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Australia Wins Oceania Under 18

Monday, January 28th, 2019

Australia qualified for the Under 18 World Cup in Korea this year with a 5-0 win over American Samoa. The game was called after four innings because of rain, which would disappoint many Samoan fans. American Samoa had pulled an upset over Australia earlier in pool play winning 4-3.

Australia was declared the champion based on their 16-0 win over Samoa in the playoffs. American Samoa then defeated third place Guam 15-6 to earn another shot at Australia. Mother Nature did not allow that game to be completed.

New Zealand finished fourth and Palau fifth in the tournament.

MLB World Select Team

Friday, September 28th, 2018

The World Select Team will be competing in the Arizona Fall Classic that will be held from October 10-14. There are 61 different teams competing in this event, including teams from Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Below are the names of the players from MLB World Select Team and the country they represent. A player from Uganda is participating.


Dennis Achidri (Uganda), Jiorgeny Casimiri (Netherlands), Daniele Di Monte (Italy), Liam Evans (Australia), Mathias Gonzalez (Ecuador), Jake Green (Australia), Lukas Hlouch (Czech Republic), Ky Jackson (Australia), Will Kortekaas (Australia), Luke Krkovski (Australia), Sebastian Munoz (Ecuador), Daniel Padysak (Czech Republic), Sue Sun (China), Angelo Wicklert (Netherlands)


Ricardo Bertossi (Italy), Chris Burke (Australia), Fabian Kovacs (France)


Travis Bazzana (Australia), Finn Bergmann (Germany), Denzel Bryson (Netherlands), Liam MacDonald (Australia), Luke November (South Africa), Delano Seiassa (Netherlands), Sunny Yang (China)


Jarrod Belbin (Australia), Paolo Brossier (France), Correze Nepia (New Zealand), Jaylin Rae (Australia), Brock Wells (Australia), Tyson Zamora (Australia), Ruendrick Piternella (Netherlands)

These players range in age from 16 to 20. Not only will they be performing before major league scouts, but also college scouts.

Top Players in the Under 15 Tournament

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Cuba beat Japan in the finals while the United States took third. Rather than pick an All tourney team myworld will name the top players of each team who performed well in the tournament based on their numbers. Myworld was not there so we could not witness their performances.


Loidell Chapelli may have been the MVP of the tournament with his 5 for 5 day in the championship. Overall he hit .444 with 10 RBIs and a 1.028 OPS.

Malcolm Nunez hit .613 with 9 walks and one strikeout and a 1.375 OPS

Victor Mesa hit .375 with 9 runs scored.

Darian Palma hit .324 with 11 runs scored and 5 stolen bases.

Livan Chaviano appeared in four games and picked up two wins. He picked up one save and had a 0.00 ERA in 13.2 innings

Edgar Martinez struck out 20 in his 15 innings of work with a 0.60 ERA.


Shota Katekaru hit .467 with 9 RBIs and a 1.100 OPS.

Kenji Ino had a .389 average with 11 RBIs and a 1.115 OPS. He scored 13 runs and stole 5 bases.

Kanta Okada started three games and finished with a 0.75 ERA in 12 innings of work.

United States

Anthony Volpe hit .419, stole 8 bases, drove in 10 runs and scored 10 runs with an OPS of 1.010. He did everything.

Cade Doughty hit .419 with 13 runs scored.

Justin Campbell did not give up an earned run in his two starts covering 7 innings, but did give up 8 hits. The United States seemed to lack a dominating pitcher in this tournament based on the numbers. No big strikeout numbers like Japan and Cuba.


Jordan Agrazal was their top hitter with a .375 average and 9 runs scored. His OPS was .901.


Pedro Martinez showed it all with a .481 average, 11 runs scored and five stolen bases. His OPS was 1.090.

Jesus Orecchia may have been the best hitter with his .438 average, 13 RBIs and 1.003 OPS.

Ronier Lascarro hit .379 with three triples and a 1.072 OPS. He also scored 9 runs and stole 4 bases.

