Baylor sophomore catcher Shea Langeliers will represent the green and gold in red white and blue this summer, for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
Langeliers is the first Bear to be selected to the team since Kendall Volz in 2008. Langeliers’ Head Coach, Steve Rodriguez, played and coached for the National Team and could not have been more excited for his sophomore catcher.
“When they gave us the official invitation you could just see his eyes light up,” Rodriguez said. “It’s one of those things that you don’t have an opportunity to do a whole lot, so when you get that opportunity it’s pretty amazing. I think it’s big for this program because it shows the talent level that we’re producing here. Not to mention, I think it’s a very special thing, and it’s a very elite group he’s going to be a part of.”
Langeliers said he wasn’t sure why he was called into Rodriguez’ office on Wednesday but soon found out, and he is now looking forward to representing the United States this summer.
“He was being all serious at first, and told me to sit down,” he said. “Then he stood up and shook my hand, and told me congratulations. It was just one of those moments you feel really happy. It’s going to be an honor to play for that team this summer.”
Recent Collegiate National Team alumni include Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros and Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs.