The full 2017 World Baseball Classic rosters for every team were announced on Wednesday night and the Marlins will have seven players competing in the tournament. Six of those players are currently on the 40-man roster and at least five should be on the Opening Day roster.
The Marlins have the biggest showing on Team USA, where they have three players — Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, and A.J. Ellis. Stanton and Yelich had already previously announced that they were playing in the WBC, while the Ellis news came Wednesday night. The Marlins signed Ellis to a one-year, $2.5 million deal this offseason to be their new backup catcher.
Ellis may not see much time with catchers Buster Posey and Jonathan Lucroy also on the roster, but Stanton and Yelich could both potentially be starters for Team USA.
Another one of Miami’s offseason additions, Edinson Volquez, will also be playing in the WBC. Volquez, who signed a two-year, $22 million contract with the Marlins in December, will pitch for Team Dominican Republic. Volquez will be on the back end of the Dominican’s rotation, but could see some solid time on the mound.
The only other 2016 major leaguer from the Marlins who will be competing is Martin Prado, who will suit up for Team Venezuela. Prado should be Venezuela’s starting third baseman and see plenty of at-bats in the WBC.
The final two Marlins competing this year are minor leaguers — right-handed pitcher Tayron Guerrero and left-handed pitcher Greg Nappo — who will both be competing for Team Colombia.
Guerrero, who came to Miami in the Andrew Cashner trade last season, has only two innings of major league experience and spent most of his 2016 season in double-a with the Marlins. He is currently on Miami’s 40-man roster, and will get to compete for a spot on the Opening Day roster in spring training.
Nappo, who was drafted by the Marlins in the 18th round in 2011, has yet to make it to the majors. Although he is not currently on the 40-man roster and has not been invited to spring training, Nappo has spent the last two seasons in triple-a New Orleans trying to take that final step to the big leagues.
With not too much major league talent on Team Colombia, fans could have a chance to get a good look at the two Marlins prospects come March.
The 2017 World Baseball Classic will be played March 6-22 in locations around the world, including Marlins Park. The games in Miami will feature Team USA, Team Dominican Republic, Team Canada, and Team Colombia, so six of those seven Marlins will get to play at least three games in their home park. Those games will be played March 9-13.