Miguel Rondon had five appearances and two saves. He did take a loss when he gave up 4 unearned runs but his ERA was 0.00 in 7.1 innings.


Marshall Cantillo hit .476 with 2 doubles and three triples to put his OPS at 1.399. He drove in 8 runs.

Luis Arzuza hit .400 with a 1.011 OPS.


Jui Wen Chien hit .500 with 4 doubles and two triples with a 1.360 OPS. He drove in 10 runs.

Yao Tsung Weng also hit .500, drawing 8 walks and scoring 11 times. His OPS was 1.193.

Po Yu Chen hit .444 with a .997 OPS.


Jun-Woo Shin hit .571 with 6 doubles and a 1.504 OPS. He drove in 10 runs.

Kyung-PYo Ko hit .524 with a 1.286 OPS. He walked 9 times.

Seung Ho Lee hit .393 to score 9 runs.

Hyung-Jun Park appeared in three games with one start stringing together a 1.17 ERA.


Jared Guerrero hit .423 with 9 RBIs.

Asis Berrones struck out 15 of the 30 batters he faced but his 6.14 ERA was ugly.

Czech Republic

Marek Krejcirik hit .389 but his 14 walks put his OBA at .656 and his OPS at 1.267. He hit two triples.

Martin Grundman was 1-1 with a 0.82 ERA in two starts.


Caleb Shepherd hit .400 with a double and two triples for a 1.145 OPS. He also coaxed 8 walks in a weak lineup.

New Zealand

No worthy players of note though Taichi Nakao did walk 9 times but his average was .238, the second best average on the team for those players with 10 or more at bats.

Cuba Defends 15 and Under Championship

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

The major leagues may have robbed Cuba of many of their players older than 16. They still have their 15 year olds, who beat Japan 9-4 to defend their championship. After being shut out by Japan in pool play the first time they played them Cuba erupted for five runs in the second inning, then added three more in the fourth to jump out to an 8-0 lead.

Loidel Chapelli is a name you may want to remember. He went 5 for 5, driving in three runs and scoring two to lead the Cuban offense. He finished the tournament with a .444 average, stealing one of the six bases the Cubans took off Japanese catchers. Franny Cobos delivered three hits and stole two bases, driving in two runs. The top hitter for Cuba was Malcolm Nunez, who finished the tournament with a best .613 average and 1.375 OPS. He went 1 for 4 in the championship game with a sacrifice fly to drive in one of the nine Cuban runs.

Livan Chaviano worked five shutout innings before giving up an unearned run in the sixth. Japan was able to score three more runs off reliever Osdany Rodriguez in his three innings of work. Shota Katekaru was the big bat for Japan getting four hits in five at bats. He drove in one and scored one.

The United States was able to win the bronze medal game over Panama 8-3. They scored six runs in the seventh to break a 1-1 tie.

The order of finish for the teams:

1) Cuba, 2) Japan, 3) United States, 4) Panama, 5) Venezuela, 6) Colombia, 7) Taiwan, 8) South Korea, 9) Mexico, 10) Czech Republic, 11) Australia and 12) New Zealand

Under 15 World Cup - Day 3

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Japan and the United States remain the only undefeated teams after three games in the under 15 World Cup being held in Japan.

United States 11 Panama 1

The United States gave the surprising Panama team their first loss. Jasiah Dixon had the second homerun of the tournament, a solo job. Joseph Naranjo went 2 for 2 with a triple and two walks to drive in two runs. Coltin Olasin also had a triple and a single to drive in three runs. Nelson Berkwich silenced the Panama bats for five innings, giving up one unearned run on four hits in a game that only lasted seven innings. Panama pitchers were a little flustered by the strike zone, walking 9 batters.

Japan 15 Korea 4

Japan clubbed Korea, scoring eight runs in the first two innings to win the seven inning game. Kenji Ino scored three runs on his triple and two walks and also drove in two runs. Shota Katekaru was another big hammer with his two singles and double driving in three runs. Jun-Woo Shin had a perfect 3 for 3 day for Korea in a losing cause.

