20 WCL Alumni Named to WBC Rosters

The 2023 World Baseball Classic will feature 20 former West Coast League players, representing eight of the 20 teams participating in the tournament that begins on March 7.

“As an international league from our very beginning,” said WCL Commissioner Rob Neyer, “we’re particularly passionate about baseball’s ability to transcend borders, and we’re thrilled to see so many WCL standouts on the world’s biggest baseball stage.”

Team Canada features six WCL alumni, the most of any WBC team. Five members of Canada’s pitching staff, highlighted by Boston Red Sox hurler Nick Pivetta, previously played for either the Victoria HarbourCats or the Kelowna Falcons.

The HarbourCats and Walla Walla Sweets are the two most represented WCL teams, which each having four former players on WBC rosters.

After a six-year hiatus, the WBC is back for the event’s fifth installment. Beginning on March 7, games will be played around the globe, culminating on March 21 with championship game in Miami.

Complete list of WCL Alumni on WBC rosters:


Trevor Brigden, Kelowna Falcons (2018), RHP

Indigo Diaz, Victoria HarbourCats (2016-2017), RHP

Damiano Palmegiani, Port Angeles Lefties (2019), Infield

Nick Pivetta, Victoria HarbourCats (2013), RHP

Cade Smith, Victoria HarbourCats (2016), RHP

Curtis Taylor, Kelowna Falcons (2015), RHP


Rio Gomez, Bend Elks (2015), LHP

Czech Republic

Eric Sogard, Bend Elks (2006), Infield

Great Britain

Chavez Fernander, Victoria HarbourCats (2017), RHP

Ryan Long, Wenatchee AppleSox (2019), RHP

Alex Webb, Kelowna Falcons (2015), RHP


Jake Bird, Yakima Valley Pippins (2015), RHP

Kyle Molnar, Walla Walla Sweets (2015), RHP

Joey Wagman, Walla Walla Sweets (2010), RHP

Zack Weiss, Wenatchee AppleSox (2010), RHP


Sam Gaviglio, Corvallis Knights (2009), RHP

Nicky Lopez, Bend Elks (2014), Infield

Dominic Miroglio, Walla Walla Sweets (2013), Catcher


Jarren Duran, Walla Walla Sweets (2016), Outfield


Isaac Benard, Cowlitz Black Bears (2015), Outfield

About the West Coast League: The West Coast League is the West’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Encompassing Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and now Alberta, the WCL showcases pro prospects from major collegiate conferences around the nation. Every summer, the league features unparalleled fan and player experiences, with North America’s best baseball weather and a mix of classic and state-of-the-art ballparks, all backdropped by dramatic scenery. The 2019 MLB amateur draft began with former Corvallis Knight Adley Rutschman selected with the overall No. 1 pick by the Baltimore Orioles, and the recently completed 2022 draft featured two West Coast League alumni, Brooks Lee and Gabriel Hughes, among the first 10 picks.