Paul Mainieri probably isn’t much of a poker player.
The LSU coach wasn’t authorized to make any official announcements about who would be joining his Team USA roster this summer, but he dropped approximately a dozen hints that his trio of returning stars would have an experience in store for them in the coming weeks.
Now it is official. Outfielders Zach Watson and Antoine Duplantis and pitcher Zack Hess have been officially added to the roster for the USA Collegiate National Team, for which Mainieri is the head coach.
“Certainly, I’m very pleased that Antoine, Zack and Zach will be with Team USA this summer,” Mainieri said via an official release. “They are great ball players and first-class young men that will represent our country with dignity. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime for them, and they will benefit tremendously from the experience.”
The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in three international friendship series this summer, beginning with the 18th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series that will be held in North Carolina from June 28 – July 2.
The U.S. will then compete in the 42nd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 3-9 in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina; and the 7th USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in Cuba from July 13-18.