Rock Hill High School rising junior Isaac Rodgers will head to Richmond, Va., this weekend to compete in the second round of the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series. The series of events helps USA Baseball identify prospects for its teams that compete globally in a number of competitions.
“I’m still a little surprised,” he said. “You look up to guys who have played USA Baseball growing up and it’s kind of amazing to think I could be walking in their shoes. I could be pitching from the same mound as Stephen Strasburg.”
The tryouts are held regionally. The Carolinas are in the Mid-Atlantic region, consisting of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and Maryland. Rodgers, who attended a tryout at Belmont Abbey College in June, received the invitation to advance in early July. The second round tryout is July 29 to 31 in Richmond.
Rodgers, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound pitcher and outfielder, has been busy this summer playing in showcase and tournament competitions. He’ll play in a Durham area tournament at N.C. State, Duke, War Memorial Stadium and several other Triangle-area facilities before heading to Richmond on Sunday night to prepare for the USA Baseball events that start Monday.