Pittsburgh Pirates Playing in the World Baseball Classic
The 2013 World Baseball Classic rosters were announced today on MLB.com. Below are the players in the Pittsburgh Pirates system who are playing in the event.
Stefan Welch - Welch was signed by the Pirates last year and hit for a .266/.339/.416 line in 440 at-bats between high-A and Double-A. He played mostly third base for the Pirates last year, but is listed as a shortstop. Welch has never played short in his six year minor league career.
Chris Leroux - He’s out of options this year and fighting for a spot in the Pirates’ bullpen.
Jameson Taillon - Taillon is from Texas, but his dad is French Canadian, which makes him eligible here.
Russell Martin - The Pirates’ starting catcher will be playing for Team Canada. There was talk at one point that he could play shortstop.
Wandy Rodriguez - Should start for the Dominican Republic.
Jason Grilli - The Pirates closer will get his work with Team Italy.
Ali Solis - Claimed off waivers from the Padres over the off-season. Will be the backup to Rod Barajas for Team Mexico.
Ivan De Jesus - Infielder added in the Joel Hanrahan trade.
UPDATE 5:00 PM: I had Gift Ngoepe (South Africa) and Charlie Cutler (Israel) listed previously, but I learned those teams have been eliminated. As I mentioned on Twitter earlier, I care about the World Baseball Classic a little less than I care about the Olympics. And I don’t care about the Olympics at all.