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Astros Prospects Blanco, Gordon Named to World Baseball Classic Rosters

Houston Astros' Colton Gordon
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros are well represented in the World Baseball Classic, but Major Leaguers aren’t the only players on the national stage. Along with Derek West, Astros prospects Ronel Blanco and Colton Gordon were also named to World Baseball Classic rosters Thursday.

Team Dominican Republic listed Blanco in the pitching pool for this year’s tournament. The right-handed reliever took the Dominican Winter League by storm this offseason, tossing 20.2 scoreless relief innings. He struck out 27 batters in 19 appearances, issuing five walks.

Team Israel named Gordon to its pitching staff. The lefty made a return from Tommy John surgery this past summer, climbing to High-A Asheville after 11 appearances between the Florida Complex League and Single-A. Gordon started five games in the Arizona Fall League, receiving Pitcher of the Week honors Nov. 9.


Former Astros Prospects in the World Baseball Classic

Michael Wielansky is playing for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic. Wielansky was released in March. This offseason, he was an infielder for the Federales de Chiriquí of the Panamanian Winter League, playing for Team Panama in the Caribbean Series.

Jonathan Bermudez is in the pitching pool for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. Bermudez was named the 2021 Astros Minor League Pitcher of the Year, but Houston designated him for assignment in August 2022. The San Francisco Giants claimed him three days later and outrighted him to Triple-A Sacramento in September.

Here are the other former Houston farmhands playing in the World Baseball Classic: infielders Edwin Diaz (Puerto Rico) and Jonathan Araúz, utilityman Kiké Hernández (Puerto Rico), catcher Jaime Ritchie (Great Britain), left-handed pitcher Patrick Sandoval (Mexico) and right-handed pitchers R.J. Freure (Canada), Elieser Hernandez (Venezuela), Harold Arauz (Panama) and César Valdez (Dominican Republic).

Astros Assigned Numbers to Non-Roster Invitees

No. 91 Ross Adolph

No. 78 Luke Berryhill

No. 76 Devin Conn

No. 83 Marty Costes

No. 84 Justin Dirden

No. 86 Jimmy Endersby

No. 74 Austin Hansen

No. 87 Corey Julks

No. 81 Grae Kessinger

No. 73 Jaime Melendez

No. 72 Jayden Murray

No. 71 Joe Record

No. 70 Matt Ruppenthal

No. 89 Cesar Salazar

No. 82 Scott Schreiber

No. 69 Jairo Solis

No. 80 C.J. Stubbs

No. 63 Misael Tamarez

No. 90 Will Wagner

Quick Hits

  • Tickets for the Astros’ exhibition game against the Space Cowboys on March 27 at Constellation Field sold out Thursday.

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