Turner, Rodon to represent USA again
Posted May 1, 2013
Cary, N.C. — For the second consecutive year, North Carolina State sophomores Trea Turner and Carlos Rodon will suit up for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
Turner lead the USA team in hits, runs, walks, and on-base percentage last year. Turner drew 16 walks in 18 games, hit .315, lead the squad with a .479 on-base percentage and scored 18 runs.
"It's an honor to be asked back for another year with Team USA," Turner said. "The experiences I had last year were valuable, and helped me prepare for my sophomore year."
Rodon made five appearances for Team USA in 2012, going 2-0 over 19 innings. He struck out 21, walked seven and allowed three earned runs for a 1.42 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.
Both Baseball America and Perfect Game named Rodon the top prospect on the 2012 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
"It's great to have another chance to represent Team USA," Rodon said. "The experience meant a lot to me last year. This opportunity gives us a chance to prove ourselves against the best players in the country, then the best players in the world. I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Rodon and Turner are the first Wolfpack players to play for back-to-back collegiate national teams. Last year, the pair marked the first players from NC State to earn a roster spot since Eric Surkamp in 2007.
Andy Barkett, Pat Clougherty, and Terry Harvey made the 1993 squad, the only time the Pack has had more players on a single collegiate national team.
NC State head coach Elliott Avent was part of the 2004 Team USA coaching staff that won a gold medal at the World University Games in Chinese Taipei.
"I've always believed that if you're asked to represent your country, it's an honor and a privilege,” Avent said. “I'm proud that Trea and Carlos share that belief. They are seizing the opportunity to improve as players, challenge themselves as individuals, and help USA Baseball grow our game on a worldwide scale."