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    Twins-Related Players on WBC Rosters

    Teams are starting to announce their WBC rosters... I figured this can be the forum to post them as they come up:

    Germany - Max Kepler, Markus Solbach, former minor leaguer Toby Gardenhire.
    France - former minor leaguers Rene Leveret and Fred Hanvi
    South Africa - Hein Robb

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/...ifier-rosters/
    Last edited by Seth Stohs; 09-13-2012 at 03:39 PM. Reason: added link

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    Kepler is destined for Beloit anyway, but you'd wonder if the WBC will have an impact on the decision where to put someone like Solbach who has another year of Rookie League eligibilty. Do these guys play in the WBC then sit around for three months until rookie league starts or do they hit the spring training scene and head to low A?

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    Low-A ball, not Beloit atleast the Twins faithful don't hope so.

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    I will be interesting to see what Kepler can do in this kind of tournament. He had a very good season in 2012 and his stock is rising in the organization.

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    Right now in Jupiter, FL, the WBC Qualifiers are starting. The teams there are Spain France, Israel and South Africa.
    Starting tomorrow in Regensburg, Germany, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany and Great Britain will start a WBC qualifier.

    Twins-related players (mostly former, but some current) TWins minor leaguers:

    Germany - Max Kepler, Markus Solbach, former minor leaguer Toby Gardenhire.
    France - former minor leaguers Rene Leveret and Fred Hanvi
    South Africa - Hein Robb
    Span - Eduardo Morlan
    Canada - Andrew Albers, Rene Tosoni
    Czech Republic - Jan Rehacek, Jakub Hatjmar, Matej Hejma

    For Israel, former big leaguer Shawn Green is playing. So is Adam Greenberg. The team is managed by Brad Ausmus and the hitting coach is Mark Loretta.

    In mid-November, there will be WBC Qualifiers played in Panama City (Brazil, Columbia, Nicaragua and Panama) and New Taipei City (Taiwan, New Zealand, Phillipines, Thailand).

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    Sorta suprised Valencia isn't playing for Israel as well. Also is Punto going to be on team Italy again?

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    Valencia and Punto are on 40 man rosters and the season is still going. They could play this spring if their teams qualify.

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    Earlier today, Rene Tosoni hit a 9th inning grand slam off of fellow Twins minor leaguer Markus Solbach. Canada beat Germany 16-6 today. On Monday at noon, the two teams will play on MLB Network with the winner advancing to the WBC next spring.

    Video: http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/...video_24995687

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