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Six Indians named to World Baseball Classic rosters

Six Indians named to World Baseball Classic rosters
January 17, 2013
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The World Baseball Classic released the provisional rosters for all 16 teams in the tournament that will be played this March. Six Indians have been named to the rosters: 

SS Mike Aviles (Puerto Rico) 
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (Venezuela) 
RHP Chris Perez (United States) 
RHP Vinnie Pestano (United States) 
CA Carlos Santana (Dominican Republic) 
LHP Giovanni Soto (Puerto Rico) 

One notable player not listed is catcher Yan Gomes who was expected to be on the Team Brazil roster, even as of this past week. Perhaps in the end he felt it more important to be in spring training and concentrate on winning a spot on the 25-man roster.

It should be noted that these are provisional rosters and that players can still be added or removed. It is possible that one of the Indians listed above may end up not playing and they other Indians could still end up on a roster.  Teams  with  less  than  28  players  on  their  provisional  rosters  may  fill  the  remaining  spots  prior  to  the Wednesday, February 20 deadline.  Each Federation must submit its final 28-man roster, including a minimum of 13 pitchers and two catchers, by February 20.

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User Comments

Keith
January 24, 2013 - 11:03 AM EST
Kieran Lovegrove (drafted 3rd round in 2012) played for South Africa in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier
Tony
January 18, 2013 - 8:50 AM EST
I never heard that with Lindor. He would have been VERY young to have on that team.
Geoff
January 18, 2013 - 8:39 AM EST
I thought Lindor was in line to play on the Puerto Rico team?

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