USA Baseball Announces 2019 College National Team Roster
USA Baseball announced the 2019 roster for the College National Team (CNT) Monday night, just ahead of the eighth annual series against the Cuban National Team.
Three members of the 2019 CNT return from the 2018 roster, including Arizona State first baseman Spencer Torkelson, North Carolina State catcher Patrick Bailey and Minnesota righthander Max Meyer.
The roster also includes six of the top 10 college players in the 2020 draft class, including Torkelson (No. 1), Bailey (4), Georgia righthander Cole Wilcox (5), Texas A&M lefthander Asa Lacy (6), Louisville lefthander Reid Detmers (8) and Vanderbilt shortstop Austin Martin (9).
2019 All-America members included on the team include Martin (first team), Torkelson (second team) and Mississippi State second baseman Justin Foscue (third team).
USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team will play a five-game series against Cuba from July 2 through July 6 in various ballparks in North Carolina before heading to Taiwan for a five-game series against Chinese Taipei (July 9-July 12). Team USA will then head to Japan for a five-game series against the Japanese National Team (July 16-July 21) to complete its summer schedule.
While winning games is the obvious goal for the club, the CNT also serves as a preview for the top of next year's college class. The 2018 CNT featured seven players who went on to be selected in the first round—Adley Rutschman, Andrew Vaughn, Josh Jung, Shea Langeliers, Bryson Stott, Will Wilson, Braden Shewmake—and the 2019 group looks to be stronger than last year's crop in terms of pitching talent. It's likely that several of the players listed below will go on to be first-round picks next June.
The full roster is listed below:
Andrew Abbott, LHP, Virginia
Logan Allen, LHP, Florida International
Tyler Brown, RHP, Vanderbilt
Burl Carraway, LHP, Dallas Baptist
Cade Cavalli, RHP, Oklahoma
Jeff Criswell, RHP, Michigan
Reid Detmers, LHP, Louisville
Nick Frasso, RHP, Loyola Marymount
Asa Lacy, LHP, Texas A&M
Chris McMahon, RHP, Miami
Cole Wilcox, RHP, Georgia
Tanner Allen, INF/OF, Mississippi State
Patrick Bailey, C, North Carolina State
Colton Cowser, OF, Sam Houston State
Justin Foscue, INF/OF, Mississippi State
Heston Kjerstad, OF, Arkansas
Nick Loftin, INF, Baylor
Austin Martin, UTL, Vanderbilt
Garrett Mitchell, OF, UCLA
Casey Opitz, C, Arkansas
Spencer Torkelson, INF, Arizona State
Luke Waddell, INF, Georgia Tech
Alika Williams, INF, Arizona State
Alec Burleson, LHP/1B, East Carolina
Max Meyer, RHP/OF, Minnesota
Doug Nikhazy, LHP/OF, Mississippi