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Seven Top-100 Prospects Highlight U.S. Baseball Team For First Olympic Qualifying Tournament

By Chrös McDougall | Oct. 10, 2019, 3:32 p.m. (ET)

Jo Adell scores on a passed ball against the world team in the seventh inning at the 2018 All-Star Futures Game on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC.


Outfielder Jo Adell, the fifth-ranked prospect by MLB Pipeline, highlights the U.S. roster that will compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation Premier12 tournament that begins next month in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The event, which features 12 teams, is the first opportunity for the U.S. to qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, where baseball will be contested for the first time since 2008.

Adell, who is in the Los Angeles Angels farm system, is one of seven top-100 MLB Pipeline prospects on the 28-man roster announced Thursday by USA Baseball. The squad is made up of players not on MLB 40-man rosters.

The other top prospects are No. 21 Andrew Vaughn (INF, Chicago White Sox), No. 23 Drew Waters (OF, Atlanta Braves), No. 34 Alec Bohm (INF, Philadelphia Phillies), No. 72 Xavier Edwards (INF, San Diego Padres), No. 88 Spencer Howard (RHP, Philadelphia Phillies) and No. 100 Daulton Varsho (C, Arizona Diamondbacks).

Four U.S. players are from the Boston Red Sox organization, the most of any MLB team. The Philadelphia Phillies are represented by three players, and the Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland Athletics each have two.

Former New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi leads Team USA.

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The Americans open the tournament Nov. 2-4 with Group A games against the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Netherlands in Guadalajara. The top two teams advance to Tokyo for the Super Round on Nov. 11-16.

The top finisher from the Americas and Asia/Oceania will qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games, joining host country Japan and Israel, who have already qualified. The final two teams will be determined in March 2020.

Baseball was contested five times at the Olympics, from 1992 to 2008. The U.S. won a gold medal in 2000 and bronze medals in 1996 and 2008.


USA Baseball Premier12 Roster

(Name; Position; Hometown; 2019 Organization)

  • Jo Adell; OF; Louisville, Ky.; Los Angeles Angels
  • Clayton Andrews; LHP; Petaluma, Calif.; Milwaukee Brewers
  • Alec Bohm; INF; Omaha, Neb.; Philadelphia Phillies
  • C.J. Chatham; INF; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Boston Red Sox
  • Jake Cronenworth; INF; St. Clair, Mich.; Tampa Bay Rays
  • Bobby Dalbec; INF; Seattle, Wash.; Boston Red Sox
  • Brandon Dickson; RHP; Montgomery, Ala.; Orix Buffaloes
  • Parker Dunshee; RHP; Zionsville, Ind.; Oakland Athletics
  • Xavier Edwards; INF; Mineola, N.Y.; San Diego Padres
  • J.P Feyereisen; RHP; River Falls, Wis.; Milwaukee Brewers
  • Brian Flynn; LHP; Tulsa, Okla.; Kansas City Royals
  • Taylor Gushue; C; Boca Raton, Fla.; Washington Nationals
  • Tanner Houck; RHP; Collinsville, Ill.; Boston Red Sox
  • Spencer Howard; RHP; San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Philadelphia Phillies
  • Tyler Johnson; RHP; Midlothian, Va.; Chicago White Sox
  • Erik Kratz; C; Telford, Pa.; New York Yankees
  • Wyatt Mills; RHP; Spokane, Wash.; Seattle Mariners
  • Mark Payton; OF; Orland Park, Ill.; Oakland Athletics
  • Brooks Pounders; RHP; Riverside, Calif.; New York Mets
  • Clayton Richard; LHP; Lafayette, Ind.; Toronto Blue Jays
  • Brent Rooker; OF; Germantown, Tenn.; Minnesota Twins
  • Connor Seabold; RHP; Laguna Hills, Calif.; Philadelphia Phillies
  • Noah Song; RHP; Pomona, Calif.; Boston Red Sox
  • Caleb Thielbar; LHP; Northfield, Minn.; Atlanta Braves
  • Daniel Tillo; LHP; Sioux City, Iowa; Kansas City Royals
  • Daulton Varsho; C/OF; Chili, Wisc.; Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Andrew Vaughn; IF; Santa Rosa, Calif.; Chicago White Sox
  • Drew Waters; OF; Woodstock, Ga.; Atlanta Braves

Chrös McDougall has covered the Olympic and Paralympic Movement for TeamUSA.org since 2009 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. He is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.