Hulett named to World Cup squad
Royals infielder will play for the U.S. team in September
SEATTLE -- Infielder Tug Hulett, in his first year with the Royals organization, was named to the 2009 U.S. World Cup team on Thursday by USA Baseball.
He was the only Royals player among the 23 named to the team, which includes only players not on the Major League 25-man rosters. The USA team is being managed by Royals coach Eddie Rodriguez with ex-Royals player Jamie Quirk as the bench coach.
Hulett, batting .292 in 94 games for Triple-A Omaha, has 11 home runs and 53 RBIs. He's played primarily at second base but has also seen action at shortstop, third base and outfield and has just three errors. In 11 games with the Royals, he batted .071 (1-for-14) with one RBI.
The most represented organizations were the Phillies and White Sox with three players each and the Pirates and Rangers with two each. Former Royals pitcher Nate Field, now with the Marlins organization, is also on the team -- which begins training on Sept. 2 and opens in the 20-team tournament on Sept. 10 against Venezuela at Regensburg, Germany.
The U.S. team won the 2007 title with a 9-1 record. That roster included several current Major Leaguers such as Rays third baseman Evan Longoria and Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.