Japan’s WBC roster filling up

On Saturday, the remaining names on Japan’s 30-man World Baseball Classic team were reported by multiple media outlets. Players who were named among the original 12 on Jan. 6 are identified by their numbers.

The two obvious omissions are Kodai Senga, who was named to the 2017 all-tournament team, and Japan’s best hitting catcher, Tomoya Mori. Mori said he would focus on having his best season possible with his new club, the Orix Buffaloes.

Ironically, Masataka Yoshida is taking part and going into his first MLB season without taking part in preseason with the Red Sox. The irony is that Mori’s move to Orix as a free agent was the condition the Buffaloes were needing to meet before allowing Yoshida to move via the posting system.

There are only four players listed as outfielders, but Hawks infielder Ukyo Shuto is a glove wiz in the outfield as well as a solid infield defender. Kuriyama has said he wants a well-balanced team, and he’s got one. Left field is going to be mediocre defensively with either Kensuke Kondo or Yoshida.

It sure looks like Kuriyama is set to go with multiple starting pitchers in each game with a staff currently made up of 10 starters and five relievers.

Yu DarvishSan Diego Padres11
Shosei TogoYomiuri Giants12
Yuki MatsuiRakuten Eagles13
Roki SasakiLotte Marines14
Taisei OtaYomiuri Giants15
Shohei OhtaniLos Angeles Angels16
Hiromi ItoNippon Ham Fighters17
Yoshinobu YamamotoOrix Buffaloes18
Ryoji KuribayashiHiroshima Carp20
Shota ImanagaDeNA BayStars21
Atsuki YuasaHanshin Tigers22
Yuki UdagawaOrix Buffaloes26
Hiroto TakahashiChunichi Dragons28
Hiroya MiyagiOrix Buffaloes29
Keiji TakahashiYakult Swallows47
Takuya KaiSoftBank Hawks10
Takumi OshiroYomiuri Giants24
Yuhei NakamuraYakult Swallows27
Tetsuto YamadaYakult Swallows1
Sosuke GendaSeibu Lions2
Shugo MakiDeNA BayStars3
Takumu NakanoHanshin Tigers7
Kazuma OkamotoYomiuri Giants25
Hotaka YamakawaSeibu Lions33
Munetaka MurakamiYakult Swallows55
Kensuke KondoSoftBank Hawks8
Ukyo ShutoSoftBank Hawks9
Lars NootbaarSt. Louis Cardinals23
Masataka YoshidaBoston Red Sox34
Seiya SuzukiChicago Cubs51

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