Mariners Prospect Alex Liddi Looks To Impress For Italy In The WBC

By Max Gross
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In 2011, Seattle Mariners third basemen Alex Liddi became the first player born and raised in Italy to play in the MLB. Liddi will be representing his home country in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Team Italy has more major league talent than most people would think, including Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs, Nick Punto of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chris Denorfia of the San Diego Padres. Other than Rizzo, Liddi is probably the most talented player on the roster.

This is good chance for Liddi to prove to the Mariners organization that he can play at a high level and be a part of future for the team. Italy will face three very tough opponents in Pool D, going against the United States, Canada and a very talented Mexico team.

Liddi has played briefly over the last two seasons with the Mariners, appearing in 53 games and hitting six home runs with an average of .224.

It is hard for me to believe that Liddi has a future with the organization at this point. He has failed to make any kind of positive impression in the time he has seen with the big league club, which has a lot of corner infield depth.

Kyle Seager made it harder for Liddi to earn a job when the former had a breakout 2012 season, hitting 20 home runs and driving in 86. Liddi also has to battle with third basemen Stefen Romero, Vincent Catricala and Francisco Martinez in the minor leagues, three of the Mariners top 20 prospects.

Liddi is running out of opportunities to prove himself as a valuable asset to Mariners organization, but he has a chance display his talented bat against three of the top teams in the world and make a very strong impression on a global stage.

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