If you live near Cary, NC, you owe yourself to check out the 2009 World Cup baseball team who will be playing Canada at the Team USA Training Complex.  Some of the top players in the minor leagues are going to be on hand.  Below is a list of players on the roster:

# Name Pos B/T Ht. Wt. Hometown Current Team (Organization)
Pedro Alvarez IF L/L 6-3 235 New York, N.Y. Double-A Altoona (Pirates)
Cedrick Bowers P R/L 6-2 220 Gainesville, Fla. Triple-A Lehigh Valley (Phillies)
Jason Castro C L/R 6-3 210 Castro Valley, Calif. Double-A Corpus Christi (Astros)
Jason Childers P R/R 6-2 190 Statesboro, Ga. Triple-A Durham (Rays)
Buck Coats OF L/R 6-3 200 Fort Benning, Ga. Triple-A Las Vegas (Blue Jays)
Ike Davis OF L/L 6-5 195 Edina, Minn. Double-A Binghamton (Mets)
Daniel Descalso IF L/R 5-10 190 San Carlos, Calif. Triple-A Memphis (Cardinals)
Geno Espineli P L/L 6-4 195 Houston, Texas Triple-A Fresno (Giants)
Nate Field P R/R 6-2 210 Denver, Colo. Triple-A New Orleans (Marlins)
Lucas Harrell P S/R 6-2 205 Springfield, Mo. Triple-A Charlotte (White Sox)
Tug Hulett IF L/R 5-10 185 Springfield, Ill. Triple-A Omaha (Royals)
Kasey Kiker P L/L 5-10 170 Phenix City, Ala. Double-A Frisco (Rangers)
Josh Kroeger OF L/L 6-3 230 Davenport, Iowa Triple-A Charlotte (White Sox)
Brad Lincoln P L/R 6-0 215 Lake Jackson, Texas Triple-A Indianapolis (Pirates)
Cory Luebke P R/L 6-4 200 Coldwater, Ohio Double-A San Antonio (Padres)
Michael McKenry C R/R 5-10 200 Knoxville, Tenn. Double-A Tulsa (Rockies)
Trevor Plouffe IF R/R 6-2 195 West Hills, Calif. Triple-A Rochester (Twins)
Trevor Reckling P L/L 6-1 195 Newark, N.J. Double-A Arkansas (Angels)
Todd Redmond P R/R 6-3 215 St. Petersburg, Fla. Triple-A Gwinnett (Braves)
B.J. Rosenberg P R/R 6-2 200 Vine Grove, Ky. Double-A Reading (Phillies)
Justin Smoak IF S/L 6-4 220 Goose Creek, S.C. Triple-A Oklahoma City (Rangers)
Terry Tiffee IF S/R 6-3 215 North Little Rock, Ark. Triple-A Lehigh Valley (Phillies)
Ehren Wasserman P S/R 6-0 190 Sylacauga, Ala. Triple-A Charlotte (White Sox)
Jon Weber OF L/L 5-10 190 Lakewood, Calif. Triple-A Durham (Rays)

As you can see Pedro Alverez, Justin Smoak, Juan Castro and Ike Davis highlight the roster, but are by no means even the best players on the roster.    They play on 9/3 – 9/6 usually a 7pm start time.  The park is very nice and is very open to autograph seekers.  There isn’t an “autograph day” planned but if you get there early enough you can watch some BP and try to get some signatures.  Good luck everyone.


4 responses »

  1. PAB says:

    There’s a 99% chance I’m there on Saturday. Is it better to try and get some signatures before the game or after? I know when I watch the Olympic team last year those guys were accessable both before (as they were entering DAP) and after the game. Also is Davy Johnson managing this team?

    • chemgod says:

      I have family coming by on Saturday so unless they want to go, that’s out for me. Instead I might go Thursday afternoon to practice and Sunday night.

  2. RNCoyote says:

    I remember Jon Weber in 2004. A very nice guy. I’m surprised he hasn’t made it to the majors yet even for a cup of coffee.

  3. PAB says:

    I got Smoak and Alvarez to sign a ball and a bat. I was pleasantly surprised that they both signed on the sweet spot. Great experience, great stadium (except the D.J – played rap music instead of take me out to the ball game).

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