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Fifteen Alumni Taken in the First Round of 2019 MLB Draft

June 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Abbott Invited to USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training Camp

One of the most reliable arms out of the bullpen over the last two seasons, Abbott co-led the Cavaliers with 24 appearances as a sophomore in 2019.
June 18, 2019

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia left-handed pitcher Andrew Abbott (Nathalie, Va.) has been invited to USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training Camp. The Cavaliers have been represented on the Collegiate National Team in three of the last four years.

One of the most reliable arms out of the bullpen over the last two seasons, Abbott co-led the Cavaliers with 24 appearances as a sophomore in 2019. He struck out 59 batters in 44 innings pitched while pitching to a 3.89 ERA. Two of his three saves on the year came against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.

As a freshman in 2018, Abbott earned Freshman All-America honors from Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. He struck out 74 batters, the third most among ACC relievers and sixth most in the country. Abbott was listed on 2018 ACC All-Freshman team and was listed on the ACC All-Academic team his first year on Grounds. He was credited with six saves, the second most ever by a Cavalier freshman.

In two years, Abbott has amassed 137 strikeouts in 95 innings pitched.

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in series of four intrasquad exhibition games and a game against the Coastal Plain League Select before announcing a 26-man roster prior to the 8th USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series that will take place July 2-6 in Cary, Charlotte, Durham and Hickory, North Carolina. Team USA's 26-man roster will then travel to Taiwan for the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series after which USA Baseball will announce a final 24-man roster to compete in the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 16-21 in Japan.

Last season, Virginia head coach Brian O'Connor served as the Collegiate National Team's pitching coach. Team USA went 12-3 on a three-week international tour that included games against Cuba, Chinese Taipei and Japan. Under O'Connor's direction, the Team USA pitching staff sported a 2.06 ERA and recorded three shutouts.

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Schubart, Saven Named Player, Pitcher of the Day During First Day of 15U Bracket Play

June 18, 2019

Jupiter, Fla. - Designated hitter Nolan Schubart of Team Elite has been named the Player of the Day for his efforts on Tuesday, leading his team to a 10-2 win and a spot in the semifinals. Schubart hit a home run to right field to score first for Team Elite in the first inning. In total, he hit 3-for-3 and tallied a second run and an RBI.

Florida Pokers Underclass Carolina powered by Mizuno's Madelyn Saven picked up the Pitcher of the Day title. Saven was on the mound for four innings and got the 7-6 win for the Florida Pokers in relief. She threw for zero runs off one hit and struck out four batters.

Honorable Mentions

- P Arben Kolaj (Team Warstic Washington): 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R/0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

- LF Carl Lind (Slammers Bitzer): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

- CF Christopher Diaz (Gamblers Elite 15U): 2-for-3, 2 2B, BB, R, 2 RBI, SB

- 2B Christopher Smalley (5 Star National Weaver): 2-for-2, 2B, 2 R, RBI

- CF Drew Burress (5 Star National 14U): 3-for-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI

- P Ethan McElwain (Team Freedom): 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R/0 ER, 5 BB, 7 K

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15U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

5 Star National Weaver Advances to Quarterfinals With Win Over X Team 2022

June 18, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
XTM 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 2
5STR 0 0 0 0 1 3 X 4 5 1
Win: Lankie Loss: S. Perez Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

Jupiter, Fla. - 5 Star National Weaver opened bracket play at the 15U National Team Championships bracket play with a 4-2 win over X Team 2022 on Tuesday morning at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.

X Team 2022 got on the board first in the top of the second inning after Vincent Mingarelli hit a single, before advancing to second base on a sacrifice bunt. Mangarelli scored on a wild pitch two pitches later to give X Team a 1-0 lead. They added a second run in the top of the fourth when Yoel Tejeda Jr. hit a triple to score Christopher Bayo.

5 Star National Weaver plated its first run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Max Williams hit a triple to right field and scored on a single from Terrell Milliner to trim X Team's lead to 2-1.

