Cal Baseball: Andrew Vaughn Named to U.S. Team Hoping to Qualify for Tokyo Olympics

Jeff Faraudo

Former Cal star Andrew Vaughn, fresh off his first season as a professional, was named to to the 28-player USA Baseball roster for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12, a critical qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Vaughn, a veteran of USA Baseball, completed his final season at Cal last spring before being drafted No. 3 overall by the Chicago White Sox.

College baseball’s national player of the year as a sophomore in 2018, Vaughn is rated as the No. 21 minor league prospect by MLB Pipeline, one of seven top-100 prospects on the U.S. roster.

Vaughn began his 2019 summer with the White Sox's Arizona rookie team, then was prompted to the franchise's low-A and high-A level teams.

The U.S. will begin the WBSC Premier12 in Guadalajara, Mexico, from November 2-4 as a member of Group A with the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Netherlands. The top two nations from Group A will advance to the Super Round in Tokyo from November 11-16.

The tournament is the first opportunity for Team USA to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The top finisher from both the Americas territory and Asia/Oceania territory (excluding Japan) will join host-country Japan and WBSC Baseball Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifier champion Israel in the six-team Olympic tournament.

The final two Olympic berths will be decided in March 2020.

Four-time World Series Champion Joe Girardi was named the manager of the Premier12 roster in August.

The team will train in Surprise, Arizona, from October 21-28 at the Kansas City Royals Spring Training facility before traveling to Mexico for the opening round of the Premier12.

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