USA Baseball has unveiled the 28 players who will report to its Olympic qualifying training camp.
The roster features players considered among the best in the game not currently on a 40-man roster. It will be cut to 26 by May 30.
Among the players on the roster are several former All-Stars and current top prospects hoping to deliver a gold medal to the U.S. in baseball at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo.
Here’s what you need to know about the qualifying team and baseball at the Olympics.
Who is on the roster?
The roster is headlined by a few former top big leaguers such as three-time All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp, four-time All-Star catcher Matt Wieters, two-time All-Star Todd Frazier, All-Star reliever David Robertson and All-Star starting pitcher Edwin Jackson. Also among the names is Homer Bailey, who has twice thrown a no-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds, and World Series champions Jon Jay and Marc Rzepczynski.
There are also several of the game’s top prospects among those looking to represent the United States in the Olympics. Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas, Red Sox outfielder Jarren Duran, Cardinals pitcher Matthew Liberatore and Blue Jays hurler Simeon Woods Richardson are all ranked among the best minor leaguers in the sport and appear on the 28-man roster.
Here’s a full breakdown:
- Tim Federowicz, Dodgers (AAA)
- Mark Kolozsvary, Reds (AA)
- Matt Wieters, Free Agent
- Nick Allen, Athletics (AAA)
- Eddy Alvarez, Marlins (AAA)
- Triston Casas, Red Sox (AA)
- Logan Forsythe, Brewers (AAA)
- Todd Frazier, Free Agent
- Luke Williams, Phillies (AAA)
- Jarren Duran, Red Sox (AAA)
- Eric Filia, Mariners (AAA)
- Jon Jay, Angels (AAA)
- Matt Kemp, Free Agent
- Clayton Andrews, Brewers (AA)
- Anthony Gose, Indians (AAA)
- Trevor Lane, Yankees (AAA)
- Matthew Liberatore, Cardinals (AAA)
- Drew Parrish, Royals (A+)
- Marc Rzepczynski, Free Agent
- Homer Bailey, Free Agent
- Brandon Dickson, Free Agent
- Edwin Jackson, Free Agent
- DJ Johnson, Indians (AAA)
- David Robertson, Free Agent
- Joe Ryan, Rays (AAA)
- James Sherfy, Giants (AAA)
- Simeon Woods Richardson, Blue Jays (AA)
Who are the coaches?
Former Angels manager Mike Scioscia will manage the team, Jerry Weinstein will be the bench coach, Dave Wallace will be the pitching coach, Ernie Young will be the hitting and first-base coach, Darren Fenster will be the third base coach and Roly de Armas will be the team’s bullpen coach.
The United States will compete with Canada, Cuba, Colombia, the Dominican Republican, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and Venezuela in a tournament, with the winner receiving an automatic qualifier to move to the Olympics. The teams that place second and third will face Australia, Chinese Taipei and the Netherlands in a second qualifying tournamnet June 16-20 in Mexico with the winner earning the final qualifying bid.
Japan, Mexico, Israel and South Korea are the only four teams to earn a qualifying bid to the Olympics so far. The other two will come from the pair of tournaments.
When are the qualifiers?
The qualifying tournament will take place May 31 through June 5 in Florida. Team USA will face Nicaragua on May 31, the Dominican Republic on June 1 and Puerto Rico on June 2. The Super Round will be held on June 4 and June 5. All the games can be viewed on ESPN+.
The Olympics will then be held July 23 through Aug. 6 in Tokyo.