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Asia defeats Americas in the Taiwan Premier 12 Pool

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

The Asian countries reigned supreme with Japan beating Venezuela 8-4 and Taiwan downing Puerto Rico 6-1 in the opening round of the Taiwan pool.

Venezuela was ahead for much of their game, but Japan exploded for six runs in the eighth to turn a 4-2 Venezuela lead into an 8-6 deficit. Venezuela pitchers walked 12 hitters, with seven of those walks occurring in the eighth. Four of the first five hitters in the inning walked. Ryosuke Kikuchi tied the game with an RBI single. A fifth walk in the inning gave Japan the lead.

Felix Doubront got the start for Venezuela and pitched well, limiting Japan to just one hit in four innings. Finding the strike zone was also a problem for him with three walks, but he did not allow a runner to cross the plate. Japan started Shun Yamaguchi and he gave up one run in his four innings of work.

Venezuela put a scare to the Japanese professionals with a three run sixth that gave them a 4-2 lead. They out hit Japan 10-8 but the pitchers had trouble finding the plate, walking 12 to the two walks Japanese pitchers issued. Jeff Gosney from the United States was behind the plate.

Shao-Ching Chiang threw six innings of one run ball to lead Taiwan. He gave up just three hits. A bullpen of three Chens each worked one inning of shutout ball to close out the victory, none of the Chens allowing a hit or run to score.

Taiwan got all the runs they needed in the first inning on a two run homer from Lin Lee. Puerto Rico gave Taiwan most of their runs with sloppy fielding. They opened the game by booting the first ball turning Lin’s homerun into a two run shot rather than a solo blast. They also made an error in the fifth that allowed two more unearned runs to score. Two errors in the sixth brought in a fourth unearned run.

United States Prevails Over Dominican Republic to Advance to Super Round

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

It appears the secret to success for this United States team is to out slug their opponents. They hit four homeruns yesterday to defeat the Dominican Republic 10-8 and advance to the Super Round in Tokyo. Leadoff batter Mark Payton started the game off with a homerun and Alec Bohm bombed a three run homer in the third to lead the offense.

Charlie Valerio hit a three run homer for the Dominican Republic in the bottom of the fifth to close the gap to 9-7. The United States turned to its bullpen to shut out the Dominicans for the next three innings. In the 9th Brandon Dickerson retired the first two hitters, but two singles put the tying run Carlos Peguero at the plate. Dickerson was able to strike him out to secure the save.

Erik Kratz had a solo homerun and three hits in the game. He batted .625 for the tournament with two homeruns. Alec Bohm also had three hits in the game. Robert Dalbec drove in a run for the third consecutive game and tied for the lead in RBIs with six. Charlie Valerio was a perfect 3 for 3, falling a triple short of the cycle. Edwin Espinal drove in three runs for the Dominicans with his two singles and finished the tournament with 6 RBIs.

On the pitching front Wyatt Mills was a savior with his two shutout innings. Noah Song struck out three hitters in the eighth, giving up a single.

Mexico Upsets United States to Advance to Premier 12 Super Round

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Mexico continues to be a thorn in the United States side by upsetting them yesterday and advancing to the Super Round in Tokyo in a couple weeks. Roman Solis slugged a three run homer to end a five run fifth and the Mexican bullpen shut down the United States bats for the final six innings to finish off an 8-2 win.

Mexico got off to a fast start in the first inning on a two run single by Christian Villanueva off Tanner Houck. The United States bounced back in the third and fourth innings on solo homeruns from Erik Kratz and Robert Dalbec. For Dalbec it was his second homerun of the series.

Kratz allowed the go ahead run to score in the fifth inning on a passed ball. Noah Perio and Jonathan Jones had started the inning with singles to put runners on first and third and no out. Houck struck out one and Daniel Tillo struck out both hitters he faced, but with two out Kratz let a pitch slip by him to score Perio, which proved to be the winning run.

Mexico put the game away in the 8th with five runs. Efren Navarro drove in two with a single and Solis put the dagger in the heart with a three run homerun.

The Mexican bullpen did not allow a runner to second after the Dalbec homerun. Jesus Cruz and Carlos Bustamante each pitched two perfect innings, striking out five of the six hitters they faced.

In the other game the Dominican Republic blasted Netherlands 14-4. The Dominican Republic did not score in the first inning, but scored in the next six to put the game away. Ex-major leaguer Jair Jurrjens gave up five hits and three runs for the Netherlands.

The Dominicans turned to Ervin Santana. He also gave up five hits in just 2.1 innings of work, serving up a leadoff homer to Roger Bernadina and a two run homer to Chadwick Tromp in the first inning to give the Netherlands an early 3-0 lead.

A six run sixth inning by the Dominicans put the game out of reach. Alfredo Marte’s three run double was the big hit of the inning. Marte finished the game with four RBIs. Gilberto Cestino drove in the go ahead run with a double in the fourth. He also made a game saving catch in centerfield in the bottom of the fourth to prevent the tying run from scoring and possibly shifting the momentum in the game.

The United States will face the Dominican today to determine the second team to advance to Tokyo for the Super Round. The winner advances to Tokyo and the loser goes home.

United States and Mexico Win Premier 12 Openers

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

The long ball was popular yesterday in the openers of the first round of the Premier 12s. The United States used it in their 9-0 win over Netherlands. Veteran changeup artist Rob Cordemans got the start for the Netherlands but he did not fool enough people with his changeup. He lasted just three innings and gave up two long balls to put the Netherlands in an early a hole.

