The squad is comprised of 24 players who have reached at least Double A and this group has eight players who saw Major League action this past summer. Team USA will take part in seven warm-up games with the teams of the Arizona Fall League starting on Thursday, October 25. Of note, Team USA will face the Mesa Solar Sox, the team comprised in part with Cardinals minor leaguers, on October 30. The team will then make its way to the Far East for the tournament, scheduled to begin November 6 and ending with the finals on November 18. The Americans will see their first action of the tournament on November 7 against Team Mexico.
The Cardinals have sent three of their top prospects to participate in the international field; catcher Bryan Anderson (the youngest player on the team), relief pitcher Chris Perez, and outfielder Colby Rasmus (the second youngest player on the team). Both Perez and Rasmus were scheduled to lead the Cardinals contingent in the Arizona Fall League before being named to Team USA. The Cardinals are the only team with three representatives on the American squad.
Anderson will be keeping a journal of his experiences at the Team USA website here.
Dustin Mattison can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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