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World Baseball Classic rosters announced: 7 Arizona Diamondbacks in play

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The rosters for the WBC games were announced today, and there are a number of our local heroes present.

World Baseball Classic - Puerto Rico Day 2 Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Here’s a list of the D-backs who have made it onto the rosters for their national sides.

  • Miguel Aguilar, Mexico
  • Zach Borenstein, Israel
  • Silvino Bracho, Venezuela
  • Daniel Descalso, Italy
  • Reymond Fuentes, Puerto Rico
  • Paul Goldschmidt, United States
  • Fernando Rodney, Dominican Republic

Most of those names should be at least somewhat familar, but two have yet to appear at the major-league level. Outfielder Borenstein is likely the closest, having played 120 times for the Reno Aces last year, hitting .272 with nine home-runs. Miguel Aguilar is a relief pitcher who has spent his entire career in the Mexican League, most recently with Yucatan: the LOOGY had a 2.08 ERA over 30.1 innings of work in 2016, and signed with the Diamondbacks in mid-September. Descalso and Fuentes are both currently only D-backs in name only, neither having yet appeared for the team. Fuentes is an outfielder, who appeared 13 times for the Royals in 2016, going 13-for-41.

Among the “former Diamondbacks,” there are also a good number of names you should recognize. Taking part will be Craig Breslow and Jason Marquis (Israel), Didi Gregorius (Netherlands), Ryan Rowland-Smith and Trent Oeltjen (Australia), Adam Loewen and Jamie Romak (Canada), Welington Castillo (Dominican Republic), Tyler Clippard (United States), Vidal Nuno (Mexico), Yusmeiro Petit, Martin Prado and Ender Inciarte (Venezuela). There are a total of 259 players under MLB contracts across the 16 countries, with 157 being on a 40-man roster, and 63 All-Stars, including 25 from the most recent ASG.

Competition kicks off on March 6, beginning at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea with a contest between South Korea and WBC newcomers Israel. Sadly, there won’t be any games taking place in Phoenix this time round, but you can still watch them on the MLB Network or online.