USA Baseball announced its provisional 27-man roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Of the 27 players, 14 of them are former DI or DII college standouts.
Both Tennessee and Miami can boast having a pair of players on the roster. The Vols have reigning NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey who was a three-time First Team All-American in Knoxville from 1994-96 and is UT’s career leader in wins, appearances, games started, innings pitched and strikeouts. Dickey could wind up pitching to another former UT star, J.P. Arencibia, who was a two-time All American catcher. The Miami Hurricanes have former NL MVP Ryan Braun who was a repeat All American, including being the “National Freshman of the Year” while playing at Miami from 2003-2005. Another former ‘Cane, Chris Perez made the Team USA roster as a pitcher. His time at Miami overlapped with Braun as he played there during the 2004-2006 seasons.
Steve Cishek helped guide the Carson-Newman Eagles to the 2007 SAC Tournament championship before advancing to professional baseball.
Other notable former college names on the roster include Mark Teixeira who had an accomplished career at Georgia Tech and was named the was the 2000 Dick Howser Award winner as National Player of the Year, Mitchell Boggs from Georgia where he spent three seasons and helped the Bulldogs reach the 2004 College World Series and Glen Perkins who was the 2004 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and went 15-0 with a 2.09 ERA his last two season in Big Ten play.
Two former DII players, Steve Cishek, the up-and-coming Miami Marlin reliever from Carson-Newman and Kutztown alum Ryan Vogelsong, who helped the San Francisco Giants win the World Series, are also on the roster.
Former College Players on 2013 USA Baseball Roster:
J.P. Arencibia – Toronto Blue Jays – C – Tennessee
Willie Bloomquist – Arizona Diamondbacks – UTL – Arizona St
Mitchell Boggs – St. Louis Cardinals – RHP -Georgia
Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers – OF – Miami
Steve Cishek – Miami Marlins – RHP – Carson Newman
Tim Collins – Kansas City Royals – LHP – None
R.A. Dickey – Toronto Blue Jays – RHP – Tennesse
Jonathan Lucroy – Milwaukee Brewers – C – UL Lafayette
Chris Perez – Cleveland Indians – RHP – Miami
Glen Perkins – Minnesota Twins – LHP – Minnesota
Vinnie Pestano – Cleveland Indians – RHP – Fullerton
Mark Teixeira – New York Yankees – IF – Georgia Tech
Ryan Vogelsong – San Francisco Giants – RHP – Kutztown
Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays – UTL – Dallas Baptist
In addition to the 14 players who are going to suit up for Team USA, there are a handful of other former college players suiting up for other countries, including nine players on both Team Canada and Team Italy:
Andrew Albers – Minnesota Twins – LHP – Kentucky
John Axford – Milwaukee Brewers – RHP – Notre Dame
Jesse Crain – Minnesota Twins – RHP – Houston
Chris Leroux – Pittsburgh Pirates – RHP – Winthrop
Trystan Magnuson – Toronto Blue Jays – RHP – Louisville
Scott Richmond – Toronto Blue Jays – RHP – Oklahoma St
Chris Robinson – Baltimore Orioles – C – Illinois
Cale Iorg – Detroit Tigers – 2B – Alabama
Jimmy Van Ostrand – Washington Nationals – OF – Cal Poly
Jason Grilli – Pittsburgh Pirates – RHP – Seton Hall
John Mariotti – None – RHP – Coastal Carolina
Nick Pugliese – None – RHP – Stetson
Brian Sweeny – None – RHP – Mercy
Matt Torra – None – RHP – UMass
Drew Butera – Minnesota Twins – C – UCF
Chris Colabello – Minnesota Twins – IF – Assumption
Anthony Granato – None – IF – VCU