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U.S. Baseball Team

Brent Abernathy | Kurt Ainsworth | Pat Borders | Sean Burroughs | Mike Coolbaugh
Travis Dawkins | Adam Everett | Ryan Franklin | Chris George | Shawn Gilbert
Matt Ginter | Shane Hearns | Marcus Jensen | Mike Kinkade | Rick Krivda
Doug Mientkiewicz | Mike Neill | Roy Oswalt | Jon Rauch | Anthony Sanders
Bobby Seay | Ben Sheets | C.C. Sabathia | Brad Wilkerson | Todd Williams
Ernie Young | Tim Young

 Brent Abernathy
Age: 22 Height: 6'1" Weight: 185
Birthdate: Sept. 23, 1977
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.

Position: Infielder

Accomplishments:

  • Rated the second-best pure hitter in June 1996 Draft by Baseball America
  • Second-round pick (44th overall) of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1996 June Draft
  • Led Southern League in at-bats, runs and hits in 1999, was third in league in stolen bases
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     Kurt Ainsworth
    Age: 22 Height: 6'3" Weight: 185
    Birthdate: Sept. 9, 1978
    Hometown: Kingwood, Texas

    Position: Pitcher

    Accomplishments:

  • First-round pick of the San Francisco Giants (24th overall) in June 1999 Draft
  • Went 3-3 with a 1.61 ERA and a complete game in rookie-league Salem-Keizer
  • Went 5-1 with a 1.08 ERA in final eight games at Single-A San Jose
  • Earned First-Team All-America honors for 1999 by Baseball America
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     Pat Borders
    Age: 37 Height: 6'2" Weight: 200
    Birthdate: May 14, 1963
    Hometown: Lake Wales, Fla.

    Position: Catcher

    Accomplishments:

  • 11-year Major League Baseball veteran
  • Hit in 16 straight postseason games, one short of the Major League record
  • Starting catcher for the 1992 and 1993 World Series champion Toronto Blue Jays
  • Named 1992 Most Improved Player by Toronto Chapter of the Basball Writers Association of America
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     Sean Burroughs
    Age: 20 Height: 6'2" Weight: 200
    Birthdate: Sept. 12, 1980
    Hometown: Long Beach, Calif.

    Position: Infielder

    Accomplishments:

  • Selected in the first round (ninth overall) of the 1998 June Free Agent Draft by the San Diego Padres
  • Named the top prospect heading into the 2000 season by Baseball America
  • Named San Diego Padres Minor League Player of the Year
  • Led all San Diego farm hands with a .363 average and ranked second in the organization with 85 RBI for Single-A Fort Wayne and Ranco Cucamonga
  • Led Long Beach to back-to-back Little League World Series championships in 1992 and '93
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     Mike Coolbaugh
    Age: 28 Height: 6'1" Weight: 190
    Birthdate: June 5, 1972
    Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

    Position: Coolbaugh

    Accomplishments:

  • Hit .276 with 16 home runs and 75 RBI in 1999 with the Columbus Clippers
  • Had a 15-game hitting streak, during which time he hit .456 (28 for 69)
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     Travis Dawkins
    Age: 21 Height: 6'1" Weight: 180
    Birthdate: May 12, 1979
    Hometown: Chappells, S.C.

    Position: Infielder

    Accomplishments:

  • Selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round of the June 1997 Free Agent Draft
  • Hit a combined .300, with 10 HR and 45 RBI, with 53 stolen bases and 80 runs in 108 games at AA Chattanooga and A Rockford
  • Made his Major League debut on Sept. 3 for Cincinnati as a defensive replacement for Barry Larkin
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     Adam Everett
    Age: 23 Height: 6'0" Weight: 156
    Birthdate: Feb. 2, 1977
    Hometown: Kennesaw, Ga.

    Position: Infielder

    Accomplishments:

  • Holds the University of South Carolina record for single-season assists by a shortstop with 218
  • Ranked as the best defensive player in the 1998 Draft by Baseball America
  • Hit his first home run as a professional in the fourth inning of June 28, 1999 game against Reading
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     Ryan Franklin
    Age: 27 Height: 6'3" Weight: 165
    Birthdate: March 5, 1973
    Hometown: Spiro, Okla.

