.

Ryan Stanek (1-0) scattered eight hits over 6 1/3 scoreless innings to notch his first win of the summer. The right-hander fanned six batters and allowed just one walk before turning the ball over to Johnson. Knebel worked the final frame allowing one run on one hit.

On a staff night that saw nine 18U hurlers toe the rubber, Fried (0-1) took the loss after allowing two runs (both earned) on three hits. Eight of the nine pitchers got in an innings worth work with starter Lucas Sims, Carson Fulmer and Walker Weickel each tossing scoreless frames.

Game two of the series will be played Saturday night at the National Training Complex with a first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Trials Notes: Brian Johnson and Nolan Fontana, both from the University of Florida, joined the Collegiate National Team Friday before game one of the Prospect Classic … The sophomore duo led the Gators to the College World Series finals against South Carolina, which was played at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha … Game two of the Prospect Classic will be played at the USA National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. … Live scoring and video streaming will be available on USABaseball.com … Fans can tonight’s game and Saturday’s on a one-day tape-delayed broadcast (July 2-3) on MLB Network starting at noon ET both days.

198 Team USA alums on Opening Day rosters

Three teams tied with for lead with 10 alums
Major League Baseball’s 2011 Opening Day rosters included 198 players who are alumni of USA Baseball.USA Baseball is the National Governing Body of baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The organization selects and trains the USA Baseball Professional Teams, which include the World Baseball Classic Team and the World Cup Team; the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 16U and 14U National Teams; and the Women’s National Team. Each of USA Baseball’s teams participate in various international competitions.

The Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays led all teams with 10 alums on each roster.

Below is the complete list of USA Baseball alumni, by Major League Club, who appeared on 2011 MLB Opening Day roster:

Arizona Diamondbacks (6)
Justin Upton – 2004 18U National Team
J.J. Putz – 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Aaron Heilman – 1999 Collegiate National Team
Xavier Nady – 1998-2000 Collegiate National Teams
Willie Bloomquist – 1998 Collegiate National Team
Ian Kennedy – 2002 18U National Team, 2004-2005 Collegiate National Teams

Atlanta Braves (4)
Chipper Jones – 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic Teams
Brian McCann – 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
David Ross – 1994 and 1995 18U National Teams
Freddie Freeman – 2005 16U National Team, 2006 18U National Team

Baltimore Orioles (9)
Matt Wieters – 2005 Collegiate National Team
Derrek Lee – 2006 World Baseball Classic Team
Brian Roberts – 1997 Collegiate National Team, 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
J.J. Hardy – 2000 18U Pan American Team, 2000 18U National Team, 2003 COPABE Olympic Qualifying Team
Brendan Harris – 2005 CONCEBE Olympic Qualifying Team
Mark Reynolds – 2006 COPABE Olympic Qualifying Team
Jake Arrieta – 2006 Collegiate National Team, 2008 Olympic Team
Justin Duchscherer – 2003 COPABE Olympic Qualifying Team
Jeremy Guthrie – 2009 World Baseball Classic Team

Boston Red Sox (9)
Carl Crawford – 2001 World Cup Team
J.D. Drew – 1996 Collegiate National Team
Kevin Youkilis – 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Dustin Pedroia – 2002-2003 Collegiate National Teams, 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Dan Wheeler – 1999 Pan American Team, 2006 World Baseball Classic Team
Jason Varitek – 1992 Collegiate National Team, 2006 World Baseball Classic Team
Jarrod Saltalamacchia – 2001 16U National Team, 2002 18U National Team, 2004 CONCEBE Olympic Qualifying Team, 2006 COPABE Olympic Qualifying Team
Daniel Bard – 2003 18U Pan American Team, 2004 Collegiate National Team
Jed Lowrie – 2004 Collegiate National Team

Chicago Cubs (5)
John Grabow – 2003 COPABE Olympic Qualifying Team, 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Jeff Baker – 1997 16U National Team, 1999 18U National Team, 2000 and 2001 Collegiate National Team
Koyie Hill – 1997 18U Pan American Qualifying Team, 1997 18U National Team, 1999 Collegiate National Team
Tyler Colvin – 2006 World Cup Team
Darwin Barney – 2006 Collegiate National Team

