Mike Leake Named To 2008 USA Baseball National Team
June 24, 2008
DURHAM, N.C. - Arizona State sophomore right hander Mike Leake has been named to the 2008 USA Baseball National Team, the organization announced today. Leake, the 2008 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, is one of 20 members of the team, which was announced following a two-week trial period. Two more roster spots will be announced later.
The 2008 USA Baseball National Team will compete next month in the Haarlem Baseball Week in the Netherlands and at the FISU World Championships in the Czech Republic. Comprised of the top non-draft-eligible college players in the United States, the National Team plays six games against the Chinese Taipei National Team before beginning competition in Europe.
Rob Walton (Oral Roberts) serves as head coach of the 2008 National Team with pitching coach Jerry Meyers (Old Dominion) and assistant coaches Nino Giarratano (San Francisco) and Ritch Price (Kansas). Eric Campbell is the general manager for the USA Baseball National Team.
Leake (Fallbrook, Calif.) finished the 2008 season with an 11-3 record, striking out 104 batters in 121.1 innings. He also recorded a save and had a 3.49 ERA to go along with his .340 batting average with two homers and 16 RBI. He is expected to be a two-way player for Team USA.
Leake becomes the 13th Sun Devil to play for Team USA. Brett Wallace and Petey Paramore helped lead the 2007 USA National Team to a silver medal at the Pan-Am Games. Since 1984, Arizona State has had at least one player on Team USA in 11 different years.