Champ Stuart, Ty Kelly Among Mets on WBC Qualifier Rosters

By Michael Mayer

August 26, 2016 3 Comments

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The final 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifier will be held from September 22-25 at the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, MCU Park in Brooklyn. The double elimination tournament between Brazil, Israel, Pakistan and Great Britain will determine the final and 16th team to play in the WBC next year.

Earlier this year, former Mets prospect Dilson Herrera and current Columbia Fireflies starter Nabil Crismatt helped Colombia earn a spot in the upcoming WBC.

The Israel roster has 20 players currently in affiliated ball including three from the Mets minor leagues in Ty Kelly (51s), Josh Zeid (B-Mets) and Tyler Herron (B-Mets). The roster also includes former Mets first baseman Ike Davis and Josh Satin.

Mets minor league prospects Champ Stuart (B-Mets) and Blake Taylor (Kingsport) highlight a Great Britain squad that has 12 affiliated players and former big league closer Trevor Hoffman as their bullpen coach.

The Brazilian team doesn’t have any Mets affiliated players on it but has an impressive coaching with Barry Larkin at the helm. He is joined by Steven Finley as his hitting coach and former Met LaTroy Hawkins as his pitching coach.

Fifteen teams have already qualified for the WBC and they are Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States and Venezuela.

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