Jake Peter might need his passport for more than just a trip to Canada this summer.
The Creighton second baseman from Mason City, Iowa, has been invited to Team USA’s training camp. If he makes the roster, he’ll head for Japan as part of the national team’s tour of that country in early July.
“We had to get passports to play in the Northwoods League this summer because one of the teams is in Canada,” Peter said. “I’m really glad I got one now.”
Peter will report Thursday to the national team’s training facility in Cary, N.C., to begin the tryout camp that will last about 10 days. The final roster will be set shortly before the team leaves July 3 for Japan.
Peter naturally was excited when he received the invitation. He had been playing at Wausau, Wis., in the collegiate Northwoods League.
“I had an idea that I might be invited, but some things had to fall in place,” Peter said. “I’m excited to get the chance to possibly represent my country.
“I’m going to go out there, play my game and try to hold my own.”
Jim Schlossnagle of Texas Christian is the team’s head coach, with Creighton coach Ed Servais serving as one assistant. Servais will coach first base and be in charge of the defense.
“Coach Servais told me they want me to play second and short, and that I might pitch a little bit, too,” Peter said. “The pitching isn’t a priority, but they’re going to give me a chance to show my versatility.”
Peter developed into a valuable two-way player for the Bluejays as a sophomore. He led Creighton with a .350 batting average and 35 RBIs. He also was the Bluejays’ closer, collecting six saves and two wins in 14 appearances.
Peter was a finalist for the John Olerud two-way player of the year award as well as a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award, created this year to honor college baseball’s “breakout player of the year.”
Among other players invited to Team USA’s training camp are several playing in the College World Series. That group includes Louisiana State shortstop Alex Bregman and pitcher Aaron Nola, Louisville pitcher Nick Burdi, Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto, North Carolina State pitcher Carlos Rodon and North Carolina outfielder Skye Bolt.
“You look at the roster and there are All-Americans up and down it,” Peter said. “This definitely will give me a chance to see where I stack up with some of those guys.
“I think it could help me get an idea what I’m going to need to take my game to the next level.”
Peter could be the third Creighton athlete to play for his country this summer. Two-time basketball All-American Doug McDermott is a lock to make the U.S. team that will play at the World University Games, while Eric Miller is competing for the U.S. soccer team at the under-20 World Cup.
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