May 8, 2008
Durham, NC - USA Baseball announced today that Cal State Fullerton sophomore outfielder Josh Fellhauer and freshman shortstop Christian Colon have accepted invitations to the 2008 National Team Trials to be held June 11-23 throughout the northeast and southeast United States.
Fellhauer (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif/Rancho Cucamonga High School) and Colon (Corona, Calif/Canyon High School) are two of 12 colligate player to have already accepted invitations and will be part of 32 of the nation's best collegiate athletes vying for 22 National Team roster spots.
"USA Baseball is excited about the return of the trials period," National Team General Manager Eric Campbell said. "Last year, we had to select the National Team by June 11 and without the aid of a trials period for the first time ever. This is a strong initial group of invitees, and we will continue to work with collegiate coaches to get the best 32 players available into this year's National Team Trials."
USA Baseball's Nation Team schedule will eventually include a six-game friendship series against Chinese Taipei, and a month-long trip to Europe where the team will compete in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. The National Team will be skippered by Oral Roberts head coach Rob Walton who was an assistant for USA Baseball back in 2005.
Cal State Fullerton has been one of USA Baseball's major suppliers of talent over the years, having produced five Olympians, while sending 17 players to the U.S. National Team. The last two Cal State Fullerton products to don the Red White and Blue were Wes Roemer and Kurt Suzuki in 2006.
Fellhauer is currently hitting .359 with four homeruns and 32 RBI and 13 stolen bases while leading the team in hits with 70. Colon has had a solid rookie campaign, hitting .331 with a pair of homers and 27 RBI while ranking among the nations leaders in sacrifice bunts from the No. 2 hole in the Titan lineup.
Included on the 2008 invitee lists is 2007 National Team member Mike Minor, a sophomore (LHP, Vanderbilt) who posted a 5-2 record and a 1.64 ERA with the National Team last year. Other sophomores on the list are Kyle Gibson (RHP, Missouri), A.J. Griffin (RHP, San Diego), Mike Leake (RHP/UTL, Arizona State), Andrew Oliver (LHP, Oklahoma State), Aaron Senne (OF, Missouri) and Jason Stoffel (RHP, Arizona). The three other freshmen invitees are Kentrail Davis (OF, Tennessee), Bryan Morgado (LHP, Tennessee) and Hunter Morris (1B, Auburn). Morgado is a redshirt freshman.
For more information on the National Team or USA Baseball, visit usabaseball.com.
Titan U.S. National Team Members: Longo Garcia (1987), Phil Nevin (1991), Dante Powell (1993), Ted Silva (1994), Mark Kotsay and Brian Loyd (1995), Ryan Owens (1998), Kirk Saarloos (2000), Shane Costa, Chad Cordero and Wes Littleton (2002), Mike Lamb, Mike Rouse and Ricky Romero (2004), Blake Davis (2005), and Roemer and Suzuki (2006).
Titan U.S. Olympians: Bob Caffrey (1984), Phil Nevin and Jason Moler (1992), Mark Kotsay and Brian Loyd (1996)