Giancarlo Stanton and Steve Cishek will be participating on Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. From March 7-10, Team USA will play in Phoenix in the first round of the tournament with Mexico, Canada, and Italy. If USA advances to round two, Stanton and Cishek will be playing at their home, Marlins Park. The Championship round will be played on March 17-18 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Stanton’s departure from camp in Jupiter opens up opportunities for many of Miami’s up-and-coming players to display their abilities in the middle of the batting order. Stanton will likely hit third this year for the Fish, but it is unclear who will hit behind him. Rob Brantley and Justin Ruggiano are both potential candidates.
As of today, Steve Cishek will be Miami’s closer.
Team USA scrimmaged the White Sox on Tuesday, and tied. Giancarlo Stanton recorded 3 RBI in his USA debut. They will also scrimmage the Rockies on Thursday before beginning pool play on Friday against Mexico.