By: Will Burchfield
There’s no doubting the Tigers’ talent on paper, and further proof comes from the rosters for the World Baseball Classic.
The Tigers will have 15 representatives in the WBC, the most of any MLB team. That includes players on seven different countries, including five on Team Venezuela. The rosters for all 16 countries were announced on Wednesday night.
Check out the Tigers contingent below.
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Alex Wilson, RHP
Michael Fulmer, RHP
Notes: Fulmer is one of 10 designated pitchers for the U.S., only two of whom can be on the roster at any point in time. He will not pitch in the first round as the U.S. has already chosen Danny Duffy and Tanner Roark as its designated pitchers for this stage of the tournament.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Victor Martinez, DH
Francisco Rodriguez, RHP
Bruce Rondon, RHP
Leon Arecenio, RHP
Notes: Both Cabrera and Martinez will take the field for Venezuela after threatening to boycott the tournament in December in support of the team’s manager and Tigers first base coach, Omar Vizquel, who was fired until he wasn’t. (It’s complicated.)
Joe Jimenez, RHP^
Efren Navarro, 1B/OF
William Cuevas, RHP*
Daniel Pinero, SS*
Dustin Moleken, RHP*
Warwick Saupold, RHP
Travis Blackley, LHP*
* Player is not on Tigers’ 40-man roster
^ Player is on Tigers’ Top-30 prospect list
The WBC begins on on March 6 in South Korea and concludes on March 22 in Los Angeles.