Three righthanders also have impressed–Slade Cecconi (Trinity Prep High, Winter Park, Fla.); Lenny Torres (Beacon, N.Y., High); and Jack Perkins (Kokomo, Ind., High). Cecconi struck out four batters and surrendered only one hit in three innings, Torres did the same while showing a sharp breaking ball, and Perkins threw three no-hit innings with four strikeouts.

Still, the final decision on the pitching staff will involve more than looking to see who has the best statistics over one or two appearances on the mound. The coaching staff has an excellent history on all of the players involved, and righthanders such as Ethan Hankins (Forsyth Central High, Cumming, Ga.) and Landon Marceaux (Destrehan, La., High) should still be considered favorites to land a spot despite not having the most impressive numbers in an extremely small sample.

Offensively, several players have had a loud first three days, including infielder Nolan Gorman (O’Connor High, Phoenix)–who has gone 5-for-7 with 11 total bases and two home runs in just two games–and infielder Carter Young (Selah, Wash., High), who’s 5-for-14 with a pair of doubles and five runs scored. Young, fittingly, is the youngest player at Trials, and a member of the 2019 draft class.

Triston Casas (American Heritage High, Plantation, Fla.) has impressed at corner infield while Alek Thomas (Mount Carmel High, Chicago) and Mike Siani (Penn Charter High, Philadelphia) have showcased their abilities in the batter’s box and with impressive defensive play, offering a glimpse of how impressive Team USA’s outfield defense could be.

I’m pleased with the way those guys are playing,” Blood said, “but I’m not surprised by the way that they’re playing. They’re all elite-level players, with elite-level ability. It’s just nice that they’re playing well and I expect as we continue during the training process for everybody to keep improving, and hopefully we’ll hit on all cylinders as we move into the tournament.”