Global athletic leader New Balance and Program 15, the premiere baseball player development and training system, have announced the rosters for the National and World Teams set to compete at the The New Balance Future Stars Series International Week in Sugar Land, Tx beginning August 14th.
The Future Stars Series nationwide search for amateur baseball talent which was started as an initiative to ‘Change The Game’ of baseball between New Balance and Program 15 in 2016 will land at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, TX August 14-17.
The Future Stars Series International Week is an invitation only series featuring international high school talent identified by PROGRAM 15’s National Staff of former Major League and professional baseball veterans through Future Stars Series Regional Combines and Development Camps and the recent Future Stars Series National Trials – Championship Tournaments held in Houston, TX.
The National team roster includes top amateur players from the U.S. and the World team top players from Canada, Japan, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Colombia, and Mexico.
The two teams will go head to head in a three-game series with the winner being crowned as the inaugural New Balance Future Stars Series World Champions.
*** FUTURE STARS SERIES NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
NAME / JERSEY NUMBER / POSITION / HEIGHT / WEIGHT / SCHOOL COMMITMENT
AJ Miller / #33 / 1B / 6’2″ / 205 lbs / Oregon
Andrew Walling / #29 / OF / 1B / 6’3″ / 204 lbs / Oregon State University
Damon Casetta-Stubbs / #18 / RHP / 6’4″ / 200 lbs / Seattle U
Dominic Pipkin / #23 / RHP / 6’4″ / 170 lbs / Cal
Grayson Rodriguez / #16 / RHP / 6’5″ / 220 lbs / Texas A&M
Hunter Watson / #32 / 3B / 6’4″ / 215 lbs / Texas A&M
Jack Filby / #25 / C / 6′ / 180 lbs / UCLA
Jackson Cobb / #19 / C / OF / 6’4″ / 210 lbs / Univeristy of Kansas
Kaleb Hill / #34 / LHP / 6’4″ / 210 lbs / Ole Miss
Justin Williams / #5 / 3B / 6’2″ / 200 lbs / Penn State
Mason Ronan / #9 / LHP / 6’2″ / 195 lbs / Michigan State
Mick Abel / #13 / RHP / 6’5″ / 170 lbs / Oregon State (2020)
Nic Kent / #3 / SS / 6’2″ / 180 lbs / University of Virginia
Hayden Thomas / #11 / RHP / 6’0″ / 180 lbs / Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Phillip Dull / #14 / RHP / UT / 6′ / 180 lbs / West Virginia
Porter Brown / #22 / OF / 5’11” / 170 lbs
Sean Guilbe / #7 / SS / 6’2″ / 205 lbs / Univ. of Tennessee
T.J. McKenzie / #17 / SS / 2B / 6’1″ / 160 lbs / Vanderbilt
Thomas Schultz / #26 / RHP / 6’5″ / 196 lbs/ Vanderbilt (2019)
Troy LaNeve / #15 / RF / 6′ / 195 lbs/ Vanderbilt (2019)
Vinny Tosti / #2 / CF / 6’1″ / 193 lbs/ University of Oregon
William Duncan / #66 / RHP / 6’5″ / 195 lbs
NATIONAL TEAM COACHING STAFF
Manager: Greg Blaesing, Rhino Baseball
Bench Coach: Randy Curtis, ABD Baseball
Pitching Coach: Jason Phillips, US Elite Baseball
Hitting Coach: Karl Carswell, KC Barnstormers
3rd Base Coach: Will Roland, Citius Baseball
1st Base Coach: Matt Hall
Bullpen Coach: Mike Sirotka
***FUTURE STARS SERIES WORLD TEAM ROSTER
NAME / JERSEY NUMBER / POSITION / HEIGHT / WEIGHT / SCHOOL COMMITMENT
Franco Aleman / #6 / RHP / 6’6″ / 220 lbs / Cuba
Jaden Brown / #23 / SS / 6’1″ / 178 lbs / Canada
Blake Buckle / #20 / LF / C / 6’2″ / 205 lbs / Canada
