Three Baltimore Orioles and a handful of their minor leaguers are playing in the World Baseball Classic this year.
Two right-handed pitchers along with center fielder Adam Jones will represent their home countries in the upcoming WBC.
Bullpen pitcher Luis Ignacio Ayala will pitch for Team Mexico. Starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez was invited to play for Team Mexico as well, but declined the invitation. According to the Baltimore Sun, Gonzalez was quoted by reporters at Orioles minicamp in January saying, “It was a tough decision because obviously I wanted to represent Mexico, but you always have to think about what’s going to happen in the long run. I think it’s more important for me to be with the team.”
Pedro Strop, who appeared in 70 games last season out of the bullpen, will play for the Dominican Republic.
The most prominent Orioles player to play in the WBC this year is Jones, who will play for Team USA. Jones, who led the team in most significant batting categories last season, has the team’s blessing to play. According to an article by David Miller on rantsports.com, the Orioles are glad to see Jones representing his country, but hope his playing will not hinder his performance this season.
Along with the three major leaguers, the Orioles organization will be represented by six minor league players. These players include pitchers Rafael Moreno and Jonathan Isenia, catchers Chris Robinson and Allan de San Miguel, infielder Jonathan Schoop and outfielder Tim Smith.