Frazier Invited to USA Baseball Team Trials

Rutgers University sophomore shortstop Todd Frazier (Toms River, NJ) has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2006 USA Baseball National Team Trials, the club announced on Tuesday. Todd Frazier is one of 20 ...

Todd Frazier is one of 20 standout collegiate players from around the nation to accept an invitation to play in USA Baseball's National Team Trials. The Trials will be held June 22-July 1 with exhibition games against teams from the New England Collegiate League. The USA Baseball National Team will select from a pool of 36 players, of which an additional 16 will be announced at a later date. The official 22-man roster will be unveiled July 2.

"Todd is a very talented player with a proven pedigree of success on the diamond," said veteran Rutgers head coach Fred Hill. "We feel he is deserving of a spot on the USA Baseball National Team. He has contributed in every way to the success of our team this season. His numbers don't lie, he is an exceptional athlete that has realized his tremendous potential."

A Freshman All-American last season, Frazier has increased his offensive production as a sophomore in 2006. He earned his second selection to the BIG EAST Baseball Honor Roll last week after belting three home runs and driving in seven total runs in four games on the week. Frazier earned All-BIG EAST honors last season and was selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST team this year.

He currently leads the team and ranks ninth in the BIG EAST in overall hitting with a .372 batting average, while ranking among the league leaders in seven other offensive categories, including stolen bases (second), on-base percentage (fifth), walks (t-fifth), runs scored (t-fifth), total bases (t-sixth), hits (t-seventh) and slugging percentage (10th). In conference play, Frazier ranks fourth in the league in hitting with a .427 batting average. The sophomore owns Rutgers team highs in nearly every offensive category.

Frazier has started every single game during his first two seasons with the Scarlet Knights and is approaching the top-10 in several career categories.

Todd, who was drafted by the Colorado Rockies out of high school, is the younger brother of former Rutgers All-American and current Detroit Tigers prospect Jeff Frazier, who played for the Scarlet Knights from 2002-2004. Todd's oldest brother, Charlie, played in the Florida Marlins organization.

Frazier's invitation to participate in the USA Baseball National Team Trials is the first association with the National Team by a Scarlet Knight since former All-American pitcher Bobby Brownlie posted a 7-0 record with a 0.84 ERA as Team USA's top pitcher in the summer of 2000. Brownlie was the first selection of the Chicago Cubs and 21st overall pick of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. He is currently pitching for the Cubs' Double AA affiliate, West Tennessee Diamond Jazz.

"The National Team is defined by athlete performance in the college game," said USA Baseball General Manager of National Teams Eric Campbell. "This short list of invitees to the trials represents non-draft eligible players who's 2006 performance on the field has warranted an invite to the trials."

The 2006 USA Baseball National Team will look to defend their FISU World University Baseball Championship this August in Havana, Cuba. Team USA will also participate in the 35th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship Series here in the USA, July 25-29 and several Friendship Series at their home ballpark - Durham Bulls Athletic Park this summer. USA Baseball will announce a full National Team game schedule at a later date.

In 2005 Frazier earned Freshman All-American honors as recognized by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.

More Honors:
Third Team All-BIG EAST
First Team All-State (NJCBA)

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