June 16, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Mike McGee was invited into camp for USA Baseball National Team Trials which got underway on Monday, June 15 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The National Team Trials will comprise of 43 collegiate players vying for a spot on the final 22-man roster which will be announced on June 24, the final day of team trails.
McGee had a very productive sophomore campaign as a two-way player for the Seminoles in 2009. The outfielder/right handed pitcher finished the season second on the team in hitting with a .379 average, while leading the Garnet and Gold in home runs (19), RBI (78) and slugging percentage (.768).
On the mound, McGee, went 6-2 with a 4.04 ERA in 15 appearances which included 13 starts. The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native registered 72 strikeouts in 69.0 innings of work. He posted a career-high 12 strikeouts in the Seminoles’ regular season finale against Grambling State. McGee closed out the year holding opponents to .248 batting average.
The sophomore from Port St. Lucie, Fla., was honored for his outstanding play in 2009 as he was named a second team All-ACC honoree. He also earned All-America honors from Baseball America (second team) and from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (third team) as a utility player.
The 2009 National Team will compete in several exhibition games in the Triangle-area of North Carolina, including a friendly series against the Canadian National Team, June 25-29, which will be played across both the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Following its domestic exhibition schedule, 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).
McGee joins fellow teammate Tyler Holt at the team trials in Cary, N.C. Former Seminole All-American Shane Robinson was the last Florida State student-athlete to play for Team USA as he was named to the U.S. National Team in 2005.