Donald Named to U.S. Olympic Baseball Team

July 17, 2008


Park Avenue, N.Y. - Former University of Arizona shortstop Jason Donald has been named to the U.S. Olympic Baseball Team, USA Baseball announced today. Donald will be one of 24 players to represent the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

 

A native of Clovis, Calif., Donald was originally drafted out of high school by the Anaheim Angles in the 20th round of the 2003 MLB First-Year Player Draft, but turned down the offer and enrolled at Arizona. As a freshman in 2004, Donald made an immediate impact setting a UA freshman record with 84 hits, while helping lead the Wildcats to the College World Series for the first time in 18 years.

 

Donald played three seasons for the Wildcats from 2004-2006, finishing his career with a .315 batting average to go along with 20 home runs and 127 RBI. He ended his career with a 26-game hitting streak in 2006, matching Brian Anderson's mark for the longest single season hitting streak in program history.

 

The Philadelphia Phillies drafted Donald in the third round with the 97th overall pick in the 2006 MLB Draft. He has progressed solidly through the organization, playing for the Lakewood BlueClaws, the Phillies' Class A affiliate, in 2007 and the Reading Phillies (Class AA) in 2008. Donald participated in the 2008 XM All-Star Futures game on July 13 at Yankee Stadium, where the U.S. team lost to the World Team, 3-0.

 

Donald becomes the first Arizona baseball player to join an Olympic baseball team roster. The 2008 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team will be led by Manager Davey Johnson (Winter Park, Fla.). Johnson returns to USA Baseball on the heels of a gold medal-winning performance last November at the 2007 IBAF Baseball World Cup in Taiwan.

 

The U.S. last competed in the baseball competition in the Olympic Games in 2000. Tommy Lasorda managed the team in Sydney and guided a squad featuring Ben Sheets and Roy Oswalt to the gold medal over Cuba. Since baseball was recognized as an official medal sport in Olympic competition by the International Olympic Committee in 1992, the U.S. has finished fourth (Barcelona, 1992), third (bronze, Atlanta, 1996) and first (gold, Sydney, 2000). The U.S. did not qualify for the Athens Games in 2004.

 

Jason Donald Stats (Arizona, 2004-2006)

Year

Avg

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

TB

SLG%

BB

HBP

SO

OB%

SB-ATT

PO

A

E

FLD%

2004

.322

64-64

261

58

84

11

1

9

45

124

.475

18

10

63

.381

6-9

96

187

22

.928

2005

.288

59-59

222

38

64

16

5

5

33

105

.473

22

19

51

.398

5-7

77

155

21

.917

2006

332

54-54

229

42

76

19

4

6

49

121

.528

19

10

48

.401

7-12

82 157

19

.926

.926

TOTAL

315

177-177

712

138

224

46

10

20

127

350

.492

59

39

162

.393

18-28

255

499

62

.924

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