Pittsburgh Pirates Players in the 2023 World Baseball Classic
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Team Canada: Left-Handed Pitcher Rob Zastryzny
Earlier in the offseason, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed veteran left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny to a minor league deal, and was recently added to the Non-Roster Invitee list for spring training. Zastryzny has bounced around the league with the Cubs, Dodgers, Marlins, Mets, and Angels in his career and hasn't produced well at the Major League level, posting a combined 4.66ERA across 38.2 innings pitched. Left-handed pitching depth was an absolute necessity and Zastryzny fits that role nicely in Triple-A.
Prior to being drafted in the 2nd round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs, Zastryzny was born in Edmonton, Canada. As a Canadian-born baseball player, the 30-year-old will be representing Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic.