June 25, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Tyler Holt will be donning the Red, White and Blue this summer as he was selected to play for Team USA. Holt is one of five outfielders on the 22-player roster and one of three players representing the Atlantic Coast Conference (Yasmani Grandal, Miami; Brad Miller, Clemson). The sophomore centerfielder becomes the first Seminole to play for USA Baseball since Shane Robinson in 2005.
The National Team was selected after 10 days of trials that included eight intrasquad games and practices at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
The USA Baseball National Team is comprised of the top non-draft-eligible college players in the United States. In 2009, the National Team will play in two international friendship series in North Carolina against the Canadian National Team and the Guatemalan National Team before heading to Japan for the 37th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series and the World Baseball Challenge in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.
The National Team begins its summer season Thursday, June 25, opening a five-game series against the Canadian National Team in Cary, N.C. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at the National Training Complex.
Holt finished the 10-day team trial in Cary, N.C., hitting .345 (10-for-29) in eight games with three doubles, six runs, one RBI and three walks. He was also a perfect 6-for-6 in the stolen base category. Holt, a 2009 Gold Glove Award winner, started every game in centerfield converting on all 11 fielding opportunities.
Mike McGee made five starts in the outfield during the team trials while making two relief appearances. On the mound, McGee worked 5.0 innings with a 3.60 ERA. The right hander from Port St. Lucie, Fla., allowed two runs on four hits as he issued two walks and struck out three. McGee’s best performance came in the final day of the trials on June 24 as he worked a perfect inning in relief facing just three batters.
Following Team USA’s domestic exhibition schedule (June 25-29), the U.S. will travel to Japan to compete in the 37th Annual Japan vs. USA Collegiate Championships before closing out its summer in Canada at the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline World Baseball Challenge in Prince George, British Columbia.
The 2009 team will be coached by Tulane University head coach Rick Jones, who previously served as an assistant coach for the United States on the 1989 Presidential Cup Team and 1990 National Team. Jones is joined by pitching coach Mike Kennedy (head coach, Elon University) and assistant coaches Dan McDonnell (head coach, Louisville University) and Rob Cooper (head coach, Wright State University).
Seminole Summer Baseball Update
The 2009 Florida State baseball season may be over but summer baseball is in full swing as several members of the Seminole baseball team are scattered across the country honing their skills for when they return to Florida State in the fall.
Here is a look at how the Seminoles are performing so far this summer:
Cape Cod League
Stephen Cardullo – 4 GP-4 GS (2 @ 1B, 2 @ 2B) .000 (0-for-12), 3 BB, 3 SO, .200 OB%
*left league to have knee examined
John Gast – 4 GP, 0-1, 0.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO
Stuart Tapley – 7 GP-6 GS (6 @ 3B) .167 (4-for-24), 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 HBP, 3 BB, 9 SO, .208 SLG%, .310 OB%
Valley League Baseball
Parker Brunelle – 8GP-6 GS, .182 (4-for-22), 1 R, 1 RBI, 6 BB, 4 SO, .182 SLG%, .357 OB%
Jack Posey – 4 GP-4 GS, .231 (3-for-13), 3 R, 1 2B, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 2 HBP, 3 SO, .308 SLG%, .375 OB%
Sherman Johnson – 9 GP-9GS, .412 (14-for-34), 7 R, 1 HR, 4 2B, 6 RBI, 9 BB, 4 SO, .618 SLG%, .533 OB%
*ranked second in the Valley League in hitting
Alaska Baseball League
James Ramsey – 4GP-1GS, .200 (2-for-10), 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 2 SO, .300 SLG%, .357 OB%
New England Collegiate Baseball League
North Shore Navigators
Sean Gilmartin – 8GP-7GS, .217 (5-for-23), 1 R, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 6 SO, .217 SLG%, .333 OB%
Fans are encouraged to check back with www.seminoles.com to receive weekly updates on how the Seminoles are performing on the diamond this summer.
Major League Baseball Draft Update
Junior second baseman Jason Stidham will forgo his senior season at Florida State as the Palm Bay, Fla., native signed a professional contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals selected Stidham with the 249th overall pick in the eighth round of the 2009 MLB First Year Player Draft.