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Premier 12 Canadian Roster

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

The Canadian roster is filled with familiar names on the baseball scene. Unfortunately, it is for what they accomplished in the past and not for what they can bring in the present. Justin Morneau is the most familiar name, an ex-major leaguer who made his mark on pitchers in the past, winning an American MVP award. Some other familiar names include Philippe Aumont, Adam Loewen and Scott Mathieson on the mound, with Mathieson currently pitching for the Yomiuri Giants in the NPB. He was out most of the year with injuries. In addition to Morneau the bats have Michael Saunders, a former major league All Star, and the two Pompey brothers Dalton and Tristan. Tristan was recently drafted by the Marlins in the third round in 2018, while Dalton was once a highly prized prospect that has seen his flame wither because of injuries. Depending on how much fuel some of these players have in the tank will determine how well they compete in Korea against Cuba, Australia and Korea. This roster has many names that won the bronze medal in the last World Cup that was held in Panama back in 2011. That was eight years ago.


Philippe Aumont, Brock Dykxhoorn, Chris Leroux, Adam Loewen, Brandon Marklund, Scott Mathieson, Will McAffer, Dustin Molleken, Daniel Precopio, Dylan Rheault, Scott Richmond, Evan Rutckyj, Rob Zastryzny


Kellin Deglan, Dustin Houle


Wes Darvill, Charles Leblanc, Jordan Lennerton, Jonathan Malo, Justin Morneau, Eric Wood, Andy Yerzy


Gareth Morgan, Connor Panas, Dalton Pompey, Tristan Pompey, Michael Saunders, Rene Tosoni

Ernie Whitt will manage the team with Larry Walker and Denis Boucher helping out in the coaching department. If Ernie needs a pinch hitter in the clutch Larry might be able to still do the job.

Puerto Rico Premier 12 Roster

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

It would be nice if Puerto Rico could have Francisco Lindor, Javier Baez and Carlos Correa on their roster. That would be a pretty impressive infield. But players on the major league 40 man roster are not eligible to participate in these games. There is not even a player rated as one of the top ten minor league prospects on this roster. So Puerto Rico will have to settle for some retired or released major league players, borderline prospects, journeyman and players who participate in their winter league season. There best player may be their manager Juan Gonzalez. It will be a tough road for them, but they will battle. They will be playing in the Taiwan pool with Japan, Taiwan and Venezuela


Fernando Cabrera, Freddie Cabrera, Fernando Cruz, Orlando Roman, Ivan Maldonado, Andres Santiago, Bryan Escanio, Miguel Mejia, Adalberto Flores, Miguel Martinez, Luis Cintron, Efrain Nieves, Giovanni Soto, Ramesis Rosa


Wilfredo Rodriguez, Kevin Torres


Jesmuel Valentin, Luis Mateo, David Vidal, Jeffry Dominguez, Ozzie Martinez, Jack Lopez, Ivan Dejesus Jr.


Anthony Garcia. Yariel Gonzalez, Edwin Gomez, Jay Gonzalez, Danny Ortiz

Premier 12 Roster for Mexico

Friday, October 11th, 2019

Below is the roster for Mexico to compete in the Premier 12. They will be the host country of the first round of three pool playoffs to determine the six finalists headed to Tokyo. The roster is dominated by Mexican League players with a couple ex-major leaguers in Ryan Verdugo, Fernando Salas, Efren Navvaro and Christian Villanueva. Villanueva also played briefly in the NPB before being released mid-season. Verdugo currently pitches in the CBPL in Taiwan.


Horacio Ramirez (Tijuana), Humberto Castellanos (Astros), Carlos Bustamante (Acereros), Arturo Reyes (Rays), Justin Kelly (Acereros), Ryan Verdugo (Uni Lions), Brennan Bernardino (Tijuana), Manny Barreda (Tijuana), Felipe Gonzalez (Monterrey), Adam Quintana (Acereros), Jesus Cruz (San Luis), Eduardo Vera (Nationals), Orlando Lara (Tijuana), Fernando Salas (Phillies)


Armando Araiza (Mexico Diablos), Ali Solis (Monterrey)


Jose Vargas (Acereros), Phillip Evans (Cubs), Christian Villanueva (Yomiuri Giants), Jorge Flores (Yucatan), Javier Salazar (Tijuana), Esteban Quiroz (Padres), Efron Navarro (Hanshin Tigers), Matt Clark (Leon)


Jonathan Jones (Yucatan), Juan Perez (Saltillo), Noah Perio Jr. (Acereros), Jesus Fabela (Mexico Diablos)

Premier 12 Dominican Republic Roster

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

There are some ex-major leaguers on the pitching staff that can do some damage such as Ervin Santana, Enny Romero and Neftali Feliz, a KBO star in Mel Rojas Jr, and a couple bright prospects with the Cardinals in Elehuris Montero and the Twins in Lewin Diaz. It will be a lineup that could pull some upsets but will be short of making the top two spots, which would qualify it for an Olympic berth.


