U.S. Picks Pan Am Baseball Roster
NEW YORK (AP) _ Four hard-throwing young pitchers highlight the United States’ roster selected Thursday for the upcoming Pan Am Games.
Mark Mulder of the Oakland Athletics, Matt Riley of the Baltimore Orioles, Brad Penny of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Bobby Seay of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays will anchor the U.S. pitching staff.
Mulder, the second pick in the 1998 draft, is 4-5 with a 3.66 ERA for Triple-A Vancouver; Riley is 5-1 with a 2.67 ERA for Double-A Bowie; Penny is 2-6 with a 4.52 for Double-A El Paso; and Seay is 2-4 with a 2.80 ERA for Class-A St. Petersburg.
Former major league general managers Bob Watson and Pat Gillick selected the players for the tournament, which will take place July 25-Aug. 2 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The top two teams in the Pan Am tournament will qualify for the 2000 Olympics.
The 24-man U.S. roster includes 11 pitchers, three catchers, six infielders and four outfielders. Only players not on major league teams’ 40-man rosters were eligible.
Nick Johnson, a first base prospect with the New York Yankees, was not selected after the Yankees refused to make him available.
The rest of the pitchers are Steve Rain (Cubs), Dan Reichert (Royals), J.C. Romero (Twins), Scott Stewart and Derek Wallace (Mets), Dan Wheeler (Devil Rays) and Todd Williams (Reds).
Charlie Greene (Brewers), Marcus Jensen (Cardinals), and Matt LeCroy (Twins) will be the catchers.
Travis Dawkins (Reds), Shawn Gilbert (Dodgers), Jason Hardtke (Reds), Adam Kennedy (Cardinals), Craig Paquette (Mets) and Jon Zuber (Phillies) will play infield.
Peter Bergeron and Milton Bradley (Expos), Dave Roberts (Indians) and Lance Berkman (Astros) are the outfielders.
Pitchers Dave Holdridge (Mariners), Dave Pavlas (Yankees) and Dave Telgheder (Indians); catcher Jim Tatum (Rockies) and outfielder Mike Neill (Athletics) are the alternates.
Former Detroit Tigers manager Buddy Bell will manage the team. Jackie Moore, Reggie Smith, Marcel Lachemann, Joe Carbone and Dick Cooke round out the coaching staff.
The team will prepare for the Pan Am Games by playing a series of exhibitions in Tucson, Ariz., July 16-19.