Players will participate in daily practices and drills at the trials, as well as in four ten-inning intrasquad Blue vs. Red games. The final 18-man roster will be announced on August 7.
The 2009 16U National Team Trials roster features players born January 1, 1993 or later who were among the over 2800 players competing in the USA Baseball 16U Championships. Half of the players were selected out of the 16U Championships - West tournament held this past week in Peoria and Surprise, Ariz., while the other half came out of the 16U Championships - East tournament held simultaneously in Palm Beach County, Fla.
Several members of the Trials roster have previous USA Baseball experience. Dylan Davis, Zach Davies, and Evan Powell are all returning for their second straight 16U Trials. All were invited as 15 year olds last summer but were not selected to the final team. Albert Almora, Rio Ruiz, and Davies have all played on two 14U National Teams, while Dante Flores, C.J. Hinojosa, Chris Rivera, and Davis have been a part of one previous 14U National Team.
The Houston Banditos in the East had the most Trials invitees selected off of their roster with three. Cory Geisler, Courtney Hawkins, and Hinojosa all played together for the Banditos in Florida, while Apopka teammates Francisco Lindor and JoMarcos Woods have led their team into Saturday's semifinal action. In the West, former 14U National teammates Davis and Davies played together again for AZ Select.
Other items of note include Timmy Lopes, whose brother Christian was the starting left fielder for the 2008 Pan Am Champion 16U National Team, and Alex Santana, whose father Rafael played in the Major Leagues for seven years and was the shortstop for the 1986 World Series Champion New York Mets. Also, Deshorn Lake will attempt to become the first member of the 16U National Team from the US Virgin Islands.
Once the final roster is announced, the 16U National Team will have one day of domestic training before flying to Taiwan on August 9 to compete in the IBAF 'AA' World Youth Championships to be held August 15-23 in Taichung, Taiwan.