New York Mets players in the 2023 World Baseball Classic
March of 2023 is a special time with the World Baseball Classic (WBC) set to take place. The New York Mets will be represented.
We’re so accustomed to the World Series being the world stage of baseball, after baseball departed the summer Olympic Games, however the World Baseball Classic has emerged to be a growing interest to baseball fans on an international bases. The WBC has demonstrated national pride through its years of existence, where players fly their flag and flash their colors with the one goal of bringing a world championship home.
The New York Mets are a very diverse roster of players from all walks of life; this includes their farm system. Who will represent the Mets in the 2023 World Baseball Classic?
Mets Players participating in the 2023 World Baseball Classic
1B Pete Alonso, Team USA
The Mets will send their one-bagger to represent the States. Alonso was born in Tampa, Florida, and attended the University of Florida.
RHP Adam Ottavino, Team USA
The Mets right-handed chucker, Adam Ottavino will also play for the United States. Ottavino was born in New York City, and attended The Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, New York.
2B Jeff McNeil, Team USA
Joining Alonso and Ottavino is second basemen Jeff McNiel, born in Santa Barbara, California, and attended California State University in Long Beach, CA.
The United States have a favorable roster, with a beefy lineup and solid pitching staff. The States will attempt to defend their title.
SS Francisco Lindor, Team Puerto Rico
The Mets will send all-star shortstop to represent the 2017 finalist, Team Puerto Rico. Lindor was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
RHP Edwin Diaz, Team Puerto Rico
Mets all-star closer Edwin Diaz will also represent Puerto Rico in their years Worlds showdown. Diaz was born in Naguabo, Puerto Rico.
Team Puerto Rico will look to return to the finals, with a favorable team to win this classic.
3B Mark Vientos, Team Nicaragua
Mets hot corner, Mark Vientos will represent Team Nicaragua. Vientos was born in the US, with Nicaraguan Heritage. Nicaragua was an eye opener in the baseball world, advancing from the qualifiers. Nicaraguan baseball has grown and expanded, offering local programs, and recognized fall professional baseball.
The Mets may have a few add-ins before the February 9th deadline. Mets prospect, Cam Opp is listed to play for Team Great Britain. Opp is in high-A with the Brooklyn Cyclones. Infielder Eduardo Escobar is listed on the Team Venezuela roster, along with Mets RHP Elieser Hernandez and RHP Anthony Vizcaya. Mets LHP Jose Quintana will pitch for Team Colombia. Calvin Ziegler, was expected to play for Team Canada, however, he was not announced; this is also understood about Brandon Nimmo, who pulled out from his commitment to team Italy.
The Mets are well represented and will have their guy’s rust-proof come MLB opening day. Stay tuned for the 2023 World Baseball Classic!