Baseball Australia named their 28-man roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC). The CompassMarkets.com Sydney Blue Sox have two players as part of the active roster.
Todd Van Steensel and Lachlan Wells are on the current Southern Thunder 28-man roster. Pitchers Joshua Guyer, Chris Oxspring and Alexander Wells are a part of the designated pitcher pool in the 36-man roster.
Right handed pitcher Todd Van Steensel played for Minnesota Twins Club Chattanooga Lookouts in 2016, he pitched eight innings with one win, six hits, two runs and seven strike outs with an average of .207. During the 2016 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers Van Steensel pitched for two innings, gaining two strike outs. In his 2016/17 stint for the Blue Sox, Van Steensel pitched seven games with three saves. He maintained an average of .240 with six hits, two runs and eight strike outs.
"When I found out I made the team it was quite a surreal feeling," stated Van Steensel.
"It's been something I've wanted to be a part of ever since I watched the first WBC."
Left handed pitcher Lachlan Wells played for Minnesota Twins Club Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2016, pitching 12 games with six wins and four losses. Wells kept an average of .218 with 21 runs, 63 strike outs and 16 walks. Lachlan Wells pitched 24.2 innings for the Blue Sox in the 2015-16 ABL season. He maintained an ERA of 3.65 with 19 hits, 10 runs and 19 strike outs.
The Southern Thunder are off to Seoul, South Korea on 24 February for a pre-tournament tour before moving on to Tokyo.
"I think the camp will be beneficial, giving a chance for us all to gel as a team and play some quality opponents" said Van Steensel.
Team Australia is currently sitting in tenth position internationally, and in Pool B they'll be up against world number one Japan, China and Cuba ranked 1st, 18th and 5th respectively.
Team Australia's schedule for the first round of the World Baseball Classic is:
Wednesday 8 March, 2017
Australia (10) vs. Japan (1)
9pm AEDST, Tokyo Dome
Thursday 9 March
Australia (10) vs. China (18)
9pm AEDST, Tokyo Dome
Friday 10 March
Australia (10) vs. Cuba (5)
2pm AEDST, Tokyo Dome
We'd also like to give congratulations to fellow New South Welshmen Tim Atherton, Mitch Dening, David Kandilas, Trent Oeltjen, Ryan Rowland-Smith, Matt Williams and Glenn Williams (Head of Delegation) on their call up to the team.
It is great to see New South Wales have such a large representation on the Australian World Baseball Classic team.