Mike Esposito Makes 2001 USA Baseball National Team

June 19, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State University starting pitcher Mike Esposito was announced as one of the 22 collegiate players that have made the 2001 USA Baseball National Team, following four days of trials in Tucson, Ariz.

Esposito was one of the last additions to a list of 29 college players who were selected to try out for the 2001 Team USA National team. After Sunday's four-inning, nine-strikeout performance in an intrasquad game held at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, Esposito moved his name to the top of that list.

Esposito (Las Vegas) was stellar in his four-inning start, leading the Blue squad to a 3-2 win over the White Team in eight innings. Finishing 2001 with a 5-2 record and a solid 4.06 ERA, Esposito emerged as ASU's Friday night starter mid-way through the season. Coming back strong from Tommy John surgery in 2000, Esposito struck out 63 in 68.2 innings during his redshirt freshman year. Esposito was the fifth round selection of the Cincinnati Reds in the 1999 draft out of Cimarron High School in Las Vegas.

Team USA will play 29 more games on the Red, White and Blue Summer Tour, following their first game of the summer last night, which they won 5-1 over the Chicago Cubs rookie level affiliate at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Arizona. Team USA will then travel overseas on Wednesday to the 30th annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series, which this year will be played in Japan. For the complete Team USA summer schedule, log on to www.usabaseball.com. Esposito adds to a legacy of Sun Devils that have proudly donned the Red, White and Blue during the summer, as Casey Myers and Jon Switzer starred last year for the National team and Willie Bloomquist played in 1998.

USA Baseball announced today the names of 22 collegiate players that have made the 2001 USA Baseball National Team, following four days of trials in Tucson, Arizona. The USA National Team was selected from a pool of 29 players. The full roster is shown below:

Player Pos Ht Wt Yr College Hometown
Michael Aubrey LHP/OF 6-0 180 Fr Tulane Shreveport, La.
Jeff Baker IF 6-1 215 So Clemson Woodbridge, Va.
Kiki Bengochea RHP 6-2 195 So Miami Miami, Fla.
Bobby Brownlie RHP 6-1 195 So Rutgers Edison, NJ
Bryan Bullington RHP 6-5 220 So Ball State Madison, Ind.
Tim Cunningham LHP 6-3 185 So Stanford

Rocklin, Calif.

Mike Esposito RHP 6-0 185 Fr Arizona State

Las Vegas, Nev.

Sam Fuld OF 5-10 180 Fr Stanford

Durham, NH

A. Giarratano IF 6-0 180 Fr Tulane

Marlboro, NJ

Javi Herrera C 6-2 195 Fr Tennessee Miami, FL
Kevin Howard IF 6-3 185 So Miami Thousand Oaks, Ca.
Ryan Hubele UT 5-11 185 So Texas Paradise Valley, AZ
Carlos Quentin OF 6-2 210 Fr Stanford Chula Vista, Calif.
Omar Quintanilla IF 5-9 175 Fr Texas El Paso, Texas
Jeremy Reed IF 6-0 185 So Long Beach St. LaVerne, Calif.
Anthony Reyes RHP 6-1 205 So USC Whittier, Calif.
Royce Ring LHP 6-0 215 So San Diego St. San Diego, Calif.
Chris Snyder C 6-3 225 So Houston Houston, Texas
Nick Swisher IF 6-0 200 So Ohio St. Parkersburg, WV
Ben Thurmond RHP 6-0 170 So Winthrop

Hopkins, SC

Rickie Weeks OF 5-11 195 Fr Southern Alte Monte, Fla.
Bob Zimmerman RHP 6-5 225 Fr SW Missouri St. Creve Coeur, Mo.

Coaching Staff

Pat McMahon - Head Coach
Dusty Rhodes - Asst. Coach
North Florida
Paul Stevens - Asst. Coach
Bob Todd - Asst. Coach
Ohio State


Steve Cohen - Dir. of National Teams
USA Baseball
Chris Gebeck
Athletic Trainer
Dave Fanucchi
Press Officer

--Sun Devil Baseball--

Copy By Jeff R. Evans
ASU Media Relations

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