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MLB World Select Team

Friday, September 28th, 2018

The World Select Team will be competing in the Arizona Fall Classic that will be held from October 10-14. There are 61 different teams competing in this event, including teams from Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Below are the names of the players from MLB World Select Team and the country they represent. A player from Uganda is participating.

Pitchers

Dennis Achidri (Uganda), Jiorgeny Casimiri (Netherlands), Daniele Di Monte (Italy), Liam Evans (Australia), Mathias Gonzalez (Ecuador), Jake Green (Australia), Lukas Hlouch (Czech Republic), Ky Jackson (Australia), Will Kortekaas (Australia), Luke Krkovski (Australia), Sebastian Munoz (Ecuador), Daniel Padysak (Czech Republic), Sue Sun (China), Angelo Wicklert (Netherlands)

Catchers

Ricardo Bertossi (Italy), Chris Burke (Australia), Fabian Kovacs (France)

Infielders

Travis Bazzana (Australia), Finn Bergmann (Germany), Denzel Bryson (Netherlands), Liam MacDonald (Australia), Luke November (South Africa), Delano Seiassa (Netherlands), Sunny Yang (China)

Outfielders

Jarrod Belbin (Australia), Paolo Brossier (France), Correze Nepia (New Zealand), Jaylin Rae (Australia), Brock Wells (Australia), Tyson Zamora (Australia), Ruendrick Piternella (Netherlands)

These players range in age from 16 to 20. Not only will they be performing before major league scouts, but also college scouts.

Day 6 Under 15 World Cup - United States and Panama Advance

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

The United States and Panama are the last two teams from Group A to advance to the super round. Taiwan had already earned a date for the super round from Group A. From Group B Cuba, Japan and the Dominican Republic advance. Cuba is the only team to advance without a loss. Myworld did not realize the teams that did not advance will play in a consolation round.

United States 8 Brazil 0

The trio of Andrew Painter (4.2 innings), Samuel Dutton (1.1 innings) and Rheego McIntosh (1 inning) prevented Brazil from crossing the plate. Brady House was a perfect 3 for 3 driving in two and scoring twice while Luke Leto also drove in two with his one hit to fuel the offense. Cody Schrier stole three bases and crossed the plate three times.

Panama 18 Germany 0

Panama did not hold back in their win, scoring 10 in the fourth to put the game away.

Day 5 Under 15 World Cup

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

The super round is being established. Cuba, Japan and the Dominican Republic are advancing from Group B. From Group A only Taiwan is secured for advancement. Brazil and the United States are playing a rainout date with the United States leading 4-0 after one. If the United States wins the United States and Panama will advance. If Brazil wins it could result in a tie breaker if Panama loses to winless Germany. If Panama wins then Brazil advances over the United States.

Brazil 2 China 1

Brazil kept their hopes alive by squeezing out a victory over China. Kawan Silva worked six innings giving up only one run in the second inning, retiring the last 11 hitters he faced. Pedro Lemos pitched the seventh inning to close out the victory, striking out two. The game ended after a single and a caught stealing. Lemos also drove in the first run with a single in the third inning. The go ahead run scored in the fourth on a bases loaded walk to Felipe Koragi.

Cuba 9 Australia 3

Cuba remains undefeated as they advance to the super round. Luis Estocholi went deep in a perfect 2 for 2 day, driving in two runs. Kevin Alcolea collected three hits and scored three times. Edgar Quero went a perfect 3 for 3 driving in three and scoring twice. One of his three hits was a double. Australia is done.

Taiwan 6 Germany 3

Taiwan advances to the super round. Germany has one more game to try to get a victory, a makeup against Panama. Germany scored two in the final frame to make the game close. Hao-Yu Lee slugged a two run blast in the third inning to give Taiwan a 3-0 lead. Taiwan scored three in the sixth to put the game out of reach, Ying-Chieh Mao blasting a two run double to fuel the inning.

