USA Baseball announced its 22-player roster for the college national team, with Cal State Fullerton shortstop Christian Colon highlighting the team as the lone returnee from last year’s club.
Coach Rick Jones (Tulane) kept a bit of an unusual roster in that there is no true third baseman or second baseman on the team. Colon is one of three regular shortstops on the roster, joined by Rice’s Rick Hague—a fellow sophomore—and Clemson freshman Brad Miller. With a 22-player roster, though, flexibility is always at a premium for Team USA, and this team has several flexible players on the roster.
Hawaii freshman Kolten Wong, for example, can catch, play all three outfield positions and give second base a try. Two of the team’s outfielders, Middle Tennessee State’s Bryce Brentz and Arizona State’s Matt Newman, are both pitchers and hitters.
The team’s strength, however, is on the mound. Want hard throwers? Try UCLA’s freshman tandem of Trevor Bauer and Gerrit Cole, or Vanderbilt freshman Sonny Gray, or Texas Tech’s Chad Bettis. Want college performance? Lefthander Drew Pomeranz, a top candidate to be top-10 pick in 2010, had a stellar postseason for Mississippi, nearly getting the Rebels to Omaha on his own. He had 124 strikeouts in 95 innings while going 8-4, 3.40. And the team has several emerging pitchers, such as Coastal Carolina’s Cody Wheeler and Kansas’ T.J. Walz.
USA Baseball also announced Utah’s Bill Kinneberg—a two-time Team USA assistant—as the head coach for 2010. Kinneberg’s pitching coach will be Cal State Fullerton head coach Dave Serrano, in his first stint with Team USA.
Here is the roster for this summer’s Team USA College National Team.
|Chad Bettis||So.||R-R||6-0||193||Texas Tech|
|Cody Wheeler||So.||L-L||5-11||160||Coastal Caro.|
|Asher Wojciechowski||So.||R-R||6-4||205||The Citadel|
|Christian Colon||So.||R-R||6-0||185||CS Fullerton|
|Bryce Brentz (RHP)||So.||R-R||6-0||180||Middle Tenn.|
|Michael Choice||So.||R-R||6-0||180||UT Arlington|
|Tyler Holt||So.||R-R||6-0||190||Florida State|
|Casey McGrew||Jr.||L-R||6-0||175||Wright State|
|Matt Newman (LHP)||So.||L-L||5-10||170||Arizona State|
|Alternates: Jeremy Schaffer, c, Tulane; Rob Segedin, 3b/rhp, Tulane|
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