Maryland’s Scott Mudd commits to AAU USA International Collegiate Summer Team
Press Release | January 31, 2018
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—Scott Mudd, of Annapolis, Md., has committed to play collegiate summer baseball for the AAU USA International Collegiate Team vs Scotland and Ireland this summer.
Mudd accepted the AAU USA International Collegiate Team invitation because he liked what he learned about it from fellow players on AAU Baseball’s Maryland RBI advanced skills development team, the opportunity for European and USA players to compete against each other, and to see and experience the world through international baseball.
Coaches Chris Cummings and Mike Graham used a roster spot to invite Mudd (6-2, 180) as a pitcher.
“I know the coaches and it's a first-class operation,” Mudd said, “and I couldn’t be happier to become a part of it all. It’s like Coach Graham says, life is the sum of decisions we make every day along the way. Trust your guts and brains to choose the path best for you and get on with it. This opportunity fits my interests and is the best decision for me.
“I play in college against and AAU Baseball with many of the guys who have gone over there the past four years and like that I am going over with other players from all over the USA and college baseball to play representing all AAU internationally. You only get to do this for a short time in life—play ball,” he said.
Ireland will host the AAU USA International Collegiate Team as part of the Ireland International Baseball Festival at Ashbourne International Baseball Centre, County Meath, July 10-15. Opponents include the Ireland National Team, Irish Baseball League All-Star Team, USA Military Blue Devils, and non-tournament matchups to be announced later.
Scotland will host the AAU USA International Collegiate Team for an international friendly series at Edinburgh and Glasgow July 5-10. Opponents in Scotland include the Scotland National Team and the Edinburgh (Giants, Diamond Devils, Cannons) and Glasgow (Galaxy, Comets) clubs of the Scotland National Baseball League.
Mudd, sophomore at Salisbury University (Md.), plays for the Seagulls' club team, which reached the 2017 intercollegiate club baseball D2 World Series. Salisbury plays in the Chesapeake South Conference with George Mason, Georgetown, James Madison, Mary Washington, and Maryland.
Mudd graduated from Annapolis HS (Md.) and played with the Maryland RBI 19-and-under travel team the past four years. Maryland RBI won the 2017 Maryland AAU State Championship. He was twice selected for the Maryland AAU Baseball All-Star Classic game (2015, 2017) and Academic All-America honors in 2016.
In addition, his travel baseball experience includes playing with American Legion Maryland Post #7, Maryland Arsenal, GHAA Tigers, and the Maryland Monarchs organizations.
Mudd joins a growing roster of talented players assembled by the coaching staff, veteran leaders of the Collegiate Baseball League Europe’s Sant Boi Barcelona Falcons (Spain) club, which won the league’s 2017 and 2016 regular season championships playing in Great Britain, France, Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
“Scott’s a veteran guy, he’s pitched well at high levels of competition in the sport and has been exposed to good training along the way,” said Graham. “He’s playing club at one of the top baseball-playing colleges in NCAA D3 and NCBA D2. Based on our experience coaching him many years, we’ve always known he would be a good get for the international program as a pitcher and as a person. It’s very exciting we finally will have him in the rotation in Europe this summer adding depth to our pitching.”
In the AAU Mid-Atlantic Wood Bat League (19U) in 2017, he pitched 20 innings in five game appearances—all starts—going 5-0 on the hill with .700 ERA, .950 WHIP and 4.9 K’s per game for Maryland RBI. He allowed opponents just a .200 batting average and issued only 3 walks and was named to the league all-star team.
Mudd joins fellow Maryland RBI teammates Mac McGrath (Shenandoah University, Va.), Connor Graham (Anne Arundel CC, Md.), Jimmie Gentry (Albright College, Pa.), and CJ Cummings (University of Mary Washington, Va.)—also committed to the AAU USA International Collegiate Team and returning. It’s McGrath, Gentry and Cummings’ third campaigns “across the Pond” and Graham’s fourth.
In addition, Mudd joins returner Daniel Keating (Wellington HS, Fla.) and newcomers James Sofield (New Jersey Institute of Technology), Ryan Cunningham (Old Bridge HS, NJ), Max Whisnant (Connecticut College), Drew Ventrelle (University of Chicago, Ill.) and Joe Schipsi (Cabrini University, Pa.), who also have committed to the AAU USA International Collegiate Team. Others are considering.
“Coaching Scott for the last four years has been a privilege, and you can't ask for better effort than he gives,” said Graham. “He's that guy who wants the ball in big games and has been a mainstay on the bump for his travel teams and league all-star teams. He brings that confidence of an ace every time he takes the field, and is just as good a teammate as a player.”
Coming up the amateur ranks in Maryland, Mudd excelled along the way for every team he played for in big events—the Perfect Game Super25 Mid-Atlantic Regional, Dynamic Baseball, Ripken, PlayInSchool, CABA, and AAU tournaments.
“We very much like the progression Scott has made as a player,” Graham said. “He is a winner at both the college club level and the best AAU program in the state of Maryland with a strong player development background. With his experience and competitive presence, he will be an important part of our team. He’s a good get and great fit and could be a factor out there in Europe.”
About the Team
The AAU USA International Collegiate Team is a premier international collegiate summer team followed by college coaches and pro scouts. The roster includes players ages 18-23 representing all college divisions. The experience offers high-level baseball and cultural exposure to the world at the same time.
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