April 22, 2009
Cary, NC - Cal State Fullerton sophomore Christian Colon is one of 17 initial invitees to the 2009 USA Baseball National Team Trials to be held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, June 15-24.
Colon will be one of 36 eventual collegiate players vying for 22 national team roster spots which will be announced on June 24.
The Titan shortstop is one of five members of the 2008 National Team that was unbeaten last summer (24-0) and won the gold medals at the FISU World Championships in the Czech Republic and the Honkbal Tournament in The Netherlands. Colon will join Derek Dietrich (Georgia Tech), Chris Hernandez (Miami), Hunter Morris (Auburn), and Micha Gibbs (LSU).
Colon was the only National Team player to start every single game in 2008 playing both shortstop and second base. The infielder from Corona, Calif., hit .263 and shared the team-lead with teammate Josh Fellhauer in hits, with 26. He also posted a pair of doubles, a home run and 14 RBI and led the squad with five stolen bases.
The 2009 National Team will compete in several exhibition games in the Triangle-area of North Carolina, including a friendly series against the Canadian National Team, June 25 - 29, which will be played across both the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Following its domestic exhibition schedule, the U.S. will travel to Japan to compete in the 37th Annual Japan vs. USA Collegiate Championships before closing out its summer in Canada at the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline World Baseball Challenge in Prince George, British Columbia.
The 2009 team will be coached by Tulane University head coach Rick Jones, who previously served as an assistant coach for the red, white and blue on the 1989 Presidential Cup Team and 1990 National Team. Jones is joined by pitching coach Mike Kennedy (head coach, Elon University) and assistant coaches Dan McDonnell (head coach, Louisville University) and Rob Cooper (head coach, Wright State University; 2007 USA Baseball National Team assistant coach).