Team Colombia: Right-Handed Pitcher Santiago Florez
After struggling in recent years, the 22-year-old Santiago Florez will be representing Colombia as the lone Pirates player. Last season in High-A Greensboro, Florez pitched primarily out of the bullpen with 5 spot starts, posting a 6.50 ERA, a 5.37 FIP, struck out 61 batters, walking 29 batters, and had a very high 1.57 WHIP across 63.2 innings pitched. Even with those dreadful numbers, the kid is still young at 22 and still has time to develop in the minor leagues. Florez will be joining former Pirates players veteran left-handed pitcher José Quintana and catcher Elias Diaz.
Live baseball games are coming soon and it is a very exciting time to be a Major League baseball fan, especially with all of these Pirates players representing various teams. With Spring Training just around the corner and the World Baseball Classic happening for the first time since 2017, baseball fans are going to be extremely spoiled with games before the regular season begins!
With "Mr. Renegade" David Bednar taking the mound for Team USA many Pirate fans should tune in and watch the hometown kid dominate in front of an international crowd! Which of our Pirates players are you excited to watch in March for the World Baseball Classic? Prepare yourselves for a very fun and action-packed tournament this year.