Enny Romero, Ervin Santana, Neftali Feliz, Carlos Pimentel, Ariel Hernandez, Carlos Espinal, Carlos Sano, Christopher Sanchez, Dalbert Siri, Henry Henry, Samuel Adames, Christopher Ogando, Bryan Valdez, Kelvin Gonzalez, Luis Perez


Charlie Valerio, Jose Mena


Edwin Espinal, Geraldo Perdomo, Lewin Diaz, Jeison Guzman, Elehuris Montero, Jonathan Guzman, Otto Lopez


Mel Rojas Jr., Oscar Gonzalez, Gilberto Celestino, Alfredo Marte

Premier 12 Roster Korea

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

The Korean roster is filled with players from the KBO. No major leaguers or minor leaguers are on the roster. They do have some ex-major leaguers in Byung-Ho Park, who just hit a walk off homerun in the opening game of the playoff series between the LG Twins and the Kiwoom Heroes. The homerun was the only run scored in the 1-0 win. They also have Jae-Gyun Hwang, who attempted to play for the Giants and Hyun-So Kim, who played for the Orioles and Phillies.

There are some younger players to keep an eye on such as outfielders Baek-Ho Kang and Jung-Hoo Lee, who would be top 100 prospects in the major leagues and could play outfield now for major league teams weak in that area. Kang was compared to Shohei Ohtani because of his ability to pitch and throw a 95 mile per hour fastball. He has given up pitching to focus on hitting. Lee is the son of a legendary Korean player who focuses more on speed and defense in the outfield rather than power.

Korea is the defending gold medalist from the last Olympics so it would be disappointing for them not to qualify for the 2020 games. Only six teams will qualify and two (Israel and Japan) have already been selected.


Jong-Hoon Park (SK Wyverns), Jae-Hoon Ha (SK Wyverns), Young-Ha Lee (Doosan Bears), Sang-Woo Jo (Kiwoom Heroes), Hyun-Hee Han (Kiwoom Heroes), Kyung-chan Moon (Kia Tigers), Woo-Seok Ko (LG Twins), Jong-Hyun Won (NC Dinos), LHers - Kwang-Hyun Kim (SK Wyverns), Duk-Joo Ham (Doosan Bears), Hyeon-Jong Yang (Kia Tigers), Woo-Chan Cha (LG Twins), Chang-Mo Koo (NC Dinos)


Eui-Ji Yang (NC Dinos), Se-Hyuk Park (Doosan Bears)


Byung-Ho Park (Kiwoom Heroes), Sang-Soo Kim (Samsung Lions), Min-Woo Park (NC Dinos), Choi Jung (SK Wyverns), Kyung-Min Hur (Doosan Bears), Jae-Gyun Hwang (KT Wizards), Ha-Sung Kim (Kiwoom Heroes)


Keon-Woo Park (Doosan Bears), Byung-Heon Min (Lotte Giants), Jae-Hwan Kim (Doosan Bears), Jung-Hoo Lee (Kiwoom Heroes), Hyun-So Kim (LG Twins), Baek-Ho Kang (KT Wizards)

As expected the first place Doosan Bears have the most players on the roster with six. The third place Kiwoom Heroes have five players and the second place Sk Wyverns and the fifth place NC Dinos have four each. The next to last place Hanwha Eagles have no players on the roster while the last place Lotte Giants have one.

Taiwan Roster for Premier 12

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

Taiwan has some ex-major leaguers on their roster, or players who played in the minor leagues. C.C. Lee could be their closer. Taiwan will be hosting one of the three pool plays. Most of the players are playing in the China Professional Baseball League (CPBL). A few are playing in Japan or in the minor leagues in the United States. There is one player considered an amateur on the roster.