Taiwan 9 Mexico 8

Taiwan woke up from their doldrums to get their first win in three games but it took a run in the bottom of the ninth to give them the victory. Mexico out hit Taiwan 14 to 8 but stranded 14 runners. Chen Wei Lin Wu retired all seven hitters he faced, four of them on strikeouts to give Taiwan the victory. Jui Wen Chien drove in two with a triple and double while Chen Wu Huang drove in three with a triple.

Colombia 9 Czech Republic 4

Colombia improved their record to 2-1 while the Czechs dropped to 1-2. Colombia pitchers walked 11 hitters but the Czechs were not able to take advantage of the generosity, stranding 12 runners. William Miranda swatted a double and triple to drive in three runs to lead Colombia.

Venezuela 16 New Zealand 3

Venezuela blasted New Zealand to leave them among the winless along with their neighbor Australia. Venezuela improves to 2-1. Daniel Castillo scored four times from the leadoff spot, getting hit by pitches twice and stealing two bases. Pedro Martinez and Ronier Lascarro each scored three times from the 2 and 3 slot in the order. The first eight hitters in the lineup each had at least one RBI. Jesus Orecchia had another good game for Venezuela going 4 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. The scouts have an eye on this first baseman.

Cuba 4 Australia 3

Despite being winless Cuba had a hard time disposing of Australia. Malcolm Nunez walked all four times at the plate and stole three bases, but it accounted for only one run scored for Cuba. Darian Palma scored two runs and drove in one on his two hits. Leadoff hitter Victor Mesa stroked a double and triple to score one run. Livan Chaviano picked up the save by pitching three shutout innings in relief, allowing just one hit.

15 and Under Results - Day 2

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Adrian Morejon was an MVP of the 15 and under tournament. The Cuban recently signed a multi million dollar contract to play for the Padres. The second day of games was a little more competitive as these players battled for their country. The South/Central American teams proved their superiority over the Asian teams on this second day.

Japan 4 Cuba 0

Japan pitchers tossed their second straight shutout, but this one was against the powerful Cubans. Masaki Oyokawa went seven innings for Japan, allowing just four hits in shutting out Cuba. Shoki Koyama drove in two with a double and single.

United States 4 Venezuela 2

The United States battled with Venezuela, falling behind 2-0 before rallying for two spots in the sixth and seventh innings. Jesus Orecchia drove in both runs for Venezuela with an RBI double and single in the first and third innings. A Venezuelan error proved costly in the sixth allowing two unearned runs to score. Christian Cairo and Carter Young drove in the two runs that put the United States on top. Jasiah Dixon stole two bases and scored a run for the stars and stripes. Zachary Martinez pitched four innings of shutout ball in relief to get credit for the victory.

Panama 6 Taiwan 4

Panama broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the eighth and shocked Taiwan with the win to improve their record to 2-0. Taiwan rallied for two runs in the last of the ninth but fell short to drop to 0-2. Fernando Gonzalez got the big two run single that gave Panama the win.

Colombia 10 South Korea 5

Colombia shocked Korea scoring 10 runs in the last two innings to pull off the upset. Both teams move to 1-1. Guillermo Quintana and Luis Arzuza each drove in two runs for the Colombians.

Czech Republic 10 Australia 0

The Czechs evened their record to 1-1 by winning this seven inning game. The Aussies are wondering where their offense is after enduring their second straight shutout. All the Czech runs were scored in the seventh inning to break a 0-0 pitcher’s duel. Tomas Hrbek pitched all but one out to quiet the Aussie bats, allowing three hits and walking four. Martin Grundmann scored twice and drove in two runs in the wild seventh inning. Michael Best and Tomas Chadim also contributed two RBIs each. Aussie pitchers walked six hitters in the 10 run seventh.

Mexico 11 New Zealand 3

Mexico won their first game, dropping New Zealand to 0-2. Mexico scored at least one run in the third through eighth innings. Kevin Garcia led the charge with three of the 15 Mexican hits. Sergio Villalba, Juan Garza and Jared Guerrero each drove in two runs. Oscar Valenzuela got the start and pitched four shutout innings for Mexico.