Chicago White Sox (9)
Jake Peavy – 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic Teams
Adam Dunn – 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Paul Konerko – 1993 18U National Team
Carlos Quentin – 1999 18U National Team, 2001-2002 Collegiate National Teams
Jesse Crain — 2003 COPABE Olympic Qualifying Team
Phillip Humber – 2002 Collegiate National Team
Lastings Milledge – 2001 16U National Team, 2002 18U National Team, 2005 World Cup Team, 2005 CONCEBE Olympic Qualifying Team
Sergio Santos – 2001 18U Pan American Team
Brent Lillibridge – 2003 Collegiate National Team

Cincinnati Red (4)
Drew Stubbs – 2004-2005 Collegiate National Team
Homer Bailey – 2002 16U National Team
Paul Janish – 2003 Collegiate National Team
Mike Leake – 2008 Collegiate National Team

Cleveland Indians (10)
Grady Sizemore – 2003 COPABE Olympic Qualifying Team
Chris Perez – 2005 Collegiate National Team, 2007 World Cup Team
Austin Kearns – 1997 18U National Team
Adam Everett – 1997 Collegiate National Team, 2000 Olympic Team
Travis Buck – 2004 Collegiate National Team
Shelley Duncan – 1999 Collegiate National Team
Trevor Crowe – 2004 Collegiate National Team
Matt LaPorta – 2005 Collegiate National Team, 2008 Olympic Team
Lou Marson – 2008 Olympic Team
Jason Donald – 2008 Olympic Team

Colorado Rockies (9)
Todd Helton – 1993 Collegiate National Team
Huston Street – 2001 18U Pan American Team, 2002-2003 Collegiate National Teams, 2006 World Baseball Classic Team
Troy Tulowitzki – 2004 Collegiate National Team
Matt Lindstrom – 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Chris Iannetta – 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Ian Stewart – 2002 18U National Team
Jason Giambi – 1991-1992 Collegiate National Teams
Seth Smith – 2003 Collegiate National Team
Dexter Fowler – 2008 Olympic Team

Detroit Tigers (5)
Justin Verlander – 2003 Collegiate National Team
Brad Penny – 1999 Pan American Team
Ryan Raburn – 1997 16U National Team
Max Scherzer – 2005 Collegiate National Team
Austin Jackson – 2002 16U Pan American Team

Florida Marlins (2)
Brian Sanches – 2005 CONCEBE Olympic Qualifying Team
Brett Hayes – 2004 Collegiate National Team

Houston Astros (4)
Michael Bourn – 2006 COPABE Olympic Qualifying Team
Jason Castro – 2009 World Cup Team
Mark Melancon – 2005 Collegiate National Team
Brett Wallace – 2007 Collegiate National Team

Kansas City Royals (6)
Billy Butler – 2002 16U National Team, 18U Pan American Team, 2005 CONCEBE Olympic Qualifying Team, 2006 COPABE Olympic Qualifying Team
Jeff Francoeur – 2001 18U Pan American Team, 2006 World Baseball Classic Team
Luke Hochevar – 2004 Collegiate National Team
Alex Gordon – 2004 Collegiate National Team
Sean O’Sullivan – 2003 16U National Team, 2004 18U National Team
Tim Collins – 2010 Pan American Qualifying Team

Los Angeles Angels (8) Vernon Wells – 2006 World Baseball Classic Team
Scott Kazmir – 2001 18U Pan American Team
Jered Weaver – 2003 Collegiate National Team, 2005 CONCEBE Olympic Qualifying Team
Howie Kendrick – 2005 CONCEBE Olympic Qualifying Team
Jeff Mathis – 2005 CONCEBE Olympic Qualifying Team
Kevin Jepsen – 2008 Olympic Team
Brandon Wood – 2005 CONCEBE Olympic Qualifying Team, 2006 COPABE Olympic Qualifying Team
Hank Conger – 2004 16U National Team

Los Angeles Dodgers (7) Ted Lilly – 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Jonathan Broxton – 2009 World Baseball Classic
Chad Billingsley – 2002 18U National Team
Casey Blake – 1994-1996 Collegiate National Teams
James Loney – 2000 16U National Team
Clayton Kershaw – 2005 18U National Team
Xavier Paul – 2000-2001 16U National Teams

Milwaukee Brewers (6)
Randy Wolf – 1994 18U National Team, 1995-1996 Collegiate National Teams
Rickie Weeks – 2001-2002 Collegiate National Teams
Ryan Braun – 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
LaTroy Hawkins – 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Mark Kotsay – 1995-1996 Collegiate National Teams
Jeremy Reed – 2001 Collegiate National Team, 2003 COPABE Olympic Qualifying Team

Minnesota Twins (8)
Joe Mauer – 1999-2000 18U National Team, 2000 18U Pan American Team, 2003 COPABE Olympic Qualifying Team
Joe Nathan – 2006 World Baseball Classic
Michael Cuddyer – 1996-1997 18U National Teams
Delmon Young – 2000 16U National Team
Kevin Slowey – 2006 COPABE Olympic Qualifying Team
Denard Span – 2001 18U Pan American Team
Brian Duensing – 2007 World Cup Team, 2008 Olympic Team
Jeff Manship – 2001 16U National Team, 2003 18U Pan American Team

New York Mets (7)
David Wright – 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Mike Pelfrey – 2004 Collegiate National Team
R.A. Dickey – 1994-1996 Collegiate National Teams
Chris Capuano – 2001 World Cup Team
Jon Niese – 2004 18U National Team
Ike Davis – 2003 16U National Team, 2004 18U National Team, 2009 World Cup Team
Mike Nickeas – 1999 16U National Team, 2001 18U Pan American Team, 2003 Collegiate National Team

New York Yankees (4)
Alex Rodriguez – 1992 18U National Team, 2006 World Baseball Classic Team
Derek Jeter – 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic Teams
Nick Swisher – 2001 Collegiate National Team
Curtis Granderson – 2009 World Baseball Classic

Oakland Athletics (9)
Brian Fuentes – 2006 World Baseball Classic Team
Kurt Suzuki – 2006 COPABE Olympic Qualifying Team
Connor Jackson – 2002 Collegiate National Team
Brett Anderson, 2004 16U National Team, 2005 18U National Team, 2008 Olympic Team
Brad Ziegler – 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Andy LaRoche – 2007 World Cup Team
Trevor Cahill – 2008 Olympic Team
Jerry Blevins – 2007 World Cup Team
Landon Powell – 1998 16U National Team, 2002 Collegiate National Team

Philadelphia Phillies (10) Ryan Howard – 2000 Collegiate National Team
Roy Oswalt – 2000 Olympic Team, 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Chase Utley – 2006 World Baseball Classic Team
Brad Lidge – 2006 World Baseball Classic Team
Jimmy Rollins – 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Shane Victorino – 2005 CONCEBE Olympic Qualifying Team, 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Ryan Madson – 2003 COPABE Olympic Qualifying Team
Brian Schneider – 2006 World Baseball Classic Team
J.C. Romero – 1999 Pan American Team
John Mayberry – 2004 Collegiate National Team

Pittsburgh Pirates (9)
Chris Snyder – 2001 Collegiate National Team
Pedro Alvarez – 2006-2007 Collegiate National Teams, 2009 World Cup Team
Joel Hanrahan – 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Jeff Karstens – 2007 World Cup Team
Andrew McCutchen – 2004 18U National Team
Steve Pearce – 2007 World Cup Team
Jason Jaramillo – 2000 18U Pan American Team, 2007 World Cup Team
Brad Lincoln – 2009 World Cup Team
Josh Rodriguez – 2005 Collegiate National Team

St. Louis Cardinals (9)
Matt Holliday – 1997 18U Pan American Team, 1997 18U National Team, 2003 COPABE Olympic Qualifying Team, 2006 World Baseball Classic Team
Ryan Franklin – 2000 Olympic Team
Gerald Laird – 1997 18U National Team, 2003 COPABE Olympic Qualifying Team
Colby Rasmus -2007 World Cup Team
Jon Jay – 2005 Collegiate National Team
Tyler Greene – 2003 Collegiate National Team
Bryan Augenstein – 2006 Collegiate National Team
Allen Craig – 2002 18U National Team
Daniel Descalso – 2009 World Cup Team

San Diego Padres (6)
Heath Bell – 2009 World Baseball Classic
Ryan Ludwick – 1998 Collegiate National Team
Orlando Hudson – 2001 World Cup Team
Eric Patterson – 2002-2003 Collegiate National Teams
Rob Johnson – 2005 World Cup Team
Cory Luebke – 2009 World Cup Team

San Francisco Giants (4)
Brian Wilson – 2000 18U Pan American Team
Pat Burrell – 1997 Collegiate National Team
Buster Posey – 2004 18U National Team
Nate Schierholtz – 2008 Olympic Team

