When ASU head baseball coach Tim Esmay and right-handed pitcher Ryan Burr trade in their Maroon and Gold for the Red, White and Blue this summer, it will mark the 15th year in which at least one Devil has played for our country.
ASU has placed a student-athlete on the USA Collegiate National Team for seven consecutive summers (every year since 2007), which is the longest active streak among all NCAA schools (Oregon State is a distant second at three).
Coach Esmay and Burr will report to the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., this week to begin working with their Team USA counterparts.
They embark on a pair of Summer Collegiate League Tours June 22-25 and June 27-July 2, before heading off to Japan on July 5. The team spends a week in Japan taking on teams in Matsuyama, Hiroshima, Utsunomiya and Tokyo, before returning to the States for a pair of games in Elgin, Ill., July 15-17.
The team concludes the summer with five games against Cuba across three states, including Des Moines, Iowa, Omaha Neb., Cary, N.C., and Durham, N.C., from July 18-23.
Burr is the 20th Devil to be represented on the Collegiate National Team, which is the fourth most among all NCAA schools, and he follows a long list of former Sun Devil baseball standouts.
Mike Leake (2008)
(from L-R) Jeff Larish and Dustin Pedroia (2003)
(from L-R) Petey Paramore and Brett Wallace (2007)