Phillies represent 7 countries in World Baseball Classic

CLEARWATER, Fla. –Ten Philadelphia Phillies players will be representing seven countries at the World Baseball Classic.


Six of the players are likely to appear on the opening day roster.

Hector Neris will pitch for the Dominican Republic, and Pat Neshek for the United States. The remaining four, centerfielder Odubel Herrera, shortstop Freddy Galvis and pitchers Edubray Ramos and Jeanmar Gomez, will play for Venezuela.

Minor league pitchers Nick Pivetta, Nick Fanti, and Kenny Koplove will play for Canada, Italy, and Israel, respectively, and catcher Jorge Alfaro will play for Colombia.

Players will be traveling to Miami, Seoul, South Korea, and Jalisco, Mexico, for the start of the tournament. Spring training is set to begin a week earlier than normal for most major league teams this year because of the classic’s overlap with the preseason. The tournament will last from March 6 to 22.

Although the absence of six of the Phillies’ best players  is not ideal, it will give newer players such as top prospect J.P. Crawford more play time this spring.

-Michael Nelson






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