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Richmond Braves National Baseball Team '08
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A nationally known
College Development Program
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Richmond, Virginia

 
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Welcome to the archives of the Richmond Braves National '08 Team, a legacy website of RBN Baseball

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Founders' Update (03/09/2016): Inside these pages you will find the story of how the original Richmond Braves National Team (The famous '08 Team) created a legacy of winning that every Braves player since has relied upon and embellished. The characters you will meet are real.  Now in their 20's and onto their professional careers both in and out of baseball, to a man and to this day, our boys embody the spirit of winning, grit and rigor that are the vanguard of all who play for the Braves. (Be sure to check the Short Stories tab and read: "Magic Dust" - The star player on the opposing team that day was none other than Steph Curry of Charlotte. The star pitcher on another team we faced was Madison Bumgarner of Hickory.)

For more complete information on active Richmond Braves National Teams visit the offical online home of the Braves: http://richmondbraves.org  and be sure to follow us all season long on Twitter: www.twitter.com/richmondbraves

The Richmond Braves National Baseball invites serious inquiries from players throughout the United States and Canada who demonstrate Division I/Draftable potential.  RBN Baseball holds tryouts three to four times per year for grades 8-12.   If you are interested in showcasing your talent on one of our national championship teams,  please contact jeff@bravesmail.com for complete details or visit http://www.richmondbraves.org/  All inquiries are handled on a strictly confidential basis.

 



Friday, November 14
Braves ranked among elite College Development Programs in America

The Braves National program was recently listed among the nation's top 10 College Development Programs (CDP) by Rounding Third Blogspot, a leading edge web based aggregator of amatuer baseball news and information.  The publication noted the program's remarkable success in winning national championships as well as its impressive list of alumni who went on to college and the pros. The exclusive list featured national rivals like Norcal, ABD and East Cobb Baseball. The Braves were one of only three east coast programs to make the list and the only entry from New England to Georgia.

Friday, August 15
Melville and Morrison turn pro, other Braves head to campus

Tim Melville (Kansas City Royals) and Ty Morrison (Tampa Bay Rays) signed professional baseball contracts near the August 14, 2008 signing deadline and have received assignments to begin their professional baseball careers. All other drafted Braves (see list below) did not sign and plan to fulfill their college commitments.

Sunday, July 20
Braves '10 Team Wins 2008 Perfect Game/WWBA National Championship

Congratulations to the Richmond Braves National '10 Team for winning the 2008 Perfect Game/WWBA 16U National Championship in Atlanta, Georgia on July 20, 2008. Earlier this summer the Richmond Braves National '12 Team finished fifth in the 2008 Perfect Game/WWBA 14U National Championship. Way to go Braves!

MLB Draft 2008
Friday, June 6
Six Richmond Braves National '08 Team players taken in 2008 MLB Draft

Ty Morrison: Tampa Bay Rays

Tim Melville: Kansas City Royals

Danny Hultzen: Arizona Diamondbacks

Zak Sinclair: Boston Red Sox

Austin Stadler: San Francisco Giants

Will Roberts: Los Angeles Angels



Sunday, July 22
Jackie Bradley accepts offer to play at University of South Carolina

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Jackie Bradley (Prince George HS, 2008) committed to the University of South Carolina today following a dazzling offensive and defensive performance at the Perfect Game/WWBA 17U National Championship. Known for highlight reel catches in centerfield, Bradley displayed the offensive versatility that will likely make him a top outfielder in the SEC. He homered, bunted for base hits and consistently produced in RBI situations. Congratulations to Jackie B. for his outstanding performance on the field and in the classroom. Go Gamecocks!

Monday, May 12
Francis Brooke headed to Northwestern University

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Braves RHP Francis Brooke (St. Albans, '08) has selected Northwestern University to continue his education and baseball career. Francis had a tremendous impact on our team's success in 2007 as he logged the most innings of any pitcher on the staff. Whether starting, relieving or closing on the mound, Francis gave us a chance to win every time he pitched. We expect to hear great things about Francis, both on the field and off, for years to come. Congratulations and go Wildcats!

Sunday, May 6
Danny Hultzen accepts offer to play at University of Virginia

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The Braves '08 team is pleased to announce that Danny Hultzen (LHP/1B, St. Albans '08) has committed to play at the University of Virginia. The 6-1, 170 lb lefthander from Bethesda, Maryland is a student at the prestigious St. Alban's School for Boys in Washington, DC. He joined the Braves in 2005 after a distinquished career with the BCC Hurricanes and quickly established himself as a consummate player with his bat, glove, arm and baseball savvy. Much like his current Braves and future UVA teammate Will Roberts, Hultzen will bring an unflappable demeanor, effortless delivery and surgical command of the strikezone to UVA starting with the 2009 season.

