Six members of Team Mexico—Taylor McQuillin, Danielle O’Toole, Sashel Palacios, Amanda Sanchez, Anissa Urtez and Tori Vidales—will play in Athletes Unlimited this summer, a
new pro league that features a unique scoring system that highlights individual and team performance.
The inaugural season begins Aug. 30 and runs through Sept. 29. It will include 56 athletes on four teams, each playing 30 games over five weeks in Rosemont, Illinois.
The teams will be managed by players and redrafted each week by the four players who earn the most points the previous week.
It will pit Team Mexico’s athletes against elite competition as they continue to prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed to July 2021 due to the Coronavirus crisis.
Statement from Rolando Guerrero, the President of the Mexican Federation: "The fact that six athletes from our Mexican National Team will participate in the Athletes Unlimited league is excellent for their preparation. To be able to continue preparing for the Olympic Games in 2021 is a huge accomplishment for these excellent National Team athletes. From our Mexican National Federation, I wish them success during this new league."
McQuillin, a crafty left-handed pitcher from the University of Arizona, was a NFCA First-Team All-American and First-Team All-Pac-12 in 2019 as she led the Wildcats to their first Women’s College World Series appearance since 2010.
She was selected by the Cleveland Comets in the 2019 NPF Draft, the same year she joined Team Mexico.
O'Toole, another lefty from the University of Arizona, was drafted by the Chicago Bandits in 2017 after a decorated career in Tucson, where she was a NFCA First Team All-American and the 2017 Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, helping the Wildcats capture their first conference championship since 2010.
She joined Team Mexico in the summer of 2019 and has prior international experience with Team USA.
Palacios, a former standout at Arizona State University, was named to the 2017 COSIDA Academic All District Softball Team after hitting .322 with 10 home runs as a senior. She started in all 53 games, only one of four Sun Devils to do so.
The left-handed-hitting catcher has participated in several international events since joining Team Mexico in 2014, including winning gold and silver medals in the Central American games.
Sanchez, an infielder from Louisiana State University, was an NFCA Second-Team All-American and second-team All SEC in 2019 after transferring in from the University of Missouri. In 2018, she made the SEC All-Defensive Team for her standout performance at third base.
Sanchez joined Team Mexico and the Comets in 2019. She hit .324 and had an on-base percentage of .527 in her rookie season in Cleveland.
Urtez, an outstanding middle infielder from the University of Utah, hit .410 and led the conference with 142 fielding assists as a senior in 2017 as the Utes hosted their first Super Regional in school history. Urtez twice earned All Pac-12 honors and has won gold and silver medals with Mexico.