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2020 Vision: What Team USA Might Have Looked Like

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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:

Pos. Player (Bats) School
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 Kumar Rocker Vanderbilt
RHP Jack Leiter Vanderbilt
RHP Ty Madden Texas
RHP Kevin Abel Oregon State
RHP Jaden Hill LSU
RHP Micah Dallas Texas Tech
LHP Steven Hajjar Michigan
LHP Andrew Abbott Virginia
LHP Jordan Wicks Kansas State
LHP Hunter Barco Florida
LHP Michael Kirian Louisville
LHP Connor Prielipp Alabama

 

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.

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