Classic rosters littered with prospects

Profar, Bogaerts to man middle of the Netherlands' infield

By Andrew Pentis / Special to | January 17, 2013 12:00 PM ET

If the Texas Rangers want to see how Jurickson Profar, their prized shortstop prospect, handles playing second base, their evaluators might be best served to tune in with millions of others and watch the World Baseball Classic.

Major League Baseball unveiled provisional rosters for all 16 participating federations, and none other than the Netherlands will receive the biggest boost from top Minor League prospects:'s No. 1 and No. 31 prospects, Profar (Curacao) and fellow infielder Xander Bogaerts (Aruba), will be joined by third-ranked Orioles prospect Jonathan Schoop (Curacao) as well as fifth-ranked Royals farmhand J.C. Sulbaran.

In fact, Profar, Bogaerts and Schoop could all share the same infield. Profar, who is blocked by All-Star Elvis Andrus in Texas, has the ability to play shortstop and second base, while Bogaerts has played short and Schoop has played second, short and third in the last year. (Of course, the Braves' young Andrelton Simmons, who is more established and no longer a prospect, is also on the Netherlands' roster and will likely get first shot at playing short.)

The switch-hitting Profar, who will celebrate his 20th birthday the same day provisional rosters become finalized on Feb. 20, spent the bulk of his 2012 at Double-A, wowing scouts with his ability to do so many things so well. He appeared in nine games with the Rangers down the stretch -- he homered in his first MLB at-bat -- and will begin the spring with a strong chance of cracking his first Opening Day roster.

A Netherlands-Canada matchup in the WBC -- the third edition of the tournament, and the first since 2009, is on March 2 -- could yield prospect-heavy matchups. Canada has an ace in the making in Jameson Taillon, a starting pitcher in the Pirates system. Ranked as's No. 15 overall prospect, Taillon was born stateside like Sulbaran. He leads a squad that includes Phillies farmhands Phillippe Aumont (Quebec), a relief pitcher, and Tyson Gillies (Vancouver), an outfielder.

Also named to their nation's rosters today are two highly-regarded starting pitchers: 10th-ranked Twins prospect Jose Berrios (Puerto Rico) and 18th-ranked White Sox prospect Andre Rienzo (Brazil).

There are 28 available spots on each team's provisional and finalized roster. The latter, once set in ink, must include a minimum of 13 hurlers and two catchers.