    Position: Pitcher

    Accomplishments:

  • Selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 23rd round of the 1992 June Draft
  • Went 12-0 with a 2.99 ERA in 1993 at Seminole (OK) Junior College, raising his Junior College record to 20-0
  • Made his Major League debut on May 15, 1999 vs. Kansas City
  • Struck out 94 while walking 33 with Takoma in 1999
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     Chris George
    Age: 21 Height: 6'2" Weight: 190
    Birthdate: Sept. 16, 1979
    Hometown: Spring, Texas

    Position: Pitcher

    Accomplishments:

  • Selected in the first round of the 1998 Supplemental Draft by Kansas City
  • Went 15-0 as a prep All-American in 1998
  • Went 9-7 with a 3.60 ERA in 1999 in the Carolina League
  • Went 8-5 with a 3.14 ERA at Double-A Wichita and 2-2 with a 5.73 ERA in six starts at Triple-A Omaha
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     Shawn Gilbert
    Age: 25 Height: 5'9" Weight: 185
    Birthdate: March 12, 1965
    Hometown: Glendale, Ariz.

    Position: Outfielder

    Accomplishments:

  • Hit .300 for the first time in his career in 1999 for Triple-A Memphis Dukes
  • Had a 13-game hitting streak, in which he hit .404 (21-52)
  • Hit his first Major League homer July 3, 1997 for New York Mets against Florida Rob Stanifer
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     Matt White
    Age: 22 Height: 6'5" Weight: 215
    Hometown: South Pasadena, Florida

    Position: Pitcher

    Accomplishments:

  • Part of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' organization
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     Shane Hearns
    Age: 24 Height: 6'1" Weight: 175
    Birthdate: Sept. 29, 1975
    Hometown: Lambertville, Mich.

    Position: Pitcher

    Accomplishments:

  • Struck out 101 batters in 69.0 innings over 51 games for Class A West Michigan
  • Since coming to Western Michigan in April of 1998, he's struck out 174 batters in 116.1 innings
  • Made 14 straight appearances without allowing an earned run (April 24-May 30), allowing only four unearned runs in that span
  • Was converted from an outfielder to a pitcher in 1996 with the Arizona League Mariners
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     Marcus Jensen
    Age: 27 Height: 6'4" Weight: 204
    Birthdate: Dec. 14, 1972
    Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Position: Catcher

    Accomplishments:

  • Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, Jan. 13, 1999
  • Played for Team USA in Olympic Qualifying Tournament at Pan Am Games
  • Originally drafted by San Francisco in the first round (33rd overall) of the 1990 June Free Agent Draft
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     Mike Kinkade
    Age: 27 Height: 6'1" Weight: 210
    Birthdate: May 6, 1973
    Hometown: Tigard, Ore.

    Position: Catcher

    Accomplishments:

  • Originally selected by Milwaukee in the ninth round of the 1995 June Draft
  • Hit his first Major League homer on April 29, 1999, off San Diego's Dan Miceli
  • Was All-State in baseball and football at Tigard (OR) High School
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     Rick Krivda
    Age: 30 Height: 6'1" Weight: 185
    Birthdate: Jan. 19, 1970
    Hometown: McKeesport, Pa.

    Position: Pitcher

    Accomplishments:

  • Spent the 1999 season in Triple-A Omaha
  • Started with the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds during the 1998 season
  • Went 14-2 with a 3.39 ERA in 22 games (21 starts) with the Rochester Red Wings in 1997
  • Made 10 starts with Baltimore, going 7-3 in 1997
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     Doug Mientkiewicz
    Age: 26 Height: 6'2" Weight: 193
    Birthdate: June 19, 1974
    Hometown: Miami, Fla.

    Position: Infielder

    Accomplishments:

  • Had 87-game errorless streak to start the 1999 season
  • Selected to the College World Series All-Decade team of the '90s
  • Played for Team USA in 1994
  • Hit first Major League homer off Bryan Rekar at Tampa Bay, May 12, 1999
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     Mike Neill
    Age: 30 Height: 6'2" Weight: 200
    Birthdate: April 27, 1970
    Hometown: Seaford, Del.

    Position: Outfielders

    Accomplishments:

  • Spent the 1999 season with Triple-A Vancouver
  • Played for Team USAin 1999 Pan Am Games and had a pinch-hit RBI single in the tenth inning to beat Mexico and clinch an Olympic berth
  • Originally drafted by Oakland in the second round of the 1991 June Draft
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     Roy Oswalt
    Age: 23 Height: 6'0" Weight: 170
    Birthdate: August 19, 1977
    Hometown: Weir, Miss.

    Position: Pitcher

    Accomplishments:

  • Selected by the Houston Astros in the 23rd round of the 1999 June Draft
  • tied for third in the Midwest League with a club-high 13 wins
  • Was fourth in strikeouts and posted the fourth-lowest ERA (2.18) in the New York-Penn League
  • Struck out 27 while walking only one in 16 innings for the Gulf Coast Astros
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     Jon Rauch
    Age: 21 Height: 6'11" Weight: 230
    Birthdate: Sept. 27, 1978
    Hometown: Wesport, Ky.

