By: Mike Rifkin
The World Baseball Classic is upon us. Baseball players worldwide will take center stage and represent their country in this great tournament.
Cuba will be a part of Pool A along with Italy, Chinese Taipei, Netherlands, and Panama. Some of the best Cuban players should be playing in the WBC. Yordan Alvarez, Jose Abreu, Randy Arozarena, and the Gurriel brothers are not on the Cuban national team. White Sox players Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert will headline the lineup along with former Met Yoenis Cespedes. Roenis Elias is the most experienced pitcher at the big league level and has a career ERA of 3.96.
Great Britain has a lot of young players, including Harry Ford, one of the Mariners’ top prospects. Ford is a big athletic kid with a lot of power in his bat. Other prospects on this team include Lucius Fox of the Nationals, Matt Koperniak of the Cardinals, BJ Murray of the Cubs, and Tahnaj Thomas of the Pirates. Trayce Thompson, who has 39 career home runs, headlines the roster along with former pitcher Vance Worley. Great Britain is in Pool C, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, and the United States.