USA Baseball announces 18U Trials invitees
34 players will compete for spots on National Team

June 22, 2008

CARY, N.C. -- USA Baseball (USAB) has announced a group of 34 players who will be considered for inclusion on its 2008 18U National Team for international competition. The 34 players, along with 13 alternates, were selected from those who participated this week in the 16th Annual Tournament of Stars, presented by Major League Baseball, at USAB's National Training Complex.

"We have selected a tremendous group of young men who have outstanding talent and who have great respect for the game of baseball," said Mark Elkins, Head Coach of the 2008 18U National Team. Elkins has been the head baseball coach the past 10 years at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga.

"I think we have several strong candidates on the mound and have a lot of team speed that will prove very valuable both offensively and defensively," Elkins added. "Since we will be playing with wood bats [at this age level], we will have to be a team that manufactures runs, pitches well and plays quality defense. Most importantly, we must be a team with great chemistry. That is not always easy to accomplish when you are only together as a group for a short time."

Following the announcement of the 32 invitees and alternates, the athletes will return to their respective homes. The group will reassemble in Phoenix, Ariz., on July 10. Player evaluation then will continue via practices, intrasquad scrimmages and exhibition games. Following an evaluation period, a final 18-player 18U National Team roster will be selected the evening of July 16. On July 20, the team will depart for Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where the squad will compete July 25-Aug. 3 in the International BAseball Federation (IBAF) "AAA" World Junior Championships. The 18U National Team competes in two major events in bi-yearly cycles - the IBAF World Junior Championships and the COPABE "AAA" Pan American Junior Championships. The Pan Am Championships serve as a qualifier for the ensuing year's World Championships.

The USA Baseball 18U National Team is a perennial power on the international baseball scene. Only once in the 23-year history of the IBAF World Junior Championships has the United States failed to capture a medal. During this time, the program has earned five gold medals, 10 silver medals and seven bronze medals.

Elkins was as an assistant coach on the 2007 USA Baseball 18U National Team that claimed a bronze medal at the Pan Am Championships in Ixtapa, Mexico. His other previous USA Baseball experience has included serving as a Task Force member as well as head coach of the USA Stars squad at the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars.

Joining Elkins on the 2008 18U National Team coaching staff will be assistants Mark McKenzie, Tommy Pharr and Mike Power. McKenzie just finished his ninth year as head coach at Concordia University, St. Paul in St. Paul, Minn. McKenzie was an assistant coach on the inaugural USA Baseball 16U National Team in 1997 that competed in the IBAF "AA" World Youth Championships in Taipei, Taiwan. A year later as head coach, he guided the 16U Team to the program's first gold medal by winning the World Championships played in Fairview Heights, Ill. Pharr has served as head coach at Farragut High School in Knoxville, Tenn., for 11 years. He will be involved in his initial USA Baseball national team coaching assignment after having had previous experience at other USA Baseball levels. Power, head coach at Roswell (Ga.) High School the last five years, was an assistant on the 2007 18U National Team after serving in the same capacity for the 2003 18U National Team that claimed a silver medal in the Pan Am Championships.

USA Baseball is the National Governing Body of amateur baseball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The organization selects and trains the United States Olympic Baseball Team (and all other USA Baseball professional teams), the USA Baseball National Team (collegiate); the USA Baseball 18U, 16U, and 14U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women's National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year.