The sixth inning brought three more runs for 5 Star National. After two batters drew walks, Langston Lewis and Jared Matey hit singles to bring in Jacob Rowe and Garrett Mackowiak, giving them a 3-2 lead. Lewis snagged an insurance run off of a single from Jayden Long and increased the lead to 4-2.

Lankie (1-0) earned the win for 5 Star National Weaver after pitching four innings with two runs on four hits and four strikeouts. X Team 2022's Sebastian Perez (0-2) was tagged for the loss after allowing one run on two hits, and five strikeouts in 4.1 innings.

5 Star National Weaver advanced to 4-1 in the tournament and to a quarterfinal game versus Elev8 Select on Tuesday at 10:45 a.m.

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Pelio Invited to Team USA Training Camp

Pelio would be the first BC player in the 46-year history of USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team program.
June 18, 2019

CARY, N.C. - Boston College freshman right-handed pitcher Mason Pelio (San Diego, Calif.) has accepted an invitation from USA Baseball to the Collegiate National Team Training Camp. Recognized as a Freshman All-American by Perfect Game/Rawlings, Pelio would be the first BC player in the 46-year history of USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team program.

Pelio started his rookie season as the Eagles' Sunday starter before moving into the Saturday role midway through ACC play. He went 4-3 on the season with a 3.63 earned run average and 62 strikeouts in 72 innings. Pelio turned in seven quality starts, including seven innings of two-hit, shutout ball to clinch a series at No. 19 Florida State. An ACC All-Freshman Team pick, he got BC off on the right foot with six innings and one earned run against eighth-seeded Clemson in an eventual extra-inning win in the ACC Championship opener.

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in series of four intrasquad exhibition games and a game against the Coastal Plain League Select before announcing a 26-man roster prior to the 8th USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series that will take place July 2-6 in Cary, Charlotte, Durham and Hickory, North Carolina. Team USA's 26-man roster will then travel to Taiwan for the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series after which USA Baseball will announce a final 24-man roster to compete in the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 16-21 in Japan. For more information on USA Baseball and the Collegiate National Team, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; and @USABaseballCNT on Twitter.

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Doran, Walega Named Player, Pitcher of the Day for June 17

June 18, 2019

West Palm Beach, Fla. - 5 Star 15U DelNegro's Kyle Doran earned Monday's Player of the Day title for his performance in their 6-1 win over CBA Texas. Doran went 2-for-2 with two runs, an RBI and two stolen bases, leading the team in both hits and runs.

Monday's Pitcher of the Day goes to Patrick Walega of BL101 Real Ballers 2022 National, who pitched all seven innings of the team's 5-0 shutout versus Kangaroo Court National Roos. Walega threw for zero runs on three hits, no walks and five strikeouts.

Honorable Mentions

- P Christofer Walley (Kangaroo Court American Roos): 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R/1 ER, 1 B, 10 K

- EH Max Martinez (Slammers Bitzer): 2-for-3, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI

- P Tyler Ganoe (5 Star 15U DelNegro): 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R/0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K

- COMBINED SHUTOUT: P Tyler Triche / Jonathan Xuereb (Team Freedom): 4 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 K / 3 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 K

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Nat'l Team Champs

Clark/Torres Named Co-Player, Williams Named Pitcher of the Day for June 17

June 18, 2019

PHOENIX - For the second time this week, Matthew Clark of Prime 16U has been named the Player of the Day, this time for June 17. Clark went 2-for-4 with a single and fifth-inning grand slam in today's performance in Prime's 10-2 win over TB SoCal Easton. With the victory, the squad clinched an automatic bid in the playoff bracket beginning Wednesday. For his efforts today as well, Jacob Torres has been named co-Player of the Week along with Clark for his 3-for-5 performance today. Torres notched three singles in the Sacramento Sports Center Cats' 11-3 route of the Admirals 17U Black, also knocking in three RBI while scoring two runs.

