The Seattle Mariners President of Baseball Operations, former GL pitcher Gerard Peter ‘Jerry’ Dipotorevealed the players of his club that if they will play the World Baseball Classic 2023 In March. There will be four in total (not Dominicans).
Those players are former All-Star third baseman, Eugenio Suárez (Venezuela), right-handed reliever Matt Festa (Italy), speedy right-handed pitcher Matt Brash (Canada) and prospect catcher Harry Ford (Great Britain), who has not yet made his MLB debut. Emphasize that the Dominicans Julio Rodríguez (OF), Diego Castillo (P) and Teoscar Hernández (OF) also received permission.
So for Venezuela, among the bad, the good is that they will be able to count on ‘Bolibomba’ Suárez, 31 years old, a power hitter who could well be the fourth hitter in manager Omar López’s order and also You can play the short stops. In 2022 with the Mariners he hit .236 with 31 home runs and 87 CP, yet he struck out 196 times.
In the case of Festa, he will try to ‘party’ with the Italians. At 29 years of age, he has three years in MLB, all with the Mariners and comes from his best season: 2-0 and a 4.17 ERA in 53 relievers and 54 innings, where he struck out 64 and saved twice. He made 25 runs.
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For his part, Brash made his debut in 2022 in GL with the Mariners and did not do badly for a rookie: 4-4 and a 4.44 ERA in 39 games (five starts). He fanned 62 in 50.2 stints (reaches 100 MPH). Last but not least, Ford, 19, is a catcher who hits right. Drafted in the first round (12th overall) in 2021 by the Mariners. He has played Rookie and Class A only.
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World Classic: Mariners announces the players who WILL take part in the WBC 2023