Three Baltimore Orioles' Prospects Playing in World Baseball Classic

The 2017 World Baseball Classic team rosters were officially announced on Wednesday and the Baltimore Orioles organization will be well represented. Among the eight players in the organization playing in the WBC, three are minor leaguers in left-handed pitcher Alex Wells, infielder Sharlon Schoop, and first-baseman Gui Yuan Xu.

LHP Alex Wells from Australia
Photo: Patrick Cavey

The Orioles have five players from the big league roster playing as well in Adam Jones, Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Mychal Givens and Wellington Castillo.

Xu, 21, will be playing for Team China in the WBC after completing a fairly successful first year in the Orioles organization in 2016.

He was signed by the Orioles in July of 2015 and he was able to play his first year of professional baseball in the U.S. in 2016 with the Gulf Coast League Orioles. Over 33 games, the lefty hit .247 with three doubles, nine RBI and scored 11 runs.

Sharlon, the older brother of Jonathan, was re-signed as a minor league free agent this offseason and will be joining Jonathan on Team Netherlands in the WBC.

Schoop played in 86 games in the O's organization in 2016 (46 with AAA Norfolk, 40 with AA Bowie) and hit a combined .226 with five home runs, 12 doubles, three triples, 29 RBI and scored 30 runs.

Wells, 19 (turns 20 later this month), will join his twin brother Lachlan on Team Australia for the WBC.

Wells was signed as an international free agent in August, 2015 and had a phenomenal first professional season in the U.S. in 2016. He pitched for the Short-season A Aberdeen Ironbirds.

He started 13 games for the Ironbirds totaling 62 2/3 innings pitched and posted a 2.15 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. Wells held opponents to a .216 batting average, but he exemplified the meaning of command as he walked just nine batters all season. Wells was a mid-season All-Star selection in the NY-PL and was also named the Ironbirds MVP for the season.

Congrats to the three Orioles' farmhands, as well as the big league players, for being named to WBC rosters and getting the chance to represent your country!


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