Evan Chenier / #19 / RHP / 6’5″ / 210 lbs / Canada
Mateo Gil / #2 / SS / 6’2″ / 180 / TCU lbs/ Mexico
Alberto Gonzalez III / #22 / RHP / 6’1″ / 178 lbs / Mexico
Jose Gutierrez / #24 / 1B / 6’2″ / 230 lbs / Dallas Baptist University / Mexico
Jesus Jacquez / #13 / RHP / 6’5″ / 210 lbs/ Dominican Republic
Yeankarlos Lleras / #39 / RHP / 6′ / 160 lbs / FIU / Puerto Rico
Wendell Y Marrero / #16 / RF / 6’1″ / 205 lbs / Puerto Rico
Travis McDougall / #17 / RHP / 6’6″ / 200 lbs / Canada
Tyler McWillie / #11 / RHP / 6’2″ / 210 lbs / Canada
Noah Naylor / #12 / C / 6′ / 195 lbs/ Texas A&M / Canada
Sebastian Nuñez / #28 / C / 5’8″ / 170 lbs / Puerto Rico
Dylan Ohlsen / #18 / 3B / 6′ / 195 lbs / Canada
Roberto Peña / #99 / RHP / 6’2″ / 205 lbs / University of Florida / Venezuela
Kevin Pérez / #30 / CF / 6’3″ / 178 lbs/ Puerto Rico
Edinson Renteria Jr. / #3 / 3B / 6’1″ / 185 lbs / Columbia
Cerfi Solano / #1 / 2B / 5’11” / 185 lbs / Dominican Republic
Angel Tiburcio / #33 / RHP / 6’3″ / 210 lbs / FIU / Dominican Republic
Xavier Valentín / #26 / C / 5’10” / 180 lbs / FIU / Puerto Rico
Taisei Yahiro / #29 / OF / 6’3″ / 180 lbs / Japan
WORLD TEAM COACHING STAFF
Manager: Sean Travers, Ontario Blue Jays
Bench Coach: Corey Eckstein, Sandlot British Columbia
Pitching Coach: Mike Steed, Ontario Blue Jays
Hitting Coach: Rafael Santo Domingo, PRBAHS (Puerto Rico)
3rd Base Coach: Mike Garza, Primetime Baseball
1st Base Coach: Alvin Montilla, Dominican Republic
Bullpen Coach: JR Bardin, Texas Sun Devils
PROGRAM 15 and Future Stars Series CEO and President of Baseball Operations, Jeremy Booth said, “Our goal when we started this venture was to elevate the game of baseball by providing players across all economic levels an opportunity to reach their full potential through the training, development, and guidance of former MLB players, scouts, and coaches. With the upcoming Future Stars Series International Week, the baseball world will get to see that’s exactly what we accomplished”.
On August 14th all National and World team players will get to participate in a Development and Testing day with PROGRAM 15 National Staff composed of former MLB Players, Scouts, Executives & Coaches including:
Jeremy Booth – CEO, President of Baseball Operations, Former Pro Player & MLB Scout
Butch Baccala – Vice President of Scouting, 25 + Year MLB Scout
Trenidad Hubbard – Director of Player Development, 10 + Year MLB Player
Roberto Kelly – National Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator, 14+ Year MLB Player
Stephen Randolph – National Pitching Coordinator, 6 + Year MLB Player
Chad Moeller – National Catching Coordinator, 11+ Year MLB Player
Benji Gil – National Infield Coordinator, 8+ Year MLB Player
Adam Czajkowski – Director of Operations, Former MLB Scouting Supervisor
Former Player and General Manager of the Houston Astros, Manager of World Series winning New York Yankees and MLB Vice President of On-Field Discipline, Bob Watson, is scheduled to make a special appearance to address the players.
All Tournament players will be outfitted head-to-toe from Future Stars Series Sponsors.
New Balance will provide each player with Uniforms, Equipment Bags, Workout Attire and Footwear (BP Jackets, Shirt, Shorts, Turfs and Spikes).
