Baker Earns USA Baseball CNT Invite
March 17, 2017
FORT WORTH – TCU sophomore Luken Baker has accepted an invitation to play for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team. He becomes the ninth Horned Frog in program history to play for the team.
Baker will be making his fourth appearance in a national team uniform having previously been a member of the 14U team in 2011, the 15U squad in 2012 and the 18U team in 2014. Additionally, he was part of the 17U National Team Development Program in 2013.
Since walking on to campus in the fall of 2015, Baker has started all 82 games in his collegiate career. A unanimous freshman All-American, Baker also earned a quartet of All-American honors in addition to being named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
This season, Baker’s four home runs are tops on the team. He is hitting .333 with a double, a triple and 14 RBIs. He leads the Big 12 conference with 18 walks on the season and 23 runs scored.
Jake Arrieta was the first Horned Frog to earn a spot on the National Team roster, doing so in 2006, the same year Jim Schlossnagle served as an assistant coach. In 2010 Kyle Winkler pitched for Team USA. TCU had a pair of representatives in 2011 as Josh Elander and Andrew Mitchell participated on the squad. The Frogs had three player representatives in 2013 as Riley Ferrell, Brandon Finnegan and Preston Morrison were on the squad that was managed by Schlossnagle. Evan Skoug earned a spot on the squad in 2016.
The 2017 Collegiate National Team will train at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, and compete in a series of games with teams from the Coastal Plains League from June 20-25. The U.S. will then host international friendship series against Chinese Taipei and Cuba from June 27 – July 7, in Cary, Charlotte and Durham, North Carolina. Both series will be streamed live on USABaseball.com. Follow @USABaseball and @USABaseballCNT on Twitter for all of the latest news on USA Baseball and the Collegiate National Team.
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