USA Baseball

USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, develops young talent from around the country. Aside from its role in the Olympics, USA Baseball continues its matrix of developing talent by participating in international competition, around the world, throughout the year, in all age categories. Their mission to is to grow the game through youth programs, player development, as well as safety and education initiatives. This place is the epicenter of those endeavors. The Town of Cary, North Carolina was selected to be to home of USA Baseball in 2002. It opened in 2007. Bill Coleman, the former Town Manager of Cary who helped to bring this complex here, passed away in September of 2014. In his honor, the main diamond was named Coleman Field. Stadium seating was set at 1,754 and 250 for grass seating. Located within the 221 acres of Thomas Brooks Park, it has all the specs. of your normal spring training facility. I visited in the USA Baseball National Training Complex in 2014 & 2015, while working and living in the Carolinas. Aside from Coleman Field, there are (3) other training fields. All four field are maintained at MLB standards.

Visit (1) was during the16U and 17U Tournament which was held August 21-24 of 2014 for the selection of the National Teams. Close to 50 games were played here over the weekend. It’s a launching point for USA Baseball to select players for National Team programs. Throughout the year, this place is host to many other tournaments and invitationals. Although there is currently no MLB team here, this part of the country is a hot-bed of baseball activities with competition in the high school and college ranks. Minor League baseball also thrives here.

Visit (2) was the 4th Annual National High School Invitational held at USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. San Clemente Tritons (San Clemente, California) met College Park Falcon (Pleasant Hill, California) for the final game on Saturday March 28, 2015. 16 high school baseball teams from 10 states were invited to compete for a national title at the scholastic level. 8 of the 16 teams were ranked in the nationwide pre-season top 25. Some teams are reigning state champions in the respective homes. This new venue allows an opportunity to determine a, “National Champions” and gives high school players added exposure to both collegiate recruitment and MLB prospect lists. Tritons won 8-3 to take the trophy home.

“Our Pastime’s Future” is the USA Baseball slogan. Nothing else can better describe what happens here. The program has served as an institute to player development. It’s had a heavy influence on talent at all levels. Here is a list from USA Baseball of current MLB players who have been a part of USA Baseball.

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Jon Jay 2005 Collegiate
  • Carson Kelly 2010 16U; 2011 18U
  • Mike Leake 2008 Collegiate
  • Daulton Varsho 2019 Professional
  • Luke Weaver 2013 Collegiate

Atlanta Braves

  • A.J. Minter 2014 Collegiate
  • Drew Smyly 2011 Professional; 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Dansby Swanson 2014 Collegiate
  • Touki Toussaint 2011 16U
  • Kyle Wright 2016 Collegiate

Baltimore Orioles

  • Thomas Eshelman 2014 Collegiate
  • Rio Ruiz 2007, 2004 14 U
  • D.J. Stewart 2014 Collegiate

Boston Red Sox

  • Christian Arroyo 2012 18U
  • Matt Barnes 2010 Collegiate
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. 2010 Collegiate
  • C.J. Chatman 2019 Professional
  • Bobby Dalbec 2015 Collegiate; 2019 Professional
  • Robert Stock 2004, 2005 16U
  • Alex Verdugo 2010 14U

Chicago Cubs

  • Albert Almora 2007, 2008 14U; 2009, 2010 18U; 2015 Professional
  • Kris Bryant 2012 Collegiate
  • Nico Hoerner 2011 14U; 2012 15U
  • Craig Kimbrel 2013 Professional
  • Dillon Maples 2010 18U
  • Kyle Ryan 2009 18U
  • Kyle Schwarber 2013 Collegiate

Chicago White Sox

  • Zach Burdi 2015 Collegiate
  • Gio Gonzalez 2013 Professional (WBC)
  • Yasmani Grandal 2009 Collegiate
  • Nick Madrigal 2011 14U; 2012 15U; 2014 18U; 2017 Collegiate
  • James McCann 2011 Professional
  • Carlos Rondon 2012, 2013 Collegiate
  • Blake Rutherford 2012 15U; 2014, 2015 18U

