Who are the Chicago Cubs in the World Baseball Classic?
3. Danis Correa, Fabian Pertuz, Columbia
Right-Handed, 23-year-old pitcher Danis Correa made his way to the Iowa Cubs in 2022, posting a 3.65 ERA with a 1.34 WHIP in 38 games. He is expected to be out of the bullpen for Team Columbia, and like many of these young players in the World Baseball Classic, can show what they are capable of and might move up in the system sooner than later.
Out of the Cubs Single-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans is shortstop/3rd baseman Fabian Pertuz. In 2022 with the Pelicans, Pertuz appeared in 113 games, hitting .237 with 59 RBI and 27 doubles. Pertuz is showing that he can hit the ball well, however with his high BB/K ratio of 22/123, he has a ways to go to manage the discipline at the plate.
4. B.J. Murray, Great Britain
The switch-hitting 1st baseman out of the Bahamas is playing for Great Britain for his first World Baseball Classic. Murray made his way to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in 2022 hitting .286 with 53 RBI. He will likely start at 1st base for Great Britain and will soon make his way to Triple-A Iowa Cubs, competing for 1st with Matt Mervis.
5. Ben Deluzio, Vinny Nittoli, Miles Mastrobuoni, Italy
Early in the offseason, the Chicago Cubs traded for 2nd baseman Miles Mastrobuoni. The 27-year-old left-handed hitter was with the Tampa Bay Rays Triple-A team for 2022, hitting .300 in 129 games with 64 RBI and 32 doubles. Mastrobuoni is someone to look out for in the WBC, as he could easily find his way to the Major League roster this season.