Italy
Italy
Italy has experienced a great deal of success in their comparatively brief history with international competitions. They have been contending the leading role in European competition to the Netherlands. Italy has won the European Championship 10 times, including an impressive back to back gold medals in 2010 and 2012. The last win came on the home turf of the defending World Champions The Netherlands in Rotterdam.

Italy has also been competitive against the rest of the world. They qualified for the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics, were the first team from Europe to advance to the medal round in the IBAF World Cup (4th place in 1998), were the only team to defeat the World Champion team USA in the 2007 IBAF World Cup played in Chinese Taipei where they also won the bronze medal game against the host team in 2010 Intercontinental Cup. Italy obtained a win in the 2006 and 2009 editions of the World Baseball Classic and was considered a big surprise in 2013 when they made the Second Round, beating Mexico and Canada and being defeated by future finalists Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico at the end of thrilling one-run games.

The 2017 Classic will be remembered for what might have been for the Italian side. After stunning Mexico to open the tournament, Italy was outgunned in the Pool D tiebreaker game, 4-3, by Venezuela.
First Round (Round Robin)
Pool D: Jalisco Estadio Charros de Jalisco
Gm 1 ita
9
10
F
Thu, Mar 9
9:00 PM EST
Thu, Mar 9
8:00 PM CDT
Gm 3 ita
11
10
F/10
Sat, Mar 11
3:00 PM EST
Sat, Mar 11
2:00 PM CDT
Gm 5 pur
3
9
F
Sun, Mar 12
3:30 PM EDT
Sun, Mar 12
1:30 PM CDT
Gm 7 ita
4
3
F
Mon, Mar 13
9:00 PM EDT
Mon, Mar 13
7:00 PM CDT

ROUND ROBIN STANDINGS

Pool D: Jalisco Estadio Charros de Jalisco

Puerto Rico (3-0) and Venezuela (2-2) advance to Pool F: San Diego -- See tiebreaker rules here »

Rank Team W L
1 Puerto Rico pur 3 0
2 Venezuela ven 2 2
3 Italy ita 1 3
4 Mexico mex 1 2

HEADLINES

Cubs' Andreoli turns heads during Classic run

John Andreoli might not be the first name Cubs fans think of when listing off the team's next big prospects. At age 26, Andreoli hasn't topped 12 homers in a season at any level of pro baseball. Andreoli has turned heads now, however, after a stellar first-round performance for Team Italy at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.


Miggy, Odor spark Venezuela over Italy to advance

Venezuela is moving on to the second round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Italy is going home. Venezuela rallied to beat Italy, 4-3, in the Pool D tiebreaker on Monday at Estadio Charros de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico, to earn a trip to San Diego and a meeting with Team USA on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET.


Italy, Venezuela meet in Pool D tiebreaker

Two days after a thrilling back-and-forth game that took extra innings to decide, Italy and Venezuela will suit up for a rematch Monday with a spot in the second round of the World Baseball Classic on the line.



VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


Roster
Pitchers
# Name B/T Height Weight Birth Date
57 Filippo Crepaldi R-R 5'10" 182lbs. 02/19/1992
35 Tiago Da Silva R-R 5'9" 180lbs. 03/28/1985
23 Frank DeJiulio R-R 6'3" 200lbs. 08/22/1989
25 Mike DeMark R-R 6'0" 210lbs. 05/20/1983
22 Nick Fanti L-L 6'2" 185lbs. 12/30/1996
59 Frailyn Florian L-L 6'2" 175lbs. 07/25/1982
32 Sam Gaviglio R-R 6'2" 205lbs. 05/22/1990
39 Tommy Layne L-L 6'2" 195lbs. 11/02/1984
47 Luis Lugo L-L 6'5" 200lbs. 03/05/1994
17 Alex Maestri R-R 5'11" 175lbs. 06/01/1985
54 Jonathan Martinez R-R 6'1" 205lbs. 06/27/1994
30 A.J. Morris R-R 6'2" 195lbs. 12/01/1986
7 Carlos Navas R-R 6'1" 170lbs. 08/13/1992
24 Zach Neal R-R 6'3" 220lbs. 11/09/1988
41 Trey Nielsen R-R 6'1" 190lbs. 09/01/1991
38 Orlando Oberto* L-L 6'1" 165lbs. 12/30/1981
54 Luca Panerati L-L 6'2" 170lbs. 12/02/1989
28 Jordan Romano R-R 6'4" 200lbs. 04/21/1993
54 Tyler Sturdevant R-R 6'0" 185lbs. 12/20/1985
51 Daury Torrez R-R 6'3" 170lbs. 06/11/1993
51 Lou Trivino R-R 6'5" 240lbs. 10/01/1991
20 Pat Venditte L-S 6'1" 185lbs. 06/30/1985
Catchers
9 Drew Butera R-R 6'1" 205lbs. 08/09/1983
29 Francisco Cervelli R-R 6'1" 210lbs. 03/06/1986
4 Santiago Chavez R-R 5'11" 175lbs. 08/05/1995
23 Marcus Mastrobuoni R-R 5'11" 205lbs. 11/28/1993
Infielders
2 Gavin Cecchini R-R 6'2" 200lbs. 12/22/1993
12 Chris Colabello R-R 6'4" 210lbs. 10/24/1983
3 Daniel Descalso L-R 5'10" 190lbs. 10/19/1986
10 Alex Liddi R-R 6'4" 225lbs. 08/14/1988
37 Drew Maggi R-R 6'0" 192lbs. 05/16/1989
43 Nicholas Morreale R-R 6'3" 205lbs. 04/08/1988
21 Rob Segedin R-R 6'2" 220lbs. 11/10/1988
18 Alessandro Vaglio R-R 6'0" 161lbs. 01/28/1989
Outfielders
77 John Andreoli R-R 6'1" 215lbs. 06/09/1990
45 Mario Chiarini R-R 6'2" 190lbs. 01/07/1981
40 Brandon Nimmo L-R 6'3" 207lbs. 03/27/1993
26 Sebastian Poma L-L 6'1" 174lbs. 06/13/1993
Designated Pitcher Pool
64 Jose Escalona L-L 5'11" 165lbs. 01/07/1986
* 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
5 Marco Mazzieri Manager
19 Brian Sweeney Pitching Coach
27 Frank Catalanotto First Base Coach
8 Nick Punto Third Base Coach
13 Sal Fasano Bench Coach
34 Gilberto Gerali Bullpen Coach
11 Sal Butera Catching Coach

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