15 and Under Results in Japan

Friday, July 29th, 2016

The World Cup for 15 and under opened yesterday in Japan. Not a lot of upsets or competitive games.

United States 18 Taiwan 3

This was surprising in how easily the United States dominated Taiwan in a game that only went five innings. The United States scored crooked numbers in all five of the innings that were played while Taiwan scratched together three runs after the United States had built a 16-0 lead. Taiwan pitchers could not find the plate walking 10 batters and throwing three wild pitches.

Anthony Volpe strung together four hits in four at bats to drive in three runs for the United States. He also scored three runs and stole a base. Carter Young collected three hits in four at bats and also drove in three runs. As a team the United States stole seven bases, with lead off batter Jasiah Dixon leading the way with two stolen bases on three hits scoring three times.

Taiwan had a couple hitting stars going 5 for 5, accounting for five of their seven hits. Yao-Tsung Weng slashed three hits from the leadoff spot, driving in one run and Chin-Wei Lin Wu put together two hits in the number eight spot after coming off the bench.

Japan 13 Australia 0

Japan continued to show off their superior pitching, shutting out Australia on four hits in a game going seven innings. Australia committed six errors to allow 11 unearned runs to cross the plate in the game. Japan used four different pitchers to shut out Australia, Kanta Okada getting the start and going three innings without allowing a hit. He was pulled after Japan had jumped out to an 11-0 lead.

Kenji Ino was the big bat for Japan, collecting three hits including a triple to drive in two runs and score three.

Cuba 5 Colombia 0

In the only game to go nine Cuba shut out Colombia on three hits. Osiel Rodriguez went seven plus innings to get the win, striking out nine and allowing only two hits. Yaniel Nunez was the big Cuban bat with four hits in five at bats, including a double, the only extra base hit on the Cuban team.

Korea 14 Czech Republic 4

Korea jumped on the Czechs early with nine runs in the first three innings and spanked the lone European team in a game that went seven innings. Number nine hitter Min-Sung Cho hit the only homerun of the first day in his perfect 2 for 2 day before he was pinch hit for in his last at bat. Jun-Woo Shin powered two doubles among his three hits to drive in two. Man-Soo Kim drove in three with a perfect 1 for 1 day with a single, walk and sacrifice fly.

Panama 16 New Zealand 1

Panama trampled all over New Zealand in a game that went six innings. They scored 12 of their 16 runs in the last two innings, assisted by six errors from New Zealand. Leonardo Jimenez drove in four runs with his two hits including a double and sacrifice fly. Adrian Montero had two at bats that included a walk and a triple that drove in three runs as a late inning replacement.

Venezuela 11 Mexico 1

This game was close until the latter innings when Venezuela erupted for eight runs in the last two innings to end the game in seven innings. Mexican pitchers issued 12 walks to aid in the Venezuelan scoring. Sergio Gutierrez drove in four runs and Jesus Orecchia added three to lead the Venezuelan efforts.

Under 15 Baseball World Cup

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

The under 15 World Cup will be played in Iwahi, Japan on July 29 to August 7. There will be 12 teams participating in this event. The World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) recently announced the teams.

Australia (a WBC qualifying winner), Colombia (fresh off their WBC qualifying win), Cuba, Czech Republic, Japan (Number 1 team in the world), Korea (Premier 12 champion), Mexico (another WBC qualifying winner), New Zealand, Panama, Taiwan, United States (Number 2 team in the world), Venezuela

Top Ten European Prospects

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

There are only about three or four European players on this top ten list who will make it to the major leagues. For some of these players it may only be for a cup of coffee or a September of fun. Too many of the true European prospects are raw and it takes them awhile to get acclimated to the United States game. After the sixth rated player it is like throwing darts at a board and letting it find a name for you. That is my level of confidence on these ratings after the sixth pick.

