USA Baseball sets final roster for U18 World Cup in Japan

USA Baseball sets final roster for U18 World Cup in Japan

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USA Baseball sets final roster for U18 World Cup in Japan

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The roster for the USA Baseball 18U National Team was finalized Wednesday after the conclusion of the trials in Fullerton, Calif.

The team will compete in the WBSC U18 Baseball World Cup from Aug. 28 to Sept. 6 in Japan. Before departure, Team USA will remain in California for training alongside the 17U National Team Development Program.

Team USA has won gold medals at the 18U level in each of the last four years, including consecutive World Cups in 2012 and ’13.

Barbe (La.) High coach Glenn Cecchini will serve as head coach.

Among the selections is pitcher Austin Bergner, who was No. 14 in USA TODAY High School Sports’ 60 for 16 series. Bergner was among the players who were in San Diego over the weekend for the Perfect Game All-American Classic and remained for the next phase of the trials. Among the Perfect Game All-Americans making the final roster were Blake Rutherford, Ian Anderson, Michael Amditis, Reggie Lawson and Cole Stobbe.

Team USA members Cooper Johnson and Forrest Whitley played in the Under Armour All-American Game in Chicago on Saturday and then headed west to finish the trails.

20-MAN ROSTER

Michael Amditis, C, Boca Raton, Fla.

Ian Anderson, RHP, Rexford, N.Y.

Daniel Bakst, IF, New York, N.Y.

William Benson, IF/OF, Atlanta, Ga.

Austin Bergner, RHP, Windermere, Fla.

Jordan Butler, LHP, Odessa, Fla.

Hagen Danner, RHP/C, Huntington Beach, Calif.

Braxton Garrett, LHP, Florence, Ala.

Kevin Gowdy, RHP, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Hunter Greene, OF/LHP, Stevenson Ranch, Calif.

Cooper Johnson, C, Mundelein, Ill.

Reggie Lawson, RHP, Adelanto, Calif.

Morgan McCullough, IF, Seattle, Wash.

Mickey Moniak, OF, Encinitas, Calif.

Nick Pratto, IF/LHP, Huntington Beach, Calif.

Nicholas Quintana, IF, Las Vegas, Nevada

Ryan Rolison, LHP, Jackson, Tenn.

Blake Rutherford, OF, Simi Valley, Calif.

Cole Stobbe, IF, Omaha, Neb.

Forrest Whitley, RHP, San Antonio, Texas

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