18U National Team Roster Announced

USA Baseball has anounced the final 18-man roster that will represent the United States in the IBAF World Junior Championships in Edmonton, Canada July 25-Aug. 3.

The team was chosen from a field of 34 players that were picked in June at the Tournament of Stars showcase held in Cary, N.C. For a week, the trials invitees faced each other in five intra-squad scrimmages. Of the 18 players selected, 10 have previous USA Baseball international experience–Harold Martinez, Ryan Weber, Matthew Purke and Jeff Malm were all bronze medal winners on the 18U team last year at the Pan American Games, while Andrew Aplin, Colton Cain, Nolan Fontana, Nick Franklin, Austin Maddox and Max Stassi all competed for the 16U national team in Venezeula, winning the gold medal at the World Youth Championships.

This year’s team seems to loaded with quality pitching, catching and athleticism. With both Purke and Jacob Turner on the roster, the national team boasts what seems to be the top lefty and righty in the 2009 prep class.

"We’re really excited about the players that we picked. We feel that we have an outstanding group of young men," national team head coach Mark Elkins said. "We’re going to have a lot of team speed, (and) some great arms on the mound."

The team speed will be led by center fielder and top positional prospect Donovan Tate who clocked a 6.34 60-yard dash time at the Perfect Game National Showcase in June. Two other top prospects, Max Stassi and Austin Maddox, were selected to the squad and should bring stability at the catching position and thump in the middle of the batting lineup.

"It was a tough time choosing this year’s roster, but it’s probably the best group one through 18 that we’ve had in my five summers with the team," 18U national team director Ray Darwin said.

No. Player Pos. B-T Ht. Wt. Hometown
28 Barrett, Jake P R/R 6-4 235 Mesa, AZ
24 Cain, Colton P L/L 6-3 225 Waxahachie, TX
2 Hatton, Wes P R/R 5-10 165 Norco, CA
7 Purke, Matthew P L/L 6-3 180 Spring, TX
21 Tanner, Cecil P R/R 6-6 200 Waycross, GA
22 Turner, Jacob P R/R 6-4 205 St. Charles, MO
5 Weber, Ryan P R/R 6-0 170 St. Petersburg, FL
1 Garfield, Cameron C R/R 6-1 195 Murrieta, CA
12 Maddox, Austin C R/R 6-2 220 Jacksonville, FL
14 Stassi, Max C R/R 5-10 190 Yuba City, CA
4 Fontana, Nolan IF L/R 5-10 175 Winter Garden, FL
6 Franklin, Nick IF S/R 6-1 170 Longwood, FL
23 Malm, Jeff IF L/L 6-3 225 Las Vegas, NV
9 Martinez, Harold IF R/R 6-1 165 Miami, FL
16 Meyer, Jonathan IF S/R 6-1 195 Simi Valley, CA
19 Nick, David IF R/R 6-2 175 Cypress, CA
3 Aplin, Andrew OF L/L 6-0 190 Suisun City, CA
13 Tate, Donavan OF R/R 6-3 200 Cartersville, GA