June 12, 2002
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s Jeremy Slayden is among a list of seven additional collegiate players that have been invited to participate in the 2002 USA Baseball National Team Trials that will be held in Tucson, Arizona June 19-23. As of today, the USA National Team will be selected from a total of 33 players, 13 of which are currently scheduled to participate in the 2002 NCAA College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
Slayden, a freshman outfielder, joins three other teammates that have already been invited. Also extended invitations are freshman second baseman Eric Patterson, sophomore outfielder Matt Murton and sophomore pitcher Kyle Bakker.
The list of the seven latest players invited to the 2002 USA Baseball National Team Trials is shown below:
Player Pos Yr School HometownAbe Alvarez LHP So Long Beach State Fontana, Calif.Shane Costa OF So Cal State Fullerton Visalia, Calif.Grant Johnson RHP Fr Notre Dame Burr Ridge, Ill.Mark Jurich OF So Louisville Louisville, Ky.Tyler Lumsden LHP Fr Clemson Roanoke, Va.Jeremy Slayden OF Fr Georgia Tech Murfreesboro, Tenn.Justin Verlander RHP Fr Old Dominion Goochland, Va.
Louisville’s Lelo Prado will serve as the head coach for Team USA. He will be assisted by Terry Alexander of Jacksonville, Sunny Golloway of Oral Roberts, and Terry Rupp of Maryland. The official 22-man Team USA roster will be determined and announced on June 24, following the Trials.
USA Baseball National Team Trials Schedule
For interested scouts, USA Baseball will be holding the National Team trials sessions at the Hi Corbett Field facilities in Tucson beginning the evening of June 19. A time-specific trials schedule has now been posted on our website at www.usabaseball.com.