World Cup Rosters Projection: Pool Four

This is Baseball America’s take on what the starting lineups will
look like for the 16 teams expected to be involved in the World
Baseball Classic next spring, and how each of the teams can be expected
to perform. Teams will be divided into four pools, with two teams
advancing from round-robin play out of each pool. The eight remaining
teams will play another set of round-robin competition, with four teams
advancing to a winner-take-all semifinal and final. Rosters were
determined by the staff of Baseball America with the help of our
correspondents. The organizations of players who are in the American
major or minor leagues are listed in parentheses.



AUSTRALIA

C’”Dave Nilsson

1B’”Justin Huber (Royals)

2B’”Trent Durrington (Brewers)

3B’”Adam Morrissey (Athletics)

SS’”Glenn Williams (Twins)

LF’”Chris Snelling (Mariners)

CF’”Trent Oeltjen (Twins)

RF’”Brett Roneberg

DH’”Ben Risinger (Padres)

SP’”Chris Oxspring (Padres)

SP’”Grant Balfour (Twins)

SP’”Travis Blackley (Mariners)

SP’”Craig Anderson (Mariners)

RP’”Jeff Williams

Manager: John Diebel (Phillies)

Skinny: Baseball has grown significantly in Australia in
the last 20 years, with a boost coming from the 2000 Olympics in
Sydney. A major push to win a medal at home, following a gold medal in
the 1999 Intercontinental Cup, resulted in a disappointing
seventh-place finish, but the Aussies came back in Athens to win silver
after upsetting Japan in the semifinals behind Chris Oxspring and Jeff
Williams. They’ll struggle to get out of this pool, however.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

C’”Miguel Olivo (Mariners)

1B’”Albert Pujols (Cardinals)

2B’”Alfonso Soriano (Rangers)

3B’”Aramis Ramirez (Cubs)

SS’” Miguel Tejada (Orioles)

LF’”Manny Ramirez (Red Sox)

CF’”Jose Guillen (Nationals)

RF’”Vladimir Guerrero (Angels)

DH’”David Ortiz (Red Sox)

SP’”Pedro Martinez (Mets)

SP’”Bartolo Colon (Angels)

SP’”Odalis Perez (Dodgers)

SP’”Daniel Cabrera (Orioles)

RP’”Francisco Cordero (Rangers)

Manager: Felipe Alou (Giants)

Skinny: Though they’re thin at catcher, the Dominicans
match up with Team USA as well as anyone. Like Puerto Rico and
Venezuela, the Dominican has never made a splash on the international
scene before now because of disorganized national baseball federations.
That all changes with this tournament, where the talent comes out.
Anyone want to bet against Pedro in one game for all the marbles?

NETHERLANDS

C’”Chairon Isenia

1B’”Randall Simon (Devil Rays)

2B’”Evert Jan t’Hoen

3B’”Vince Rooi (Nationals)

SS’”Raily Legito

LF’”Eugene Kingsale

CF’”Andruw Jones (Braves)

RF’”Rikkert Faneyte

DH’”Sharnol Adriana

SP’”Sidney Ponson (Orioles)

SP’”Calvin Maduro

SP’”Alexander Smit (Twins)

SP’”Rob Cordemans

RP’”Ferenc Jongejan

Manager: Robert Eenhoorn

Skinny: The national team usually has a complement of
players from Holland’™s protectorates in the West Indies. Braves
outfielder Andruw Jones (of Curacao) and former Orioles hurler Calvin
Maduro (of Aruba) would certainly help the Dutch squad. But baseball’s
preeminent European power will find the going tough in this
competition, with a win against Australia serving as a major victory.

VENEZUELA

C’”Ramon Hernandez (Padres)

1B’”Edgardo Alfonzo (Giants)

2B’”Cesar Izturis (Dodgers)

3B’”Carlos Guillen (Tigers)

SS’”Omar Vizquel (Giants)

LF’”Melvin Mora (Orioles)

CF’”Bob Abreu (Phillies)

RF’”Miguel Cabrera (Marlins)

DH’”Magglio Ordonez (Tigers)

SP’”Johan Santana (Twins)

SP’”Carlos Zambrano (Cubs)

SP’”Freddy Garcia (White Sox)

SP’”Kelvim Escobar (Angels)

RP’”Francisco Rodriguez (Angels)

Manager: Ozzie Guillen, White Sox

Skinny: If you’re looking for a darkhorse pick to win it
all, check out this lineup, which is strong at almost every position,
and a pitching staff that will have few rivals. Yet another nation with
virtually no international baseball resume–zero Olympic appearances
with this kind of talent?–Venezuela will set off national fervor in
this tournament. Will Ozzie Guillen pitch Johan Santana in the finals
or semifinals? And will he make up with Magglio Ordonez before the
tournament?

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