Aaron Altherr was the only player from the list last year to lose rookie eligibility. Donald Lutz made the list last year, played very little because of injury, was released by the Reds and resigned, but he actually lost his rookie eligibility in 2014. Max Kepler had a break out year. He became the first player born and raised in Germany to play in the major leagues when he got a September call up. Donald Lutz also played in Germany, but he was born in New York and his mother moved him back to Germany when he was an infant. One of the more talented European prospects the last couple years Lars Hujer decided to return to Europe to play in the Dutch League, ending his major league career ambitions for one closer to home when the European professional league will make its debut.

You can see the list from last year at the link below.

1. Ozzie Albies SS (Braves/Curacao) - The Braves traded Jose Peraza because they felt Ozzie was the better middle infield prospect. Then they traded Andrelton Simmons, their gold glove fielding shortstop also from Curacao. The only player standing in the shortstop path for Ozzie is Eric Aybar, who will become a free agent after next year. It may be expecting a lot from Ozzie to find him playing shortstop for the Braves in 2017. Last year was his first in full season where he hit .310 in Low A. Like Jose Peraza he lacks power, but his arm strength makes him a better fit for short. He may not steal as many bases as Jose, but he has the patience to take walks and get on base, duties valued when looking for a lead off hitter. The best the Braves can hope for is a September callup in 2017, when he will be a 20 year old youngster with a starting position available to him in 2018. The Braves hope he can maintain his .328 minor league career average as he rises up the minor league ladder and faces more talented pitchers.

2. Max Kepler OF/1B (Twins/German) - Myworld rated him a bit low last year, but he was a first baseman/corner outfielder with little power. He had a breakout season this year, hitting .322 at AAA with a .947 OPS. That resulted in a September callup where he hit only .143, but still getting a baseball for achieving his first major league hit. Max was able to bunch together 56 extra base hits, nine of them going over the fence, so his power is really more to the gaps. In the outfield he lacks the speed to play center and lacks the power to really be a solid corner outfielder. A gig as a fourth or fifth outfielder in the major leagues is not a bad job. Currently the Twins have some talented outfielders and a crowd at first base so it could be difficult for Max to find major league time next year. If he continues to hit the Twins will have to find room for him, or trade him to a team that has an outfield need.

3. Marten Gasparini SS/2B (Royals/Italy) - Marten signed for $1.3 million in 2013, breaking the European signing bonus record previously held by Max Kepler. There are some questions whether Marten will have the bat to find himself wearing a major league uniform. His legs can churn out speed and his arm is strong but his 37 errors in 52 games is a cause for concern. A move to second may be required if he can not correct his fielding flaws. Last year he stole 26 bases in 54 games and of his 16 extra base hits, ten of them were for triples. Recognizing breaking pitches has been his biggest challenge resulting in 80 whiffs in 54 games. The 2016 season should see his first season in a full season league, a true test of his abilities over a long season.

4. Spencer Kieboom C (Nationals/Netherlands) - His father was born in the Netherlands but he moved to the United States when he was 17. That allows him to be eligible to play for Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. In 2013 he was supposed to be one of their catchers but Tommy John surgery forced him to miss much of the 2013 season. The Nationals have a number of talented catchers ahead of him, forcing him to toil in High A as a 24 year old. Defense is his forte. His bat tends to fall a little short (.248, 2, 6) but he did have an impressive 36/30 walk to whiff ratio. The Royals have shown how important it is to have someone who can make contact with the ball and Spencer is a good barrel of the bat on ball kind of hitter.

5. Carlton Daal SS/2B (Reds/Netherlands) - A Didi Gregorius protégé, he has 2014 first round pick Alex Blandino ahead of him in the Reds minor league system. While he may be a better defensive shortstop than Alex, with more speed, his bat falls quite a bit short. Power is the big tool he lacks with a .308 minor league career slugging average and just one homerun in his three year minor league career. While his defense will be good enough to start at a middle infield position, his bat may restrict him to a utility role. He did get named as the shortstop on the All Premier 12 team.

