USC freshman catcher Grayson Greiner has been selected to the roster for the 2012 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, it was announced on Monday afternoon. It is the ninth time in school history for a player to be selected to the collegiate team and it is the third consecutive season a Gamecock has been named to the team. Christian Walker was named to last year’s squad, although he was unable to participate due to a hamate bone injury. Jackie Bradley Jr. represented the Red, White & Blue after the 2010 season.
Players who have taken the field for the Collegiate National Team and have gone onto Major League Baseball success include such notables as Jim Abbott, Troy Glaus, Todd Helton, Ryan Howard, Barry Larkin, Tino Martinez, Dustin Pedroia, David Price, Huston Street, Mark Teixeira, Troy Tulowitzki, Jason Varitek, and Ryan Zimmerman.
SOUTH CAROLINA PLAYERS & USA BASEBALL COLLEGIATE NATIONAL TEAM
- 2012 – Grayson Greiner, C
- 2011 – Christian Walker, 1B (did not play due to injury) 2010 – Jackie Bradley Jr., OF
- 2007 – Justin Smoak, 1B
- 2003 – Matt Campbell, P
- 2002 – Landon Powell, C
- 1997 – Adam Everett, SS
- 1989 – Brian Williams, P/OF
- 1986 – Dave Hollins, 3B