(CARY, N.C.) - USA Baseball announced Wednesday night the 22 members of
its 2009 National Team (Collegiate). The roster is headlined by
shortstop and 2008 National Team member Christian Colon (Cal State
Fullerton; Capey, Puerto Rico), and consists of five outfielders, six
infielders, 10 pitchers, and one utility player. Two additional players
will stay with the team to serve as alternates.
The National Team was selected after 10 days of trials that
included eight intrasquad games and practices at the USA Baseball
National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
The USA Baseball National Team is comprised of the top
non-draft-eligible college players in the United States. In 2009, the
National Team will play in two international friendship series in North
Carolina against the Canadian National Team and the Guatemalan National
Team before heading to Japan for the 37th Annual USA vs. Japan
Collegiate All-Star Series and the World Baseball Challenge in Prince
George, British Columbia, Canada.
"This is the most productive trials period that I have ever
been a part of," said Eric Campbell, General Manager of USA Baseball
National Teams. "I would like to congratulate all of the players and
the staff for putting together a competitive 10 days in Cary."
Leading the 2009 National Team is Colon. The sophomore batted
.263 in twenty-four games for the 2008 National Team and led the team
in hits (T-26) as the club's starting second baseman. Joining Colon at
infielder positions are Rick Hague (Rice; Spring, Texas), Brad Miller
(Clemson; Orlando, Fla.), Andy Wilkins (Arkansas; Broken Arrow, Ark.),
and utility player Kolten Wong (Hawaii; Hilo, Hawaii).
In the outfield is Bryce Brentz (Middle Tennessee State;
Crossville, Tenn.), Michael Choice (UT Arlington; Fort Worth, Texas);
Tyler Holt (Florida State; Marion, Ind.), Casey McGrew (Wright State;
Delaware, Ohio), and Matt Newman (Arizona State; Phoenix, Ariz.).
The 10-member pitching staff in 2009 will include eight
right-handed pitchers and two lefties. The right-handers include Trevor
Bauer (UCLA; North Hollywood, Calif.); Chad Bettis (Texas Tech;
Lubbock, Texas); Gerrit Cole (UCLA; Santa Ana, Calif.); Sonny Gray
(Vanderbilt; Nashville, Tenn.), Nick Pepitone (Tulane; Houston, Texas);
T.J. Walz (Kansas; Omaha, Neb.), Asher Wojciechowski (The Citadel;
Pensacola, Fla.), and Tony Zych (Louisville; Hazelcrest, Ill.). Drew
Pomeranz (Mississippi; Memphis, Tenn.) and Cody Wheeler (Coastal
Carolina; Fredericksburg, Va.) are the only left-handers on the 2009
Blake Forsythe (Tennessee; Memphis, Tenn.) and Yasmani Grandal (Miami; Havana, Cuba) will catch the Team USA's pitchers in 2009.
"Making the decision on who to select for the 2009 National Team
has been the toughest I have ever had to make as a head coach," said
the club's skipper Rick Jones (Tulane). "I give a lot of credit to my
coaching staff. They put together a very organized and productive
trials that allowed us to successfully choose the right players for
Joining Jones are pitching coach Mike Kennedy (Elon), and
assistant coaches Rob Cooper (Wright State) and Dan McDonnell
Remaining with the team as alternates are Rob Segedin (Tulane; Teaneck, N.J.) and Jeremy Schaffer (Tulane; Houston, Texas).
The National Team begins its summer season Thursday, opening a
five-game series against the Canadian National Team in Cary, N.C. The
first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM ET at the National Training
Complex, and Pomeranz will take the mound for the U.S.
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DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced Tuesday a list of 17 initial
invitees to the 2009 USA Baseball National Team Trials to be held at
the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., June 15-24.
The National Team Trials will be comprised of 36 collegiate players
vying for a spot on the final 22-man roster to be announced on June 24.
Included in the list are five members of the 2008 National Team
which went unbeaten last summer (24-0) and won gold medals at the FISU
World University Championships in the Czech Republic and the Honkbal
Tournament in the Netherlands. Returning members include sophomores
Derek Dietrich (Georgia Tech); Chris Hernandez (Miami); Hunter Morris
(Auburn); Micah Gibbs (LSU), who batted .264 including two home runs
and a team-high 17 RBI last summer; and Christian Colon (Cal State
Fullerton), who led the 2008 team with 173 plate appearances.
"USA Baseball is looking forward to kicking off the 2009
National Team Trials," National Team General Manager Eric Campbell
said. "We look forward to building off the momentum of 2008's
undefeated season, and with five players from last summer leading our
first group of invitees, we're well on our way."
Other sophomores on the list are Michael Choice (UT Arlington),
Blake Forsythe (Tennessee), Yasmani Grandal (Miami), Rick Hague (Rice),
Deck McGuire (Georgia Tech), Drew Pomeranz (Mississippi), and Anthony
Five freshmen received invitations as well, including Gerrit
Cole (UCLA), Sonny Gray (Vanderbilt), Anthony Rendon (Rice), Logan
Verrett (Baylor), and Tony Zych (Louisville).
The 2009 National Team will compete in several exhibition games
in the Triangle-area of North Carolina, including a friendly series
against the Canadian National Team, June 25 - 29, which will be played
across both the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the USA Baseball
National Training Complex. Following its domestic exhibition schedule,
the U.S. will travel to Japan to compete in the 37th Annual Japan vs.
USA Collegiate Championships before closing out its summer in Canada at
the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline World Baseball Challenge in
Prince George, British Columbia.
The 2009 team will be coached by Tulane University head coach
Rick Jones, who previously served as an assistant coach for the red,
white and blue on the 1989 Presidential Cup Team and 1990 National
Team. Jones is joined by pitching coach Mike Kennedy (head coach, Elon
University) and assistant coaches Dan McDonnell (head coach, Louisville
University) and Rob Cooper (head coach, Wright State University; 2007
USA Baseball National Team assistant coach).
"We have both a very tough and exciting schedule facing us this season," Campbell said.