11 Chicago Cubs' Players Will Be Playing in the World Baseball Classic
The first Cubs' outfielder should be no surprise. Seiya Suzuki will be representing Japan in the WBC. He also played for Japan in 2017 when they came in third place. Suzuki was very good for the north siders after he returned from injury last season. Suzuki finished 2022 with 14 home runs, 46 RBI, and a .262 batting average. He will look to fix a few things but build upon a pretty good rookie season in the 2023 season. Before the 2023 season, you can expect him to be a big part of Japan's offense in the WBC.
Owen Caissie will be representing Canada in the WBC in March. Caissie is the Cubs' 10th-ranked prospect, and the highest-ranked Cubs prospect competing in the tournament. Caissie hit just .254 last season for South Bend and part of the problem was his strikeout rate. However, scouts say he has the rawest power of all Cubs' prospects. It will be fun to watch if he is able to show off that power in the WBC.
Ben DeLuzio will be joining Mastrobuoni on Team Italy in the WBC. DeLuzio was signed this off-season after he elected free agency. DeLuzio was drafted in 2013 but did not make his major league debut until this past season. He recorded just 3 hits in his 20 at-bats for his hometown St. Louis Cardinals, but he performed much better in the minor leagues. He is someone the Cubs might look to call upon if there are any injuries, but he is not currently on the 40-man roster. The WBC will be your best chance at seeing him play when he suits up for Italy.