Ex-Stanford baseball player Cord Phelps reportedly headed for Team USA


Former Stanford baseball player Cord Phelps could be playing for Team USA when it competes in the Pan American Games/World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico beginning Oct. 1.

According to reports by Baseball America, Phelps has agreed to play for Team USA. An infielder, currently plays for the Cleveland Indians' Triple-A affiliate in Akron. He has a .308 career average over 2 1/2 minor league seasons.

Phelps, along with former Cardinal outfielder Michael Taylor -- currently an Oakland A's prospect -- were named by Baseball America's Jim Callis earlier this month as the top rookies for 2011. Neither has played in the Majors.

Stanford currently has 12 players in Major League Baseball this season, with Jason Castro (Astros) and Drew Storen (Nationals) making their debuts this season. Stanford has sent 86 players to the Major League, dating to 1904.

Phelps began the year in Double-A Colorado Springs, batting .319 over 61 games with 17 doubles and a .509 slugging percentage, before being promoted to Akron, where he is hitting .296 with 25 runs in 53 games.

He is a former third-round pick out of Stanford in 2008, batting .307 with 115 career runs and 91 career RBI over 156 games. He finished his junior season in 2008, during the team's College World Series run, batting .351 with 76 runs and 58 RBI.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Sports Information

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