LSU outfielder Dylan Crews named to USA Baseball 2021 Collegiate National Team


LSU infielder Dylan Crews (3) points to the sky after a home run during an NCAA baseball game against Nicholls on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

BATON ROUGE, La. – USA Baseball announced Thursday that LSU freshman outfielder Dylan Crews is part of the 45-man 2021 Collegiate National Team roster that will be split into two teams to compete in an 11-game Stars vs. Stripes intra-squad series starting on Friday.

Crews batted .362 this season at LSU with 16 doubles, two triples, 18 homers, 42 RBI, 64 runs and 12 steals, and he was named the Perfect Game National Collegiate Freshman of the Year.

“We are thrilled to have such a strong group representing the U.S. on the 2021 Collegiate National Team as we tour through the cities of the Appalachian League this summer,” said Eric Campbell, USA Baseball Collegiate National Team General Manager. “This year’s team offers a unique experience to play with, and against, some of the best collegiate baseball talent in the country in some of the best baseball communities, and we are looking forward to an incredible series.”

The U.S. roster is highlighted by eight USA Baseball alumni, including Crews and two other players that have competed for Team USA multiple times. Crews, Justin Campbell of Oklahoma State and Robert Moore of Arkansas have all suited up for the Red, White and Blue twice.

Crews and Moore were teammates, along with Tanner Witt of Texas, on the 2017 15U National Team that won gold at the COPABE Pan Am “AA” Championships. Crews was also part of the 2018 18U National Team that won the program’s eighth consecutive gold medal in international competition at the COPABE U-18 Pan American Championships.

Campbell helped the 2013 12U National Team win the program’s first-ever gold medal at the International Baseball Federation “A” World Cup, and Moore will also reunite with his 2014 12U National Team teammate Paul Skenes of Air Force on the 2021 Collegiate National Team.

The Collegiate National Team will not play an international opponent in 2021; instead, the Stars and Stripes will play an intra-squad series with 10 of their 11 games in the cities of the Appalachian League which is currently in its first season as a summer collegiate league as part of the Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP). The Appalachian League also serves as a national team pathway and identification event for the Collegiate National Team and other USA Baseball national teams.

Team USA will kick-off its tour on Friday in Danville Va., and will finish the series on Thursday, July 15, in Bluefield, W. Va. The U.S. will also play on the Fourth of July at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

The team will be led in 2021 by head coach Elliott Avent of North Carolina State. Avent, who just finished his 25th season as the head coach at NC State with an appearance in the 2021 College World Series, was named the manager of Team USA in April. He will be joined on staff by pitching coach Kevin O’Sullivan (Florida), as well as Bobby Austin (Mississippi State), Dan Hartleb (Illinois), Kobe Phillips (NC Central), Josh Pike (NC State), Alex Sogard (Wright State), Troy Tulowitzki (Texas) and Jerry Weinstein (Colorado Rockies).

The full 45-man 2021 Collegiate National Team Roster is as follows:

2021 Collegiate National Team Roster

(Name; Position; Hometown; School)

Hunter Barco; LHP; Jacksonville, Fla.; Florida

Dylan Beavers; OF; Paso Robles, Calif.; California

Jacob Berry; INF; Queen Creek, Ariz.; Arizona

Justin Campbell; RHP; Simi Valley, Calif.; Oklahoma State

Reggie Crawford; LHP/INF; Frackville, Pa.; UCONN

Dylan Crews; OF; Longwood, Fla.; LSU

Gavin Cross; OF; Bristol, Tenn.; Virginia Tech

Hayden Dunhurst; C; Carriere, Miss.; Ole Miss

Jackson Fristoe; RHP; Paducah, Ky.; Mississippi State

Drew Gilbert; LHP/OF; Stillwater, Minn.; Tennessee

Jacob Gonzalez; INF; Glendora, Calif.; Ole Miss

Caden Grice; 1B/LHP; Greer, S.C.; Clemson

Devereaux Harrison; OF/RHP; Vacaville, Calif.; Long Beach State

Sam Highfill; RHP/INF; Apex, N.C.; NC State

Gabe Hughes; RHP; Eagle, Idaho; Gonzaga

Brock Jones; OF; Fresno, Calif.; Stanford

Jace Jung; INF; Flower Mound, Texas; Texas Tech

Brooks Lee; INF; San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Cal Poly

Ethan Long; INF/RHP; Gilbert, Ariz.; Arizona State

Sean McLain; INF; Tustin, Calif.; Arizona State

Parker Messick; LHP; Plant City, Fla.; Florida State

Robert Moore; INF; Leawood, Kan.; Arkansas

Aaron Nixon; RHP/INF; McAllen, Texas; Texas

Carson Palmquist; LHP; Fort Myers, Fla.; Miami

Kevin Parada; C; Pasadena, Calif.; Georgia Tech

Will Sanders; RHP; Atlanta, Ga.; South Carolina

Nate Savino; LHP; Sterling, Va.; Virginia

Landon Sims; RHP; Cumming, Ga.; Mississippi State

Paul Skenes; C/RHP; Lake Forest, Calif.; Air Force

Jordan Sprinkle; INF; Palm Springs, Calif.; UC Santa Barbara

Brandon Sproat; RHP; Pace, Fla.; Florida

Adam Stone; RHP; Stamford, Conn.; Harvard

Daniel Susac; C; Roseville, Calif.; Arizona

Logan Tanner; C; Lucedale, Miss.; Mississippi State

Kyle Teel; C/INF; Mahwah, N.J.; Virginia

Drew Thorpe; RHP; Washington, Utah; Cal Poly

Blade Tidwell; RHP; Loretto, Tenn.; Tennessee

Carter Trice; INF; Mechanicsville, Va.; Old Dominion

Chris Villaman; LHP/INF; High Point, N.C.; NC State

Jack Washburn; RHP; Webster, Wisc.

Carson Whisenhunt; LHP; Mocksville, N.C.; East Carolina

Josh White; RHP; Danville, Calif.; California

Jaxon Wiggins; RHP; Roland, Okla.; Arkansas

Tanner Witt; RHP/INF; Houston, Texas; Texas

Matthew Wyatt; RHP; Towson, Md.; Virginia

(Press release provided by LSU Athletics)

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