Cole, Rodriguez invited to Collegiate USA National Team tryouts

DURHAM, N.C. – UCLA rising junior baseball players Gerrit Cole and Steve Rodriguez have been invited to try out for the 2010 USA Collegiate National Team, as trials are slated for July 6-11 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex (NTC) in Cary, N.C.

Cole and Rodriguez are among 39 invitees, of which 36 will compete for a spot on the final 22-man roster, while three players will be named as alternates.

Last summer, Cole went 4-0 with a 1.06 ERA in six games (five starts) for the Collegiate National Team, leading Team USA in strikeouts (46) and innings pitched (34.0). This marks the first summer in which Rodriguez, Cole’s primary batterymate at UCLA, has been invited to the Collegiate National Team Trials.

Cole is one of just three players, including Vanderbilt’s Sonny Gray and Clemson’s Brad Miller, to return from the 2009 Collegiate National Team in an attempt to join Team USA for the second year in a row.

Both Cole and Rodriguez played instrumental roles in helping lead UCLA to a 51-17 record and the program’s first-ever appearance in the finals of the 2010 College World Series. Cole went 11-4 with a 3.37 ERA, collecting 153 strikeouts in 123.0 innings. Rodriguez batted .249 with eight home runs, 37 RBI and 35 runs in 61 games (57 starts at catcher).

Following the trials and training period in Cary, Team USA will play a five-game series against Korea before squaring off against a Japanese Collegiate All-Star Team in a one-game, international friendship competition in Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium on July 21. From there, the team will travel to Taipei, Taiwan for a four-game series against Chinese Taipei at Tien-Mu Stadium beginning July 25.

Team USA will close its summer season at the FISU World University Championship in Tokyo, Japan, from July 30-Aug. 7. The U.S. Collegiate National Team has won the last three FISU Worlds (2004, ’06, ’08) while host nation Japan will seek its first title.

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  • Larry

    While I like the title zou posted, “Collegiate UCLA National Team tryouts” I believe you mean… “Collegiate USA National Team tryouts”.

  • Larry

    *zou vs you… dang Euro keyboards :o)

  • Pythagorus

    I realize my thang is geometry, and I may not know much about your baseball, but your crazy numbers make it seem I have bees in my head:

    “Cole and Rodriguez are among 39 invitees, of which 36 will compete for a spot on the final 22-man roster, while three players will be named as alternates.”

    So what’s this 36? The impression is that the three alternatives would be chosen before the 22 roster spots.

    Let’s break it down like my buddy Euclid might:

    39 – invited

    22 – chosen

    17 will be cut, except for 3, who will be named alternatives

    14 will go home loving mathematics less.


    You can’t argue with that Pythagoras on math