Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias, who finished third in Major League Baseball (MLB) Cy Young National League Award voting, tops the Mexican team that will play the World Baseball Classic. next March.
The challenge, announced this Thursday by Mexico’s manager Benjamin Gil, consists mostly of players from the Big Top organizations, with the exception of pitcher Cesar Vargas, second baseman Roberto Valenzuela and outfielder José Cardona of the Monterrey Sultans. from the Mexican Baseball League (LMB) and Samuel Zazueta, pitcher for the Tijuana Bulls of the same circuit.
Prominent names in Mexico and place in the World Classic
Other names that stand out among Gil’s 30 players are Tampa Bay Rays Cuban-Mexican Randy Arozarena., American League Rookie of the Year for the 2021 MLB season; Rowdy Tellez, who hit 35 home runs with the Milwaukee Brewers last season, and Alejandro Kirk, who last year was the top batsman in MLB with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Mexico is in Group C of the World Classic along with Colombia, the US, the UK and Canada.
These are the ones called by Benjamin Gil:
launchersCast: Erubiel Armenta, Taihuang Walker & Jesus Cruz (Philadelphia Phillies), Javier Asad (Chicago Cubs), Luis Sessa & Wilmer Rios (Cincinnati Reds), Giovanni Gallegos & Jojo Romero (St. Louis Cardinals) , Adrian Martinez (Oakland Athletics), Gerardo. Reyes and Patrick Sandoval (Los Angeles Angels), Jake Sanchez (San Diego Padres), Julio Urias (Los Angeles Dodgers), Jose Urquidi (Houston Astros), Cesar Vargas (Sultanes de Monterrey”) and Samuel Zazueta (“Toros de Tijuana”).
receivers: Austin Barnes (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Alejandro Kirk (Toronto Blue Jays).
infieldersCast: Jonathan Aranda and Isaac Paredes (Tampa Bay Rays), Rowdy Telles and Luis Urias (Milwaukee Brewers), Alan Trejo (Colorado Rockies) and Roberto Valenzuela (Sultan de Monterrey).
gardenersCast: Randy Arozarena (Tampa Bay Rays), Jose Cardona (Sultanes Monterrey), Jarren Duran & Alex Verdugo (Boston Red Sox), Joey Menezes (Washington Nationals) & Alec Thomas (Arizona Diamondbacks) ).
Source: La Opinion
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