Schwarber selected to Team USA

Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber was picked to play for Team USA’s Collegiate National Team this summer, becoming the fourth IU player to earn the honor. The most recent before him was former outfielder Alex Dickerson.

“It’s huge,” IU coach Tracy Smith said. “What an honor to represent your country. This is the second one since we’ve been here. This is the first one that actually got the invite, because Dickerson had to tryout and make it. I think that speaks to how good that guy is. When you’re talking about all the players across the country and the many great players across the country that he has the honor of wearing the stars and stripes across his chest is something I think he’ll never forget.”

Schwarber is hitting .384 this season with a Big Ten best 13 home runs and 41 RBI. He’s slugging .680.

The release from IU follows.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Sophomore catcher Kyle Schwarber (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown H.S.) has been selected to join USA Baseball’s 2013 Collegiate National Team. He will be one of 24 college players to don the Stars and Stripes this summer.

The Johnny Bench Award watch list member is the fourth Hoosier to be selected to Team USA, and second under the tutelage of Head Coach Tracy Smith. Alex Dickerson (2010) was the other Coach Smith product to earn a spot on Team USA, joining Mickey Morandini (1988) and Bob Scafa (1993).

Click here for full information on the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

Schwarber and his teammates begin team training on June 21 in Cary N.C., before the first international competition versus Japan from July 6-11, taking place in various Japanese cities. Team USA is also scheduled to play on American soil vs. Cuba July 18-23 in various USA cities.

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.

Players from the 2012 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and players with extraordinary results in the 2012 collegiate wood-bat summer leagues may begin to receive conditional invitations to the 24-man roster as early as March 2013. Players can be nominated to USA Baseball at any time by any individual. USA Baseball will work closely with college baseball coaching staffs and college baseball sports information directors to identify players who should be considered for the Collegiate National Team. The working watch list for team selection will be a collaboration between the selection committee, USA Baseball program directors, the professional scouting community and the college baseball coaching community. The 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will assemble on June 20, and the team will embark on a 33-day tour.