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Under 23 World Cup All Tournament Team

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Below are the names of the players who made the All Tournament Team in the Under 23 World Cup.

Catcher - Orlando Pina (Mexico) .320, 2, 8
First Base - Hisanori Yasuda (japan) .393, 1, 8 MVP
Second Base - Brailan Perez (Colombia) .462, 0, 5 with two triples and 4 stolen bases
Third Base - Dervin Pomare (Colombia) .522, 1, 10 with a 1.368 OPS
Shortstop - Jorna Rodriguez (Venezuela) .333, 0, 3
Outfield - Norberto Obeso (Mexico) .500, 0, 5 with 5 doubles, 1.363 OPS
Outfield - Carlos Vidal (Colombia) .387, 1, 7
Outfield - Bojarski Ulrich (Australia) .379, 4, 11 with 1.297 OPS
Designated Hitter - Leandro Cedeno (Venezuela).306, 2, 10
Starting Pitcher - Francisco Haro (Mexico) 2-0, 1.93 with 18 whiffs in 14 innings
Best Relief Pitcher - Kakeru Narita (Japan) 1-1, 1.17 with 1 save

Other Players Worth Note

Australia

Jack Barrie - .391, 3, 8
Mitchell Warke-Edwards - .500, 2, 6 with 1.200 slugging and 1.783 OPS

Colombia

Juan Zabala - .417, 1, 7
Juan Escorcia - 0.90 ERA with 14 whiffs in 10 IP
Reiver SanMartin - 1-0, 0.82, .179 opponent average

Czech Republic

Martin Muzik - .250, 2, 7

Dominican Republic

Claudio Galva - 0.00 ERA, 11 whiffs in 9 innings, .097 opponent average
Raffi Vizcaino - 0.00 ERA, .105 opponent average

Japan

Kairi Shimada - .344, 1, 1 with 12 runs scored with 5 stolen bases
Yasuhito Uchida - .233, 3, 8
Hiroki Kondo - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 17 whiffs in 15 innings, .189 opponent average
Kosuke Sakaguchi - 1-0, 0.77, 16 whiffs in 11.2 innings, .179 opponent average
Soichiro Yamazaki - 1-0, 0.00, .194 opponent average

Korea

Chan-Hyung Kim - .286, 3, 9
Min-Hyeok Kim - .367, 2, 7
Dong-Hui Han - .324, 2, 7 with 12 runs scored
Jin-Won Ye - .410, 0, 4
Sung-Young Choi - 2-1, 2.31, 13 whiffs in 11.2 innings, .171 opponent average
Sang-Hyun Jeon - 2-0, 1.80, .206 opponent average

Mexico

Roberto Valenzuela - .263, 3, 9 with 3 stolen bases

Netherlands

Sherton Apostel - .375, 2, 9
Francinel Martina - .367, 1, 7

Puerto Rico

Isan Diaz - .214, 4, 5 with 8 runs scored
Jonathan Bermudez - 0.00 ERA, 10 whiffs in 7 innings pitched, .048 opponent average
Sidney Duprey - 1-1, 1.04, 11 whiffs in 8.2 innings
Luis Sanchez - 1.17, 1 save, .125 opponent average

South Africa

Tyler Smith - .433, 0, 4

Taiwan

Wei-Han Hong - .367, 0, 1, .472 OBA
Liang-Chih Chen - 0.60, .196 opponent average

Venezuela

Anthony Concepcion - .346, 1, 6
Carlos Machado - .429, 0, 5
Jesus Lujano - .400, 0, 5
Yonny Hernandez - .200, 0, 2 with 6 stolen bases
Nivaldo Rodriguez - 0.00 ERA, .077 opponent average

Under 23 World Cup - Day 5

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

The Netherlands won their first game, upsetting Taiwan and the Czech Republic almost shocked the Dominican Republic. Five of the six teams have advanced to the Super Round.

Venezuela 9 Korea 2

The two teams will advance to the Super Round, but Venezuela will advance with no losses while Korea will carry over two losses. And the domination they received at the hands of Venezuela. Nivaldo Rodriguez shutout Korea on two hits for four innings. The Koreans were able to pull to within 3-2 against the Venezuelan bullpen in the sixth. Jose Rodriguez shut them out for the final 3.2 innings. In total the Venezuelan pitchers finished the game with 14 strikeouts.

