The World Baseball Classic is on its way and the Miami Marlins are sending players to the competition. Personally, I'm much more excited about the season, I mean just look at what is being given out this year! The WBC doesn't get the same hype as the FIFA World Cup and probably won't be as exciting either, still players play for a reason. They want to represent their countries and it would be great if the WBC became as big as the World Cup. I just hope that The Fish's players don't get injured and use this as a form of Spring Training. So who is representing the Miami Marlins?
The Miami Marlins are sending players to the World Baseball Classic.
New Miami Marlins second baseman Luis Arraez will be representing Venezuela at the WBC this year. It will be interesting to see what position he will play for them, and if he continues what he was doing last season for the Minnesota Twins, which is hit very well for contact. I'm hoping that the reigning AL batting champ carries that hitting over to the NL. Breakout starting pitcher Jesús Luzardo will be representing Peru at the World Baseball Classic. This will be our first chance to see if Luzardo can continue on the momentum that he started last season (3.32 ERA/3.12 FIP).
Sandy Alcantara will be pitching in the World Baseball Classic. I'm not sure if I'm happy about this. Sandy will be representing the Dominican Republic, one of the favorites to win the entire tournament. I'm worried about his workload, but if it counts as his Spring Training, then I have no problem with it. Having the best starting pitcher in the game on their team is a huge win for the Dominican Republic for sure!
Speaking of the Dominican Republic, Sandy will have a new teammate on the team.... fellow starting pitcher Johnny Cueto will be on the team as well. I'm definitely concerned about his workload, but it will be interesting to see Sandy and Cueto get into games earlier. I hope that all of the Miami Marlins pitchers stay healthy and don't get overworked. Their new teammate third baseman Jean Segura will be joining them on the team as well.
Will you be watching the WBC?