Cincinnati Reds

  • Trevor Bauer 2009 Collegiate
  • Nick Castellanos 2009 18U
  • Kyle Farmer 2012 Collegiate
  • Sonny Gray 2009, 2010 Collegiate
  • Ryan Hendrix 2015 Collegiate
  • Michael Lorenzen 2008 16U; 2010 18U; 2012 Collegiate
  • Mike Moustakas 2006 18U, 2010 Professional
  • Mark Payton 2019 Profesional
  • Lucas Sims 2010 16U
  • Jesse Winker 2011 18U

Cleveland Indians

  • Francisco Lindor 2009 16U; 2010 18U
  • Tyler Naquin 2011 Collegiate
  • Adam Plutko 2012 Collegiate

Colorado Rockies

  • Nolan Arenado 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Daniel Bard 2011 18U
  • Davis Dahl 2011 18U
  • Mychal Givens 2006 16U; 2007 18U; 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Garrett Hampson 2015 Collegiate
  • Peter Lambert 2014 18U
  • Daniel Murphy 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Dom Nunez 2011 16U; 2012 18U
  • Tony Wolters 2008 16U; 2012 18U

Detroit Tigers

  • Daz Cameron 2014 18U
  • Kyle Funkhouser 2014 Collegiate
  • Grayson Greiner 2013 Collegiate
  • Casey Mize 2017 Collegiate
  • Christian Stewart 2014 Collegiate
  • Troy Stokes Jr. 2010 14U

Houston Astros

  • Alex Bregman 2010 16U; 2011 18U; 2013, 2014 Collegiate; 2017 Professional
  • Chase De Jong 2011 18U
  • Lance Mc Cullers 2010 18U
  • George Springer 2010 Collegiate
  • Kyle Tucker 2012 15U
  • Justin Verlander 2003 Collegiate

Kansas City Royals

  • Danny Duffy 2010 Professional; 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Cam Gallagher 2015 Professional
  • Alex Gordon 2004 Collegiate
  • Matt Harvey 2006 18U
  • Ian Kennedy 2002 18U; 2004, 2005 Collegiate
  • Bubba (Derek) Starling 2010 18U

Los Angeles Angels

  • Jo Adell 2019 Professional
  • Hoby Milner 2011 Collegiate
  • Noe Ramirez 2010 Collegiate
  • Anthony Rendon 2010 Collegiate
  • Max Sassi 2006, 2007 16U; 2008 18U
  • Matt Thaiss 2015 Collegiate
  • Mike Trout 2010 Professional
  • Justin Upton 2004 18U
  • Tayler Ward 2014 Collegiate

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Walker Buehler 2014 Collegiate
  • Joe Kelly 2007 Collegiate
  • Clayton Kershaw 2005 18U
  • Jake McGee 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • A.J. Pollock 2011 Professional
  • David Price 2005, 2006 Collegiate
  • Corey Seager 2010 16U

Miami Marlins

  • Logan Forsythe 2007 Collegiate
  • Sean Rodriguez 2001 16U
  • Ryne Stanek 2011, 2012 Collegiate

Milwaukee Brewers

  • Brett Anderson 2004 16U; 2005 18U; 2008 Professional (Olympics)
  • Ryan Braun 2009, 2013 Professional (WBC)
  • J.P. Feyereisen 2019 Professional
  • Josh Hader 2015 Professional
  • Keston Hiuri 2016 Collegiate
  • Corey Knebel 2011 Collegiate
  • Mark Mathias 2014 Collegiate
  • Corey Ray 2015 Collegiate
  • Bobby Wahl 2012 Collegiate
  • Christian Yelich 2017 Professional (WBC)

Minnesota Twins

  • Tyler Clippard 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Brent Rooker 2019 Professional
  • Caleb Thielbar 2019 Professional

New York Mets

  • Gerrit Cole 2009, 2010 Collegiate
  • Erik Kratz 2010, 2019 Professional
  • Giancarlo Stanton 2013, 2017 Professional (WBC)

Oakland Athletics

  • Skye Bolt 2013 Collegiate
  • Matt Chapman 2013 Collegiate
  • Robbie Grossman 2007 18U
  • Daulton Jefferies 2015 Collegiate
  • James Kaprielian 2014 Collegiate
  • Mike Minor 2007, 2008 Collegiate
  • Sheldon Neuse 2010 16U
  • A.J. Puk 2015 Collegiate
  • JB Wendelken 2015 Professional

