Five high school baseball standouts from Texas have made the roster to the 2018 18U National team, including two local products in Colleyville Heritage shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., son of former Texas Ranger Bobby Witt, and Burleson Centennial pitcher Jacob Meador.
Both signed their national letter of intent last week during National Signing Day; Witt with Oklahoma and Meador with TCU.
“It’s a true honor to represent the United States and getting to do what I love at the same time,” Witt said.
The team will open play at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships against Honduras on Friday. The championships will be staged in Panama City, Panama.
“It’s also an honor getting to play with the best players in the country,” Witt said.
Witt had a tremendous summer where he won the high school home run derby at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. – the site of the MLB All-Star game. He beat out IMG Academy’s Rece Hinds 8-7 in the final and hit 26 home runs in two rounds.
It didn’t end there as Witt, the projected No. 1 overall pick during the 2019 MLB draft, was named the most outstanding player at the inaugural States Play– the first time event at Globe Life Park featuring the best of the best high school players from California and Texas in August.
He also hit a three-run home run and was named MVP during the Under Armour All-American game at Wrigley Field in Chicago and played in the Perfect Game All-American game at Petco Park in San Diego. He was awarded the Jackie Robinson Award for being the National Player of the Year.
Witt has hit 18 home runs with 93 RBI the past two seasons at Heritage. He was District 8-5A MVP and first-team all-district this season. The Panthers won a district title and went to the regional semifinals. They went to the regional finals in 2017.
Meador went 3-1 in eight appearances last season according to MaxPreps. He had 79 strikeouts in 35 innings and posted a 1.00 ERA. He also owned a .394 batting average in 22 games and recorded 26 hits with 15 RBI.
As a sophomore, Meador went 9-4 with a 1.79 ERA and 116 strikeouts.
He was honorable mention all state last season while Witt was a first team selection.
“It’s a true honor to be able to wear a jersey with the USA across the chest,” Meador said. “The rush of when they announced the 20-man roster was unbelievable. Chills went through my body and I can’t wait to go out and bring the gold back to the states.”