Junior National Team Finalized




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.

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 team departed for Ixtapa, Mexico, Aug. 23. The tournament serves as a qualifier for the 2008 World Championships.

2007 USA BASEBALL JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM
Name, Pos.B-THt.Wt.High SchoolClass
Kyle Buchanan, cR-R6-1200Auburn (Wash.) HS2008
Mychal Givens, ssR-R6-1170Plant HS, Tampa2009
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
Garrison Lassiter, ssL-R6-2190West Forsyth HS, Clemmons, N.C.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
Matthew Purke, lhpL-L6-2165Klein HS, Spring, Texas2009
J.P. Ramirez, ofL-L5-10180Canyon (Texas) HS2008
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
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.