May 26, 2005
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech sophomore third baseman Wes Hodges is one of 12 additional players invited to participate in the 2005 USA Baseball National Team Trials – to be held June 27-30 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The USA Baseball National Team will be selected from a pool of 36 players, of which an additional nine have yet to be determined. The official 20-man team roster will be announced on July 1.
“This second list of invitees to the trials represents non-draft eligible players who’s continued 2005 performance on the field has warranted an invite to the trials,” said USA Baseball General Manager of National Teams Eric Campbell. “They add to an already great group of players.” USA Baseball will announce a final list of invitees to the trials in June.
Hodges leads the Yellow Jackets with a .423 batting average, 96 hits, a .494 on base percentage and a .617 slugging percentage in 2005.
The 2005 USA Baseball National Team will participate in the 34th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship Series in Japan, July 8-12 and a Friendship Series vs. Taiwan in Chinese Taipei, July 15-19 prior to returning home to play six exhibition games at Durham Bulls Athletic Park this summer, July 22-24 & July 29-31. USA Baseball will announce a full National Team game schedule at a later date.
The 12 most recent players that have accepted invitations to the 2005 USA Baseball National Team Trials:
Player Pos Yr School HometownAmbort, Michael C So Lamar Rockville Centre, NYDavis, Adam IF/OF So Florida Fort Myers, FLDonald, Jason IF So Arizona Clovis, CADoolittle, Sean LHP/IF Fr Virginia Tabernacle, NJGaub, John LHP So Minnesota South St. Paul, MNHodges, Wes IF So Georgia Tech Ooltewah, TNKennedy, Ian RHP So USC Huntington Beach, CALaPorta, Matt IF/UT So Florida Port Charlotte, FLMills, Beau IF Fr Fresno State Visalia, CAMelancon, Mark RHP So Arizona Golden, COSchmidt, Nick LHP Fr Arkansas High Ridge, MOShelby, John IF/OF So Kentucky Lexington, KY