Former Storm Abound In WBC

10 of 16 teams in international tourney feature Storm alums

By Lake Elsinore Storm | March 15, 2017 4:48 PM ET

The Lake Elsinore Storm are well represented at the World Baseball Classic in 2017, with at least one former Storm on the roster of 10 of the 16 participating teams.   All total, 19 alumni are on the global stage for this international tournament, including two of the four teenagers playing in the event: Luis Urias and Josh Naylor. On the coaching front, the manager of Team Puerto Rico is Edwin Rodriguez, a former Florida Marlins skipper who was recently named Storm manager for the upcoming season. Below is a list of former Storm stars competing in the 2017 WBC.


RHP Sam Holland* (2015)

RHP Chris Oxspring* (2001-02)



C George Kottaras (2005)

1B Josh Naylor (2016)



INF Ray Chang (2005, 07)



RHP Ernesto Frieri (2005-08)

RHP Tayron Guerrero (2014)


Dominican Republic

RHP Bryan Rodriguez (2014)



RHP Dylan Axelrod (2008-09)

1B/DH Cody Decker (2010)

1B/DH Nate Freiman (2011)



RHP Mike DeMark (2007-08)



INF/OF Luis Cruz (2004)

RHP Luis Mendoza (2005)

LHP Oliver Perez (2001-02)

INF Luis Urias (2016)


Puerto Rico

OF Reymond Fuentes (2011)



LHP Jose Castillo (2016)

RHP Francisco Rodriguez (2000)


*On the active roster as part of the Designated Pitcher Pool (DNP in the Opening Round)

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