The Venezuelans were able to spray 13 hits and six walks into nine runs. The top two hitters in the lineup, Yonny Hernandez and Jesus Lujano led the charge with two RBIs each. Hernandez and Carlos Machado led all players with three hits each. Of the 13 Venezuelan hits, only one went for extra bases.

Sung-Ju Moon led Korea with three of their seven hits and drove in both runs with a double.

Japan 7 Colombia 2

Japan remained undefeated with their win over Colombia. Colombia must still beat Taiwan in a makeup game to hope to advance. Colombia scored first to take an early 1-0 lead. Two three run innings, one in the third and another in the seventh was too much for Colombia. Taiga Matsuo got the big hit for Japan with his two run triple in the third to give Japan a 2-1 lead. He later scored on a wild pitch. Hisanori Yasuda also drove in two runs with two sacrifice flies, one in the seventh and the other in the ninth.

Dominican Republic 9 Czech Republic 8

The Dominicans advanced to the super round with a wild win over the Czechs. In the tenth they scored two runs to win the game. Jeison Guzman is credited with the walk off single to give the Dominicans the win. The Czechs remain winless.

The Dominicans had jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after two and all seemed cool after that. Hansel Moreno punched a two run shot in the third and Wendell Rijo went solo. In the fifth Martin Muzik finished off the five run fifth with a three run homer and the game was tied 5-5. The Dominicans called on Eduardo del Rosario to finish the game, throwing 3.2 innings of almost shutout ball. He gave up one unearned run in the 10th on a wild pitch. In extra innings in international play runners are placed on first and second to begin the inning.

Netherlands 10 Taiwan 9

The Netherlands diminished Taiwan’s chances of advancing to the Super Round. They must now beat Colombia to have any hope of advancing. Like the Dominican game, the Netherlands scored two runs in the bottom of the tenth to win the game. The last run was scored when Tijmen Takke was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Taiwan chose to walk Sherton Apostel to load the bases and face Takke, who had come in the game as a pinch runner. Apostel was 3 for 5 with two doubles, a homerun and four RBIs.

Netherlands had jumped out to an early 5-0 lead but could not hold it.

Mexico 13 South Africa 3

Mexico advanced to the Super Round. South Africa scored their first runs of the tournament. Both teams were happy. Roberto Valenzuela and Orlando Pina both went deep, each with their second homeruns of the tournament. The two combined to drive in seven of the 13 runs for Mexico.

Puerto Rico 3 Australia 2

Puerto Rico knocked Australia out of the Super Round with the win. At 2-3 Puerto Rico fails to advance as well. Isan Diaz drove in all the runs for Puerto Rico with two homeruns. He hit a solo shot in the third and a two run blast in the fifth. He came into the game 1 for 12. Luis Sanchez pitched two perfect innings to stamp out the victory and eliminate Australia from the Super Round.

Under 23 World Cup - Day 4 Japan and Venezuela Remain Undefeated

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Only Japan and Venezuela remain undefeated after the fourth day. Japan seems to do it with their pitching while Venezuela relies on their bats.

Japan 5 Netherlands 0

Japan completed their second shutout of the tournament. The European teams remain winless in these events. Hiroki Konda dominated in seven innings, striking out 12 and allowing just three hits. Japan scored all five of their runs in the first, taking advantage of three walks then coasted the rest of the way. Taiga Matsuo drove in two runs with his triple and Hisanori Yasuda drove in two with a single.

Venezuela 7 Dominican Republic 2

Venezuela knocked off a tough Dominican team to remain undefeated. For the Dominicans it is their second loss. They scored both their runs in the second inning on a two run homer by Martin Taveras, his second of the tournament. Ivan Andueza came on in relief after the third inning and held the Dominicans hitless for six innings, striking out 10 and walking two. Carlos Machado hit a two run single in a three run first, which Andueza confirmed was all the runs the Venezuelans needed. Jorna Rodriguez finished a perfect 3 for 3 hitting from the ninth spot in the order with three runs scored. He also stole two bases.