Zinger Bats will provide two bats for each player
Franklin Sports will be providing Batting Gloves
All-Star Sports will be providing Catchers Gear, Helmets and Bags.
Scouts, Coaches, and Staff will be using evaluation and development tools provided by:
Blast Motion – the industry’s most accurate motion capture sensor integrated with communication, analysis, coaching, and management tools will also be on hand for demonstrations and data collection.
FlightScope – The first multi-frequency 3D tracking radar for baseball employing direct distance measurement to provide accurate positions, speeds, and angles of pitched and hit ball trajectories.
Other Future Stars Series Sponsors behind the initiative include:
NCSA (Next College Student Athlete)
The three-game series, which will be attended by college and pro scouts will be open to the public and begins on August 15th at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, TX – Home of the Sugar Land Skeeters.
For more information about Future Stars Series International Week visit http://futurestarsseries.com/international-week
About The Future Stars Series
The Future Stars Series is Official Global Player Identification and Development Series of New Balance Baseball.
As New Balance Baseball’s exclusive Grassroots Outreach Program the Future Stars Series core mission is to elevate the game of baseball by discovering players across all economic levels and providing them with the opportunity to achieve their full potential through the training, development, and guidance of former MLB players, scouts, and coaches.
All Future Stars Series Events include true Major League scouting evaluations, developmental feedback and plan to assist in their long-term growth from scouts who have signed Major League players. Player profiles and evaluations will be logged into the Blast Motion swing sensor data and Flightscope analytic data. Individual Scouting Reports are made available to each player through a stored profile on the PROGRAM 15 Proprietary Scouting Database.
The Organizations Behind The Future Stars Series
Led by New Balance Baseball and PROGRAM 15, the Future Stars Series is executed by PROGRAM 15’s National Staff of Major League Veteran players, scouts, coaches, and executives.
Through joint ventures and sponsorships, the Future Stars Series has built solid relationships with several undisputed global brand leaders in Major League Baseball.
Future Stars Series Path for Individual Players
The Future Stars Series international search for undiscovered talent begins with Regional Combines and Development Camps.
Players identified by PROGRAM 15’s National Staff of former Major League and professional baseball veterans are submitted to New Balance Baseball for advancement and potential selection to Regional, National, and International team rosters.
Future Stars Series Regional Team rosters are divided into Upperclass and Underclass Divisions. Players selected by New Balance Baseball will be invited to participate in the Future Stars Series National Event in Houston, TX where they will compete for a spot on National and World Teams.
Future Stars Series International Weekend
Elite players identified through Regional Combines, Tournaments and the National Event will be invited to join either the World (International Players) or National (U.S. Players) Team Rosters and compete at The Future Stars Series International Weekend
International Weekend is the signature event of Program15 and the New Balance
Baseball Future Stars Series. Held in Houston, TX, this highly anticipated annual event featuring top amateur baseball players from Canada, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Japan, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, and the USA.
The Future Stars Series Partner Programs
The New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series and Program 15 have experienced exponential growth over the last year, grabbing the attention of over 70 of the most respected organizations in amateur baseball who have come on board as Regional Directors and Partners.
Future Stars Series Partner Program extends to geographic regions throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
Each Region is comprised of a maximum of 16 Travel Organizations. As a convenience to player families and travel arrangements, Regions are led by a Director based in a centrally located hub for the program.
Partner Programs compete in Regional Tournaments to advance to the National Event in Houston, TX, where a true Future Stars Series National Champion is crowned.
To ensure maximum scouting and player development, the National Event holds a maximum of 64 qualifying teams.
For the latest combine schedules and to register for upcoming events visit http://futurestarsseries.com/combine-schedule.
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About PROGRAM 15
PROGRAM 15, based in Houston, TX is built with the idea of quieting the noise and helping families to navigate the paths of proper instruction and development plans for all youth players with aspirations of playing baseball beyond high school and select ball levels through the execution of personalized development plans for each player.
About New Balance
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