Drew Waters sent his first pitch over the right field wall to give the United States an early lead. The United States scored another run on a sacrifice fly infield popup in the second inning. Juremi Profar caught a popup with his back to the plate and Jacob Cronenworth had the speed to tag up from third and score. Jo Adell took Cordemans deep in the third inning to make it 3-0.

Lars Huijer tried his luck in the fourth. He held the United States scoreless in that inning but in the fifth the Netherlands walked Daulton Varsho to load the bases to face slugger Bobby Dalbec. Dalbec blasted a pitch deep over the centerfield wall for a grand slam homer and a 7-0 United States lead. Brent Rooker finished the homerun derby with his two run shot in the eighth off Jim Ploeger.

The Netherlands could not solve Cody Ponce, who pitched five shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out five. Four different relievers followed Ponce, each working one inning without giving up a hit.

Mexico got a grand slam from Esteban Quiroz in the third inning to beat the Dominican Republic 6-1. Efren Navarro and Matt Clark punctuated the win with back to back jacks in the sixth. The game lasted only six innings with Humberto Castellanos throwing the last two innings and getting the win.

The Dominican Republic got their only run in the first inning on an RBI single from Carlos Peguero. Ex-major league reliever Enny Romero got the start for the Dominican Republic and faltered in the third inning after pitching two solid innings. Other than the third inning when he gave up three of his five hits Romero was strong. He struck out 10 hitters in just 4.1 innings. Luis Perez gave up the back to back homers in the sixth.

Mexico will play the United States today with the winner guaranteed of advancing to Japan for the second round. Mexico has always been a thorn in the United States side. They eliminated them from appearing in an Olympic in the past. The Dominican Republic plays the Netherlands with the loser being virtually eliminated from advancing to Japan for the second round. The Netherlands has been a thorn in the side of the Dominican Republic in World Baseball Classic events.

United States Premier 12 Roster

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

The United States may be the most impacted team with their inability to use players from 40 man rosters. This leaves a team filled with journeyman and top level prospects. As they found out in the first Premier 12, teams like Japan and Korea who use their professional players are better equipped to do well in the tournament. The United States finished second to Korea in the first Premier 12 event, with the favored Japanese team finishing third. Both Japan and Korea will be stronger in this tournament.

Top level prospects to watch for Team USA will be Jordan Adell, Alec Bohm, Xavier Edwards, Daulton Varsho, Andrew Vaughn and Drew Waters. The veterans on the club include Brandon Dickerson, who could be the ace in the rotation, Eric Kratz and another veteran pitcher in Clayton Richard. Tanner Houck, Spencer Howard and Noah Song are talented young arms that will filter into the rotation. The top two teams will qualify for the Olympics. Myworld feels the United States will finish third, which will be enough to qualify for the Olympics since Japan has already qualified as the host of the tournament.

Pitchers

Clayton Andrews, Brandon Dickson, Parker Dunshee, Jonathon Feyereisen, Brian Flynn, Tanner Houck, Spencer Howard, Tyler Johnson, Wyatt Mills, Cody Ponce, Brooks Pounders, Clayton Richard, Noah Song, Caleb Thielbar, Daniel Tillo

Catchers

Taylor Gushue, Erik Kratz, Daulton Varsho

Infielders

Alek Bohm, Connor Chatham, Jacob Cronenworth, Robert Dalbec, Xavier Edwards, Andrew Vaughn

Outfielders

Jordan Adell, Mark Payton, Brent Rooker, Drew Waters

Premier 12 Roster for Australia

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Australia will be relying on a veteran group to try to qualify them for the Olympics next year. There are a couple cup of coffee major leaguers on the roster in pitchers Travis Blackley and Warwick Saupold, who also had some success in the KBO this past season. Luke Hughes saw a couple years in the major leagues with the Twins, but many years have passed since that experience. Peter Moylan at 41 years of age will be one of the oldest participants. He will try to nail down the bullpen. The outfield could be strong with veteran minor leaguer David Kandilas and prospect Aaron Whitefield, who is the youngest player on the roster at 23. Australia will be playing in Korea against the hosts, Cuba and Canada.

Pitchers

Dean Aldridge, Timothy Atherton, Travis Blackley, Joshua Guyer, Jon Kennedy, Steven Kent, Peter Moylan, Dushan Ruzic, Warwick Saupold, Ryan Searle, Joshua Tols, Todd Van Steensel, Luke Wilkens

Catchers

Ryan Battaglia, Allan de san Miguel, Robert Perkins

Infielders

Trent D’Antonio, Wade Dutton, Darryl George, Robert Glendinning, Luke Hughes, Mitchel Nilsson, David Sutherland, Logan Wade

Outfielders

Andrew Campbell, David Kandilas, Timothy Kennelly, Aaron Whitefield

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.

Pitchers

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

Catchers

Kellin Deglan, Dustin Houle

Infielders

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

Outfielders

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

Pitchers

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

Catchers

Wilfredo Rodriguez, Kevin Torres

Infielders

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

Outfielders

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.

Pitchers

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)

Catchers

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

Infielders

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)

Outfielders

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.

Pitchers

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

Catchers

Charlie Valerio, Jose Mena

Infielders

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

Outfielders

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