Dominican Republic 11 Netherlands 2

The Dominicans got deep blasts from Oscar Aude and Esterlyn Sanchez to advance to the super round. Daniel Ramirez did not go deep but he drove in three runs with his two hits. The Netherlands were eliminated from the super round. Cristofer Gomez worked five innings to get the win.

United States 4 Panama 1

The United States stayed alive for the Super Round by giving Panama their first loss. Cale Lansville quieted the Panamanian bats for 5.1 innings on two hits and one run. The United States scored three runs early, Brady House hitting a solo homerun in the first inning and Cody Schrier driving in two with a single in the second after a walk and two hit by pitches loaded the bases. Panama rallied in the seventh to load the bases with three walks but Brady House retired the last hitter to secure the victory.

Japan 20 South Africa 0

It took only five innings to dispose of South Africa. South Africa did manage to get one hit. Yuito Suzuki blasted a two run homer in his only at bat of the game. Ryoma Ikeda was a perfect 3 for 3 with four runs scored and four stolen bases. Kyohei Akiyama did not allow a ball to be hit in play. He struck out 10 of the 12 hitters he faced and walked the other two. Sohi Kiyota struck out five of the 8 hitters he faced, walking one. South Africa put only two balls in play in the five innings, a ground out and a single.

Day Three 15 and Under - Taiwan Upsets United States

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Some interesting games. Day three tends to test the depth of a team’s starting pitchers. Some of the scores confirm the depth is not good.

Taiwan 2 United States 1

Chen-Yi Hung pitched 5.1 innings of one run ball as Taiwan handed the United States their first loss. Both teams move to 2-1, tied for second place behind Panama. Hung also delivered with the bat, doubling to lead off the fifth to score the first run of the game. He advanced to third on a passed ball and scored after an error by secondbaseman David Diaz. Luke Leto got the United States back in the game with a leadoff single in the sixth. He stole second, advanced to third on a ground ball and scored on a fly ball. The go ahead run scores on a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the sixth.

The United States put two runners on in the top of the seventh but Shan-Tsung Peng got the final out to earn the victory. Kao-Hsiang Tsai was a perfect 2 for 2 including one walk. He scored the go ahead run in the sixth after leading the inning off with a single.

Netherlands 18 South Africa 2

The Netherlands won their first game while South Africa became one of two teams without a win. Jesse Velders drove in four runs and Jurrangelo Cijntje drove in three to lead the offense. Donovan Antonia knocked one out and scored three runs. Netherlands banged out 17 hits on the day and South Africa committed five errors to help with all that scoring. The game was done after five innings, though South Africa had a 2-0 lead after one inning.

China 5 Germany 4

China also won their first game. Germany is still winless but they scored their first four runs of the tournament. China got 4.2 solid innings from Ruo-Fei Ding, who walked five but allowed only two runs to cross the plate. After Germany had tied the game at 2-2 Jian-Cuo Luozang ripped a double to score the go ahead run in the bottom of the fifth. Germany scored two runs in the top of the seventh and had the tying run on third when Yu-Chen Wang got his only whiff in his 2.1 innings of work to earn his victory.

Dominican Republic 20 Australia 8

Not much of a pitcher’s duel. Oscar Aude drove in six runs, including hitting a grand slam homerun in the third inning. Esterlyn Sanchez and Deyvison de los Santos also went deep for the Dominicans. Manuel Beltre was a perfect 4 for 4 and scored four times. Ten of the 20 hits for the Dominicans went for extra bases.

Australia got a homerun from James Nati. Early errors by the Aussies allowed the Dominicans to tack on seven unearned runs in the first two innings.

Panama 7 Brazil 3

Panama became the only undefeated team other than Cuba in the tournament. Panama was only able to accumulate four hits in the game but they strung together three of them in the 5 run fourth to seal the victory. A couple errors, two walks and multiple wild pitches also contributed to the Panama scoring. Kenin Pinto pitched 5.1 innings allowing two hits and two runs. He struck out six and walked two.

