Archive for the 'World Cup' Category

2014 15 and Under All Tournament Team an Impressive Bunch

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

As myworld was putting together the top 2021 prospects for Cuba, one thing we noted were the names that were selected to the 15 and under All tournament team for the World Cup. These are some of the names:

Catcher - Miguel Amaya from Panama was voted as the top catcher. He is now a top prospect for the Cubs. Another catcher that was selected was Rafael Marchan from Venezuela. He is now a top catching prospect of the Phillies. Marchan hit .531 in that tournament while Amaya hit just .233 so we know Amaya was selected for his defense.

First Base - Ernesto Martinez from Cuba was voted as the top first baseman, hitting .436 with one homerun. While he does not appear on any prospect lists, he now stands 6′6″ and signed with the Brewers.

Second Base - Royce Lewis from the United States. He was the first pick in the 2017 draft but knee surgery will see him sit out the 2021 season.

Shortstop - Isaac Paredes from Mexico. The Tigers signed him and he has out grown shortstop. He is one of the Tigers top ten prospects.

Left Field - Lazarito Armentaros from Cuba has struggled since his arrival in the United States. He hit .462 with five triples to make this list, but he has had issues making contact with breaking pitches since his arrival in the United States.

Center Field - Brice Turang was a first round pick of the Brewers in 2018. He is one of their better prospects.

Right Field - Shu Masuda from Japan hit .556 in he tournament. He was drafted by the Softbank Hawks in the NPB and made his debut in 2019. A wrist injury prevented him from playing in 2020.

Pitcher - Adrian Morejon won the MVP of the torunament beating the United States in the gold medal game. He is now pitchng for the Padres.

That is a pretty impressive list of players. The only position missing is third base, which was won by Ming-Chi Juan from Taiwan, but myworld could find nothing on him.

Yang and Yamaguchi Blast From the Past

Monday, February 15th, 2021

Lefthanded pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang recently signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers. Shun Yamaguchi was recently released by the Toronto Blue Jays. Yang was the starter for Korea in the Premier 12 finals between Japan and Korea. Yamaguchi was the starter for Japan.

While the game was to determine the qualifications for the Olympics scheduled for 2020 and now postponed to 2021, Japan had already qualified by hosting the games. Korea had also qualified by appearing in the championship. So the game was played mostly for pride and prize money. Yamaguchi was knocked out in the first inning, giving up two homeruns. Japan ultimately won the game 5-3. Interesting how the two pitchers have now entered upon different paths to their major league careers.

The big game was when Mexico defeated the United States 3-2 to qualify for the Olympics. Those pitchers were Cody Ponce and Arturo Reyes. Ponce pitched well tossing five shutout innings. He also made his major league debut in 2020 with the Pirates. Reyes also pitched five shutout innings but has never appeared in a major league game. He has spent a lot of time in the minor leagues. Last year he pitched in Taiwan in the China Professional Baseball League, getting only four starts for the China Trust Brothers.

First 2021 COVID Cancellation

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

The corona virus continues to reek havoc across many parts of the world. 2020 is in our rear view mirror but the corona virus has not disappeared as 2021 has arrived. In fact, it seems to have gotten more prevalent. With that the Baseball Federation of Asia has decided to cancel the Under 12 Baseball championship that was to be held in Tainan, Taiwan in March.

Because this was a qualifier event to determine the teams that would play in the 2021 Under12 Baseball World Cup in August, the Baseball Federation of Asia has decided to use the standings of the 2018 12 and under BFA championships to identify those countries. The following three teams have qualified for the 2021 Under 12 Baseball World Cup championship.

First Place - Taiwan

Second Place - Korea

Third Place - Japan

These three countries are the traditional representatives of the various age groups in World Cups.

Under 23 WBC Baseball World Cup Postponed Until 2021

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

The Under 23 Baseball World Cup was supposed to be played in Obregon and Los Mochis Mexico in September and October of this year. Mexico was having some issues with even starting their professional LMP this year, with an expected start date of August 7 still in doubt. So with that uncertainty it was decided to postpone the Under 23 World Cup to September 24/October 3 2021. Same two cities will be the host.

Under 15 World Cup Scheduled for Tijuana in October

Friday, June 5th, 2020

Tijuana, Mexico is becoming a hot spot for baseball. First it was announced that the Women’s World Cup of Baseball would be played there November 12-21. Now the WBSC has made it a double header by announcing that the Under 15 World Cup will be played in Tijuana on October 30 to November 8. That is back to back World Cup events held in one city.

