USA Baseball announced the 20 players who will participate in the
Confederation of Pan American Baseball Federations AAA Pan-Am Junior
Championships Aug. 24-Sept. 2. The 18-and-under junior national team
was chosen from a pool of 32
players who competed in a week-long series of exhibition and intrasquad
games in Joplin, Mo., this month. The trials roster was originally
selected in June following the Tournament of Stars at USA
Baseball’s national training complex in Cary, N.C.
The junior national team features 17 rising seniors, two rising juniors
and one player who graduated from high school in 2007, but met the
birthday requirement for qualification for competition.
Solis, the head coach at Gateway (Ariz.) Community College and a
veteran of USA Baseball coaching staffs, will serve as the junior
national team head coach.
The team departed for Ixtapa, Mexico, Aug. 23. The tournament serves as a qualifier for
the 2008 World Championships.
|2007 USA BASEBALL JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM|
|Kyle Buchanan, c||R-R||6-1||200||Auburn
|Mychal Givens, ss||R-R||6-1||170||Plant HS, Tampa||2009|
|B-L||6-1||200||Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas||2008|
|Tyler Hibbs, rhp||R-R||5-11||165||Arundel HS, Gambrills,
Johns College HS, Washington, D.C.
|Eric Hosmer, 1b||L-L||6-3||205||American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla.||2008|
|R-L||6-2||190||Picayune (Miss.) HS||2008|
|L-R||6-2||190||West Forsyth HS, Clemmons, N.C.||2008|
|L-L||6-3||215||Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas||2009|
|Nick Maronde, lhp||B-L||6-3||190||Lexington
|Harold Martinez, 3b||R-R||6-1||165||Braddock HS, Miami||2008|
|Tim Melville, rhp||R-R||6-5||210||Holt HS, Wentzville, Mo.||2008|
|L-L||6-2||165||Klein HS, Spring, Texas||2009|
|J.P. Ramirez, of||L-L||5-10||180||Canyon (Texas) HS||2008|
|Kyle Skipworth, c||L-R||6-3||190||Patriot HS, Riverside, Calif.||2008|
|L-L||6-2||190||Hokes Bluff (Ala.) HS||2008|
|Jordan Swagerty, rhp/c||B-R||6-1||170||Prestonwood
|R-R||6-0||190||Brophy Prep, Phoenix||2008|
|Ryan Weber, rhp||R-R||6-0||170||Clearwater
Central Catholic HS
|R-R||6-1||190||Midlothian (Va.) HS||2007|
|Coaching Staff: Victor
Solis, Gateway (Ariz.) Community College; Mark Elkins, Harrison High School,
Kennesaw, Ga.; Jack Hodges, Saddleback (Calif.) Community College; Mike Power,
Roswell (Ga.) High School.