MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins are set to be well-represented at the World Baseball Classic, as 10 of the organization's players are on the official rosters released Wednesday night.
The Twins have five players on Team Puerto Rico's roster, including left-hander Hector Santiago, right-hander Jose Berrios, left fielder Eddie Rosario, first baseman Kennys Vargas and right-hander Dereck Rodriguez. Rodriguez, the son of Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez, is part of the designated pitcher pool, while the other four are on the official roster.
Each team has the option of using 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.
The Twins will also have three members on Team Australia with right-hander Todd Van Steensel, left-hander Lachlan Wells and outfielder Aaron Whitefield. Minnesota will also have teammates on Team Colombia with right-hander Yohan Pino and first baseman Reynaldo Rodriguez.
The World Baseball Classic runs from March 6-22. In the U.S., games will air live exclusively in English on MLB Network and on an authenticated basis via MLBNetwork.com/watch, while ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN will provide the exclusive Spanish-language coverage. MLB.TV Premium subscribers in the U.S. will have access to watch every tournament game live on any of the streaming service's 400-plus supported devices. Internationally, the tournament will be distributed across all forms of television, internet, mobile and radio in territories excluding the U.S., Puerto Rico and Japan. Get tickets for games at Marlins Park, Tokyo Dome, Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, Estadio Charros de Jalisco in Mexico, Petco Park, as well as the Championship Round at Dodger Stadium, while complete coverage -- including schedules, video, stats and gear -- is available at WorldBaseballClassic.com.
Of the organization's 10 players on the World Baseball Classic rosters, only Santiago, Berrios, Vargas, and Rosario are on the 40-man roster.
Santiago is essentially a lock to be one of the club's five starters, while Berrios is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation. Vargas appears to have the inside track on being the club's starting designated hitter after Byungho Park was designated for assignment Friday, while Rosario is expected to be Minnesota's starting left fielder.