Shortstop Jason Donald and catcher Lou Marson, both members of the Reading Phillies, will represent the United States in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
(From an R-Phils news release:) This is the third major honor for both Donald and Marson in the last three weeks. Both players are in New Hampshire tonight competing in the Eastern League All-Star Game, and on Sunday, they were participants in baseball's All-Star Futures Game at Yankee Stadium. Donald, 23, and Marson, 22, will join the mostly Triple-A 24-man Olympic team July 28 and depart for China on Aug. 4. Play begins Aug. 8.
At the break, Donald, a third-round pick in 2006, was hitting .301/.381/.493 with 12 homers and 47 RBIs. Marson, a fourth-round pick in 2004, was hitting .321/.442/.422 with four homers and 45 RBIs and has thrown out 37.3 percent of runners attempting to steal. Each are considered among the top position prospects in the Phillies' organization. R-Phils center fielder Greg Golson was a finalist for the Olympic team.
Any athlete not on an active 25-man Major League roster is eligible to compete. Davey Johnson will manage Team USA. [Team roster]