3 current, ex-Phillies join Team USA for Olympics qualifier

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3. Logan Forsythe

Logan Forsythe is among the more accomplished players on the 2021 Team USA Olympics qualifyer roster, having played 10 seasons in Major League Baseball.

The San Diego Padres drafted the Memphis, Tennessee native 46th overall in the first round of the 2008 draft out of the University of Arkansas.

Three years later, Forsythe debuted for the National League West team, hitting .213 in 62 games. After the 2013 season, Forsythe was dealt to the Tampa Bay Rays — the team where his career significantly gained attention around Major League Baseball.

Playing 153 games in 2015 for the Rays, the infielder slashed .281/.359/.444 with 33 doubles, 17 home runs, and 68 RBI. Forsythe later played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (2017-18), Minnesota Twins (2018), Texas Rangers (2019), and Miami Marlins (2020).

Forsythe was on the Phillies’ summer camp roster last July before being released and playing a dozen games with their division rival. The Phillies instead opted to give fellow veteran infielder Neil Walker a spot on their 2020 Opening Day roster. The team’s decision was the right one, but both veterans were largely underwhelming in regular season action. Walker batted .231 with nine hits and three RBI in 39 at-bats, while Forsythe batted .118 with four hits and two RBI in 34 at-bats for the Marlins.

The 34-year-old has experience playing in elimination, tournament-style competition, having appeared in 14 games with the Dodgers in the 2017 postseason. Logging 22 plate appearances in that year’s World Series against the Houston Astros, Forsythe collected four singles, one double, and three RBI.

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