Following a week-long trials process, USA Baseball announced the 22 members of the 2010 college national team late Sunday night, a roster that includes UCLA righthander Gerrit Cole, Vanderbilt righty Sonny Gray and Clemson shortstop Brad Miller, all of whom are repeat members from the 2009 club. Baseball America College Player of the Year Anthony Rendon also earned a spot on the roster.
Utah coach Bill Kinneberg will coach the national team this summer, in a schedule that starts Monday in Gastonia, N.C., with a game against the Coastal Plain League's Gastonia Grizzlies, followed with a five-game series in North Carolina this week against Korea. The schedule also includes a one-game international friendly against Japan's college all-star team at Rosenblatt Stadium on July 21. The summer ends in Japan at the FISU World University Championships from July 30-Aug. 7, an event the U.S. has won in 2004, '06 and '08.
A pair of Oregon pitchers help headline the rest of the 11-member pitching staff in lefty Tyler Anderson and righty Scott McGough. Other pitchers include lefties Brett Mooneyham (Stanford) and Brian Johnson (Florida), and righthanders Matt Barnes (Connecticut), Noe Ramirez (Cal State Fullerton) and Kyle Winkler (Texas Christian).
While Johnson isn't listed as a two-way player, he both hit and pitched at Florida, and two two-way players join him on the roster in Sean Gilmartin (Florida State) and Nick Ramirez (Fullerton)—both lefties.
Shortstop Nolan Fontana (Florida) and outfielder George Springer (Connecticut) give their two schools a pair of players on the roster. Drew Maggi (Arizona State) and Ryan Wright (Louisville) round out the infield, while College World Series MOP Jackie Bradley Jr. (South Carolina), Alex Dickerson (Indiana) and Mikie Mahtook (Louisiana State) fill in the outfield. The team's catchers are UCLA's Steve Rodriguez and Bethune-Cookman's Peter O'Brien.
"This was a great week of baseball," said Kinneberg. "It was a tough decision to get the team down to 22 players, but I feel that we selected a special group of guys that will give us the best chance to win the FISU World University Baseball Championships."
Joining Kinneberg are pitching coach Dave Serrano (Cal State Fullerton), and assistant coaches Ed Blankmeyer (St. John's) and Nino Giarratano (San Francisco).
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