Smoak, Alvarez Headline World Cup Roster

Team USA will have two of the best hitting prospects in the minor leagues when it competes in the World Cup next month.

Rangers first baseman Justin Smoak and Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez are among the players who will play for Team USA, which begins World Cup play Sept. 10 against Venezuela in Regensburg, Germany. The gold medal game is scheduled for Sept. 27 in Rome, Italy. Team USA is the defending champion, having defeated Cuba 6-3 in the 2007 gold medal game in Taiwan.

The rest of Team USA’s roster is listed below, along with each player’s organization and age:


Jason Castro, Astros, 22

Michael McKenry, Rockies, 24


Pedro Alvarez, 3b, Pirates, 22

Ike Davis, 1b, Mets, 22

Daniel Descalso, 2b, Cardinals, 22

Tug Hulett, ss, Royals, 26

Trevor Plouffe, ss, Twins, 23

Justin Smoak, 1b, Rangers, 22

Terry Tiffee, 3b, Phillies, 30


Buck Coats, Blue Jays, 27

Josh Kroeger, White Sox, 26

Jon Weber, Rays, 31

Starting Pitchers

Lucas Harrell, rhp, White Sox, 24

Kasey Kiker, lhp, Rangers, 21

Cory Luebke, lhp, Padres, 24

Daniel McCutchen, rhp, Pirates, 26

Trevor Reckling, lhp, Angels, 20

Todd Redmond, rhp, Braves, 24


Cedrick Bowers, lhp, Phillies, 31 

Jason Childers, rhp Rays, 34

Geno Espineli, lhp, Giants, 26

Nate Field, rhp, Marlins, 33

B.J. Rosenberg, rhp, Phillies, 23

Ehren Wasserman, rhp, White Sox, 28