Looking At Team USA’s First Cut

After the Tournament of Stars, USA Baseball announced its first round of cuts for its 18-and-under program. The following 40 players will be evaluated during a trials period that includes two games of the Prospect Classic in which they will be mixed with players from the Collegiate National Team. After those two games, the 18U roster will be cut down to 28 and there will be two games of 18U vs. College.

Willie Abreu, of, Mater Academy, Hialeah, Fla.
Abreu played next to Albert Almora in the outfield last season as has a much more physical build at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds. He has a lot of strength in his lefthanded swing and showed the ability to catch up to velocity. Abreu will likely be limited to a corner outfield spot, but showed above-average speed in the 60-yard dash (6.79 seconds) and average arm strength. Abreu was a member of the 2011 16-and-under team and is committed to Miami.

Pete Alonso, 1b, Plant HS, Tampa
Alonso, a Florida recruit, has a lot of strength in his 6-foot-3, 212-pound build. He showed he can drive the ball to the opposite field and also showed a strong arm. With his size, Alonso doesn’t get out of the box well, but is a fringe-average runner underway.

Christian Arroyo, ss, Hernando HS, Brooksville, Fla.
Another Florida recruit, Arroyo has an average build at 6 feet and 180 pounds. He has a nice, compact swing and a quick bat. Arroyo played good defense at the event and posted an average run time, clocking in at 6.87 seconds in the 60-yard dash.

Cavan Biggio, 3b, St. Thomas HS, Houston
The son of seven-time all-star Craig Biggio, Cavan is a little bigger than his father at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds. He also hits from the left side of the plate, where he shows a sweet swing, a keen understanding of the strike zone and some power potential. Cavan profiles best at third base, but also shows the ability to handle second or a corner outfield spot.

Ryan Boldt, of, Red Wing (Minn.) HS
Boldt has a smooth lefthanded swing and shows he can drive the ball to the opposite field. He also has above-average speed and covers a lot of ground in center field.

Bryson Brigman, if, Valley Christian HS, San Jose
Brigman played on the 16-and-under team last year. A rising junior, he shows a contact-oriented swing and has defensive versatility. He is also an above-average runner.

Ryan Castellani, rhp, Brophy Prep, Phoenix
A rising junior, Castellani has an ideal build at 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds with broad shoulders and room to fill out. He sits in the 88-90 mph range with his fastball and mixes in a 76-78 mph changeup and a 74-76 mph curveball.

Nick Ciuffo, c, Lexington (S.C.) HS
Ciuffo has been on the prospect radar for quite some time. He was Drew Cisco’s catcher at Wando High as a freshman, when he committed to South Carolina. Now at Lexington, Ciuffo has grown to 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds. He has a strong lefthanded swing with some pull power and shows a strong arm behind the plate. Ciuffo was also on last year’s 16-and-under team.

Ian Clarkin, lhp, Madison HS, San Diego
Clarkin has an athletic build at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds with strong legs. There’s a little funk to his delivery, but he’s still able to pound the strike zone with his 90-92 mph fastball and a big curveball. Clarkin is committed to San Diego.

Ro Coleman, 2b, Simeon Career Academy, Chicago
The smallest player at Tournament of Stars, Coleman is listed at 5-foot-6 and 155 pounds, but is a couple inches shorter. He is a switch-hitter with good bat control, average speed and solid defense.

Kevin Davis, rhp, Miller HS, Brewton, Ala.
Davis has a strong build at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds. There is some effort to his delivery, but he sits in the 89-91 mph range with a deceptive 77 mph changeup and an 86 mph cutter.

Nico Giarratano, ss, St. Ignatius College Prep, San Francisco
The son of San Francisco head coach Nino Giarratano, Nico is a steady defender at shortstop or second base, has a line-drive oriented swing and a strong baseball IQ.

Stephen Gonsalves, lhp, Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego
Gonsalves has an ideal frame at 6-foot-5 and 180 pounds. He’s athletic but still has room for projection. Right now, his fastball sits in the 87-91 mph range and his secondary stuff is inconsistent. Like Clarkin, Gonsalves is committed to San Diego.

Nick Gordon, ss/rhp, Olympia HS, Orlando
Gordon is the son of Tom and the brother of Dee and has played on Olympia’s varsity team since he was a freshman. Gordon has a quick righthanded swing and shows quick-twitch athleticism and very good defensive actions at shortstop. He also has impressive arm strength, sitting 88-90 mph on the mound with a hard breaking ball around 78 mph.

Hunter Green, lhp, Warren East HS, Bowling Green, Ky.
Green has a projectable frame at 6-foot-4, 170 pounds. He sat 87-89 early from a three-quarter arm slot but dropped to the mid 80s. He also mixed in a mid-70s curveball.

Anfernee Grier, of, Russell County HS, Seale, Ala.
Grier is a quick-twitch athlete with a wiry frame. He has good bat speed, a plus arm and is a tick above average runner.

Connor Heady, ss/rhp, North Oldham HS, Goshen, Ky.
Skinny at 6-feet, 160 pounds, Heady has room to add strength. At the plate, he keeps his hands back and inside the ball well and is plus runner. He also sits 87-90 on the mound with a 79 mph changeup and low 80s curveball.

Ryder Jones, 3b/rhp, Stillwater (Okla.) HS
Jones is a strong two-way player that swings from the left side. He has a short swing with some pop and sits 89-90 with his fastball. He is the son of former Oklahoma State coach Billy Jones.

