USA Baseball Alumni of the Week: Aug. 11-17
Giancarlo Stanton and Max Scherzer selected as USAB Alumni of the Week
As part of a new series to bring attention to former Team USA players, we will select a position player and pitcher each week to be recognized as the USA Baseball Alumni of the Week.
Position Player: Giancarlo Stanton, OF
Team: Miami Marlins
USA Baseball: 2013 World Baseball Classic
It didn't take long for baseball fans to realize Stanton was going to be something special when he made his debut with the Marlins in the middle of the 2010 season.
In less than three full seasons from 2010 to 2012, Stanton crushed 93 home runs. USA Baseball took notice. He was given a spot on the 2013 World Baseball Classic team, where he had a .381 on-base percentage, good enough for fifth best on the team.
Since then, Stanton has continued to do what he does best: launching baseballs over the outfield wall. So far this season, he leads the NL with 32 home runs and 88 runs batted in.
In the past seven games, Stanton is 9-for-23, with five runs, nine RBIs, seven walks and three home runs. Last Monday against the St. Louis Cardinals, he went 2-for-3, with two runs, two home runs and three RBIs.
Pitcher: Max Scherzer, SP
Team: Detroit Tigers
USA Baseball: 2005 Collegiate National Team
Scherzer pitched for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2005. In three starts, Scherzer went 2-1 with a 2.70 earned run average. He ranked third on the team with 24 strikeouts in 20 innings. While at Mizzou he was Big 12 Pitcher of the Year in 2005.
Scherzer was drafted sixth overall in the 2006 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was traded to the Detroit Tigers before the 2010 season. In Detroit, he has enjoyed great success, including winning the 2013 American League Cy Young Award.
This season, Scherzer is 14-4 with 196 strikeouts, a 2.98 earned run average and a 1.14 WHIP. His 14 wins ranks first in the American League, while the 196 strikeouts ranks top five in the MLB.
Against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, Scherzer threw eight shutout innings, allowing only three hits and striking out 14 to earn the win.