OTTAWA – Only four days after adding pitchers Steve Green, Mike Meyers and Chris Begg to its World Baseball Classic roster, Baseball Canada added two more arms to its squad today.
With the addition of right-handers Scott Mathieson and Aaron Myette, only two vacancies now remain on Canada’s official roster for the World Baseball Classic.
The 21-year old Mathieson (Aldergrove, B.C.) is ranked by Baseball America as the second-best pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Mathieson, who represented Canada at the 2005 World Cup and the 2005 CONCEBE Baseball Regional Olympic Qualifier, has continuously improved since being drafted in the 17th round of the 2002 MLB draft, gaining 30 pounds of muscle and adding 12 MPH to his fastball in addition to throwing a variety of pitches with very good control.
After going 3-8-0 with the A-Clearwater Threshers of the Florida State League in 2005, Mathieson finished in a tie for second for strikeouts in the Arizona Fall League, fanning 36 batters over 26 innings of work.
Aaron Myette (New Westminster, B.C.) is also making a return to the Canadian roster after having played in the 2005 CONCEBE Baseball Regional Olympic Qualifier. The 6’4”, 230-pound right-hander has played 9 professional seasons. He has pitched in 47 major league games with the Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds, going 6-12-0 with 134 strikeouts in 154.1 innings of work.
The 1998 South Atlantic League All-Star, who boasts a 59-36-20 record and a career 3.34 ERA in the minor leagues, also represented Canada at the 1995 World Junior Championships and the 2004 Olympic Games.
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The World Baseball Classic
The World Baseball Classic, a 16-team tournament sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), will feature many of the best players in the world competing for their home countries and territories for the first time ever in March 2006.
The 16 teams invited to participate in the event have been divided into four pools of four teams for the first round of play. The four Round 1 pools will be played at venues in Japan (Tokyo Dome – Tokyo), Puerto Rico (Hiram Bithorn Stadium – San Juan) and the United States (Chase Field – Phoenix, Arizona; Scottsdale Stadium – Scottsdale, Arizona; Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex – Orlando, Florida).
Round 2 will feature two pools of four teams each and will be played in Puerto Rico (Hiram Bithorn Stadium) and the United States (Angel Stadium – Anaheim, California). The Semi-finals and final game will be played at PETCO Park in San Diego, California.The WBC will feature a bracket-style format with the 16 teams competing in four groups: Pool A - China, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Korea; Pool B - Canada, Mexico, South Africa, United States; Pool C – Cuba, Netherlands, Panama, Puerto Rico; Pool D - Australia, Dominican Republic, Italy, Venezuela.