    Position: Pitcher

    Accomplishments:

  • Led Winston-Salem with 11 wins and a 2.86 ERA before being promoted to Birmingham
  • Averaged 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings at Advance Rookie Bristol
  • Played collegiately at Morehead State University, where he led the team in strikeouts (103) and innings pitched (88) in 1999
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     Anthony Sanders
    Age: 26 Height: 6'2" Weight: 190
    Birthdate: March 2, 1974
    Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.

    Position: Outfielder

    Accomplishments:

  • Originally selected in the seventh round of the 1992 June Draft (205 overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays
  • Had a 16-game hitting streak from April 17-May 22, 1999, batting .371 (26-70)
  • Ranked 14th-bestprospect in Toronto organization by Baseball America following the 1998 season
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     Bobby Seay
    Age: 22 Height: 6'2" Weight: 221
    Birthdate: June 20, 1978
    Hometown: Sarasota, Fla.

    Position: Pitcher

    Accomplishments:

  • Split the 1999 season between Class-A St. Petersburg and AA Orlando, combinging for a 3-8 record with a career-low 4.14 ERA
  • Pitched for Team USA in the 1999 Pan Am Games, where he threw three scoreless innings in two games, walking one while striking out four
  • Selected by the Chicago white Sox in the first round of the 1997 June Draft
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     Ben Sheets
    Age: 22 Height: 6'1" Weight: 195
    Birthdate: July 18, 1978
    Hometown: St. Amant, La.

    Position: Pitcher

    Accomplishments:

  • Selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round (10th overall) of the 1999 June Free Agent Draft
  • Made his professional debut for Ogden on August 2, at Idaho Falls, allowing one hit while striking out eight in five innings
  • Has struck out an average 10.09 batters per nine innings in his 10 professional starts
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     C.C. Sabathia
    Age: 20 Height: 6'7" Weight: 235
    Birthdate: July 21, 1980
    Hometown: Vallejo, Calif.

    Position: Pitcher

    Accomplishments:

  • Selected by the Cleveland Indians in the first round (20th overall) of the 1998 Amateur Draft
  • Combined record in his three minor-league stops this season is 5-3 with 3.29 ERA in 16 starts. He allowed 47 hits in 68.1 innings, allowing 25 earned runs, walked 36 and struck out 76
  • Minor league hitters hit .198 off him, while lefties hit only .143
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     Brad Wilkerson
    Age: 23 Height: 6'0" Weight: 190
    Birthdate: June 1, 1977
    Hometown: Owensboro, Ky.

    Position: Outfielder

    Accomplishments:

  • Was the first-round pick of the Montreal Expos out of the University of Florida in the 1998 Draft
  • Appeared in 138 games his first year of pro ball in Harrisburg, hitting .235 with eight homers, 49 RBI, 21 doubles and 66 runs
  • Can pitch, play first base and the outfield
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     Todd Williams
    Age: 29 Height: 6'3" Weight: 210
    Birthdate: Feb. 13, 1971
    Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.

    Position: Pitcher

    Accomplishments:

  • Originally selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 54th round of the 1990 June Free Agent Draft
  • Pitched for Team USA in the 1999 Pan Am Games, allowing two hits in 5.1 innings. He also earned a save against Panama in quarterfinals
  • 1993 Pacific Coast League's Rolaids Relief Man Award
  • Named to 1998 International League All-Star Team after recording a 2.31 DRA and a league-high 26 saves in 53 appearances for Indianapolis
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     Ernie Young
    Age: 31 Height: 6'1" Weight: 234
    Birthdate: July 8, 1969
    Hometown: Mesa, Ariz.

    Position: Outfielder

    Accomplishments:

  • In 1999, hit .294 with 30 homers, 95 RBI in 126 games for Triple-A Tucson
  • Got his first big-league hit, a two-run double, on May 20, 1994 against Chicago's Roberto Hernandez
  • Spent first full season in majors as Oakland's regular centerfielder. Hit .242 with career-high 19 homers and committed only one error in 362 chances (third among A.L. outfielders)
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     Tim Young
    Age: 26 Height: 5'9" Weight: 170
    Birthdate: Oct. 15, 1973
    Hometown: Bristol, Fla.

    Position: Pitcher

    Accomplishments:

  • Signed by the Boston Red Sox as a minor league free agent in January 1999
  • Was 4-4 with two saves in 31 relief appearances for Double-A Trenton
  • Split the 1998 season between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Ottawa, going 4-4 in 46 appearances, with a 3.03 ERA, allowing 54 hits and 21 earned runs in 62.1 innings. He walked 22 and struck out 86
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