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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.

2020 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

Major league baseball did announce that they would be holding the World Baseball Classic in 2021. That is one year after the Olympics, where two remaining teams are still undecided to be one of the six competitors for the Olympics. One of those Olympic qualifiers is to be scheduled in Arizona from March 22-26.

It could be a busy time for baseball in Arizona in March. With spring training and the Olympic qualifiers and now also the two World Baseball Classic qualifiers to be held in Arizona. Where will they find all the fields?

Baseball Reference.com shows that there will be two World Baseball Classic qualifiers in Arizona. The first will be held from March 12-17 and the second from March 18-26. Below are the teams that will be participating in those qualifiers.

March 12-17

Brazil, Germany, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Philippines and South Africa

March 18-26

Czech Republic, France, United Kingdom, Pakistan, Panama and Spain.

The top two teams from each of these pools will advance to the World Baseball Classic for 2021.

What got me interested in this was an article appearing in baseballasia.org that talked about the rise in baseball in the Philippines. The Philippine Amateur Baseball Association President talked about participating in the WBC qualifiers in March 18-25, which are different dates from what the Philippines appears to be scheduled in according to Baseball Reference.com. They also talk about adding Tim Tebow, who was born in the Philippines to their roster. Tim Tebow has recently been invited to the New York Mets spring training tryouts and they train in Florida.

So there is not a lot of publicity being issued on these qualifiers but they appear to be happening some time in March. That could be a good time to travel to Arizona to watch some International baseball. Poor Nicaragua appears to be scheduled to play in both the Olympic Qualifiers in Arizona and the World Baseball Classic Qualifiers in Arizona. Good way to save on travel costs, provided the tournaments are not scheduled during the same week.

Australia Wins Oceania Under 18

Monday, January 28th, 2019

Australia qualified for the Under 18 World Cup in Korea this year with a 5-0 win over American Samoa. The game was called after four innings because of rain, which would disappoint many Samoan fans. American Samoa had pulled an upset over Australia earlier in pool play winning 4-3.

Australia was declared the champion based on their 16-0 win over Samoa in the playoffs. American Samoa then defeated third place Guam 15-6 to earn another shot at Australia. Mother Nature did not allow that game to be completed.

New Zealand finished fourth and Palau fifth in the tournament.

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.

Top Players in the Under 15 Tournament

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Cuba beat Japan in the finals while the United States took third. Rather than pick an All tourney team myworld will name the top players of each team who performed well in the tournament based on their numbers. Myworld was not there so we could not witness their performances.

Cuba

Loidell Chapelli may have been the MVP of the tournament with his 5 for 5 day in the championship. Overall he hit .444 with 10 RBIs and a 1.028 OPS.

Malcolm Nunez hit .613 with 9 walks and one strikeout and a 1.375 OPS

Victor Mesa hit .375 with 9 runs scored.

Darian Palma hit .324 with 11 runs scored and 5 stolen bases.

Livan Chaviano appeared in four games and picked up two wins. He picked up one save and had a 0.00 ERA in 13.2 innings

Edgar Martinez struck out 20 in his 15 innings of work with a 0.60 ERA.

Japan

Shota Katekaru hit .467 with 9 RBIs and a 1.100 OPS.

Kenji Ino had a .389 average with 11 RBIs and a 1.115 OPS. He scored 13 runs and stole 5 bases.

Kanta Okada started three games and finished with a 0.75 ERA in 12 innings of work.

United States

Anthony Volpe hit .419, stole 8 bases, drove in 10 runs and scored 10 runs with an OPS of 1.010. He did everything.

Cade Doughty hit .419 with 13 runs scored.

Justin Campbell did not give up an earned run in his two starts covering 7 innings, but did give up 8 hits. The United States seemed to lack a dominating pitcher in this tournament based on the numbers. No big strikeout numbers like Japan and Cuba.

Panama

Jordan Agrazal was their top hitter with a .375 average and 9 runs scored. His OPS was .901.

