Paul Goldschmidt among 7 D-backs to play in the World Baseball Classic
Paul Goldschmidt is among seven players under the Arizona Diamondbacks’ umbrella who will participate for seven different nations in the World Baseball Classic, which will take place from March 6-22.
The D-backs’ first baseman is the lone United States player participating. He is joined in the tournament by right-handed reliever Fernando Rodney (Dominican Republic), right-handed reliever Silvino Bracho (Venezuela) and infielder Daniel Descalso (Italy).
Arizona signed both Rodney and Descalso this offseason.
The other three D-backs players taking part in the tournament are part of the Arizona farm system: outfielder Zach Borenstein (Israel), outfielder Rey Fuentes (Puerto Rico) and left-handed pitcher Miguel Aguilar (Mexico).
The World Baseball Classic teams will compete in a three-round format.
The first includes four pools — in the cities of Seoul, Tokyo, Miami and Jalisco — before a two-pool second round of more round robin play with two pools, in Tokyo and San Diego. The championship round of single-elimination tournament play will take place in Los Angeles.
- One man’s look back at the year 2017 in Arizona Sports
- Reports: Closer Fernando Rodney to sign with Twins
- D-backs mull options at Winter Meetings, Yanks reportedly eye Corbin
- D-backs have several different options to fill hole at closer
- D-backs have options in outfield if J.D. Martinez signs elsewhere