Minor Leaguers on Provisional Classic Rosters
Andrew Russell RHP Australia ATL Mississippi Braves Double-A
Matt Kennelly C Australia ATL Gwinnett Braves Triple-A
Allan De San Miguel C Australia BAL Norfolk Tides Triple-A
Ryan Searle RHP Australia CHI Iowa Cubs Triple-A
David Kandilas OF Australia COL Modesto Nuts A Advanced
Warwick Saupold RHP Australia DET Lakeland Tigers A Advanced
Mike Walker IF Australia MIL Brevard County Manatees A Advanced
James Beresford SS Australia MIN Rochester Red Wings Triple-A
Tim Kennelly C Australia PHI Lehigh Valley IronPigs Triple-A
Stefan Welch SS Australia PIT Indianapolis Indians Triple-A
Corey Adamson OF Australia SD Tucson Padres Triple-A
Rafael Moreno RHP Brazil BAL DSL Orioles Rookie
Rafael Moreno RHP Brazil BAL DSL Orioles Rookie
Andre Rienzo RHP Brazil CWS Charlotte Knights Triple-A
Paulo Orlando OF Brazil KC Northwest Arkansas Naturals Double-A
Felipe Burin IF Brazil LAD Chattanooga Lookouts Double-A
Lucas Rojo IF Brazil PHI VSL Phillies Rookie
Luiz Gohara LHP Brazil SEA VSL Mariners Rookie
Pedro Okuda IF Brazil SEA VSL Mariners Rookie
Thyago Vieira RHP Brazil SEA VSL Mariners Rookie
Leonardo Reginatto IF Brazil TB Hudson Valley Renegades A Short
Iago Januario IF Brazil TB VSL Rays Rookie
Tim Smith OF Canada BAL Bowie Baysox Double-A
Tyson Gillies OF Canada PHI Reading Fightin Phils Double-A
Phillippe Aumont RHP Canada PHI Lehigh Valley IronPigs Triple-A
Chris Leroux RHP Canada PIT Indianapolis Indians Triple-A
Chris Robinson C Canada BAL Norfolk Tides Triple-A
Cale Iorg SS Canada DET Erie Seawolves Double-A
Shawn Hill RHP Canada DET Toldeo Mud Hens Triple-A
Rene Tosoni OF Canada MIL Huntsville Stars Double-A
Andrew Albers LHP Canada MIN Rochester Red Wings Triple-A
Pete Orr 2B Canada PHI Lehigh Valley IronPigs Triple-A
Jameson Taillon RHP Canada PIT Bradenton Marauders A Advanced
Mark Hardy LHP Canada SD San Antonio Missions Double-A
Adam Loewen OF Canada TOR New Hampshire Fisher Cats Double-A
Trystan Magnuson RHP Canada TOR Buffalo Bisons Triple-A
Jimmy Van Ostrand 1B Canada WSH Syracuse Chiefs Triple-A
Ray Chang SS China CIN Louisville Bats Triple-A
Yao-Lin Wang RHP Chinese Taipei CHC Kane County Cougars A Full
Che-Hsuan Lin OF Chinese Taipei HOU Oklahoma Redhawks Triple-A
Chia-Jen Lo RHP Chinese Taipei HOU Lancaster JetHawks A Advanced
Miguel Tejada SS Dominican KC Omaha Storm Chasers Triple-A
Chris Colabello 1B Italy MIN Rochester Red Wings Triple-A
Brian Sweeney RHP Italy SEA Tacoma Rainiers Triple-A
Tyler Latorre C Italy SF Richmond Flying Squirrels Double-A
Matt Torra RHP Italy WSH Syracuse Chiefs Triple-A
Ali Solis C Mexico PIT Indianapolis Indians Triple-A
Jonatan Isenia RHP Netherlands BAL DSL Orioles Rookie
Jonathan Schoop 3B Netherlands BAL Bowie Baysox Double-A
Jurickson Profar SS Netherlands TEX Frisco RoughRiders Double-A
Xander Bogaerts INF Netherlands BOS Portland Sea Dogs Double-A
Loek Van Mil RHP Netherlands CIN Pensacola Blue Wahoos Double-A
J.C. Sulbaran RHP Netherlands KC Northwest Arkansas Naturals Double-A
Hainley Statia INF Netherlands MIL Nashville Sounds Triple-A
Tom Stuifbergen RHP Netherlands MIN Fort Myers Miracle A Advanced
Shairon Martis RHP Netherlands MIN Rochester Red Wings Triple-A
Kalian Sams OF Netherlands SEA Tacoma Rainiers Triple-A
Nick Urbanus INF Netherlands TEX Hickory Crawdads A Full
Randolph Oduber OF Netherlands WSH Potomac Nationals A Advanced
Spencer Kieboom C Netherlands WSH Hagerstown Suns A Full
Jose De La Torre RHP Puerto Rico BOS Pawtucket Red Sox Triple-A
Giovanni Soto LHP Puerto Rico CLE Akron Aeros Double-A
Hiram Burgos RHP Puerto Rico MIL Nashville Sounds Triple-A
Eddie Rosario OF Puerto Rico MIN Beloit Snappers A Full
Jose Berrios RHP Puerto Rico MIN Elizabethton Twins Rookie
Chris Manno LHP Spain CIN Pensacola Blue Wahoos Double-A
Rhiner Cruz RHP Spain HOU Oklahoma City Triple-A
Paco Rodriguez LHP Spain LAD Chattanooga Double-A
Jesús Merchán 3B Spain SD Tucson Padres Triple-A
Richard Castillo RHP Spain STL Memphis Redbirds Triple-A
Engel Beltre CF Spain TEX Frisco RoughRiders Double-A
Gabriel O. Suárez UTIL Spain TEX Frisco RoughRiders Double-A
Adrián Nieto C Spain WSH Potomac Nationals A Advanced
Cesar Jimenez LHP Venezuela PHI Lehigh Valley IronPigs Triple-A

Andrew Pentis is a contributor to and writes the Prospective Blog. Follow him on Twitter at AndrewMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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