Korea 14 Australia 7

Korea got a big win to take over second place in pool two, tacking a second loss to Australia’s ledger. Australia scored six in the opening frame but could not hold the lead. They again got big production from the bottom of their order, with number eight hitter Mitchel Warke-Edwards going deep twice, once in the first inning with a three run blast and again in the sixth with a solo shot.

Korea bounced back in the second inning with eight runs. Chan-Hyung Kim hit the first of his two homeruns in the inning, a grand slam to pull Korea to within one. Gyeong-Won Jun hit a two run double in the inning to put Korea up 7-6. Kim blasted another homer in the eighth, a two run bomb to give him six RBIs for the game. Dong-Hui Han sealed the victory with his three run homer in the seventh. He finished the day 3 for 4 with three runs scored.

Taiwan 12 South Africa 0

Taiwan got their first win and South Africa extended their scoreless streak to 0 for the tournament. Yun-Chen Tai walloped a grand slam homer in an eight run third that put the game out of reach.

Mexico 7 Colombia 6

Mexico got a big win giving Colombia their first loss. It also put them in second place at 3-1. Mexico had jumped out to an early 5-1 lead. Carlos Morales had pitched five shutout innings. He was taken out in the sixth after issuing a one out walk. The bullpen coughed up the lead in the seventh, giving up five runs. Derwin Pomare got the big hit, a bases clearing double that drove in three. Pomare finished the day with four RBIs, delivering an RBI single in the sixth that gave Colombia their first run.

Not deterred, Mexico battled back. They scored the tying run in the bottom of the seventh on a strikeout/wild pitch, scoring a run without benefit of putting the ball in play. The leadoff hitter walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on a wild pitch. The walks continued to hurt Colombia with another leadoff walk in the eighth scoring on a Roberto Valenzuela triple in right field to give Mexico the lead.

Erick Casillas got credit for the win, working his second inning of relief to close out the victory. He gave up a two out double to Milton Ramos but retired the next hitter on a fly out to end the game.

Puerto Rico 20 Czech Republic 0

Puerto Rico got their first win, their bats taking it out on the winless Czechs. The game only went five as Puerto Rico scored in every inning. Gabriel Cancel was the big bat with six RBIs, including a three run homer in the first. Xavier Fernandez clubbed a solo shot in the first, finishing the day 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Lean Marrero and Aldemar Burgos each crossed the plate four times.

Rain Dampens World Games in Colombia

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Rain forced the postponement of the Netherlands/South Africa and Taiwan/Colombia games. The other games were played with the only minor upset the Australian win over previously undefeated Dominican Republic.

Australia 4 Dominican Republic 3

Australia got back in the super round playoff race winning their second game of pool play over the previously undefeated Dominican Republic. They scored all their runs in the fourth inning with Jordan McArdle getting the big hit with his three run homerun. Australia has now gotten three homeruns from their 8th and 9th hitters in the order.

Martin Taveras got the scoring going for the Dominican Republic in the second with a solo shot. He added a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth to give the Dominicans an early 2-0 lead, but they could not hold it.

Jack Enciondo pitched the ninth inning to close out the victory, though he did give up a deep fly to left that left some Aussie fans squirming in their seats.

Japan 7 Mexico 2

Japan won the battle of the undefeateds. Yasuhito Uchida hit his second homerun of the tournament, a three run blast in the first inning to get things started for Japan and score all the runs they needed to win the game.

Mexico got a solo shot from Bernardo Heras in the fourth, but needed a lot more to win this game.

Korea 6 Puerto Rico 3

Korea won their second game, knocking Puerto Rico out of any chance of getting to the super round. Sang-Hyun Jeon had trouble finding the plate, walking five, but allowed just one run in his five innings of work. Jin-Won Ye, Kyeong-Tae Hwang and Chan-Hyung Kim each led the offense with three hits each. Ye drove in two runs and scored one from the leadoff spot and Hwang also drove in two and scored once. Jung-Yong Yi worked the last two innings to complete the save.

Puerto Rico had scored first on a solo shot from Emmanuel Rivera in the opening frame.

