Sept. 16, 2011
2011 World Cup/Pan Am Team
baseball has released the roster for the 2011 World Cup/Pan Am
Team. The squad will participate in both the IBAF Baseball World
Cup in Panama City, Panama, Oct. 2-15, and the Pan American
Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct. 20-25. The team includes 24
players not currently on Major League 40-man rosters.
There are 17 former Division I players among the
24. Fresno State is the only school with multiple alums with
Chuckie Fick and Tommy Mendonca (pictured).
Four players were members of USA Baseball
Collegiate teams: Jordan Danks in 2007, Mendonca in 2008, Jordy
Mercer in 2007 and Joe Savery in 2005.
Justin Cassel (left) and Team USA will meet in Cary, N.C., at the USA
Baseball National Training Complex to train from Sept. 27-29,
with three exhibitions against the Canadian World Cup/Pan Am
Team. The U.S. will look for its third straight IBAF Baseball
World Cup title. Team USA topped Cuba in the gold medal game in
each of the past two finals.
The U.S. is seeking its first gold medal in the
Pan American Games since 1967 in Winnipeg. Cuba has won 12 of
the 15 Pan Am baseball competitions, including the past 10.
Pan American Qualifying Team
Name, Position, Hometown, Organization
Pete Andrelcyzk (Coastal Carolina), RHP,
Lancaster, Pa., Florida Marlins
Jeff Beliveau (Florida Atlantic), LHP, Johnson,
R.I., Chicago Cubs
Brett Carroll (Middle Tennessee), OF, Knoxville,
Tenn., Boston Red Sox
Justin Cassel (UC Irvine), RHP, Los Angeles,
Calif., Chicago White Sox
Matt Clark (LSU), IF/OF, Riverside, Calif., San
Travis d'Arnaud, C, Long Beach, Calif., Toronto
Jordan Danks (Texas), OF, Austin, Texas, Chicago
Chuckie Fick (Fresno State), RHP, Thousand Oaks,
Calif., St. Louis Cardinals
Andrew Garcia, IF, El Cajon, Calif., Chicago
Tuffy Gosewisch (Arizona State), C, Freeport,
Ill., Philadelphia Phillies
Brett Jackson (California), OF, Berkeley, Calif.,
Jeff Marquez, RHP, Vacaville, Calif., New York
Tommy Mendonca (Fresno State), IF, Turlock,
Calif., Texas Rangers
Jordy Mercer (Oklahoma State), IF, Taloga, Okla.,
Scott Patterson, RHP, Pittsburgh, Pa., Seattle
A.J. Pollock (Notre Dame), OF, Hebron, Conn.,
Todd Redmond, RHP, St. Petersburg, Fla., Atlanta
Joe Savery (Rice), LHP, Houston, Texas,
Matt Shoemaker (Eastern Michigan), RHP,
Wyandotte, Mich., Los Angeles Angels
Drew Smyly (Arkansas), LHP, Maumelle, Ark.,
Joe Thurston, IF, Fairfield, Calif., Florida
Chad Tracy (Pepperdine), IF, Arlington Heights,
Ill., Texas Rangers
Andy Van Hekken, LHP, Holland, Mich., Houston
Randy Williams (Lamar), LHP, Harlingen, Texas,
Boston Red Sox
Ernie Young, Manager, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Kirk Champion, Pitching Coach, Shiloh,
Leon Durham, Hitting Coach, Cincinnati, Ohio
Jay Bell, Assistant Coach, Phoenix, Ariz.
Roly de Armas, Assistant Coach, Palm Harbor, Fla.
(photo courtesy of Fresno State Media