Published: Jan 06, 2013 10:48 PM
Modified: Jan 06, 2013 10:49 PM
USA Baseball has announced the 16-team field for this spring’s second annual National High School Invitational at Cary’s USA Baseball National Training Complex.
The tournament, which runs March 27-30, will include teams from 10 states and feature some of the top prep baseball programs and players in the country.
Only one of the 16 teams is from North Carolina: Asheville’s T.C. Roberson.
The NHSI is a little more than halfway through the high school season in North Carolina, but the event serves as a season-opener for many out-of-state programs.
The tournament will feature nine of Baseball America’s top-100 2013 draft-eligible high school prospects – including four of the top 20 – and six of the nine have past USA Baseball National Team experience.
Among Baseball America’s top 100 are nine players scheduled to compete in the NHSI. The list is highlighted by Austin Meadows (No. 1), Jordan Sheffield (No. 7), Stephen Gonsalves (No. 13) and Nick Ciuffo (No. 19).
Also set to compete in the NHSI are three members of the 2012 World Champion USA Baseball 18U National Team. The players who won gold with USA Baseball at the IBAF 18U World Championships in Korea include Gonsalves, Jeremy Martinez and Chris Okey.
Defending champion Mater Dei of Santa Ana, Calif., which won last year on an extra-innings walk-off, is one of the returning programs.
“There was a need for a tournament like the National High School Invitational, and while we talked about this idea for years, it took the work of USA Baseball and the event partners to make it a reality,” John Manuel, Baseball America’s editor in chief, said in a statement. “The inaugural tournament was all we could have hoped for as a true showcase of high school baseball, both for the players and, more crucially, the teams. We look forward to continuing to make the NHSI a must-see event on the baseball calendar.”
The NHSI will be a single-elimination championship tournament, but each participating team will be guaranteed to play four games.
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