Cuba 9 Japan 7

A mild upset here. It appears a lot of the 15 year old stars have not left the island yet, but if they continue to play well in Panama there will be boats waiting for them outside their hotel doors. Cuba scored seven runs in the first two innings to nip Japan. Frank Gonzalez drove in three runs and scored three times to lead the offense. Kevin Rosales retired all seven hitters he faced in closing out the game to get the win.

Japan had tied the score 7-7 after five innings on a solo homerun from Reiya Saka. Kevin Alcolea got the big hit for Cuba, a two run double in the sixth inning to give Cuba the lead they would not relinquish. Japan drops to 2-1 while Cuba goes to 3-0.

Favorites Pull Out Wins in 15 and Under World Cup

Friday, August 10th, 2018

There were no surprises in the 15 and under World Cup on the first day, though host Panama surprised Taiwan in the night game 9-1. Below are the summaries for some of the earlier games.

Brazil 10 Germany 0

Brazil used three different pitchers to no hit Germany in the opener. The game ended after six innings because of the slaughter rule. Pedro Lemos de Costa worked the first four plus innings walking three and whiffing six. Kawan Silva de Araujo got the last two outs in the fifth getting credit for the win. Denis Silva pitched the sixth inning to complete the no hitter.

Gabriel Gomez was the big bat for Brazil with three RBIs. He contributed a double and two walks in his four at bats.

Japan 4 Australia 2

Japan got six shutout innings from Kyosuke Kuroyanagi (3.1) and Shinnosuke Kanai (2.2) to get their win. Australia rallied for two in the ninth to make the game close. Leadoff hitter Asahi Hanada crossed the plate twice, which proved to be the difference in the game.

United States 27 China 0

China committed 10 errors in the five inning game and their pitchers walked 9 in the United States battering of China. 17 of the 27 runs were considered unearned. Joshua Hartle drove in six runs with a single and two doubles in five at bats. Davis Diaz crossed the plate four times without benefit of a hit, walking twice.

Cuba 5 Netherlands 1

Cuba scored three runs in the opening frame to lead them to their opening day victory. Edgar Quero drove in two runs on two hits to earn Cuba the victory. Brander Guevara got the win, striking out seven in five innings of work.

Dominican Republic 5 South Africa 3

Ronny Polanco hit the first homerun of the event driving in three runs to prove the difference in the game. Dominican Republic pitchers did not allow a hit in the game, but walked 8 to provide South Africa with all their offense. Cristofer Gomez pitched 2.2 innings of perfect shutout relief to close out the game.

Panama 9 Taiwan 1

It was a bit of a surprise how easily Panama destroyed baseball power Taiwan. Carlos Gonzalez was a homerun shy of the cycle, driving in two and scoring two runs. Leonardo Bernal had a perfect 2 for 2 day with three RBIs to lead Panama. Taiwan scored their lone run in the seventh inning

Japan Qualifies for Honkball Finals

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

The rain has postponed the Nationals/Braves game giving myworld a chance to catch up. Japan has made it to the finals of the Honkball tournament in Haarlem, Netherlands with a convincing 8-1 win over Taiwan. This is the same Japanese team that played five exhibition games against the United States collegiate national team and won two of five games. Japan erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning to erase a 1-0 Taiwan lead, cruising to the victory after the outburst.

One team that will be absent in the championship match will be Cuba. They did win their first game, collecting 14 hits in their 7-1 win over Germany. They did need to score six runs in the ninth inning to pull out the victory.

The Dutch get a chance to play Taiwan in the semifinal match with a 2-1 win over Italy. Yurendell de Caster drove in both runs for Netherlands, but his walk off single in the ninth was the big hit. Allessandro Maestri, who pitched for a number of years in the minor leagues and then took his craft to Japan, quieted the Dutch bats to one run in seven innings.

The Netherlands will play Taiwan with the winner advancing to play the undefeated Japanese in the championship match. The Netherlands were the winners of the last Honkball tournament, beating Australia in the finals, a game myworld actually witnessed.

