ST. LOUIS — Two more members of the Cardinals’ organization are poised to play in the World Baseball Classic, as infielder Matt Carpenter (USA) and top prospect Alex Reyes (Dominican Republic) both recently accepted invitations to join as first-time Classic participants.
Carpenter said he was approached by the U.S. team about three weeks ago and accepted the offer without hesitation. Reyes similarly described his decision as “pretty easy” after Moises Alou, general manager for the Dominican team, reached out to him.
Complete coverage Schedule & tickets Get your WBC gear
“I’ve always wanted to experience the World Baseball Classic, [and] the Cardinals gave me the thumbs up to do so,” added Reyes, who will join Cardinals teammate Carlos Martinez on that squad. “I’m humbled to be a part of the DR team filled with All-Star caliber talent and help them defend the WBC crown on an international stage.”
Reyes, who was born in New Jersey, was eligible to be selected by either the Dominican or U.S. team. His parents are both natives of the Dominican Republic, and Reyes relocated there to live with grandparents …