Sophomores J.P. Arencibia, Sean Doolittle, David Price and Joe Savery
lead a list of 20 players who have accepted invitations to USA
Baseball’s national team trials this summer. All four played on the
2005 roster following their freshman seasons.
expects to announce 12 more invitees by May 30 before adding four more
names in June to complete the trials roster at 36 players. The final
roster will be announced July 2. This year’s trials will take place
June 22-July 1 in exhibition games played in the New England Collegiate
“This short list of invitees to the trials represents
nondraft eligible players whose 2006 performance on the field has
warranted an invite to the trials,” said Eric Campbell, USA Baseball
general manager of national teams. “We will continue to watch the rest
of the season to find those remaining invitees that demand
Team USA will compete in the FISU World
University Championship in Havana, Cuba, in August after playing series
at Durham Bulls Athletic Park against Japan and a yet-to-determined
opponent in July.
Matt Wieters was the fifth freshman on last
summer’s roster, but declined the invitation in favor of playing in the
Cape Cod League this summer.
Zack Cozart and Nick Schmidt
accepted trials invitations for a second year after not making the
final roster following their freshmen seasons.
received an invitation despite having surgery to remove a broken hamate
bone in his right wrist May 5. He was expected to be ready to return to
action in four to six weeks, though the injury could limit the power of
a hitter who led Wichita State with 10 home runs.
performance was as good as anybody in the country, so he earned the
invitation,” Campbell said. “He should be able to come back from the
injury, but his status is contingent on that.”
|Team USA Invitees|
|Jake Arrieta||RHP||So.||Texas Christian|
|Darwin Barney||SS||So.||Oregon State|
|Austin Krum||OF||So.||Dallas Baptist|
|Wynn Pelzer||RHP||So.||South Carolina|
|Wes Roemer||RHP||So.||Cal State Fullerton|
|Cole St. Clair||LHP||So.||Rice|
|Damon Sublett||2B/RHP||So.||Wichita State|