USA Baseball Releases Pan Am Qualifier Roster

A team bursting with impact prospects will represent the United States at the 2010 Pan American Qualifying tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The team will scrimmage Sept. 25-28 at USA Baseball's National Training Center against teams from Puerto Rico and Canada, then plays in the tournament Oct. 1-10. The event serves as a qualifier for the 2011 Pan Am Games, with the top eight teams earning entry, and the top six teams also qualify for the 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup.

The roster includes some of the best prospects in the minor leagues who are not on 40-man rosters, with the Royals contributing six players. Manager Ernie Young (White Sox) can run out a lineup with speedy outfielders Brett Jackson (Cubs) and Mike Trout (Angels), as well as hard-hitting infielders in first baseman Eric Hosmer (Royals), third baseman Mike Moustakas (Royals) and second baseman Cord Phelps (Indians); and ersatile USA Baseball veteran Todd Frazier (Reds), who is listed on the roster as an outfielder and who played for the college national team in 2006.

The bigger news Thursday is the quality of arms made available to Team USA, whose international fortunes often hinge on what pitchers it gets from major league organizations. In recent tournaments the U.S. has won, such as the 2006 Olympic qualifier and the 2007 and 2009 World Cups, the Americans have had go-to starters, such as Kevin Slowey (who started the '06 Olympic qualifier in Havana and beat Cuba), Brian Duensing and Jeff Karstens (2007 World Cup) and Cory Luebke and Brad Lincoln ('09 World Cup). 

This year's roster also has impressive arms, with three power pitchers in Cubs righthander Chris Archer and Royals lefties Danny Duffy and Mike Montgomery. That group rivals the '08 Olympic team, which had Brett Anderson, Trevor Cahill and Stephen Strasburg (who was a college sophomore at the time) in its rotation, in terms of talent.

Archer had as strong a season as any pitcher in the minors, going 15-3, 2.34 with 149 strikeouts in 142 innings. Montgomery reached Double-A and went 7-5, 2.61 in 93 innings overall while striking out 88, and Duffy returned with a vengeance after nearly quitting baseball in spring training, going 5-3, 2.75 in 62 innings with 69 strikeouts. It's rare for Team USA to get one power arm with low mileage in terms of innings; this team will have two.

The roster also includes a potentially exciting bullpen, featuring hard throwers in lefty Tim Collins (Royals) and righthanders Justin De Fratus (Phillies) and Anthony Carter (White Sox), both of whom have fastballs that reach at least 94-95 mph when they are at their best. 

USA Baseball supplemented the prospects on the roster with a solid slew of veterans, including several with big league and Team USA experience. That group includes 2008 Olympic team alum Brian Barden (Marlins), ex-big leaguers such as shortstop Brian Bocock (Phillies) and first baseman/DH Brad Eldred (Rockies); lefty Royce Ring (Yankees), an ex-big leaguer and two-time Team USA member; and righthander Todd Redmond (Braves), who won three starts for the '09 World Cup team.

Canada is expected to announce their roster next week.

The entire U.S. roster:

Chris Archer RHP R-R 6-3 180 09/26/88 Chicago Cubs Tennessee (AA)
Bruce Billings RHP R-R 6-1 200 11/18/85 Colorado Rockies Tulsa (AA)
Anthony Carter RHP L-R 6-3 180 04/04/86 Chicago White Sox Birmingham (AA)
Tim Collins LHP L-L 5-7 155 08/22/89 Kansas City Royals Omaha (AAA)
Justin De Fratus RHP S-R 6-4 215 10/21/87 Philadelphia Phillies Reading (AA)
Danny Duffy LHP L-L 6-3 195 12/21/88 Kansas City Royals Northwest Arkansas (AA)
Bryan Henry RHP R-R 6-3 205 02/15/85 Arizona Diamondbacks Mobile (AA)
Andre Lamontagne RHP S-R 6-5 210 03/24/86 Milwaukee Brewers Huntsville (AA)
Mike Montgomery LHP L-L 6-5 180 07/01/89 Kansas City Royals Northwest Arkansas (AA)
Royce Ring LHP L-L 6-1 220 12/21/80 New York Yankees Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA)
Todd Redmond RHP R-R 6-3 215 05/17/85 Atlanta Braves Gwinnett (AAA)
Everett Teaford LHP L-L 6-1 155 05/15/84 Kansas City Royals Northwest Arkansas (AA)
Brian Jeroloman C L-R 6-1 200 05/10/85 Toronto Blue Jays Las Vegas (AAA)
Jordan Pacheco C R-R 6-1 190 01/30/86 Colorado Rockies Tulsa (AA)
Brian Barden IF R-R 5-11 200 04/02/81 Florida Marlins New Orleans (AAA)
Brian Bocock IF R-R 5-11 185 03/09/85 Philadelphia Phillies Lehigh Valley (AAA)
Brad Eldred IF R-R 6-5 290 07/12/80 Colorado Rockies Colorado Springs (AAA)
Eric Hosmer IF L-L 6-4 215 10/24/89 Kansas City Royals Northwest Arkansas (AA)
Mike Moustakas IF L-R 5-11 230 09/11/88 Kansas City Royals Omaha (AAA)
Cord Phelps IF S-R 6-2 200 01/23/87 Cleveland Indians Columbus (AAA)
Todd Frazier OF R-R 6-3 220 02/12/86 Cincinnati Reds Louisville (AAA)
Jamie Hoffman OF R-R 6-3 235 08/20/84 Los Angeles Dodgers Albuquerque (AAA)
Brett Jackson OF L-R 6-2 210 08/02/88 Chicago Cubs Tennessee (AA)
Mike Trout OF R/R 6-1 217 08/07/91 Los Angeles Angels Rancho Cucamonga (A)