Venezuela

Pedro Martinez showed it all with a .481 average, 11 runs scored and five stolen bases. His OPS was 1.090.

Jesus Orecchia may have been the best hitter with his .438 average, 13 RBIs and 1.003 OPS.

Ronier Lascarro hit .379 with three triples and a 1.072 OPS. He also scored 9 runs and stole 4 bases.

Miguel Rondon had five appearances and two saves. He did take a loss when he gave up 4 unearned runs but his ERA was 0.00 in 7.1 innings.

Colombia

Marshall Cantillo hit .476 with 2 doubles and three triples to put his OPS at 1.399. He drove in 8 runs.

Luis Arzuza hit .400 with a 1.011 OPS.

Taiwan

Jui Wen Chien hit .500 with 4 doubles and two triples with a 1.360 OPS. He drove in 10 runs.

Yao Tsung Weng also hit .500, drawing 8 walks and scoring 11 times. His OPS was 1.193.

Po Yu Chen hit .444 with a .997 OPS.

Korea

Jun-Woo Shin hit .571 with 6 doubles and a 1.504 OPS. He drove in 10 runs.

Kyung-PYo Ko hit .524 with a 1.286 OPS. He walked 9 times.

Seung Ho Lee hit .393 to score 9 runs.

Hyung-Jun Park appeared in three games with one start stringing together a 1.17 ERA.

Mexico

Jared Guerrero hit .423 with 9 RBIs.

Asis Berrones struck out 15 of the 30 batters he faced but his 6.14 ERA was ugly.

Czech Republic

Marek Krejcirik hit .389 but his 14 walks put his OBA at .656 and his OPS at 1.267. He hit two triples.

Martin Grundman was 1-1 with a 0.82 ERA in two starts.

Australia

Caleb Shepherd hit .400 with a double and two triples for a 1.145 OPS. He also coaxed 8 walks in a weak lineup.

New Zealand

No worthy players of note though Taichi Nakao did walk 9 times but his average was .238, the second best average on the team for those players with 10 or more at bats.

Cuba Defends 15 and Under Championship

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

The major leagues may have robbed Cuba of many of their players older than 16. They still have their 15 year olds, who beat Japan 9-4 to defend their championship. After being shut out by Japan in pool play the first time they played them Cuba erupted for five runs in the second inning, then added three more in the fourth to jump out to an 8-0 lead.

Loidel Chapelli is a name you may want to remember. He went 5 for 5, driving in three runs and scoring two to lead the Cuban offense. He finished the tournament with a .444 average, stealing one of the six bases the Cubans took off Japanese catchers. Franny Cobos delivered three hits and stole two bases, driving in two runs. The top hitter for Cuba was Malcolm Nunez, who finished the tournament with a best .613 average and 1.375 OPS. He went 1 for 4 in the championship game with a sacrifice fly to drive in one of the nine Cuban runs.

Livan Chaviano worked five shutout innings before giving up an unearned run in the sixth. Japan was able to score three more runs off reliever Osdany Rodriguez in his three innings of work. Shota Katekaru was the big bat for Japan getting four hits in five at bats. He drove in one and scored one.

The United States was able to win the bronze medal game over Panama 8-3. They scored six runs in the seventh to break a 1-1 tie.

The order of finish for the teams:

1) Cuba, 2) Japan, 3) United States, 4) Panama, 5) Venezuela, 6) Colombia, 7) Taiwan, 8) South Korea, 9) Mexico, 10) Czech Republic, 11) Australia and 12) New Zealand

Under 15 World Cup - Day 3

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Japan and the United States remain the only undefeated teams after three games in the under 15 World Cup being held in Japan.

United States 11 Panama 1

The United States gave the surprising Panama team their first loss. Jasiah Dixon had the second homerun of the tournament, a solo job. Joseph Naranjo went 2 for 2 with a triple and two walks to drive in two runs. Coltin Olasin also had a triple and a single to drive in three runs. Nelson Berkwich silenced the Panama bats for five innings, giving up one unearned run on four hits in a game that only lasted seven innings. Panama pitchers were a little flustered by the strike zone, walking 9 batters.

