Team USA Announces Junior Finalists




USA Baseball announced the 32 players who will be considered for inclusion on its 2007 18-and-under junior national team. The 32 players, along with 11 alternates, were selected from a pool of 144 players who participated in the 15th annual Tournament of Stars at USA Baseball's national training complex in Cary, N.C.

The 32-man trials roster features 26 rising seniors, three rising sophomores and three players who graduated from high school this year, but meet the birthday requirement for qualification for competition.

Victor 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 group will reassemble in Joplin, Mo., Aug. 13-19 for further evaluation, including a series of exhibition games against the junior national teams from Canada and Taiwan. The final 20-player junior national team roster will be selected Aug. 19 and the squad will depart for Ixtapa, Mexico, in the Confederation of Pan American Baseball Federations AAA Pan-Am Junior Championships Aug. 24-Sept. 2. The tournament serves as a qualifier for the 2008 World Championships.

2007 USA BASEBALL JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM TRIALS INVITEES
Name, Pos.B-THt.Wt.High SchoolClass
Kyle Buchanan, cR-R6-1200Auburn (Wash.) HS2008
Dimitri De La Fuente, if/rhpR-R6-1185South Hills HS, Covina, Calif.2008
David Freitas, cR-R6-2205Elk Grove (Calif.) HS2007
Isaac Galloway, ofR-R6-2190Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.2008
Mychal Givens, ssR-R6-1170Plant HS, Tampa2009
Rolando Gomez, ssL-R5-9160Flanagan HS, Pembroke Pines, Fla.2008
Anthony Gose, of/lhpL-L6-0170Bellflower (Calif.) HS2008
Robbie Grossman, ofB-L6-1200Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas2008
Tyler Hibbs, rhpR-R5-11165Arundel HS, Gambrills, Md.2008
L.J. Hoes, ofR-R6-0190St. Johns College HS, Washington, D.C.2008
Eric Hosmer, 1bL-L6-3205American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla.2008
T.J. House, lhpR-L6-2190Picayune (Miss.) HS2008
Greg Larson, rhpR-R6-8200Lake Brantley HS, Altamonte Springs, Fla.2008
Garrison Lassiter, ssL-R6-2190West Forsyth HS, Clemmons, N.C.2008
Kyle Lobstein, lhpL-L6-3185Coconino, Flagstaff, Ariz.2008
Jeff Malm, 1bL-L6-3215Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas2009
Nick Maronde, lhpB-L6-3190Lexington (Ky.) Catholic HS2008
Harold Martinez, 3bR-R6-1165Braddock HS, Miami2008
Tim Melville, rhpR-R6-5210Holt HS, Wentzville, Mo.2008
Kaleb Merck, rhp/3bR-R6-0185Keller (Texas) HS2008
Jimmy Messer, rhpR-R6-1195South Caldwell HS, Hudson, N.C.2008
Matthew Purke, lhpL-L6-2165Klein HS, Spring, Texas2009
J.P. Ramirez, ofL-L5-10180Canyon (Texas) HS2008
Trevor Reckling, lhpL-L6-2200Saint Benedict's Prep, Newark, N.J.2007
Robbie Ross, lhpL-L5-11180Lexington (Ky.) Christian HS2008
Michael Russo, rhpR-R6-6210The Hun School, Princeton, N.J.2008
Kyle Skipworth, cL-R6-3190Patriot HS, Riverside, Calif.2008
Tyler Stovall, lhp/ofL-L6-2190Hokes Bluff (Ala.) HS2008
Jordan Swagerty, rhp/cB-R6-1170Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano, Texas2008
Riccio Torrez, 2bR-R6-0190Brophy Prep, Phoenix2008
Ryan Weber, rhpR-R6-0170Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic HS2008
Tyler Wilson, rhpR-R6-1190Midlothian (Va.) HS2007
 
ALTERNATES
Name, Pos.B-THt.Wt.High SchoolClass
Chris Amezquita, 3b/rhpR-R6-1180Servite HS, Anaheim2008
Nolan Belcher, lhpB-L5-8155Greenbrier HS, Evans, Ga.2008
Tyler Chatwood, of/rhpR-R6-0175East Valley HS, Redlands, Calif.2008
Greg Conver, rhpR-R6-5200American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla.2008
Jaff Decker, lhp/ofL-L5-10170Sunrise Mountain HS, Peoria, Ariz.2008
Ray Hanson, rhpR-R6-6185Wilson HS, Long Beach2008
Aaron Hicks, of/rhpB-R6-1165Wilson HS, Long Beach2008
Dan Killian, cR-L6-3190Vicksburg (Mich.) HS2007
Curtis Petersen, rhpR-R6-4180Ryan HS, Denton, Texas2008
Brooks Raley, lhp/ofL-L6-2170Uvalde (Texas) HS2007
Preston Tucker, ofL-L6-1190Plant HS, Tampa2008
 
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.