June 25, 2009
Clemson, SC – Clemson rising sophomore infielder Brad Miller was one of 22 players named to the 2009 USA Baseball National Collegiate Team roster on Wednesday night. The team was selected after 10 days of trials that included eight intrasquad games and practices at the USA Baseball National Team training complex in Cary, NC.
Miller, who was one of six infielders named to the squad, is the first active Tiger named to the USA National Team since 2006, when lefthander Daniel Moskos represented the Red, White, & Blue. Miller also joins outfielder Patrick Boyd (1998,00), righthander Ryan Mottl (1998), and infielder Jeff Baker (2000,01) as active Tigers to make the National Team since 1998.
Tthe National Team will stay in Durham and Cary, NC to compete in two international friendship series against Canada and Guatemala in late June and early July. Then later in July, the National Team will travel to Japan to participate in the 37th-annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championships before traveling to British Columbia for the 2009 Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline World Baseball Challenge. The team is led by Head Coach Rick Jones (Tulane) along with Assistant Coaches Mike Kennedy (Elon), Dan McDonnell (Louisville), and Rob Cooper (Wright State).
Miller had a solid freshman season as the everyday shortstop at Clemson in 2009, as he hit .273 with 49 runs, six doubles, one triple, three homers, 36 RBIs, a .405 on-base percentage thanks to a team-high and school-freshman-record 53 walks, and a team-high 16 stolen bases. The Windermere, FL native was one of only three Tigers to start all 66 games and became the first Tiger freshman to start every game since 2005.
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