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USA's 18U World Cup roster loaded with Draft prospects

Team will begin pool play in Gijang, South Korea on August 30
@Russ_Dorsey1
August 18, 2019

USA Baseball announced the 2019 18U National Team on Saturday, following the conclusion of the 2019 18U National Team Trials. The final 20-man roster will compete in the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea, August 30-September 8.

USA Baseball announced the 2019 18U National Team on Saturday, following the conclusion of the 2019 18U National Team Trials.

The final 20-man roster will compete in the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea, August 30-September 8.

This year’s Team USA 18u team features some of the country’s best high school prospects and could have several members of next year’s 2020 MLB Draft class.

Eighteen members of this year’s roster including Ed Howard, Nolan McLean, AJ Vukovich, Tyler Soderstorm and many more participated in the inaugural PDP League.

The Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League is a collaborative effort between MLB and USA Baseball to establish an official identification and player-development pathway for amateur baseball players in the United States.

Eleven players on this year’s team are new to USA Baseball national team programming in 2019 and were identified by participating in the PDP League.

The 2019 18U National Team will begin training in Fullerton, California, from August 18-21 before traveling to Taichung, Taiwan, to continue training with three friendlies against Chinese Taipei from August 24-27.

2019 18U National Team

Mick Abel, RHP, Jesuit HS (Ore.)
Jack Bulger, C, DeMatha HS (Md.)
Pete Crow-Armstrong; OF, Harvard-Westlake (Calif.)
Lucas Gordon, LHP, Notre Dame HS (Calif.)
Hunter Haas, MIF, Corona Del Sol HS (Ariz.)
Colby Halter, UTIL, Bishop Kennedy HS (Fla.)
Kyle Harrison, LHP, De La Salle HS (Calif.)
Robert Hassell, OF/LHP, Independence HS (Tenn.)
Austin Hendrick, OF, West Allegheny HS (Pa.)
Ben Hernandez, RHP, De La Salle Institute (Ill.)
Ed Howard, MIF, Mount Carmel HS (Ill.)
Nolan McLean, UTIL, Garner HS (N.C.)
Max Rajcic, RHP, Orange Lutheran HS (Calif.)
Drew Romo, C, The Woodlands HS (Texas)
Alejandro Rosario; RHP, Miami Christian, (Fla.)
Jason Savacool, RHP, Baldwinsville HS (N.Y.)
Nate Savino, LHP, Potomac Falls HS (Va.)
Tyler Soderstorm, C, Turlock HS (Calif.)
Milan Tolentino; IF; Mission Viejo, Calif.
AJ Vukovich, 1B/OF, East Troy HS (Wis.)

Russell Dorsey is a reporter/editor for MLB.com based in Chicago. Follow him on Twitter @Russ_Dorsey1.