Cuban American Yankees pitcher Nestor Cortes to play for Team USA in World Baseball Classic

Congratulations to Nestor Cortes, a Hialeah boy who will be representing the USA and South Florida’s Cuban American community at the World Baseball Classic next March.

Via the New York Post :

Nestor Cortes’ emergence as one of the better pitchers in baseball has landed him a spot among USA’s best.

The Yankees left-hander will represent Team USA in next spring’s World Baseball Classic, MLB announced Tuesday on Twitter.

Cortes joins a rotation that only has two other commitments in Cardinals veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright, who was also announced Tuesday, and Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly. Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is also committed to the roster along with stars Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado.

The 2023 WBC will begin pool play March 8 and hold its championship on March 21, meaning Cortes will have to leave spring training for an undetermined period of time. Pitching in the tournament could also add extra innings to Cortes’ workload.

We have no doubt Nestor will make all of us proud.

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