Gibson named to U.S. national baseball team

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 | 8:00 p.m. CDT; updated 4:25 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Missouri pitcher Kyle Gibson will represent the United States this summer after being named to the 2008 National Team on Tuesday. The National Team is made up of the top non-draft eligible college players in the county. In collegiate baseball, players become eligible for the MLB draft after their junior year.

Although the team participates in international competitions, it does not take part in the Olympics. The Olympic team is made up of professional players who are not listed on the 25-man roster of any MLB team.

Gibson, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, earned a spot on the 20-man roster after two weeks of trials that included 10 games in six different states. He went 1-1 in two starts during the trials, giving up six earned runs in eight innings pitched.

In his most recent appearance before the team was announced, Gibson pitched a scoreless inning of relief Monday during an intra-squad game.

Gibson went 9-4 last season for the Tigers with a 3.84 ERA. The right-hander is already expected to be drafted early in the first round of next year’s MLB draft and is considered a possibility for the No. 1 overall pick.

Missouri sophomore outfielder Aaron Senne was also one of 36 collegiate players invited to the National Team trials. Although he was not named to the team Tuesday, he could be later this week when the final two members of the team are announced.

Senne batted .286 in eight games during the trials and hit three home runs.

The National Team will begin its international schedule with the first game of a six-game series today against Chinese Taipei in Greenville, S.C. The team will then travel to the Netherlands, Germany and eventually the Czech Republic to participate in the World Collegiate Baseball Championship.

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