Sept. 16, 2011


2011 World Cup/Pan Am Team roster announced


USA 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 Roster


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 Diego Padres

Travis d'Arnaud, C, Long Beach, Calif., Toronto Blue Jays

Jordan Danks (Texas), OF, Austin, Texas, Chicago White Sox

Chuckie Fick (Fresno State), RHP, Thousand Oaks, Calif., St. Louis Cardinals

Andrew Garcia, IF, El Cajon, Calif., Chicago White Sox

Tuffy Gosewisch (Arizona State), C, Freeport, Ill., Philadelphia Phillies

Brett Jackson (California), OF, Berkeley, Calif., Chicago Cubs

Jeff Marquez, RHP, Vacaville, Calif., New York Yankees

Tommy Mendonca (Fresno State), IF, Turlock, Calif., Texas Rangers

Jordy Mercer (Oklahoma State), IF, Taloga, Okla., Pittsburgh Pirates

Scott Patterson, RHP, Pittsburgh, Pa., Seattle Mariners

A.J. Pollock (Notre Dame), OF, Hebron, Conn., Arizona Diamondbacks

Todd Redmond, RHP, St. Petersburg, Fla., Atlanta Braves

Joe Savery (Rice), LHP, Houston, Texas, Philadelphia Phillies

Matt Shoemaker (Eastern Michigan), RHP, Wyandotte, Mich., Los Angeles Angels

Drew Smyly (Arkansas), LHP, Maumelle, Ark., Detroit Tigers

Joe Thurston, IF, Fairfield, Calif., Florida Marlins

Chad Tracy (Pepperdine), IF, Arlington Heights, Ill., Texas Rangers

Andy Van Hekken, LHP, Holland, Mich., Houston Astros

Randy Williams (Lamar), LHP, Harlingen, Texas, Boston Red Sox


Coaching Staff

Ernie Young, Manager, Scottsdale, Ariz.   

Kirk Champion, Pitching Coach, Shiloh, Ill.               

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 Relations Office)