Sunday, July 20
Jacob Mayers commits to play at University of Richmond

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Jacob Mayers (Hanover '09) has committed to play at the University of Richmond. Mayers was one of the two remaining original members of the Braves '08 team that started in play in 1999 and played in every contest(over 400 games). A fearless competitor, Mayers was a central figure in the team's greatest triumphs. Mayers is expected to play both ways at UR. Congratulations to Jacob and go Spiders!

Thursday, August 23
Tim Melville accepts offer to play at the University of North Carolina

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Tim Melville ('08) has accepted an offer to play baseball at the University of North Carolina. Melville is widely recognized as the top prospect in the country in the class of 2008 (see articles elsewhere on this page). A member of the 2007 USA Baseball Jr. National Team, Melville will continue a long tradition of top flight pitchers at UNC and he becomes the fourth Braves '08 player to accept an offer to play in the ACC. Congratulations to Tim and Go Tar Heels!



Monday, November 12
Ty Morrison commits to play at the University of Oregon

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Braves outfielder Ty Morrison has committed to play baseball in the PAC 10 at the University of Oregon. Fast and strong, Ty is likely to make a big impact on the resurrected Oregon team. The school has upgraded baseball from a club sport to varsity and hired Cal State Fullerton coach George Horton to get the program off the ground. Ty played for the Braves for two seasons and had an immediate impact on our fortunes and we expect him to do likewise at Oregon with his offensive versatility, range and strong arm. A native of Chesapeake, Virginia, Ty played many years with the powerhouse Virginia Storm program coached by his dad. The Braves salute our longtime friend and teammate and wish him well in the PAC 10. Go Ducks!

Monday, November 26
Taylor Perkins commits to play at VCU

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Braves' middle infielder/pitcher Taylor Perkins (Dinwiddie HS, 2008) has committed to play baseball at Virginia Commonwealth University. Taylor brought his hard nosed playing style to the Braves in 2004 after playing for the Richmond Braves South team for several seasons. His offensive versatility sparked many Braves late inning rallies. Blessed with outstanding range and a powerful arm, he was part of one of the best double play combinations in travel baseball. We congratulate Taylor for his outstanding performance in the classroom and on the field and wish him well at VCU. Go Rams!



Friday, September 28
Riley Reynolds accepts offer to play at Vanderbilt University

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Braves '08 shortstop Riley Reynolds has accepted an offer to play at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Riley joined the Braves '08 team in 2005 after playing for the Kansas City based Mac 'N Seitz Indians for many years. Blessed with heady playmaking abilities and superb athleticism, he quickly solidified our middle infield with his effortless mechanics and lightning quick release. A three sport star (baseball, soccer and basketball) and top student/athlete at Blue Springs South HS, Riley had many scholarship options, but chose to take his exceptional baseball talents to one of the nation's top 5 baseball programs. We wish our longtime teammate and friend from Kansas City much success in the SEC. Go Commodores!

Saturday, November 25
Will Roberts becomes UVA's first baseball recruit in the class of 2008

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Will Roberts became the first player on the Braves '08 team to accept a college scholarship offer as well as the University of Virginia's first baseball recruit in the class of 2008 today. The 6-4, 175 lb right-handed pitcher will call Davenport Stadium home starting in 2009. Roberts is a student at the academically elite Maggie L. Walker Governor's School in Richmond.
Roberts has starred for the Richmond Braves National '08 team since 1999, leading the team to one national championship, three national championship finals and dozens of state and regional championships. He is nationally ranked among the Top 50 players in the class of 2008 by Perfect Game's PGCrosschecker.com and the Top 100 prospects by Baseball America.


Monday, November 26
Zak Sinclair commits to play at NC State

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Braves pitcher Zak Sinclair (West Allegheny HS, 2008) has committed to play at North Carolina State University. The hard throwing righty joined the Braves in 2005 after starring for many years for the powerhouse Beaver Valley (PA) Red team. Big, powerfully built and supremely confident, Zak overpowers opponents with a 90 + mph fastball. Expect him to anchor the Wolfpack pitching staff for many years and to develop into a top professional prospect. Congratulations to Zak and go Wolfpack! 

Monday, July 23
Austin Stadler accepts offer to play at Wake Forest

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Austin Stadler (James River HS, 2008) has accepted an offer to play at Wake Forest University. Widely recognized as one of the top two way players in the nation, the powerful lefthanded hitting Stadler is a perfect fit for the Demon Deacons home park. Stadler joined the Braves in 2004 and has been a key component of the team's rise to national prominence. On the mound and in the field, Stadler's composure and competiveness will serve him and the Demon Deacons well. Congratulations to Austin for his outstanding performance on the field and in the classroom. Go Demon Deacons!