USA BASEBALL 2008 18U NATIONAL TEAM TRIALS INVITEES
July 10-17 Phoenix, Arizona
Name
Pos.
B-T
Ht.
Wt.
DOB
High School
Hometown
Class
Andrew AplinOF / LHPL-L6-01903/21/1991VandenSuisun City, CA2009
Jake BarrettRHP / IFR-R6-42357/22/1991Desert RidgeMesa, AZ2009
Trevor BauerRHPR-R6-11751/17/1991HartValencia, CA2009
Bobby BorcheringIF / RHPB-R6-419510/25/1990Bishop VerotAlva, FL2009
Colton CainLHP / IFL-L6-32252/5/1991WaxahachieWaxahachie, TX2009
Ryan CurlOF / RHPR-R6-21958/4/1990St. Francis De SalesGahanna, OH2008
Nolan FontanaIF / RHPL-R5-101756/6/1991West OrangeWinter Garden, FL2009
Nick FranklinIF / RHPB-R6-11703/2/1991Lake BrantleyLongwood, FL2009
Cameron GarfieldCR-R6-11955/23/1991Murrieta ValleyMurrieta, CA2009
Garrett GouldRHP / OFR-R6-41907/19/1991MaizeWichita, KS2009
Randal GrichukOF / IFR-R6-11958/13/1991LamarRosenberg, TX2009
Wes HattonRHP / OFR-R5-1016512/28/1990NorcoNorco, CA2009
Louis HeadRHPR-R6-01704/23/1990Seven LakesKaty, TX2008
Matt HelmIFR-R6-21909/1/1990HamiltonQueencreek, AZ2009
Chad JamesLHPL-L6-31851/23/1991YukonYukon, OK2009
Zach LeeRHP / IFR-R6-41909/13/1991McKinneyMcKinney, TX2010
Tom LemkeRHPR-R6-720511/5/1990Northwest ChristianPhoenix, AZ2009
Austin MaddoxC / RHPR-R6-22205/13/1991Eagle's View Acad.Jacksonville, FL2009
Jeff MalmIF / LHPL-L6-322510/31/1990Bishop GormanLas Vegas, NV2009
Jacob MarisnickOFR-R6-42003/30/1991Riverside PolyRiverside, CA2009
Tyler MatzekLHP / UTL-L6-318510/19/1990Capistrano ValleyMission Viejo, CA2009
Jonathan MeyerIF / RHPB-R6-119511/1/1990Simi ValleySimi Valley, CA2009
Jiovanni MierIF / RHPR-R6-21708/26/1990BonitaPomona, CA2009
Marlon MitchellC / UTL-R6-11809/30/1990HillsboroughRiverview, FL2009
Matthew MoynihanOFL-R6-22058/18/1990Cathedral CatholicSan Diego, CA2009
David NickIFR-R6-21752/3/1990CypressCypress, CA2009
Matthew PurkeLHP / IFL-L6-31807/17/1990KleinSpring, TX2009
Max StassiC / UTR-R5-101903/15/1991Yuba CityYuba City, CA2009
Cecil TannerRHPR-R6-62004/23/1990Ware CountyWaycross, GA2008
Donavan TateOFR-R6-32009/27/1990CartersvilleCartersville, GA2009
Mike TroutIF / RHPR-R6-11908/7/1991Millville Millville, NJ2009
Josh TurleyLHP / OFL-L6-01858/26/1990TexarkanaTexarkana, TX2009
Jacob TurnerRHPR-R6-42055/21/1991Westminster Christ. Acad.St. Charles, MO2009
LeVon WashingtonIF / OFL-R5-101707/26/1991BuchholzGainesville, FL2009
ALTERNATES
NamePos.B-THt.Wt.DOBHigh SchoolHometownClass
Justin CharlesIFL-R5-111656/18/1991Elk GroveGalt, CA2009
Clay DaltonRHP / IFR-R6-319012/27/1991North CobbKennesaw, GA2009
Zach DotsonLHP / OFL-L6-318510/30/1990Effington CountySpringfield, GA2009
Reed GragnaniIFB-R5-111809/5/1990Mills GodwinRichmond, VA2009
Dane PhillipsC / OFL-R6-119512/18/1990Nacogdoches CentralNacogdoches, TX2009
Adam PlutkoRHP / OFR-R6-317510/3/1991GlendoraUpland, CA2010
Robert RefsnyderOF / IFR-R6-11903/26/1991Laguna HillsLaguna Hills, CA2009
Ronnie RichardsonOF / RHPB-R5-81705/5/1990Lake RegionEagle Lake, FL2009
Jameson TaillonRHPR-R6-523011/18/1991The WoodlandsThe Woodlands, TX2010
Anthony TzamtzisIF / RHPR-R6-018511/4/1990LaSalleCoconut Grove, FL2009
Adrian WilliamsIF / OFB-R5-111701/3/1991Canyon SpringsMoreno Valley, CA2008
Jake WilliamsUT / LHPB-L6-11901/2/1991Brophy College PrepScottsdale, AZ2009
Zach WilsonIFR-R6-11958/6/1990WilsonLong Beach, CA2008

Head Coach: Mark Elkins, Harrison High School (Kennesaw, Ga.)
Assistant Coaches: Mark McKenzie, Concordia University, St. Paul (St. Paul, Minn.)
                                      Tommy Pharr, Farragut High School (Knoxville, Tenn.)
                                      Mike Power, Roswell High School (Roswell, Ga.)
18U National Team Director: Ray Darwin, USA Baseball (Raleigh, N.C.)
18U National Team Press Officer: Duane DaPron (Broken Arrow, Okla.)