Villar, Peralta top Brewers on WBC 2017 rosters

Minor Leaguer Burgos returns for 2013 runner-up Puerto Rico

Villar, Peralta top Brewers on WBC 2017 rosters

MILWAUKEE -- The Dominican Republic's Jonathan Villar and Wily Peralta top a list of nine Brewers players on rosters for the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Besides Villar and Peralta, three other members of Milwaukee's 40-man roster are in line to participate in the event: Starting pitcher Jorge Lopez (Puerto Rico), infielder Hernan Perez (Venezuela) and reliever Carlos Torres (Mexico). Brewers Minor Leaguers Andrew Barbosa and Hiram Burgos (Puerto Rico), catcher/first baseman Cody Decker (Israel) and Wei-Chung Wang (Chinese Taipei) are also on rosters for the tournament.

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Barbosa, Peralta and Wang are each in a special category, the designated pitcher pool (DPP), which works like this: A team can use up to 10 designated pitchers but can't have more than two on its active roster at a time. Those "active" DPs can be replaced at the beginning of each of the next two rounds, but only by another DP. Once a DP has been replaced, he cannot return to the active roster for a subsequent round. Using Team USA as an example, Danny Duffy and Tanner Roark are the active DPs for the first round of pool play, so they can be replaced on the roster before the second round or the championship round, but only by one of the team's other DPs. And if a DP joins for the second round, he can be replaced for the championship round, but only by another DP.

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The Brewers also placed a member of their front office on a Classic roster. Pete Orr, a former infielder who played in Milwaukee's Minor League system in 2014-15 and recently was hired by the organization as a pro scout, is on Team Canada. Orr also played in the three previous World Baseball Classics in 2006, '09 and '13.

Villar, slated to be the Brewers' starting second baseman, and Peralta, the team's Opening Day starter last year, are Milwaukee's two highest profile players in the tournament. Both tuned up -- with the Brewers' blessing -- during the Dominican Winter League.

The Dominicans won the most recent World Baseball Classic in 2013 and have a star-studded roster for '17. Besides Villar, who led the Majors with 62 stolen bases last season, infielders on the team include Adrian Beltre of the Rangers, Robinson Cano of the Mariners, Manny Machado of the Orioles, Hanley Ramirez of the Red Sox and Jose Reyes of the Mets.

Of the Brewers' players on Classic rosters, only Burgos has previous experience in the tournament. He helped Puerto Rico finish as runner-up to the Dominican Republic in 2013, allowing one run in three relief appearances that spanned 13 innings.

The Brewers called Burgos up to the Major Leagues that April, and he made six starts before he was sidelined by a shoulder injury. He is still trying to work his way back to the big leagues from that setback.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.