Honkball Week Review

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

It is raining in D.C. The weather reports call for the rain to stop prior to the All Star game being played. This gives myworld an opportunity to provide an update on the Honkball tournament in Haarlam, Netherlands, which myworld may have tried to attend if not for the All Star weekend here in D.C.

Taiwan 3 Netherlands 2

A mild upset with the Taiwan kids upsetting the veteran Netherlands team that won this event two years ago. Taiwan used a group of four pitchers to limit the Netherlands bats to two runs. Cheng Hao Wang pitched the last three innings to secure the victory. Dudley Lenora drove in both runs for the Netherlands with a solo shot in the fifth and a sacrifice fly in the third. Netherlands also had runners thrown out at home and third to ruin scoring opportunities.

Japan 7 Cuba 1

Don’t know if Cuba still has the same entourage that followed them around when they played in tournaments before all of their top players left for the United States. They lost their second game of the tournament, Japan using six different pitchers to limit Cuba to one run. That run was unearned. Japanese pitchers combined to strike out 11 Cubans. Takashi Umino was the big bat for Japan with an RBI single in the fourth and a two run blast in the eighth. Hitting behind him in the order Ryosuke Kodame was 2 for 2 with two walks. Japan assaulted the Cuban pitching staff for 14 hits.

Italy 7 Cuba 3

Italy stunned the Cubans, eliminating them from any hope of playing in the championship match. Italy threw minor league player and NPB pitcher Allesandro Maestri for six innings and he allowed just one unearned run to the anemic Cuban bats. Alex Bassani pitched the last three innings, giving up two ninth inning runs but surviving to secure the win. Ex major leaguer Chris Colabello returned to the Italian team after playing with them in the World Baseball Classic and was a perfect 1 for 1 with three walks, driving in the first two runs with a double in the first.

Japan 6 Germany 1

Japan remained undefeated with their win over Germany. Masato Morishita worked six innings and tamed the German bats to just one run. Sascha Koch kept the game close, limiting Japan to two runs in his six innings. Japan erupted for four runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach, Ryosuke Kodame getting the clutch two run single to account for the late run support. Toshiya Sato banged out three hits including two doubles to drive in two. Ryosuke Tatsumi also collected three hits.

Germany Stuns Cuba in HonKball Competetion

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

This has to be a first for German baseball, to beat Cuba. It is also a reflection on how far down the Cuban talent level has gone. Most of their top players are in the United States.

Cuba started Leandro Martinez but it was not his fault Germany scored four runs off him. Three Cuban errors allowed three unearned runs to score. Germany committed six errors but they were able to dodge the bullet a bit better than Cuba allowing only two unearned runs.

A dropped fly ball by leftfielder Jorge Jhonson on what should have been the third out allowed Germany to score the first run in the opening frame. Errors by Anibal Medina and Jorge Aloma brought in two more unearned runs in the third to give Germany a 3-1 lead.

Cuba erupted for three runs in the fourth, assisted by two German errors, though only one of the runs was considered unearned. Orlando Acebey and Eduardo Blanco contributing RBI singles to give Cuba a 4-3 lead.

In the fifth Eric Brenk slashed his third single of the game. He scored his third run of the game, the tying run after Simon Guhring drove one deep enough to right field to score Eric on a sacrifice fly. A Max Boldt double, his third hit of the day set up the go ahead run in the seventh. After an intentional walk to load the bases Cuba failed to turn two on a ground ball and Germany scored the winning run.

Cuba did load the bases in the top of the ninth. After retiring the first two hitters in his third inning of work, Cuban born Enorbel Marquez loaded the bases on a single, walk and the sixth error by Germany. He ran the count full to Jorge Jhonson before getting him to fly out to center to end the game.

Japan 1 Taiwan 0

Japan won a second consecutive 1-0 game. They were able to string together 10 hits but two caught stealings and a ground out double play erased three rallies. They scored their only run in the fourth after a Toshiya Sato double and a Yuma Tongu single drove him in for the only run of the game. Matsumoto Wataru pitched seven scoreless innings allowing just four hits and striking out nine. Hiroshi Kaino was almost unhittable in his two innings of work, striking out five of the six hitters he faced. Taiwan only saw one runner settle on second base and that was in the fifth inning. C.W. Huang was picked off after he had doubled with two out in the fifth so he was not on second base long.

