USA Baseball finalized the roster for the 2022 18U National Team on Friday, September 2, and two Senior Texas High School Baseball players were selected to the team. Sr C/RHP Blake Mitchell (Sinton) and Sr OF Kendall George (Atascocita) both made the 20-man roster. This is Mitchell’s 2nd year to play on the 18U National Team. He played for the USA Team in 2021 when the team went 5-1-1 in a friendship series against Canada.
The roster announcement comes after five days of 18U National Team Training Camp, which consisted of on-field workouts and a four-game Stars vs. Stripes series at the Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Florida.
As a junior in 2022, Mitchell was named the Texas Gatorade Player of the Year, the Texas Sports Writers Association 4A Co-Player of the Year, and the THSB Defensive Player of the Year. His Sinton Pirates won the 4A State Championship finishing with a 36-1 record.
Also a junior in 2022, George was selected to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association 6A All-State Team as a 2nd Team OF and to the Texas Sports Writers Association 6A All-State Team as an Honorable Mention OF. As a sophomore, he was named the 21-6A MVP.
Team USA will compete in the XXX World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup from September 9-18 in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. They will begin pool play on September 9 against the Netherlands at 7 p.m. ET from LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida.