CARBONDALE -- Former Southern Illinois University pitcher Cody Forsythe selected to represent Team USA in the WBSC Premier12 Tournament in Taipei, Taiwan next month.

USA Baseball announced the roster for the event on Wednesday. The Premier12 team features 27 players not currently on Major League Baseball 40-man rosters. Forsythe went 3-2 with a 3.65 ERA in 34 games for the Clearwater (Florida) Threshers, the Philadelphia Phillies' Class A Advanced minor league affiliate, and was one of five players from the Phillies' farm system selected. Forsythe allowed 44 hits and 27 runs in 56.2 innings. He struck out 56 batters and walked 20.

Willie Randolph will manage the team in Taiwan, and will be joined by pitching coach Rick Peterson, hitting coach Ernie Young and assistant coaches Anthony Sanders, Roly De Armas and Ed Blankmeyer. Randolph previously served USA Baseball as an assistant on the 2013 World Baseball Classic team.

Among those named to the team include New York Mets infield prospect Gavin Cecchini, who is currently ranked No. 90 on MLB.com's top 100 prospects list and Milwaukee Brewers outfield prospect Brett Phillips, who is currently ranked No. 32 on the top 100 prospects list.

The Phillies drafted Forsythe in the 25th round with the 751st overall pick in 2013. A three-time all-conference selection, he pitched four seasons at SIU and finished his collegiate career as the school's all-time leader in starts (49) and innings pitched (346.2). He ranked fifth in school history in strikeouts with 246 and had just 79 walks. Forsythe went 4-5 with a 3.03 ERA as a senior and became the first pitcher in school history to throw over 100 innings in three straight seasons.

The Premier12 team will train in Phoenix from Oct. 28-Nov. 3, played three exhibition games, then depart for Taipei. Pool play for Team USA begins Nov. 10 against the Dominican Republic.

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