2020 Vision: What Team USA Might Have Looked LikeSummer Baseball
USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team is usually one of the highlights of the summer scouting circuit, a chance to see many of college baseball’s very best players compete together against international opponents. The COVID-19 outbreak forced the cancellation of the CNT’s summer campaign, but we thought it would be a fun exercise to construct our own 26-man Team USA roster, using the pool of players who are returning to college campuses for another year (which means undrafted juniors are eligible).
So Aaron Fitt, Kendall Rogers and David Seifert formed their own CNT selection committee and recorded their roster deliberations, then posted it as a podcast for you to enjoy (click below to listen). There were some easy calls for spots, and some very difficult omissions.
Listen To The Podcast:
Here’s the final roster we settled upon — the Collegiate National Team that might have been:
|C||Casey Opitz (B)||Arkansas|
|C/OF||Adrian Del Castillo (L)||Miami|
|1B/C/OF||Hunter Goodman (R)||Memphis|
|2B||Luke Waddell (L)||Georgia Tech|
|SS||Matt McLain (R)||UCLA|
|3B||Alex Binelas (L)||Louisville|
|INF/OF||Tyler McDonough (B)||NC State|
|INF||Cody Morissette (L)||Boston College|
|OF||Ethan Wilson (L)||South Alabama|
|OF||Jud Fabian (R)||Florida|
|OF||Colton Cowser (L)||Sam Houston State|
|OF||Chris Newell (L)||Virginia|
|OF||Christian Franklin (R)||Arkansas|
|1B/RHP||Davis Sharpe (R)||Clemson|
|RHP||Kevin Abel||Oregon State|
|RHP||Micah Dallas||Texas Tech|
|LHP||Jordan Wicks||Kansas State|
Listen to the podcast (above) for more on what went into our selections. We tried to find a balance of power, speed and defensive prowess with a mixture of righthanded and lefthanded hitters, and we added extra versatility to our roster by choosing multi-position athletes Tyler McDonough, Cody Morissette, Luke Waddell, Matt McLain and Davis Sharpe. We chose Team USA veteran Casey Opitz to anchor the defense behind the plate and complemented him with a couple of premium bat-first catchers in Adrian Del Castillo and Hunter Goodman; we plan to alternate Goodman, Sharpe and perhaps Alex Binelas at first base, with Del Castillo and Goodman also seeing action at DH and behind the plate. On the mound, we went with seven righthanders and six lefties, and we’re loaded with accomplished arms who have both swing-and-miss stuff and command.
We think this team would have been a formidable force against any international competition. Let us know what you think in the comments section.