Three players from the Houston Astros’ roster and three prospects will represent the team come March 1 in the World Baseball Classic.
The roster players are outfielder Fernando Martinez, RHP Rhiner Cruz and LHP Xavier Cedeno. Both Martinez and Cruz will play for Spain, and Cedeno will play for Puerto Rico.
Two prospects, outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin and RHP Chia-Jen Lin, will play for Chinese Taipei. RHP Marilo Gouvea will play for Brazil.
Puerto Rico and Spain will play their Pool C games in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Both teams will open play against one another on March 8.
Manager Jeff Lunhow said that he has no problem with players competing in the World Baseball Classic, but it may hinder some players chances of making the club team, according to MLB reporter Brian McTaggart.
“It hurts him because he’s not there with our coaches, being seen firsthand,” said Lunhow about Martinez. “It makes it a little bit more difficult.”
Martinez still planned to play in the World Baseball Classic despite his recent link to performance-enhancing drugs.
Lunhow said that he has no worries about his relief pitchers, seeing as there are so many on each team.