Chen Yu-Hsun (Lamiga Monkeys), Wang Yao-Lin (LaMiga Monkeys), Huang Tzu-Peng (LaMiga Monkeys), Chen Hung-Wen (Fubon Guardians), C.C. Lee (Chinatrust Brothers), Liao Yi-Chung (Chinatrust Brothers), Hu Chih-Wei (Chicago Cubs), Chiang Shao-Ching (Cleveland Indians), Lin Kai-Wei (Arizona Diamondbacks), Chen Kuan-Yu (Chibba Lotte Marines), Sung Chia-Hao (Rakuten Golden Eagles), Chang Yi (Orix Buffaloes), Wu Sheng-Feng (Taiwan Cooperative Bank)


Lin Hung-Yu (LaMiga Monkeys), Kao Yu-Chieh (Chinatrust Brothers), Lin Yu-Le (Uni Lions)


Chen Chun-Hsiu (LaMiga Monkeys), Kuo Yen-Wen (LaMiga Monkeys), Lin Li (LaMiga Monkeys), Wang Wei-Chen (Chnatrust Brothers), Wang Seng-Wei (Chinatrust Brothers), Yueh Tung-Hua (Chinatrust Brothers),


Chu Yu-Hsien (LaMiga Monkeys), Lin Che-Hsuan (Fubon Guardians), Hu Chin-Lung (Fubon Guardians), Chan Tzu-Hsien (Chinatrust Brothers), Su Chih-Chieh (Uni Lions), Wang Po-Jung (Nippon Ham Fighters

Japanese Roster - Premier 12

Friday, October 4th, 2019

One of the biggest international tournaments is happening in November. The 12 best countries will be competing for two qualifying spots in the Olympics to be played in Tokyo next year. Two countries have already qualified. Japan, which is hosting the Olympics and Israel, which won the European/Africa qualifier, upsetting Netherlands and Italy, which usually represent Europe in international competition are the only two countries with Olympic spots.

The 12 teams will be playing pool play in three countries, Mexico, Korea and Taiwan. The top two teams from each pool will then travel to Tokyo to play in a Super Round pool play in Tokyo. The top two countries from that tournament will qualify for the Olympics.

The Japanese roster is filled with NPB players. If these players were put together to compete against major league teams they would be a playoff contender. One of the best pitchers in baseball, Kodai Senga is on the roster. His fastball hits triple digits. They have a shortstop in Hayato Sakamoto, who hit 40 homeruns in the NPB last year. One of the reasons these players have not been posted to the major leagues is the teams they play for, the Softbank Hawks and Yomiuri Giants do not post players. They have to wait for free agency, which means they have to wait until after they have been playing for eight years.

Missing from the roster are major league players, and at least three NPB All Stars. Tsutsugo Yoshitomo a power hitting second baseman/outfielder who has expressed his interest in playing major league baseball is absent from the roster, as are his 29 homeruns and the 44 dingers he hit in 2016. Also not on the roster is 30/30 (homers/stolen bases) player Yuki Yanagita, who has been struggling with injuries these past two years. In 2019 he was limited to 38 games. On the pitching front Takahiro Norimoto is not on the roster. He was out most of this year because of injuries, limited to just 12 starts. From 2014 to 2017 Takahiro had 200 plus strikeouts.

Interesting that no player from the Hanshin Tigers or the Lotte Marines made the roster. The Yomiuri Giants and the Softbank Hawks had the most players on the team with five each.


Takayuki Kishi (Rakuten Eagles), Taisuke Yamaoka (Orix Buffaloes), Yuki Matsui (Rakuten Eagles), Shun Yamaguchi (Yomiuri Tokyo Giants), Yasuaki Yamazaki (Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars), Shota Imanga (Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars), Yudai Ono (Chunichi Dragons), Kodai Senga (Fukuoka Softbank Hawks), Rei Takahashi (Fukuoka Softbank Hawks), Yoshinobu Yamamoto (Orix Buffaloes), Kohei Morihara (Rakuten Eagles), Yuta Nakagawa (Yomiuri Tokyo Giants), Kazuto Taguchi (Yomiuri Tokyo Giants)


Seiji Kobayashi (Yomiuri Tokyo Giants), Tsubasa Aizawa (Hiroshima Toyo Carp), Takuya Kai (Fukuoka Softbank Hawks)


Tetsuto Yamada (Tokyo Yakult Swallows), Sosuke Genda (Seibu Lions), Eitoto Asamura (Rakuten Golden Eagles), Ryosuke Kikuchi (Hiroshima Toyo Carp), Shuta Tonosaki (Seibu Lions), Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri Tokyo Giants), Nobuhiro Matsuda (Fukuoka Softbank Hawks)


Kensuke Kondo (Nippon Ham Fighters), Ukyo Shuto (Fukuoka Softbank Hawks), Masataka Yoshida (Orix Buffaloes), Seiya Suzuki (Hiroshima Toyo Carp), Shogo Akiyama (Seibu Lions)

Netherlands Wins the Eruopean Championship

Monday, September 16th, 2019

The Netherlands wins the European championship defeating Italy 5-1 for their third consecutive European championship. The European Olympic qualifiers play this week with the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Israel all qualifying. In a critical game Czech Republic beat Germany 4-3 to become the fifth European team to qualify. South Africa is the lone African representative to play in the European/African qualifier for the Olympics.