Tuesday, December 4
Chase Worthington commits to VMI

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Braves middle infielder/pitcher Chase Worthington (Atlee, '08) has committed to play at VMI. Chase joins a growing list of former Braves playing for the Keydets. A versatile infielder  blessed with soft hands, a quick release and a powerful arm, Chase will be a valuable to addition to the Keydet line up for years to come. Expect him to develop into a consistent power threat as he learns to harness his powerfully built lower half. He'll also bring added depth to the pitching rotation. Congratulations to Chase and go Keydets!

Monday, May 12
Isaac Uhlenberg chooses UNC

Braves outfielder Isaac Uhlenberg (Durham Academy, '08) has selected to attend the University of North Carolina. He will focus on academics and look to play club baseball as an undergraduate. Isaac was one of the most consistent players on our team. He made every catch and play in the field. He was a power threat at the plate, but executed the hit and run or the bunt with equal ease. His steady play and quiet demeanor earned him the respect of players, coaches and opponents. A three sport star in high school, Isaac was named to the all conference and all state baseball teams as a senior. We salute our friend from North Carolina for his outstanding academic and athletic achievements.

Saturday, August 11
Tim Melville crowned best high school player in America

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Braves pitcher and third baseman Tim Melville received the two highest awards a high school player can earn at the 2007 Alfac High School American game in San Diego this week. Early in the week, Melville received the award as the Best Overall Prospect in the class of 2008 as voted by scouts. At the Friday night awards banquet, he received the highest honor a prep player can receive when he was named the 2007 recipient of the prestigious Jackie Robinson Award.  The Jackie Robinson Award is presented annually to the Aflac National High School Player of the Year, the nation's top high school rising senior. Each year six Aflac All-Americans are nominated to receive the Jackie Robinson Award, which is given to the player who demonstrates outstanding character, exhibits leadership, participates in the community and embodies the values of being a student-athlete. Melville is the first player to ever receive both awards. In the nationally televised Aflac High School All American game on Saturday, Melville was named the starting pitcher for the West squad. He pitched a perfect 1-2-3 inning. Later in the game he played 3rd base and delivered an RBI hit.

Melville first burst onto the national radar in a Braves uniform at the 2004 Perfect Game/WWBA 16U National Championship in Bourbonais, IL. Only 14 years old at the time, he threw 88 mph in his first outing and instantly rocketed to the top of the prospect list in the class of 2008. Since that time, he has consistently burnished his reputation as one of the best all around players in the nation while helping the Braves reach the top echelon of travel baseball. Following his performance in the 2005 USA Baseball Jr. Olympics with the Braves, Melville was selected to the 2005 USA Baseball Youth National Team. Known far and wide for his baseball abilities, Tim is also well liked and respected by his Braves teammates for his loyalty to the team and his hard play. Despite his acclaim as one of the nation's top prospects and a potential first round draft pick, Melville plays every game to win and never concerns himself with his own safety. The Braves salute our longtime teammate and friend for his many well deserved accolades and thank him for his unwavering devotion to the team.



Visit the Richmond Braves National '09/'10/'11/'12 Team websites and Retired Braves Team Archives

The Richmond Braves National Baseball Club has four other active teams - the Richmond Braves National '09, '10,'11, and '12 teams. Click here to visit the '09/10 website. Click here to visit the '11 website. Click here to visit the '12 website. You can also visit the archives of our highly successful, but now retired Richmond Braves National '05 and '07 teams. Click here to visit.

