Olympic aspirations


Don’t forget that the players on the U.S. team today are also showcasing themselves for possible inclusion on Team USA’s Olympic squad. That team will be announced on Wednesday, and the 25 players in today’s game are among the 60 players on a provisional roster that the final 24-man Olympic roster will be picked from.

USA Baseball chief executive Paul Seiler was behind the cage for much of batting practice, as was MLB executive Bob Watson, who is also part of the selection process. And of course the entire Olympic field staff is leading the U.S. Futures team.

Seiler said USA Baseball is getting close to a final roster but still has some decisions to make, and having 25 of his candidates in one place definitely helps the process.

"It’s good to see these players, and confirm some things and change our minds on some others," Seiler said. "It’s incredibly useful."