Seattle Mariners (4)
Milton Bradley – 1999 Pan American Team
Brandon League – 2000 18U National Team
Adam Kennedy – 1999 Pan American Team
Justin Smoak – 2007 Collegiate National Team, 2009 World Cup Team

Tampa Bay Rays (10)
Johnny Damon – 2006 World Baseball Classic Team
B.J. Upton – 2001 18U Pan American
Ben Zobrist – 2005 World Cup Team
David Price – 2005-2006 Collegiate National Teams
Evan Longoria – 2007 World Cup Team, 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
J.P. Howell – 2000 18U National Team, 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Sean Rodriguez – 2001 16U National Team
Jeremy Hellickson – 2003 16U National Team
Sam Fuld – 2001-2002 Collegiate National Teams
Cesar Ramos – 2004 Collegiate Team

Texas Rangers (3)
Michael Young – 2006 World Baseball Classic Team
Julio Borbon – 2006 Collegiate National Team
Tommy Hunter – 2006 Collegiate National Team

Toronto Blue Jays (7)
Aaron Hill – 2002 Collegiate National Team
Jon Rauch – 2000 Olympic Team
John McDonald – 1998 Collegiate National Team
Ricky Romero – 2004 Collegiate National Team
Corey Patterson – 1997 18U Pan American Team
Jayson Nix – 2007 World Cup Team, 2008 Olympic Team
J.P. Arencibia – 2005-2006 Collegiate National Teams

Washington Nationals (5)
Ryan Zimmerman – 2004 Collegiate National Team
Stephen Strasburg – 2008 Collegiate National Team, 2008 Olympic Team
Rick Ankiel – 1996-1007 18U Nationals Teams
Sean Burnett – 1998 16U National Team
Danny Espinosa – 2003 16U National Team, 2007 Collegiate National Team

 

USAB announces 18U pitching coach

Midland’s Lawler named to 18U coaching staff for 2011
USA Baseball announced that Jim Lawler has been named the pitching coach of the 2011 18U National Team. Lawler is currently in his third year as the pitching coach at Midland College in Midland, Texas.Lawler was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1972 and played one season of minor league baseball before he began his coaching career in 1978 at Gonzaga University. He spent three seasons as the head coach at Gonzaga before heading to the University of Texas at El Paso in 1980 and then onto Texas A&M University four years later where he remained for the next 20 seasons. In his last season at Texas A&M, Lawler was recognized as the 2005 National Assistant Baseball Coach of the Year.

“Jim is going to be a great addition to the already talented coaching staff for this summer’s 18U National Team,” said Brant Ust, USA Baseball 18U National Team Director. “He brings great knowledge and enthusiasm for the game of baseball, and that is exactly what we’re looking for. We are thrilled to have him be a part of the USA Baseball family.”

While with the Aggies, Lawler compiled a record of 876-433-3 and made 13 appearances in the NCAA playoffs with two College World Series berths in 1993 and 1999. After leaving Texas A&M, he was named the head coach at the University of Arkansas Little Rock until he moved to his current position at Midland College in 2008.

The 18U National Team will compete in the COPABE Pan American “AAA”/18U Junior Championships this summer in Cartagena, Columbia, Sept. 23-Oct. 2.

USA Baseball Announces National High School Invitational

USA Baseball, the sport’s National Governing Body, is once again expanding its reach into the amateur level of the game with the announcement of the USA Baseball National High School Invitational, presented by Baseball America. The event will take place March 28-31, 2012 at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

Many notable high school events put a focus on individual players with showcases and travel teams, but there are plenty of tournaments held each spring that try to bring in the top high school teams to play each other. The NHSI will do that, but on a bigger national scale than previously seen. Top teams from Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey and Texas have been invited to participate. Among the ones that have accepted are Sarasota (Fla.) High, Bishop Gorman High (Las Vegas), Parkview High (Lilburn, Ga.) and Brookwood High (Snellville, Ga.). The event will also be sanctioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations, so it will have a North Carolina team participate as the host.

“The National High School Invitational promises to be a unique event that will help identify the top high school baseball team in the U.S.,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. “With the help of Baseball America, we are confident that the event will be representative of the nation’s top teams and talent, and beginning in 2012, we look forward to bringing this one-of-a-kind tournament to baseball fans across the country each spring.”

