Pittman selected to USA Capital team

Published 10:50 pm Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Warrior Cameron Pittman was selected recently to the USA Baseball National Capital team.

The National Team Identification Series is an organization that allows players to represent their countries and play games against regions and countries.

The USA Baseball National Capital team has an 18-man roster and competed last week with selected other USA baseball teams from across the country. These are some of the best 16U baseball players in the country. A 20-man roster will be created to represent the USA in various international tournaments.

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“The NTIS gives players from across the country the opportunity to wear the USA across their chest. It is an outstanding achievement for the athletes to be able to represent their region, and an honor to have a chance to be selected for next year’s national team programming,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball executive director and chief executive officer.

“I feel honored and blessed to be given this opportunity to compete for a chance to represent my country,” Pittman said.

Pittman went through the tryout process, which features a lot of tests for speed and agility along with hitting. All things were done in front of USA scouts and some college scouts as well. They competed at the USA complex, where Major League Baseball All-Stars Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Mike Trout have played. Pittman felt comfortable there and remained confident throughout the whole process.

“I felt confident in myself because I had been working and training for the majority of the summer, so I just went into the event ready and confident in my abilities.”

His family is equally as proud of him. They know he has worked very hard to be put in this position and that baseball is something that he loves to do.

“This is big for me,” he said. “USA baseball is very prestigious and a very successful program that helps kids get drafted and go to college. My family is proud of me as well as my trainers and friends.”

If Pittman makes the 20-man roster, he will travel internationally to face teams like Panama, Mexico, Cuba and Japan. During the summer, Pittman was also selected to the MLB/USA elite developmental program.