EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State baseball will play in the 2023 Major League Baseball Desert Invitational Tournament, announced Friday by MLB.
The tournament, formerly known as “MLB4” is an expansion of MLB’s annual, Arizona-based tournament designed to celebrate the traditional start to the college baseball season.
The MLB Desert Invitational Tournament will now include six teams from around the country, including three nationally-ranked teams, and will be hosted in three locations throughout the Greater Phoenix area: (1) Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, (2) Sloan Park and (3) Grand Canyon University. The MLB-hosted event will be held the weekend of February 17-19, including three exclusive telecasts LIVE on MLB Network and streamed on MLB.com. MLB Network has been the exclusive home of this tournament since its inception in 2018.
MSU opens its 2023 season against Fresno State on Friday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. MT / 1 p.m. ET at Sloan Park in the opening game of the invitational. The Spartans will then play UC San Diego on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. MT / 8 p.m. ET also at Sloan Park. Michigan State wraps up tournament action by playing Arizona on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. MT / 8 p.m. ET at SRF at Talking Stick.
The Spartans will remain in the Phoenix area to play at Grand Canyon on Monday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. MT / 1 p.m. ET, in a game unaffiliated with the tournament. The Spartans’ weekend schedule is subject to change.
MSU junior infielder Mitch Jebb is ranked No. 44 in the MLB Pipeline Top 100 Draft prospects list, and is one of seven ranked players in action in the showcase.
• No. 2 – Chase Dollander – RHP – Tennessee
• No. 9 – Jacob Wilson – SS – Grand Canyon
• No. 22 – Maui Ahuna – SS Tennessee
• No. 44 – Mitch Jebb – SS – Michigan State
• No. 51 – Chase Davis – OF – Arizona
• No. 71 – T.J. Nichols – RHP – Arizona
• No. 88 – Homer Bush Jr – Grand Canyon
Tickets are currently available at https://brushfire.com/mlbdesertinvitational. Children 12 and under are free.