Jacob Gonzalez Invited to USA Baseball Collegiate National Team for Second Consecutive Year
DURHAM, N.C. – (Release) Ole Miss shortstop Jacob Gonzalez has been invited to the 2022 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, which will be managed by Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco this summer.
It is the second-consecutive season that Gonzalez will don the Stars and Stripes. The California native was one of three Rebels invited to last season’s Collegiate National Team, joining Derek Diamond and Hayden Dunhurst. At least one Rebel has been selected to the Team USA in each of the last five seasons.
The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training Camp will feature 48-50 of the premier non-draft eligible college players for a five-game Stars vs. Stripes intrasquad series in North Carolina from June 30 – July 4. USA Baseball will name a final, 26-man Collegiate National Team roster after Training Camp that will represent the United States at Honkbalweek Haarlem in the Netherlands from July 9–15.
A First Team All-SEC selection at shortstop, Gonzalez has met rising expectations after a stellar true freshman season in 2021. This season, the Glendora High School product has done it all for the Rebels, scoring 57 runs to rank eighth in the SEC during the regular season, hammering 16 home runs to rank 10th.
When not pummeling pitches out of the park, Gonzalez has shown a tremendous eye at the plate, ranking fifth in the SEC with 44 walks during the regular season. The sophomore owns a .415 on-base percentage this season, reaching base in each of the last 20 games, and ranks second on the team with a .597 slugging percentage.
A top 2023 MLB Draft prospect, Gonzalez also excels in the field. In addition to making countless highlight-reel plays either deep in the hole or up the middle, the sophomore owns a .947 fielding percentage and has contributed to 19 double plays this season.
Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn’s love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship. Evelyn created the Rebel Walk in 2013 and has served as publisher and managing editor since its inception.