Listen, there’s only so many times that we can write about how good the Red Sox are on this website. Instead of the Red Sox, let’s take a look at a different form of baseball. I’m talking USA olympic baseball! The USA baseball roster came out today and it is something. With that being said, after looking at the roster carefully; here are three USA baseball roster surprises that I noticed!
USA Baseball Roster Surprise #1: NO JARREN DURAN?!
So Jarren Duran was left off of the Team USA roster. Why? That reason is beyond me! Duran is the number 29th ranked prospect in all of baseball right now. He has the speed and power to be one of the better outfielders in baseball within the next few years. Maybe it’s because I’m a diehard Red Sox fan. But something doesn’t feel right with Duran being left off of this roster!
USA Baseball Roster Surprise #2: Triston Casas Making the Roster
Another Red Sox prospect, Triston Casas, DID find his way onto the roster to represent the USA in the Tokyo olympics. In AA Portland, Casas is hitting .275 with four homeruns and 23 RBI’s in 36 games. He also has 38 strikeouts which is a little bit concerning. But nevertheless, good for Casas for representing the Red Sox organization down in Tokyo for the upcoming Olympics!
The Old Timers (Scott Kazmir and Todd Frazier) Also Making the Roster
Two names that stuck out to me were Scott Kazmir and Todd Frazier. Kazmir is a part of the Giants this season, where he’d appeared in only three games. It’s interesting that the three time All-star finds himself on the roster at age 37. Todd Frazier is a part of the Pirates, who is hitting 3-35 on the season. That’s good for a .086 batting average. So I don’t know what to make of these two being a part of the Team USA roster. Captains because of their big league experience? That’s about all I can think of!
This team looks pretty solid all around. There are definitely some surprises when it came out. But otherwise, I’m excited to see what this group can do to represent our country! Were there any other USA Baseball roster surprises that I missed? Feel free to let me know!
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-Al Nahigian (@BigAl2793 on Twitter)