Proud Papa: Mike Matheny’s son selected to USA Baseball roster

ST. LOUIS — While Mike Matheny tries to get the Cardinals on a roll, his oldest son is enjoying quite a ride this summer.

The latest feat accomplished by Tate Matheny was announced Monday morning when he was named to the USA Collegiate National Team’s 24-man roster.

Matheny, a junior-to-be at Missouri State, will be an outfielder for the club that will play three series this month against international competition. Team USA will host Chinese Taipei in a five-game set at different parks in North Carolina beginning Tuesday. The team will then travel to the Netherlands for games July 11-20 before heading to Cuba for a five-game series July 23-27.

Matheny started his summer in the Cape Cod League, where he hit .222 with a home run in seven games before leaving for the Team USA tryouts two weeks ago. For Team USA, he went 2 for 4 on Saturday in the team’s most recent game to lift his batting average to .250 (4 for 16) with two doubles and three stolen bases in six games.

Earlier this year, Matheny was named the most valuable player at Missouri State for the second straight year after hitting .330 with 10 home runs. A 23-round pick by the Cardinals two years ago, Matheny will be draft eligible again next summer following his junior year at Missouri State.