Panama World Baseball Classic team announced.


Panama presented this Tuesday the list of 30 players with which coach Luis Ortiz will face the commitment of the World Baseball Classic, in which five players who are active in the Major Leagues stand out.Along with Jaime Barría, starter for the Los Angeles Angels, stand out catcher for the Tampa Bay Rays Christian Bethancourt; short reliever Javier Guerra, who is in the Milwaukee Brewers organization; Colorado Rockies relief Justin Lawrence, and Baltimore Orioles shortstop Jonathan Araúz.Also shooters Severino González and Randall Delgado, and former New York Mets shortstop Rubén Tejada.The Panamanians were seeded in group A, based in Taichung, Taiwan, along with the teams of Chinese Taipei, the Netherlands and Italy. The matches will be between March 8 and 12.Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander and possible second pitcher in the Panamanian rotation Humberto Mejía said they travel to Taiwan with “high expectations.””There are many possibilities, the group where we meet is quite accessible, we have a great group and with everyone on the same page we have a good chance and we can get the result,” he said.For Mejía, the rivals to beat are Chinese Taipei and the Netherlands, although he does not take his eyes off Cuba and makes it clear that “he does not underestimate anyone” and “you have to go out and give your all.”The team received the national Pavilion on Tuesday and will travel to Taiwan on Wednesday night.Panama reaches this fifth version of the World Baseball Classic with a record of 0-5, in the 2006 and 2009 editions, and this is one of the goals of manager Luis Ortiz and the Panamanian players, adding their first victory.- Panama roster for the World Baseball Classic:Pitchers: Jaime Barría, Javier Guerra, Justin Lawrence, Alberto Baldonado, Matt Hardy, Andy Otero, Humberto Mejía, James González, Randall Delgado, Severino González, Alberto Guerrero, Davis Romero, Wilfredo Pereira and Harold Araúz.Receivers: Christian Bethancourth, Carlos Sanchez, Pedro Aguilar.Inner box: Jonathan Araúz, Rubén Tejada, Edgard Muñoz, Joshwan Wright, José Caballero, Erasmo Caballero, Gerald Chin and Allen Córdoba.Outfielders: Jose Ramos, Rodrigo Orozco, Luis Castillo, Johnny Santos and Jhadiel Santamaria.Coaching Staff: Luis Ortiz (manager), Vicente Garibaldo, Enrique Burgos, Víctor Preciado, Hipolito Ortíz, Wilfrido Córdoba, Luis Caballero, Earl Agnoly, Rodrigo Orozco and Alfredo Alcide.

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