Second Round of Team USA Invitees

by Dave B. in

Recently, the second round of invitations were issued for this year's USA Baseball National Team trials. Of the eight new invitees, five players can be found on Cape League rosters. Those players are: Cody Wheeler (LHP; Coastal Carolina / Bourne)

Thomas Girdwood (RHP; Elon / Hyannis)

Danny Hultzen (LHP/IF; Virginia / Hyannis)

Nick Pepitone (RHP; Tulane / Wareham)

Trevor Bauer ((RHP; UCLA / Y-D)

Of the total of 25 Team USA invitees, 18 players have ties to the CCBL. Keep in mind that Chatham and Harwich have not posted their rosters, so there may be more. For the complete list, see CodBall post Picked Up Pieces dated April 22.

Bourne and Y-D have experienced the biggest potential impact to their rosters with each team having four of their players invited to the trials. In addition to Wheeler, other Braves signees include Blake Forsythe, Drew Pomeranz and Anthony Rendon. From the Red Sox, Bauer joins Anthony Renaudo, Micah Gibbs and Christian Colon.

Girdwood and Hultzen are the first Mets to receive invitations. Pepitone joins Derek Dietrich from Wareham. Pepitone recently signed with the Gatemen, replacing Tulane teammate Robby Broach who was released due to injury.