Colombia
Colombia
Although there are not many references, it's an incontrovertible fact that the first Latin player to make it to the big leagues was the Colombian Luis Castro, who played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1904. After Luis Castro, when it relates to the Big Leagues, some of Colombia's most noticeable players are Orlando Ramirez, Joaquin "Jackie" Gutierrez, Edgar Renteria, Orlando Cabrera, Jolber Cabrera, Ernesto Frieri, Julio Teheran, and Jose Quintana among others. Colombia currently has more than 80 signed players who participate in organized baseball who play in the USA, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic along with future prospects who are currently in the different baseball academies.

Colombia is also home to a Professional Baseball League, the Colombian Professional Baseball League is owned by the Renteria Foundation, the former MLB all-star Edgar Renteria, and currently has 6 teams in the league.

After failing to reach the 2013 World Baseball Classic, Colombia qualified for their first-ever Classic after Dilson Herrera hit a solo home run in the 8th inning of the qualifying championship game against Panama on March 20, 2016.

Despite failing to advance out of Pool C, Colombia showed its mettle in the 2017 Classic with a win over Canada shoehorned in-between tough-luck losses to a pair of powerhouses in Team USA and the Dominican Republic.
First Round (Round Robin)
Pool C: Miami Marlins Park
Gm 2 usa
2
3
F/10
Fri, Mar 10
6:00 PM EST
Fri, Mar 10
6:00 PM EDT
Gm 3 can
4
1
F
Sat, Mar 11
12:00 PM EST
Sat, Mar 11
12:00 PM EDT
Gm 5 col
10
3
F/11
Sun, Mar 12
12:30 PM EDT
Sun, Mar 12
12:30 PM EDT
2016 Qualifiers
Qualifier 3: Panama City Estadio Nacional Rod Carew
Gm 1 esp
9
2
F
Thu, Mar 17
2:00 PM EDT
Thu, Mar 17
2:00 PM EST
Gm 4 pan
6
3
F
Fri, Mar 18
9:00 PM EDT
Fri, Mar 18
9:00 PM EST
Gm 6 col
1
2
F
Sun, Mar 20
7:00 PM EDT
Sun, Mar 20
7:00 PM EST

ROUND ROBIN STANDINGS

Pool C: Miami Marlins Park

Dominican Republic (3-0) and USA (2-1) advance to Pool F: San Diego

Rank Team W L
1 Dominican Republic dom 3 0
2 United States usa 2 1
3 Colombia col 1 2
4 Canada can 0 3

HEADLINES

Viva Colombia, for nearly shocking the World

Colombia doesn't have a regular who will be on a Major League roster on Opening Day, yet in the country's World Baseball Classic debut, it was in position to beat the seemingly unstoppable Dominican Republic.


Team USA controls Classic destiny

Thanks to the Dominican Republic's nail-biting, 11-inning victory over Colombia on Sunday afternoon, the United States once again controls its own destiny in the World Baseball Classic.


Bautista thwarts walk-off with clutch DP

Jose Bautista didn't earn the nickname "Joey Bats" because of his defense, but on Sunday afternoon, the Dominican Republic left fielder used his arm to make a huge play in the World Baseball Classic.


Alfaro displays clutch gene with homer vs. DR

Phillies fans watching the World Baseball Classic got a glimpse at their future Sunday, when No. 3 prospect Jorge Alfaro made a big impact in what turned into a 10-3 defeat for Colombia to the Dominican Republic. And that future is bright.


VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


Roster
Pitchers
# Name B/T Height Weight Birth Date
30 Horacio Acosta R-R 5'11" 195lbs. 10/24/1990
78 Jeff Ames R-R 6'4" 220lbs. 01/31/1991
34 Nabil Crismatt R-R 6'1" 215lbs. 12/25/1994
50 Dayan Diaz R-R 5'10" 195lbs. 02/10/1989
25 Ernesto Frieri R-R 6'0" 205lbs. 07/19/1985
55 Tayron Guerrero R-R 6'8" 210lbs. 01/09/1991
54 Sugar Ray Marimon R-R 6'1" 195lbs. 09/30/1988
64 Diego Moreno R-R 6'1" 180lbs. 07/21/1987
65 Erling Moreno R-R 6'3" 200lbs. 01/13/1997
70 Guillermo Moscoso R-R 6'1" 200lbs. 11/14/1983
14 Greg Nappo L-L 5'10" 195lbs. 08/25/1988
43 Javier Ortiz R-R 6'0" 155lbs. 11/28/1979
45 Yohan Pino R-R 6'2" 190lbs. 12/26/1983
62 Jose Quintana R-L 6'1" 220lbs. 01/24/1989
49 Julio Teheran R-R 6'2" 205lbs. 01/27/1991
32 Karl Triana R-R 6'0" 180lbs. 10/07/1992
75 Neil Wagner R-R 6'0" 215lbs. 01/01/1984
Catchers
38 Jorge Alfaro R-R 6'2" 225lbs. 06/11/1993
21 Jhonatan Solano R-R 5'9" 214lbs. 08/12/1985
4 Meibrys Viloria L-R 5'11" 220lbs. 02/15/1997
Infielders
Dilson Herrera R-R 5'10" 210lbs. 03/03/1994
3 Charlie Mirabal S-R 5'11" 180lbs. 04/02/1987
22 Mauricio Ramos R-R 6'1" 185lbs. 02/02/1992
6 Reynaldo Rodriguez R-R 6'0" 195lbs. 07/02/1986
13 Adrian Sanchez R-R 6'0" 216lbs. 08/16/1990
17 Donovan Solano R-R 5'10" 205lbs. 12/17/1987
39 Gio Urshela R-R 6'0" 220lbs. 10/11/1991
Outfielders
18 Efrain Contreras R-R 6'1" 165lbs. 02/06/1987
12 Oscar Mercado R-R 6'2" 197lbs. 12/16/1994
9 Tito Polo R-R 5'10" 195lbs. 08/23/1994
26 Jesus Valdez R-R 6'2" 170lbs. 11/02/1984
Designated Pitcher Pool
52 Kendy Batista R-R 6'2" 165lbs. 07/05/1981
27 Randy Consuegra R-R 6'2" 210lbs. 10/14/1989
64 Luis Escobar R-R 6'1" 205lbs. 05/30/1996
28 Reiver Sanmartin L-L 6'2" 160lbs. 04/15/1996
60 Angel Vilchez R-R 6'0" 180lbs. 12/12/1990
41 Ezequiel Zabaleta R-R 6'0" 175lbs. 08/20/1995
* Designated Pool Pitcher on the active roster that is eligible to participate in one or more consecutive rounds. After each round, these pitchers may be replaced on the Roster with another pitcher from that Federation’s Designated Pitcher Pool.
Coaching Staff
# Name Position
Luis Urueta Manager
Jolbert Cabrera Coach
Jair Fernandez Coach
Neder Horta Coach
Walter Miranda Coach
Edgar Renteria Coach
Luis Sierra Coach

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