Six New England prospects at the 11U, 12U and 13U levels spent the week participating in the 2021 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series Champions Cup. By comparison, a total of five players at the 15U and 16U age levels earned selections to the same showcase event, while 11 players at the 14U level were selected.
To be clear, New England Baseball Journal does not rank prospects at the 11U, 12U or 13U levels. We are not projecting future performance for any of these players. We are simply recognizing the players who were selected by USA Baseball to compete for spots on the National Team.
The USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by Team USA. Players from across the country participate in selection events and tryouts on the regional level with the aim of ultimately being named to an All-Regional team. Those regional teams will then compete in their respective age groups against the five other regions from across the country at the culminating National Team Identification Series Champions Cup event at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
From the final NTIS event, USA Baseball will invite a minimum of 72 players to future National Team Trials and National Team Development Program (NTDP) opportunities with the ultimate goal of being selected to represent Team USA in 2022. Here's a look at the six players from New England vying for spots on the USA Baseball National Team at the 11U, 12U and 13U levels.