The goal is to bring the top teams in the country together to play each other—without being too heavy in a particular state or region—while putting a national spotlight on participants that are playing for the name on the front of the jersey, rather than on the back. The tournament will be sure to have national ranking implications as well as attract major league scouts to see the talent on display.

“It’s going to be a tremendous tournament,” Sarasota head coach Clyde Metcalf said. “The competition is going to be great. With USA Baseball and Baseball America involved, I know it’ll be top notch for our players. The USA Baseball National Training Complex is among the best in the nation. It’s something that will benefit our players in the future from an exposure standpoint. It’ll give our kids something to look forward to also. It’ll make some of those tough workout days a little easier.”

Between the four schools that are already confirmed participants there are 18 state championships won as well as countless league titles and players that have gone on to play at the next level.

“This is a great way to see what we’re made of,” Bishop Gorman head coach Nick Day said. “There’s no way to find out if you’re the best unless you play the best.”

The tournament will be single-elimination between 16 teams. Teams are guaranteed to play four games, but can’t win the championship once they have lost a game. USA Baseball doesn’t put on dozens of tournaments every year, but those that are affiliated with USA Baseball are considered first-class events. Teams will have lodging, event transportation, meals, nightly security and laundry arranged by Team USA’s staff.

“Parkview is very excited about this awesome opportunity for our program,” head coach Chan Brown said. “What a great opportunity for these kids and teams to see how they stack up against the best of the best.”

While USA Baseball will handle all logistics with the event, Baseball America will assist in selecting the teams to be invited. There will never be a definitive national championship in high school baseball, but the teams invited are all considered to be strong candidates for future Top 25 rankings, and the results of the event will certainly help with trying to separate teams’ resumes, one of the biggest challenges in putting together a national ranking.

“This is a tremendous opportunity,” Brookwood head coach Rick Howard said. “The publicity and recognition for our program will come along with it. We’ve played teams in the Southeast, but we as coaches are excited to see the different types of ball played around the country.”

 

 

USA Baseball’s 2011 bat guidelines


 

AGE GROUP RULE ASSOCIATED EVENTS
18U Any solid (one piece) wood bat Tournament of Stars
18U National Team Trials
Breakthrough Series
Labor Day Cup
NTIS 17U
18U National Team
16U Any non-composite BESR -3 (category A) or
approved-composite BESR -3 (category C)
OR
any BBCOR -3 bat
16U Championships
16U Cup
16U National Team Trials
16U National Team
Labor Day Cup
NTIS 15U
14U Any non-composite BESR -3 (category A) or
approved-composite BESR -3 (category C)
OR
any BBCOR -3 bat
OR
any non-composite -5 bat
OR
aluminum/alloy barrel and composite handle -5 bat
14U Championships
14U Cup
14U National Team Trials
14U National Team
NTIS 13U
Women’s Any non-composite BESR -3 (category A) or
approved-composite BESR -3 (category C)
OR
any BBCOR -3 bat
OR
any non-composite -5 bat
OR
aluminum/alloy barrel and composite handle -5 bat
Women’s International Friendship Series

These standards are in accordance with those of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). For a summary of their approved and unapproved bats, please click here. All 2012 USA Baseball events will adhere to the NFHS’s stated move to BBCOR-only standards for non-wood bats.

Bat Protest Procedure

Teams wishing to protest the use of an illegal bat must notify the umpire before the next at bat. Once the first pitch to the next batter has been thrown, the protest will be considered invalid.

Result of Successful Protest

A successful protest will result in the automatic ejection of the player committing the infraction and the manager of the infracting team. The protesting team can then choose to accept an automatic out or the result of the play.

Non-Team Related Occurrences

Players participating in USA Baseball camps or individual based identification events that are found to have committed an infraction will have their participation reviewed by the operating staff and may face expulsion from the event.

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CNT to face Japan in Kannapolis

CNT and Japan will compete in 38th Collegiate All-Star Series

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball and the Kannapolis Intimidators announced that the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and Japan Collegiate All-Stars will play the fourth game of their 38th Collegiate All-Star Series at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium in Kannapolis, N.C., on July 6, at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Tickets for the game are on sale now through the Kannapolis Intimidators ticket office or online at http://www.intimidatorsbaseball.com. For more information, please call (704) 932-3267. The game will be presented this year by the City of Kannapolis and the Cabarrus County Convention Visitors Bureau.

