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Almora headed for USA 18U baseball team

DURHAM, N.C. -- Following a two-week evaluation period that concluded with the inaugural Prospect Classic, USA Baseball announced the names of 28 players who have received invitations to join the 18U National Team at a second round trial, to be held Sept. 12-21, in Cary.

From there, 20 athletes will be selected to compete in the 2011 COPABE Pan American AAA/18U Championships in Cartagena, Colombia, Sept. 23-Oct. 2. Team USA is the defending champion of the tournament, having defeated Cuba, 6-1, in the 2009 title game.

Highlighting the 28-man trial roster is five-time USA Baseball Alum Albert Almora (Hialeah) and 2010 USA Baseball Player-of-the-Year Alex Bregman (Albuquerque, N.M.). In all, 11 of the 28 invitees are alums of USA Baseball.

The USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials roster is as follows:
18U National Team Trial rosters (second round)
Albert Almora, OF, Hialeah Mater Academy

Alex Bregman, IF, Albuquerque, N.M.
Gavin Cecchini, IF, Lake Charles, La.
Troy Conyers, LHP, Lakeside, Calif.
Matthew Crownover, LHP, Ringgold, Ga.
Chase DeJong, RHP, Long Beach, Calif.
Max Fried, LHP, Van Nuys, Calif.
Carson Fulmer, RHP, Lakeland, Fla.
Joey Gallo, IF/RHP, Las Vegas, Nev.
Lucas Giolito, RHP, Santa Monica, Calif.
Ty Hensley, RHP, Edmond, Okla.
C.J. Hinojosa, IF, Spring, Texas
Cole Irvin, LHP, Anaheim, Calif.
Carson Kelly, IF/RHP, Portland, Ore.
Jeremy Martinez, C, Fountain Valley, Calif.
Mitch Nay, OF, Chandler, Ariz.
Chris Okey, C, Mt. Dora, Fla.
Cody Poteet, RHP, Bonita, Calif.
Nelson Rodriguez, C, New York, N.Y
Rio Ruiz, IF, Covina, Calif.
Addison Russell, IF, Pace, Fla.
Clate Schmidt, RHP, Acworth, Ga.
Lucas Sims, RHP, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Hunter Virant, LHP, Camarillo, Calif.
Walker Weickel, RHP, Orlando, Fla.
Mikey White, IF, Hoover, Ala.
Nick Williams, OF, Galveston, Texas
Jesse Winker, OF, Windermere, Fla.

About USA Baseball
USA Baseball is the National Governing Body of amateur baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic Team and World Cup Team (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 16U and 14U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year. USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. For more information, please visit www.USABaseball.com and www.GoldenSpikesAward.com.