USA Baseball announced Tuesday that its 15-and-under team will not participate in the inaugural 15U World Championships in Chihuahua, Mexico. The decision was made after after discussions with the International Baseball Federation, Mexico's local organizing committee for the event and Major League Baseball's security advisers. The increasing violence in Mexico has led the state department to discourage travel to the region.
Despite not participating in the event, the 15U program will still have workouts and games this summer. A roster of 40 players will travel to Cary, N.C. on August 4. During their week at the National Training Complex, the players will be evaluated by the National Team staff and a 20-man roster will be selected. That team will then travel to the Dominican Republic to play a four-game series against top unsigned prospects from a new league formed by MLB.
The 15U head coach this summer is Tom Meusborn of Chatsworth (Calif.) High. Meusborn won back-to-back Baseball America national championships with Chatsworth in 2003-2004 and had two first-round picks in 2007 in Mike Moustakas (Royals) and Matt Dominguez (Marlins). He was an assistant coach on the 16U National Team that won a gold medal in 2011.
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