Appalachian State head coach Billy Jones served as an assistant coach with the 17 and under National Team in a series against Chinese Taipei. Continue reading
HOUSTON – Following six days of trials in Houston, USA Baseball has announced the 20-man roster for the 2014 18U National Team which will compete in the COPABE Pan American Championship in Cabo San Lucas/La Paz, Mexico, from Sept. 5 through Sept. 14. Continue reading
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DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball named the 2014 Collegiate National Team coaching staff on Tuesday. The manager, Dave Van Horn of the University of Arkansas, was announced in April of 2013. Joining Van Horn on the coaching staff will be Rob Childress (Texas A&M Univ.), Ray Birmingham (Univ. of New Mexico) and Steve Rodriguez (Pepperdine Univ.). Continue reading
DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation announced today that their Collegiate National Team programs will compete for the second consecutive year in an international friendship series. Last year, the two countries resumed friendship-series play at the collegiate level after a 16-year hiatus, with Team USA traveling to Havana for a five-game series — the host nation won the series, 3-2.
The 2013 edition will see the Cuban National Team travel to the United States, and feature games across three states from July 18-23. Continue reading
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The Wright State baseball program and USA Baseball announced Thursday that the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, will play host to the 2013 Ron Fraser Classic to honor the late Ron Fraser. The tournament will begin on Friday, February 15, and run through Sunday, February 17. Continue reading
FULLERTON, Calif. — Jeremy Martinez says he was fortunate to be one of only two juniors to travel to Colombia as a member of USA Baseball’s Under 18 National Team last summer. The experience opened his eyes to the caliber of players that are competing in the United States and across the globe.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound catcher from Mater Dei HS in Santa Ana, Calif. has a short, quick swing and is patient at the plate, displaying his selective strike zone and disciplined approach.
Martinez is a strong defensive catcher that has a lot of experience catching top-notch pitching. He has committed to USC, but was ranked as the top 2013 player in ESPN’s Top 60, grading out with a 94 of 100.
But the 6-foot-1, 190-pound USA Baseball U18 catcher/third baseman breaks the mold. The University of San Diego commit makes catching look like an art form with his mute receiving, Great Wall of China blocking ability, cheetah quick feet and a sniper arm.
McGuire also possesses a quick, left-handed swing and has power potential, especially as he is able to add extra muscle to his frame.
On Tuesday, in a game against the Southern California NTIS (National Team Identification Series) 17 and under team, Reese McGuire reached base in both of his at bats. He singled and scored on an error in the seventh inning. He also had a clean stolen base that was negated by a questionable hitter’s interference call.
FULLERTON, Calif. — Cavan Biggio isn’t your normal teenager and he isn’t having your normal teenage summer. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound upcoming senior from St. Thomas High in Houston, Texas has been on the grind, playing baseball all over the country, and now the world.
The son of former Houston Astros’ great Craig Biggio, Cavan has displayed his talents at showcases, All-Star/All-American games and is currently in Taiwan with the USA Baseball Under 18 National Team.
While the wood bat didn’t fall from the tree, Cavan is a different type of player than his father. Three inches taller than pops, Cavan has more of a slender build than his father. While both hit line drives from gap-to-gap, Cavan projects to have more power.
Cavan has committed to play for the University of Virginia. He is capable of playing second base like his father did most of his career, but he could also wind up at third base or as a corner outfielder.
But the USA Baseball Under 18 trials team underwhelmed Tuesday evening at Goodwin Field, falling 5-4 to the Southern California 17U NTIS in Team USA’s last game before final cuts would be made and the official roster was set later that night.
The U18 National trials team dropped its first game since reporting to Southern California for four exhibition games with scout and NTIS (National Team Identification Series) teams to help determine the final U18 roster that will represent USA Baseball in the 2012 IBAF 18U/AAA World Championships in Seoul, South Korea.
UCLA commit Brady Aiken, who did not make the final squad, struggled on the mound for Team USA, allowing three runs in the first. Jonah Arenado gave the Southern California team an early lead with a bases-clearing double after Aiken walked a batter, allowed a single and hit a batter to load the bases.
While the Team USA players were trying to impress, it was Arenado that likely caught the eye of the scouts and college coaches in attendance. Arenado finished 2-for-4 with four RBI after blasting a no-doubt homer off the screen beyond the left field fence on the first pitch by reliever Joe DeMers in the sixth inning.
DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced Tuesday the names of the 30 semifinalists for the 2012 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award (GSA). This marks the 35th consecutive year that the award has been presented to the nation’s top amateur baseball player. Continue reading