Netherlands 5 Italy 1

Kalian Sams hit a grand slam homerun in the fourth inning and one out later John Polonius hit a solo shot to give the Netherlands an early 5-0 lead. Donny Breek coughed up a solo shot by Alberto Mineo in the fifth. He finished his outing after a two out walk in the fifth. Four different relief pitchers came on to shut out Italy for the remaining 4.1 innings.

Czech Republic 4 Germany 3

This game was critical because it determined the fifth European representative in the Europe/Africa qualifier for the Olympics. Martin Cervenka got the big hit for the Czechs with a three run homer in the third inning to erase a 2-0 German lead. After Germany tied it in the sixth it was a Martin Schneider solo shot in the 8th that put the Czechs up for good.

Germany loaded the bases in the 9th inning with no outs on two walks and a bunt single. The Czechs were able to pull a 6-2-5 double play to get two out and retired the last hitter on a pop up to escape with a victory.

Spain 16 Israel 11

Israel hit five homeruns and Spain just four, but Spain outhit Israel 20 to 11. It was nine inning batting practice.

Under 18 All World Team

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

Yu Chien, who pitched the championship match against the United States was named MVP. Below is the All World Team for 18 and under by position.

Catcher - Juan Gonzalez (Spain) - .323, 8 runs scored, 9 RBIs, 4 doubles
First Base - Yuya Nirasawa (Japan) - .345, 8 runs scored
Second Base - Ji-chan Kim (Korea) - .528, 11 runs scored, 10 stolen bases
Third Base - Shun-Ho Wang (Taiwan) - .364, 8 runs scored, .682 slugging, 3 stolen bases
Shortstop - Austin Gomm (Canada) - .345, 7 runs scored, 10 RBIs
Left Field - Darryl Collins (Netherlands) - .345, 8 runs scored, 12 RBIs, .759 slugging
Centerfield - Pete Crow-Armstrong (United States) - .364, 9 runs scored, 3 triples, .606 slugging, 3 stolen base
Rightfield - Robert Hassell (United States) - .514, 14 runs scored, 14 RBIs, 5 doubles, 2 homeruns, .886 slugging
Designated Hitter - Tyler Soderstrom (United States) - .294, 10 RBIs
Relief Pitcher - Alejandro Rosario (United States) - 3-0, 1.30 ERA
Starting Pitcher - Yasunobu Okugawa (Japan) - 1-0, 1.29 ERA, 18 K’s in 7 innings pitched, .083 batting average against
MVP - Chien Yu (Taiwan) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 saves, 15 K’s in 10 innings pitched

Taiwan Wins the Under 18 World Cup

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

It has been a pretty good 2019 baseball season for Taiwan. Earlier in the year they won the 12 and under World Cup by beating Japan. This time it was the United States who they beat in the older division.

Taiwan 2 United States 1

Chien Yu had major league scouts drooling, shutting out a group of potential number one draft picks on three hits for 6.2 innings, striking out seven. The four time defending champion United States could not figure out Yu, whose only other two appearances were in relief when he picked up two saves. He gave up just four hits in his 10 innings of work, striking out 15.

Taiwan broke a 0-0 tie in the fifth with an RBI single by Tzu-Wei Lin. Shun-Ho Wang got the inning started with a triple. Taiwan added an insurance run in the eighth on a Wie-Chieh Lo RBI single. Lo was a second round pick of the CPBL Uni Lions and just signed a contract prior to the tournament. Lin started the eighth inning with a single.

The United States attempted a rally in the bottom of the ninth. Singles by Robert Hassell and Colby Halter and an error scored one run and put runners on first and third with two outs. Po-Yu Chen, working his second inning was able to get Jack Bulger to fly out to right to end the game. Unlike Chien, Chen had started his first two games and he was called on in relief to secure the championship for Taiwan.

In pool play the United States had beaten Taiwan on the second day of the tournament 8-1.

Korea 6 Australia 5

Korea won the bronze medal game. Juh-Yeong Lee blasted a two run homer in the top of the ninth to give Korea the victory. For Lee it was his only two RBIs of the tournament. The leadoff hitter did score 10 runs and hit .364. Hyeong-jun So retired all three hitters he faced in the bottom of the ninth to clinch the victory for Korea. The Australians committed four errors in the game, allowing three unearned runs to score.

Chris Burke went 3 for 4 with three doubles and three RBIs to lead Australia. He finished the tournament with a .361 average and seven doubles.