Wentzville Grad Named to U.S. World Baseball Classic Squad

Ross Detwiler will debut for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic on March 9 against Italy in Phoenix. Team USA's first World Baseball Classic game is scheduled for March 8 at 7 p.m. versus Mexico.

The World Baseball Classic begins March 2 and when it does, a Wentzville-native will be front and center.

Holt High School graduate, and Wentzville-native, Ross Detwiler has been named to the United States' roster for the once-every-four-year tournament. 

According to the World Baseball Classic website, Detwiler will debut for Team USA on March 9 in pool play against Italy in Phoenix.

“Any time you can represent your country, especially doing your job, it’s pretty amazing,” Detwiler, who this winter spent a week meeting troops overseas on a USO tour (see video), told the Washington Post. “It’s kind of the last thing to cap off my offseason. I don’t know if any offseason is going to get better.”

The Washington Nationals have a lot riding on Detwiler, 26, this season.

According to Bleacher Report, if Ross Detwiler can continue to improve, there won’t be a team in the major leagues with the pitching depth of the Nationals.

Detwiler won a career-best 10 games last season. He also struck out 105 batters in 2012 and figures to play a key role in the Nationals' success in 2013. 

"Det really started learning how to pitch maybe the last three outings (in 2012)," Nationals Manager Davey Johnson told Federal Baseball. "I mean, he has such a good fastball, and he's stubborn as a mule, but he could get guys out with just his fastball. I mean, a 93-4 mph sinker, well-located, and he pitched in good, but he found out that if he used some of his other pitches, his curve ball and his breaking ball, it would be a little easier."

But before he can help the Nationals to a World Series, he's hoping to add a different kind of ring to his finger. 

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Detwiler said of playing for Team USA. “I wanted to be able to one day hang a jersey on my wall and say, ‘I played for the U.S.’ And hopefully be able to show off a ring.”


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