WBC Australian Qualifier - South African Roster

There will be a lot of baseball to be played in February with the Series del Caribe and the WBC qualifier in Australia scheduled for the month of February. Below is the roster for South Africa as provided by Baseball America.

Catcher - Kyle Botha, Kyle Ettisch
Infield - Shannon Ekermans, Wesley Hoskins, Anthony Phillips, Jonathan Phillips, Allan Randal, Brett Willemburg
Outfield - Kyron Bibis, Brandon Bouillon, Rowan Ebersohn, Benjamin Smith
Left Handed Pitching - Hein Robb,
Right Handed Pitching - Garth Cahill, Kieran Cree, Jared Elario, Kyle Gaddin, Dean Jacobs, Robert Lewis-Walker, Carl Michaels, Russel Oliver, Callan Pearce, Lloyd Stevens, Dylan Unsworth, Liam Vincent, Damian Wood

One of the better South Africans, Gift Ngoepe is on the Pirates 40 man roster and is not eligible to play. Dylan Unsworth might be the top player on this roster starting 13 games in AA for the Seattle Mariners (4-7, 4.34 ERA). Overall, South Africa has gone 2-38 in World Cups and 1-7 in World Baseball Classics. In the latest World Baseball rankings they are 29th. It would be an upset for them to advance to the World Baseball Classic in 2017.

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