Aumont Joins Canada, Bruce leaves USA
Posted Oct. 19, 2007 3:13 pm by Ben Badler
Filed under: Daily Dish, World Cup
USA Baseball announced today that Reds outfielder Jay Bruce, Baseball America’s 2007 Minor League Player of the Year, will not be on the team’s World Cup roster
Devil Rays outfielder Justin Ruggiano will take Bruce’s spot on the team. The 25-year-old Ruggiano hit .309/.386/.502 for Triple-A Durham with 20 homers and 26 stolen bases in 2007.
The Americans made a couple of other roster changes as well. The team added 25-year-old righthander Matt Wright, who pitched for Triple-A Omaha (Royals) this season. Wright went 10-5, 4.06 in the Pacific Coast League, walking only 40 batters in 137 1/3 innings. Wright replaces lefthander Heath Phillips (White Sox) on the roster.
Lefthander Neal Musser, a reliever who split time between Omaha and Kansas City in 2007, will also join the USA team. In 55 1/3 Triple-A innings, Musser held down a 0.49 ERA, including a stretch of 42 2/3 innings without surrendering an earned run. He appeared in 24 2/3 innings for Kansas City, posting a 4.38 ERA.
“Due to unanticipated scheduling conflicts for both Heath Phillips and Jay Bruce they will be unable to participate on the 2007 USA Baseball World Cup Team
" USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler said in an e-mail. "Justin Ruggiano and Matt Wright have been added to fill the roster spots, and we are fortunate to have two such quality individuals available to join our team.”
Baseball Canada also released its 2007 World Cup roster, which features several younger talents, including six players who are 21 years old or younger. […] Continue Reading »