Venezuela 8 Czech Republic 2

Venezuela remained undefeated, overcoming a 2-0 deficit to easily defeat the Czech Republic. For the Czechs they remain winless and are eliminated from advancing to the Super Round. The Venezuelan pitchers were a bit wild, walking nine hitters but the Czechs stranded 12 runners, not taking advantage of their opportunities.

Leandro Cedeno and Joscar Alvarez hit solo shots for Venezuela. Cedeno’s homerun in the four run sixth broke a 2-2 tie. Cruz Noriega pitched the last three innings to earn the save.

Under 23 World Cup Day Two

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

The Dominicans are normally not that competitive in international events, except in the World Baseball Classic when they can use their major leaguers. This tournament could be the exception as they beat the Koreans, one of the favored teams in this event for their second victory.

Dominican Republic 8 Korea 2

Michael Santos shutout the Koreans for the first four innings, limiting them to two hits before a rain delay forced the Dominicans to go to their bullpen. Edwin Adon struck out seven in his 3.2 shutout innings. That left it to the bats, who raked 13 hits off the Korean pitchers to win the game.

Won-Joon Lee did not allow a hit to the Dominicans in the first four innings. He struck out seven and allowed just one walk through the first four. He walked the leadoff hitter he faced in the fifth inning and then the game was interrupted by rain. The Koreans went to their pen and it got ugly. The Dominicans scored three in the fifth and one run in every inning except the eighth.

Eguy Rosario hit a solo shot for the Dominicans in the seventh. It was the first loss for the Koreans but the second win for the Dominicans.

Japan 3 Taiwan 1

Japan got seven innings of shutout pitching from Atsuki Taneichi. He struck out nine and gave up just four hits. Hisanori Yasuda gave the Japanese all the runs they needed with a two run blast in the third. Taiwan scored their only run in the bottom of the ninth on a solo homerun from Li Cheng-En.

For Japan it was their second win. The loss dropped Taiwan to 0-2.

Australia 5 Czech Republic 3

Australia got its first win led by Ulrich Bojarski, who hit his second homerun of the tournament. His two run blast in the second inning proved to be the difference in the game. Nicholas Hutchings worked until the seventh inning to get the win, allowing three unearned runs and striking out seven. The Czech Republic is now winless in two games.

Mexico 14 Netherlands 7

Tough day for the Europeans. Mexico slugged four homeruns and collected 16 hits to put a bruising on the Dutch pitchers. Roberto Valenzuela and Orlando Pina tagged solo shots while Fabricio Macias and Jose Urena hit two run bombs. Macias and Urena finished with three RBIs each, while Macias also scored three times.

Netherlands had a 3-2 lead after the first. Urena hit his two run homerun in the fourth to give Mexico a lead they would not relinquish. They go to 2-0 while the Dutch drop to 0-2.

Colombia 11 South Africa 0

The hosts win again. The South Africans failed to score again. They could only get two hits off Hugo Beltran (3.2 innings) and Sergio Palacio (3.1 innings) who split the mound duties. Leandro Emiliani went a perfect 2 for 2 with a sacrifice fly and a two run homer.

Venezuela 7 Puerto Rico 2

Venezuela won their second while Puerto Rico lost their second. Yoel Romero hit a two run single in the top of the fifth to give Venezuela a 2-1 lead. Anthony Concepcion extended that lead to 3-1 with a solo bop in the sixth. Venezuela put the game away in the seventh when they tacked on three runs while getting just one hit. Five Puerto Rican errors allowed four unearned runs to score.

Under 23 Baseball World Cup Day One Results

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

The United States and Cuba are absent from these games, but that gives other countries an opportunity to participate. Below are the results of the games from the first day.

Japan 13 South Africa 0

Japan dominated as they were expected to do against the inexperience of the South Africans. Soichiro Yamazaki got the start for Japan and limited the South Africans to two hits in six shutout innings. Ryosuke Kishisato went deep with a two run homer to close out a five run fifth. Kengo Horiuchi was the big run producer, driving in three with a two run single in the first to get the scoring started and an RBI single in the third to make the score 4-0.

