August 28 - Due to an undisclosed injury, Potomac Falls senior left-hander Nate Savino will not be with the USA Baseball 18U National Team for the upcoming WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea.
“Unfortunately, due to injury, Nate Savino is no longer with the team,” a member of USA Baseball’s media relations staff wrote this morning. The staff member was not able to confirm the nature of the injury.
Savino, who last pitched in a game on Aug. 15 during the USA Baseball’s trials period, is returning home after spending the past few days with the team for tuneup games in Taiwan against Chinese Taipei. The University of Virginia recruit was named to manager Jack Leggett’s 20-man roster earlier this month, becoming the eighth player from Northern Virginia to earn a spot on the 18U National Team.
He was hoping to become the third area player to help the team win a gold medal at the World Cup. Jeff Baker (Gar-Field) and Andy McGuire (Madison) helped the team to championships in 1999 and 2012, respectively.
Savino is one of the country’s top-rated senior prospects. He’s currently ranked No. 6 in the country by Prep Baseball Report and No. 4 nationally by Perfect Game.
A two-time NOVA Nine Team selection, the southpaw went 10-4 with a 0.73 ERA and 180 strikeouts to 32 walks in 86.1 innings over the past two seasons at Potomac Falls. This summer, he compiled a 2.27 ERA over 12.1 innings during stints in Major League Baseball’s PDP League, the MLB High School All-Star Game, the Perfect Game All-American Classic, the Under Armour All-America Game, and with USA Baseball.
Team USA is the four-time defending champion at the World Cup and will Friday’s opener against South Africa on a 16-game winning streak at the tournament. The team will continue pool play against Chinese Taipei on Saturday, Japan on Sunday, Panama on Monday and Spain on Tuesday. The top three teams from both six-team pools will advance to bracket play, which is held from Sept. 5-8.
Photo of Nate Savino courtesy of USA Baseball