NTDP: 14U NTDP kicks off in Cary, N.C.
Forty players will receive a week of training at the USA Baseball National Training Complex
CARY, N.C. -- The 40 players selected to compete at the 2013 14U National Team Development Program arrived in Cary, N.C., on Monday for a week of competition and skills sessions to prepare the players for future national team experiences.
USA Baseball unveiled the coaching staff that will lead its 2013 National Team Development Programs in June. Led by 2010 16U National Team manager Eric Kibler, who will serve as the field coordinator for the two events, USA Baseball has assembled a group of former professional players, as well as respected collegiate and high school coaches, to guide the players during their time at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
The 14U NTDP, which runs through Aug. 11, will feature Kibler, University of San Diego head coach Rich Hill and Indiana University head coach Tracy Smith coaching Stars vs. Stripes teams in intrasquad games.
Also instructing the players are 2012 Women's National Team pitching coach Jonathan Pollard, Birmingham Southern head coach Jan Weisberg, 2011-12 18U National Team assistant Brooks Badeaux, former MLB player Dennis Cook, USA Baseball alum and former MLB player Brian Schneider, two-time USA Baseball alum and former MLB player Landon Powell and former Jenks High School (Okla.) head coach Dennis Keeley.
Smith led his Hoosiers team to its first NCAA DI College World Series appearance in Omaha, Neb., in 2013, while Hill's Toreros team competed in the 2013 NCAA Los Angeles Regional and featured 2013 Golden Spikes Award winner Kris Bryant.
Badeaux played for the 1995 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team while attending Florida State University, and helped coach the 18U National Team to gold medals at the Pan American Games in 2011 and the World Championships in 2012.
At the National Team Development Program, players will participate in skill development sessions, various off-field educational components including guest speakers/instructors and intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games.
The National Team Development programs will be used to further connect identified athletes with USA Baseball staff to better prepare and develop the athletes for a future USA Baseball National Team experience. Two players from the 14U NTDP will be invited to attend the 2014 15U National Team Trials.
The on-field portion of the NTDP begins with a skill session on Tuesday morning, before the Stars and Stripes take the field for the first intrasquad scrimmage on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. ET.
The 2013 14U National Team Development Team roster is as follows:
Name, Position, School, Hometown
Reese Albert, OF, Jupiter, Jupiter, Fla.
Kristofer Armstrong, RHP/C, Independence, Jupiter, Fla.
Jonah Beamon, IF/OF, Carmel, Charlotte, N.C.
Jacob Blas, IF, San Marcos, Carlsbad, Calif.
Anthony Boix, RHP/IF, Immaculate, Hialeah, Fla.
Tristan Capocci, IF, Landmark Christian , Villa Rica, Ga.
Cash Case, IF, Montverde Academy, Mt. Dora, Fla.
Jacob Collins, RHP, University, Irvine, Calif.
John Dearth, RHP, San Jose Charter, West Covina, Calif.
Blake Diggle, IF/RHP, St. Francis, Mountain View, Calif.
Joe Fitzhugh, C, Arbor View High School, Las Vegas, Nev.
Tyler Freeman, IF, Etiwanda, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Derek Gaswirth, IF , Poway, Poway, Calif.
Raymond Gil, IF, Slam Charter, Miami, Fla.
Jayson Gonzalez, IF, Bishop Amat, Azusa, Calif.
Blake Hebert, IF/RHP, Roosevelt, Merino Valley, Calif.
Hunter Heugly, IF/RHP, Cottonwood, Salt Lake Cith, Utah
Austin Holloway, C, Eastside HS, Covington, Ga.
Ryan Kearney, C, El Toro, Foothill Ranch, Calif.
Donovan Langston, IF/OF, Bishop Kelly, Tulsa, Okla.
Andrew Lee, OF/RHP, Home School, Boynton Beach, Fla.
Carlos Lomeli, RHP, La Habra, La Habra, Calif.
Jake Molle, C, University-Orange City, DeBary, Fla.
Sean Mootrey, RHP/IF, St. Pius, Atlanta, Ga.
Kai Nelson, OF, Fieldston, New York, N.Y.
Doug Nikhazy, LHP/OF, Sunridge, Ocoee, Fla.
Casey O'Sullivan, RHP, Valhalla, San Diego, Calif.
Tyler Randolph, IF, Vero Beach, Vero Beach, Fla.
Austin Schell, C, Beckman, Irvine, Calif.
Max Sterner, OF, Culver City, Playa del Rey, Calif.
Jared Toothman, OF, Norris, Bakersfield, Calif.
Jose Varela, IF/RHP, TERRA Environmental Research Institute, Miami, Fla.
Emilio Vasquez, RHP, Ochoa, Hayward, Calif.
David Vazquez, IF, Charles W. Flanagan, Hialeah, Fla.
Mark Vientos, IF/OF, Somerset Academy, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Jeremy Whitehead, OF, Lake Norman Charter, Charlotte, N.C.
Ezele Wicks, OF , Cypress, Whittier, Calif.
Donta Williams, OF/LHP, Legecy, Las Vegas, Nev.
Justin Willis, RHP, St. Joseph HS (Metuchen), West New York, N.J.
Josh Zamora, IF, El Toro, Foothill Ranch, Calif.