The Oakland A’s will have at least one prominent player in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, as slugger Khris Davis will suit up for Team Mexico, according to Jon Morosi.
The Southern California native’s mother is from Mexico, which makes him eligible for the squad. A’s beat writer Jane Lee did a profile on Sonia Alarcon back in May.
Davis won’t be the only Oakland player in the WBC. Renato Nunez, a hitting prospect who made his MLB debut in September, will be part of Team Venezuela. Check out this loaded roster:
Per @antoniopuesan: Copy of final player list submitted for Venezuela #WBC. Omar Vizquel remains unlisted. pic.twitter.com/h7M5sQqm60— Emily Waldon (@emilywaldon2080) December 2, 2016
Last spring, in WBC qualifying, catcher Bruce Maxwell played for Team Germany, the country of his birth (where his army father was stationed). However, the German squad did not qualify for next year’s tournament.
Here’s a list of more confirmed names for the WBC. Team USA currently features Max Scherzer, Chris Archer, Andrew McCutchen, Nolan Arenado, Adam Jones, and Buster Posey.
UPDATE (Dec. 7): RHP John Axford will pitch for Team Canada, says Joe Stiglich of CSN.