WBC rosters filled with Indy League ballers

By: Devon Teeple

The World Baseball Classic (WBC) has never really received a lot of love over the years, but you've got to give credit when credit's due.

2017's version has exceeded all expectations and gave us a shimmy:

a no look:

And a robbery:

USA captured its first WBC title in dominant fashion defeating Puerto Rico 8-0, but what people may not know is that over 50 current and former Independent League players suited up for the WBC:

22 from the Atlantic League

PLAYER (POSITION)

COUNTRY REPRESENTING

ATLANTIC LEAGUE TEAM(S)

Chin-Lung Hu (INF)

Chinese Taipei

Southern Maryland

Fu-Te Ni (LHP)

Chinese Taipei

Lancaster, Camden

Chien-Ming Wang (RHP)

Chinese Taipei

Southern Maryland

Jeremy Bleich (LHP)

Israel

Somerset

Danny Burawa (RHP)

Israel

Long Island

Nate Freiman (INF)

Israel

Long Island

Blake Gailen (OF)

Israel

Lancaster

Tyler Herron (RHP)

Israel

Somerset

Josh Zeid (RHP)

Israel

New Britain

 

PLAYER (POSITION)

COUNTRY REPRESENTING

ATLANTIC LEAGUE TEAM(S)

Allan De San Miguel (C)

Australia

Southern Maryland

Luke Hughes (INF)

Australia

Lancaster

Chris Oxspring (RHP)

Australia

Somerset

 

PLAYER (POSITION)

COUNTRY REPRESENTING

ATLANTIC LEAGUE TEAM(S)

Andrew Albers (LHP)

Canada

Lancaster

Michael Crouse (OF)    

Canada

Lancaster, New Britain

Rene Tosoni (OF)

Canada

Sugar Land

 

PLAYER (POSITION)

COUNTRY REPRESENTING

ATLANTIC LEAGUE TEAM(S)

Frank DeJiulio Jr. (RHP)

Italy

Long Island, Bridgeport

Mike DeMark (RHP)

Italy

York

Andrew Barbosa (LHP)

Puerto Rico

Long Island

Jose De La Torre (RHP)

Puerto Rico

Somerset

Miguel Mejia (RHP)

Puerto Rico

Bridgeport

Rene Rivera (C)

Puerto Rico

Camden

J.C. Romero (LHP)

Puerto Rico

Long Island

18 from the American Association

Australia

  • RHP Justin Erasmus (Fargo-Moorhead ’14)

  • RHP Ryan Searle (Grand Prairie ’14)

  • LHP Josh Tols (Kansas City ’15-)

Canada

  • RHP Scott Richmond (Wichita ’15)

  • OF Rene Tosoni (Sioux City ’14-’15)

Chinese Taipei

  • RHP Kuo Hua Lo (Lincoln ’16)

Colombia

  • RHP Karl Triana (Gary SouthShore ’16)

Israel

  • OF Blake Gailen (Wichita ’08, Lincoln ’11)

  • RHP Tyler Herron (Fargo-Moorhead ’12, ’15-’16)

Italy

  • RHP Alex Maestri (Lincoln 2011)

Mexico

  • OF Chris Roberson (Winnipeg 2012)

Netherlands

  • INF Yurendell de Caster (Fargo-Moorhead ’09, Winnipeg ’12-’13)

  • OF Chris Garia (Lincoln ’17-)

  • RHP Shairon Martis (Lincoln ’15-)

  • OF Randolph Oduber (Lincoln ’17-)

  • C Dashenko Ricardo (Lincoln ’17-)

  • 1B Curt Smith (Lincoln ’11, ’13, ’15-)

Venezuela

  • RHP Omar Bencomo (Laredo 2015, Wichita 2015)

11 from the Can-Am League took part

CANADA

LHP Andrew Albers (Quebec '10)

RHP Eric Gagné (Quebec '09/Trois-Rivieres '15/Ottawa '16)

INF Jonathan Malo (Quebec '12-)

 

COLOMBIA

RHP Karl Triana (Quebec '17-)

 

CUBA

SS Yordan Manduley (Quebec '15-)

3B Yurisbel Gracial (Quebec '16-)

OF Roel Santos (Quebec '16-)

 

ISRAEL

LHP Craig Breslow (New Jersey '04)

 

ITALY

1B/OF Chris Colabello (Worcester '05-'11/Nashua '07)

 

NETHERLANDS

OF Kalian Sams (Quebec '15-'16)

 

PUERTO RICO

RHP Andres Santiago (Sussex County '16,/New Jersey '16-)

And, 12 who spent time in the Frontier League, donned their countries colors.

Before the MLB season began, we were privy to playoff calibre baseball in March. This is how the tournament was meant to be played. It got the recognition it deserved and the players who may not get many headlines were apart of a phenomenon that put them at the forefront.
 

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here

 

 



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