John Mayberry, Jr. And Danny Putnam Invited To 2003 USA National Team Trials
June 11, 2003
Durham, N.C. - Stanford freshman infielder John Mayberry, Jr. (Kansas City, MO/Rockhurst HS) and sophomore outfielder Danny Putnam (Escondido, CA/Rancho Bernardo HS) have been selected as two of the final nine invitees to the 2003 USA Baseball National Team Trials to be held June 21-27 in Tucson, Arizona. The final USA National Team roster will be selected from a pool of 36 players. A complete list of the 26 selections can be accessed at usabaseball.com.
The two Stanford players join National Freshman of the Year and teammate Mark Romanczuk (Newark, DE/St. Mark's HS), who was invited to participate in the trials on May 8.
Mayberry has earned Freshman All-American honors in his rookie season, contributing a .297 batting average with six doubles, six triples, four homers, 33 RBI and five stolen bases. The son of former Major League Baseball player John Mayberry, he was a first round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners in the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft but did not sign a professional baseball contract and began his collegiate career at Stanford.
Putnam has earned All-Pac-10 honors and been one of Stanford's offensive leaders the entire season, ranking second on the team in homers (14, #8T Pac-10), RBI (57, #10 Pac-10) and slugging percentage (.640), as well as third in batting average (.355) and on-base percentage (.429). Putnam paces the team with 12 postseason RBI in five games and ties for the squad's postseason homer lead with three. He also earned a spot on the Regional All-Tournament squad.Stanford has produced 20 members of the USA National Team in the history of the program, more than any other collegiate baseball program in the nation. Four current Stanford players - Tim Cunningham (2001), Sam Fuld (2001, '02), Ryan Garko (2002) and Carlos Quentin (2001, '02) - have previously participated with Team USA.
Stanford (46-15) is back in the College World Series for the fifth consecutive season and the 15th time in school history. The Cardinal will play South Carolina (44-20) on ESPN2 in first game of the 2003 CWS this Friday, June 13 (1 pm, CT/11 am, PT). Stanford, the No. 6 national seed, enters the CWS with a season-high-tying nine-game win streak and has won 18 of its last 19 games overall. The Cardinal won the outright regular season Pac-10 title for the first time since 1999 with an 18-6 conference mark.