Rosters for the 2017 World Baseball Classic were announced recently and a total of six former Carolina Mudcats players will represent their home countries in the fourth annual 16 team international baseball tournament.
The list of former Mudcats greats participating the 2017 WBC includes Venezuela's Miguel Cabrera (played for 2003 Mudcats), Puerto Rico's Francisco Lindor (2013 Mudcats), Mexico's Adrian Gonzalez (2003 Mudcats), Colombia's Giovanny Urshela (2012 Mudcats), the Netherlands' Didi Gregorius (2011 Mudcats) and team USA's Andrew Miller (2008 Mudcats).
IF Miguel Cabrera. WBC Team: Venezuela. MLB Team: Detroit Tigers. Born: Maracay, Venezuela.
Miguel Cabrera, the 2012 Triple Crown Award winner and two-time American League MVP, began the 2003 season with the Mudcats before going up to the bigs later that same year. He hit .365/.429/.609 with 10 home runs and 97 hits over 69 games with the Mudcats in 2003. He then finished that same season batting .268/.325/.468 with 84 hits in 87 MLB games with the 2003 World Series champion Marlins.
IF Francisco Lindor. WBC Team: Puerto Rico. MLB Team: Cleveland Indians. Born: Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Francisco Lindor hit .306/.373/.410 with 100 hits including 19 doubles, six triples, one home run, 27 RBI and a team high 20 stolen bases over 83 games with the Mudcats in 2013. The then 19 year-old Lindor was both a mid-season and post-season Carolina League All-Star for the Mudcats in 2013. He also represented the Indians and Mudcats in the 2013 MLB Futures game.
IF Adrian Gonzalez. WBC Team: Mexico. MLB Team: LA Dodgers. Born: San Diego, California.
Adrián González hit .307/.368/.409 with nine doubles and 16 RBI over 36 games for the then Florida Marlins affiliate Mudcats in 2003. He originally began the 2003 season with Triple-A Albuquerque before the Marlins transferred him to Double-A Carolina in early May. Florida later traded him that same season to the Texas Rangers, where he was then assigned to Double-A lot.
IF Giovanny Urshela. WBC Team: Colombia. MLB Team: Cleveland Indians. Born: Cartagena, Colombia.
Giovanny Urshela totaled 122 hits over 114 games for the Mudcats during the club's first year as the Advanced-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians in 2012. He finished the 2012 season batting .309/.446/755 with 14 home runs, 30 doubles and 59 RBI.
IF Didi Gregorius. WBC Team: Netherlands. MLB Team: New York Yankees. Born: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Didi Gregorius played for the Mudcats during the club's final season season a Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. Gregorius was promoted in late July from Advanced-A Bakersfield in 2011 and played in 38 games with the Mudcats where he totaled 40 hits, including six doubles, three triples and two home runs. He hit .312/.392/.704 during his time with the Mudcats.
P Andrew Miller. WBC Team: USA. MLB Team: Cleveland Indians. Born: Gainesville, Florida
Andrew Miller appeared in just one game for the Mudcats in 2008 while rehabbing his way through the Florida Marlins system. His lone rehab appearance with the Mudcats came on 8/21/08 when he pitched through five and 2/3 innings with six strikeouts and two runs allowed against the Mississippi Braves at Five County Stadium.
The 2017 World Baseball Classic begins on March 6 and runs through March 22. The tournament features the best players in the world competing for their home countries and territories.