“The Intimidators are excited to again host the Collegiate National Team this season,” said Intimidators General Manager Randy Long. “We consider it a privilege for our fans and our community to host not only America’s top collegians but also to showcase such strong international talent.”

The Collegiate National Team will play Japan in a five-game series from July 3-8, with the first three games being played in the Triangle-area of North Carolina, and the fifth and final game being held in the new TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. The series is part of the Collegiate Team’s 2011 summer schedule, beginning June 22.

“We are thrilled to bring the Collegiate National team back to Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. “The fan support in Kannapolis of Team USA is incredible, and we are looking forward to that same enthusiasm for this year’s team.”

The Collegiate National Team last played in Kannapolis in 2009. In that contest, 2010 5th overall draft pick Drew Pomeranz pitched the team to a 15-1 victory over a Guatemala National Team.

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team is made up of the top non-draft-eligible collegiate baseball players in the country. Players who have worn the red, white, and blue for the Collegiate Team and have gone on to Major League Baseball success include such notables as Nomar Garciaparra (1992), Ryan Howard (2000), Dustin Pedroia (2002-03), David Price (2005-06), Huston Street (2002-03), Mark Teixeira (2000), and Jason Varitek (1996).

2011 GSA Watch List announced

Ten of last year’s semifinalists on 2011 list
USA Baseball announced its preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List on Thursday, marking the organization’s first step toward identifying the top amateur baseball player in the country. Sponsored by Major League Baseball, the Golden Spikes Award will be presented in 2011 for the 34th time.The Watch List features 50 of the nation’s top amateur players, and it will be a “rolling” list to ensure that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the Golden Spikes Award, to be presented live on Monday, July 11, at the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest in Phoenix.

Headlining the 2011 Watch List are 10 athletes who were among the 30 semifinalists for the 2010 Golden Spikes Award. Those players are Trevor Bauer (RHP, Junior, UCLA), Cole Green (RHP/OF, Senior, Texas), Paul Hoilman (RHP/IF, Senior, East Tennessee State), Danny Hultzen (LHP/IF, Junior, Virginia), Taylor Jungmann (RHP, Junior, Texas), Zack MacPhee (IF, Junior, Arizona State), Mike McGee (RHP/OF, Senior, Florida State), Anthony Meo (RHP, Junior, Coastal Carolina), Anthony Rendon (IF, Junior, Rice) and John Stilson (RHP/IF, Junior, Texas A&M).

“It is our pleasure to announce the 50 members of the preseason Watch List for the 2011 Golden Spikes Award,” said Paul Seiler, Executive Director/CEO of USA Baseball. “Last season provided us with an extremely deep pool of candidates from which to choose, and with one-third of the 2010 semifinalists being named to the 2011 preseason watch list, we look forward to another year of excellent performances.”

Arizona State and Vanderbilt lead all schools with three players named to the Watch List. Ten schools are tied for second with two players named. For the second year in a row, the Southeastern Conference tops all conferences with nine Watch List players. The Atlantic Coast Conference and Pac-10 Conference each have eight. Juniors make up the majority of the list with 38 players named, up from 35 in 2010. Sophomores and seniors are each represented by six players on the list.

Following the release of a second, 60-player Watch List to be named on Tuesday, May 3, USA Baseball officials will announce to the 30 semifinalists for the 2011 Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday, May 31. The list of 30 will then be sent to a voting body consisting of select professional baseball personnel, past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of media that closely follow the amateur game, and current USA Baseball staff, representing a group of nearly 200 voters in total.

Fan voting will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2011. Tuesday, May 31, marks the day when college baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite player for the Golden Spikes Award on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of this selection process all voters will be asked to choose five players from the list of 30 names. On Tuesday, June 7, USA Baseball will announce the five finalists, and voting will once again commence that same day.

The 2011 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award will be presented July 11 on an award show via telecast from Phoenix on GoldenSpikesAward.com, USABaseball.com and MLB.com in conjunction with All-Star FanFest.

Bryce Harper of Southern Nevada was the recipient of the 2010 Golden Spikes Award. The No. 1 overall pick of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft to the Washington Nationals was the first junior college player since Alex Fernandez (Miami Dade Community College; now Miami Dade College) in 1990 to win the award.

Other past winners of the Golden Spikes Award include Terry Francona (1980), Will Clark (1985), Robin Ventura (1988), Jason Varitek (1994), J.D. Drew (1997), Mark Prior (2001), Jered Weaver (2004), Tim Lincecum (2006), David Price (2007), Buster Posey (2008) and Stephen Strasburg (2009).

