CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Friday night the names of the 20 players selected to represent the United States at the 2014 WBSC "AA" 15U World Cup in Mazatlan, Mexico July 31-August 11.
The squad, which will be managed by Chan Brown, head coach of Parkview High School in Lilburn, Ga., is made up of players from Florida (6), California (5), North Carolina (2), Texas (2), Arizona (2), Georgia (1), Mississippi (1), New Jersey (1) and Tennessee (1).
"This is a hard day for all of us," said Brown. "You have 40 of the best players in the nation and to cut it down to 20 is a hard process. We tried to find the right makeup to help us win a gold medal.
"It's been a long process this summer scouting all these players. Now we get down to work for a couple of days with a core group that is all working towards one goal of being the group that wins a gold medal for the U.S. It's awesome to be part of this group. I'm privileged to be the head coach of this team and I'm going to put my heart and soul into it."
Assisting Brown will be Jason Washburn (Head Coach - College Park H.S., The Woodlands, Texas), Tommy Duenas (Assistant Coach - Miami Dade College, Miami, Fla.) and Javy Rodriguez (Head Coach - Gulliver Schools, Miami, Fla.).
The roster was selected after 40 standout players from around the country were brought to Cary, N.C., for the 2014 USA Baseball 15U National Team Trials July 20-25.
After training days July 26-28, the team flies to Phoenix, Ariz., for an exhibition game July 29 at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Team USA then heads to Mazatlan July 30 and begins pool play July 31. The squad plays Panama, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan and Germany.
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2014 USA Baseball 15U National Team 20-Man Roster
Name, Position, Hometown
Kristofer Armstrong, RHP/IF, Jupiter, Fla.
Jacob Blas, IF, Carlsbad, Calif.
Justin Bullock, RHP/IF, Creedmoor, N.C.
Thomas Burbank, LHP/IF, Beaumont, Texas
Noah Campbell, IF/OF, Durham, N.C.
John Dearth, RHP, West Covina, Calif.
Cordell Dunn, Jr., C, Olive Branch, Miss.
Hugh Fisher, LHP, Eads, Tenn.
Raymond Gil, IF, Miami, Fla.
Hunter Greene, RHP/IF, Stevenson Ranch, Calif.
Royce Lewis, IF, Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Christopher Martin, IF/OF, Orange Park, Fla.
Doug Nikhazy, LHP, Ocoee, Fla.
Devin Ortiz, RHP, Nutley, N.J.
Blake Paugh, IF, RHP, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Alejandro Toral, OF, LHP, Davie, Fla.
Brice Turang, IF/OF, Corona, Calif.
Mark Vientos, IF, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Ryan Vilade, RHP/IF, Frisco, Texas
Steven Williams, C, Albany, Ga.