Team Honors

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Champion: 2007 Virginia CABA Wooden Bat State Championship, Prince George, VA(18U)
2nd Place: 2007 CABA 18U Wood Bat World Series, Charleston, SC (18U)
2nd Place: 2007 Perfect Game/WWBA National Championship, Atlanta, GA (17U)
9th Place: 2007 Perfect Game/WWBA National Championship, Atlanta, GA (18U)
2nd Place: 2006 CABA High School World Series, Euclid, OH (17U)
4th Place: 2006 USA Baseball Jr. Olympics East, Jupiter, FL (16U)
Champion: 2005 Virginia USSSA Fall State Championship, Richmond, VA (16U)
Champion: 2005 Virginia CABA Fall State Championship, Prince George, VA (18U)
3rd Place: 2005 Perfect Game/WWBA Underclass World Championship, Ft. Myers, FL (17U)
2nd Place: 2005 Perfect Game/WWBA National Championship, Atlanta, GA (16U)
Champion: 2005 Perfect Game/WWBA National Championship, Atlanta, GA (15U)
Champion: 2004 Sluggers Ball Wood Bat Classic, Prince George, VA (16U)
2nd Place: 2004 USSSA Elite 16 World Series, Orlando, FL (14U)
Champion: 2004 Virginia USSSA State Championship, Purcellville, VA (14U)
Champion: 2004 Virginia AAU State Championship, Richmond, VA (14U)
Champion: 2004 Michigan USSSA Super NIT, Detroit, MI (14U)
Champion: 2004 MATB May Mini-Tournament, Lexington Park, MD (14U)
Champion: 2004 Gatorade AAU NIT, Morganton, NC (14U)
Champion: 2004 Quest for the Best, Prince George, VA (14U)
Champion: 2004 St. Patrick's Day Slugfest, Prince George, VA (14U)
Champion: 2003 USSSA Fall State Championship, Prince George, VA (14U)
Champion: 2003 American Baseball World Series, Prince George, VA (14U)
Champion: 2003 Southern Maryland Shootout, Lexington Park, MD (14U)
Champion: 2003 Sluggers Ball Wood Bat Classic, Prince George, VA (14U)
Champion: 2003 Southern Maryland Fall Brawl, Lexington Park, MD (14U)
Champion: 2003 Virginia AAU State Championship, Hampton, VA (12U)
Champion: 2003 All South Classic, Knoxville, TN (12U)
Champion: 2003 Quest for the Best, Prince George, VA (12U)
2nd Place: 2003 Triple Crown Spring Nationals, Tucson, AZ (12U)
Champion: 2002 Sluggers Ball, Prince George, VA (13U)
Champion: 2002 Prince George Fall Classic, Prince George, VA (13U)
Champion: 2002 Virginia Cup Wood Bat Classic, Prince George, VA (13U)
2nd Place: 2002 Catawba Valley Autumn Classic, Hickory, NC (12U)
Champion: 2002 Grand Slam World Series, Richmond, VA (11U)
Champion: 2002 ECTB World Series, Lexington Park, MD (11U)
2nd Place: 2002 AAU National Championship, Orlando, FL (11U)
2nd Place: 2002 Sabers Summer Clash, Fredericksburg, VA (12U)
Champion: 2002 Southern Maryland Summer Classic, Lexington Park, MD (12U)
Champion: 2002 Virginia USSSA State Championship, Colonial Heights, VA (11U)
Champion: 2002 Virginia AAU State Championship, Fredericksburg, VA (11U)
5th Place: 2002 All South Classic, Knoxville, TN (11U)
Champion: 2002 Virginia Beach Spring Classic, Virginia Beach, VA (11U)
Champion: 2002 Quest for the Best, Prince George, VA (11U)
3rd Place: 2002 Beast of the East, Lexington Park, MD (12U)
Champion: 2002 Grand Slam Tournament Series, Richmond, VA (12U)
Champion: 2002 March Blast AAU Super Regional, Williamsburg, VA (11U)
Champion: 2001 USSSA East Coast Tournament of Champions, Prince George, VA (12U)
Champion: 2001 Catawba Valley Autumn Classic, Hickory, NC (11U)
Champion: 2001 Virginia Cup Wood Bat Classic, Prince George, VA (11U)
Champion: 2001 AAU National Labor Day Bash, Concord, NC (11U)
9th Place: 2001 AYB National Championship, Cooperstown, NY (10U)
Champion: 2001 Virginia AAU State Championship, Fredericksburg, VA (10U)
3rd Place: 2001 All South Classic, Knoxville, TN (10U)
3rd Place: 2001 Spring Thaw Brawl, Chesapeake, VA (11U)
Champion: 2000 Howl-O-Ween Spook-Tackular, Stafford, VA (10U)
2nd Place: 2000 Drillers Fall Tournament, Virginia Beach, VA (11U)
Champion: 2000 Catawba Valley Autumn Classic, Hickory, NC (10U)
2nd Place: 2000 Hartsell T/C Invitational, Concord, NC (10U)
8th Place: 2000 AAU National Championship, Orlando, FL (9U)
Champion: 2000 Virginia AAU State Championship, Richmond, VA (9U)
Champion: 2000 Grand Slam Tournament, Concord, NC (9U)
3rd Place: 2000 Quest for the Best Tournament, Prince George, VA (10U)
Champion: 2000 Rumble in the Valley Tournament, Hickory, NC (9U)
3rd Place: 2000 Early Bird Tournament, Prince George, VA (10U)
Champion: 1999 Hartsell Fall Invitational Tournament, Concord, NC (9U)
Champion: 1999 Catawba Valley Autumn Classic, Hickory, NC (9U)



Record in Tournament Games

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Season vs. Same Age Teams vs. Older Teams Overall Record
2007 14-1 (17U) 16-3-1 (18U) 30-4-1
2006 11-3 (16U) 20-7 (17U/18U) 31-10
2005 7-0 (15U) 10-5 (16U) 17-5
2004 63-4 (14U) 2-6-1 (15U/16U) 65-10-1
2003 27-1 (12U) 19-4 (13U) 46-5
2002 60-2 (11U) 22-3 (12U) 82-5
2001 26-2 (10U) 9-6 (11U) 35-8
2000 26-3 (9U) 1-6 (10U) 27-9
Totals 234-16 101-40-2 335-56-2


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