Other homeruns for Japan included a two run shot from Ukyo Shuto in the fifth and a solo blast from Yasuhito Uchida in the sixth. Kairi Shimada hit an inside the park homerun in the sixth. Shimada also led all players with three runs scored.

Mexico 2 Taiwan 1

Mexico scored two runs in the first inning on a two run single from Omar Garcia and made it hold out in their victory. Luis Rodriguez pitched five innings, allowing just the one Taiwan run in the fourth. Four different pitchers closed out the final four innings with Erick Casillas getting the save with a scoreless ninth.

Liang-Chi Chen came on in the second inning and pitched 6.2 scoreless innings to keep Taiwan in the game. They had an opportunity to win the game in the seventh and the ninth innings. In the seventh they loaded the bases with two outs but pinch hitter Wen-Hsien Chang flied out to center. In the ninth Taiwan put runners at first and second with one out, but Casillas struck out the last two hitters to preserve the win.

Venezuela 4 Australia 2

Venezuela got the win banging out 13 hits, Leandro Cedeno leading the charge with three. Juan Yepez got the big hit with an RBI single in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie. Christian Mejias picked up the save working the last three innings.

Australia scored two runs, both on solo homeruns. The first from Jess Williams in the sixth to tie the game at 1-1. The second from Ulrich Bojarski in the ninth.

Korea 14 Czech Republic 3

When the Czech Republic scored three runs in the top of the fourth they took a 3-1 lead. The bats of Korea then came alive, scoring 13 runs in the last four innings to get the win. Hyo-seung Ryu tied the game with his two run blast in the bottom of the fourth. A Ji-Hoon Choi three run triple in the fifth broke the tie. Dong-Hui Han added a solo shot in the sixth and Min-Hyeok Kim crushed a three run job in the seventh to end the game via the slaughter rule. Kim and Ryu led all hitters with four RBIs each.

Dominican Republic 9 Puerto Rico 6

In a game between island neighbors the Dominican Republic reigned supreme. Puerto Rico rallied for three in the eighth but fell short of an opening round win. Jeison Guzman, Andretty Cordero and Julio Rodriguez each contributed two run homers to fuel the offense in the victory.

Puerto Rico brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning with two out, but Eduardo del Rosario got the big whiff to end the game.

Colombia 9 Netherlands 5

The hosts won their opener to make the fans happy. Francinel Martina blasted a three run homer for the Netherlands in the eighth to erase a 8-1 Colombia lead and make the game competitive again. Reiver San Martin pitched six strong innings for Colombia, allowing just one run. Jhon Torres drove in three runs for Colombia with a ground out in the first, a solo job in the fourth and a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

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.

Cervenka Named July Player of the Month in Eastern League

Monday, August 6th, 2018

We did not name Martin Cervenka as one of our top ten catching prospects in the minor leagues but we still like the Czech born catcher. That like got stronger as he was named the Eastern League player of July. Before his arrival to Bowie Cervenka was used mainly in a back up role. Last year for Lynchburg he finally got over 400 at bats and did well with a .278 batting average with 8 homeruns. At 6′4″ he has a large frame for a catcher, which makes it more difficult to limit the passed balls (9). He became a six year free agent after the 2017 season and signed with the Orioles.

Cervenka hit .364 for the month of July playing for the AA Bowie Bay Sox. He finished second in homeruns (7) and RBIs (25) and led the Eastern League in slugging (.725) and OPS (1.191). The hot month has given him a career high 12 homeruns for 2018 and put his slugging average at .458. With the Orioles rebuilding they could have some roster spots to promote him to the major leagues in September.

There have been four players born in the Czech Republic that have played in the major leagues. Myworld would guess they moved to the United States in their early years and played baseball as youngsters in the United States. Frank Rooney played in the most games (12). All of them were position players but had limited careers in the majors.

2018 Baseball World Cup to be Held in Barranquilla, Colombia

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Barranquilla, Colombia will be the hosts for the under 23 Baseball World Cup that will be played October 19-28, 2018. As the host they will get an automatic bid to participate in the tournament. It is also hoped that the tournament will help bring new stadiums to Repelon and Manati, which are part of an $8 million investment by the Colombia Atlantico Department, though it would be nice to have some of the funds from the games go to help finance the stadiums. Pending inspection by the WBSC the games will be played at the Santa Marte Baseball Stadium. Don’t know if the stadium will pass muster but the fact there are probably no other alternatives seems to indicate it will pass. The WBSC probably should have waited to inspect the stadium before making the announcement about hosting if they had alternatives.

