World Baseball Classic 2017
The World Baseball Classic is held every four years with players competing for countries from around the world. There are 16 teams in this year’s tournament representing Australia, Colombia, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, Cuba, Japan, Puerto Rico, China, Dominican Republic, Korea, the United States, Chinese Taipei, Israel, Mexico, and Venezuela.
There are two former Grand Junction Rockies players in this year’s tournament. Rayan Gonzalez is playing for Puerto Rico and Robbie Perkins is playing for Australia. Gonzalez played in Grand Junction during the inaugural 2012 season. He compiled a record of 0–3 in 22 appearances with a 6.75 ERA and 27 strikeouts. He spent the 2016 season with the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats. Perkins played in Grand Junction during the 2013 season. He had a .162 batting average with three doubles, three home runs, and 12 RBIs. He spent the 2016 season with the High-A Modesto Nuts.
Australia will play its first game of the tournament in Tokyo, Japan against Japan on Wednesday at 7 a.m. MT. On Thursday, they will play China at 7 a.m. MT and Cuba at midnight MT.
Puerto Rico will play its first game of the tournament in Jalisco, Mexico against Venezuela on Friday at 11 p.m. MT. On Saturday, they will play Mexico at 11:30 p.m. MT and on Sunday, they will play Italy at 5:30 p.m. MT.
For more information on the tournament, teams, or players, you can visit the World Baseball Classic website at www.worldbaseballclassic.com