The Baseball Federation of Panama (FEDEBEIS, Federación Panameña de Béisbol) announced the 20-player roster that manager Dimàs Ponce will lead to the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup.
World number 13 Panama can count on six players under contract with MLB organizations: pitchers Jorge Garcia and Marvin Brown (San Francisco Giants); infielders Adrián Montero and Jean Arnaez (Toronto Blue Jays); outfielders Luis Tello (Pittsburgh Pirates) and Benyamin Bailey (Chicago White Sox).
Israel Mendoza was named the pitcher of the year in the domestic youth league.
Infielder Noel Suarez represented Panama internationally in three different age brackets: U-12, U-15 and U-18.
This is the complete roster picked by Dimàs Ponce.
PITCHERS (8) Abel Reyes, Jonathan Amaya, Israel Mendoza, José Ojo, Secundino Morales, Dereck Arroyo, Jorge García, Marvin Brown.
CATCHERS (2) Adrián Sugasty, Danilo Abrego.
INFIELDERS (6) Noel Suárez, Jason Patterson, Julio González, Manuel Meilán, Adrián Montero, Jean Arnaez
OUTFIELDERS (4) Luis Tello, José Ramos, Benyamin Bailey, Jorge Hernádez
The WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will begin on Friday, 30 August, in Gijang, South Korea. Panama will compete in group B with Japan, USA, Chinese Taipei, South Africa and Spain.
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