2023 World Baseball Classic Start is less than 100 days away and Team USA looks like one of the most potent teams in the tournament, as many of the best MLB players like Mike Trout, Trevor Story, Mookie Bates, Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan ArenadoAmong others, have confirmed that they will play with the US team. now one more Baseball player joins ‘Dream Team’‘ But from the starting pitching side.
As MLB.com announced on its official Twitter account, New York Yankees pitcher, Nestor Cortes Jr. has confirmed that he will play in the Classic with Team USA, only the second starter after Merrill Kelly of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Committed to USA for WBC.
Cortés Jr. was born in Sergidero de Batabano, Cuba, but his family won a visa lottery granted by the United States government when the pitcher was just 7 months old, moving to Hialeah, Florida, and obtaining American citizenship years later. Had been.
The Cuban-born was the best pitcher for the Yankees during the 2022 season, earning his first All-Star nomination, as well as eighth for American Cy Young. He pitched 158.1 innings with a 12–4 record, 2.44 ERA, and 163 total strikeouts.