April 21, 2009
DURHAM, N.C. — Baylor freshman pitcher Logan Verrett has been named one of 17 initial invitees to the 2009 USA Baseball National Team Trials, the governing body of amateur baseball in the United States announced Tuesday. Verrett is the lone player from the Big 12 Conference on the initial invitee list.
A right-hander from Calallen High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, Verrett is 7-1 this season with two saves and a 3.64 ERA. He has leads the Bears with 53 strikeouts against 14 walks over 42.0 innings. Baylor is 11-1 this season in his 12 appearances, including an 8-0 mark when he pitches in relief.
Verrett is one of five freshmen on the invitee list, joining fellow right-handers Gerrit Cole (UCLA), Sonny Gray (Vanderbilt) and Tony Zych (Louisville), and infielder Anthony Rendon (Rice). Verrett currently is tied for 17th nationally in victories; he joins Florida State’s Sean Gilmartin and Sacramento State’s Jesse Darrah as the nation’s only freshmen with seven wins.
This is the second consecutive year in which a Baylor player has received a National Team Trials invite. Kendal Volz and Shaver Hansen both received invites last year with Volz earning a spot on the team. Verrett is the first Baylor freshman to earn a National Team Trials invite since Zane Carlson in 2000.
“USA Baseball is looking forward to kicking off the 2009 National Team Trials,” National Team General Manager Eric Campbell said. “We look forward to building off the momentum of 2008’s undefeated season. With five players from last summer leading our first group of invitees, we’re well on our way.”
The five members of the 2008 National Team that received invitations for the 2009 Trials are infielder Christian Colon (Cal State Fullerton), infielder Derek Dietrich (Georgia Tech), catcher Micah Gibbs (LSU), left-handed pitcher Chris Hernandez (Miami-FL) and first baseman Hunter Morris (Auburn).
Other invitees are outfielder Michael Choice (UT Arlington), catcher Blake Forsythe (Tennessee), catcher Yasmani Grandal (Miami-FL), infielder Rick Hague (Rice), right-handed pitcher Deck McGuire (Georgia Tech), left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz (Mississippi) and right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo (LSU). Pomeranz was a 2008 Trials participant.
The 2009 National Team Trials will be held June 15-24 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The Trials will consist of 36 collegiate players vying for 22 spots on the National Team roster. Tulane head coach Rick Jones will serve as head coach for the 2009 National Team. Jones will be joined by pitching coach Mike Kennedy (Elon) and assistant coaches Dan McDonnell (Louisville) and Rob Cooper (Wright State).