Rosters were released for the 2017 World Baseball Classic on Wednesday night, and the Mets will be sending one of the largest contingents among Major League Baseball teams, allowing fourteen players within the organization to participate in the international tournament.
Shortstop Jose Reyes, reliever Hansel Robles, and closer Jeurys Familia will be playing for their native Dominican Republic. Reyes has participated in all three World Baseball Classic tournaments, while the 2017 competition will be the first for both Robles and Familia.
Reliever Fernando Salas will be playing for his native Mexico. The 2017 World Baseball Classic will be his first.
Catcher Rene Rivera will be playing for his native Puerto Rico. Joining him will be pitcher Seth Lugo and infielder T.J. Rivera, both of whom qualify to play for Puerto Rico by virtue of their heritage. The 2017 World Baseball Classic will be the first for all three players.
First-round draft picks Brandon Nimmo and Gavin Cecchini played together in 2015 with the Binghamton Mets and 2016 with the Las Vegas 51s, and they will once again be teammates, as both will be playing for Italy, by virtue of their Italian heritage. The 2017 World Baseball Classic will be the first that both players participated in.
Infielder Ty Kelly was part of the provisional roster for Team Israel that participated in the 2017 WBC Qualifiers in Brooklyn this past September, and elected to stay on the team to participate in the tournament proper. Though born in the United States, he qualifies for playing for Israel by virtue of his Jewish heritage. The 2017 World Baseball Classic will be his first.
In addition, four Mets prospects will be participating in the competition. Catcher Xorge Carrillo, who spent the 2016 season playing for the Binghamton Mets and the Las Vegas 51s, will be playing for his native Mexico. Starter Nabil Crismatt, who spent the 2016 season playing with the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Columbia Fireflies, will be playing for his native Colombia. Pitcher Ezequiel Zabaleta, who spent the 2016 season playing in the Dominican Summer League and the Gulf Coast League, will be playing for his native Colombia. Pitcher Nelmerson Angela, who spent the 2016 in the Dominican Summer League, is a native of Curacao, and as such, will be playing for the Kingdom of the Netherlands.