BA Newsletter: Get Analysis, Rankings Delivered To Your Inbox!

2023 Israel World Baseball Classic Roster

Team Israel is led by a trio of current big leaguers, including Orioles righthander Dean Kremer and Giants outfielder Joc Pederson. The latter is a two-time all-star and won the World Series with the Dodgers in 2020 and the Braves in 2021.

The squad also boasts current big league catcher Garrett Stubbs, who came up with Houston and hit five home runs for the Phillies in 2022.

Team Israel also features a pair of interesting hitting prospects in Cubs first baseman Matt Mervis, who was one of the minors' biggest breakout stories in 2022, and A's second baseman Zack Gelof, who posted an .815 OPS between Double-A and Triple-A in 2022.

Blue Jays infielder Spencer Horwitz also gives Team Israel some prospect punch. The 25-year-old compiled a .391 on-base percentage and hit a dozen home runs between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo in 2022.

Pitchers (21)
Richard BleierBoston Red Sox
Jake FishmanMiami Marlins
Colton GordonHouston Astros
Jake KalishLos Angeles Angels
Rob KaminskyFree Agent
Alex KatzFree Agent
Adam KolarekLos Angeles Dodgers
Evan KravetzCincinnati Reds
Jake MiednikFree Agent
Jake BirdColorado Rockies
Brandon GoldColorado Rockies
Andrew GrossTampa Bay Rays
Dean KremerBaltimore Orioles
Shlomo LipetzFree Agent
Kyle MolnarFree Agent
Bubby RossmanFree Agent
Jacob SteinmetzArizona Diamondbacks
Robert StockMilwaukee Brewers
Joey WagmanFree Agent
Zack WeissLos Angeles Angels
Josh WolfCleveland Guardians
Catchers (2)
Ryan LavarnwayFree Agent
Garrett StubbsPhiladelphia Phillies
Infielders (7)
Zack GelofOakland Athletics
Ty KellyFree Agent
Assaf LowengartCollege
Noah MendlingerSt. Louis Cardinals
Matt MervisChicago Cubs
Danny ValenciaRetired
Michael WielanskyFree Agent
Outfielders (4)
Alex DickersonFree Agent
Jakob GoldfarbFree Agent
Spencer HorwitzToronto Blue Jays
Joc PedersonSan Francisco Giants
Taisei Ota Japan (Photo By Daniel Shirey WBCI MLB Photos Via Getty Images)

Japan Uses Pitching Depth To Take Down Team USA In WBC Final

Japan’s pitching depth and talent won out in the end and led to an undefeated championship run.

of Free Stories Remaining