When the USA 18U and Collegiate rosters were announced Sunday, there was only one player from North Carolina who made either roster N.C. State freshman pitcher Carlos Rodon.
The Holly Springs native has had a big year. He was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman Pitcher of the Year, the ACC Freshman of the Year and Pitcher of the Year and is one of three finalists for USA Baseballs Golden Spikes Award.
When the USA Baseball Prospect Classic is held this weekend at Durham Bulls Athletic Park and USA Baseball National Training Complex, Rodon will be the sole flag bearer for the state.
The Wolfpack (and the ACC) will have two other players among the five alternates on the Collegiate National team infielder Trea Turner and catcher Danny Canela.
While the Collegiate team will boast several players already in the national spotlight, including College World Series stars Grayson Greiner of South Carolina and Johnny Field of Arizona, both teams will have much to play for beyond the chance to make Team USA.
With more than 100 scouts and a star-studded cast of former MLB stars including former World Series Most Valuable Player Scott Brosius, who will coach the Collegiate team the 18U and college players will be playing for a chance to become a high draft pick within the next two years.
The 18U team will have three of the top-10 players in the country, according to MaxPreps, with pitchers Chris Rivera and Keegan Thompson, along with top catcher prospect Jeremy Martinez. Cavan Biggio, son of former Houston Astros star Craig Biggio, also will play.