Jaelen Williams has been named the Pitcher of the Day for today after tossing a complete game, one-hit affair for Team Cal Hawaii. Williams dominated in his seven inning outing on the bump, adding 10 strikeouts while walking just three batters.

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Nat'l Team Champs

GBG Marucci Navy Uses Strong Presence at the Plate to Defeat OC Premier Navy, 9-2

Eight GBG athletes recorded hits in the contest
June 17, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
GBG 3 0 1 2 2 0 1 9 13 1
OCP 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 4
Win: D. Treur Loss: D. Lee Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

GOODYEAR, Ariz - GBG Marucci Navy pounded out 15 hits, including two doubles and seven RBI, to claim victory over OC Premier Navy, 9-2, on Monday morning at the Goodyear Sports Complex in Goodyear, Arizona. 

Eight different GBG athletes tallied at least one hit and four had multi-hit games. Kaden Tsuji (2-for-3), Nolan Ornelas (2-for-4) and Isaac Pacheco (2-for-4) all had two-hit games and Vincent Temesvary led the team, going 3-for-4 with two singles, a double, and three RBI on the day. 

The GBG offense was ready to go for its 7:15 a.m. (PT) start time, scoring three runs in the top of the first. Marco Ibarra hit a leadoff single to left and scored when Pacheco knocked a single into right field. Orenlas reached on an error and scored along with Pacheco on Temesvary's first RBI of the day. 

OC Premier responded in the bottom of the second. A wild pitch allowed Ryann Stock to score after a fielder's choice put him on base. With runners in scoring position, Premier looked to add a few more runs, but the GBG defense was able to hold them off and prevent a big inning. 

GBG's lead continued to grow, with the team scoring a run in the third and two in both the fourth and fifth innings. Its final run came on another RBI single by Temesvary that scored Ornelas. In the field, the GBG pitching staff, with a strong defense behind them, scattered three hits and struck out six on its way to a win. 

Premier made one more scoring effort in the bottom of the sixth when a walk put Alonzo Fuller on base and a single moved him to third. Fuller scored on an RBI off the bat of Lucas Garcia. Fuller, Daniel Lee and Andy Park all saw time on the mound for Premier. They each tossed a strikeout and only combined for three walks in the game.

With the win, GBG Marucci Navy advanced to the playoff bracket and will take on PBA at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday at Mariners 6 in the Peoria Sports Complex. 

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15U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

Kangaroo Court American Roos Outlast Team Warstic Washington

June 17, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
TMWR 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 5 0
KNGR 0 0 3 0 1 0 X 4 2 4
Win: C. Walley Loss: J. Cruz Save: None
Box Score
 

West Palm Beach, Fla. - The rain stayed away just long enough for the Kangaroo Court American Roos to outlast Team Warstic Washington for a 4-3 win during the 15U National Team Championships' Game of the Day on Monday.

Both teams were held scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when Kangaroo Court scored three runs to break the tie. Kangaroo Court loaded the bases after drawing three walks before Team Warstic brought Wes Mendes home with another walk. Christofer Walley hit a two-RBI double to bring Aidan Miller and Matthew Rose in for a 3-0 lead.

Team Warstic Washington responded with three of their own runs in the top of the fifth. Two singles put runners on the corners and a balk by Kangaroo Court brought Brayden Sprencel in to get Team Warstic on the board. Carter Ford and Gavin Chaisson scored on a pair of Kangaroo Court errors, tying the game at three.

Kangaroo Court quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the inning after three walks and a fielder's choice brought Colton Wombles home to score the go-ahead run.

Walley (1-0) pitched all seven innings for Kangaroo Court to earn the win. He allowed three runs on five hits while striking out 10. Team Warstic's Jacob Cruz (0-1) was tagged with the loss with three runs on two hits, seven walks and two strikeouts during his four innings on the mound.

