Wes Whisler Invited To USA Baseball National Team Trials
May 22, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - UCLA freshman first baseman/left-handed pitcher Wes Whisler (Noblesville, IN) has been invited to attend the 2002 USA Baseball National Team Trials which will be held in Tucson, Ariz., June 18-23. Whisler is among the nine players announced today and will join the 19 players that had already been invited. The USA National Team will be selected from a pool of 36 players, of which an additional eight have yet to be determined. The 2002 team will begin its season on June 24 and will finish the campaign at the FISU World Championships in Italy from August 3-11.
Whisler has been phenomenal on the mound and at the plate. On Tuesday night, he broke the UCLA freshman home run record, hitting his 16th home run of the season in the 11-4 loss to Cal State Fullerton. Eleven of his 16 home runs have come during conference play, despite only hitting in 17 of UCLA's 21 conference games. He is batting .368 in conference games, with 23 RBI and a .912 slugging percentage. He had an 11 game hitting streak from April 19 to May 11 in which he hit .522 with eight home runs, five doubles, 19 RBI, 14 runs and had nine multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games.
He is excelling on the mound as well, with a 3.70 ERA and a 5-2 record. His ERA drops to 2.96 in conference games where he has a 4-1 record. He pitched a complete game win against Oregon State, allowing one run on four hits with seven strikeouts. He allowed a combined four runs in 22.1 innings in his first three conference games. He has not allowed more than four earned runs in any start all season.
Whisler and the Bruins host USC in the final regular season series this weekend at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Whisler will be the starting first baseman on Friday and Sunday, and on Saturday, he will be the starting pitcher and designated hitter.