In the last World Cup held in 2018 the United States defeated Panama, while Taiwan finished third. The teams that will be competing in this 15 and under World Cup are:

Africa: South Africa
Americas: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, United States and Venezuela
Asia: Taiwan and Japan
Europe: Germany and Italy
Oceania: Guam

Women’s Baseball World Cup Scheduled for November

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

It was originally scheduled for September 11-20 but had to be cancelled because of the corona virus. It has now been scheduled for November 12-21 in Tijuana, Mexico. Twelve teams will be competing in this event. They are:

Americas: United States, Canada, Mexico and Venezuela
Asia: Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines
Europe: France
Oceania: Australia
Wild Card: Cuba, Dominican Republic and Netherlands

Japan is the defending champion and has won the last six events. They have not lost a game in their last 30 contests. Taiwan lost in the finals to Japan. Canada defeated the United States for the bronze medal. The 2018 games were played in Vierra, Florida.

Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela Qualify for U-23 Baseball World Cup

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

The host Nicaragua did not lose a game in the Americas qualifier and will be going to Mexico in October for the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup. They defeated Cuba 1-0 in the championship match. Cuba also qualified by finishing in second place.

Venezuela defeated Colombia 9-0 to finish in third place and become the third qualifier for the U-23 World Cup. The United States did not participate in the event.

The teams that have qualified for the U-23 Baseball World Cup to be played in Mexico in October are:

Africa - South Africa
Americas - Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua
Asia - Japan, Taiwan and China
Europe - Czech Republic and Germany
Oceania - New Zealand
Wild Card - Korea

Japan is Number one in Both Men’s and Women’s Baseball

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Japan has achieved the top rating in both men’s and women’s baseball. The United States is second in men and fifth in women. For men the United States team bypasses a number of tournaments such as the World Cup Under 23, and play amateurs in the Premier 12, which prevents them from accumulating the points that Japan earns. The United States women are hampered by the culture of forcing talented players to pursue softball, where it is a high school recognized sport, abandoning baseball. This eliminates talented female baseball players from continuing with the sport.

Below is the Top 12 Ranking for each gender.

Men’s Top 12

1. Japan (6,127 points)
2. United States (4,676)
3. Korea (4,622)
4. Taiwan (4,352)
5. Mexico (3,375)
6. Australia (3,249)
7. Netherlands (2,690)
8. Cuba (2,641)
9. Venezuela (2,624)
10. Dominican Republic (2,512)
11. Puerto Rico (2,013)
12. Canada (1,873)

The top 12 is significant since a team qualifies for the Premier 12 by being ranked in the top 12 for baseball.

The women’s top 12.

1. Japan (2,505 points)
2. Canada (1,947)
3. Taiwan (1,852)
4. Venezuela (1,736)
5. United States (1,524)
6. Australia (1,182)
7. Korea (955)
8. Cuba (947)
9. Dominican Republic (717)
10. Hong Kong (520)
11. Netherlands (500)
12. Puerto Rico (371)

In women’s softball the United States is ranked number one with Japan at number two. For the men in softball Japan is ranked number one. The United States is sixth, behind Argentina, New Zealand, Canada and Australia.

Under 23 World Cup Qualifying Round

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

The Under 23 Baseball World Cup qualifying round will be held in Nicaragua and Honduras. Competing in the Nicaragua competition will be Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and the hosts Nicaragua. In Honduras, other than the hosts the competition will be Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala and Panama. Absent from the competition are the United States and Canada. Even Puerto Rico is absent in the tournament.

The Under 23 World Cup will be held October 2-11 in Mexico. Mexico are the defending champions having defeated Japan in 2018 when it was played in Colombia. Other countries who have qualified to play are Germany and Czech Republic (European qualifier), New Zealand (Oceania - Australia dropped out), Taiwan, Japan and China (Asia Qualifier), Korea (wild card selection) and Mexico as the host.

Honduras is an interesting country to choose to be a host for a baseball qualifier since baseball is not a big sport in that country. If you want to grow the game you have to expose the countries not usually exposed to baseball. Not sure why the United States and Canada chose not to participate but the major and minor league pipeline availability probably has something to do with that.

WBSC America’s Qualifier Pool

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

The United States failed to qualify for the Olympics in the Premier 12. Their Southern neighbor Mexico qualified, as well as Korea. This leaves four of six countries qualified for the Olympics, Japan (host), Israel (European/Africa qualifier), Korea and Mexico (both from Premier 12). The Americas qualifier is the next to last opportunity countries have to qualify for the Olympics. The second and third place finishers become eligible for the final qualifier in Taiwan, to be held in April..

Below are the pools:

Pool A

United States, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua

Pool B

Cuba, Venezuela, Canada and Colombia

The United States has been fielding a team of minor league prospects. While these players have been competitive they have yet to qualify the United States team for the Olympics. The same prospect heave team is expected for the Americas qualifying round to be held from March 22-26.

The final qualifier will be held in Taiwan from April 1-5.