DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball announced Thursday the 39 players who have been named to the 2010 Collegiate National Team Trials roster. Trials are scheduled to be held July 6-11 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex (NTC) in Cary, N.C.
Of the 39 invitees, 36 will compete for a spot of the final 22-man roster, while three players were named as alternates. Eleven of the players will be attending trials on the heels of helping their respective schools advance to the 2010 College World Series (CWS) in Omaha, Neb.
Sophomores Gerrit Cole (UCLA), Sonny Gray (Vanderbilt), Brad Miller (Clemson) and Kolten Wong (Hawaii) all return from the 2009 Collegiate National Team in attempt to join Team USA for the second year in a row. The roster also includes CWS Most Outstanding Player Jackie Bradley, Jr. (South Carolina) as well as CWS participants Taylor Featherston (Texas Christian), Nolan Fontana (Florida), Sean Gilmartin (Florida State), Brian Johnson (Florida), Andrew Maggi (Arizona State), Steve Rodriguez (UCLA), Kyle Winkler (Texas Christian) and alternate Mike Zunino (Florida). Cole and Miller also competed in this year's CWS.
The quartet of returnees helped the 2009 Collegiate Team to a 19-5 overall record and the 2009 Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline World Baseball Challenge crown in Prince George, British Columbia (Canada). Cole and Gray combined to post a 7-1 record on the mound with 73 strikeouts, while Miller and Wong started a combined 32 of 44 games, collecting 28 hits, scoring 28 runs and driving in 16.
Also named to the roster was Baseball America First Team All-America and College Player of the Year Anthony Rendon (Rice). The sophomore third baseman was a semifinalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award for the nation's top amateur player and is a finalist for the Dick Howser Award, recognizing college baseball's player of the year. Other Baseball America All-Americans invited to trials include First Teamer Taylor Dugas (Alabama), Ryan Wright (Louisville) of the Second Team and Cole, C.J. Cron (Utah), Alex Dickerson (Indiana), and Noe Ramirez (Cal State Fullerton) from the Third Team. Invitee Anthony Meo (Coastal Carolina) was also a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist.
Following the trials and training period in Cary, the U.S. will play a five-game series against Korea before squaring off against a Japanese Collegiate All-Star Team in a one-game, international friendship competition in Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium on July 21. From there, the team will travel to Taipei, Taiwan for a four-game series against Chinese Taipei at Tien-Mu Stadium beginning July 25.
Team USA will close its summer season at the FISU World University Championships in Tokyo, Japan, from July 30-Aug. 7. The U.S. has won the last three FISU Worlds (2004, '06, '08), while host nation Japan will be looking for its first title.
The Collegiate National Team Trials roster is as follows (name, class, position[s], school):
2010 Collegiate National Team Trials Roster
Tyler Anderson, So., LHP, Oregon
Jett Bandy, So., C, Arizona
Matt Barnes, So., RHP, Connecticut
Jackie Bradley, Jr., So., OF, South Carolina
Gerrit Cole, So., RHP, UCLA
Zach Cone, So., OF, Georgia
C.J. Cron, So., C, Utah
Alex Dickerson, So., OF, Indiana
Taylor Dugas, So., OF, Alabama
Taylor Featherston, So., IF, Texas Christian
Dylan Floro, Fr., RHP, Cal State Fullerton
Nolan Fontana, Fr., IF, Florida
Sean Gilmartin, So., LHP/OF, Florida State
Sonny Gray, So., RHP, Vanderbilt
Greg Holt, Jr., RHP, North Carolina
Matt Jensen, So., IF, Cal Poly
Brian Johnson, Fr., LHP, Florida
Andrew Maggi, So., OF/IF, Arizona State
Mikie Mahtook, So., OF, Louisiana State
Nick Martini, So., OF, Kansas State
Scott McGough, So., RHP, Oregon
Anthony Meo, So., RHP, Coastal Carolina
Brad Miller, So., IF, Clemson
Brett Mooneyham, So., LHP, Stanford
Austin Nola, So., IF, Louisiana State
Peter O'Brien, So., C, Bethune-Cookman
Nick Ramirez, So., IF/LHP, Cal State Fullerton
Noe Ramirez, So., RHP, Cal State Fullerton
Anthony Rendon, So., IF, Rice
Steve Rodriguez, So., C, UCLA
Lex Rutledge, Fr., LHP, Samford
Carson Smith, So., RHP, Texas State
George Springer, So., OF, Connecticut
Kyle Winkler, So., RHP, Texas Christian
Kolten Wong, So., IF/C, Hawaii
Ryan Wright, So., IF, Louisville
Evan Brock, Fr., RHP, UC Irvine
Adam Conley, So., LHP, Washington State
Mike Zunino, Fr., C, Florida
Bill Kinneberg, Manager, Utah
Dave Serrano, Pitching Coach, Cal State Fullerton
Ed Blankmeyer, Assistant Coach, St. John's
Nino Giarratano, Assistant Coach, San Francisco
Danny Wheat, Athletic Trainer, Texas Christian
Nick Nakagama, Assistant Athletic Trainer/Auxiliary Coach, Utah
Malcolm Gray, Press Officer, East Carolina
Eric Campbell, General Manager, USA Baseball National Teams
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