May 17, 2013
FORT WORTH - TCU's Preston Morrison has earned an invite to the Collegiate National Team training camp with a chance to earn a spot on the 24-man roster. Morrison is the second Horned Frog to earn an invitation to the team.
"Preston has obviously shown that he is one of the premier pitchers in all of college baseball," remarked head coach Jim Schlossnagle. "He has more than earned this great honor and opportunity to compete for a spot on the USA National Team pitching staff."
Morrison has put together a tremendous sophomore campaign, leading the Horned Frogs with a 7-3 record in 14 starts. He has posted a 1.22 ERA in 103 1/3 innings pitched. In his final start of the regular season, Morrison retired 23 of the 25 Texas batters he faced en route to pitching eight shutout innings.
Team USA will begin the training camp process on June 20 in Cary, N.C. with the final roster to be set prior to the team's departure for Japan on July 3. TCU's Brandon Finnegan has already earned his spot on the squad.
Should Morrison ultimately be named to the team, the Horned Frogs will have two team members for the second time in the last three seasons. TCU had a pair of representatives in 2011 as Josh Elander and Andrew Mitchell participated on the squad.
USA Baseball Selection Process
USA Baseball will select its Collegiate National Team based on its Professional Teams selection model. The player pool will primarily be comprised of non-draft-eligible college players. Under certain and rare circumstances, draft-eligible players and players under control with one of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs may be considered for selection to the team. Trials will no longer be utilized to select the team. Players will be named to the 24-man roster on data from 2012 and/or the 2013 college baseball season. A selection committee will be formed to select players for the trials. The 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team field manager, three coaches and one former athlete from past USA Baseball National Team programs will form the committee (other members may also be added to the committee). The director of the Collegiate National Team program will assist the committee by providing statistical information and selection notifications and will serve as the committee's moderator.
The selection committee will first meet as early as November 2012 and will continue to meet throughout the college baseball season, with a final meeting on or around June 13, 2013. The selection committee will continue to follow the college season through the end of the NCAA Division I College World Series. Because the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will assemble on June 20, 2013, additional players (alternates) will be selected to the team in the absence of players on the 24-man roster who are competing in Omaha for a national championship. Players who have exhausted their age-specific eligibility to the 18U program from the 2011 18U National Team will also be in the candidate pool to replace players competing in the College World Series. June 29 will be the last day to report to the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
New in 2013, the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will adopt a 24-man roster (12 position players, 12 pitchers). The selection committee may stop selection to the 24-man at a non-binding number and thus give more and better opportunities for alternate players to earn a spot on the final roster during the first 10 days of the tour, June 20-29.