Tucsonan Carlo Rivero makes USA 12U national team extended training camp roster

Tucsonan Carlo Rivero is on track to complete in the U12 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier in September at Honduras (Rivero photo)

Carlo Rivero, an infielder and right-handed pitcher from Tucson, is one of 24 players who advanced to the 2024 12U USA national team extended training camp roster after the initial training camp took place at Cary, N.C., during the week.

A total of 36 players competed in five days of intrasquad games, performance assessments and on-field workouts. The roster was split into two teams for a four-game Stars vs. Stripes series, allowing the USA coaching staff to evaluate players in competitive gameplay.

The 24 players selected to the extended training camp will compete for the final 18 roster spots for the team that will play in the 12U Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier from Sept. 20-29 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Dates are not set yet for the extended training camp. USA Baseball states at its website that the 24 players chosen to take part in the extended training camp will “reconvene prior to the World Cup Qualifier.”

The accomplished Rivero brothers in baseball — Francisco, left, and Carlo (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Rivero is a standout who is also playing for the Sunnyside Little League team that is playing in the District 12 tournament at Manzanita Park.

Rivero is the younger brother of former Sunnyside Little League standout Francisco Rivero, who was a member of the 2019 team that came a game away from reaching the Little League World Series at Williamsport, Pa.

Francisco has trained in the Dominican Republic since playing for Sunnyside that year. A catcher, he impressed Dodgers scouts at a showcase event in Venezuela last year. He potentially can sign with the Dodgers as an international prospect when he becomes 16.

Their father Francisco Sr. was the manager of the Sunnyside Little League team in 2019. He hails from Venezuela and was a farmhand in the Milwaukee Brewers organization as a right-handed pitcher.

2024 12U National Team Extended Training Camp Roster

Carlo Rivero; INF/RHP; Tucson
Hudson Bills; LHP; Menifee, Calif.
Sevastian Bojorquez; LHP/OF; Santa Clarita, Calif.
Christian Cicero; C/INF; Orange, Calif.
Gianni Donati; OF; El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Kellen Gee; INF/RHP; Anacortes, Wash.
Adam Gonzalez; INF/RHP; Canyon Country, Calif.
Ahmi Hale; C/OF; Springfield, Ill.
Brett Hamlin; C/INF; Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Noah Henderson; INF/RHP; Mesa
Levi Hendrick; RHP; Midlothian, Va.
Bronx Holbron; RHP/INF; Waianae, Hi.
Gavin Klovstad; RHP/OF; Orange, Calif.
Austin Lira; OF/RHP; Sunn Valley, Calif.
Jack Mattingly; INF/RHP; Louisville, Ky.
Daylon McCants; OF/LHP; Jacksonville, Fla.
Ethan Palacios; OF/RHP; Buda, Texas
Joshua Park; OF/RHP; La Mirada, Calif.
Joshua Pierre; INF/OF; Parkland, Fla.
Jayden Portes; INF/RHP; Fort Myers, Fla.
Clayton Ratliff; RHP; Casa Grande
Andres Rodriguez; INF; Cutler Bay, Fla.
Carson Schoener; RHP/INF; Las Vegas, Nev.
Jace Winston; C/OF; Fuquay Varina, N.C.


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator in 2016 and is presently a special education teacher at Sunnyside High School in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

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