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Angels' Shoemaker named to national baseball team

Angels-logo_205 Angels prospect Matt Shoemaker was among the 24 minor league players named Thursday to the U.S. national team for this fall's World Cup and Pan American Games.

Shoemaker, a 24-year-old right-hander who was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2008, led the Double-A Texas League in shutouts (2), complete games (5), strikeouts (129), WHIP (1.07) and ERA (2.48) this season and was second in wins with 12.

Shoemaker was the only Angel player selected. No Dodger farmhands were chosen. The Chicago White Sox led all Major League clubs with three players from its farm system named to the team.  The Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Florida Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers each placed two players on the club.

Local players selected to the U.S. national team include right-hander Justin Cassel of Los Angeles and the White Sox; utilityman Matt Clark of Riverside and the San Diego Padres; highly touted catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud and Long Beach and the Toronto Blue Jays, who was recently named MVP of the Double-A Eastern League; right-hander Chuckie Fick of Thousand Oaks and the St. Louis Cardinals; and infielder Andrew Garcia of El Cajon and the White Sox.

The team will compete in the World Cup in Panama City, Panama, Oct. 2-15, and the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, from Oct. 20 to 25.

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