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GCU, Arizona to be featured in MLB’s Desert Invitational in Phoenix

Jan 7, 2023, 10:05 AM | Updated: 10:08 am

Arizona Wildcats Right-Handed Pitcher Tommy Splaine (20) waves off his pitcher to tag first during ...

Arizona Wildcats Right-Handed Pitcher Tommy Splaine (20) waves off his pitcher to tag first during the PAC12 Baseball Tournament game between the Stanford Cardinal and the Arizona Wildcats on May 26, 2022, at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, AZ. (Photo by Zac BonDurant/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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It was announced Friday that the Grand Canyon Lopes and Arizona Wildcats are part of an expansion of the MLB Desert Invitational tournament being held in Phoenix next month.

Formerly known as “MLB4” with four teams, the tournament will have six competitors for the event taking place at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, the Chicago Cubs spring training facilities at Sloan Park in Mesa and Grand Canyon University in Phoenix from Feb. 17-19.

The teams participating are No. 4 University of Tennessee, No. 33 University of Arizona, No. 36 Grand Canyon University, Michigan State University, Fresno State University and University of California San Diego.

The Wildcats look to rebound after rallying from the elimination bracket before falling to the eventual national champions Ole Miss Rebels in the Super Regional finals last year.

Grand Canyon’s season ended at the hands of Arkansas and Missouri State, going 0-2 in their respective Super Regional.

The showcase will feature seven of the MLB Pipeline Top 100 Draft prospects, including Grand Canyon’s SS prospect Jacob Wilson (No. 9) and OF Homer Bush Jr. (No. 88).

The Wildcats have OF Chase Davis (No. 51) and RHP T.J. Nichols (No. 71).

The full schedule of times, tickets and location of the games can be found online.

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