Philadelphia Phillies

  • Jake Arrieta 2006 Collegiate; 2008 Professional (Olympics)
  • Alec Bohm 2019 Professional
  • Zach Eflin 2015 Professional
  • Carson Fulmer 2011 18U; 2014 Collegiate
  • Bryce Harper 2008 16U; 2009 18U
  • Adam Haseley 2010 14U; 2013 18U
  • Tommy Hunter 2006 Collegiate
  • Cole Irvin 2011 18U
  • Andrew McCutchen 2004 18U; 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Mickey Moniak 2013 15U; 2015 18U
  • Davis Roberton 2017 Professional

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Anthony Alford 2008 14U
  • Adam Frazier 2012 Collegiate; 2015 Professional
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes 2014 18U
  • Derkl Holland 2013 Professional (WBC)
  • Cody Ponce 2019 Professional
  • Bryan Reynolds 2014 Collegiate
  • Jameson Taillon 2009 18U
  • Cole Tucker 2013 18U
  • Trevor Williams 2012 Collegiate

San Diego Padres

  • Jason Castro 2009 Professional
  • Jake Cronenworth 2019 Professional
  • Zach Davies 2007 14U
  • Trent Grisham 2014 18U
  • Eric Hosmer 2007 18U 2010 Professional; 2013, 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Manny Machado 2009 18U
  • Drew Pomeranz 2009 Collegiate
  • Ryan Weathers 2017 18U

San Francisco Giants

  • Tyler Anderson 2010 Collegiate
  • Tyler Beede 2013 Collegiate
  • Trevor Cahill 2008 Collegiate
  • Brandon Crawford 2006 Collegiate; 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Alex Dickerson 2010 Collegiate
  • Kevin Gausman 2009 18U; 2011 Collegiate
  • Evan Longoria 2007 Professional; 2009 Professional (WBC)
  • Buster Posey 2004 18U; 2017 Professional (WBC)

Seattle Mariners

  • J.P. Crawford 2009 14U
  • Marco Gonzales 2012 Collegiate
  • Tim Lopes 2010 16U
  • Tom Murphy 2011 Collegiate; 2015 Professional
  • Justus Shefield 2012 18U
  • Evan White 2016 Collegiate

St. Louis Cardinals

  • Jack Flaherty 2013 18U
  • Dexter Fowler 2008 Professional (Olympic)
  • Paul Goldschmidt 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Andrew Miller 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Brad Miller 2009, 2010 Collegiate
  • Lane Thomas 2013 Collegiate
  • Matt Wieters 2005 Collegiate
  • Kolten Wong 2009 Collegiate

Tampa Bay Rays

  • Austin Meadows 2011 16U
  • Brett Phillips 2015 Professional

Texas Rangers

  • Koby Allard 2014 18U
  • Derek Dietrich 2008 Collegiate
  • Joey Gallo 2011 18U
  • Kyle Gibson 2008 Collegiate
  • Lance Lynn 2007 Collegiate
  • Jeff Mathis 2005 Professional
  • Jose Trevino 2012 Collegiate

Toronto Blue Jays

  • Cavan Biggio 2012 18U
  • A.J. Cole 2001 16U
  • Randal Grichuk 2007 16U
  • Robbie Ray 2009 18U
  • Tanner Roark 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Matt Shoemaker 2011 Professional

Washington Nationals

  • Sean Doolittle 2013 Collegiate
  • Erick Fedde 2005, 2006 Collegiate
  • Josh Harrison 2017 Professional (WBC)
  • Howie Kendrick 2005 Professional
  • Stephen Strasburg 2008 Collegiate; 2008 Professional (Olympic)
  • Kurt Suzuki 2006 Professional
  • Trea Turner 2012, 2013 Collegiate
  • Ryne Zimmerman 2004 Collegiate

The USA Baseball DNA is found throughout the Major Leagues. JP Raineri of Valley News reported 2021 will prove to be another busy year for USA Baseball. Programming will cover opportunities to qualify for the Olympics, compete for world championships. “This year has given us a chance to learn and develop as an organization and we are excited for the opportunities presented to us to get back into action in 2021 and continue developing young athletes both on and off the field.” said Paul Seiler, executive director and CEO of USA Baseball.

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