Tucson, Ariz. (May 2, 2001)--USA Baseball announced BYU's Matt Carson to a list of the first 19 collegiate players invited to participate in the 2001 USA Baseball National Team Trials - to be held in Tucson, Arizona June 16-19.
Carson, a sophomore from Yucaipa, Calif., was one of 33 invited to the trials last summer for Team USA, but did not survive the final cut. He currently leads the Mountain West Conference with 17 home runs and was a freshman All-American last season.
The USA National Team will be selected from a pool of approximately 20-29 players, of which an additional 5-10 have yet to be determined. Team USA will play approximately 30 games on the Red, White and Blue Summer Tour, beginning on June 22 with the 30th annual USA vs Japan Collegiate All-Star Series, which this year will be played in Japan.
The list of the first 19 players invited to the 2001 USA Baseball National Team Trials is shown below:
Player Pos Ht Wt B/T DOB Yr School Hometown
Aubrey, Michael LHP/OF 6-0 180 L/L 4-15-82 Fr Tulane Shreveport, Louisiana
Baker, Jeff IF 6-1 215 R/R 6-21-81 So Clemson Woodbridge, Virginia
Bengochea, Kiki RHP 6-2 195 R/R 12-4-80 So Miami Miami, Florida
Brownlie, Bobby RHP 6-1 195 R/R 10-5-80 So Rutgers Edison, New Jersey
Bullington, Bryan RHP 6-5 220 R/R 9-30-80 So Ball State Madison, Indiana
Carson, Matt OF 6-2 195 B/R 7-1-81 So BYU Yucaipa, California
Fuld, Sam OF 5-10 180 L/L 11-20-81 Fr Stanford Durham, North Carolina
Maholm, Paul LHP 6-3 205 L/L 6-25-82 Fr Mississippi State Holly Springs, Mississippi
Merrell, Darric RHP 6-4 200 R/R 1-22-82 Fr Cal State Fullerton Temecula, California
Parker, Tyler C 6-3 212 R/R 5-13-81 So Georgia Tech Marietta, Georgia
Quentin, Carlos OF 6-2 210 R/R 8-28-82 Fr Stanford Chula Vista, California
Quintanilla, Omar IF 5-9 175 L/R 10-24-81 Fr Texas El Paso, Texas
Reed, Jeremy IF 6-0 185 L/L 6-15-81 So Long Beach State LaVerne, California
Ring, Royce LHP 6-0 215 L/L 12-21-80 So San Diego State San Diego,California
Snyder, Chris C 6-3 225 R/R 2-12-81 So Houston Houston, Texas
Swisher, Nick IF 6-0 200 B/L 11-25-80 So Ohio State Parkersburg, West Virginia
Watchko, Jeff RHP 6-3 195 R/R 11-7-80 So Georgia Tech Roswell, Georgia
Weeks, Rickie OF 5-11 195 R/R 9-13-82 Fr Southern Alte Monte Springs, Florida
Zimmerman, Bob RHP 6-5 225 R/R 11-17-81 Fr SW Missouri State Creve Coeur, Missouri
Mississippi State's Pat McMahon will serve as the head coach for Team USA. He will be assisted by Dusty Rhodes of North Florida, Paul Stevens of Northwestern, and Bob Todd of Ohio State. For interested scouts, this team will be holding practice sessions at the Hi Corbett Field facilities in Tucson beginning Saturday, June 16. The official team roster will be determined and announced on June 19.