6. Marek Minarik RHP (Pirates/Czech Republic) - At 6′7″ he has the height to intimidate hitters. The fact he has trouble throwing the ball over the plate makes him a bigger pitcher to fear. Originally signed by the Phillies they gave up on him ever mastering the strike zone and released him. The Pirates signed him last year and hope to put him into their rotation. Last year with the Phillies he could only master a 6.32 ERA with 21 walks in 52.2 innings, but worse yet, 11 jacks and 13 hit batsman. His fastball has good velocity, sitting in the low 90s but his secondary stuff is a bit iffy. At only 22 years of age Marek still has plenty of time to master his game.

7. Matz Schutte RHP (Twins/Netherlands) - He is still a young kid at 19 years old. At 6′3″ and 185 he has a good pitcher’s body. Last year was his first season in the minor leagues after spending some time in Australia. In the rookie league he finished with a 3.07 ERA, showing good control with a 4/18 walk to whiff ratio in 29.1 innings. He played for the European team that went to Taiwan to play winter league ball there. It would not be a surprise if he spends another season in the short season leagues.

8. Markus Solbach RHP (Diamondbacks/Germany) - Another pitcher with a large frame (6′5″) who was released by the Twins. He put up some good numbers in A ball (2.88 ERA) even though his whiff numbers (58) per innings pitched (121) were not awe inspiring. At least he did not walk a lot of hitters (30). He struggled a bit when promoted to the California League (5.58 ERA), but that tends to be a hitters league. At 25 years of age in the 2016 season it would be nice if he hit AA. Like most European pitchers his fastball is not overpowering, sitting at 88-91 so location is critical for continued success.

9. Alberto Mineo C (Cubs/Italy) - Not much of an offensive player, failing to hit over in his four seasons of minor league ball. He replaces Martin Cervenka who will turn 24 and has yet to reach High A. Albert has shown little power (.287 slugging) but makes good contact. He needs to make it as a catcher where his stolen base success rate is 26 percent. He’s been mainly a backup for the minor league teams he has played for as he rises up the system, but at 21 he is still young enough to make an impact. Next year should be his first complete year in High A ball.

10. Loek Van Mil RHP (Twins/Netherlands) - Loek has been around for awhile. He has played in Australia, Japan and Netherlands. He was supposed to be the Dutch closer in the Olympics but an arm injury ended that hope. At 7′1″ if he puts on a major league uniform he will break the record for tallest pitcher ever to throw a pitch in the major leagues. His fastball generally sits in the low 90s, but with his height the arm appears to come right down at you. At 31 years of age he is a bit old to be considered a prospect, but with any kind of success in the minors the Twins may end up putting him in the bullpen. Command has been a problem with his large, lanky frame and all the elongated body parts flying all over the place trying to find consistency in his windup. In Japan last year he appeared in seven games in relief for Rakuten, walked 7 and struck out 7 in 8.2 innings of relief, finishing with a 4.15 ERA.

European Top Ten Prospects 2015

South Africa Eliminates New Zealand

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

It might help the World Baseball Classic if some of the games were closer. The closest game was the three run difference between South Africa and Australia. These two teams will battle again after South Africa proved their superiority over New Zealand with a 9-2 romp, the second time they have squashed New Zealand.

Keegan Swanepoel was the hitting star for South Africa with four hits, driving in both his runs in the four run fourth inning that blew the game wide open. Anthony Phillips drew four walks allowing him to score three runs and Kyle Botha drove in three runs to lead the offense. Gift Ngoepe finally got his first hit of the qualifier, a bat South Africa will need to be competitive against Australia.

The third inning was evidence of the struggles for the New Zealand pitching staff. Three walks, one of them intentionally resulted in South Africa exploding for four runs. In total, New Zealand pitchers walked 10 batters, not the kind of performance you want to get from a pitching staff to win games.

In the sixth inning after a Gift Ngoepe single, two more walks loaded the bases to set up a bases clearing double by Botha.

New Zealand scored both their runs in the fourth inning, Moko Moanaroa, brother of Boss and also an ex-Red Sox minor leaguer, doubled in both runs after two walks put runners on base. South Africa was less generous with the walks, but they will have to do better than the seven walks they issued against New Zealand. The 17 walks issued in the ball game makes for a long night of baseball.