Japan 15 Korea 4

Japan clubbed Korea, scoring eight runs in the first two innings to win the seven inning game. Kenji Ino scored three runs on his triple and two walks and also drove in two runs. Shota Katekaru was another big hammer with his two singles and double driving in three runs. Jun-Woo Shin had a perfect 3 for 3 day for Korea in a losing cause.

Taiwan 9 Mexico 8

Taiwan woke up from their doldrums to get their first win in three games but it took a run in the bottom of the ninth to give them the victory. Mexico out hit Taiwan 14 to 8 but stranded 14 runners. Chen Wei Lin Wu retired all seven hitters he faced, four of them on strikeouts to give Taiwan the victory. Jui Wen Chien drove in two with a triple and double while Chen Wu Huang drove in three with a triple.

Colombia 9 Czech Republic 4

Colombia improved their record to 2-1 while the Czechs dropped to 1-2. Colombia pitchers walked 11 hitters but the Czechs were not able to take advantage of the generosity, stranding 12 runners. William Miranda swatted a double and triple to drive in three runs to lead Colombia.

Venezuela 16 New Zealand 3

Venezuela blasted New Zealand to leave them among the winless along with their neighbor Australia. Venezuela improves to 2-1. Daniel Castillo scored four times from the leadoff spot, getting hit by pitches twice and stealing two bases. Pedro Martinez and Ronier Lascarro each scored three times from the 2 and 3 slot in the order. The first eight hitters in the lineup each had at least one RBI. Jesus Orecchia had another good game for Venezuela going 4 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. The scouts have an eye on this first baseman.

Cuba 4 Australia 3

Despite being winless Cuba had a hard time disposing of Australia. Malcolm Nunez walked all four times at the plate and stole three bases, but it accounted for only one run scored for Cuba. Darian Palma scored two runs and drove in one on his two hits. Leadoff hitter Victor Mesa stroked a double and triple to score one run. Livan Chaviano picked up the save by pitching three shutout innings in relief, allowing just one hit.

15 and Under Results - Day 2

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Adrian Morejon was an MVP of the 15 and under tournament. The Cuban recently signed a multi million dollar contract to play for the Padres. The second day of games was a little more competitive as these players battled for their country. The South/Central American teams proved their superiority over the Asian teams on this second day.

Japan 4 Cuba 0

Japan pitchers tossed their second straight shutout, but this one was against the powerful Cubans. Masaki Oyokawa went seven innings for Japan, allowing just four hits in shutting out Cuba. Shoki Koyama drove in two with a double and single.

United States 4 Venezuela 2

The United States battled with Venezuela, falling behind 2-0 before rallying for two spots in the sixth and seventh innings. Jesus Orecchia drove in both runs for Venezuela with an RBI double and single in the first and third innings. A Venezuelan error proved costly in the sixth allowing two unearned runs to score. Christian Cairo and Carter Young drove in the two runs that put the United States on top. Jasiah Dixon stole two bases and scored a run for the stars and stripes. Zachary Martinez pitched four innings of shutout ball in relief to get credit for the victory.

Panama 6 Taiwan 4

Panama broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the eighth and shocked Taiwan with the win to improve their record to 2-0. Taiwan rallied for two runs in the last of the ninth but fell short to drop to 0-2. Fernando Gonzalez got the big two run single that gave Panama the win.

Colombia 10 South Korea 5

Colombia shocked Korea scoring 10 runs in the last two innings to pull off the upset. Both teams move to 1-1. Guillermo Quintana and Luis Arzuza each drove in two runs for the Colombians.

Czech Republic 10 Australia 0

The Czechs evened their record to 1-1 by winning this seven inning game. The Aussies are wondering where their offense is after enduring their second straight shutout. All the Czech runs were scored in the seventh inning to break a 0-0 pitcher’s duel. Tomas Hrbek pitched all but one out to quiet the Aussie bats, allowing three hits and walking four. Martin Grundmann scored twice and drove in two runs in the wild seventh inning. Michael Best and Tomas Chadim also contributed two RBIs each. Aussie pitchers walked six hitters in the 10 run seventh.