The Kangaroo Court American Roos advance to 5-0 and Team Warstic Washington falls to 2-3 for the tournament going into the start of bracket play on Tuesday.

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Garrett Crochet Invited To USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training Camp

The Ocean Springs, Miss., native finished the year with a 5-3 record and set career bests in 7 statistical categories.
June 17, 2019

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee sophomore pitcher Garrett Crochet has accepted an invitation to the 2019 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team training camp.

The talented left hander is the 21st player in program history to be associated with one of the USA Baseball National Teams and the first to earn an invite to the Collegiate Team training camp since former UT pitcher Zach Warren made the team in 2016.

"It means a lot to be chosen to wear the Red, White and Blue and to represent not only our country but also the University of Tennessee and my family," Crochet said. "This is something I've always dreamed of but never believed would be something I would be a part of. The feeling is very surreal."

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in series of four intrasquad exhibition games and a game against the Coastal Plain League Select before announcing a 26-man roster prior to the 8th USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series that will take place July 2-6 in Cary, Charlotte, Durham and Hickory, North Carolina. Team USA's 26-man roster will then travel to Taiwan for the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series after which USA Baseball will announce a final 24-man roster to compete in the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 16-21 in Japan.

After starting the year as one of the Volunteers' top options in the bullpen, Crochet worked his way into the weekend rotation midway through the season and ended up starting six games. The Ocean Springs, Miss., native finished the year with a 5-3 record and set career bests in numerous statistical categories, including ERA, appearances, saves, innings pitched, strikeouts, walks allowed and hits allowed.

Crochet racked up 81 strikeouts on the year to rank second on the team, and his 13.5 strikeouts per nine innings led all Tennessee pitchers with at least two starts. In his first outing of the season, Crochet struck out a career-high nine batters in four perfect innings of relief to earn a save against Appalachian State. He went on to strike out nine more batters in 5.1 innings of work in a victory over Indiana on Feb. 24.

Crochet also posted impressive performances in wins over a pair of top-five ranked teams in Vanderbilt and Georgia. The hard-throwing lefty tossed 4.1 shutout innings out of the bullpen to lead the Vols to a 7-6 road victory over the fourth-ranked Commodores on March 31, one of just four home games that Vanderbilt lost in the regular season.

Crochet made his first start of the year two weeks later in the series opener against No. 2 Georgia. He gave UT five shutout innings while striking out six batters as the Big Orange went on to post a 2-0 shutout victory.

After suffering a fractured jaw in the final series of the regular season against Ole Miss, Crochet returned just two weeks later to pitch for the Vols in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional. He threw 2.1 scoreless innings to earn the win in an elimination game against UNCW before tossing 3.2 innings the next day in a victory over Liberty to help UT advance to the regional championship.

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Murgia Named Player, Cabanilla/Wozniak Named Co-Pitcher of the Day for June 16

June 17, 2019

PHOENIX - Cole Murgia of Zoots Baseball Club - Black has been named the Player of the Day for July 16. Muriga had a big day at the plate for his squad, reaching base three times off three hits while scoring two of his team's seven runs they totaled in their 7-6 victory over Trosky Antelope Valley. The catcher also flashed his speed on the base paths, notching two stolen bases on the day.

CBA Marucci National's Desmond Cabanilla and Brett Wozniak have been named the Pitchers of the Day after combining for a no-hitter in their 4-0 route of the San Diego Gamers. Cabanilla got the start on the bump, throwing four innings with seven whiffs while walking three. Wozniak game in for relief in the fifth innings, totaling three innings with five strikeouts and only one walk.

Honorable Mentions
-Carrigg (17U - Trosky Baseball 17U National): 3-3, 5 RBI, 1 R)
-Markowicz (17U - SD Hustle Baseball): 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 K, 0 BB
-Navarro (17U - SD Hustle Baseball): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K, 1 BB

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