Etiwanda High School’s Tyler Freeman is among the players named to USA Baseball’s 2016 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).
The team consists of 40 players and 28 alternates and was named after the conclusion of the 17U East and West National Team Championships in Florida and Arizona.
Players will move on to the week-long 2016 17U National Team Development Program to be held in Chicago, Ill., from July 18-22.
The National Team Development Program provides athletes the chance to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars and intrasquad games
Athletes were chosen based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball sanctioned events, including the USA Baseball National Team Championships and the National Team Identification Series (NTIS).
Freeman just rounded out his junior year. The first-team All-Inland Valley selection hit .388 (33 for 85) with 29 runs scored, 17 RBIs, 11 doubles, 3 home runs and 13 stolen bases. He has committed to Texas Christian University.
Four local baseball players have been to the All-State Underclassmen team by Cal-Hi Sports.
The quartet is led by San Dimas juniors Jacob Castillo and Tommy Acuna. Both were named to the first team with Castillo selected as a pitcher and Acuna named as an infielder.
The duo led San Dimas to a 31-1 record. Castillo, who has committed to San Diego State, was 11-1 with an 0.43 ERA and also hit .341. Meanwhile Acuna, who committed to Arizona just last week, his .529 with 25 RBI.
Two locals also earned second team honors. Sophomore shortstop Tyler Freeman was named in the infield while Ayala junior Matthew Acosta was named in the outfield.
Freeman, who has committed to Texas Christian, hit .398 and scored 27 runs in helping the Eagles to a Baseline League title.
Acosta, who has signed with USC, was the top player for the Bulldogs. He hit .4689 and scored 25 runs.
Etiwanda baseball standout Tyler Freeman saw the college he liked and he jumped on the chance to cast his lot with that school.
The Eagles shortstop made a verbal commitment to Texas Christian University today, while on campus for a baseball camp.
He has been familiar with the school since he was young because he has a set of grandparents and an uncle who live near the school.
“I have wanted to go here since the first time I set foot on the campus,” he said. “It just felt like home.”
Freeman is one of the top young players in the area, having competed on the Eagles varsity last year as a freshman and earning second team All-Baseline League honors.
He played in all 25 games and hit. 276.
Freeman said he has been to several other schools unofficially, most notably UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, USC and Indiana. He didn’t feel the need to drag out the recruiting process.
“When I was little I used to tell my dad this is where I wanted to go when I was older,” he said.