Madison, WI – June 25, 2009. Mallards right-handed pitcher Tony Zych (Louisville) has been selected to play for the USA Baseball National Team after impressing the coaching staff during 10 days of trials at the team’s training complex in Cary, N.C.
Zych never arrived in Madison and will now be placed on the Northwoods League Protected List to free up a spot on the Mallards’ roster while he competes around the world.
In total, 22 members (full roster below) were selected from a field of 41 non-draft eligible college players in the United States. This year the National Team will play in two international friendship series’ in North Carolina against the Canadian National Team and the Guatemalan National Team before heading to Japan for the 37th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series and the World Baseball Challenge in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.
The roster consists of five outfielders, six infielders, 10 pitchers, and one utility player.
Returning to the team is sophomore infielder Christian Colon (Cal State-Fullerton) who hit .263 in 24 games for the 2008 National Team and led the group in hits (26) as the club’s starting second baseman.
The coaching staff includes Manager Rick Jones (Tulane), pitching coach Mike Kennedy (Elon), and assistant coaches Rob Cooper (Wright State) and Dan McDonnell (Louisville).
The National Team begins its summer season Thursday, opening a five-game series against the Canadian National Team in Cary, N.C. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. with left-hander Drew Pomeranz (Mississippi) getting the nod on the hill.
2009 USA Baseball National Team roster:
Christian Colon Cal State-Fullerton So.
Rick Hague Rice So.
Brad Miller Clemson Fr.
Andy Wilkins Arkansas So.
Kolten Wong Hawaii Fr.
Bryce Brentz Middle Tennessee St. So.
Michael Choice Texas Arlington So.
Tyler Holt Florida State So.
Casey McGrew Wright State Jr.
Matt Newman Arizona State So.
Trevor Bauer UCLA Fr.
Chad Bettis Texas Tech So.
Gerrit Cole UCLA Fr.
Sonny Gray Vanderbilt Fr.
Nick Pepitone Tulane So.
Drew Pomeranz Mississippi So.
T.J. Walz Kansas So.
Cody Wheeler Coastal Carolina So.
Asher Wojciechowski Citadel So.
Tony Zych Louisville Fr.
Jeremy Schaffer Tulane Fr.
Rob Segedin Tulane So.