Mexico 11 New Zealand 3

Mexico won their first game, dropping New Zealand to 0-2. Mexico scored at least one run in the third through eighth innings. Kevin Garcia led the charge with three of the 15 Mexican hits. Sergio Villalba, Juan Garza and Jared Guerrero each drove in two runs. Oscar Valenzuela got the start and pitched four shutout innings for Mexico.

15 and Under Results in Japan

Friday, July 29th, 2016

The World Cup for 15 and under opened yesterday in Japan. Not a lot of upsets or competitive games.

United States 18 Taiwan 3

This was surprising in how easily the United States dominated Taiwan in a game that only went five innings. The United States scored crooked numbers in all five of the innings that were played while Taiwan scratched together three runs after the United States had built a 16-0 lead. Taiwan pitchers could not find the plate walking 10 batters and throwing three wild pitches.

Anthony Volpe strung together four hits in four at bats to drive in three runs for the United States. He also scored three runs and stole a base. Carter Young collected three hits in four at bats and also drove in three runs. As a team the United States stole seven bases, with lead off batter Jasiah Dixon leading the way with two stolen bases on three hits scoring three times.

Taiwan had a couple hitting stars going 5 for 5, accounting for five of their seven hits. Yao-Tsung Weng slashed three hits from the leadoff spot, driving in one run and Chin-Wei Lin Wu put together two hits in the number eight spot after coming off the bench.

Japan 13 Australia 0

Japan continued to show off their superior pitching, shutting out Australia on four hits in a game going seven innings. Australia committed six errors to allow 11 unearned runs to cross the plate in the game. Japan used four different pitchers to shut out Australia, Kanta Okada getting the start and going three innings without allowing a hit. He was pulled after Japan had jumped out to an 11-0 lead.

Kenji Ino was the big bat for Japan, collecting three hits including a triple to drive in two runs and score three.

Cuba 5 Colombia 0

In the only game to go nine Cuba shut out Colombia on three hits. Osiel Rodriguez went seven plus innings to get the win, striking out nine and allowing only two hits. Yaniel Nunez was the big Cuban bat with four hits in five at bats, including a double, the only extra base hit on the Cuban team.

Korea 14 Czech Republic 4

Korea jumped on the Czechs early with nine runs in the first three innings and spanked the lone European team in a game that went seven innings. Number nine hitter Min-Sung Cho hit the only homerun of the first day in his perfect 2 for 2 day before he was pinch hit for in his last at bat. Jun-Woo Shin powered two doubles among his three hits to drive in two. Man-Soo Kim drove in three with a perfect 1 for 1 day with a single, walk and sacrifice fly.

Panama 16 New Zealand 1

Panama trampled all over New Zealand in a game that went six innings. They scored 12 of their 16 runs in the last two innings, assisted by six errors from New Zealand. Leonardo Jimenez drove in four runs with his two hits including a double and sacrifice fly. Adrian Montero had two at bats that included a walk and a triple that drove in three runs as a late inning replacement.

Venezuela 11 Mexico 1

This game was close until the latter innings when Venezuela erupted for eight runs in the last two innings to end the game in seven innings. Mexican pitchers issued 12 walks to aid in the Venezuelan scoring. Sergio Gutierrez drove in four runs and Jesus Orecchia added three to lead the Venezuelan efforts.

Under 15 Baseball World Cup

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

The under 15 World Cup will be played in Iwahi, Japan on July 29 to August 7. There will be 12 teams participating in this event. The World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) recently announced the teams.

Australia (a WBC qualifying winner), Colombia (fresh off their WBC qualifying win), Cuba, Czech Republic, Japan (Number 1 team in the world), Korea (Premier 12 champion), Mexico (another WBC qualifying winner), New Zealand, Panama, Taiwan, United States (Number 2 team in the world), Venezuela