2011 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Important Dates

Thursday, Feb. 17 – 50-man preseason Watch List released, shaped by USA Baseball officials, advisors and college SIDs
Tuesday, May 3 – 60-man midseason Watch List released, shaped by USA Baseball officials, advisors and college SIDs
Tuesday, May 31 – 30 semifinalists announced, selected by USA Baseball officials; semifinalist voting begins; voters select five
Friday, June 3 – Deadline to vote for finalists, 5 p.m. ET
Tuesday, June 7 – Five finalists announced; finalist voting begins; voters to select one
Friday, June 17 – Deadline to vote for winner, 5 p.m. ET
Monday, July 11 – Golden Spikes Award presentation at All-Star FanFest in Phoenix

The complete 2011 Preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List is as follows:

Name, Position, Class, School, Conference (in order of name)

Tyler Anderson, LHP, Junior, Oregon, Pac-10
Jeremy Baltz, OF, Sophomore, St. John’s, Big East
Matt Barnes, RHP, Junior, Connecticut, Big East
Trevor Bauer, RHP, Junior, UCLA, Pac-10
Jackie Bradley, Jr., OF, Junior, South Carolina, SEC
Jed Bradley, LHP, Junior, Georgia Tech, ACC
Adam Bryant, IF, Senior, Troy, Sun Belt
Garrett Buechele, IF, Junior, Oklahoma, Big 12
Jason Coats, OF, Junior, Texas Christian, Mountain West
Gerrit Cole, RHP, Junior, UCLA, Pac-10
Zach Cone, OF, Junior, Georgia, SEC
C.J. Cron, C, Junior, Utah, Mountain West
Alex Dickerson, OF, Junior, Indiana, Big Ten
Kenny Diekroeger, IF, Sophomore, Stanford, Pac-10
Jason Esposito, IF, Junior, Vanderbilt, SEC
Sean Gilmartin, LHP, Junior, Florida State, ACC
Sonny Gray, RHP, Junior, Vanderbilt, SEC
Cole Green, RHP/OF, Senior, Texas, Big 12
Paul Hoilman, RHP/IF, Senior, East Tennessee State, Atlantic Sun
Danny Hultzen, LHP/IF, Junior, Virginia, ACC
Brian Johnson, LHP/IF, Sophomore, Florida, SEC
Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Junior, Texas, Big 12
Zack MacPhee, IF, Junior, Arizona State, Pac-10
Mikie Mahtook, OF, Junior, Louisiana State, SEC
Deven Marrero, IF, Sophomore, Arizona State, Pac-10
Harold Martinez, IF, Junior, Miami (Fla.), ACC
Nick Martini, OF, Junior, Kansas State, Big 12
Mike McGee, RHP/OF, Senior, Florida State, ACC
Anthony Meo, RHP, Junior, Coastal Carolina, Big South
Levi Michael, IF, Junior, North Carolina, ACC
Brad Miller, IF, Junior, Clemson, ACC
Peter O’Brien, C, Junior, Bethune-Cookman, MEAC
Ricky Oropesa, IF, Junior, Southern California, Pac-10
Matt Price, RHP, RS Sophomore, South Carolina, SEC
Matt Purke, LHP, Sophomore, Texas Christian, Mountain West
Nick Ramirez, IF/LHP, Junior, Cal State Fullerton, Big West
Noe Ramirez, RHP, Junior, Cal State Fullerton, Big West
Anthony Rendon, IF, Junior, Rice, C-USA
Jordan Ribera, IF, Senior, Fresno State, WAC
John Ruettiger, OF, Junior, Arizona State, Pac-10
Jeff Schaus, OF, Senior, Clemson, ACC
George Springer, OF, Junior, Connecticut, Big East
John Stilson, RHP/IF, Junior, Texas A&M, Big 12
Preston Tucker, IF, Junior, Florida, SEC
Logan Verrett, RHP, Junior, Baylor, Big 12
B.A. Vollmuth, IF, Junior, Southern Mississippi, C-USA
Aaron Westlake, IF/C, Junior, Vanderbilt, SEC
Kolten Wong, IF, Junior, Hawaii, WAC
Ryan Wright, IF, Junior, Louisville, Big East
Tony Zych, RHP, Junior, Louisville, Big East