Team USA Olympic qualifying baseball roster includes Matt Kemp, Todd Frazier, Homer Bailey

On Sunday, USA Baseball announced the full Team USA roster that will attempt to qualify for the Tokyo Summer Olympics, which begin in late July. The training camp roster includes 28 players, which will be reduced to 26 before qualifying play begins. To be eligible for inclusion, a player cannot presently be on any MLB team‘s 40-man roster. 

Here’s a look at all 28 names, alphabetized by surname:

Nick Allen INF R/R 5-8 166 San Diego, Calif. Oakland Athletics (AAA)
Eddy Alvarez INF S/R 5-9 185 Miami, Fla. Miami Marlins (AAA)
Clayton Andrews  LHP L/L 5-6 160 Petaluma, Calif. Milwaukee Brewers (AA)
Homer Bailey RHP R/R 6-4 223 LaGrange, Texas Free Agent
Jonathan Bowlan RHP R/R 6-6 240 Arlington, Texas Kansas City Royals (AA)
Tristan Casas INF L/R 6-4 250 Pembroke Pines, Fla. Boston Red Sox (AA)
Brandon Dickson RHP R/R 6-5 190 Montgomery, Ala. Free Agent
Jarren Duran OF L/R 6-2 210 Corona, Calif. Boston Red Sox (AAA)
Tim Federowicz C R/R 5-10 215 Erie, Pa. Los Angeles Dodgers (AAA)
Eric Filia OF L/L 6-0 190 Carlsbad, Calif. Seattle Mariners (AAA)
Logan Forsythe INF L/L 6-3 225 Kansas City, Mo. Milwaukee Brewers (AAA)
Todd Frazier INF R/R 6-2 215 Point Pleasant, N.J. Free Agent
Anthony Gose LHP L/L 6-0 200 Bellflower, Calif. Cleveland Indians (AAA)
Edwin Jackson RHP R/R 6-2 215 Neu-Ulm, Germany Free Agent
Jon Jay OF L/L 5-11 200 Miami, Fla. Los Angeles Angels (AAA)
DJ Johnson RHP L/R 6-4 230 Beaverton, Ore. Cleveland Indians (AAA)
Matt Kemp OF R/R 6-4 225 Midwest City, Oka. Free Agent
Mark Kolozsvary C R/R 5-8 180 Eustis, Fla. Cincinnati Reds (AA)
Trevor Lane LHP L/L 5-11 185 North Bend, Wash. New York Yankees (AAA)
Matthew Liberatore LHP L/L 6-4 200 Peoria, Ariz. St. Louis Cardinals (AAA)
Drew Parrish LHP L/L 5-11 200 Cape Canaveral, Fla. Kansas City Royals (A+)
David Robertson RHP R/R 5-11 195 Birmingham, Ala. Free Agent
Joe Ryan RHP R/R 6-2 205 San Francisco, Calif. Tampa Bay Rays (AAA)
Marc Rzepczynski LHP L/L 6-2 220 Oak Lawn, Ill. Free Agent
James Sherfy RHP R/R 6-0 175 Thousand Oaks, Calif. San Francisco Giants (AAA)
Matt Wieters C S/R 6-5 235 Charleston, S.C. Free Agent
Luke Williams INF R/R 6-1 186 Park Ridge, Ill. Philadelphia Phillies (AAA)
Simeon Woods Richardson RHP R/R 6-3 210 Sugar Land, Texas Toronto Blue Jays (AA)

If you’ve followed Major League Baseball recently, then a number of names will be familiar — Matt Kemp, Todd Frazier, Matt Wieters, Homer Bailey, Edwin Jackson, Jon Jay, and Logan Forsythe among them. Notable prospects include lefty Matthew Liberatore, whom our R.J. Anderson ranked No. 44 on his preseason list of the top 50 prospects in all of baseball. Nick Allen is one of the top defensive shortstops in the minors, and Triston Casas, Jarren Duran, and Simeon Woods Richardson also have significant long-term upside. 

Mike Scioscia will manage Team USA, and his coaching staff includes Jerry Weinstein (bench coach), Dave Wallace (pitching coach), Ernie Young (hitting and first base coach), Darren Fenster (third base coach), and Roly de Armas (bullpen coach). 

Host team Japan has already qualified for Olympic baseball competition this year, as has Mexico, Israel, and South Korea. The U.S. will be competing with the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Canada, Venezuela, Colombia, and Nicaragua in the qualifying tournament in Florida that begins May 31. The winner of that tournament will claim the fifth spot in the Olympics. The second- and third-place teams from that tournament will then compete with Australia, Taiwan, and the Netherlands for the sixth and final Olympic berth. So in essence, Team USA is one of 11 teams vying for two remaining spots.

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