Netherlands 7 Italy 0

Netherlands made it two shutouts in a row over their two European counterparts. After blanking Germany 6-0 in their opener they went out and zipped their European rivals Italy 7-0. Ageless Rob Cordemans did the honors on the mound going six innings and allowing just two hits. He struck out nine and walked two. Nick Urbanus, Gilmer Lampe and Yurendell deCaster each drove in two runs for Netherlands.

Two Shutouts Start Honkball Week

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

One of these days myworld will return to Haarlem to watch Honkball. It is a fun tournament with a day game, a long break and then a night game - all for one price. I just wish there were more restaurants in the area where the ball parks are located. It is always good to eat something other than ballpark food.

The opening of Honkball saw two shutouts. The first was Japan nipping Italy 1-0, scoring a run in the bottom of the 10th to get the win. Masato Morishita, who started two games in the United States college exhibition series the previous week threw seven innings of two hit shutout ball against Italy. Luis Lugo matched him for five shutout innings, also only allowing two hits. Despite having the bases loaded with no outs Italy could not score in their extra inning. Japan laid down a successful sacrifice and then got a walk off bunt single from Takashi Umino in his first at bat to pull out the victory. Hiromi Ito got the win for Japan, striking out six of the nine hitters he faced.

The defending champ Netherlands dominated Germany 6-0. Orlando Yntema pitched seven innings of one hit ball, giving up a lead off double and then retiring 21 of the next 22 hitters he faced. Netherlands got three hits and a homerun from Dwayne Kemp to lead the offense.

Top European Prospects

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

The pickings are a bit thin. Prospects from Curacao are included in this list since they are considered a part of the Netherlands. Even players from Curacao have dropped in talent. From the list last year Ozzie Albies and Dovydas Neverauskas saw major league time, with Ozzie getting enough playing time at second base to lose his rookie eligibility. Myworld is generous in our classification of European. If they are eligible to play on a World Baseball Classic team they will be included on this list. The only exception we made was for Israel since religion and not birth of a sibling or residence determine origin. For the most part it is the same cast of characters from last year.

1. J.B. Bukauskas RHP (Lithuania/Astros) - This could be a stretch. His Wikipedia page identifies him as having a Lithuanian background. There is an article detailing that background linked but it is in Lithuanian. He was actually born in Ashburn, Virginia but if Lithuania ever got a WBC team they would find a way for J.B. to play on it. After dominating at the high school and college level he was a first round 2017 pick of the Houston Astros. He is not a tall pitcher at 6′0″ but he carries a fastball that sits in the low 90s but can hit the mid-90s. The slider is his swing and miss pitch and what will bring him success in the major leagues. Last year he only pitched 10 innings of minor league ball after a heavy college workload. As a college pitcher he will start the season in a Low A full season league.

2. Carter Kieboom SS (Netherlands/Nationals) - Another player born in the States whose dad played baseball as a youngster in Netherlands only to leave for college in the United States. Kieboom was the Nationals first round pick in 2016. With Trea Turner ahead of him and no exceptional tools to stay at short could force a move to second. Last year he played all his games at short. The bat will get him to the major leagues with decent power (.497) and hit tools (.296) at Low A Hagerstown. The 2018 season should see him play at High A. For the short term the Nationals see no need to move him from short.

3. Dovydas Neverauskas RHP (Lithuania/Pirates) - Dovydas made headlines for being the first Lithuanian to pitch in the major leagues. There has been some discussion that Joe Zapustas, who debuted in 1933 lived in the area that would be considered Lithuanian but was considered Russia during that time. He played two games in the outfield. So without a doubt Dovydas is the first pitcher from Lithuania. He has pitched his whole career in the bullpen, carrying a fastball that hits the high 90s. The absence of quality secondary pitches prevents him from pitching in the rotation. Last year he made his major league debut (3.91 ERA) earning the right to continue his roller coaster ride up and down the transaction ladder when bullpen help is needed. A good spring will see him in the major league bullpen but myworld suspects he will begin the season in AAA.