The following teams have qualified for the tournament. The last event was played in 2016:

Africa: South Africa
Asia: Japan (defending champions), Taiwan, Korea (third place)
Europe: Netherlands and Czech Republic
Americas: Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic
Oceania: Australia (second place)
Host: Colombia

The United States is not eligible for the event because they did not participate in the qualifiers. Because of that they may lose their number one ranking to Japan this year. This tournament is the most important international event this year, distributing the largest amount of points given to teams who do well in this event. Cuba is another traditional baseball power absent from this event.

Bay Sox Homeruns Deflate Rubber Ducks

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

The Akron RubberDucks had won 9 straight games over the Bowie Bay Sox, including a 12-5 thrashing Monday night that reminded the Bay Sox of previous 15-0 and 18-2 losses that also happened at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie. Perhaps that is why Akron is in first place and the Bay Sox are in last.

It was a different story last night with Aderlin Rodriguez hitting a three run homer in the first and catcher Audry Perez going deep with two solo shots to give the Bay Sox a 8-4 win over the RubberDucks. For Perez he has hit 8 homeruns in his 27 games with the Bay Sox.

The Bay Sox ace pitcher Keegan Akin got the start. He showed no command, walking six hitters in his four innings of work. He walked the leadoff hitter in his first three innings, twice resulting in runs for the RubberDucks. His best inning was the fourth when he retired the side in order. This is the first time myworld has seen Akin and with a 8-5 record and 2.53 ERA we were hoping for some stuff. We came away a bit disappointed, especially with his lack of control. His fastball is not overpowering and with 32 walks in 81.2 innings he needs to learn the strike zone. At best he could be a mid-rotation starter. His breaking pitch found too much dirt, and though it got some swings and misses it will not be as effective against major league hitters if he does not find the strike zone more.

Bobby Bradley went deep with his third homerun in two games. His inability to play first base and his propensity for the swing and miss make his major league prospects doubtful. That inability to make contact has brought his average to .199, although his strikeout rate the last couple years has been better than it has been his first three years.

Branden Kline impressed me the most with his stuff. His fastball sits at 95-97. Bobby Bradley was the first batter he faced and he took his 96 mile per hour fastball over the right field fence. After that Kline settled down, striking out two and retiring the next six hitters he faced. Kline was a second round pick of the Orioles way back in 2012 but injuries have prevented him from reaching his potential. That has always seemed to be a problem for Oriole pitchers. Hunter Harvey is taking the same career path as Kline, currently on the disabled list where he has spent most of his minor league career.

Some interesting international notes about the rosters of these two teams. Leadoff hitter Tyler Krieger played for Israel in the last World Baseball Classic. He plays centerfield but myworld can’t say we see a major league player in him. Danny Salters was the son of missionaries and lived in Kenya for eight years (ages 5-13). We did like his ability to block pitches from behind the plate, but at age 25 he probably has a couple more years in the minor leagues. We did not see Kieran Lovegrove pitch, but he was born in South Africa, moving to Los Angeles at the age of five. He was a third round pick of the Indians in 2012, with 13 games in relief. He has a 0.95 ERA but 12 walks in 19 innings.

The Orioles are usually pretty boring when it comes to drafting international players. Most of their international players are signed by other teams. They do have a connection in Curacao with Calvin Maduro there. Ademar Rifaela is one of their promising outfielders from Curacao that they actually signed. His power has been a big disappointment this year. After clubbing 24 homeruns in 2017 he only has two with the Bay Sox this year. Martin Cervenka was originally signed by the Indians but the Orioles picked him up as a minor league free agent this year. He is a catcher from the Czech Republic. Myworld first saw him play in a tournament in Taiwan. His batting average has dropped to .232 and he may never hit enough to make it to the major leagues, though we were impressed with his abilities to catch.