Nearly 144 of the nation’s top ballplayers have been invited to compete in the 2012 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars, presented by Major League Baseball, June 20-24 at the National Training Complex in Carry, N.C. Of those invited, 18 are American Legion Baseball players.
The five-day tournament will end with USA Baseball selecting 20 players to make up the 2012 18-and-under National Team, which will compete internationally.
Those representing The American Legion include:
Nick Ciuffo, Lexington, S.C., catcher
Parker Johnson, Arden, N.C., right-handed pitcher/catcher
Maxwell Knutson, Arden Hills, Minn., left-handed pitcher/outfielder
Chris Kohler, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., left-handed pitcher
Jose Lopez, Tampa, Fla., catcher
Khalil Macklin, Rocky Mount, N.C., position unavailable
Michael Maiello, Las Vegas, third baseman/right-handed pitcher
Andy McGuire, Oakton, Va., infielder
Kenny Meimerstorf, Henderson, Nev., outfielder
Raymond Pedrina, Kapolei, Hawaii, infielder/outfielder
Kort Peterson, Los Gatos, Calif., outfielder
Andrew Puk, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, left-handed pitcher/first baseman
Jack Roberts, Richmond, Va., right-handed pitcher
Billy Roth, Vista, Calif., right-handed pitcher
Logan Shore, Coon Rapids, Minn., third baseman/right-handed pitcher
Ryan Tellez, Elk Grove, Calif., first baseman
Brody Weiss, Castle Rock, Calif., infielder
Robert Zeigler, Defiance, Ohio, right-handed pitcher
Addtionally, five American Legion Baseball coaches will be attending. They include:
Byron Ballard, Chesterfield, Va.
Sandee Kensinger, Talent, Ore.
Todd Jahnke, Shorewood, Minn.
Jim Peck, Chanhassen, Minn.
Tim Saunders, Dublin, Ohio