By Will Kimmey
June 2, 2004
USA Baseball invited nine more players to its college national team trials, bring the total number of invitees to 28. The trials will be June 20-26 in Durham, N.C., and the 20-man team will be selected from a pool of 36 players June 27.
Team USA will make two trips to the Far East, first for the 33rd annual Japan Series and then to Taiwan for the second edition of the World University Championships from July 22-Aug. 1. Cuba defeated Team USA to win the gold medal at the last University Championships, held in 2002 in Italy.
New invitees are indicated by italics.
|Daniel Bard||RHP||Fr.||North Carolina|
|Travis Buck||OF||So.||Arizona State|
|Jeff Clement||C||So.||Southern California|
|Brad Corley||OF||So.||Mississippi State|
|J. Brent Cox||RHP||So.||Texas|
|Joey Devine||RHP||So.||North Carolina State|
|Jacoby Ellsbury||OF||So.||Oregon State|
|Blair Erickson||RHP||Fr.||UC Irvine|
|Tyler Greene||SS||So.||Georgia Tech|
|Stephen Kahn||RHP||So.||Loyola Marymount|
|Ian Kennedy||RHP||Fr.||Southern California|
|John Mayberry Jr.||1B||So.||Stanford|
|Mike Pelfrey||RHP||So.||Wichita State|
|Cesar Ramos||LHP||So.||Long Beach State|
|Ricky Romero||LHP||So.||Cal State Fullerton|
|Troy Tulowitski||SS||So.||Long Beach State|
|Chris Valaika||SS||Fr.||UC Santa Barbara|
In another Team USA development, Hawaii coach Mike Trapasso will replace Southern California’s Dave Lawn as pitching coach.