The Minnesota Twins have just added two more players to participate in the World Baseball Classic. This brings the organization’s total to six players playing in the international tournament.
Reliever turned starting pitcher Samuel Deduno and utility infielder Jamey Carroll have been added to their respective country’s roster. Deduno will pitch for the Dominican Republic while Carroll will be a reserve player for Team USA.
The 29-year-old Deduno spent a little time in the majors with the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres in which he appeared in six games over the past two seasons. He caught his huge break as a starter with the Twins where he posted a 6-5 record with a 4.44 earned run average and 57 strikeouts in 15 starts last season. The right-hander signed a Minor League contract with the organization last November in which he will be allowed to attend spring training and compete for a spot on the team, even though he was left off of the 40-man roster.
Deduno wanted desperately to be a member of the Dominican Republic team “because he felt like he’d earned a spot,” according to his agent. One thing is for certain, this new opportunity will give him a chance to showcase his talents to the Twins in hopes of giving them extra incentive to sign him to the 25-man roster.
Carroll, who has spent 11 years in Major League Baseball with six different teams, was added to the USA roster in case of an injury. The 39-year-old batted .268 with one home run, 40 RBIs, 18 doubles and nine stolen bases in a career-high 470 plate appearances for Minnesota in 2012. Carroll will be fulfilling the second year of his two-year, $6.75 million this season.