Former Matador Pitcher Chuckie Fick Named to Team USA
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. –
Former Cal State Northridge pitcher Chuckie Fick has been named to the Team USA 2011 World Cup/Pan Am Qualifying roster, USA Baseball announced on Thursday. The team will compete in both the IBAF Baseball World Cup in Panama City, Panama, Oct. 2-15 and Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct. 20-25.
The U.S. roster consists of 24 players not currently on Major League Baseball 40-man rosters.
"Being selected to represent the United States in international competition is great honor. We are proud of Chuckie and his accomplishments since his time at Northridge," said head coach Matt Curtis. "We wish him the best as he heads off to represent our country this fall."
Fick is currently in his fifth season of professional baseball and is competing for the Memphis Redbirds, the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2011, Fick compiled a 5-3 record with a 2.30 ERA in 54 appearances for Memphis. He came out of the bullpen for the Redbirds all year and earned one save while striking out 61 batters in 70.1 innings.
Fick allowed just 18 earned runs and has kept opposing hitters to a .180 batting average. Over his final 10 appearances of the season, Fick allowed one earned run and five hits in 11.2 relief innings.
Fick was selected in the 15th round of the June 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals after pitching two seasons at Cal State Northridge.
Fick transferred to Northridge after spending a season at Fresno State and quickly became a cornerstone of the Matadors' weekend rotation. In 2006, Fick made 15 starts for Northridge, compiling a 4.48 ERA and a 6-7 record. He threw 90.1 innings and struck out 72 hitters while walking just 36 and his win total tied for the team lead.
In 2007, he finished with a 7.11 ERA and a record of 0-7. He struck out 26 batters in 50.2 innings while making 12 appearances (10 starts).
This will mark the first time Fick has made an appearance with the national squad. The team will meet at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. for training Sept. 27-29. The World Cup opens on Oct. 2 against Japan at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City. Following the World Cup, Team USA will begin play in the Pan Am Games on Oct. 20 against the Dominican Republic.