On Sunday, USA Baseball announced the full Team USA roster that will attempt to qualify for the Tokyo Summer Olympics, which begin in late July. The training camp roster includes 28 players, which will be reduced to 26 before qualifying play begins. To be eligible for inclusion, a player cannot presently be on any MLB team's 40-man roster.
Here's a look at all 28 names, alphabetized by surname:
|Nick Allen||INF||R/R||5-8||166||San Diego, Calif.||Oakland Athletics (AAA)|
|Eddy Alvarez||INF||S/R||5-9||185||Miami, Fla.||Miami Marlins (AAA)|
|Clayton Andrews||LHP||L/L||5-6||160||Petaluma, Calif.||Milwaukee Brewers (AA)|
|Homer Bailey||RHP||R/R||6-4||223||LaGrange, Texas||Free Agent|
|Jonathan Bowlan||RHP||R/R||6-6||240||Arlington, Texas||Kansas City Royals (AA)|
|Tristan Casas||INF||L/R||6-4||250||Pembroke Pines, Fla.||Boston Red Sox (AA)|
|Brandon Dickson||RHP||R/R||6-5||190||Montgomery, Ala.||Free Agent|
|Jarren Duran||OF||L/R||6-2||210||Corona, Calif.||Boston Red Sox (AAA)|
|Tim Federowicz||C||R/R||5-10||215||Erie, Pa.||Los Angeles Dodgers (AAA)|
|Eric Filia||OF||L/L||6-0||190||Carlsbad, Calif.||Seattle Mariners (AAA)|
|Logan Forsythe||INF||L/L||6-3||225||Kansas City, Mo.||Milwaukee Brewers (AAA)|
|Todd Frazier||INF||R/R||6-2||215||Point Pleasant, N.J.||Free Agent|
|Anthony Gose||LHP||L/L||6-0||200||Bellflower, Calif.||Cleveland Indians (AAA)|
|Edwin Jackson||RHP||R/R||6-2||215||Neu-Ulm, Germany||Free Agent|
|Jon Jay||OF||L/L||5-11||200||Miami, Fla.||Los Angeles Angels (AAA)|
|DJ Johnson||RHP||L/R||6-4||230||Beaverton, Ore.||Cleveland Indians (AAA)|
|Matt Kemp||OF||R/R||6-4||225||Midwest City, Oka.||Free Agent|
|Mark Kolozsvary||C||R/R||5-8||180||Eustis, Fla.||Cincinnati Reds (AA)|
|Trevor Lane||LHP||L/L||5-11||185||North Bend, Wash.||New York Yankees (AAA)|
|Matthew Liberatore||LHP||L/L||6-4||200||Peoria, Ariz.||St. Louis Cardinals (AAA)|
|Drew Parrish||LHP||L/L||5-11||200||Cape Canaveral, Fla.||Kansas City Royals (A+)|
|David Robertson||RHP||R/R||5-11||195||Birmingham, Ala.||Free Agent|
|Joe Ryan||RHP||R/R||6-2||205||San Francisco, Calif.||Tampa Bay Rays (AAA)|
|Marc Rzepczynski||LHP||L/L||6-2||220||Oak Lawn, Ill.||Free Agent|
|James Sherfy||RHP||R/R||6-0||175||Thousand Oaks, Calif.||San Francisco Giants (AAA)|
|Matt Wieters||C||S/R||6-5||235||Charleston, S.C.||Free Agent|
|Luke Williams||INF||R/R||6-1||186||Park Ridge, Ill.||Philadelphia Phillies (AAA)|
|Simeon Woods Richardson||RHP||R/R||6-3||210||Sugar Land, Texas||Toronto Blue Jays (AA)|
If you've followed Major League Baseball recently, then a number of names will be familiar -- Matt Kemp, Todd Frazier, Matt Wieters, Homer Bailey, Edwin Jackson, Jon Jay, and Logan Forsythe among them. Notable prospects include lefty Matthew Liberatore, whom our R.J. Anderson ranked No. 44 on his preseason list of the top 50 prospects in all of baseball. Nick Allen is one of the top defensive shortstops in the minors, and Triston Casas, Jarren Duran, and Simeon Woods Richardson also have significant long-term upside.
Mike Scioscia will manage Team USA, and his coaching staff includes Jerry Weinstein (bench coach), Dave Wallace (pitching coach), Ernie Young (hitting and first base coach), Darren Fenster (third base coach), and Roly de Armas (bullpen coach).
Host team Japan has already qualified for Olympic baseball competition this year, as has Mexico, Israel, and South Korea. The U.S. will be competing with the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Canada, Venezuela, Colombia, and Nicaragua in the qualifying tournament in Florida that begins May 31. The winner of that tournament will claim the fifth spot in the Olympics. The second- and third-place teams from that tournament will then compete with Australia, Taiwan, and the Netherlands for the sixth and final Olympic berth. So in essence, Team USA is one of 11 teams vying for two remaining spots.