Rob Kaminsky, lhp, Saint Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.
One of the top arms in the class, Kaminsky is short, but put together physically. He sits 89-91 with his fastball and touched 93 while mixing in a solid changeup and nasty, power curveball.

John Kilichowski, lhp, Jesuit HS, Tampa
Kilichowski is long and lanky at 6-foot-5 and 185 pounds. He sits 87-88 with his fastball and a sharp breaking ball that ranges from the low to mid 70s. Kilichowski is committed to Vanderbilt.

Christian Martinek, lhp, Jesuit HS, Portland, Ore.
Martinek has a big, durable frame at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds. His fastball sits around 87 and his curveball shows potential with sharp break, but needs more velocity.

Jeremy Martinez, c, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif.
One of the top hitters in the class, Martinez is also a good defender behind the plate. He uses the whole field well and has solid power. Martinez was on last year’s 18-and-under team and is committed to Southern California.

Andy McGuire, ss/3b, Madison HS, Vienna, Va.
One of the Tournament of Stars’ top performers, McGuire consistently squares the ball up at the plate. He is an average runner and solid defender.

Reese McGuire, c, Kentwood HS, Covington, Wash.
A lefthanded hitter, McGuire has good bat speed and showed an ability to go to left field with authority. He has a strong arm and quick actions behind the plate.

Dom Nunez, ss, Elk Grove (Calif.) HS
A UCLA signee, Nunez has a loose swing and an ability to hit to all fields. He turned in a below-average 60-yard dash time. Nunez was on last year’s 16-and-under team and may see some time behind the plate this spring.

Chris Okey, c, Eustis (Fla.) HS
Okey is a good defender with a strong arm. He has good bat speed that helps him generate good power. Okey was on the 2011 18-and-under team and the 2010 16-and-under team. He is committed to Clemson.

Ryan Olson, rhp, Western Christian HS, Upland, Calif.
Olson has a solid frame at 6-foot-2, 175 pounds. He sits in the high 80s and touches 90 with his fastball while mixing in a high 70s breaking ball.

Timmy Richards, inf, Wilson HS, Long Beach, Calif.
Richards is a 6-foot, broad shouldered infielder with fluid actions and good hands that is committed to Cal State Fullerton.

Chris Rivera, ss/rhp, El Dorado HS, Fullerton, Calif.
A 2011 16-and-under team member and talented two-way player, the 6-foot, 175- pound Rivera offers a 91-92 mph fastball and compliments it with a low-to-mid-70s curveball with good depth. As a position player, he is a shortstop with smooth actions and a good feel for contact at the plate.

Billy Roth, rhp, Vista (Calif.) HS
An Arizona commit, Roth is an athletic two-way player that can hit 92 on the mound and has a sharp, late-breaking low-80s slider. He was also one of two players to hit a home run in tournament play.

Carson Sands, lhp, North Florida Christian HS, Tallahassee, Fla.
One of the top players in the 2014 class and a member of the 2011 16-and-under team, Sands offers a 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame and a fastball that presently sits 88-91 mph from a three-quarter arm slot. The Florida State commit has a 76-79 mph slider and low-80s changeup.

Logan Shore, if/rhp, Coon Rapids (Minn.) HS
A physical, broad-shouldered two-way player, Shore has a fastball that sits 87-89 mph and has a power bat as a third-baseman.

John Sternagel, 3b/ss, Rockledge (Fla.) HS
Sternagel showed a consistent ability to make hard contact at the plate. The 6-foot-2 Sternagel will spend most of his time at third base, showing good lateral agility and hands for the hot corner.


Dominic Taccolini, rhp, Kempner HS, Sugarland, Texas
Taccolini is a big, 6-foot-3, 230 pound, righthander from Texas with an 89-90 mph fastball with sink. He throws from a high arm slot and his slider is one of the best in the class.

Keegan Thompson, rhp, Cullman (Ala.) HS
Thompson has a projectable 6-foot-3, 185-pound body and a four-pitch mix, including a fastball that sits 89-91 mph and developing changeup. Thompson was a integral part of the 16-and-under team in 2011.

Riley Unroe, of, Desert Ridge HS, Mesa, Ariz.
Unroe is an athletic, switch-hitting middle infielder with plus speed (6.65 60-yard dash), smooth actions in the field, and bat speed. This marks the second straight season Unroe will represent the national team, as he made the 16-and-under team in 2011.

Cameron Varga, rhp, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
Varga displayed the best arm strength of any pitcher at Tournament of Stars, sitting 91-93 mph and hitting 94 from a high arm slot. He mixes in a mid-80s changeup and 83-85 mph slider that is a power pitch.

Eugene Vazquez, of, Timber Creek HS, Orlando, Fla.
Vazquez has an athletic 6-foot-1, 185-pound frame, quick hands at the plate, and some feel for contact as a lefthanded hitter.

Drew Ward, 3b, Leedey (Okla.) HS
A prominent player from the 2014 class, Ward has a strong, 6-foot-3, 190-pound build, and generates good power from his lefthanded bat.

Garrett Williams, lhp, Calvary Baptist HS, Shreveport, La.
Williams is a strong, 6-foot-3, 185-pound, lefthander that sits 90-91 with his fastball from a three-quarter arm slot and throws a high-70s breaking ball with two-plane break.

Alternates
Trey Cobb, rhp, Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS
Zack Collins, c/1b, American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla.
Nick Longhi, 1b/of, Venice (Fla.) HS
Chris Oakley, rhp, St. Augustine Prep HS, Richland, N.J.
Corey Ray, of, Simeon Career Academy, Chicago
Seve Romo, ss, El Dorado HS, Placentia, Calif.

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