The World Baseball Classic’s Pool Play is now completed. And two of the four quarterfinals are also completed with Cuba and Japan advancing with wins against Australia and Italy. The Cincinnati Reds will be getting nine players back in camp – both Major League and Minor League. Five Reds players are still playing for their countries in the tournament.
Returning to big league camp
Ian Gibaut and Reiver Sanmartin are coming back to join the big leaguers in Goodyear. Gibaut pitched for Great Britain and picked up a save in his only appearance. While throwing his 2.0 innings where he picked up two strikeouts, the T in the word Great on his uniform fell off.
Unfortunate scene: The “T” has fallen off of the jersey of Great Britain pitcher Ian Gibaut. pic.twitter.com/mnlfHh8HkN
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) March 13, 2023
Reiver Sanmartin pitched in two games for Colombia. He was charged with one run in 2.0 innings while striking out three batters.
Still missing from big league camp
Pitchers Luis Cessa, Fernando Cruz, Alexis Diaz, Silvino Bracho, and outfielder Henry Ramos are still active in the World Baseball Classic. Cessa is with Team Mexico, who plays on Friday night in Miami against a Puerto Rican team that features Fernando Cruz, Alexis Diaz, and Henry Ramos. Silvino Bracho is still playing with Venezuela. They will play on Saturday night against Team USA.
Returning to minor league camp
Seven players are returning to Goodyear and will be joining minor league camp. Nicolo Pinazzi is the only player of the seven who didn’t get into a game. The pitcher was on Team Italy but never got the opportunity to pitch.
Donovan Benoit pitched in two games for Great Britain, with one of them going much better than the other. Kyle Glogoski made a start for Team Australia and picked up the win. Evan Kravetz picked up strikeouts of both Juan Soto and Julio Rodriguez when Team Israel faced the Dominican Republic.
Pedro Garcia pitched in two games for Team Colombia, giving up a run in 3.0 innings while striking out four. Arij Fransen gave up a run to Taiwan while pitching for the Netherlands.
Steven Leyton played in all four games in pool play for Nicaragua. He went 3-15 with a walk, double, run, and two runs batted int.