Throughout the summer, several Tampa Bay high school baseball players have made or will make the trip up to North Carolina's triangle area to compete at USA Baseball events and trials in Cary and Durham. Here's the full list:
• Brooks-DeBartolo 1B/OF Brenden Rivera, King P Brandon Caples and Lakewood INF Cornelius Copeland, all rising seniors, have been selected to participate in USA Baseball's Breakthrough Series, July 22-26. The series aims to showcase high school players from urban areas who have not previously participated in other travel or high-end tournaments.
• Plant OF Kyle Tucker, a rising sophomore, played in June's USA Baseball 17U East Championships in Palm Beach County, and, based on his performance, was added to the 40-man roster for the 15U National Team Trials, Aug. 4-9. From the group of 40, 20 players will make the final 15U national team and depart for the Dominican Republic on Aug. 12 to play a four-game series against a group of prospects selected by Major League Baseball.
Baseball runs in Tucker's family — his older brother, Preston, an All-American at Florida, was a seventh-round draft pick by the Houston Astros in the June MLB draft.
• Plant SS Stephen Chamblee, a rising junior, has been invited to the 17U National Team Development Program Training, according to Panthers coach Dennis Braun. Training runs from Aug. 11-15 with several intrasquad scrimmages.
• Jesuit P John Kilichowski and Hernando SS Christian Arroyo have made it to the final round of the 18U team selection process and will travel to California on Aug. 18th to complete their tryouts. Those selected for the 18U national team will compete at the IBAF Junior AAA/18U World Championships in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 30-Sept. 8. Plant 1B Pete Alonso, Jesuit P Spencer Trayner, Jesuit 3B Adrian Chacon and Brooks-DeBartolo C Jose Lopez also participated in the first round of tryouts earlier this summer.
Photo: King's Brandon Caples