4. Ray-Patrick Didder OF/SS (Netherlands/Braves) - The Curacao native is one of the better athletes in the Braves minor league system and one of their fastest players. His ability to fly had the Braves move him from short to center where he can cover maximum acreage. The bat needs to be more dangerous for him to be considered for a major league job. There is little pop in his bat and last year he hit .230 in High A. There are also too many swings and misses (123 whiffs) with his bat. The speed and defense could allow him to be a fourth outfielder type. At 23 years of age he needs to be promoted to AA to have relevance.

5. Tom de Blok RHP (Netherlands/Tigers) - A strong performance in the World Baseball Classic with the Netherlands got him a contract with the Tigers. He had originally signed with the Mariners as a 17 year old but was not ready for baseball. He made his debut a couple years later with the Tigers pitching in Low A. At 6′4″ he has good height for a pitcher. It is possible that with more work in his delivery his low 90s fastball could gain velocity. He pitched in both the bullpen and as a starter but myworld suspects he will settle in the bullpen. The 2018 season should see him begin at High A.

6. Sven Schuller RHP (Germany/Dodgers) - Sven has good height at 6′3″ allowing him to put up some good numbers in Low A (1.49 ERA) but struggled a bit when promoted to High A (5.25 ERA). All his appearances were in relief. His command abandoned him in High A with lefthanded hitters battering him at a .310 clip. Up until last year he had pitched his first three years in rookie ball. A repeat of High A is expect for the 2018 season.

7. Ademar Rifaela OF (Netherlands/Orioles) - The Curacao native had a breakout year last year slugging 24 homeruns at High A Frederick. A lack of speed prevents him from being a defensive asset in the outfield but if his bat continues to produce the Orioles will find a place for him. His lefthanded bat seemed to have good success against left handed pitching (.265) so that could prevent a platoon role for him. The big test is whether he can replicate his numbers when promoted to AA where he will face better pitching.

8. Marten Gasparini OF (Italy/Royals) - He surpassed Max Kepler with his $1.3 million bonus being the highest paid for a European player. The Royals signed him as a shortstop but his fielding was very erratic resulting in the Royals shifting him to center field last year. His speed will allow him to be an adequate defender once he learns his routes. The bat is the big question mark. He just has not shown he can hit. A repeat of Low A saw his average rise from .196 to .227. Poor plate discipline are the big cause of his troubles, not being able to recognize pitches as they come to the plate. This will get tougher as he rises up the minor league ladder. Myworld suspects the Royals will promote him to High A for the 2018 season, but spring training could have an impact on that.

9. Martin Cervenka C (Czech Republic/Orioles) - Martin signed with the Orioles as a six year minor league free agent. Myworld liked the way he handled himself when he watched him in Taiwan a couple years ago. An Oriole scout was sitting with me during one of the games myworld was watching him play. Don’t know if this had any influence in his signing with the Orioles. Last year he replicated his 2016 break out season with a .278 average and a .418 slugging percentage. He also threw out 40 percent of those runners who tried to steal against him. Myworld should see more of him if he is assigned to Bowie for the 2018 season.

10. Spencer Kieboom C (Netherlands/Nationals) - The older brother of Carter. His best bet to make it is as a backup catcher in the major leagues. In 2016 he did appear in one game when he replaced the injured Wilson Ramos. His bat is not strong enough to produce a lot of offense and his defense does not justify putting his soft bat in the lineup. In the last two years he has only thrown out baserunners at less than a 25% clip. An injury to the Nationals catching corp could give him an opportunity to fill a back up role, but that would require him to be added to the 40 man roster. He will bide his time in AAA for the 2018 season, possibly reuniting with his brother at some point.