FULLERTON, Calif. -- USA Baseball announced Friday the 18 members of the 2009 16U National Team that will compete in the IBAF 'AA' World Youth Championships Aug. 15-23 in Taichung, Taiwan.
Team USA will be led by head coach George Sanchez (Gilbert, Ariz.) and assistant coaches Eric Kibler (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Adam Moravick (Largo, Fla.) and Ernie Padron (Miami, Fla.).
The U.S. will take five right-handed pitchers: Dylan Davis (Redmond, Wash.), Parker French (Dripping Springs, Texas), Courtney Hawkins (Corpus Christi, Texas), Hayden Hurst (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Deshorn Lake (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands).
Three left-handed pitchers were named to the team: Cory Geisler (Spring, Texas), John Hochstatter (Danville, Calif.) and Kenny Mathews (Diamond Bar, Calif.).
The U.S. will carry two catchers on the squad: Shaun Chase (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Evan Powell (Lake Charles, La.).
Four infielders, C.J. Hinojosa (Spring, Texas), Kevin Kramer (Turlock, Calif.), Francisco Lindor (Clermont, Fla.) and Chris Rivera (Anaheim, Calif.) were named to the team.
Outfielders Albert Almora (Hialeah, Fla.) and Austin Cousino (Dublin, Ohio) were also named to the team.
The U.S. will take a pair of two-way players: Ricky Jacquez (IF/RHP, El Paso, Texas) and JoMarcos Woods (OF/LHP, Orlando, Fla.).
Seven states will be represented on Team USA, with Texas leading the way with five players. California and Florida will both have four representatives, while Arizona, Louisiana, Ohio and Washington will each have one. The U.S. Virgin Islands will be represented for the first time in 16U National Team history with the selection of Lake.
Four 14U National Team alums: Almora (2007-08), Davis (2007), Hinojosa (2008) and Rivera (2008) were named to the squad. Those four players helped the 14U National Team win the gold medal at the Pan-America Games in Guatemala in 2007 and 2008.