Four Prospect United players were selected last year to play for USA Baseball's Team USA.
Being selected to play for Team USA is one of the highest honors in travel baseball, wherein USA Baseball selected just a handful out of thousands to compete in the Baseball World Cup - held in Taiwan this past summer.
The WBSC hosted the U-12 Baseball World Cup, with Team USA representing the States. Prospect United's own Kai Caranto was named the MVP of the 2017 WBSC, banging out two homeruns and tallying a .391 average.
"Kai is one of those special players. He has the ability, but what sets him apart from most is his drive. You cannot teach that, as it is a choice that all us athletes have to make ourselves." Stated former MLB pitcher and Prospect United Director Jim Parque.
"Just to be selected out of thousands is an honor. But to earn MVP status on the world baseball stage is truly special." Stated Prospect United Director of Hitting Larry Marshall.
Caranto was not the only talented Prospect United athlete to represent Team USA in the WBSC. 3 others were selected in Danny Arambula, Gavin Grahovac, and Greg Pierantoni.
Arambula is a physical athlete with plus tools. His showing for Team USA provided the United States with one IP, 3K (on the mound) and 2hrs in the batters box.
Gavin Grahovac hit three homeruns for Team USA and batted .375. His ability to consistently put the ball in action showed, as he had 5 RBIs throughout the WBSC.
Greg Pierantoni batted .333 with 4 RBIs and provided relief on the mound.
"We are very proud of our athletes whom competed successfully in the WBSC. This is a great honor for both them and Prospect United because it gives the rest of our athletes something to strive for. We play to earn respect, and Caranto, Arambula, Grahovac, and Pierantoni surely have earned themselves some respect here." Stated Parque.