DURHAM, N.C. – Duke pitcher Graeme Stinson has earned a spot on the 2018 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team as announced by the national governing body for U.S. amateur baseball. As part of his selection, Stinson will participate in a game against the Coastal Plain League Select June 27 as well as a series against Chinese Taipei June 28 – July 2.
The Collegiate National Team is comprised of the top collegiate baseball players in the country and competes each summer in a schedule of exhibition games across the United States. As part of this schedule, the U.S. is set for friendship series against teams from the likes of Canada, Chinese Taipei, Cuba and the Netherlands. During his time with the Collegiate National Team, Stinson will compete for a spot on the final 24-man roster set for a series against Japan (July 3-8) and Cuba (July 10-15).
As a sophomore in 2018, Stinson posted tremendous numbers out of the Blue Devil bullpen. In 23 appearances, including four starts, Stinson went 5-1 with a 1.89 ERA. Featuring a 94-96 mph fastball and a wipeout slider, Stinson struck out 98 batters in 62.0 innings, averaging 14.23 strikeouts per nine innings. Opponents hit .200 against him while Stinson yielded just 19 walks on the year.
During the NCAA Tournament, Stinson earned the start in Duke’s Lubbock Super Regional victory over Texas Tech June 11, turning in 6.0 shutout innings while striking out six and scattering five hits.
Stinson is currently pitching for the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod Baseball League. In his first start with Orleans, Stinson fanned 12 batters over 5.0 shutout innings, allowing three hits and one walk.