Both the stars of today and the stars of tomorrow will be on display in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.Rosters for the event have been unveiled, and while several MLB All-Stars made the cut, so too did a number of top prospects.:: 2017 World Baseball Classic ::Five players from MLBPipeline.com's
Both the stars of today and the stars of tomorrow will be on display in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
Rosters for the event have been unveiled, and while several MLB All-Stars made the cut, so too did a number of top prospects.
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Five players from MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list -- No. 6 Alex Reyes (Dominican Republic/Cardinals), No. 33 Jose De Leon (Puerto Rico/Rays), No. 36 Tyler O'Neill (Canada/Mariners), No. 61 Alex Verdugo (Mexico/Dodgers) and No. 72 Jorge Alfaro (Colombia/Phillies) -- will represent their country during the tournament.
Gui Yuan Xu, a 19-year-old Orioles farmhand, became the first player from one of MLB's three development centers in China to sign with an American club.
Xu inked a deal with Baltimore on July 20, 2015, and is hoping to become the first Chinese-born player to reach the Major Leagues. In his brief professional debut, Xu hit .247 in 33 Rookie-level games.
In total, there are 21 prospects, representing 16 organizations, that finished the 2016 season on their club's Top 30 Prospects list.
The Mets have three prospects from last season's Top 30 -- Gavin Cecchini (No. 3, Italy), Brandon Nimmo (No. 5 Italy) and No. 30 T.J. Rivera (Puerto Rico) -- while the Cardinals, Indians and Phillies each have two players representing them on the global stage.
Other top prospects participating: (Rankings from 2016)
Brewers' No. 15 Jorge Lopez (Puerto Rico)
Cardinals' No. 28 Trey Nielsen (Italy)
Indians' No. 15 Tyler Krieger (Israel)
Indians' No. 27 Luis Lugo (Italy)
Marlins' No. 23Tayron Guerrero (Colombia)
Orioles' No. 28 Alex Wells (Australia)
Padres' No. 4Josh Naylor (Canada)
Phillies' No. 17Nick Pivetta (Canada)
Pirates' No. 15 Luis Escobar (Colombia)
Royals' No. 23 Meibrys Viloria (Colombia)
Tigers' No. 5Joe Jimenez (Puerto Rico)
Twins' No. 28 Lachlan Wells (Australia)
The World Baseball Classic runs from March 6-22. In the U.S., games will air live exclusively in English on MLB Network and on an authenticated basis via MLBNetwork.com/watch, while ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN will provide the exclusive Spanish-language coverage. MLB.TV Premium subscribers in the U.S. will have access to watch every tournament game live on any of the streaming service's 400-plus supported devices. Internationally, the tournament will be distributed across all forms of television, internet, mobile and radio in territories excluding the U.S., Puerto Rico and Japan. Get tickets for games at Marlins Park, Tokyo Dome, Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, Estadio Charros de Jalisco in Mexico, Petco Park, as well as the Championship Round at Dodger Stadium, while complete coverage -- including schedules, video, stats and gear -- is available at WorldBaseballClassic.com.
William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.