WBC Final Rosters Out: De Jesus Withdraws

According to Rob Biertempfel on Twitter, the final rosters have been released for the 2013 World Baseball Classic and the only change among Pittsburgh Pirates players is Ivan De Jesus Jr withdrawing from Team Puerto Rico. Biertempfel says that De Jesus withdrew to stay in camp to compete for a major league job.

The final rosters include Jameson Taillon, Russell Martin  and Chris Leroux for Team Canada. Wandy Rodriguez is scheduled to start for the Dominican team. Pirates closer Jason Grilli will play for Team Italy. Third baseman Stefan Welch will play for Australia, and catcher Ali Solis will player for Team Mexico.

Pool D of the first round of the WBC features three teams with Pirates players. Italy and Mexico face off on March 7th. Team Canada starts their schedule the next day against Italy, while that game will be followed by the first game from Team USA.

Team Australia is in Pool B and they begin play on March 2nd.

The Dominican Republic is in Pool C and their games start on March 7th.

There is word that Jameson Taillon will possibly start against Team USA on March 10th. He is schedule to throw his first game this Spring Training tomorrow, going up against another top prospect, Gerrit Cole. The noon game is an intrasquad contest at McKechnie Field and both top prospects are scheduled to pitch two innings. Taillon will then leave a few days later to join Team Canada.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • emjayinTN

    DeJ is showing maturity in making the decision to withdraw from the WBC. He is nearing the point in his career where he has to move up now or never, and being away from the decision-makers for an extended period will not be beneficial for him. WOW, Cole and Taillon throwing against one another – great fare even for an intra-squad game. I was worried about Taillon going off to Team Canada, but with Russell Martin on that squad also, it could be a plus in the long run.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

      Cole vs JT makes you wanna hop on the next plane out, doesn’t it?

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